“Hi” to all of our readers and thank you for checking out Comical-Musings. If you have been reading our posts recently, then you probably know that I am trying something new in my comic reading. I am purchasing single issue comics monthly, not reading trades at Barnes and Noble or at the library or buying trades from Instocktrades.com or Half Price Books or TFAW.com. The Single Issue Adventure has begun and where better to begin than issue number one. I chose to read issue number one of Stormwatch and Justice League International. I was somewhat apprehensive and excited before I bought them and I am not sure if my fears are relieved or realized.
This comic was great. I really enjoyed the fact that it stayed true to Wildstorm by being kind of vague and ambiguous, but action packed. I have true love for Jack Hawksmoor and will soon write a post about it. When I say ambiguous, I refer to the Millenial Baby concept that has carried over through Planetary and other various Wildstorm books. Superhumans created by a comet passing close to the Earth. The mystery is still very much alive. Also, the idea that the Martian Manhunter is on the JLA, but moonlights with Stormwatch for “big” jobs is believable. When you add Martian Manhunter to Stormwatch, which is kind of an amped-up JLA, it works a bit better than you might think. Martian Manhunter is a telepathic shape-shifter with super strength, flight, and phasing. He needs bigger fish to fry than T.O. Morrow. The way that writers have been keeping him grounded is by having him weak to fire. Lame. Anyways, it feels like a boring character is finding new life in new competition. Stormwatch does everything different and the last panel is surprising. When you turn the last page, you want more and wonder what will happen next!
Justice League International #1
Justice League International #1
When I say that I wanted to like Justice League International, I do not mince words. I am a sucker for a book where teams come together just as much as anyone else, so the fact that they lost me on issue one is egregious. The concept is not startling. The U.N. wants a team that they can control to handle problems. They want the team to be multi-national and so they select heroes from Iceland, Russia, China, and Brazil just to name a few. The team forms, fights, and heads off to fight danger. To me, the inter-team fighting was two dimensional and pointless. Guy Gardner is a cocky, maverick, renegade…we all get it. I’m not sure if all of the formalities were meant to slowly introduce new readers that they are expecting to get from the New 52 to concepts and characters, but it surely lost me. The accents were written poorly and it just wasn’t interesting. Lava creatures are not a compelling threat. Batman’s inclusion was good, but not good enough to carry the rest of it. They only gave my guy, August General in Iron like 4 lines in the whole book. It was too busy accomplishing nothing.
Note From The Editor: Look for a replacement book to hop into JLI’s place on the Single Issue Adventure going forward.
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