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JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


This week it’s time to head back to 2011 and check out the birth of the current DC universe. Featuring writing and artwork from one of DC’s most prolific writers and one of their co-publishers to boot, it’s Justice League: Origin.

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Jim Lee
Year: 2011
Pages: 192

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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CYBORG

Real Name: Victor Stone
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980)

Victor Stone was a High School football star who grew to resent his scientist father Silas Stone‘s prioritising work over his son’s future sports career. However, when Victor was caught in a terrible accident, he became Silas’ new obsession, as Silas used experimental technology to save his dying sons life. Now part-man, part-machine, the young Cyborg tried to push past his pain, standing alongside his fellow super-humans to use his new powers for good. Now amongst others who could truly understand him, Victor rose up the ranks of the superhero community, becoming a respected figure and an important member of the Justice League. As their technology specialist, Vic can summon portals using Apokoliptian technology to transport the League wherever they are needed.

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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.

I’ve got a rather busy week coming up so next week may be a bit quiet as I attend to other things and properly decide what property I’ll be looking at, but until then, we’re looking at what may be the most beautiful comic book we’ve covered so far. It’s The Longbow Hunters.

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Mike Grell
Art by: Mike Grell
Year: 1987
Pages: 160

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

GREEN ARROW

Real Name: Oliver Jonas Queen
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (1941)

As a child, Oliver Queen was fascinated by the exploits of the character Robin Hood and practised archery in the hopes of emulating his hero. Growing up to become a rich and reckless playboy, Oliver’s knack for archery came in handy when he found himself lost at sea and subsequently stranded on a desert island, with only his bow at hand. After a few years, Oliver had learnt to become self-reliant and not take things for granted as he used to; honing his archery skills to become a skilled hunter. Eventually returning to the western world, Oliver was a changed man, dabbling in politics, and using his skills to become the masked vigilante known as the Green Arrow. Very conscious of the man he used to be, the Green Arrow reinvented himself as an outspoken champion of social injustice.

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Posted by on July 20, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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BATMAN: THE WEDDING | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


I was originally intending to do a ‘Batman’ week some time ago, but I was going on holiday for a little while, and opted to take a brief break from the comic book front. Now, we’re getting back into it with the most current story we’ve looked at so far – so current, in fact, that it only finished two days ago!

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janín
Year: 2018
Pages: 87

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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Real Name: Bruce Thomas Wayne
Affiliation: 
The Justice League
First Appearance: 
Detective Comics #27 (March 1939)

As a child, Bruce Wayne wanted for nothing – the son of some of the wealthiest and most respected people in Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce was, in essence, heir to the throne of Gotham. But all that changed when Bruce’s parents were gunned down in front of him, instilling in him a deep hatred for criminals that would hang over his entire life. Committing himself to becoming skilled in multiple disciplines such as combat and detective work, Bruce used the wealth and resources of the company he inherited from his father to become the vigilante known as the Batman. A figure of fear, Bruce now wages a war against crime with his trusty Batmobile and high-tech armoury of weapons, assisted by his loyal butler and father-figure Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon and his extended ‘Bat-family’ of sidekicks like Robin.

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Posted by on July 6, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.

Previously, we’ve looked at writer Geoff Johns’ attempts to return Barry Allen back to the forefront of the Flash mythos after a death that stuck for several decades, quite the contrary to what usually occurs with comic-book character deaths. This week, we look at another attempt of Johns’ to return a classic character to his former glory. More specifically, the ‘Rebirth’ of Earths original Green Lantern Corpsman, Hal Jordan.

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Ethan Van Sciver
Pages: 160

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

GREEN LANTERN

Real Name: Harold Jordan
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Showcase #22 (October 1959)

Based from the center of the universe, a group of alien beings known as the Guardians began dedicating themselves to creating an orderly universe, designing the ‘power rings’ – the most powerful weapons in the universe, and bestowing them upon chosen corpsmen to create an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, known for their ability to overcome great fear.
Hal Jordan, a former test-pilot, became the first human to ever join the ranks of the Corps, after he discovered the dying Abin Sur – former protector of space sector 2814. Now, Jordan patrols the space-ways – his power ring able to create anything that his imagination can conjure. After a stint of being possessed by an evil, universal force, Jordan has returned to the light and his place as the greatest Green Lantern in all creation.

