DCNu: Brand New #1’s – ‘Justice Leagues’

Continuing our look at the DCNu, it’s time to check out the heavy hitters. The go-to gang, the Justice League. Or Leagues, I should say. Featuring some of the biggest heroes in the DC Universe, all of whom have their own #1’s coming out as well. We’ve already looked at Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern (plus Teen Heroes and Solo Heroes) so let’s see the rest. Descriptions from CBR:

Justice League #1

On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of JUSTICE LEAGUE by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of JUSTICE LEAGUE issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series FLASHPOINT and the first issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.

So that’s a lot of info to take in but definitely worth talking about. First, we get a pretty standard cast for the Justice League, except of course for Cyborg, who has more than deserved his place on the team, but I find it very interesting that he does it so grandly. Of course Barry Allen will be the Flash, and in-the-middle-of-a-popularity-boost Aquaman features on the cover, totally away from water. That’s bravery.

Also, it’s very important to note that DC is indeed venturing into same day Digital Publishing. That means you can buy the comic for your iPad the very same day it gets released in stores. That’s cool. And a definite turn towards new ways to boost the comic industry. Moving on…

Wonder Woman #1

New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello, author of The Joker and 100 Bullets, teams up with the immensely talented artist Cliff Chiang (Neil Young’s Greendale) for WONDER WOMAN #1, an exciting new series starring the DC Universe’s greatest superheroine. The cover to issue #1 is by Cliff Chiang.

Aquaman #1

Geoff Johns, one of comics’ greatest storytellers, reunites with GREEN LANTERN and BRIGHTEST DAY collaborator Ivan Reis to bring you a thrilling new take on the fan-favorite hero of the sea in AQUAMAN #1. The cover to issue #1 is by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

The Flash #1

Rising superstar Francis Manapul, fresh off his acclaimed run on THE FLASH with Geoff Johns, makes his comics writing debut in THE FLASH #1, sharing both scripting and art duties with Brian Buccellato. The Flash knows he can’t be everywhere at once, but what happens when he faces an all-new villain who can? The cover to issue #1 is by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.

So the new updated versions of the heroes all feature in their own new #1’s, And I am actually excited for all of them. I kind of dig WW‘s new costume, it’s definitely more… practical? Aquaman has the master of Rebirth’s behind him, so I do believe this one will do well. And Flash has always been a favorite of mine, but where the hell is Wally West in the DCNu? I mean, he only rode the lightning for like 20 years so no big deal.

Justice League International #1

A team of internationally-drafted superheroes fight each other and their bureaucratic supervisors as much as they do global crime in JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 from writer Dan Jurgens and artist Aaron Lopresti. The cover to issue #1 is by Aaron Lopresti.

Justice League Dark #1

John Constantine, Deadman, Shade the Changing Man and Madame Xanadu are Justice League Dark, a band of supernatural heroes united to stop the dark things the rest of the DCU does not see in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1, by Peter Milligan and artist Mikel Janin.

We see the return of the JLI, with some of the original team on the roster. Fans of the original series will certainly be interested to see some Batman/Guy Gardner hilarity, and how many books does Wolverine Batman need to be in, anyway? And Justice League Dark is a very cool collection of characters (I think that’s Zatanna there as well). Constantine and Deadman working together on a regular basis? That sounds pretty good to me.

And if you like the supernatural theme that Justice League Dark will feature, check out the next installment of GB’s look at the DCNu, where we will feature a pretty huge collection of titles from across the eerie monster-filled world of the DCNu.

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