Mild Mannered Reviews – Justice League: Rebirth #1

Justice League: Rebirth #1

Mild Mannered Reviews – Justice League: Rebirth #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 6, 2016

Cover date: September 2016

“Fear the Reaper”

Writer: Bryan Hitch
Penciller: Bryan Hitch
Inker: Daniel Henriques with Scott Hanna
Cover: Tony S. Daniel & Tomeu Morey

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

Superman being a member of the Justice League of America is not something that works for this critic. Superman is a League onto himself, and when he’s placed on the JLA, he’s usually lessened to allow him a place on the team, and so as not to show up the other members. The satellite era and Grant Morrison’s JLA run are exceptions, but it’s not easy to manage a character fast as the Flash, more powerful than Wonder Woman and Aquaman combined, and with a power set that makes having a Lantern ring irrelevant. Batman hasn’t been forgotten, he is, however, a non-factor, as he receives the opposite treatment: he is aggrandized to make up for his lack of abilities, becoming the de facto leader of the team, using the others as tools in his utility belt. It’s not an easy balance to strike, if such a thing is possible. Hitch’s opening to his run on Justice League (if you ignore his abandoned Justice League of America series) does strike the right equilibrium, at least in this issue, as he borrows from Morrison’s rule book, and also seems genuinely interested in telling big stories, another Morrison rule, using the powerhouse team he has assembled before him. What Hitch does get right from the jump, is the need for the League to need each other. They can only go so far without the Lanterns, and without Superman, the League might have been consumed altogether this outing. Most of the rating comes from what seems to be Hitch’s zeal for playing with these characters. The Flash is constantly moving, the Lanterns are rookies, even Aquaman is played to a rare and unused strength, but most of all, Superman seems to be in good hands… for the nonce.

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Kal L
Member

Cover Art – 3: Boilerplate and staid. When is the last time we had a dynamic cover for the World’s Greatest Heroes?

I’d say the Joe Mad cover is quite dynamic… The main cover is not too bad either!

Good to see that this story scored a 5/5. I enjoyed it a lot.

liheibao
Member

Joe Mad? Batman’s leg looks like a block of concrete, and Superman has the same tired glowing eyes. The main is just them looking at the reader. Dynamic involves a wee more action.

Kal L
Member
Joe Mad is a “cartoonist”, meaning keeping to the parameters of anatomy isn’t what his style thrives on. I think it looks great, I don’t even mind the glowing red eye’s. At least he did something different with the look of them. So to me… Dynamic. As for the standard cover, with all the different compositions you see on covers that usually have nothing to do with the story inside, this one at least illustrates the “standing at the ready” for action… Also its a nice call back to JL #1 by Meltzer and Benes from about 10 years ago.… Read more »
liheibao
Member

Even cartoonists understand proportion with the compositions they render. Madureira still follows most of the classic forms in his composition, so the idea that he’s freewheeling it is a bit hard to swallow.

The main cover is just the League glowering at the reader. . .as if we had something to do with the Reaper.

The recent covers for Superman, Action Comics, even New Superman are much more invigorating.

Kal L
Member

I don’t think you understand how a cartoonist exaggerates proportions of anatomy for his or her stylistic desired result. But like most things, you and I are going to have to agree to disagree. I really like both covers, especially Joe Mad’s.

liheibao
Member

Of course I understand, you just disagree. . .and that because you like the covers. Now, to agree and still like them, that’s the trick.

Kal L
Member

Ahhh… liheibao my old nemesis… The real trick is that you agree to disagree… Otherwise we will remain in a perpetual stalemate… I am not wrong in my liking them… However neither are you in having no taste for them either…

liheibao
Member

Agreeing to disagree is what leads the perpetual stalemate you suppose. It’s OK to enjoy something prosaic and unoriginal. Defending it is something else altogether. Again, there’s plenty I enjoy that isn’t top form, but I’ve no problem admitting it.

BMoore25
Guest

If liheibao gave this book a 5 on the story portion, then you know it’s a must read

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