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Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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Q&A with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
Q: What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?
Geoff Johns: This has been a tremendous opportunity to go back and look at the central core of the characters, the directions they've gone in over the years and the new takes we can bring to them. For me, the Justice League had become too much of a tight knit unit. Their relationships became nearly interchangeable, and in a team dynamic that is extremely dull. What conflicts would come out of their different personalities and approaches to these larger-than-life problems? How would the world's greatest super heroes really form a team? Their relationships are vastly different with one another and will continue to be.
Jim Lee: It's been incredible to see so many people coming together and be a part of this fresh, new direction to move our characters forward for, what we hope, will be a new generation of fans. These are characters that have been around for many, many decades and you shouldn't feel scared to be changing that up because otherwise they're just going to ossify and become relics of the past, as opposed to something living and breathing in the present.
Q: How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?
GJ: You always want to remain true to the core essentials of the characters that have made them connect with generation after generation, but at the same time you want to take chances. You want to do something that hasn't been done. For me personally, I want to explore mythologies and villains and new elements that are introduced alongside the world's famous characters.
Q: What would you say defines the character you are working on?
GJ: Their central concept, which is an emotionally driven one. I'm surprised by how many super heroes seem to lack believable motivation and, in comics, are often ill-defined. What does the character want? And how does that relate to the bigger story at hand? And how can I connect to that? That's what defines the character for me. Their powers, worlds and enemies should all be an extension of that.
Q: What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character?
GJ: I'm inspired by anything that I connect to emotionally and, in the case of super heroes, that I cheer for.
Q: So what do you consider to be your character's definitive stories?
GJ: That's up to the audience to decide. Sinestro Corps became one because it connected with so many readers.
Q: With over 75 years of stories, is it difficult discovering new ideas and places for these characters to go that haven't already been done?
GJ: Surprisingly, there's always more stories to come from these characters--that's what makes them great.
Q: What would you say is the difference in approach between writing and dialoguing the characters of The New 52 versus their previous incarnations?
GJ: I don't want anything to be taken for granted. I don't want the Justice League to be the worked-together-and-friends-for-life characters that they've been. So approaching them in a different way, as people first and heroes second, is what I've been doing.Q: Jim, what's it like working together with Geoff on Justice League? What about his writing do you think compliments your art?
JL: Geoff's energy jumps off the script and while he's known for his in-depth history of the rich DC Universe, it's his focus on character and the interpersonal quirks that really make it fun working on DC's trademark superteam. I get a big kick out of drawing their first interactions and more human aspects on the page, including a sense of humor and fun amidst this amazing roller-coaster ride of explosions, derring-do and heroics. At the end of the day, it's this journey you didn't expect that keeps people excited about comics!
Q: Jim, you've been involved with two of the biggest comic launches in comics history, X-Men No. 1 and Justice League No. 1. What's it like for you making such huge marks in the industry? Are they similar in any way?
JL: It's great! I think any artist wants to reach the widest audience possible for their work, so it's always gratifying to work on a project that captures a lot of fan attention and be considered a huge success. That instant feedback online and meeting fans at conventions is always a rush that fuels me to keep drawing late into the night. Justice League was part of a much larger effort, so it's even more rewarding to see the whole relaunch resonate with fans in a huge way!
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Highly recommend this book as a starting point.
- Batman: "No."
- Green Lantern: "Super-strength?"
- Batman: "No."
- Green Lantern: "Hold on a second... You're not just some guy in a bat costume, are you? Are you freaking kidding me?!"
So when the hullabaloo's died down, what then? For a few months DC dominated the comic book market with its new "no trunks" 52 relaunch, its cr@pload of number one issues compelling you and me and that hopeful speculator to empty out our pockets. DC's flagship title, JUSTICE LEAGUE, started off strong, as only a project could when helmed by Geoff Johns and the mighty, mighty Jim Lee. The near-irresistible hook presents us with these heroes meeting each other for the first time all over again, and most of them copping an attitude.
This inaugural story arc is set five years ago, in this reimagined universe. It's a time when DC's metahumans first burst onto the scene and were immediately viewed with suspicion and alarm by the populace. Except there's nothing like a global alien invasion to all of a sudden quell them pangs of mistrust.
It's a really promising start. The first four issues are helluva fun reads, mostly because we're eyeballing Jim Lee's dynamic classic artwork (he really does make Superman's metal-plated costume look good) and because we get to soak in these new again characters' awkward, prickly interactions with each other. The first issue, which features Batman and Green Lantern's frosty first meeting, establishes the tone. I get a big kick that each new hero then introduced would echo Green Lantern's natural curiosity in determining what Batman's super-powers are. Geoff Johns infuses these initial issues with a good amount of humor, mostly at the expense of the Dark Knight.Read more ›
That being said I wanted not to like this... but I couldn't. Jim Lee's art was sensational(like always!)! Also Geoff Johns did a good job weaving in 7 heroes joining together nicely, if a bit rushed, but it is understandable with how much he had to fit it. The banter between the heroes was spot on, except for Batman! Johns view of Batman is more of a highly intelligent, wise, leader as apposed to the more sullen roguish Dark knight. He portrayed him the same way when Batman was in some of Johns "The Flash" about 5 years back. I guess everyone has different takes on different characters.
Also I was surprised at the lack of focus Johns put on the villain of the story, which was Darkseid. Johns has a reputation of putting you in the mind of his villains, which can add so much to the story! I won't hold that against him in this collection since he had a lot to do (re)introducing 7 heroes.
If DC was going to hit the reset button on us with the Justice league, they were very wise to have Johns/Lee/Williams do it! I would give the story a 4 and the art a 5. Since there isn't a 4.5 I can choose I'll round this up to a 5!
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I haven't read comics since I was a kid so I thought I'd try out this volume after gaining more interest in the DC universe characters from BvS: Dawn of Justice. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Tompliments
There wasn't much of a story to this volume, and it seemed to revolve around getting Green Lantern to behave, but it was amazing fun to look at all the fight scenes and is worth... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Clayton Anderson
I wish it was longer and had more depth to how the super hero's meet. Maybe that's what the following volumes are for.Published 1 month ago by Eric Baldwin
This works as a starting point for the foundation of Justice League but the fact that it happened 5 years ago and this whole 5 year time period with all the new 52 characters just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sultan I. Khetani
Pulls you right in with action
Incredible artwork and detail
Cannot wait to read the entire story arc
One word comes to mind after reading this comic: amazing.
This origin seemed like a Green Lantern centered start. Read more