Justice League of America 1: World’s Most Dangerous

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 7/10

Always like strange teams

So-so story and art

Comic Info

Comic Name:   Justice League of America (Volume 3)

Publisher:   DC Comics

Writer:   Geoff Johns/Matt Kindt/Jeff Lemire

Artist:  David Finch/Brett Booth/Doug Mahnke/Christian Alamy/David Beaty/Keith Champagne/Scott Clark/Marc Deering/Raul Fernandez/Richard Friend/Manuel Garcia/Andres Guinaldo/Tom Nguyen/Norm Rapmund/Robin Riggs/Walden Wong

# of Issues:  7

Release Date:  2013

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Justice League of America (3) #3 Variant

Reprints Justice League of America (3) #1-7 (April 2013-October 2013).  Amanda Waller has a plan.  The Justice League of America is her counter to the Justice League and meant as a last line of defense if the Justice League were to become dangerous to the world.  When a Secret Society of Super-Villains begins to surface and Superman becomes a killer, Amanda Waller and her new Justice League of America will be put to the test…if they can survive!

Written by Geoff Johns with additional storytelling by Matt Kindt and Jeff Lemire, Justice League of America Volume 1:  World’s Most Dangerous collects the five issue storyline “World’s Most Dangerous” in addition to two issues of “Trinity War” along with back-up stories.  The “Trinity War” issues were also collected in Justice League:  Trinity War.  The first issue of the series had fifty-four variant covers with all fifty states, an American flag, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

It used to be a new team line-up was a big deal in books like X-Men, Avengers, or Justice League, but now, the playing field has been so watered down that it doesn’t matter.  Justice League of America feels like a title suffering from that problem.  It is extremely average.

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Justice League of America (3) #5

The set-up for the series is basically a legitimate state funded Suicide Squad…which Waller also heads.  This redundancy is a future problem by including characters like Catwoman on the team, who is more of a candidate for Suicide Squad.  It just seems that there should be more characters like Stargirl who Waller is using as a poster child and that the team should look more wholesome (aka like the JSA) since it is supposed to win the hearts of America.

The story also suffers from the big comic makers’ trap.  It gets sucked into a “big event” series with the Trinity War which crosses over in Justice League of America (3) #6-7.  The series is too unestablished at this point and the crossover ruins the little flow it has.  Also (as a collector), the collection doesn’t make much sense because it just contains two parts of the Trinity War.  It needs a bit more context or the issues should be skipped for the Trinity War collection.

Justice League of America is off to a rocky start and the series just isn’t very enjoyable at this point.  Geoff Johns generally is a strong writer, but he feels spread a little thin with this title along with many of DC’s properties.  The New 52 sought to streamline the stories and characters, but even by this time, DC had its old problems back again.  I just wish Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. Samoa had gotten cover love…I was really bucking for my Northern Mariana Islands Justice League cover.  Justice League of America 1:  World’s Most Dangerous is followed by Justice League of America 2:  Survivors of Evil.

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