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Justice League 3000 #1 - Yesterday Lives! Review

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It's time to go to the far off future where the notion of the Justice League still exists. How can this be? It may not be quite what you think.

The Good

We've seen plenty of future versions of the DC Universe. Of course there will always be heroes but who is there and how they're related to the present day heroes, if at all, changes. DC has decided to show us what the world is like about a thousand years from now. It'd be hard to believe that the notion of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc still exist but we see versions of them, and other members of the League, present on this team in the future.

Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis approach this time period in a great way. Within pages we get an idea what the mood and vibe of this world is like. They could have introduced us to the team as they formed together but instead, we jump right into the action. This allows us to see the team, with a little experience under their belts. Their relationships and tension among different members is also present. Too often we see a lot of time spent introducing everything and the results are a slower pacing.

As for the why and how these heroes are here together as the Justice League, it's a fascinating approach. We've seen the idea of legacies play out several times and what we get here is thankfully different. In some ways it feels very wrong but that's what makes it work. We are seeing the results of how they were brought together and it adds a nice twist to the future-version-of-existing-heroes notion. The dynamic of the team isn't quite what you'd expect. The members may have been together for a little but they are a little rough together. That adds another interesting element to the book. Can they even survive working alongside each other?

Howard Porter's art fits in with the story. We are introduced to different locations and ideas and Porter definitely makes it feel different that the current time period. We're still learning what's going on in this time period and in this situation and it all looks pretty interesting. More importantly, I'm really curious about why the Flash looks the way he does...

The Bad

It's good that this team isn't exactly what we might have thought they'd be but that can be a good thing. There's a lot of bickering and rough spots in the team but you have to assume this is an aspect we'll see change as the series progresses.

There were a couple instances the facial expressions looked rough as well. It's hard to figure out if they're supposed to appear this way or if it's just Porter's style.

The Verdict

Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis have introduced another future time period for the DC Universe. As we see this future version of the Justice League, we discover they're not the traditional future incarnation we've seen before. The team has already been assembled and they don't operate as smoothly as you would think either. This adds a new dynamic as we'll get to see they'll grow together. Howard Porter details the futuristic time period and there's a great mix of grittiness mixed with a sci-fi future feel. There's still a lot to learn from their past and future which makes this a book you'll want to come back for next month.

38 Comments
Posted by Black_Arrow

I have a hard time differencing Batman and superman

Posted by Paul2814

Glad I decided to pick this up, really enjoyed it.

Edited by Maddpanda531

Looks interesting enough. May have to pick up the first issue.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I already miss the Legion

Edited by TheRyanHimself

I have a hard time differencing Batman and superman

The spit curl is key.

Edited by danhimself

I really liked this

Posted by Vitalius

I think they should had a different team on this book, just it might began being tired of reading of same characters.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

Great first issue, kinda reminded me of the good ol' Bwa-ha-ha days at times.

Posted by SmashBrawler

@vitalius said:

I think they should had a different team on this book, just it might began being tired of reading of same characters.

That's the thing, though. They're not the same characters, hell, they don't even have the same powers.

Posted by Vitalius

@smashbrawler: I might wait to see the next issues and some oppinions.

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Posted by staypuffed

I was intruiged by the concept months ago. I'm itching to pick it up.

Posted by Hawkguy

Interesting issue and idea in general. The only negative aspect for me was the art. The first few pages looked pretty good but it got progressively worse.

Posted by comicbookfan93

At first I hated this and the fact they were clones but their different personalities and group dynamics has me more interested but still not sold on it

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I tried it, thought it was pretty boring, same characters even if they are kinda different also it seems like a pretty crappy future nothing cool or hi-tech about it.

Edited by mightypug78

I love how Green Lantern 3000 looks like the spectre with a power ring.

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

For some reason I was thinking this was going to be a digital first title, and now I'm really disappointed to find that it's not.

Edited by manwithoutshame

I took a chance on this and it was really good. The dynamic of this team is a constant source of hilarity. Superman casually admitting he has hidden agendas?!

Posted by Wardemon32

Definately buying these this week

Posted by LordoftheNorth

i was surprised by this issue when they released a couple pages i didnt like it at all mostly becuase the art but after reading the whole issue while the art is still strange in places and Bruce and Clark look a little to much alike but i have to say i really enjoyed this issue lots of interesting action and the teams different personalities are already feel natural and interesting

Posted by timelord

I was hoping they would go in a different direction do we really need yet another spin on the Batman/Superman relationship?

I do want to see more of this world and I liked the Wonder twins so I will stick through to the end of the arc.

Edited by mark15

refreshing comic

Edited by SandMan_

So where is the Legion of Supeheroes ? What do they have to say about this?

Posted by SmashBrawler

@sandman_ said:

So where is the Legion of Supeheroes ?

On Earth 2.

Edited by ImagineMan16

@sandman_ said:

So where is the Legion of Supeheroes ? What do they have to say about this?

As far as I understand it, everything we've seen of the Legion in the New 52 has now been retconned and they only exist on Earth 2 now

Edited by Solomonwreath

My guesses would be that Superman is Superboy's clone, Batman in Tim's clone, and flash is Kid Flash's clone. But who are the templates for WW and GL?

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@solomonwreath: they are all clones of the original leaguers. They don't share the memories of their progenitors and have most likely altered their appearances to assert their own identities .

Posted by TitanTempest

Loved it. Excited for the next issue!!!

Edited by detective38

this sucked waste of money

Posted by GrandHarrier

This is what we lost the Legion over? Unfortunate.

Posted by eagerbuttermilk
Posted by eagerbuttermilk
Edited by RustyRoy

Interesting first issue, better than JL #1 IMO but the art could've been better.

@vitalius said:

I think they should had a different team on this book, just it might began being tired of reading of same characters.

That's the thing, though. They're not the same characters, hell, they don't even have the same powers.

They are the same characters but with different back stories, would you be the same if half of your memories were erased? This is a Superman who never grew up with the Kents, a Bruce Wayne who doesn't feel the trauma of his parents death anymore, of course their attitude will be different.

@black_arrow said:

I have a hard time differencing Batman and superman

The spit curl is key.

That still bothered me, the only difference between them was the spit curl...

Edited by SmashBrawler

@rustyroy: I get the feeling things aren't quite that simple. The solicitation for issue 4 says that there's some kind of terrible secret behind their creation (besides, isn't it weird that Barry Allen's clone doesn't even have the same hair color?)

Posted by RustyRoy

@smashbrawler: Well maybe they are not perfect clones, WTs did stole the original members DNA's and they do have the memories of the originals but yeah anything can happen here, this whole point of the story is messed up, and why there was no Cyborg and Aquaman is another question.

Posted by Banes_cat
Edited by sammysalsa8

I know I'm late, but I just snagged issue 1 to see how it is. I honestly don't agree with the 4 stars. I think it tried to be funny to hard. Felt like a sitcom. And I didn't even laugh one bit. I liked the art though, except how Wonder Woman looked. Now let's see how Forever Evil #1 goes for me.