As of late, I have been relatively dissatisfied with the current rendition of the Justice League. Thus, when I became aware that DC was putting together another Justice League of America line-up, which is not only led by Batman, but also includes Lobo, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Going into this series, it is my hope that JLA makes up for what the current Justice League series is lacking. After reading Issue #1, do I think this is possible? Yes, it is absolutely possible that JLA succeeds in the areas where JL fails.
The Rebirth Justice League of America certainly has the potential to be great. The current line-up consists of: Batman, Black Canary, Lobo, the Ray, Vixen, Killer Frost, and the Atom. Not bad, right? No, never-mind Batman (something I never thought I’d say), just having Lobo and Black Canary sharing the same pages, interacting with one another as part of the same team will surely prove to be entertaining seeing as though their personalities and core beliefs differ so much. But enough of that, you’re reading this to find out what I though about Justice League of America #1. Here it goes…
Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 is your typical round em’ up, let’s get the whole team together type of issue. This type of issue is quite common nowadays, and although it works in the sense that it ‘introduces’ each member of the team, it isn’t very interesting. Writer Steve Orlando assembles the team in typical fashion, and doesn’t do much by way of entertaining the reader while this is happening. And unfortunately, aside from my own interest in the series, I have no reason to want to keep reading. Worse yet, Orlando doesn’t end Issue #1 with any sort of cliffhanger or other information that generates curiosity.
Artist Ivan Reis’ work on the issue is awesome. His line work is clean and precise, and I especially like his work on the close-up shots of Batman and Lobo. Reis’ work here adds some flavor to what would be a dull issue. Marcelo Maiolo’s color work has me scratching my head. While I love the intensity that his coloring brings to certain scenes, I feel as though it can be too much, and often detracts from Reis’ clean artwork.
While Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 isn’t a rough start, per se, it isn’t the start that the series deserves either. Skip this one, but pick up Issue #2. Once all of the introductions are out of the way, this series has the potential to take off.