Written by Geoff Johns, Art & Cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
Solicitation Info (from Previews): Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes!
Bias: I was excited about this one – maybe worried about seeing issue 4 or 5 on time, but definitely excited about the first issue. I was pretty sure that both the story and art would be exceptional, and I was interested in seeing how this first look at the affected DC Continuity turned out.
What I liked: This was an action movie of a comic. The art was spectacular (but what else do you expect from Jim Lee?) There was an energy to it that swept you up and kept you going at a break-neck pace from beginning to ending. The story was fast – and well – paced. It focused on Batman and Green Lantern, and really played up the differences between the two – often to humorous effect. Another hero showed up at the very end, in costume, and it looks like the upcoming issues will see the origin of a fourth hero (we see the character in civilian garb, and have every indication that he isn’t yet the hero he will become.)
What I Disliked: It felt like an appetizer, not the main course, and this story definitely seems to be “written for the trade paperback.” I know not every title was going to be strictly “single issue story arcs,” but I expected to get more of the story than what we got. Still, if anything, it felt like an episode of 24 – too exciting by far to actually wait for the trade paperback!
Verdict: This wasn’t your daddy’s origin of the Justice League, but I loved it, and will be adding it to my pull list.
I’m going to put a few spoilers in the comments – do NOT read them if you haven’t read the story and don’t want some of the details revealed – but I wanted to give a few thoughts on my favorite scene and discuss some of the plot points and questions I have about where the comic is heading. Can’t do that without a few spoilers… In any case, you’ve been warned!