A New but Iconic Beginning (Justice League #1 Comic Review)

Justice League #1


Written By: Scott Snyder

Penciled By: Jim Cheung

Inked By: Mark Morales

Colored By: Tomeu Morey

Lettered By: Tom Napolitano

After the events of Justice League: No Justice Revealed that the DC Universe is a lot bigger than previously thought, Earth’s greatest protectors must become something new and stronger to combat the oncoming threat. Let’s see how the era of New Justice begins in Scott Snyder’s Justice League #1 and if it’s worthy of being called a good read.


The Breakdown:

As a massive power surges toward earth through time and space, The Justice League has broken off into groups joined by Green Arrow and The Terrifics as they fight multiple tribes of neanderthals because of course Vandal Savage has mutant cavemen, and have amazing team banter as they beat the cavemen. As Martian Manhunter, who is coordinating everything, senses this power hurdling towards the planet, he brings the league together telepathically, which also shows how great they are as a team, in an effort to stop it. They make the attempt and- you know what? I’m spoiling everything, moving on.


Unbeknownst to the League, Vandal Savage arose the Neanderthals, and as he begins his own plans to attack earth and takeover, he’s stopped by…a New Legion of Doom?


Opinions and Such:


I’m Just, I’m blown away. Scott Snyder Continues his love for the DC Mythos as well as this universes characters and makes you feel like this is the Justice League. This is the team that should be at this table at all times. Yes Grant Morrison’s team of JLA is iconic, but this was the team for a lot of people in the early 2000’s television show. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, John Stewart, Hawk Girl, Martian Manhunter and then you tack on Aquaman and Cyborg and this team just becomes perfection. The amount of trust they put into J’onn to lead this team is just amazing. It’s like all of the mistakes of the new 52 which shoved J’onn away are gone. We have this new beggining that just make’s you feel like Flashpoint never happened and this is the team that should always be protecting the earth. And now with the Doom Patrol coming, it can only go up from here. Some might be frustrated that Lex Luthor is back to being a villain, I am not. It seemed like an imminent change to the original. The man who felt like he was the hero of this story and he would do anything to achieve it. Like in this book where he literally beats the tar out of someone who shouldn’t be able to die, and then brings together some of the earth’s most diabolical foes for a new chapter of Doom. I for one am excited. My only real complaint and this is nitpicking, is that unless you’re a Justice League fan or read No Justice, you’re going to be lost but you might just find your way and enjoy this great book.

The art is done by Jim Cheung, and by this time in the history of the comic book, if you don’t know that if Cheung is on a book it’ll look fantastic, go raid some back issue boxes to find out. He does this excellent job of showing the heroes singularly in the best way, and the even greater when they’re together and it is just magnificent as per his usual.


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James Portis

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The gay EIC of OCG, co-host of the comic book podcast Panel To Panel as well as the black nerd podcast Blerd Grounds. A longtime comic book, video game, D&D, and MTG nerd Favorite Superhero is Aquaman...Fight Me
Justice League #1 is an amazing return to form on what Briant Hitch bombed for a beginning of DC Rebirth and what Christopher Priest struggled to deal with after the bomb fell. Now after a weekly event Like No Justice clearing the board for a new beginning for the League, Scott Snyder begins with a familiar lineup and launches the correct type of explosive. That makes people want so much more. Thank God, it’s a biweekly book. Highly recommend it but go read No Justice first to avoid confusion.
  • Great team dynamic
  • Great beginning to what looks to be a great series
  • Doom Patrol and the true form of Lex Luthor
  • Development on No Justice and the source wall
  • Not really new reader friendly but it’s still possibly to enjoy
Story - 10
Art - 10
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The gay EIC of OCG, co-host of the comic book podcast Panel To Panel as well as the black nerd podcast Blerd Grounds. A longtime comic book, video game, D&D, and MTG nerd Favorite Superhero is Aquaman...Fight Me

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