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The Justice League

The Justice League

The New 52 Justice League: this book sets the course of the journey. I would say Vol.1 Origin, is the quintessential superhero team formation story to date. However, it's not that it's written or drawn well, but that it set the scene for things to come across all of DC. 

New 52 justice league

This first Justice League book, from my perspective is the next book following Barry Allen's new universe following the  Flashpoint story arc. It's the altered world he returns to at the end of the book, his costume and memories change too, as he speed runs back to 'the future' he thinks he came from—then he's absorbed into it. 

Nice artwork of the new 52 JC, slightly dating.

The writing, character development and banter in Justice League Origin, is what comic book fans expected from that god-awful Justice League film. Here their dialogue crackles with energy and wit. I mean, even in print we see better action—it keeps your eyes on the page. Writers took risks and pushed boundaries, creating epic story arcs whilst teasing out personality. The opposite of Zack Snyder's DC films. 

Justice league Bluray cover

DC died an embarrassing death on the big screen. From the Suicide Squad featuring that unforgivable Leto Joker, and the Batman vs Superman excuse—what went wrong? At one point, Wonder woman propped it all up, until her sequal was ruined, but it's okay; we have television shows, like Flash, where writers attempted to replicate Flashpoint, like we saw in the iconic comic book. Then there's the Flash movie, where writers attempt to replicate Flashpoint, like we saw in the iconic comic book. There are DC cartoon movies like the Flash 'Flashpoint' Film, where writers attempt to replicate Flashpoint, like we saw in the iconic comicbook. Maybe the 'Death of Superman' could be done again? 

Superman takes on Batman and Green Lantern

New 52 was a bold, and an exciting move by DC to re-invent all of its characters. DCEU should have paid attention. In Origin, we see a brand new Superman, Batman, Wonder woman, Lantern, Cyborg, Aquaman and Flash. You can see its influence on the Justice League film, but, well, we know how that turned out.

Justice League comic pose

Despite having a new and edgier version of the Justice League, with more modern personalities, back stories, costumes, it wasn't perfect. Superman was a bit of an a**e. It took a while for people to warm to him. Lantern didn't live up to his brilliant Blackest Day era and Lobo was a disaster! 

Justice League movie posing

An unexpected delight was the  "Throne of Atlantis" arc, which is about our 'surface' world's military attack on the sea Kingdom of Atlantis. I personally don't buy into Atlantis, but still, it was world-building and character developing. We see  more than one side of Aquaman and his inherited bondage to the complex politics of Atlantis.

Darkseid war snippet, great art and storyline.

There are real standout storylines such as 'Trinity War' and the grand 'Darkseid War' which is the natural conclusion to vol. 1, Origin. The story made a thrilling and rich omnibus, bursting with threat. It's set all over, but has a dark sci-fi feel to it, which is down to Darkseid and his dark minions. 

Darkseid looking more menacing than his film version

But perhaps the biggest success of the New 52 Justice League was how it managed to stay true to the core values of the Justice League while still pushing the envelope. The characters were flawed and human, but they always came together to fight for what was right. There's an animated version of Origin, called War, which, well, to be honest none of these cartoons compare to a graphic novel. That's just my opinion. 

Cartoon movie of the new 52

DC breathed new life into a comic book universe and completely changed it under the New 52. The Justice League benefitted from some of the best writing throughout the entire collection; it had to, though, didn't it? The Justice League books sold us these characters and held the stories together. Even though it certainly paved the way for a new era of Justice League, it didn't really lead anywhere, given how Rebirth Justice League dropped the baton with the first few volumes. We have yet to see a good Justice League film but the comics are worth a shot. 



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