Saturday, April 15, 2017
Justice League, Volume 1: The Extinction Machines
author: Bryan Hitch
average rating: 2.77
book published: 2017
read at: 2017/04/15
date added: 2017/04/15
'Justice League, Volume 1: The Extinction Machines' is part of the DC Universe: Rebirth. It promises a big huge story with the title and the lead in, but then turns pretty mediocre.
The first issue included is the Rebirth issue and it's a pretty good story packed in an issue. The Justice League, now with two newer Green Lanterns, face a pretty big problem. The new Superman of this timeline has to decide if he should join the team or keep his family safe.
This storyline is mirrored to some extent in the main story which is from Justice League 1-5. Weird alien beings show up and possess humans to fight for them. They also somehow manage to do things like steal all of the speed from Flash. There is something in space and something that has existed at the Earth's core, so the team has to split up. For the thing at the Earth's core, it can only be dealt with by Superman, but Batman is reluctant to trust this new Superman, but he doesn't really have a choice.
It's a story that screams "Epic! Epic! Epic!" and seems to head in that direction, but the outcome has a weird new age feel that takes the punch out of the story. I think I would have preferred a smaller story perhaps that dealt with the new team dynamics a bit more than just throwing them into a life or death struggle for the sake of the entire planet, but perhaps that was the only way to get the new Superman engaged with the team.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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