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)


#7. Dick Grayson

Here’s a name even non comic fans should know, kind of because it is the subject of many jokes. Anyway, it’s Dick Grayson.

Origin: Again, most people know this so I’ll keep it short. Dick Grayson was a trapeze artist with his parents, the Flying Graysons. They were killed during a show, so Batman adopted him as Robin. Dick eventually left to lead the Teen Titans as Nightwing, his most well known hero name.

Life: Being a very old character, there is a lot of stories in Dick Grayson’s life. After he left the Titans he went to his own city, Bludhaven, which is much like Gotham. Bludhaven was destroyed in Infinite Crisis, when Chemo was dropped on the city. Dick spends some time in the irradiated city, until Final Crisis happens when he becomes Batman. In the New 52 Dick is Nightwing for a long time until Forever Evil where he decides to join an agency called Spyral as Grayson.

Why he’s on the list: Dick Grayson is the heart of the DC Universe. He is the one thing that convinces Earth 2 Superman that Earth 1 is worth saving in Infinite Crisis. Bruce considers him the one thing he knows he did not mess up. When he is Batman he brings a more human side to it, showing weakness and concern for how he’s raising Damian. Dick has had the most close calls with death, because no writer wants to write a story where Dick dies.

Recommended reading: Infinite Crisis, Forever Evil, Batman and Robin (Grant Morrison)