Justice League Volume 1: Origin (The New 52)

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

As a part of the monumental DC Comics—The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League!

In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his...

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Overview

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

As a part of the monumental DC Comics—The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League!

In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. Will this combination of Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first?

In one of the most game-changing titles in comic industry history, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee re-imagine the classic heroes of the DC Universe for the 21st century. This volume collects issues #1-6 of Justice League, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As a part of DC’s global reboot program, the New 52, these first six issues of Justice League serve as a fast-paced if dramatically inert origin story. Writer Johns resets the time line to “five years ago,” when the world at large fears and mistrusts Batman, the Green Lantern, and Superman. Beset by infighting, these three are joined by Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg to battle ever-multiplying emissaries sent by Darkseid to collect and recycle human beings. The plotting and character dynamics are mechanical and cautious: our heroes haven’t really changed, but their costumes have. Cocky quips (the Green Lantern to Batman: “You’re not just some guy in a bat costume, are you?”) abound, but do little to change or develop readers’ decades-old familiarity with these characters. The artwork by Lee and Williams reflects the industry standard for superhero tales: dynamic action is masterfully staged, while bodies suffer from anatomical hysteria. These first issues’ major objective is persuading readers to again recalibrate their imaginations so that future stories are less burdened by continuity concerns. It’s entertaining, but has the staying power of a stick of Juicy Fruit. (May)
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“Writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee toss you--and their heroes--into the action from the very start and don't put on the brakes. DC's über-creative team craft an inviting world for those who are trying out a comic for the first time. Lee's art is stunning.”–USA Today

“Moves forward quickly and gets the reader intrigued from the start.”–YAHOO! Associated Content

“Welcoming to new fans looking to get into superhero comics for the first time and old fans who gave up on the funny-books long ago.... Written by Geoff Johns, with art by the godly Jim Lee, Justice League is a must read.”–Complex Magazine

“Action-packed.”–Christian Science Monitor

“Fantastic.”–News & Sentinel

“Lee exceeded my checklist of expectations in spades. After reading JUSTICE LEAGUE, I want the rest of the universe to have the same feeling of newness.”–Ain’t It Cool News

“A great book.”–Ain’t It Cool News, Five Star Review

“A fun ride.”–IGN

“A good jumping-on point for new customers.”–Paste Magazine

“I don't care that he doesn't have red trunks, and I don't care that his suit has a few pointless lines on it to make it look sort of armorish instead of tightsy. I don't even care that there's no spitcurl, but just an approximation of one. He's still Superman and he's still great.” –CraveOnline

“Geoff Johns and Jim Lee] have breathed new life into the Justice League and it’s already got me begging for more.”–BigShinyRobot.com

“Vivid, heroic art by Lee.”–Comics Beat

“A new or returning reader could hardly ask for a more approachable entry point.”–iFanboy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401234614
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 188,089
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Johns is Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. He has written highly acclaimed stories starring Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Teen Titans and The Justice Society of America. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling graphic novels GREEN LANTERN: RAGE OF THE RED LANTERNS, GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR, JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: THY KINGDOM COME and SUPERMAN: BRAINIAC, and is the author of DC Comics' biggest, most recent events, BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY. Johns has also written episodes of the TV series Smallville and Robot Chicken.

Jim Lee is a renowned comic book artist and the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. Prior to his current post, Lee served as Editorial Director, where he oversaw WildStorm Studios and was also the artist for many of DC Comics’ bestselling comic books and graphic novels, including ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER, BATMAN: HUSH, and SUPERMAN: FOR TOMORROW. He also serves as the Executive Creative Director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE).

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Interviews & Essays

Q&A with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

Q: What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?

Geoff Johns: This has been a tremendous opportunity to go back and look at the central core of the characters, the directions they've gone in over the years and the new takes we can bring to them. For me, the Justice League had become too much of a tight knit unit. Their relationships became nearly interchangeable, and in a team dynamic that is extremely dull. What conflicts would come out of their different personalities and approaches to these larger-than-life problems? How would the world's greatest super heroes really form a team? Their relationships are vastly different with one another and will continue to be.

Jim Lee: It's been incredible to see so many people coming together and be a part of this fresh, new direction to move our characters forward for, what we hope, will be a new generation of fans. These are characters that have been around for many, many decades and you shouldn't feel scared to be changing that up because otherwise they're just going to ossify and become relics of the past, as opposed to something living and breathing in the present.

Q: How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?

GJ: You always want to remain true to the core essentials of the characters that have made them connect with generation after generation, but at the same time you want to take chances. You want to do something that hasn't been done. For me personally, I want to explore mythologies and villains and new elements that are introduced alongside the world's famous characters.

Q: What would you say defines the character you are working on?

GJ: Their central concept, which is an emotionally driven one. I'm surprised by how many super heroes seem to lack believable motivation and, in comics, are often ill-defined. What does the character want? And how does that relate to the bigger story at hand? And how can I connect to that? That's what defines the character for me. Their powers, worlds and enemies should all be an extension of that.

Q: What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character?

GJ: I'm inspired by anything that I connect to emotionally and, in the case of super heroes, that I cheer for.

Q: So what do you consider to be your character's definitive stories?

GJ: That's up to the audience to decide. Sinestro Corps became one because it connected with so many readers.

Q: With over 75 years of stories, is it difficult discovering new ideas and places for these characters to go that haven't already been done?

