Justice League International #2
By Colin Andersen
October 6, 2011 - 14:28
Writer(s): Dan Jurgens
Penciller(s): Aaron Lopresti
Inker(s): Matt Ryan
Letterer(s): Travis Lanham
Cover Artist(s): Aaron Lopresti
Without a doubt, one of my favorite of the “New 52” books from DC is now Justice League International. The first issue was certainly good, but the second outdoes it in almost every way and makes for a great comic book.
For me personally, I normally associate writer Dan Jurgens with his penciling work, so I was a little nervous to hear that he would be the writer on this series, but he has hit it out of the park by writing an entertaining story that is equal parts a high-stakes battle for the Earth and origin story for this dysfunctional team. Almost every character in the newly U.N.-formed JLI gets
I was largely unfamiliar with artist Aaron Lopresti until about a year ago, but I plan to rectify that immediately; I LOVE his artwork. When I think of “Superhero Comics” this is the kind of artwork that I envision somewhat cartoony while still being consistent and vibrant with strong sequential storytelling that keeps things lively and fun. Even better, Lopresti keeps his characters proportional to each other and shows and shows a strong grasp on what facial expressions actually look like when paired with specific emotions. Matt Ryan’s inks keep things looking crisp and Hi-Fi’s coloring adds the right amount of brightness to keep the book looking fun. Some of the characters can look a little under-detailed and too smooth at times but this never really bothered me and isn’t a problem for the majority of the issue.
If the main Justice League book didn’t seem to grab your attention in the way you wanted, I highly recommend that you check Justice League International out. Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti have created a superhero book that is great and, most importantly, fun. I will admit, it isn’t as new-reader friendly as I might like, but you get enough of a gist of who each character is that following the story should be no problem. Check this one out.
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