Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)

Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52)


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In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. Will this combination of Superman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman be able to put aside their differences and come together to save the world? Or will they destroy each other first?

As a part of the monumental DC Comics' The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League! This powerhouse creative team re-imagines the classic heroes of the DC Universe for the 21st century. This volume collects issues #1-6 of Justice League.

This indelible recasting of the World’s Greatest Heroes has only grown in stature as the years have worn on, with fans everywhere gaining a greater and greater appreciation for this masterwork in the genre. Justice League Vol. 1: Origin has come to be emblematic of the word “Essential”.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401237882
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: Justice League: The New 52 Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 188,641
Product dimensions: 6.68(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Geoff Johns is an award-winning writer and one of the most popular contemporary comic book writers today. Johns is the author of The New York Times bestselling graphic novels Aquaman: The Trench, Blackest Night, Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War, Justice League: Origin, Superman: Brainiac and Batman: Earth One which hit #1 on the bestseller list. He is also known for transforming Green Lantern into one of the most critically and commercially successful franchises in comics.

Johns was born in Detroit and studied media arts, screenwriting, and film at Michigan State University. After moving to Los Angeles, he became an assistant to Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie. He and his mentor Donner later co-wrote Superman: Last Son featuring the return of General Zod.

Johns has written for various other media, including episodes of Smallville, Arrow and Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, for which he was nominated along with his co-writers for an Emmy. He is the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment and resides in Los Angeles, California.

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“Writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee toss you—and their heroes—into the action from the very start and don't put on the brakes. DC's über-creative team craft an inviting world for those who are trying out a comic for the first time. Lee's art is stunning.”–USA Today

“Moves forward quickly and gets the reader intrigued from the start.”–YAHOO! Associated Content

“Welcoming to new fans looking to get into superhero comics for the first time and old fans who gave up on the funny-books long ago.... Written by Geoff Johns, with art by the godly Jim Lee, Justice League is a must read.”–Complex Magazine

“Action-packed.”–Christian Science Monitor

“Fantastic.”–News & Sentinel

“Lee exceeded my checklist of expectations in spades. After reading JUSTICE LEAGUE, I want the rest of the universe to have the same feeling of newness.”–Ain’t It Cool News

“A great book.”–Ain’t It Cool News, Five Star Review

“A fun ride.”–IGN

“A good jumping-on point for new customers.”–Paste Magazine

“I don't care that he doesn't have red trunks, and I don't care that his suit has a few pointless lines on it to make it look sort of armorish instead of tightsy. I don't even care that there's no spitcurl, but just an approximation of one. He's still Superman and he's still great.” –CraveOnline

“Geoff Johns and Jim Lee] have breathed new life into the Justice League and it’s already got me begging for more.”–BigShinyRobot.com

“Vivid, heroic art by Lee.”–Comics Beat

“A new or returning reader could hardly ask for a more approachable entry point.”–iFanboy


Q&A with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee

Q: What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?

Geoff Johns: This has been a tremendous opportunity to go back and look at the central core of the characters, the directions they've gone in over the years and the new takes we can bring to them. For me, the Justice League had become too much of a tight knit unit. Their relationships became nearly interchangeable, and in a team dynamic that is extremely dull. What conflicts would come out of their different personalities and approaches to these larger-than-life problems? How would the world's greatest super heroes really form a team? Their relationships are vastly different with one another and will continue to be.

Jim Lee: It's been incredible to see so many people coming together and be a part of this fresh, new direction to move our characters forward for, what we hope, will be a new generation of fans. These are characters that have been around for many, many decades and you shouldn't feel scared to be changing that up because otherwise they're just going to ossify and become relics of the past, as opposed to something living and breathing in the present.

Q: How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?

GJ: You always want to remain true to the core essentials of the characters that have made them connect with generation after generation, but at the same time you want to take chances. You want to do something that hasn't been done. For me personally, I want to explore mythologies and villains and new elements that are introduced alongside the world's famous characters.

Q: What would you say defines the character you are working on?

GJ: Their central concept, which is an emotionally driven one. I'm surprised by how many super heroes seem to lack believable motivation and, in comics, are often ill-defined. What does the character want? And how does that relate to the bigger story at hand? And how can I connect to that? That's what defines the character for me. Their powers, worlds and enemies should all be an extension of that.

Q: What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character?

GJ: I'm inspired by anything that I connect to emotionally and, in the case of super heroes, that I cheer for.

Q: So what do you consider to be your character's definitive stories?

GJ: That's up to the audience to decide. Sinestro Corps became one because it connected with so many readers.

Q: With over 75 years of stories, is it difficult discovering new ideas and places for these characters to go that haven't already been done?

GJ: Surprisingly, there's always more stories to come from these characters—that's what makes them great.

