Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Justice League of America #1 Review and *SPOILERS*
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 22, 2017
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Okay, now that the band's together, it's time to start getting gigs so we can get the JLA name out there and start inspiring folks.......... Yeah! At least that's what I think the purpose of this book is. It's weird to think we have a team that was just brought together for some mysterious reason that Batman's not letting people in on besides for his explanation, "We need mortals to inspire mortals". Well, that's all fine and good Batman, but what the hell are our team supposed to do in the meantime? It's not like we have some outer space control center that monitors everything with some jacked in Cyborg behind the monitor............ Yeah, this team doesn't have all that, but we'll see when we jump into this issue what exactly the JLA have and how well they work together when their first real threat comes a callin'. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with the heroes of our new team going around the country and stopping threats that arise, like Ray and Black Canary take care of a fire in the City of Vanity, Lobo takes care of some lava monsters in the Pacific Ocean, while Batman and Vixen patrol Gotham while discussing what the team really stands for. With the rest of the heroes out and about, that leaves Ryan Choi and Frost back at the Sanctuary, working on a news trawler they're calling Troubalert so when trouble arises........... well, they can become alerted to it. It doesn't take long for them to get the call into action either because out of nowhere the goddamn Extremists bounce their way into our world and decide that they're going to save this world by taking it over and...... and............. goddamn, I hate The Extremists. Pretty much, they're just Marvel baddies re-imagined for DC Comics and thrown onto Earth-8, also known as Angor............. oh yeah, that's destroyed now. Earth-8 is the worst.
So yeah, with the Extremists making their unexpected entrance, it's up to our heroes to converge on Saratoga, NY to take this threat on.......... which, while I don't like The Extremists, they're no slouches and I did find myself a little worried throughout this issue about the safety and well being of characters like Ray and Atom because they're pretty much new at this and these Marvel wanna-be super baddies don't throw their damn punches.
In the end, because our team are so new at working together, The Extremists get the upper hand and Lord Havok is going to make an example out of the Atom for standing against him, but as our issue closes, Batman steps forward proclaiming that the team is his and that if Havok wants to make an example of someone to take him instead.
That's it for this issue of JLA and really....... there wasn't a lot going on in this issue. Yeah, we saw our team take on a considerably large threat in the form of The Extremists, but even with that it seemed a bit too forced to have the Extremists just show up, declare themselves rulers of the world and our heroes just going toe to toe with them........ and I hate the goddamn Extremists...... I'm not going to let that affect my score, I just wanted to point that out again. The art in this issue is alright and we get a few pages of our team working together in pairs, but overall, there just isn't a lot to write home about in this issue because besides for the fight there's just a lot of rehashing of stuff we dealt with in the Rebirth issue.
Bits and Pieces:
Well, we've got our team together now and since we have to start this series with a bang, we've got them fighting over the top baddies and throwing in some rehash to stuff from the Rebirth issue just to make sure that everyone is on the trolley. The art is decent in this issue, but besides for that and some decent fight scenes........... there really isn't a whole lot to this issue.