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Justice League Vol. 1: Origin


Geoff Johns

Jul 04, 2012 Issue #41 - Yeasayer Bookmark and Share

In an era where we’ve complained about comic book storytelling being far too drawn out, the relaunched Justice League manages to pack a lot in-but perhaps too much. Some of the drama in the flagship title of DC’s New 52 soft reboot doesn’t seem earned. Cyborg’s transformation and indoctrination is rather forced and fast-tracked; Batman’s secret ID reveal to Green Lantern feels like author Geoff Johns is just finding spots to satisfy items on some checklist.

But we do get to see everybody shine. And we do get some laughs, along with some dialogue both groan-worthy and nonsensical (“note to self” is something you say to yourself, not others, Mr. Lantern).

On the art side, perhaps some of the redesigns feel like a step backward, but Jim Lee’s action-packed storytelling can still smack you across the face. The extended fight on Earth versus Darkseid is a prime example.

Justice League is overfull of broad strokes plot-wise, but it’s a good relaunchperhaps the third-best Justice League reboot in history (with Grant Morrison’s ‘90s team an easy no. 1 and Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire’s ‘80s team a solid no. 2). (www.dccomics.com)

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