Midtown Blogemy Lins! Raph here, to provide you with the last look back at the New 52 with Justice League! I’ll also be taking a look at a burgeoning new independent series: War of the Independents!

JUSTICE LEAGUE

First off, Justice League #6 came out last week, and with that, it wraps up the first storyline. Justice League is arguably one of the biggest team books in comic book history, with all of DC’s iconic heroes rolled into one mega group. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee is a pairing that may match that group in terms of epicness. The opening story takes place five years earlier, with the league coming together for the first time and battling their first enemy: Darkseid. It’s a great start to the League; Johns’ writing is crisp and direct, and Jim Lee’s art is it’s usual glorious splendor. The only gripe I have with the story is not really a gripe, but a simple fact: I’ve seen this already. The first Justice League arc is designed to be new reader friendly, and I am anything but a new reader. I’ve seen my share of Justice League origins, and so seeing this happen isn’t as exciting for me as it is for someone who’s never read Justice League. For the new reader, there’s a lot of great interplay, banter and hints of the bonds that will make these people not only a team, but friends. I just happen to know what these bonds are already. It’s like watching a movie after you’ve read the book: you know what’s coming. Justice League is still a very fun book, and one I recommend to people unfamiliar with Justice League and/or the DC Universe!

 WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS

War of the Independents is something I know that’s  been brewing for a long time: the originator of the book, Dave Ryan, showed me early pieces from it when I first met him a few years ago. It’s an ambitious project: Bringing together as many independently owned (not owned by Marvel, DC or any major company) characters, and put them in a series that pits them against big enemies, each other, and really showcase the world of independent comics. I know Dave put a lot of effort into the series, and the fact that it’s seeing print now is a testament to his dedication.

As for the book itself? There’s two issues available, and the results are solid, if a bit perplexing at times. The sheer number of characters can be overwhelming, but it’s not so overwhelming that you get completely lost. Each character is introduced with a logo with their name, or some explanatory caption. If anything, the series entices your curiosity by introducing the character and showing them in a big moment, which will pique your interest, which then leads you to the series that the character originates from. Personally, I’d become even more curious about Milk and Cheese (by Evan Dorkin) and Cerebus (by Dave Sim), enough to seek out their work. The project is about bringing all of these characters together and drawing your eye into independent comics, which offer an alternative to the mainstream, and it does a good job of not only introducing characters, but not completely drowning them. Check out the first two issues!

I also would like to take the opportunity to plug some friends of mine, Action Lab Entertainment! Their book, Princeless, is available in collected edition in April. I know it’s a bit late, Blogginsanities… but check out the series!

That’s it for now, until next time—

STAY BLOGGY MY FRIENDS

-          RAPH

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