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Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) Paperback – February 5, 2013
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In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. Will this combination of Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first?
As a part of the monumental DC Comics' The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League! This powerhouse creative team re-imagines the classic heroes of the DC Universe for the 21st century. This volume collects issues #1-6 of Justice League.
This indelible recasting of the World’s Greatest Heroes has only grown in stature as the years have worn on, with fans everywhere gaining a greater and greater appreciation for this masterwork in the genre. Justice League Vol. 1: Origin has come to be emblematic of the word “Essential”.
“Welcoming to new fans looking to get into superhero comics for the first time and old fans who gave up on the funny-books long ago.... Written by Geoff Johns, with art by the godly Jim Lee, Justice League is a must read.” —Complex Magazine
“A good jumping-on point for new customers.” —Paste Magazine
“I don't care that he doesn't have red trunks, and I don't care that his suit has a few pointless lines on it to make it look sort of armorish instead of tightsy. I don't even care that there's no spitcurl, but just an approximation of one. He's still Superman and he's still great.” —Crave Online
“A great book.” —Ain’t It Cool News, Five Star Review
“A fun ride.” —IGN
- Publisher : DC Comics; 52nd ed. edition (February 5, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401237886
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401237882
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.65 x 0.47 x 10.12 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I like the idea of the new 52 with the JL at the center. The banter between the heros is comical, especially Batman and Green Lantern. I like that the team has the original players with the addition of Cyborg. I only really knew of him as a Teen Titian but I really like his addition. I would also have liked to see the Martian Manhunter but it was still a good book. I like how the story unfolds and I like how it takes a villain the magnitude of Darkseid to get them to unite. Makes it more believable. I can't imagine any other villain causing them to join forces. I will say that I would have preferred batman to keep his identity hidden. Batman is the most suspicious hero in all of comics so for him to reveal he is Bruce Wayne to GL ( and GL to have never heard of him like we don't know who Bill Gates is or Mark Zuckerberg) of all people really wasn't believable. Maybe to Superman but I recall Batmans cowl also having traces of lead in it so that Superman couldn't see through it but I guess that doesn't apply anymore. Overall it was a great read and I would suggest anyone who read comics in the 80's/ early 90's start with this
I have to admit, I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of throwing out all the previous history of my favorite characters, and it took a while for me to come around to sticking my toes in the water. And I also have to admit that I’m enjoying most of the stuff that’s going on. It’s just … different, but some of it (like Aquaman) is amazing.
Geoff Johns, long a favorite writer of mine, created the whole concept as I understand it, but left the re-creation of the individual character to the writer/artist teams for the most part. Justice League didn’t arrive in the first wave of DC’s The New 52. DC waited a while to let the reinvented characters make themselves known, which I think was a smart idea.
This new origin story for the Justice League is commendable. Like the Gardner F. Fox story that started the original team-up back in Brave & the Bold #28 in the 1950s. The menace then was, like Dardseid in this book, an otherworldly menace and featured pretty much the same characters. Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman were all there, but the Martian Manhunter was replaced by Cyborg in this latest incarnation.
I’m not even going to go into what’s been done to the Martian Manhunter in this revamped world. That’s one of the things I’m not particularly happy about. J’onn J’onzz was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. Don’t know why especially, but he was.
I like this graphic novel. Lots of action, lots of characters, lots of really good dialogue. Batman and Green Lantern duking it out, then arguing is really cool. Both of those characters are well done. Aquaman, of course, is just freaking amazing, but I was familiar with the character from those graphic novels I read (which is really great stuff and I can’t recommend it enough). Wonder Woman seemed a little thin character-wise, just not developed enough. Flash was pretty much what I remember from Johns’s take on him in Rebirth and Flashpoint, and I was happy with him. Superman is just a cipher, really flat, and Victor Stone (Cyborg) was a sad sack who somehow translated into a sudden genius with all the replaced body parts.
I had some problems with some of the story points, like Batman snatching Green Lantern’s ring away at one point (don’t think the ring would allow itself to be stolen – cars have alarms on them, and they’re certainly not as sophisticated), and there was no reason for Batman to reveal his secret identity to GL when he did. Batman has always been the most secret identity conscious of all the heroes in my opinion.
Victor’s relationship with his father is just too much of a downer in some respects. If this is what they’d always had between them, Victor would have given up long before now and gone his own way. And the whole curveball of throwing the alien hardware on Victor after his accident just seemed to be too easy. There was no real explanation that carried weight for me, just a, here’s your origin story. I prefer my Cyborg to be more cerebral than Victor seems to be here.
But the story comes together in the battle against Darkseid and Apokolips. As I said, I enjoyed the action and the pacing. The book is a good read, but I think it’s best if you read some of the solo adventures of the heroes in this new world before you dive into this one.
