Justice League is supposed to be the flagship title for the New 52. The first few issues have been rather good, can it continue to fulfill or is this just wishful thinking? Find out after the jump. . .
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jim Lee
Inker: Scott Williams
Colorist: Alex Sinclair with Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Cover Artist: Jim Lee and Scott Williams with Alex Sinclair
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Previously in Justice League: Earth is being attacked by unknown flying demon assailants (Parademons for those who haven’t figured it out). During these attacks, Earth’s greatest heroes are starting to gather together and attempt to beat back the forces. So far we have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman. Meanwhile, the demons are kidnapping scientists and in the process have obliterated the body of one Victor Stone, whose father then uses the experimental technology in the lab to try and save him.
CHARACTER WITHOUT PROGRESSION
Victor Stone is becoming Cyborg, in case that wasn’t obvious, and is freaking out about it, mostly blaming his dad. Meanwhile, the other six are debating who should be the leader with Lantern arguing about who can do what, and why anyone should be the leader. The character moments here are great, with Aquaman showing up G.L. proving what he can do. The story, on the other hand, moves about thirty seconds as the group is attacked by the military, mostly to hit the Parademons, but they don’t care about the rest. After Cyborg confronts a Parademon, he flashes through a Boom tube, kind of learns of the evil plot, and ends up in front of the other six. With the League now together, it’s time to reveal the big bad, Darkseid (which we’ve basically known since the beginning). Seriously, that’s the issue. Like I said, the character moments are being well done and I like where it’s going, but there was almost no progress made this issue.
Jim Lee does a great job here. Everything looks great, I like the new costume designs, and even Darkseid looks kinda scary. The quality of the work here is high enough that I have nothing to pick out. There isn’t anything that bothers me, and all of it looks great enough that I have nothing to point out as being exceptional over anything else.
BOTTOM LINE: PROLLY WORTH IT
Like I said, Geoff Johns has done a great job on character interaction and showing the younger versions of these characters as they first meet. Jim Lee is doing a great job with the redesigns. Even the extras in this issue made it worth it. My only problem was the utter lack of progression in this issue, essentially two things happened, both within the last few pages, the League is together and the Big Bad has appeared. Unfortunately, this lack of story drops what would have been a great book down to just a good one. Justice League #4 still earns a decent 3 out of 5 stars.