Justice League United a new monthly series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike McKone is here; with an interesting and fun looking line up featuring superheroes new and old, let’s ask ourselves the burning question: Is it good?
Justice League United #0 (DC Comics)
At a convention center in Toronto, Dr. Alan Strange meets with superheroes Animal Man and Stargirl. His graduate student/assistant/fiancé, Alanna Lewis, has disappeared while helping him at an archeological dig and he wants them to him find her. When they do get there, though, they run into some trouble they weren’t necessarily expecting…
Sure you need to talk to them. That’s what the last crazy said.
I don’t really understand why this is a zero issue, since nothing about it makes it feel like one. This is just a regular number one issue and that’s it. That being said, this was a very enjoyable and fun first issue. While it didn’t introduce every character of the team or let us see them all in action (so close though), the characters we do meet were still introduced well. Nothing too deep, but enough so they’re not just cardboard cutouts. The story was decent as well and interesting enough to make you curious about seeing what happens next, especially with Miiyahbin’s.
The rest of Lemire’s writing was fine as well. The dialogue and narration was solid, with good banter and amusing lines between the characters. The story is paced and structured well, with nothing feeling padded or stretched out while every scene served itself purpose and kept the story going. Though probably the best thing the comic has going for it is its tone and feel. Justice League United #0 is a fun and upbeat book, with happy and funny superheroes, simple but classic superhero action and storylines (and while there seems to be something darker brewing in the background), and nothing about it feels like it’s going to be overly dark and super serious. With so many books in DC Comics being dark and serious, it’s quite enjoyable to have a story that knows how to have fun.
Stranger Danger! I’m seeing this and I can’t help but think that.
The artwork by Mike McKone is pretty good and fits with the tone of the book reasonably well. The characters look good overall, are easily distinguishable from one another, and do convey a decent range of emotions (the occasional odd face not withstanding). The action is decent looking and I do like some of the color choices (like when Green Arrow first appears — the coloring goes completely green as it would in his solo book). The creature and alien design are also intriguing and weird, definitely exuding their otherworldly appearance. The layouts are decent, the inking and coloring again work for the book well, and there are some nice panels and pages in the book. Overall, it’s a good looking comic with its brighter colors that fits well with the story Lemire is trying to tell.
Is It Good?
Justice League United #0 is a solid start for a brand new series. This book is fun, pure and simple, and really makes for an enjoyable experience while reading it. The story is good, the characters are fun and lively, and the artwork looks great overall. If people are looking for a more upbeat and enjoyable team comic, this may be right up your alley.