Justice League Rebirth #1 (DC Comics)
The Justice League kicks off July’s DC Rebirth titles, and unlike the ones starring the individual members of the team, this Bryan Hitch written and drawn issue doesn’t have any Earth shattering revelations or clues to the mystery behind who screwed with the DC Universe and removed 10 years from our hero’s memories. In fact, this issue reads more like an issue of Hitch’s recently quasi-canceled JLA book that features Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz in place of Hal Jordan.
Essentially this issue boils down to the Justice League stopping an alien threat arriving on Earth. Of course, without Superman, they’re having a bit of a hard time. Naturally we all know that there is a Superman currently in he DC universe, but at this point he has yet to fully commit to taking the place of the New 52 Superman (which is weird, because he’s already the clean-shaven Clark Kent we saw back in Action Comics). Of course, Superman eventually decides to join the heroes and come to the rescue, and the rest of the League learns from Aquaman that this creature was sent as a warning. What kind of warning? Well, you’ll have to pick up Justice League #1 in 2 weeks to find out!
Just like with JLA, Bryan Hitch sticks to what works best for him: big giant spectacle. JLA gives almost every member of the Justice League a chance to shine, though Flash and Aquaman get a little more focus than the others. However, there are some weird continuity questions that come up in this issue, primarily around where this all fits into what’s happening in Superman and Action Comics. There’s no editor note about where this story fits into Superman’s solo books, something that’s even more strange when we get an editor’s note about checking out Green Lanterns to figure out what Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz are talking about. There’s also the typical slightly off Hitch pencils here and there, but with Tony Daniels taking over the art next issue, this shouldn’t be a problem for the rest of the run.
If you’re looking for straight up superhero action, Justice League Rebirth is going to fit the bill. Sure, it reads like an issue of JLA that Hitch erased the New 52 Superman and Hal Jordan out of and added in some new Rebirth characters and themes to, but it’s also a pretty entertaining and satisfying one and done Justice League story. We all know that JLA ended up being a mess schedule wise, but I still think the future looks pretty bright for Justice League’s Rebirth.