Rating: 4/5 – It is the Justice league, kind of…
We have seen future Justice Leagues before. We have DC One Million, Elseworlds, Batman Beyond, and many more. Now we have one for the New 52. This one is brought to you by the creative minds of JM DeMatteis and Keith Giffen with pencils by Howard Porter.
I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I never doubted the creative team but rather the idea. A future where things are in chaos and the Justice League has to take the world back. Not really anything new or groundbreaking. However, the character twist is what really makes this a fun read.
We are introduced to the new League of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern. Old names, and in this case, old faces. That’s right, the new League is actually the old league brought back through Cadmus’ cloning process. However, we have slightly warped versions of our heroes. Superman has no parental guidance and is acting more like Ultraman. Bruce does not have the trauma of his parents death to guide his discipline. Hal Jordan does not have a ring but rather a cloak that mocks the abilities and Green Lanterns are now despised. Flash is depressing and unstable. And Wonder Woman has no humanity to balance out her Amazon side.
The new twist brings out the worst in the heroes and many times we seen an ego driven Superman at odds with Batman both during battle and after. There are a few pages of character interactions with the reader similar to reality TV interviews with participants where the characters give their true feelings on themselves and each other. Let’s say, this isn’t the Justice League we all know.
Howard Porter provides art duties and does a fair job. His look in this issue was very similar to Lenil Yu, it’s slightly gritty and dirty. Normally in a Justice League book I would be against this, but in our grim and warped future, it works and compliments the story very well.
This first issue was a good starting point. We meet the characters and get the plot. We get glimpses of the world around us and see why the new League was created. I will give the first arc a try as it has potential and is one of the better first issues of any Justice League book in a long time.
Reviewed by: Chris Stark – firstname.lastname@example.org
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