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Comic Book Review: Justice League United #1

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Book: Justice League United #1
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Mike McKone
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo

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Summary from Comixology: “In Canada, the team of Animal Man, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter and Stargirl is joined by Adam Strange to fight an unstoppable forced called the Unimaginable.”

Overview

This story mainly focuses on the forming relationships of members consisting of Justice League United, who are Gathering to protect the universe. From that description, these guys are starting to sound like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and I’m OK with that. I think this will be a fun book with humor, as well as serious notes. The issue is packed with a lot of action, and also its fair share amount of dialogue and plot progression.

The Good

My favorite part of this series so far, which started with issue #0, are the fight scenes. The panels are only red and white with some black. It really adds to the intensity of these characters fighting. Let me say that the fight scene in this issue between Lobo and Hawkman was one of the most brutal and insane fights I have seen since Thor’s hammer went through a builder in the Infinity series. I also really enjoyed the humor between Green Arrow and Animal Man. It was very much like Green Lantern and Flash from before N52. On one page Animal Man is hoping like a rabbit and Arrow asks “Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look?” to which animal man replies with “yes… my wife reminds me everyday.” I laughed while reading that and it’s making me really enjoy seeing these character’s dynamics form.

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The Bad

I personally felt that The Unimaginable monster was not terrifying enough. Now, I don’t want anything to keep me up late at night scared of the dark, but I felt that this creature would be defeated pretty easily. With Martian Manhunter being involved I already figured he would have a way to defeat this creature and be able to save the day. In the end of the issue we are introduced to the “main” villain of this story arc, Slayer of Worlds, and it felt rushed.

Verdict

This was an enjoyable read that didn’t feel too thrown together. This issue had a lot going on for a #1 but it wasn’t overboard. It had the action and suspense you want, and it included some light humor to keep you entertained. The issue also included some beautiful art and a lot of memorable fight scenes. For a score I have to go with a solid 3 out of 4. This is well done comic and a good new series for DC. Go pick this up and come back next week for a new review. If you read this issue, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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