Not bad. That’s really the best thing I can say about Justice League #1. I’d like to rave about it. The structure is decent, as is much of the dialogue and characterization. The art is strong. But somehow, like the Rebirth issue, it just falls a little flat.
Hitch put Superman at the core of the Rebirth issue, but keeps the Kryptonian off to the side of issue 1. Instead, we get to see the other heroes of the Justice League operating independently, dealing with a series of apparently natural disasters in varied spots around the globe.
In some ways, this is actually the strongest element of the story. It gives each of the heroes an opportunity to show their stuff. Cyborg once again proves that his skill set is more than sufficient for the League, but to me the best of these individual scenes belonged to Wonder Woman. Hitch gives some crack dialogue to her, as she battles to bring peace, and as the sequence opens the book, it starts things off on a high note.
Of course, this is a team book, so it’s not long before we, and they, discover that the seemingly random and varied events are really all a part of a larger scheme. The League is facing an entity called the Kindred, who are able to take control of the minds and bodies of ordinary people, and in some mysterious fashion, steal the various powers of the different heroes.
It's very much a first chapter, with the situation introduced, but nothing resolved. And like the Rebirth issue, which re-introduced the League, it left me feeling that this story could well wind up being interesting, but at the moment, it’s going through its paces. Adequate, but not gripping.