Comic Review: DC Rebirth Justice League Volume 1

The Justice League is the flagship superhero team of the DC Universe, so naturally they were front and center when Rebirth happened.  As it is, the Justice League Rebirth title had a great creator on it:  artist Bryan Hitch.

And then I saw Hitch was writing, not drawing, the series.

Oh well.  Let’s see how he did with the first volume subtitled The Extinction Machines.

After a Hitch-drawn Rebirth issue showing the team line-up going forward, the remaining issues jump into a two fold problem:  the Kindred, powerful beings that possess large numbers of humans and claim various powers were “stolen” from them, and the Purge, a force from outer space that seeks to stop the Kindred at the expense of the rest of the planet Earth.  As such, the League finds itself scrambling on multiple fronts since apparently the Purge left devices that cause immense, world-wide earthquakes that only really seem to occur between issues and panels.

Now, as it is, Hitch’s script does give most if not all of the Leaguers something to do (Batman’s role is questionable in certain ways), but the main problem within the League is Superman.  He’s not the Superman they knew,  The New 52 Superman is dead, and the one flying around now is a stranger from a parallel universe (he’s the pre-Flashpoint Superman, and he’s still Superman, but they don’t seem to know that).  Factor in as well that there are two relative rookie Green Lanterns in the form of Jessica Cruz (who seems to have something for the Flash) and Simon Baz, and the League isn’t at its top strength at present.  Granted, the Leaguers seem more worried about the strange Superman and not so much the inexperienced Green Lanterns, despite Superman not really doing anything wrong, such that they are reluctant to ask him to perform a task that only Superman can do, and even that is a maybe.

Tony Daniel is the artist on the book, and while he isn’t Hitch, he isn’t bad.  And while Hitch gave all the Leaguers, particularly Wonder Woman and a mostly flying solo Aquaman something to do, I was wondering what the heck was going on for most of the book.  What either the Purge or the Kindred were was only vaguely defined until the end, and most of it seemed to be set up there for an as-yet unrevealed bigger threat down the road, plus I was unsure if the Purge was really evil if their primary goal was to stop the Kindred.  It was more like the Earth was being used for a war between different god-like beings…maybe.  Like I said, I wasn’t entirely sure.  7.5 out of 10 magic crystals that save the day.

I probably won’t be proceeding with this series.

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