Thursday, February 9, 2017

Justice League of America: Rebirth #1

Writer: Steve Orlando
Pencils: Ivan Reis
Inks: Joe Prado and Oclair Albert
Colors: Mercelo Maiolo
Letters: Clayton Cowles

Team Assembled:

This issue is exactly that, after a month of one-shots for most of this team Batman finally gathers them up to create his team of non-Gods. I foresee a lot of problems between these team members before they become a solid unit; and I can't wait.

The Confessional:

With this issue being mostly set up there wasn't much to it really. Unfortunately that was a major let down for me, we had a month of solid issues where we got to learn about most of these characters and for the first issue of the book in proper to be... so lacking was sad. For the positives: The art was fantastic, the whole artistic team made this book pop and that page with Batman just lurking in the shadows while Frost tries to recruit Canary was phenomenal. The story wasn't bad, and if this follows most other Rebirth titles, this is more like prequel number 1 not the proper number 1, which makes my feelings about it a little better. I really enjoyed the tension between the characters at the end of this issue, The Main Man is going to push the limit before Batman can bring him to heel or put him in a cell again. That right there, if done right will make this one of the best books in the Rebirth line-up. The negative: Batman should have assembled the team at the end of each one-shot, leaving this issue to set up for the main story, now we have had four one-shots and a team gathering issue with no idea as to what their first main mission is going to be. Batman wanted Ray Palmer, how hard is he going to be on Choi? Lobo is the wild card and is going to be the character to watch; I see him getting into it with Batman and/or Canary within the first story arc.

Low Holy: ★★★★★★★✩✩✩ 

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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