Jason’s Comic Reviews: Justice League #1

Writer: Scott Snyder / Pencils: Jim Cheung

Jason O'Toole

Credit: DC Entertainment

After finishing up his run on the New 52 Batman book with Dark Nights Metal and writing the aftermath No Justice, Scott Snyder now brings his talents to a brand new Justice League book. Snyder has more than shown he is ready for this having written the most successful book that the New 52 had to offer. He is joined by superstar artist Jim Cheung, whose talents have been shown in both Marvel and DC comics. Having drawn some of the big Avengers stories it is amazing to see Cheung get to lend his talents to the Justice League. His artwork is beautiful, and definitely one of the many reasons to check out this comic. Together, they bring you a classic lineup that hearkens back to the heyday of DC Comics.

The Justice League!

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The team that they bring together consists of all your favorites from the old Justice League cartoon. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are obviously leading the team as always. They are joined by Flash, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Aquaman and the heart of the League Martian Manhunter. The conclusion of Metal blew a giant hole in the Source Wall, the barrier that surrounds the universe, and this seems like an ideal lineup to deal with that problem. At first, the book seems like a run of the mill Justice League adventure as our heroes fight off the minions of Vandal Savage, but Snyder throws a curve ball that many were not expecting.

The Legion of Doom!

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Yes, you read that right, after bringing back the Hall of Justice during his No Justice mini series, Snyder has also resurrected the classic Legion of Doom. Everything old is new again as Lex Luthor reunites the team of Joker, Cheetah, Black Manta, Sinestro (back in his classic blue) and Gorilla Grodd. Unfortunately, this issue only serves as an introduction to this reborn team, but you can be sure they will be stirring up mayhem for our heroes all over again in the coming months. Just to make sure they check all of your nostalgia boxes they have even stolen back their old headquarters from Vandal Savage.

This seems to be the theme that DC Rebirth has clung to since it began. Old fans have embraced this return to classic DC storytelling while new fans have embraced the fact that they don’t need to catch up on 75 years of continuity to be able to follow along. Only time will tell what Snyder, and for that matter DC as a whole, have up their sleeves. I for one can’t wait to find out.

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