Rating: 4.5/5 – Jim Cheung Delivers on His First Gig at DC!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
DC has been telling some big stories with the Justice League since Metal. After that epic series, the Justice League faced off against another “literally” huge threat in the four issue mini-series, “No Justice” and now again with an all new Justice League number one. For this new era of Justice League, DC has also brought out some of the biggest creators in comics in writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Cheung. It all adds up to a really fun first issue that delivers not only on scope, but in terms of continuity and nostalgia as well.
In just the first two pages, Cheung gets to draw the League from DC One Million, the Monitor, Kamandi and an all new Hall of Justice! It feels great to see the Justice League making the Hall of Justice their headquarters again, and although we don’t get to see much of the inside, Cheung’s pencils give us a tease of a place I hope we see more of. Not only do we get to see the Hall of Justice, but Snyder and Cheung also reintroduce us to some iconic ideas from DC’s past that I won’t mention so as not to spoil, but it definitely delivers on the Superfriends era!
Although I admit it feels a bit weird to see Cheung on DC’s biggest heroes after all his Marvel work, his interpretation of these characters really work, and his pencils on the villains look even better! My only issue with the art is that at times the colors feel a bit too dark, especially when compared against Laura Martin’s colors on the cover that really pop. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the visuals, but it did make me wish that Martin’s colors were throughout the issue.
Justice League #1 is the beginning of another new epic storyline. Although you may feel you need to read Metal and No Justice prior to diving in here since a few things are mentioned from those storylines, I don’t think you’ll be lost if you’re coming in fresh. DC’s biggest heroes with some of comics’ biggest creators make this a must read for all DC fans. That means go out and get it!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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