Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Justice League of America

Writer: Steve Orlando
Pencils: Ivan Reis
Inks: Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Julio Ferreira
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Clayton Cowles

A Call to Action:

The issue starts with the team off doing their own thing; Batman and Vixen having a conversation, Ray and Canary fighting a fire, Lobo fighting some volcano demons, While Frost and Ryan stay behind trying to fix the Troubalert. As soon as it is fixed the team is alerted to a situation in Saratoga and transport there to help. The Extremists however seem to be to much for our fledgling team, and right as Ryan is about to be executed, Batman steps up to take his place. Next Issue: First Blood of Lord Havoc.

The Confessional:

We finally get our first proper issue of the JLA, and it didn't go as expected for me. Before I get into the story I want to talk about this art, with a team of five it isn't hard to say I was surprised at how good the art was. All of the splash pages were given so much detail that I can honestly say if this is the art team for most of the book, even if it sucks story wise, it'll be worth the purchase. With clean artwork, excellent colors that pop when the issue should and are darker when needed, just fantastic. Not to mention the character renderings given such detail, especially on the big spreads… easily a knockout 10/10 on art. Now to the story, this team isn't a team yet, they don't know how to work together, they haven't earned each other's trust, and their first main fight is against aliens who want to enslave the planet to protect it from itself. Is Orlando taking story writing tips from Hitch??? As it is right now, Steve Orlando was batting 1,000 with our JLA one shots, but his work, in my opinion, is shaky at best so it is hard for me to say that this can get better… The best I can say is that though his writing in other books have been shaky his JLA stuff has been really good, so I do have a little hope that this can get better, however what I cannot stand for is having two crappy Justice League titles, and as long as Orlando can not write catastrophic world ending events like Hitch does this book will be MY JUSTICE LEAGUE. Final point: we all know Batman can't die in this title, so him exchanging himself for Ryan at the end of the book does not mean he is going to die in his place, so cliffhanger fell a bit flat.

Blessing: ★★★★★✩✩✩✩✩

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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