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The story. Batman is investigation "paranormal demon" type creatures using super advanced teleportation technology. He meets the Green Lantern a powerful young man with a huge chip on his shoulder and also investigating the same tech. Discovering it the tech is alien in origin they think it might be connected to the most famous and powerful alien on the planet Superman, after the usual brawl to be the alpha (and other getting involved) they discover the techs are the key to an alien invasion now with the planet at stake they must shelve their egos and work together. Everyone brings something to the table.
A pretty simple idea that is done excellently. This comics is full of big action scenes. Lot of explosions, and displays of power, with Jim Lee's big panel artwork to showcase this all. I love the new character design of the New 52 heroes and villains. All in all an awesome action packed comic.
This comic is part of The New 52, a kind-of universe reboot which starts from scratch, reintroducing the classic DC characters in a 21st Century setting with no need for prior knowledge. As a new reader, this comic allows you to embrace a new comic book universe. The situation that brings the characters together is an awesome one which really gets you on your toes and caring for what happens to the characters. Jim Lee's art is just fantastic. The classic costumes are given realism and function and still look like classic adventure heroes.
The plot is... not exactly cerebral. While Jim Lee's art is fantastic, Geoff Johns' writing is not so much. The plot is basically nonexistent because the story is mainly wall-to-wall noise and senseless action. Like Marvel's Siege, there's not enough plot development and the characters don't really get any depth. For example, Aquaman is kind of thrown in half way in and has very little input to the story following. Conversely the character Cyborg, a lesser-known DC character, is given an origin story and tons of depth, which is quite nice.
There is also content which makes no sense and the character are introduced with no backstory and no explanation. We are introduced by Batman on page 1, with no mention of his origins, his real name or his relation to other characters. He is chasing an alien antagonist, demanding he tells him what he was doing at "the docks", and we are given no explanation, and never get an answer. Green Lantern shows up out of nowhere to save the caped crusader and just as little effort is given in introducing the character or his relation to the plot. Superman comes in acting like a total tool, attacking Green Lantern and Batman straight away, very uncharacteristically. Later, Batman unmasks himself to Green Lantern and tells him his name. Why? There is no good reason.
So again, like Marvel's Siege by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, the art is glorious but the action is monotonous and mindless, with generic villains thrown in. However, it's still an extremely exciting comic book and the characters are fun to see using their unique powers and it will really let you get into these new comics.
The plot is your basic alien invasion heroes rise up to beat it story, standard fair for comic book team stories, the aliens are from Apokolis and led by Darkseid, the heroes Hal Jordan an arrogant and cocky pilot who for some reason has been given a green lantern power ring (there is no way the guardians would give a man like him one off the most powerful weapons in the universe it's like giving a four year old a live land mine) it may just be me personally but I found him hugely annoying I can understand he has no fear but add to that no common sense and you get an idiot with a big mouth and a bigger ego. Barry Allen aka the Flash just a normal guy he happens to be able to run really fast, Superman younger and less refined then you might expect but still to stupid to think past using his superpowers for a solution, Wonder Woman the team badass, Aquaman the grumpy one who can control marine creatures, Cyborg the young hero who gains his powers in story and Batman who is well......Batman.
There is much that works well there is a multitude of action and the entire volume does a good job of keeping up the pace while slowly adding the heroes to the story, the cyborg origin is well written in and him coming to terms with what he has become is touched on well but could have done with a bit more time to develop the interactions between the main players are also well done and often humorous but I couldn't believe Batman didn't punch Hal Jordan every time he made a smart comment.
The problem is that the good work is undone by an ending which really is just a bit to easy, Darkseid is one of DC's greatest bad guys and to have him defeated so easily feels a little wrong that and generally the plot just didn't grab me it felt just a little to generic, I suppose the story is really about bringing the heroes together but to have a stronger background story would have made a better impact.
So not without merit it just feels like something is missing, it's certainly enjoyable it just lacks a little substance that would have taken it from being good to great.
The book contains issues 1 to 6 so this is the very first New 52 Justice League arc and overall I enjoyed it. Yeah the plot is the same as the first act of the Avengers film, which did it better but there is some fun to be had. I especially liked the dynamic between Batman and Green Lantern and wouldn't mind if this is built upon in later stories.
This was my first Justice League title and this book makes me want to get into the range (which is why I've ordered Volume 2) and seems like a good place to start for newbies. Maybe veteran DC fans won't be quite so thrilled with this book as it may retread similar themes from other arcs but I enjoyed and would give 4 out of 5 stars.
One of my favourite dc characters wonder woman is written differently in this book. Compared to how she is by Brian azzarello in the wonder woman comics. Then again I get the impression that most of the characters such as superman and, batman etc, are written differently in the jla comics compared to their own titles.
Justice league volume 1 has taken a little bit of getting used to but I look forward to reading more volumes in this series. I already have JLA volume 2 downloaded on my kindle fire.