Category: Darkseid

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Wonder Woman joins the fray as Superman, Batman, GreenLantern and Flash help fight off the mysterious alien attack.

I realize we’re only three issues into this new Justice League series.  This has been a series that was a success thesecond it hit comic store shelves.  Thefirst issue sold faster than they could be handed out and the issue went intoat least three reprintings.  As a comicbook fan and reviewer, I have been anxious every month for each new issue.  This latest issue was well worth the wait.
The heroes have settled their differences long enough tojoin in combating their common enemy. The horde of savage aliens continues their attack.  Oddly enough they aren’t killing but aretaking hostage, helpless civilians.
Public opinion may prove to be their worst enemy.  People are frightened by the sudden appearanceof all the super humans and one in particular is Wonder Woman.  In addition to her outwardly outlandishappearance, she is a newcomer to our modern civilization.  Her government handler, Major Steve Trevorseems unable to control or contain Wonder Woman or Diana as she prefers to becalled.

A curious stroll through the city turns quickly into afight, which Diana more than welcomes. The aliens attack, attempting to take civilians.  Wonder Woman leaps into action to help savethe people so seem to be so afraid and untrusting of her.

Meanwhile, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Flash arebarely holding their own against the never ending mob of aliens.  Only Superman is able to keep the aliens atbay while Batman and the other attempt to figure out what they are after; butthere are too many even for the Man of Steel. Suddenly Wonder Woman appears to help turn the tide of the battle.
That’s only a taste of what this issue had in store.  If you want to find out more, I suggest youpick up a copy of Justice League #3 before it sells out.  This was probably the best issue yet in myopinion and with the league’s roster nearly complete; Wonder Woman isn’t theonly new addition to the team in this issue.  We also get to witness the somewhat disturbing and tragic birth of another young hero as the story progresses.

The comic dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make this thestandout issue of the week perhaps even the month.  Amid the ocean of great and positives thingsI have for this issue, I had but only one criticism.  The introduction of Steve Trevor was apleasant surprise, but Lee’s characterization of him make him look more likethe old 1960’s G.I. Joe action figure with the short, stubby life-like hair andless like the character we’re use to.

This new take on Justice League is a fresh and somewhat welcome change to the characters we’ve come to know.  Superman’s complete change of character to include an arrogance that is almost Batman-like; a far cry from the boy scout we’ve seen for years.  Diana’s child-like innocence and hunger for battle makes her somehow more likeable to me.  Hal Jordan’s cockiness and swagger humbled by the knowledge Superman is more powerful than him.  Flash being an all around smart ass are all combined to make up a more likeable and realistic team. It will be fun to see these new characters grow into the heroes they are destined to become.  The fourth issue promises even more surprises and action aswe count down to the reveal of the team’s true enemy, the all powerfulDarkseid.

The new Justice League series is due to hit the shelves next week.  Up until now details for the first story arc have been vague.  Last week, the creative team behind the new comic series Geoff Johns and Jim Lee announced who the new team will be squaring off against.

“On Friday, writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee appeared together on Sirius XM’s “Geek Time” to discuss the launch of DC Comics-The New 52 and their first ever collaboration — JUSTICE LEAGUE. During the interview, they revealed the identity of the series’ first villain. What threat is so big that it brings together the team for the first time? If you don’t want to know who it is just yet, then whatever you do, don’t click after the jump (major spoiler alert!).
In the first story arc of JUSTICE LEAGUE, the villain needs no introduction: Darkseid.”

This is big news for this first issue.  Darkseid is one of the baddest of the bad in the DC Universe.  Before the reboot of their line, Darkseid was apparently killed by Batman just before being killed himself.  But we all know that Batman always has a plan, and he managed to return from the grave.  Darkseid didn’t appear to be as lucky.

Justice League #1 will be released August 31.