Continuing my look at the DC Rebirth books, today’s issue is Justice League: Rebirth #1.
Starting off with this cover. I don’t know what it is, but if I squint, it almost looks like a Mike Wieringo cover. I’m sure it’s just and odd coincidence, but if Tony Daniel said that he somehow did this over a Wieringo layout, I would not be surprised.
Inside, we are presented a story written and drawn by Bryan Hitch. I haven’t been picking up his Justice League of America book, so it’s been awhile since I’ve seen interiors by Hitch. However, since he is taking over the main Justice League title, surely that is a testament to the work he has been doing on that series.
As much as I like the Justice League and Hitch, the villain of this issue throws me off. It’s already been noted online that this new threat, the Reaper is similar to the Reapers in the Mass Effect videogame series. Seems like a weird choice and peculiar that no one at DC questioned it. Apathy or ignorance of the similarity?
Later in the issue, smaller creatures come off of the original and start attaching themselves to people. You know, like Starro the Conqueror. About halfway through this comic, I wondered why they didn’t just use Starro. He is the first villain the Justice League fought in their initial appearance. I don’t want to hear any revisionist Appellaxian history.
I’m not sure what you get by using a Reaper instead of Starro? Right now, it seems like they are very similar. There would also be a sense of symmetry with the first Justice League of American adventure by including Starro. If it turns out that the Reaper is an offshoot of Starro, that would make perfect sense.
As noted in yesterday’s article about Superman #2, this League doesn’t yet know Superman or trust him. Again, this is a really novel take on how the world reacts to Superman and something for him to overcome.
Eventually, with the help of Superman, the League repels the Reaper. The Reaper leaves Earth but not before warning of a greater threat that surely we will never hear about ever again.
I’ve always been a big fan of the “Big Seven” version of the Justice League. Now, we are closer to the “Big Eight.” Since the start of the New 52, Martian Manhunter has been replaced on the League with Cyborg. If you are going to replace J’onn J’onzz, I can’t think of anyone better. Cyborg “graduating” to the big leagues is such a great concept and development for the character. Rookie Green Lanterns, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, take Hal’s spot on this version of the Justice League.
I was on the fence as to whether or not to pick up Justice League. This is a good introduction to this new variation of the team. Tony Daniel is the regular artist on the book, so it will be interesting to see if Bryan Hitch’s writing alone is enough to make this a compelling read. I’ll be sticking around for a while to find out.
I also picked up the variant cover by Joe Madnightshyamalan.