Comic Review: Justice League #1 (DC Comics)

The Source Wall is destroyed, the multiverse, damaged. New threats loom over the horizon and the only way to face the unknowing dangers that come is to change routine. The […]

The Source Wall is destroyed, the multiverse, damaged. New threats loom over the horizon and the only way to face the unknowing dangers that come is to change routine.

The Justice League must rise to the challenge to fend off a new kind of danger that spans beyond time and space! As Vandal Savage sets his plans in motion, can the Justice League stop him in time before his plan is set in motion? What evil awaits the Justice League? And what is Martian Manhunter so scared of that could endanger the Justice League?

From his Batman run to Dark Nights Metal, Scott Snyder weaved a story that opened new possibilities within the DC Universe. After the fallout of Dark Nights Metal, Snyder and Company detailed the ramifications of the destruction of the Source Wall. This lead into a short mini-series: Justice League: No Justice with various characters investigating the new found dangers that occur since the damage of the source wall and the multiverse.

Now that Scott Snyder is the new scribe for the Justice League, he’s putting his best foot forward in wrapping up the dangling plot threads from Dark Nights Metal and No Justice. Snyder mentioned before in various interviews that his approach to the new Justice League comic is inspired by the classic Justice League Unlimited tv series. Everyone in the line up reflects that of the old cartoon that Snyder draws inspiration from, which made it feel like a perfect fit for this series.

The roster is perfect with the usual mainstays such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash etc. But seeing characters such as Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, and Green Lantern John Stewart being apart of the team feels like a long-awaited reunion that hasn’t been seen since the pre-flashpoint/ pre-New 52. There are some pretty cool moments that feature hints at a certain kind of Legion, which invites some interesting development for the overall story. How all these moving parts connect based off of what Snyder has set up makes for an exciting development. Although there are some flaws with the dialogue at times, it’s minor compared to most of the cool content and developing plot that’ll have readers looking forward to what Snyder and co have to offer.

Jim Cheung’s artwork is simply amazing in this first issue. Everything from the line work, the figures, and the panel layouts are lively, exciting and powerful. Some of the best pages are the quiet moments where characters are conversing, standing out just as much as the visual action that occurs throughout. There is a great double page spread of the Hall of Justice that only Cheung’s pencils, Mark Morales’s inks, accompanied with Norey’s colors make something so simple, standout in an iconic light. Along with the artwork, Tom Napolitano’s lettering meshes nicely with the visuals presented in the issue, syncing the dialogue with the artwork.

Justice League #1 showcases an interesting premise, with a solid justice league roster that many longtime fans and new fans will enjoy. Add in the fact that the artwork is fantastic and is fitting for the kind of story arc presented in this new series. This is an easy jumping on point for anyone who wants to know the current status quo of the Justice League along with the rest of the DC Universe. Look out for this title and definitely add this to your new comic Wednesday pull list!

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