DC Comics’ universe gets a kick-start with “Justice League” No. 1, initializing the company’s “The New 52.”
It’s created by two of DC Entertainment’s top executives: writer Geoff Johns, chief creative officer; and artist Jim Lee, co-publisher.
Both have a history of creating top-selling titles, and they’ve teamed up for this new launch. This rolls back the clock to five years ago, according to a caption, and reveals the first meeting of Batman and Green Lantern in a new, modern continuity.
This is a world where the heroes don’t know each other, and the public doesn’t like the superheroes much.
The idea is to start fresh, and this issue is definitely a clean start. If your only exposure to superheroes has been a “Batman” movie here or there, you’ll wander in fine.
Johns is known for his density of ideas and ability to navigate tricky continuity, but he goes a different direction with “Justice League,” keeping the dialogue tight and the story accessible. He plays to artist Lee’s strengths, providing plenty of chances for bold images.
The tone is light, with plenty of humor. While longtime fans may find it basic, new fans may be excited to get in on the ground floor. Don’t expect the entire “League” — this early days tale appears to be slowly rolling out the iconic heroes.
- Matt Price
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