“Justice League Canada, Part 1 (of 5)”
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Mike McKone
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letters: Carlos M. Mangual
Covers: Mike McKone with Gabe Eltaeb
Review by Scott Keys
If there’s one thing I love, it’s team books. If there’s one SPECIFIC team that I love, it’s the Justice League. When it was rumored that Justice League of America was moving to the Great White North, it piqued my interest. I mean, it was STILL the Justice League, so I was probably going to get it anyway. When the rumors were clarified that it would become Justice League United, and that Jeff Lemire and Mike McKone were at the helm, picking up this book became a no-brainer!
Lemire has been writing two of DC’s best titles in Animal Man and Green Arrow, and has quickly become one of the writers that I’ll follow onto any title. Seriously, if Lemire wrote “Watching Paint Dry,” I’d give it one arc! I really like his character choices for this team (at least what we’ve seen of them so far). I can totally see Green Arrow and Animal Man being this iteration of the League’s Blue & Gold. The way they banter with each other is terrific! Another great choice is Stargirl. She really shined in the Justice League of America during Forever Evil, and although she’s young, she has what it takes to lead a team. The New 52 introduction of Adam Strange was brilliantly handled by Lemire as well, and I’m going to enjoy watching him slowly become the hero we know and love!
If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing McKone’s work before, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!? Seriously? Not only is McKone’s style perfect for super-heroes, but he shines on the team books! His Teen Titans run is phenomenal! McKone’s work, of course, is made even more fantastic by the beautiful colors from Maiolo. The color choices really make McKone’s art POP off of the page!
Justice League United #0 does a great job of setting up the series and it’s players, and has a fantastic creative team, as well as an awesome cast of characters! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed after reading this book, especially after that last page (which I won’t spoil for you)!
Art: 4.5 / 5
Story: 4.5 / 5
Overall: 4.5 / 5
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