Justice League Task Force #1

The reviews keep rolling with today’s comic, Justice League Task Force #1.

Justice League Task Force follows the same idea as Marvel’s Secret Defenders, where a group of heroes are put together to solve certain missions. The book also follows the ideas of Justice League International and Justice League Europe by having the team be government sponsored. The way it finally differs from those three books is by being garbage, in at least the first issue.

The book begins with Martian Manhunter fighting crime in a scene that’s just here to show off his powers. We cut to some Caribbean island where some British guy (You can tell he’s British because he says “Mate” and “Blimey” all the time) and a blond guy in a power suit named Blitz are bartering with some rebels who want to use Blitz as a threat to free themselves from a dictator. We cut to the Pentagon, where the government wants to protect that dictator and assign some guy called Martin to create the Task Force. Martin finds Martian Manhunter and tells him to pick the best members of the JLE for this mission.

Martian Manhunter picks Flash, Aquaman, and Gypsy. After the team is together, Nightwing arrives but no one on the team except for Flash wants him around. The book falls apart at this moment. I can understand picking someone no one wants around to create drama within the team. However, the character they chose doesn’t work. Aquaman doesn’t trust him because he’s a Titan and not a Justice League member and Martian Manhunter says he has a reputation for grandstanding. Both are dumb reasons and someone like Booster Gold or Blue Beetle would have filled this role much better.

The art’s nothing special and characterization isn’t there. I don’t know Martian Manhunter’s reasons but many people better than Aquaman and Gypsy could have been on the team. Green Lantern is seen at the JLE HQ and he’s much stronger than any of them. But that’s nitpicking, and at the end of the day this is still dumb in many other ways.

Writer: David Michelinie

Artist: Sal Velluto

Rating: Rubbish

Cover for Justice League Task Force #1 (1993)

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Vintage Bullet 1 Year Marathon

To celebrate the one year anniversary of Vintage Bullet on March 3rd I have decided to do another marathon. This will be a special #1 issue marathon. From today, February 26th to March 3rd I will review 1 #1 issue a day.

Day 1 – Swamp Thing #1

Day 2 – Young Justice #1

Day 3 – Justice League Task Force #1

Day 4 – Robin #1

Day 5 – Sensation Comics #1

Day 6 – JSA #1

Day 7 – Superman #1

 

 

Justice League Vol. 1 – Origin

And we’re back with the first review of 2016. So I’m gonna start off with the book that kicked off DC’s New 52 reboot, the Justice League.

“In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. Will this combination of Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first?”

For the beginning of a new universe and as the flagship title of DC I’m glad to say that this book is really good. The banter between heroes establishes some motivations and characterizes them well. The personality choices are a little odd, especially for Superman and Green Lantern, but in story they just started being public superheroes. The story is told well with a good mystery aspect as we follow Batman trying to solve the mystery of who’s invading Earth and how to stop them. In the tradition of heroes fighting, Green Lantern and Batman fight against Superman in issue 2 and it’s the highlight of the book.

There’s also the top notch art of Jim Lee that keeps this book enjoyable. His designs for the Justice League have this uniform “collared” look while still standing out from each other. There are multiple splash pages that emphasize the epic moments of the heroes while keeping the story moving quickly. My only two complaints would be how Hal is kind of a tool who admits he’s only here to look cool and doesn’t really care about saving people. The villain of the story, while a good choice, is defeated a bit too easily with not much effort on the heroes’ side.

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artist: Jim Lee

Rating: Full Price

Justice

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“Justice” is a 2005-2007, 12-issue series written and drawn by Alex Ross, with help by Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite. Justice is basically a return of the “Super Friends” cartoon in comic book form. It stars the Justice League of America in a modern take on their Silver Age incarnations. Making appearances are other Silver Age teams like the Doom Patrol, the Teen Titans, and the Metal Men. The book also takes place outside of the DC canon, but is not listed as an Elseworld story.

The plot begins with a group of DC villains sharing a dream of nuclear destruction that was not prevented by the JLA. These villains start to do good deeds, Poison Ivy solves world hunger, Captain Cold creates oases out of deserts, to discredit the JLA. The villains’s true natures are revealed when they kidnap Aquaman, steal his son, and operate on him. Some heroes are attacked including Red Tornado, Green Arrow, and The Atom while others are mind controlled by Brainiac and Gorilla Grodd. From here out it’s a great story of the heroes fighting against their greatest enemies, but with a huge disadvantage on their side thanks to the enemy team up and their new knowledge of the heroes.

This is one the greatest Justice League stories I’ve ever read. This book raises the bar and shows how much the villains of the DCU can actually do if they team up. To that end the JLA has to team up with the world’s other great heroes to combat this threat. The art is beautiful, which is standard in an Alex Ross book, but Ross proves that he can also write smart and witty dialogue. Plastic Man steals the show, with him transforming into things like a lawnmower, a blimp, a chair, and even Captain Marvel while he is also arguing with Elongated Man over who gets to be the strechy guy of the team. So for showcasing an amazing story of evil vs good and for looking amazing while doing it (for keeping this going for 2 years that is quite an accomplishment) this book gets the “Vintage” rating.

Rating: Vintage

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