OK, so first the obvious. Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) has beautiful, iconic cover art. It's a beautiful image of all the Justice League...moreOK, so first the obvious. Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) has beautiful, iconic cover art. It's a beautiful image of all the Justice League members starting out the new 52's lineup. It's simple, sexy and does the trick, showing off the Justice League's new design. The focus is on the characters themselves, where it should be for this kind of origin story.
The interior art is equally good. It's sleek and sexy as Batman and Green Lantern battle a mysterious extraterrestrial enemy. Jim Lee has done an excellent job.
Since this is a Justice League origin story, it's all about the superheroes meeting for the first time. There isn't enough time for a lot of character development, but immediately there is a difference between Batman's seriousness and Hal Jordan's joking and over confident personality.
The dialogue here is what shines the most. The confrontation between Batman and Green Lantern is full of fun, snarky dialogue that doesn't take itself too seriously. The bottom line is that is it enjoyable. The best is this gem!:
- Green Lantern: "What are your powers anyway? You can't fly." - Batman: "No." - Green Lantern: "Super-strength?" - Batman: "No." - Green Lantern: "Hold on a second... You're not just some guy in a bat costume, are you? Are you freaking kidding me?!"
Another gem is when Wonder Woman tries ice cream for the first time. Each of the characters get small moments like these and it's a lot of fun. Even Aquaman comes off as a bad ass. The league has a confrontation with a promising big bad that ends in a stalemate and opens up a mystery as to why the big bad wants Superman. Perhaps the confrontation is anticlimactic, but it's a good narrative hook from which to move forward.
From other reviews I've read online, it seems that a lot of people are upset by the Justice League reboot. It takes place 5 years in the past, and so compresses the entire history of the Justice League into a five year period. Some people are particularly annoyed that now Batman seems to have gone through 5 Robins in 5 years. Or at least that's how I understand it. None of this really bothers me. I don't think people should take it that seriously.
Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) is a promising start to the flagship DC title. It's super accessible for newbies like me. I don't have to know anything about the DC Universe to get into it, and for me, that's important.(less)
Green Lantern: No Fear reintegrates Hal Jordan into his old life as a pilot and a green lantern. This volume follows a couple of story lines that jump...moreGreen Lantern: No Fear reintegrates Hal Jordan into his old life as a pilot and a green lantern. This volume follows a couple of story lines that jump around a little.
The Good: The artwork is fantastic. It's colorful but not overdone. No Fear is a good place to jump into Green Lantern. It has plenty of backstory but not so much that a new reader has to know to get what is going on. The Black Hand story arc gives some interesting foreshadowing for the Blackest Night series.
The Bad: The man-hunter and shark story arcs aren't that great. They don't really go anywhere and the villains aren't very interesting, although we do learn that the man-hunters have a boss.
Bottom Line: Green Lantern: No Fear isn't the most exciting of the Green Lantern series, but it does the job of reintegrating Hal Jordan back into his old life and preparing for the Blackest night series.(less)
In Rebirth Geoff Johns skillfully brings Hal Jordan back to the Green Lantern Corps. Bringing him back could have been a convoluted mess, but the plot...moreIn Rebirth Geoff Johns skillfully brings Hal Jordan back to the Green Lantern Corps. Bringing him back could have been a convoluted mess, but the plot line here flows pretty well. The Illustrations are bright and eye-catching. Rebirth is an enjoyable read.
Bottom Line: Rebirth is a must for Green Lantern fans, and good place to start becoming acquainted with the Green Lantern series.(less)
With Hal Jordan returned to the center of the Green Lantern series, Green Lantern Corps: Recharge reestablishes the Green Lantern Corps and introduces...moreWith Hal Jordan returned to the center of the Green Lantern series, Green Lantern Corps: Recharge reestablishes the Green Lantern Corps and introduces some new faces. The action focuses on familiar faces Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner and Kilowog as they train the new recruits. New lantern Natu also gets considerable attention.
Geoff John's writing is up to its usual high standards. The pace is fast and even if the plot isn't that memorable, it's a fun read. The art work is colorful, if a bit too cartoonish.
Bottom Line: Recharge is a must for Green Lantern fans. Despite an unmemorable plot, the fast pace and good artwork make for a fun afternoon.(less)
Secret Origin is the first Green Lantern graphic novel I've read. It was recommended to me as a good place to start learning about the world of Green...moreSecret Origin is the first Green Lantern graphic novel I've read. It was recommended to me as a good place to start learning about the world of Green Lantern. It is also a good place to start the setup to the "Blackest Night" story arc.
In Secret Origin we learn about a lot of Hal Jordan's back story. For long-time fans of Green Lantern, it may be a bit boring and rehashed.
Bottom Line: Secret Origin is a great place to start to get into Green Lantern, though it may bore other fans, it still does have some tidbits for the lead up to "Blackest Night."(less)