DC Comics presents a new Justice league team – the JLA – Justice League of America. How is this team any different than the Justice League? That’s a good question – and the answer is that while the Justice League united by chance and circumstances, the JLA were created with a single goal in mind – a counter measure against the original Justice League.
They are recruited to counteract each of the Justice League‘s abilities and skills: for example, they are strength enough to stop Superman; skill sufficient to overwhelm Wonder Woman; manipulation more creative than Batman‘s.
Justice League of America #1
Issue #1 gradually introduces and builds up some back story on each of the new or returning characters. ARGUS returns, having not made an appearance since early issues of Justice League, as they continue their covert activities.
Amanda Waller, a high ranking member of ARGUS, wants a powerful, and effective solution for taking on the Justice League. To be perfectly cynical: this new team, this Justice League of America, is a weapon. Steven Trevor – an experienced soldier and a central character of the issue – wants the team to grow into something more than just a defense mechanism, however.
Trevor is a likeable character. He has been through hell since he fell in love with Wonder Woman. He starts in a new direction, however, and it’s great to see Geoff Johns writing the character as a leader concerned for his new team, particularly the younger heroes: Stargirl, aged 16, and Vibe, aged 18. There remains a danger that the character could become a “Nice Guy” without any further development.
David Finch, billed as the artist of the issues alongside colourists Sonia Oback and Jeromy Cox, create strong art for the first issue. Trevor clashes with some of his new recruits, fighting with Catwoman in a hotel suit thick with shadows. Action represented through motion lines deliver a sense of fluid motion punctuated effectively with Rob Leigh’s lettering.
Hawkman, Catwoman, and Martian Manhunter all are given a full page when they appear, depicted with the audience looking up at them. Fine details, colour, and ink combined give a great impression these characters. It’s impressive stuff. Definitely worth reading for fans seeking a good team comic, and readers looking for a place to start reading DC comics.