Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) by Geoff Johns; artwork by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
(DC Comics, 2012, 192 pages)
Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin is what the title implies: the beginning of the Super Friends as they are known today–Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman. Their egos don’t always allow them to get along, but their common goal to bring down the villain, Darkseid (not a typo), helps them work together. The art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams is very good, but I didn’t care for the story by Geoff Johns. The villain is boring, and the superhumans (not Super Friends yet) spend a lot of time making fun of Batman for having no super powers. The writing is poor: [Batman to Green Lantern] “So far it’s been batter up, but we need to stop playing baseball and start playing football. We need to be a team.” What? I loved the Super Friends cartoons growing up, but I’m going to have to find a better writer of their stories now. Thumbs down.