I love a good mystery in my comics. The first issue gave us a couple surprises. Not only did we discover the true reason behind the formation of this team of the Justice League of America, we also discovered that there's been a secret dating back to the formation of the regular New 52 Justice League, first seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE #6. The Secret Society is bound to mean bad things for the heroes.
As this issue opens up, we see Scarecrow being recruited to the Society, in a way. It's more that the Society is gathering agents for when the time comes their powers are of use to them. In the conversation, we get an interesting take on what Scarecrow's motives really are. We've seen a bit of him recently in BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT but a half of a page here really nails who he is and what he's about. Throughout this, we still don't fully know what the Society is after. If they've been active for five years now, you can only imagine what other villains they've recruited and what sort of plans they must have ready to unleash.
The other great aspects of this issue is in the handling of Green Arrow and working on making the new team public. Green Arrow going undercover and what he managed to discover is enough to redeem the first sixteen issues of his solo series. This (along with the now current issues) makes me actually want to see more of him in comics.
While it may seem a dark and dreary direction is being set for the series, we still have some lighter and humorous elements. With such an odd mix of team members, you can imagine what their first meeting will be like. Thankfully Geoff Johns shows us exactly what happens. With newer heroes like Vibe meeting more...extreme members like Hawkman or Catwoman, it's a great mix to the story.
Throughout the issue, you can feel the careful and meticulous plans that Amanda Waller and Geoff Johns are weaving. Waller clearly has her own motives but you also start to wonder about some of the others. Even though the enticement was made clear last issue, you can't help but wonder where their true loyalty lies.
Martian Manhunter continues to come across creepier than ever before. He's also featured in the back up written by Matt Kindt with art by Scott Clark. There's a great deal of detail that goes into the story's settings that further illustrates the way Martian Manhunter thinks.
With this title, it's almost a 'less is more' feel with the mysteries being presented. We're getting glimpses as to what's coming up and most of the characters involved don't even know the full scope of what's coming. This is what excites be about the series.
Catwoman needs to fix her zipper. Having it zipped down to her navel makes her appear more comical rather than seductive. In a later scene, her proportions seem to change and her posture is a bit of a distraction to the story.
Caution will have to be used with bringing the Society to public awareness. The idea that they've been quiet for the past five years seems unlikely. There is also a tiny lack of full on action but there's a lot bubbling beneath the surface to make up for it.
This is what I want in a comic. Too often when spin-off titles come out, it's more of the same thing. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA is not just another Justice League comic. The entire purpose is to shake things up in the DCU. Seeing how this turns out is going to be interesting. Not only do we have a new Justice League team, we're also finding out more about the Secret Society which will definitely make things worse for the heroes. Geoff Johns is weaving a web within the DCU and we're finding out there has been loads going on behind the scenes. David Finch does a great job at capturing subtle bits of expression amongst the characters although there are still moments they seem to be posturing a little too much. The back up by Matt Kindt and Scott Clark further illustrates the layers Martian Manhunter now contains. He's definitely a character to keep an eye on. It's great seeing a spin-off title take a completely different approach to the franchise. I can't wait to see what happens next.