Q: What would you say is the difference in approach between writing and dialoguing the characters of The New 52 versus their previous incarnations?

GJ: I don't want anything to be taken for granted. I don't want the Justice League to be the worked-together-and-friends-for-life characters that they've been. So approaching them in a different way, as people first and heroes second, is what I've been doing.

Q: Jim, what's it like working together with Geoff on JUSTICE LEAGUE? What about his writing do you think compliments your art?

JL: Geoff's energy jumps off the script and while he's known for his in-depth history of the rich DC Universe, it's his focus on character and the interpersonal quirks that really make it fun working on DC's trademark superteam. I get a big kick out of drawing their first interactions and more human aspects on the page, including a sense of humor and fun amidst this amazing roller-coaster ride of explosions, derring-do and heroics. At the end of the day, it's this journey you didn't expect that keeps people excited about comics!

Jim, you've been involved with two of the biggest comic launches in comics history, X-Men #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1. What's it like for you making such huge marks in the industry? Are they similar in any way?

JL: It's great! I think any artist wants to reach the widest audience possible for their work, so it's always gratifying to work on a project that captures a lot of fan attention and be considered a huge success. That instant feedback online and meeting fans at conventions is always a rush that fuels me to keep drawing late into the night. JUSTICE LEAGUE was part of a much larger effort, so it's even more rewarding to see the whole relaunch resonate with fans in a huge way!

