Thursday, April 16, 2020

Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 (2017) Review

Group Meeting

Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Marcelo Maiolo, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 8, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, after all those one-shots, it's finally here.  The Justice League of America as you've never seen it before........... Well, I'm sure you've seen strange ass incarnations of the team in the past, but this team is certainly something in its own category.......... We've got two past villains for Rao's sake.  Anyway, this Rebirth issue is merely the gathering of the team and their introductions to one another, but with us already having Rebirth issues to four of the team members, I don't know how interesting this issue will be.  Let's jump in and check it out and see if we can get some hype going for this Justice League title.......... because goddamn could we use a decent one at this point.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Batman taking Killer Frost........ or as I'm going to call her since she's now a hero and all that, Frost.  Anyway, Batman is taking Frost to the JLA's new headquarters, the Happy Harbor Sanctuary, where he says it's a relic from the past that he acquired awhile ago.  Now, the relic part may be something to do with the JSA using it in the past because except for the Watchtower crashing down in Happy Harbor during the Forever Evil event, we have not dealt with anything in the main continuity that has our heroes working out of this base........... and as for him acquiring it, I'm sure that just happened after the Crime Syndicate were defeated.  So now that we know the team has a place to call their own, it's time to go get them together.

Initially, it looks like Batman's being a bit of a dick when he has Frost approach Black Canary about being a part of the team and Canary goes all superhero on our new leaguer, but I kind of like that Batman's just watching from the shadows because even though Frost has proven that she has what it takes to change, she's still someone's who's very dangerous and I'd want to see how she'd react to a fight as well.  Eventually, after showing that she's with Batman, Black Canary stops punching Frost in the face and we move on throughout our roster, with Black Canary then going and getting Lobo, who thankfully puts up a bit of a fight about Batman's arrangements for him to be a part of the team after Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad, but even with that, he comes along and even helps Batman recruit The Atom, Ryan Choi.  It's weird though because Batman wasn't initially going to take him because he wanted Ray Palmer, but Lobo being impressed with his ability to........... Well, I guess "science", Lobo makes Batman take him.  Ryan then gets The Ray on board and finally, Batman goes and convinces Vixen to join the team after buttering her up with a little talk about how great she is and how the team needs her.  So there you go, the team is formed.

In the end, the team meet up at Happy Harbor, where Batman tells everyone that this team is meant to inspire people to be heroes themselves instead of being in awe of them like they are with the regular Justice League.  The point is to get mortals to inspire mortals, but with Lobo being on this team, it kind of comes off odd to me.  As our issue closes, we see a little sneak peek about what to expect coming up in this series and we see The Ray going toe to toe with Lobo, Frost looking like she may be on Themyscira, Batman holding a shield with Miss Liberty printed on it and Ryan Choi looking like he found Ray Palmer in the Microverse.  

That's it for this Rebirth issue of JLA and while it wasn't that exciting, what with most people knowing who the team was going to be and them just getting rounded up here for further adventures, I still found it decent, what with it being a Rebirth issue to get everyone on the JLA trolley.  Now that we've got that out of the way though, I expect some really cool moments happening in this book from that little sneak peek we got at the end of the issue.  While I've had my problems with Steve Orlando in the past, I have to say that it seems like he's really putting his all into these characters and like the one-shots that came before this, I found the dialog decent and I loved the art all the way through.  It's just that the team coming together wasn't all that exciting and really, the thing I found most surprising here is the fact that the team will be based out of Happy Harbor........... I like that.  

Bits and Pieces:

While this Rebirth issue will get everyone on the trolley with the team of this book, besides that there isn't a lot going on here.  Even with that though, I enjoyed all the character depictions in this issue and I found the art great.  Yeah, not a lot to write home about here, but it did keep me intrigued with what's to come from this title.


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