The new 52 continues with Justice League Intentional. Is Booster Gold capable of running his own team?
JLI is one of those teams I've always had a soft spot for. I love seeing these C-List characters come together as a team. Characters that usually are just doing cameos in bigger books. I'm a pretty big Booster Gold fan, so it's nice to see him "leading" a team of other meta-humans. Aside from that, this is the perfect jump-on point for anyone who's ever been interested in any of the characters on the cover.
I really enjoy Jurgens writing. It's nostalgic for me. It has a fun attitude and while some people may say it comes off a tad wordy, for me, it's perfect. I truly believe Jurgens portrays a realistic view of how people talk and how long they talk during conversation.
One thing I loved about the old JLI was the relationship between Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) and Booster. Since Ted is still dead (hey! that rhymes), Booster doesn't have that dynamic with anyone yet. That's the main thing this book is missing, the brotherhood between two super-heroes.
I am not digging on the art. It feels very "90s," and minimalistic in areas. Sure, I enjoy the "90s" writing, but I was hoping the bar for the artwork would be raised.
Everything in this issue comes together way too quickly. By the end of the issue, everyone is working together as a team and fighting something larger. I would have liked to see a lot more set-up as a team, since this version came together like a Silver Age book.
I didn't expect every single new 52 book to be a home run. While this book may be an amazing place to start reading JLI, meaning you need almost no background info to enjoy it, readers may find a bit of fault in the dated art and writing, even though I personally like the writing. If you love Booster Gold, you'll definitely like the part he plays in the book; however, you'll miss out on the Booster/Ted Kord dynamic from the older series. Everything comes together a tad too quickly in this issue, and while it was fun overall, it left me feeling like I missed out on something. I recommend this book, but be aware it's not the hit many of us hoped for.