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I was looking forward to the new Justice League - how can you go wrong with Jim Lee and Geoff Johns? You can't!
The book does not disappoint as DC Comics continues to reintroduce their characters - and interesting reactions from the populace of Gotham as they mutter about these "super humans."
Humor is rampant. "What? You're just a guy in a Bat costume?" You get the idea.
GL and Batman meet up with an alien who is a mechanical monster thing from Darkseid - and the authorities want to put Batman away for keeps! With a few accidents here and there, GL being overconfident and Batman being very, very cautious with these new super-people, the story all comes together well.
And the intro of Superman into the scene with Batman makes an anticipatory second issue mandatory to the reader!
Not all the DC 52 stories make it for me. But this one really blows out! A bit more expensive, a little thicker book, and well worth it. A must-buy.
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If I wrote this review the way this book was written, I would take 5000 words to tell you the book was no good. Here's the plot: Green Lantern and Batman meet, engage in small talk, and meet one other member of the Justice League. That is literally all that happens here. Twenty pages for nothing to happen. No backstory, no character development, not even any real action.
The artwork was unbelievable, amazing, sheer perfection. But it was totally wasted on this lame slow-motion story. I cannot believe no one at DC realizes how bad it is.
Someone at DC needs to wake up and realize that beautiful pictures of superheroes doing nothing is not enough. There are too many other entertainment choices for us today- $0.99 iPhone apps, cheap e-books, cheap movie rentals. If their intention is to let their showcase writer drag a 20 page story across 6 months of books, they will put the final nail in the comic book coffin.
Much of the other "New 52" has been great. It's a shame that this heavily hyped, flagship book was so pathetic. I'm sure it turned off a bunch of potential readers.
The one thing I will say is that this issue looks gorgeous! However like the fellow reviewer stated, that alone doesn't justify a 20 something page of literally nothing. I won't "spoil" (not that there is anything to spoil) anything but this inaugural reboot issue only has soft dialogue and what little action there is goes by so quickly it won't leave an impression. I'm a new reader to the DC world so I was happy they were going to do a reboot however it would have been best to really start from the ground up and not this "soft-reboot" thing. They should have made a separate DC Universe line similar to Marvel's Ultimate universe. The idea of it having connections with the older pre-Flashpoint stories means new readers will get somewhat confused with all the back stories (with a few books mind you) so it kinda defeats the purpose of "enticing new readers".