Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Justice League #1 Midnight Preview

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Okay--as promised, the Shrine, having just picked up Justice League #1 (and Flashpoint #5) at All Things Fun, is posting a special super-fast sneak preview of the book, for all of you crazy enough to be reading this at (checks clock) 1:25am.

Not being able to wait until I got home, I read JL #1 at the store, and my first impression was this: I enjoyed it. Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and co. are consummate comic book professionals, and working on such an obviously-heartfelt project must have inspired them to deliver the goods as best they could. The story is fast-paced, fun, full of action, and it looks great.
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As the Keeper of the Shrine, I have to say I'm disappointed that Aquaman is nowhere to be found in this inaugural issue--but, to be fair, neither are Wonder Woman or Flash. Johns is clearly planning a long-form roll-out of the team, so I guess us Aqua-Fans will just have to sit tight until he appears. Sure, I'm disappointed, but I look at it like this: I've been waiting almost a decade for Aquaman to be back in the JLA, I can wait a few more months!

I don't want to say anymore about the book--anyone interested in reading it should do so, and I don't want to spoil anything. The Shrine will be posting a fuller recap of Justice League #1 this Saturday, don't miss it!

5 comments:

Diabolu Frank said...

Meanwhile, I just finished up five Bronze Age themed posts across my blogs, some of them intensely involved, because I'm just that excited about Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Batman playing a pivotal role in the formation of the Justice League. Is Cyborg in this, at least? Getting in early couldn't hurt his desperate need for legitimacy.

I'm not bitter at all. No sir.

Max Evel said...

Been hearing about this for the last week. Looks Good !

Caffeinated Joe said...

Looks great! Hoping to grab a copy later this morning, unless they are all sold out!

Jakethy said...

The midnight release was fun and I couldn't help blogging about it first thing this morning - but kudos to YOU sir for posting at such a late hour.
I agree - the book was a lot of fun! I love the Brave & the Bold time given to Bats & GL - no need to rush these things. It just means that Arthur will get a more exclusive reveal when his time comes.

InVision Comics said...

An OK and fun book, but just fun and OK. Not BIG and GRAND. It doesn’t blow your mind. If Darkseid is the reason for a global threat that causes the heroes to come together, then we should have seen an open and obvious global threat. Not a single parademon trying to plant a bomb in downtown Gotham and another parademon (if not the same one) planting a Mother Box in a Metropolis sewer. They are also putting way too much emphasis on Batman, using him as the one who brings the Justice League together. A street crime fighter. That’s just not big and grand. It should have been Green Lantern coming to earth to warn its heroes of an oncoming threat. Compare this Justice League # 1 issue to the Kurt Busiek and George Perez Avengers # 1. It’s not even close. Yeah DC can say something like, “Well they’re the Justice League and not the Avengers and we’re not Marvel”, or something. But you know that comic fans are going to compare the two and if you want us continue to spend our money on every issue …
You see, DC Comics should have established the characters for us first before bringing them together as a team. The Justice League # 1 should have been the last book on the stands for us to buy. Not the first. I don’t know these characters. To have Superman hit Green Lantern as hard as he did, and not knowing Green Lantern’s power because they never met? What if he hit Batman like that? That was actually a killing blow. It's a clear indication that this is NOT the Superman that we know. Superman didn't determine Green Lantern's power level before the blow. In that, it read more like a cross between the Brave and the Bold and the Teen Titans. The Justice League # 1 should have been big and grand. It should have been amazing. Maybe it should have been Justice League # 0 as an introduction rather then the actual first issue. Well let’s see what happens in the second issue. They’ve already started the infighting again. But don’t worry, we all know what’s going to happen again. I’m sure that Batman is going to again find a way to defeat Superman again. Again. Am I nit-picking here? Probably but it’s because I want to book to continue with top sales …