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    Newly Formed JLA Versus a Group of Misguided Maniacs

    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.”

    DON’T MISS THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE EXTREMISTS AND BATMAN. PRE-ORDER JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #2

    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

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    Review: Batman #6 – I Can Help with the Pain

    Review Batman #6

    batman #6 coverIn Batman #5, we saw Gotham Girl give up the goods on her brother Gotham. Not only did she spill it, giving up the secret that gave her and her brother Hank their super abilities, she actually killed Gotham herself in order to save Gotham City. That’s enough to make anyone go 2007-bald-Britney crazy.

    In Batman #6, we see Claire running all over Gotham City battling such low level jobbers as Colonel Blimp and Kite Man. The trouble is, while she’s flying all over Gotham fighting crime, she is trading her life for these small victories. The deal that Gotham and Gotham Girl made takes years off her life in exchange for hours of super abilities.

    Batman is at a loss for how to help Claire deal with her grief, but knows that if he doesn’t intervene, she will be dead within a couple weeks. Batman knows all about grief, but maybe isn’t the model of emotional health when it comes to grief management. Alfred delivers the best line of the series when Batman asks him how he helped Bruce deal with his own grief.

    “…each night you leave this perfectly lovely house and go leaping off buildings dressed as a giant bat. Do you really think I helped you?”

    This issue does an excellent job wrapping up the emotional fallout from the I Am Gotham storyline. It also sets up the next story arc, Night of the Monster Men, where we’ll see Batman working with Nightwing and Batwoman in the first crossover of the Rebirth era. Hopefully we’ll also get to see Duke finally leave the Batcave.

    In case you missed it, Tom King just won the 2016 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent. Well deserved, sir. Congratulations!

    Batman #6, DC Comics, rated T, released September 7, 2016, written by Tom King, pencils by Ivan Reis, inks by Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, and Scott Hanna, colors by Marcelo Mailo, letters by Deron Bennett, cover by David Finch, Danny Miki, and Jordie Bellaire, variant cover by Tim Sale, $2.69

    Review by Brendan Allen

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    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    Review: DC Universe Rebirth #1

    dc universe rebirth #1DC Universe Rebirth #1 comes with a bold personal guarantee from DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, “If anyone wants to check out comics, wants to check out ‘DC Universe: Rebirth’ #1 and doesn’t like it, they can mail (the comic book) to Warner Bros., to me, and I will send them a check, I literally will, for both postage and for the book. I will buy all these books back because I believe in this issue a lot. I think it’ll do very well. I hope it does well. But I seriously will, I’ll buy back this book.”

    This story is told entirely from the perspective of pre-New 52 Wally West, the third Flash. Wally has been trapped within the Speed Force since the time rupture that occurred when Barry Allen travelled back in time to save his mother from being murdered, inadvertently causing the Flashpoint event that gave birth to the New 52.

    In order for West to return to Earth, he needs to make an emotional connection with someone who remembers that he existed. He has to convince one of his old friends that there is a force at work, more powerful than Darkseid, that has robbed them all of 10 years and has rewritten reality. If West fails to make a connection and establish an emotional anchor, he will be absorbed by the Speed Force and become part of the energy that empowers future speedsters. Every attempt he makes to cross dimensional boundaries drains West physically and weakens his spirit.

    In the interest of spoiler free review, all I’ll say about the final reveal of the issue is that it’s a biggie, guaranteed to generate heat.

    I was very impressed that Johns made no apologies for the New 52. Instead, he took an opportunity to reconnect with the history and legacy of the DC universe, while acknowledging within the story plot that something has been very wrong and needs to be corrected. He’s provided us with all the setup required to get back to an era of hope and optimism that used to define the DC Universe.

    DC Universe Rebirth #1, released May 25, 2016, writer: Geoff Johns, artists: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez, ink: Joe Prado, Matt Santorelli, color: HI-FI, Brad Anderson, Gabe Eltaeb, letters: Nick J. Napolitano.

    Review by Brendan Allen.

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    Throne of Atlantis–The Justice League Battles Aquaman’s Brother & the Atlanteans!

    Throne of Atlantis comics at TFAW.comThis December, Geoff Johns pits the Justice League against Aquaman’s brother and the whole of Atlantis! The new Throne of Atlantis story begins in Justice League #15 and continues in the pages of Aquaman.

    As the team grows to trust each other, they’re going to deal with some of the things they don’t know about each other. This is the debut of Atlantis to the New 52 universe, and you can bet that the surface world will never be the same after this story. Throne of Atlantis marches us toward DC’s tentpole event of 2013, Trinity War, so don’t miss out on any of the action!

    Like we’ve done for all of DC’s special crossovers–Death of the Family, Rotworld, H’EL on Earth, Throne of Atlantis, Hawkman Wanted, Rise of the Third Army, and Before Watchmen–we’ve created a special page that will serve as your one-stop shop for all the Throne of Atlantis comics.

    THRONE OF ATLANTIS

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