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Re­viewed: Is­sues 1-3

Writer: Bryan Hitch

Artist: Bryan Hitch

Pub­lisher: DC

For­mat: On­go­ing

Su­per­star artist Bryan Hitch is back on JLA: Jus­tice League Of America. Orig­i­nally on the book in the 2000s solely as an artist, Hitch has been tak­ing on dou­ble­du­ties for this re­boot. If the first three is­sues are to be be­lieved, he’ll con­tinue to prove month on month that his epic imag­i­na­tion isn’t lim­ited to draw­ing in­tensely de­tailed char­ac­ters and scraps.

Don’t get us wrong, Hitch’s sig­na­ture widescreen vis­tas, as seen in Marvel’s The Ul­ti­mates, are present, but the plot is just as awe-in­spir­ing. Mys­tery-filled and with shock rev­e­la­tions from the off, JLA is a hook-filled read.

The high-con­cept – the God Of Kryp­ton comes to Earth – could be a Grant Mor­ri­son premise, and this cer­tainly echoes Mor­ri­son’s run on the su­per-team. Bat­man knows ev­ery­thing about ev­ery­thing, Su­per­man some­how man­ages to feel even more like a benev­o­lent de­ity when faced with his own God, and as for the rest of the gang... well, you’ll see.

As you’d ex­pect, the book is full of strik­ing im­ages, in­clud­ing a dis­turb­ing mo­ment with a stack of dead Su­per­men. Su­pes is a key char­ac­ter for Hitch – it’s no co­in­ci­dence that he started read­ing comics when the first Christo­pher Reeve movie came out. It’s clearly in­formed his work.

Most peo­ple will be drawn in by the prom­ise of typ­i­cally huge fights on a large enough scale to feel like they’re bleed­ing off the page, but it’s Hitch’s story that’ll keep them com­ing back. And, hell, #1’s Cy­borg en­trance scene alone is worth the price of the full run. Sam Ashurst

You gotta love those iconic char­ac­ters.

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