Art by: Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, Scott Hanna, Alex Sinclair and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 6, 2016
The Justice League has finally joined the Rebirth party and I'm not sure if someone forgot to send it the invitation, but it felt odd not seeing it eating chips, drinking punch and playing spin the bottle with the rest of the big books. Of course, I have my theories on why it was delayed, but this isn't the time or place for that. This is the time and place to find out if the wait was worth it. Bryan Hitch has some big shoes to fill taking the baton form Geoff Johns and it all starts here. Is one of DC's biggest books in good hands? Let's find out...
The issue opens with some monologuing narration as New York City is under attack by...well, it looks like a massive crab-like, cockroach of a massive alien. The Justice League is on the scene minus one member. Of course, that member is Superman, but then we see that the narration is coming form the pre Flashpoint Superman as he helps Lois prepare dinner for themselves and little Jon. Okay...
Before moving on, I had to laugh that Bryan Hitch keeps telling us about how the Justice League defeated Rao. Really? When was that? Oh yea, in your Justice League of America book that never ended. I guess we'll have to take your word on that whole Rao defeat!
As the Justice League continues fighting, Clark and Lois keep talking and she even suggests that Clark might want to reach out to the League and possibly even join them. Back in New York, it looks like that would be a great idea because they are not doing so well. The Alien whatever it is is controlling people with headhuggers that are making them all walk in line towards the Alien itself.
Cyborg uses Boom Tubes to send the people to New Jersey (yes, there is an easy joke right there!) and while the League can't penetrate the Alien's hard shell, they decide to go inside it to find it's brain and talk to it. Maybe I'm missing something, but how do they get inside and if they can get inside, why didn't they attack that part of the Alien? At first I thought that Cyborg boomed tubed them in, but before and after they get in, he pretty much says he is Boom Tubed out at the moment. I am confused.
My confusion continued as Lois tells Clark what seems like it's supposed to be a big speech about how the New 52 Superman dying showed the world that the members of the Justice League were humans after all. It felt out of place, heavy handed, forced and just silly. Just stick to it showing the world that they are not immortal.
We then get my favorite part of the issue...Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz get the call and after a bit of a delay in China, head to New York to join the party. I love seeing them in the Justice League even if Hitch doesn't really seem to know what to do with them or have their voices down just yet. I will give him time with them, though, since they are still new as Earth's two Lanterns.
Back with the League, as they continue traveling inside the Alien, we see that they have been wondering what to do about Superman. Batman finally goes with the "keep your enemies closer" philosophy and that's a good thing, because Superman shows up to give them an assist. With everyone going full bore on the Alien, it releases it's human prisoners and leaves Earth, but with the promise that this is just the beginning. The issue ends with our heroes yelling at the Alien as it leaves and yes, it's as ridiculous as it sounds. Then it's time for a couple of group shots and stay tuned for next issue. Boy, I hope it gets better than this.
I don't know if it's the fact that the other big books are already diving into their stories, but this issue just felt silly to me. It was also bland, uninteresting and ridiculous. In other words, I hated it. I'm sure that some of you will yell at me and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, but nothing in this issue made me want to come back to this book going forward and that should never be the case with a Justice League book. I am hoping that this is just the result of Hitch not having much to say or do with this extra issue before he starts his regular run, but I'm worried.
I am not a big fan of Bryan Hitch's art style, but this issue looks good. He's not on art once we head into the main story so it's not a big deal anyway, but everything looks...good.
Bits and Pieces:
Bryan Hitch starts of his Justice League run with an issue that feels like it's trying to be epic, but ended up as something else entirely. The story is paper thin and even ridiculous at times and I was not a fan of Hitch's characterizations. I have made the claim that these Rebirth #1's are tone setters and this one has me very worried about the series going forward. Time will tell, but I am not as excited for the Justice League book as I was before reading this issue.