Whenever a new super-group is assembled there’s an inevitable learning curve for the reader. Steve Orlando has neatly dodged this awkward phase by writing four solo one-shot tie-ins that explore this new JLA roster individually before throwing them all together in Justice League of America #1.
While it wouldn’t hurt to have already read the Suicide Squad/Justice League series and the five JLA Rebirth one-shots, this issue serves nicely to kick off the new roster. The new JLA consists of Batman, the Atom, Black Canary, Killer Frost, Lobo, the Ray, and Vixen.
This chapter opens with each member of the new team in their respective cities fighting their own jobbers before they receive their first team call. The Extremists have invaded Earth and are hell bent on conquering the populace to save Earth from herself.
Lord Havok and The Extremists Thirst for Peace, Prosperity, and Total Submission
Justice League of America #1 is heavy on action. Orlando wastes no time throwing his misfit team up against a formidable challenge. The Extremists are the NWO in this invasion angle. Hailing from Angor (Earth-8), they represent a familiar, yet foreign, enemy. The Justice League of America must overcome their different moral compasses, experience levels, and personal histories in order to prevail.
Ivan Reis delivers sharp panels and dynamic splash pages. He plays around quite a bit with angles and perspective. Reis’ character designs are also on point. The Extremists’ designs hint slyly at their origin without giving away the punch line entirely. (Is that a Magneto helmet?)
This series aims to make heroes more accessible to John Q. Public. In Batman’s own words, “People need to see heroes are human…like THEM, that THEY can be heroes. The JLA will show them that.”
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Justice League of America #1, DC Comics, Released February 22, 2017, Written by Steve Orlando, Pencils by Ivan Reis, Inks by Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Julio Ferreira, Colors by Marcelo Maiolo, Letters by Clayton Cowles, $2.99