I have to say, in spite of the speed with which things seemed to be dispatched, I liked this opening salvo of Justice League.
I can admit I’m often blinded by Jim Lee’s art. To me, he is still one of the premiere artists working in comics today, and I am instantly drawn in (no pun intended) by anything he creates. When I heard he was teaming with Geoff Johns to not only redefine the Justice League, but re-start the DCU, I was more than willing to give it a shot based on the art alone.
It was a fun, action-packed story and of course the art was gorgeous. Did it seem to go by a little fast? Yes. But, I think that the sheer amount of stuff that was in the book lends itself to that feeling. Were there flaws in the story? Sure. But, I think that what this opening arc did was introduce us on a base level to a lot of ideas, concepts and characters that will play out in a larger way in other parts of the DCU. Darkseid and the Pandora back-up story being chief examples.
And let’s be honest, the fact that we got six issues (relatively) on time from Johns & Lee is a miracle unto itself and reason to celebrate.
Will Justice League continue being one of the top sellers of the New 52? It’s possible. With Jim Lee taking the next couple of issues off, it may lose some steam like Action Comics seems to have. As they say, only time will tell.
In the meantime though, today’s page was brought to us by Kevin Stokes:
Kevin Stokes currently resides in a northern suburb of Atlanta, GA. Kevin has worked on numerous comic projects. A list of his credits include his creator-owned series Departure, pencils on Forever’s Future (a collaboration with fellow Atlantan Nathan Massengill), pencils on Splittsville by Viper Comics, artwork for the TV series Smallville, artwork for the role playing game Mutants & Masterminds by Green Ronin Studios. Additionally, Kevin has “ghost inked” on such books as Batman, Ex-Machina, and Wondergirl.
And if all of that isn’t enough, Kevin has also does commercial work. A fine of example of this would be his artwork for the Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburger chain. Kevin commands a bold yet clean style. It won’t be much longer before he is a household name at the big publishers!
Have a good start to the week, friends! We’ll see you here on Wednesday!