I don’t normally buy single issues, in fact I haven’t since I was in high school, but with the relaunch of the entire DC Universe, I got excited for one very specific reason: digital day and date release. I don’t want to have to board and bag my comics, and the thought of keeping long boxes just hurts my back as I think about moving out of my apartment. So, anyway, what I’m trying to say is that DC won me over by combining possibly the best jumping-on point in comics history with the new same-day digital release model.
So I paid $4.00 for a digital file I read in about 20 minutes, how does this make me feel? With Justice League in particular, it makes me feel… fine. Not great, not really disappointed, just, fine. I grew up on Morrison’s JLA (which has me incredibly excited to read Action Comics this month), and probably expected too much out of the book.
The problem is, this feels simply like a team-up book between Green Lantern and Batman. I know these are the two characters who are the big money-makers for DC, but I bought Justice League thinking this would be a team book staring more than two characters. Where were Flash, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman? I understand that this is a first meeting, but the character I care least about on the cover – Cyborg, got several pages, and these other founding members of the League got none. In the first issue. I take it back, I am a little disappointed.
That being said, since really I’m reviewing the relaunch as a whole based on one issue, I’ve got mixed feelings. Justice League was my second-most anticipated book (after the afore-mentioned Action Comics) for the relaunch. It didn’t grab me even a little bit, which is jarring and really unfortunate since I’m completely sold on the relaunch of the universe as a whole.
As a person brand new to buying comics on a weekly basis rather than trade waiting for every single thing I want to read (a.k.a. I can finally start reading DC again since I don’t have to wait three years for a collection!), I’m not calling it quits quite yet. I will probably end up buying 15 to 20 more titles over the course of September just to dip my toe into a lot of things and try to keep my excitement up.
The real question here, however, is will I be buying Justice League #2 the day of its release? Sadly no, it didn’t win me over. I may wait a month for it to drop a buck or wait to see until after the first arc if we get a discount on the digital collection.
In case you’re curious, here are the other titles I’m looking to pick up this month before reading any reviews (just to see if your tastes match mine at all):
Justice League International (hoping we get a good team vibe out of this and some hook of an initial story)
Green Lantern: The New Guardians
Justice League Dark
Story: 3 - Good
Art: 3 - Good
Art: 3 - Good
(Scores are both out of 5 possible stars)