Monday, February 27, 2017

Justice League of America #1

Logically, Justice League of America #1 makes about as much sense as the plot to the Oscar-winning Suicide Squad. This isn't the first time Batman has assembled his own team (although events concerning his role in the Outsiders are still a bit fuzzy after the Rebirth reboot). Believing the Earth needs a new super-team to fight the DCU's larger threats, Batman cobbles together one hell of a bizarre looking group. Longtime Justice League mainstays such as Black Canary and Vixen are givens. And the Ray and Ryan Choi certainly make sense. But the former super-villain Killer Frost? And the uncontrollable galactic bounty hunter Lobo? Just what is Batman thinking?

Given the odd make-up of the team, which appears to be throwing a group of currently unused characters together in a single book (whether they belong together or not), it's hard not to compare it the flawed Suicide Squad film. The first mission for these new Justice Leaguers will be stopping the Extremists, a group of super-villains from a parallel Earth looking for a new planet to conquer after killing off all of its world's heroes. Can Batman pull this ragtag band together? Well, he is Batman. Hit-and-Miss.

[DC, $2.99]

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