JLA #1

Now, do you see why I told you to wait for Issue #1?

Although the Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 issue wasn’t all that bad, it was far from original and didn’t do all that much to pique the interest of potential readers. The introduction of this series didn’t do much to showcase what kind of story we were going to get with Justice League of America. And while you may have been excited about this new motley crew, Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 was nothing more than a round ‘em up issue and may have turned you off the series. I hope not because Justice League of America #1 puts the series on track and gives us reasons to keep reading.

What’s Justice League of America #1 about?

“Meet the Extremists—self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique—not to mention dangerous!—brand of law and order in our chaotic world?”

Justice League of America #1 is riddled with conflict and it’s great. I appreciate that this, the first issue of the series, starts out with a bang and keeps the energy levels high throughout the issue. It’s not exactly an action-packed thrill ride, but Justice League of America #1 is very entertaining nonetheless.

Although there isn’t a whole lot going on in the plot department, there is enough story here to showcase the team’s dynamic and accent individual quirks throughout the book. Writer Steve Orlando does a fine job with writing genuine reactions and bits of dialogue here which add to the overall appeal and legitimacy of the series. What I mean by this is, when Batman interacts with Lobo, it doesn’t feel like Steve Orlando’s Batman is interacting with Steve Orlando’s Lobo, it’s simply Batman and Lobo. As long as Orlando is able to maintain this legitimacy, Justice League of America is going to turn out to be an awesome series.

The artwork in Justice League of America #1 is flawless.

I especially like Ivan Reis’ rendition of Batman in JLA. Reis’ Batman is incredibly intimidating in every single panel throughout the book. Batman should be intimidating, always. And more so than his Batman design, I really appreciate how Reis depicts the sheer mayhem that the new villains are causing immediately following their arrival on Earth. The color and layout work is also fantastic throughout Issue #1 and really highlight both the character design and the writing.

The ending of Justice League of America #1 is great, and now, I am really looking forward to what happens in the next part of this arc. This is exactly what I had hoped the issue would be, and I recommend giving it a read.