Let me be the first to admit that I am woefully informed about what’s going on at DC comics regarding the restarting of their entire universe. My basic understanding is that as a result of the Flashpoint story arc, everything is going to be re-done and re-imagined. The first of the new books came out this week, Justice League #1. And, I have to say that so far, I kinda like it.
Things I enjoyed about the first issue:
1. Finally, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is as cocky as one would imagine someone whose most vaunted trait is his will power. I mean, I’ve met bread makers who are more confident than the old Hal Jordan. A test pilot and a ring slinger should be more…well, more of an obnoxious bastard, and now he is!
2. Superman. We don’t get to see much of him, but he definitely comes across as a massively powerful being. The new outfit I think is pretty cool also. No more Depends, red adult diaper pants for the man of steel. But he’s otherwise left as sort of a mystery until next issue, touted as showing us “Batman vs Superman.” If Batman goes head to head with Supes, I will be disappointed. More than likely, Bats will use his superior intellect to…um…be clever while Superman is frying him to a crisp with his heat vision.
3. Batman so far is portrayed as a normal guy who is gifted as an acrobat and who has supreme fighting skills. He’s also shown as an accomplished pickpocket and as being good with cube-shaped puzzles. Favorite line from the book? Green Lantern says to Batman, “Hold on a second…You’re not just some guy in a bat costume, are you? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!”
There are other little hints here and there about Cyborg, but mainly the first issue is about Batman, Green Lantern, and Superman. Three of the classics. I eagerly await next week to see what DC does with the other titles. So far, this first issue of JL just feels like an alternative universe storyline. But I think it’s worth picking up. Regardless of how good the first issue is, we will all have to wait and see what things are like when this new universe of superheroes becomes more permanent.