REVIEW: Justice League #1

Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artists: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Floroea
Colourist: Tommy Morey

Editor: Brian Cunningham
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Price: $2.99

Justice League #1 DC Comics

Justice League #1
DC Comics

The first thing to notice about Justice League #1 is the terrible dialog. From Wonder Womans orating, to boiler plate exposition moving the story forward the issue is a crashing bore. Even Tony S. Daniel and Sandu Floroea’s magnificent art can’t save Justice League #1 from scraping the bottom of the barrel.

The newly formed League is on search and rescue mission when the planet is struck by massive earthquakes. Even Atlantis is crumbling. Each does his heroics until some lose their powers and confronted by people controlled by an unknown ancient protagonist, the Kindred.

Writer Bryan Hitch also manages to suck any life out of the relationship between Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. There’s no joy, real humour or chemistry. Just a sense of the narrative going through the motions of A to B.

Although the artwork in Justice League #1 is not enough to save the story, it does stand on its own as finely crafted and highly detailed. Artist Daniel is the master of destruction.

So, in some ways, the artwork is worth the price of admission in Justice League #1. However, future issues need to step up the writing and get some heart and soul into the narrative or risk losing readership. Visuals alone will not save the Justice League.

 

Reviewer: Joe Lovece
Reviews Editor: Steve Hooker

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