Sunday, December 15, 2013

Justice League 3000 #1 Review

Written by: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 11, 2013

What Happens to Us in the Future? Do We Become A-Holes or Something?

When Justice League 300 was announced I didn't know what to think.  How could our favorite band of heroes still be around 1000 years in the future and how could this possibly fit in the New 52?  Then after creative changes and delays. I couldn't help but worry about how the finished product would turn out.  Thankfully, the book is here and it's pretty good.  Pretty Strange, but pretty good.

Keith Giffen and J.M DeMatteis throw us right into the setting of the book and the reader gets an instant grip of what's going on.  Yes, there are still mysteries, but we are on solid ground.  We've seen this type of future setting, but it is colorful and varied and gives DC readers something that's been missing since Threshold was canceled (all 10 readers of that book, that is).

Much to their credit, the writers also present the League in a similar fashion and it's refreshing and exciting. We don't see how the team is formed and more importantly how the heroes are still around 1000 years in the future.  Nope, the first time we see them is in the middle of battle.  Two things are immediately apparent. These aren't the exact heroes we are used too and they really don't like each other.  The rest of the book is devoted to explaining the why and what of these two facts.  I really like the ideas behind the setup of the team, but the bickering and trash talk between members (especially Batman and Superman) got old real fast and it seems like it will be an ongoing theme.

Howard Porter does a good job matching story to art.  I like his view of a dystopian future and his action scenes are real good.  However, I'm not a huge fan of the look of the League members.  Some of the characters have an unfinished look, while other times they look downright bizarre.

In Justice League 3000 #1, Giffen and DeMatteis do a good job at throwing us into a future world where we get to discover what is going on as it happens.  I really like the setting, but the jury is still out on the Justice League itself.  The art is a bit inconsistent and the relationships between League members is already getting on my nerves.  Despite these complaints, I am still looking forward to next issue to see the mystery of this new/old Justice League unfold.


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