Title: Justice League (2018-) #1
Script: Scott Snyder
Art: Jim Cheung
Publication Date: June 6, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “THE TOTALITY” part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes…in ways our heroes couldn’t possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will shatter the world as they know it, while a familiar face strikes out on a dark path…
Summarizing the events of this this issue would mean spoiling it, as this issue is filled with quite a few moments that are worth talking and writing about. But, now that we have stories taking place in a post-Metal DCU, I fear that readers will soon have too much being asked of them and that eventually, they’ll no longer believe that this, regardless of whatever this is, is really the biggest and most impressive threat that our heroes have faced.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this issue, but I do have my concerns. More about them later; for now, let’s talk about what I enjoyed…
Scott Snyder filled the script for Justice League (2018-) #1 with excitement, perfectly balancing wit and humor with danger and intensity. The story moves at an impressive pace, and, after reading this issue I am convinced that this new iteration of the Justice League will indeed be deemed a success. Jim Cheung’s illustrations are, at times, breathtaking. Highly-detailed and as equally as intense as Snyder’s script, the panels that fill this book brim with energy.
Having seen the Omega Titans dispatched, with what I would call relative ease, leaves me weary of what’s to come in this series as well as what’s to come in the two other Justice League series that are soon to debut. I’m concerned that intensity level can only continue to increase for so long before readers lose interest and become somewhat desensitized to the cosmos-shattering events that they, as of late, especially, have been reading. Scott Snyder has a habit of crafting larger-than-life stories that hinge on being ridiculous, but he pulls the job off time and time again and leaves readers entertained after enjoying a nearly unbelievable story.
Being able to consistently write with well-placed intentions and a definitive purpose is one of Snyder’s strengths; each and every one of Scott Snyder’s lines of text have been thoughtfully crafted and thus carry with them great purpose and weight. And despite my concern that this series will get out of hand and, in the process, burn out, I am confident that Snyder’s well-polished storytelling abilities and keen sense of direction will inevitably right the ship.
This debut issue generates interest and gives readers good reason to return for Issue #2.
The Bottom Line:
Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung have produced an amazing debut issue; Justice League (2018-) #1 is packed tight with action and excitement and it is filled with unforgettable moments. Although the faces of our heroes are familiar, this iteration of the Justice League is unique and worth reading.