GJ: Surprisingly, there's always more stories to come from these characters—that's what makes them great.

Q: What would you say is the difference in approach between writing and dialoguing the characters of The New 52 versus their previous incarnations?

GJ: I don't want anything to be taken for granted. I don't want the Justice League to be the worked-together-and-friends-for-life characters that they've been. So approaching them in a different way, as people first and heroes second, is what I've been doing.

Q: Jim, what's it like working together with Geoff on JUSTICE LEAGUE? What about his writing do you think compliments your art?

JL: Geoff's energy jumps off the script and while he's known for his in-depth history of the rich DC Universe, it's his focus on character and the interpersonal quirks that really make it fun working on DC's trademark superteam. I get a big kick out of drawing their first interactions and more human aspects on the page, including a sense of humor and fun amidst this amazing roller-coaster ride of explosions, derring-do and heroics. At the end of the day, it's this journey you didn't expect that keeps people excited about comics!

Jim, you've been involved with two of the biggest comic launches in comics history, X-Men #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1. What's it like for you making such huge marks in the industry? Are they similar in any way?

JL: It's great! I think any artist wants to reach the widest audience possible for their work, so it's always gratifying to work on a project that captures a lot of fan attention and be considered a huge success. That instant feedback online and meeting fans at conventions is always a rush that fuels me to keep drawing late into the night. JUSTICE LEAGUE was part of a much larger effort, so it's even more rewarding to see the whole relaunch resonate with fans in a huge way!

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

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    An Action Movie in Graphic Novel Form

    This book is the last 30 minutes of an action movie. It just doesn’t stop. The biggest superheroes all in one book fighting against a powerful unknown evil. The energy explodes off the page.

    But is that a good thing?

    There’s hardly any story here. Yeah, cool rooftop chases, helicopter battles, hordes of monstrous creatures and Superman looking as cool as I’ve ever seen him. But there’s nothing holding it up.

    I admit, the main draw for me was the art. No pun intended. Jim Lee is a comic art master and I could look at his art for days. So maybe that is what this book was, just an art book and you have to ignore all those pesky words that someone spilled on it.

    But is that a bad thing?

    You have to take this for what it is, an action movie. You get to see the most impressive superheroes doing the impressive things in impressive places against impressive villains. If you want a story, then you just have to read their solo books. This book gets a 5 for art and a -1 for spilled letters.

    ARC Reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    Pretty lackluster book considering the heroes assembled in this

    Pretty lackluster book considering the heroes assembled in this book. Should be the best team book that you can find but it leaves you wanting much more case it never delivers. Not the blockbuster action story I was hoping for. Great art though and Green Lantern hilarious.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Very Cool

    I like classic, but I also like new and modern.This is a cool book for both long-time readers like me, and new readers. Its surprisingly a fast paced read, and the re-telling of the origin of Cyborg is really intriguing.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    great

    This was a gift for my daughter, she loved it.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Makes me want to buy more!

    Reading this volume makes me want to buy more!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Im a fan

    Hooked whens the rest coming out

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Yes

    Aquaman 'nuff said.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Super not

    Hate it

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Great

    About time they refreshed the seriesu

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Gorgeous!

    Absolutely gorgeous art work. Action packed non stop page turner. A must have.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Phenomenal Graphics ~ Small Screen

    While the color and graphics of this comic book are phenomenal the Nook is ill equipped screenwise to really offer tne enjoyment the comic deserves. Expensive lesson.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Awsome......

    Awsome......

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    The New 52

    This was awsome, it's the same concept as the ultimate series in marvel the same characters but with a twist on the background, a change to the look of the characters, and a new story-line.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    De ART roks!

    :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    We need The New 52 Flash volume one.

    I read this. It was pretty good, but more importantly why can't you buy The Flash volume 1. Lazy Barnes and Noble people can't do their job.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Awesome If you liked DC comics as a kid then this is something

    Awesome
    If you liked DC comics as a kid then this is something you should love as an adult.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    New 52 best to worst (11) of them atleast

    Me and my 3 friends opinoions on new 52 titles we are reading first my opinion then my 3 friends opinions together 1.Deathstroke............................2.Justice League International.......... 3.Green Lantern: new guardians....4.Superman................................ 5.Red Hood and the Outlaws.........6.Supergirl.......7.Firestorm........ 8.Justice League.............9.Action Comics............10.Blue Beetle........ 11.Superboy. :::::::::::::::::::::: I will post my 3 friends opinions soon and hope this list will help you pick new 52 comics.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Hate

    Sucks and cost to much

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    T

    How many pages

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    I have been a comic collector for many years. The Justice Leagu

    I have been a comic collector for many years. The Justice League (of America) has always been a staple of that collecting. I was very pleased when I found Justice League Volume 1 Origin available as a Nook Comic. The art and story are nicely done and carry the team very well. Although this is not quite the JLA of my youth (from the 60s, 70s and 80s), it still has much of the flavor of those comics of old. I currently use a Nook HD+ for my reading and find that the larger screen size really is perfect for enjoying comics. This Volume has the first six issues of the series (1-6) and offers a complete story arc with a hint of the future issues to come. The point is that you can buy this single collection and enjoy the entire story without the feeling that you are left hanging at the end. I do not know if this was by design or simple a coincidence that the issues played out this way. If you are a JLA fan or just enjoy a good superhero team themed comic, this collection is worth the money and will provide you with a good read. Enjoy!

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