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Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (The New 52) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
This book is the last 30 minutes of an action movie. It just doesn’t stop. The biggest superheroes all in one book fighting against a powerful unknown evil. The energy explodes off the page. But is that a good thing? There’s hardly any story here. Yeah, cool rooftop chases, helicopter battles, hordes of monstrous creatures and Superman looking as cool as I’ve ever seen him. But there’s nothing holding it up. I admit, the main draw for me was the art. No pun intended. Jim Lee is a comic art master and I could look at his art for days. So maybe that is what this book was, just an art book and you have to ignore all those pesky words that someone spilled on it. But is that a bad thing? You have to take this for what it is, an action movie. You get to see the most impressive superheroes doing the impressive things in impressive places against impressive villains. If you want a story, then you just have to read their solo books. This book gets a 5 for art and a -1 for spilled letters. ARC Reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.
Knight-2000 More than 1 year ago
I like classic, but I also like new and modern.This is a cool book for both long-time readers like me, and new readers. Its surprisingly a fast paced read, and the re-telling of the origin of Cyborg is really intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to be an avid comic reader, but marriage, job, kids, etc. took center stage and comics took a back seat. I'd been away from comics for several years, but I was vaguely aware of what the major companies were doing. When I heard that DC was rebooting their entire line and starting over with all new #1 issues, I was a bit skeptical. But, I read a lot of positive reviews about what they were doing, and I decided to pick up JL Volume 1. Wow! This book is a must read for any comics fan - regardless of how you feel about the new 52 reboot, this is a perfect example of what comics is all about. Geoff Johns and the always-awesome Jim Lee tell the story like no else. This is a different take on characters that have been around for years, but manages to feel new and gets back to the roots of what made these comics great in the first place. It's hard to write compelling stories that continue to develop established characters without becoming stale. I mean, everything's been done before - it's simply a matter of finding that new twist to make it relevant for today's audiences. Whether you are a longtime fan like me, or new to comics, you can't do better than to pick up this book. Believe me, it will leave you wanting more!
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
The history of how the Justice League formed is explored or is begun to be explored. Detailed illustrations add to the plot narrative, character development, and action sequences. Characters while flawed have great potential for future episodes and interactions. Overall, an interesting read.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I was interested in checking out this "new 52" event and have always enjoyed the super-hero teams including The Justice League.I enjoyed this immensely! I am coming at this as an occasional comic reader. I love DC's universe and grew up reading secondhand comics and today read the occasional graphic novel when the mood suits me though I haven't read any series for some years now. My review is from this "occasional reader" point of view. I just loved coming into all these familiar characters anew, with a fresh start in the modern world joining up together for the first time. I found the story exciting and a thrill to read. The villain in this volume is Darkseid and his first appearance in the book is stunning. The artwork throughout is fantastic. The story not only gives us the origin story of how the Justice League came to be but also gives us the origin story of Cyborg which is very satisfying. As usual I also enjoy the humour and an ongoing theme was Green Lantern's taunting Batman that he has no super powers. To paraphrase: You're just a guy in a bat suit? What, are we going to talk to them in a deep voice? A lot of fun and I enjoyed the team's interactions with each other. No one is really thrilled to be joining together as a group, except Batman. He is the only one who sees the need for them to make a joint effort to show the citizens of Earth that they (super-heroes) are the good side. This is a great way to get back into the universe and find your favourite characters fresh without previous baggage.
IanC More than 1 year ago
Good start to the rebooted universe... This is exactly how you expect the Worlds Greatest Super Heroes to meet. They don't know each other, they don't trust each other, and they start throwing punches almost immediately after meeting (or in the case of Superman and Green Lantern, before). Yes, the story is the stereotypical alien invasion plot but it's the relationships of the characters as they feel each other out that makes this enjoyable.
Lufbra More than 1 year ago
This book is certainly action packed. It begins with a rooftop chase through Gotham involving Batman and alien and a militarized Gotham PD before The Green Lantern makes an appearance and action and destruction ensue. This gives the reader some dynamic artwork of huge explosions and searing lasers but little in the way of narrative. That's the best way to describe this book. Top notch artwork and coloring but a rather weak story and forgettable dialog. The superheroes are not clearly written with Batman being brooding and intense and Superman being intense and brooding. The Flash and the Green Lantern are jerks and Aquaman is just mean. But it's Wonder Woman who gets the short end of it all. She's little more than a townie girl looking for action and spending most of her time in the back of the panel. Even if this is just an origin story I would expect more dimension to the super hero characters and a stronger story to support them. This story begins alright but ends too soon and doesn't really leave the reader with a sense that the heroes have connected as a team. It was the writing that kept me from awarding this book 4 stars the art work easily earned it three.
Mr-X_0024 More than 1 year ago
As you've noticed, a customer review for Justice League International Vol. 1 is pulled, even though there's nothing wrong with the review, so I'll try again. I don't know if my shopping plans are the cause of it but maybe I've been on the computer for too long, no that's not the situation, by the way, I've enjoyed this book and is just as good as Justice League International Vol. 1 and their sequel, Justice League of America Vol. 1, this book tells how they all came together. But if this review is pulled as well, then I won't make any customer reviews in my future visits. In fact, I haven't clicked on the guidelines yet but only because I don't know how that works nor editing customer reviews, which that I may need to figure out how to edit and rewrite them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geoff Johns What Have You Done?! Here's the dealio. Geoff Johns has done so much for DC. Seriously, can't thank him enough. And I respect him enough to look past this. But, as other reviews have stated, this entire comic seems to be a action movie with a couple quick explanations on the joining of the Justice League. It has a short appearance by a villian that could definitely, with Geoff's past and writing style,be a legendary first adversary in this relauch, but for some reason is watered down to a statement and a couple battle sequences. It really is a dissapointment, with Geoff just writing to try and establish Aquaman as a cool character and force feed an origin story to new readers.I don't particuarly blame Geoff, mainly because this is DC's attempt at a big relaunch for a well known comic, so I think Geoff's heart may have not completely been into the crafting of this story (though it definitely is later, as the end of this story lays the groundwork for a massive event later in the New 52 universe).  I know it builds into "Trinity War", so I'm hoping the next couple are better, and have faith in Geoff to keep writing fantastic stories. Ultimately, if you read it and don't particuarly enjoy the story, while Geoff Johns did technically write it, I'm of the opinion that he wasn't as passionate about this project as he been about others (namely his run on Green Lantern, his contribution to the 52 weekly series, and his work now on Aquaman), so the pure action and somewhat forced beginnings of relationships between these characters should not be completely put on Mr.Johns. Jim Lee's art is spectacular, and is why I would still recommend getting the book. While I'm upset that the writing isn't usually as deep as Geoff writes his books, I am glad that he wrote such a basic book full of action and battle sequences, because Jim Lee nails the art on everything (and I don't blame him for Green Lanterns new tribal-suit-tattoos). His artwork of all these legendary characters helps deliever the WOW effect that DC was aiming for with this massive relaunch of a classic comic book,and most assuredly helps me accept some of the changes they've been making to the look of various mainstream Superheros. I would love to see what Lee and Johns can do together when they write a massive epic, which I'm sure must happen at some point. Alright. Summing up for people who don't want to read the whole frickin' extensive thing - Geoff Johns wrote a good book for Jim Lee to illustrate, but not the best book for a consistent comic reader to focus on the writing. Overall, it's your call on whether or not you want to buy it.
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HeroicallyChallengedHero More than 1 year ago
Awesome If you liked DC comics as a kid then this is something you should love as an adult.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my daughter, she loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weak story covered by pretty art. I still don't know what I read. The New 52 stories in general stink. Dan Didio and Jim Lee have ruined the DC Universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. I like that things are starting over. What I don't like is the stereotypical, "Hey, all of these good guys have fight each other for a few minutes". I guess lots of people still want to see that? Otherwise, I loved it. Thought it was good fun with loads more potential than previously held in the old Justice League line.