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Posted by on May 26, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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FINAL CRISIS | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


Although I have themes planned out until the end of the year, sometimes plans change, and to round out the superhero-comic section of my mythology-focused month, I decided to switch things up by looking at Darkseid, one of the most dangerous villains in the DC Universe. Partly for something different, partly due to budgetary restrictions, this week’s comic is Final Crisis, a story I read before some time ago, but have decided to come back to as it sees Darkseid’s ultimate goal realised…

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: J. G. Jones & Marco Rudy
Pages: 352

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

DARKSEID

Real Name: Uxas
Affiliation: The New Gods
First Appearance: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970)

Uxas began his reign of tyranny by using his devious nature to sow seeds of discontent among the Old Gods, before stealing their powers one by one. With the Old Gods wiped out, and only he and his brother remaining, Uxas became one of the first of the New Gods. But while his brother created the paradise of New Genesis under the alias of Highfather, Uxas created the hellscape known as Apokolips. Here, he raised a vile and wretched race of beings, who teetered on the brink of war with Highfather’s own purer species. To hold off all out war, the two New God Lords traded their infant sons. As a result, Darkseid’s spawn grew up to be the great hero of New Genesis, Orion, while Highfather’s son lived a tortured life where he learned to be the master escape artist Mister Miracle. With his sights now turned away from the other Gods, Darkseid has since turned his attention to Earth and discovering the Anti-Life Equation.

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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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WONDER WOMAN: BLOOD | ‘New to Comics’ Breakdown

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


We’re delving deep into the mythological aspects prevalent in super-hero comics this week, in a story starring one of the world’s greatest heroes in a globe-trotting adventure that sees her face off against Gods and Monsters alike.

It’s the first Wonder Woman story of the New 52, and the start of a huge switch-up in the life of Diana of Themyscira; Wonder Woman: Blood.

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Cliff Chiang & Tony Akins
Pages: 160

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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Real Name: Diana
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: All-Star Comics #8 (October 1941)

12000 BC – during the time of the Olympians – the Greek Goddesses collected the souls of all women who had died at the hands of men and reincarnated them as a fierce race of warriors. Many years later, on the hidden paradise island of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta longed for a daughter. Sculpting a baby out of clay and praying to her Goddess, Hippolyta was gifted with a new daughter – Diana – the most powerful of the Amazons. But after a man named Steve Trevor crashed in paradise, Diana took on the role of Wonder Woman to escort Trevor back home and adventure through the world of man. Since then, she has become one of Earth’s most revered heroes and has since discovered her true origins – not those of a mythic baby born from clay, but as the daughter of the all-powerful Zeus, God of the Sky and Lord of Olympus.

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Posted by on March 28, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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THE FLASH: REBIRTH | ‘New to Comics’ Breakdown

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is a reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


We’ve looked at two of the biggest super-heroes (Superman and Spider-Man) of all time so far in our comic-book breakdowns, as well as one of the most well-regarded pieces of comic-book fiction (Watchmen), but now it’s time to branch out.

Continuing the theme of ‘Super-heroes’, this week, we’re looking at another important DC Comics figure and founding member of the Justice League, The Flash; specifically, his modern day reintroduction: The Flash: Rebirth.

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Ethan Van Sciver
Pages: 168

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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THE FLASH

Real Name: Bartholomew Henry Allen
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: Showcase #4 (October 1956)

Young Barry Allen’s life was thrown into upheaval when his mother was murdered and his father, Henry Allen, was arrested for the crime. The slow, laid-back man became determined to exonerate his father, and Barry spent years working towards becoming a Forensic Scientist, often working late nights and falling behind to the chagrin of his reporter girlfriend Iris West. But it was one of those late nights that changed Barry forever, as a bolt of lightning burst through his laboratory window, dousing Barry in chemicals. From that moment on, Barry was linked to the ‘Speed Force’, extradimensional energy that allowed him to move at super-human speeds. Driven by that same sense of justice that leads him to try and prove his father’s innocence, Barry resolved to use his powers for good – becoming the Flash; the fastest man alive!

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Posted by on March 14, 2018 in DC Comics

 

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