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Review – Justice League of America #1 and Justice League of America’s Vibe #1

Justice League of America #1

JLA_Cv1 dsWhen I think of “Justice League” I think of a flagship title for the DC Comics universe. Justice League of America might be the “B” team of characters, but its first issue shows off an “A” class series. Made up of underdogs like Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, Simon Baz, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman. Most are well known characters, some not so much. This is the team that has everything to prove.

This first issue could go so many different ways in how the team comes together. We get the somewhat stereotypical government agency having dossiers and discussing what each team member brings, but it’s so entertaining. The breakdown as to what each team member brings is awesome. The team is headed up by Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor, so you know that’ll be interesting.

There’s lots of set up. We get the team gathering, but also some hints as to what to expect in the future. The Justice League of America has a goal, and that’s to not just stand up to evil, but also prepare for the threat a rogue Justice League represents. That’s some clear foreshadowing….

Solid writing is backed up by David Finch’s art which is top not. It’s just one issue in, but Justice League of America quickly jumps up as to one of the better launches of the new DC 52.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: David Finch

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Justice League of America’s Vibe #1

Justice League of America's Vibe #1Vibe, yeah I know nothing about the character at all. The first issue to me has a goal, to introduce us to the character and then also get me interested in enough to come back for a second issue. And, this first issue pulls both off and pulls them off well.

First there’s that origin. We find out how Vibe got his powers, which gives him so motivations, some faults, something he needs to rage about basically. We get a sense of what his power is and then there’s some twists in there later on. It’s all solid stuff as we learn about the character as both a superhero, but also his personal life.

And then there’s the coming back part. The final panel should do that alone but the story leading up to that point, it’s solid as well. There’s some action, but we also get a lot of quiet moments of a hero trying to learn about his powers and also his role in the world.

This is the classic young kid given powers and having to decide what he’s going to do with them, and to how to even use them. It’s a solid first issue, more than enough that I’ll come back for the second.

Story: Geoff Johns and Andrew Kreisberg Art: Pete Woods

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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DC’s “Young Justice” Titles

Official Press Release

A Legion Divided

Following the announcements of new first issues starring many DC’s legendary characters, we are releasing news of first issues for several of DC’s teenage heroes and young superteams.

LEGION LOST #1

Seven heroes from the 31st century have traveled back to the present day. Their mission: Save their future from total annihilation. When the future tech they brought with them fails, they find themselves trapped in a nightmarish world and an ultimate struggle to survive. LEGION LOST #1 will be written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Pete Woods, fresh off an acclaimed run of Action Comics.

LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1

In the 31st century, the Legion of Superheroes is reeling from the loss of seven of their finest — and trying desperately to keep their youngest recruits alive against a series of terrible new threats. LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1 will be written by fan-favorite Legion writer Paul Levitz and illustrated by Francis Portela.

The Next Generation of Justice

TEEN TITANS #1

Tim Drake is forced to step out from behind his keyboard when an international organization seeks to capture or kill super-powered teenagers. As Red Robin, he must team up with the mysterious and belligerent powerhouse thief known as Wonder Girl and a hyperactive speedster calling himself Kid Flash in TEEN TITANS #1, by Scott Lobdell and artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund.

STATIC SHOCK #1

Virgil Hawkins has been gifted with incredible electrical powers. Adopting the persona of Static, he faces super-powered street gangs, raging hormones, homework, and girls in STATIC SHOCK #1, co-written by John Rozum and Scott McDaniel, with McDaniel also illustrating.

HAWK AND DOVE #1

It’s up to the living avatars of war and peace to root out the hidden forces who look to plunge the country into a deadly civil war in HAWK AND DOVE #1. The exciting new series will be written by Sterling Gates and illustrated by legendary superstar comics artist Rob Liefeld.

Review – Action Comics #900


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Action Comics #900Much has been said in the last few days of this monumental nine hundredth issue of one of the most pivotal comics in history, Action ComicsAction Comics #900 is a huge leap and massive comic, boasting 96 pages and a cover price of $5.99.  I won’t delve into the controversy for now, expect that in an hour, instead how is the comic?

Paul Cornell, Damon Lindelof, David Goyer, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini and Richard Donner are just some of the names that make this a pretty solid issue, if not a bit uneven.

Paul Cornell, Pete Woods and Jesus Merino (and a few others) continue the main story running through the series, The Black Ring.  Basically, Lex is now God and Superman confronts him.  It’s very much Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and the story is about as good as the movie.  As a whole, there’s a lot of plot points that either don’t make sense or belittles Lex Luthor as a villain and character.  It could also be the fact that I haven’t read the lead up.  I’m sure that didn’t help.

The short stories that followed are a mix bag.  Each has a point and attempts to analyze a different facet of the Superman character and mythos in a different way.

Damon Lindelof and Ryan Sook‘s entry gives us a few days before the end of Krypton.  It’s the highlight of the issue with just a touching simple story.  One that makes you think, and gives you a moment of pause.

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank is the weakest of stories featuring the Legion of Super Heroes.  If you don’t know these characters, like me, this will go over your head.

Paul Dini and RB Silva’s story is the one that gets you to think about an alien who’s the last of it’s kind and must keep what it’s scene going.  A nice reflection to Superman.

David Goyer and Miguel Speulveda bring us the news worthy story that has Superman heading to Tehran and partaking in a rally in Iran.  This causes controversy and an international incident as it looks like the US is interfering with their internal affairs.  It results in Superman making a bold statement about his citizenship.  The story is one of the two stand out as it features real world locations, unlike previous stories which usually feature an echo.

Finally Richard Donner, Derek Hoffman and Matt Camp present a Superman story in screenplay format, which is always neat to see.

Overall the issue is mixed.  The main story I could do without, but the rest, minus Johns’, are pretty solid stuff.  If nothing else, grab it to see what the controversy is about.

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