The new Justice League receives four out of five stars from me but nearly only had three. Call it a B- (for those who remember having real grades). The art was dynamic, the first glimpse into this new word intriguing, what characterization there was was enjoyable, but the pacing stinks. It was way too deconstructed. Five pages, six tops, worth of story spread out over an issue. I'm still excited about the new DCU but this wasn't a great start.
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If nothing else, I'm glad to see Vic get bumped up to the big leagues. I hope he gets a solo series of his own at some point. I'd at least give that one a try.
You aren't supposed to be reading these as individual comics, you're supposed to read them as chapters in a TPB. The pacing works fine if you can just turn the page to the next chapter.
It'd be nice if DC would consider its periodical readers, especially for the entry comic in a major push that they've essentially said will define whether they can keep comics viable, but it's probably too much to ask.
No doubt, DC appreciates us buying it in this form and moving that cash flow along, until it can publish it in the form in which it's intended to be read.But I'd think those initial reviews are important, and "B-" due to not treating it as a comic book is pretty bad.
I read Justice League and enjoyed it for the most part. It was extremely deconstructed though. A few of Geoff Johns' other #1's have been pretty substantial even if it was part 1 of a 6 part story. This almost seemed out of character for him. However i can feel it is building up to something.
The art was great. I love Jim Lee and he's at the top of his game here.
My biggest problem was that Hal Jordan came over as a huge jackass. I typically like Hal but this new characterization was annoying. Maybe it'll change since this is an early story in the DCnU.
Anybody read Flashpoint #5? Was it good and/or did it add anything to Justice League?
And speaking of Flashpoint, does anybody but me remember that name has been used before? There was a three-issue Flash Elseworlds story in 1999 named Flashpoint, by Pat McGreal and Norm Breyfogle. Just curious if that's ever been addressed by ... anybody!
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