Finally finished this up – which is odd because when you do read them, they move pretty fast (just juggling a lot of clubs I guess).
Overall a very fun read, if a little rough around the edges. I remember reading a while back that Jim Lee was actually doing a lot of the plotting of the book during this run, which might explain a bit of that.
For Diana herself, it’s interesting. I think when people describe Diana in the New 52 as some sort of heartless barbarian (and yes, it does happen fairly often), it’s mostly because of these six issues. She’s definitely more battle happy than other iterations. It isn’t like she isn’t without her more heartfelt or compassionate moments – little moments that come to mind are her being the first to notice that Cyborg isn’t a threat, and her declaration of love for the planet when facing Darkseid, but she reminds me a bit more of Zealot from Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.S. as often as I am reminded of Wonder Woman.
As for the questions on the book in general:
- How do you feel about this Justice League roster?
I like it – it’s essentially the classic members of the group. The only big deviation in this book is the inclusion of Cyborg as a founding member, which I’m honestly all for. It’s a move for diversity, sure, and that’s not a bad thing, and I think Cyborg is a great candidate for it – he’s his own hero, not related to the others, and his being half-man, half-machine has potential for how tech-heavy our world is today.
Really, the only downside with how he’s implemented in this role is that they did it while taking away his history with the Titans, which is a big part of what people love about the character. I feel like they didn’t have to sacrifice that part of him to make him part of the League.
- Is this initial arc a good introduction to the League, in your opinion?
I’d say so, overall. It’s fun, it’s snappy, the plot is threadbare, but shoves a lot of action with some snippets of character for flavor. The only thing is that all the characters feel a little rough in general. As mentioned, Diana feels a little too bloodthirsty, but that little extends to the rest of the League: Green Lantern feels a little too derpy, Aquaman feels a little too try-hard, Superman feels a little too much of a bruiser. The only characters that really felt true to how they normally are were The Flash and Batman (funny considering how often people hate on Johns’ take on Batman).
Honestly, I feel like the animated adaptation of Justice League: War is a better story, because it plugs in some of the plot holes (like how did Diana get from Washington DC to Metropolis?) and balances things out with the characters a little better.
- Which moments did you most enjoy?
I liked how it took pretty much all of the League to work together to finally get rid of Darkseid. Everyone plays a role (very appropriate, because that’s apparently how it was handled in ZSJL as well).
In terms of Diana, I would definitely count that declaration of her as a champion of Earth before stabbing him in the eye.
Really, there’s just a lot of really good moments in this book, even if they don’t always add up together.