Taking place after the cataclysmic events of Forever Evil, Justice League United sees a team of unlikely teammates move North to fight crime in Some Nerd Thing’s home country, Canada. Written by Jeff Lemire, drawn by Mike McKone, and colored by Marcelo Maiolo this team includes Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Hawkman of the previous Justice League of America team joined by Animal Man and Supergirl, as well as the new-to-the-new-52 characters Adam and Alanna strange. Jeff Lemire also created a brand new character for this series, a teenage Cree Canadian named Miiyahbin, aka Equinox. This #0 issue introduces us to the team as well as teasing the first story arc of this comic.
Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Green Arrow, Trillium, etc.) has a big task set before him in this issue. This issue needs to introduce us to this new team and justify their existence as a team, as well as introducing us to new characters, a new setting, and a brand new story arc. Lemire proves himself to be perfectly capable of this challenge. I was honestly impressed at how he managed to come up with well justified reasons for this otherwise all-over-the-place ragtag group of heroes to be working together. He also does well to give us a flavor of Canada. As a Canadian myself, I’m happy with what we’ve seen so far and interested to see what else he will highlight about our country. Another bright spot of this first issue is the introduction of Equinox. As a first introduction to the character he teases us with an interesting and mystical background that has me wondering what to make of this Cree teenager. What is this strange evil force that she must face? What brings her into the picture in this team? I also enjoy the tonal difference that this book has to many others. It is unafraid to be lighthearted and out-of-this-world (literally), which is refreshing in a world filled with so many gritty down-to-earth books (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)The future is interesting and bright for this team, and I eagerly await the rest of this story.
One of the most impressive feats for me when it comes to comic book art is when the artist manages to differentiate between character’s faces. I find frequently that there are artists whose characters all seem to have the same face and are only differentiated by hair color and clothing. McKone does well to give each character a unique look in this issue, which is essential to a team book like this one. Not only are his faces unique, but also expressive. McKone does well to communicate the emotions and reactions of the characters. He also does a great job of rendering the crazy space-alien fight action that takes place in this issue, a true challenge for artists I am sure. Of course, I cannot fail to mention the merits of the colorist of this issue, Marcelo Maiolo. Maiolo’s colors are a great fit for this issue, bringing a bright and vivid environment, and showing a certain brilliance to light effects and the action sequence. Maiolo also employs a method I fondly recognize from his work on Green Arrow’s solo series of washing out the colors save for a single accent color to focus your attention on something in particular. Overall, the art team on this book is deserving of high praise.
This issue does a great job of introducing. The team behind this book has me eagerly awaiting the next issue, which is of course what any first issue should do. I look forward to continuing to read the development of this team, and seeing where it goes in the future. While the issue hasn’t blown my mind, it has certainly piqued my interest, and I trust that with this creative team, I have mind-blowing story to look forward to.
What did you think of this issue? Does it have you eagerly awaiting future issues? Who’s your favorite team member? Are you a Canadian too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.