Happy New Year everyone. This week I’m taking a look at another part of the New 52, with the first look at one of the new form of comic book’s most famous super-teams.

Title: Justice League – Origin
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Published by DC Comics
Published in March 2012

Available from Amazon.com

The Premise

Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Wonder Woman encounter a group of mysterious aliens planting bombs in their various cities. These attacks are masterminded by an alien warlord out to rule the world. Only together can these heroes and two new allies save the world.

High Points

Cyborg’s origin feels much more tragic and poignant than his older version. Also, the reveal of Darkseid is spectacular.

Low Points

I do prefer the reveal of Darkseid when it’s a slow burn to the big reveal, setting up not only Darkseid, but the New Gods as well.

Also, Aquaman’s arrival is very abrupt and out of the blue.

Scores

Originality: Well, to my knowledge , this is the first version of the League’s formation to involve Darkseid. 4/6

Story: I like the investigation of Darksaid & his plans until the big reveal. 4/6

Artwork: Jim Lee is in my top 5 superhero comic artists. 5/6

Characterization: So, while taking a small group communication class in college, I learned the stages that groups go through as they form. The Justice League hits all of those beats – though I really think that Superman probably should have been written as a better team player – as he’s generally considered the archetypal superhero, the ideal all other heroes aspire to, especially in the DCU. 4/6

Emotional Response: Cyborg’s origin, as mentioned in the High Point, is great. The rest is good, but not great. 4/6

Flow: 6/6

Overall: This is a good start, though I’ll have to see where the series goes from here. 4/6

In total, Justice League: Origins gets 32/42.