Reviewed: Issues 1-3
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artist: Bryan Hitch
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.