JD reviews Detective Comics #1, Justice League International #1

Title: Justice League International
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciler: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

Well, the streak had to end sooner or later. Up until this issue, I’ve been giving all the DCnU #1’s really favorable reviews, and dammit, I REALLY enjoyed the last maxi-series to come out of this team. Justice League: Generation Lost was a solid series from beginning to end, and it lead directly into this #1. It’s hook was incredibly enticing if not a little simple. Maxwell Lord makes himself forgotten by the entire world except for our main characters, and he made them look bad at every turn. You got that from the first issue and off we went. Sadly, this #1 is extremely bland. Superheroes are picked to represent the UN and they’ll go on adventures. Maybe the new characters that I’m not familiar with are going to be interesting in the future, but there isn’t a hint of that potential here. And there isn’t any humor to speak of, at ALL. Batman gets along with Guy Gardner, Gardner doesn’t think Booster should be the leader. They fight subterranean dirt monstzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

Title: Detective Comics #1
Writer and Penciler: Tony S. Daniel
Inker: Ryan Winn
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

Did you enjoy Tony Daniel’s previous work on Batman? Well ….this is more of that. So much so, in fact, that it doesn’t actually feel like it belongs in this new DCnU reboot. It just feels exactly like the stuff I was reading before. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely quality stuff! Batman is bad-ass, the Joker is a maniac, just as we love him….it just doesn’t have that “new universe smell” that I’ve been getting from the other #1 issues this week and last. Ok, sure Jim Gordon has red hair and a red mustache. Batman is wearing his over-designed new suit. Fine. Other than that though…nadda-so-much.

For the most part, Daniel has made great leaps in his drawing style in the past couple years. Used to be a time I couldn’t stand him, but he’s slowly starting to tumor on me. And there’s SOMEthing about the way Daniel is drawing Batman’s face and cowl that feels extremely Frank Miller Dark Knight-ish, which is pretty cool. He’s also added in some of the Todd Mcfarland “Batman is a pointy shadow with eyes” look as well from the Batman/Spawn crossover. There is a specific panel though that looks dreadful. Check out the page where Batman shows up to see Gordon in front of the Bat-Signal. Gordon looks great, the background is stellar and detailed, but Bats himself looks like he was scanned in from a high-schooler’s notebook. And I realize this is probably Daniel’s doing as well, but the inking goes from super-detailed, thinly lined to quick and sketchy, almost messy. It’s a little disjointed.

Overall though, this is a solid issue, it just doesn’t feel like a great beginning for such a classic title. To stop numbering Detective Comics and restart with a #1, it had better bring down the moon, but this is just …good.

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