Title: New Super-Man and the Justice League of China (2016-) #20
Words: Gene Luen Yang
Art: Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Publication Date: February 14, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: ‘SEAS OF CHANGE’ part one! It’s the dawn of a new era for the Justice League of China! The New Super-Man of China and his teammates have struck out on their own, and even the Ministry’s newly formed Lantern Corps is no match for this renegade force to be reckoned with! But as China’s superhero community reorganizes itself, trouble is brewing in North Korea…and from the depths emerges a new metahuman that will change everything.
A fat Bat-Man in love (with Wonder Woman), a Robinbot, a Zen Super-Man, and examples of even more zany reimagining supersede the otherwise dumb trappings with a fairly compelling story. The bad guys are frightening, the heroes have obstacles to surmount, and things are definitely going to get worse before they get better. And of course, just in time for Valentine’s Day, love is in the air.
Tampering with the pantheon of DC superheroes always seems wrong. New Super-Man and the Justice League of China seems really wrong and very weird, but Gene Luen Yang, despite expectations to the contrary, makes it work. These are wholly different characters with similar powers to the originals, but that’s it. In their own story and within this context we have a tale full of mystery and intrigue. That might be enough for now.
The art is full of the bold and lively visuals that would be expected in any big title. Although none of the characters really look like the originals, they still come off as of the same type. Except fat Bat-Man, he’s disturbing – like a traffic accident you can’t look away from.
The Bottom Line:
New Super-Man and the Justice League of China is funny and pleasant and a nice change of pace. Some might call it blasphemy, but come on, it’s just a comic.
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