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Published February 28, 2013

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“There’s only one Justice League!” Steve Trevor tells Amanda Waller, the new director of A.R.G.U.S.

It’s very true that most people think of JLA as Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the Green Lanter. This Justice League is a bit different though. Launching thanks to Justice League International getting canned, this introduces a whole lot of B- and C-list characters (as well as a few higher ups) as the new Justice League. It looks like they’re going for a more youthful look in this book, because while there are veterans like Martian Manhunter and Catwoman in the team, youngsters Vibe and Stargirl also make appearances.

It’s hard to give each character the attention they deserve because everyone is being introduced. Most characters get a page or two (except for the new Green Lantern who gets robbed with only one panel, and Green Arrow, who gets several pages for himself). The new JLA roster is as follows:

  • Steve Trevor. The blonde, powerless, military guy. He’s pretty grumpy this whole issue (maybe because his ex Wonder Woman is kissing Superman). From what we see, he’s the leader and probably the glue that keeps them together.
  • Hawkman. A.R.G.U.S. doesn’t know why he’s on Earth, but he’s pretty handy with maces and swords. He has wings too, which is always great.
  • Katana. A Japanese martial arts expert after revenge. She looks badass enough, but the panels with her in motion look pretty static and boring. Hopefully in the coming issues, she’ll be a bit more dynamic. She has her own title in the New 52, which might give her a bit more action.
  • Vibe. An eighteen-year-old who is “out of sync with the rest of the world”. What does that mean? Well he creates vibrations and apparently can see and sense anything from another dimension or reality. Sounds cool. He has his own title too, which is meant to be decent.
  • Stargirl. She’s another youngster – in high school, no less – and a media darling. Hopefully she gets enough time for homework and class after she’s recruited, because she seems lovely.
  • Martian Manhunter. Badass and menacing. Exactly how I imagined him.
  • Green Lantern (the new one). So as I said, Green Lantern got robbed in this issue, with only one panel devoted to him. Nothing much is said about him either, and not even his name is mentioned. I dug around a little (as I’m not a big DC person), and found out that his name is Simon Baz and he’s Muslim (more diversity points for DC).
  • Catwoman. Selina Kyle has always been pretty awesome, and she kicks Steve’s ass in this issue. At some point, I hope she can take Batman down.
  • Green Arrow. Life’s been pretty tough for this guy (apart from all the money and stuff). He’s the only character to see any real action in this book, so hopefully he survives to see the next issue. He seems cool.

So on first read, this issue is just about introducing the new team to readers. There’s really not that much excitement here, but there’s quite a bit of a potential.

Rating: 7/10

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