Review Justice League of America #1 “JLA vs. JL”



Amanda Waller is the new point of contact for the Justice League with A.R.G.U.S. But she knows that there are some things that they cannot be counted on to do. Enter the Justice League of America, with the man she succeeded Steve Trevor reluctantly taking on the role of field leader and mentor. The two proceed to strategically put together a roster of heroes who can not only get the job done, but perhaps do the impossible. If a situation ever calls for it, they will put down the Justice League.

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As a set up issue, Justice League of America #1 works pretty well.  Geoff Johns concentrates on the political and strategic aspect behind how this team is brought together. Each hero serves a primary role as a specific counter to a member of the Justice League. Their presentation in the book is limited to a brief couple of pages, or hardly at all, yet it’s enough to display why Waller has chosen them. Some of the reasoning behind Waller’s decision to put this team together is both fascinating and believable. Her explanation to Trevor how concerned the world should be of Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up makes for some intrigue that I’m interested in seeing get played out. There is a subplot occurring that is supposed to put the team in immediate danger of imploding before it ever gets rolling. It doesn’t quite compliment the main story at first, but it does pick up a little steam by the end of the issue.


Illustrating the book is David Finch, who I find interesting because of how similar readers might believe his style of art to be with Jim Lee. I’m familiar with Finch and it takes a close eye to see that he’s not really that comparable to Jim. For example, Finch pays more attention to the eyes. There’s one page where Waller is trying to convince Trevor to lead the new team. She speaks rather sternly, but her eyes show a sense of vulnerability, that she needs him to believe what she is saying in true. The coloring by Sonia Oback with Jeromy Cox appears muted in tone and not very bright. This is clearly intentional, presenting a different kind of definition that makes it stand out separately from Justice League.

This is a good start for Justice League of America.  There is a great deal of intrigue that could make for an exciting book, so long as Geoff Johns keeps things simple and not go overboard with the concept. If this rag-tag group of heroes can work together cohesively, they just might have a chance to best the Justice League. The artwork by David Finch is great and does a fine job to enhance the story. I’m still very cautious about whether or not the book will ultimately work out in the end, but I like it for now. As such, this is a title I would recommend for readers to pick up.

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