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Justice League of America: Rebirth

Back when my daughter Maggie was about 5 years old, we use to play this game called “The Test.” I would pick up a copy of JLA. We would sit together on the couch, and I would point at the superheroes on the cover.

“Ok, who’s this?”


“Correct. What about her? Who is she?”

“Wonder Woman.”

“You got it. How about this guy?”

“The… umm… The Flash!”

“Yes! Nice job!”

Maggie would always get a perfect score on The Test.

Cut to five years later….

Maggie and I decided to hit the comic shop before dinner tonight and see what’s new. As we looked over the books I saw Justice League of America: Rebirth #1. Cool, I picked it up.

“Hey Maggie, wanna do The Test? Who’s this?”

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Ranking DC’s Rebirth: 25 – 21

Justice League

Bryan Hitch, Tony Daniel, & Fernando Pasarin
This is the worst thing I’ve read in a long time. Hitch’s writing and art are super basic. The characters talk like their Silver Age counterparts, announcing their feelings and intentions, making them seem extremely flat. Some of these characters have had the chance to show some depth in their own titles, but in Justice League, they act cartoony, and I don’t mean in a good DCAU way. The story seems to move through expository dialogue instead of being motivated by character’s actions, which wouldn’t be all bad if Hitch could muster up some art that matches what he did in the Ultimates, or Ultimate Fantastic Four. I think taking on both duties is stretching the poor guy thin, which doesn’t give me a lot of hope for this book. – tyrannoflores

Works as a starting point for new readers, but that’s the only good thing it does. Lazy storytelling and even the art seems rushed in parts. The techno-organic space beasty is likely another Watchmen connection, so… enough to keep reading? – MMDG

First collection: Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machine (January)



Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino, & Felipe Watanabe
Well drawn but that’s all I can give it. Slade is a piece of shit and I’d rather watch him die. They aren’t even straddling the line and I don’t feel too compelled to read more about this guy. This book has badass overload; I don’t need to spend every page seeing Slade fuck, kill, or spit one-liners. Masochism without any sort of examination seems really pointless in this day and age. Won’t be reading more. – MeanOldPig

First collection: Deathstroke Volume 1: The Professional (March)


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DC Rebirth – Week 7

DC’s Justice League, the successor to comics’ first super-team, the DC/All-American Justice Society of America, has become something of an institution among comic book fans and pop culture junkies in general. For most of us who grew up with Super Friends every Saturday morning, this was the definitive assemblage of superhero icons, and in an era in which Hollywood has rabidly placed its hooks into every cape, cowl, and domino mask, trying like mad to control perceptions and dictate narrative directions, it’s more important than ever for these comic book institutions to stand on their own.

Bryan Hitch has the reins for this week’s Justice League: Rebirth, one of the “zero issues” that precedes the proper first-issue series reboot in DC’s Rebirth initiative. It’s a mostly familiar roster centered on the Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman trinity (albeit a pre-New 52 Superman who is still being regarded with some suspicion by his comrades). Aquaman and Flash are there, of course, as is Cyborg who, a few years ago, graduated from the Titans to the JLA. Taking the place of Hal Jordan are the two newest Green Lanterns of Earth, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

This one-shot succeeds, possibly more than any of the Rebirth introductions to date, at offering an ideal starting point for new or returning readers. Obviously that has a great deal to do with the fact that these are all recognizable characters; even beyond our cultural familiarity with DC’s franchise heroes, however, Hitch does an excellent job of featuring the individual powersets, the organizational dynamic, as well as the new status quo with an unfamiliar Superman and new Lantern recruits.

That’s a lot to cram into 22 pages. Oh, and there’s a giant techno-organic space beasty invading the city (more Watchmen-crossover hints?) attempting to harvest the populace. And because that’s a lot to tackle, the comic stumbles a bit. Not to give away too many spoilers, but there is a climactic everybody-shoot-at-once scene inside the creature that would feel lazy even in a Saturday morning Super Friends episode. Not to mention that it isn’t at all clear where they are when the guns are blazing (or still trapped inside its tummy when it flees the atmosphere?) It’s a super-team book, and that’s a tough dynamic to iron out. When you’re tasked with tidying up a complete story that involves a major extinction-level threat in the confines of one issue, then you’re going to deal with some wrinkles.

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