Tuesday, December 28, 2004

This Comic is Good - Justice League: A New Beginning

I can't tell you how thrilled I am to hear that Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire are teaming up to do a mini-series (and if this does well, an ongoing!) about the Defenders.

I lurv these guys.

So much so that the classic trade that I am recommending today is Justice League: A New Beginning, by the same creative team.

This trade, collecting the first 7 issues of the Justice League comic book (before it was retitled Justice League International) is just an excellent blend of humor and action.

Yes, Captain Marvel is probably portrayed as being a bit too dumb.

Yes, Blue Beetle's maturity level is lowered a bit (and the guy had had a DC Comic for, like, a year at this point).

But everything else is note perfect.

The art, by newcomer Maguire, was excellent.

The plots from Giffen were inspired, and the dialogue from DeMatteis was miles and miles better than anything DeMatteis had ever done in the past.

Forgetting the fact that this particular approach to a major superhero team really had never been attempted before, these issues are just plain good reads.

Highly recommended.


Blogger Brad Curran said...

I'm glad you convinced me to buy this when it came back in to print last year. It is a lot of fun, and I've actually re-read it a few times, which I rarely ever do with comics. Sometimes your fawning over Giffen really pays off!

12/29/2004 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I would recommend you to then try the NEXT trade, in order, Justice League International: The Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord...but it is long out of print, and you'd probably be able to find the actual issues for the same price as the trade.

12/29/2004 08:05:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

I was planning on looking for the issues on E-Bay at some point, since they're not likely to ever collect the whole run. I found the first 12 issues of Justice League Europe (with shockingly decent work from Bart Sears!) cheap that way, and I can probably fill out a run with a few large auctions. The back issue bins here are not kind, although I did find a couple issues of JLI for a buck last summer.

12/30/2004 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger Eliot said...

I read this trade when it was reprinted and I must say...I agree. Lots of fun. It still stands up as funny (for the most part) after all these years and that's impressive.

1/02/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Rice said...

Yeah, this was pretty amazing stuff, mistreatment of Cap or no. The thing that the original run had that "I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League" didn't have was a balance of drama and humor. In an ongoing, it was much easier to have both. In a mini, you kind of have to pick a tone and run with it.

1/02/2005 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Yeah, Eliot, I should have mentioned that in the review (in fact, I have half a mind to go back and edit it in), but that is one of the more impressive things about the run, I think, is that the humor holds up...which is often rare.

1/02/2005 10:23:00 PM  
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