‘Justice League Vol. 1: Origin’ review
By Brittney MacDonald, Senior Columnist
The graphic novel Origin is the result of two titans of comic book creation pairing up to retell the story of one of the greatest superhero teams in existence. Both Geoff Johns and Jim Lee have an incredible number of successful comic titles under their belt, so it only seemed natural to leave a book that would carry such fan favourite characters as Superman and Batman in their capable hands. The novel is jam-packed with amazing art and writing that would please even the staunchest literary critic… especially if said critic has a penchant for explosions and aliens.
The novel is part of the “New 52,” which refers to a reboot of the entire DC Comics universe. In theory, all DC Comics publications are part of the same universe, so a reboot means that all the events of older books no longer apply to the new publications coming out. This is how Johns and Lee are able to tell the new origin of the well-known Justice League in this book.
Dealing with the fear and hatred of the human population, superheroes have become outcasts. But when a universal alien threat comes from Darkseid, all must band together to deal with it—despite numerous differences.
Lee’s unique art style leans greatly to the classical with heavy ink, but is so detailed that nothing is lost in the expressions of the characters. Origin is hard to find fault with artistically, as with any other Lee novel.
My high praise for this book makes my recommendation easy: a definite must-read!