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Review: Justice League #2

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the Justice League!

Justice League #2 is by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Tom Napolitano, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Alex Sinclair, Andrew Marino, Rebecca Taylor, and Marie Javins.

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Preview: Justice League #2

Justice League #2

(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE TOTALITY” part two! The League faced an impossible decision…and now they must face the consequences! While Martian Manhunter and Batman attempt to recruit an old ally back into the fold, The Flash and Hawkgirl are blindsided by new challenges that could rewrite their mythologies!

Around the Tubes

So who saw Incredibles 2 this weekend? What’d you all think? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – May 2018 comics sales best in year and a half; Amazing Spider-Man #800 top comic – For those that enjoy the horse race.

Sequart Organization – Why Latinx Superheroes Matter: An Interview with Eisner Nominee Frederick Luis Aldama – They matter a lot.

EurasiaNet – Kazakhstan’s comic-book heroes battle for the marketplace – Interesting and wonder what these comics are like.

 

Reviews

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Review: Justice League #1

Dark Nights Metal and Justice League: No Justice were just the first steps in Scott Snyder’s quest to tell a DC multiverse spanning story starring some of its most underrated characters, and in Justice League #1, some of its heaviest hitters. And in his love of bonkers concepts at the expense of clear storytelling, he’s becoming a lot like Grant Morrison, for better or worse. However, he and artists Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, and Tomeu Morey find a way to a bring back the Timmverse era Justice League lineup as well as assemble the Legion of Doom for the first time in comics and successfully please two generations of JL fans. But can nostalgia overcome a loud, sometimes disjointed plot that spends most of its time talking about a big threat? Justice League falls somewhere in the middle of maybe it can, maybe it can’t.

After a cameo filled opening page, Snyder and Cheung jump right into some double page spreads, wide screen heroics as each Justice League “member” leads a small task force to fight different types of “Neoanderthals” as Vandal Savage tries to take over the universe again. Cheung’s figures are dynamic and powerful with the help of superstar inker Morales, but his fights are cluttered and not blocked well. In fact, scenes where characters are talking around a table or are drawn in heroic poses by themselves (i.e. John Stewart packing construct heat.) have more of an impact than the group fight scenes, which is a definite weakness for an artist on a book where readers expect a big pitched, superhero fight every issue or so.

However, Snyder saves these underwhelming sequences that kick off Justice League #1 with a sense of humor and nigh perfect use of Martian Manhunter as team leader, POV character, and comedic straight man riding off his excellent work with the character in No Justice. The Justice League spends the opening battle basically roasting Batman while J’onn dryly riffs off their dialogue and keeps them on task while remaining aware of the big picture because his home planet Mars was destroyed because his people decided to shut off their literal connection with each other. Even if he’s been away for a while and has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, the Martian Manhunter has the temperament and power set to unite the world’s greatest heroes to stop some quite otherworldly threats. He’s also not afraid to get his hands dirty and take some small setbacks if it keeps his adopted home world safe and contributes to a greater plan. Also, Jim Cheung does a great job showing J’onn’s steady, yet sad demeanor and even gets to cut loose a little bit and show him shapeshift into a dragon.

Through the aforementioned cold open and a pretty nifty sequence where they meet a table like the one in the old Silver Age Justice League of America comics, Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung do a decent job establishing the the heroes of Justice League #1. They drop the ball with the villains and the introduction of the Legion of Doom, especially Lex Luthor, who has gone from a complex figure in Dan Jurgens’ Action Comics run and even No Justice to a mustache twirling, “for the evulz” baddie. When he makes his first play for the Legion, Snyder and Cheung throw any kind of interesting characterization out the window other than making Lex do cool and “badass” things like dropping a bunch of Neanderthals through a trap door, for example. These things do have consequences, and hopefully, Snyder gets a handle on these villains’ voices and motivations so they don’t play second fiddle to symbols and MacGuffins. Obviously, he has the Joker down.

Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung are talented creators, and they have their pick of the litter cast-wise: both heroes and villains. Justice League #1 works when the multiverse shattering stakes have a personal dimension too aka every time Martian Manhunter is involved, but mostly, it seems like it might collapse under the weight of these stakes and its forgettable action scenes.

