Review: Justice League: Rebirth #1

JUSTLREB_Cv1_dsSpinning out of the events of DC Universe: Rebirth #1, a new day dawns for Earth’s greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including…Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world—and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren’t so sure.

Justice League: Rebirth is that bridge from the New 52 to what’s to come with Rebirth. With story and art by Bryan Hitch the issue’s best aspect… it’s a one-shot where you can enjoy a story in one issue. Seriously, that’s about what I got here.

The issue is basically how the next iteration of the Justice League came together with new members Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz as well as the old/new Superman. Things are discussed as to whether Superman should be trusted, but overall, there’s a lot that’s missing here and nothing new or special to make anything said stand out. All of that is around the backdrop of an alien attack that foreshadows some threat to come. Perhaps that’ll matter with things to come, but on it’s own? Snore…. zzzzzzzzz…..

The best part is actually the beginning where there’s some discussion of DC’s heroes as the modern day myths. It’s an easy discussion, and it doesn’t have much depth, but the thought is there. It feels like an extension of Gene Yuen Lang’s take on Superman but, without the literary and academic depth he brought.

Here’s the issues I had in no particular order.

The discussion of the New 52 Superman’s death is briefly discussed with a complete lack of emotion. It’s almost like these characters are a stand-in for the fans who had no love for that version of the character. The new Superman does discuss his roll, but this is a discussion that’s been had elsewhere with more depth and emotion, so doesn’t add anything other than catching up readers who missed that. The characterizations are off with jokes and flat dialogue filling in for any interesting interaction.

Then there’s the art.

Hitch is either amazing with art, or just misses things. This issue feels like something is missing with a Wonder Woman that looks like a lot of Hitch’s previous female characters. The detail is lacking at times and the action sequences lacking that epic feel. What should be two-page spreads are condensed into one panel. The entire comic feels rushed, from art to story. It’s all compacted in a negative way.

This is a comic for completists only.

Story: Bryan Hitch Art: Bryan Hitch
Story: 5 Art: 6.8 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review