Story: Scott Snyder Pencils: Jim Cheung
Inks: Mark Morales Colors: Tomeu Morey Letters: Tom Napolitano
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Justice League #1

Justice League #1

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Mark Morales (A/CA) Jim Cheung
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: The Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel) – Leave Banner alone! Al Ewing and Joe Bennet kick off this back to really angry basics and I couldn’t be more excited. I am glad we are getting back to a mad as hell, uncontrollable monster who’s fighting other monsters. Nuff said!

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I am excited to see what Waid does with this book. I have loved the last run of Strange, and really enjoyed what Cates with the character. Jesus Saiz is handling the art duties, and if I am going by the cover, then this looks very interesting. Strange in space sounds well, Strange, but that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Let’s get weird!

Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – The last run with Gerry Dugan and company was so good, and it was quite a lengthy run at that. Here we get Skottie Young writing (who yes is much more famous as an artist), while Nic Klein does pencils. I am assuming this will be a Marvel flavor of his own creator owned series, I Hate Fairyland, and that should be a good thing! I have high hopes for this.

Justice League #1 (DC Comics) – This is a book with a classic team with Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung on pencils. This title was not getting what it deserved perhaps until Priest took over right before this relaunch. I am glad that they are taking this book seriously and giving it the level of attention it deserves.

 

Brett

About Betty’s Boob (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – A mostly silent comic about a woman who loses a breast to cancer and then her job and then her boyfriend. Sound depressing? It’s not. A wonderful graphic novel which shows the power of the medium.

Death or Glory #2 (Image Comics) –  The first issue was a lot of fun action with some great characters, solid setting, fantastic details and art. I want to see where it all goes from here.

Man of Steel #2 (DC Comics) – I thought the first issue was just ok but what happened to Lois and Jonathan has me intrigued to see this mini-series through. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has the characters down perfect, it’s just the plot that needs a little more punch.

Star Wars #49 (Marvel) – Marvel’s Star Wars comics have been amazing adding to the overall universe and filling in backstory. With issue #50 just a month away, I’m excited to see more of what’s on tap. Just lots of fun for fans of Star Wars.

The Walking Dead #180 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – The opening of a new city to the series has breathed new life and it’s clear there’s something sinister going on. I have no idea where this is all going but I’m along for the ride.

Review: Justice League: No Justice #4

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the end of “No Justice!”

Justice League: No Justice #4 is by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Francis Manapul, Hi-Fi, AndWorld Design, Andrea Shea, Rebecca Taylor, and Marie Javins.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: Justice League: No Justice #4

Justice League: No Justice #4

(W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson (A) Marcus To (A/CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: May 30, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The epic finale that everyone will be talking about! After the unimaginable happens, the DCU must band together to defend Earth from annihilation. Before the end, new alliances will be forged…and some heroes will be lost forever. Don’t miss the event that will set the stage for the Justice League in 2018 and beyond!

Preview: Justice League: No Justice #3

Justice League: No Justice #3

(W) Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson (A) Riley Rossmo, Marcus To (A/CA) Francis Manapul
In Shops: May 23, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Starfire makes a crushing discovery, Beast Boy uncovers a shocking betrayal, and Cyborg and Wonder Woman are forced to make decisions that will have devastating repercussions for all four teams… and potentially for those they left behind on Earth.

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

IGN – Stan Lee Sues POW! Entertainment for $1 Billion – Things are getting weird.

Newsarama – Bullseye Cast for Daredevil Season 3 – Report – Makes sense as far as villain.

Newsarama – Elisabeth Shue Joins Amazon’s The Boys – Report – Interesting.

Publisher’s Weekly – TCAF 2018 Marks Festival’s 15 Years – Never been but we hear it’s a fantastic show.

Comichron – Super-teams dominate: Early demand high for June’s Justice League, while Avengers reorders keep rolling – Interesting.

The Beat – Camilla Zhang joins Kickstarter as Comics Outreach Lead – Congrats on the position!

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