Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Justice League Vol 4: The Grid by Geoff Johns


I can’t believe I am going to say this. I am not a fan of the direction the New 52 Justice League is going. To make matters worse the story line is being written by one of the best comic book writers out there. I have praised the writing of Geoff Johns countless times. I know when the Justice League has gone through reboots in the past there is always bumpy roads as the heroes learn to work as a team. I expect that in Volume 1, but even in Volume 4 there still seems to be trust issues, and awkwardness. I’m also not a fan of the personality of Superman and Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a diehard warrior that would rather solve a dispute with her fists and talk later, and Superman almost seems disconnected from the people of Earth. Wonder Woman has always been a strong Amazonian warrior, but she used to have empathy and cared about people. Superman has a loner sort of demeanor like Batman tends to and it just doesn't fit with the classic Superman persona. Maybe I’m wrong, I haven’t read any of the New 52 Superman yet so I have only been exposed to this version.
I skipped over Vol 3 because I am a little behind on Auquaman and didn’t want to spoil the War with Atlantis. While I was reading this I kept thinking how disjointed the whole book was. I feel better having read other reviews that have said there are parts of other books, that I haven’t read, woven into this collection. I'm getting really irritated by plot holes in these graphic novels, and DC expecting us to have read every single book they publish.

This story begins with tryouts for new members; I don’t know how I feel about this. The Justice league has always been the best of the best in the DC Universe, and this seems like they are trying to strengthen their B and C characters. I get what DC is doing, they want to draw readers to their lesser performing series and that has worked for me in the past I never would have read Hawkman if it wasn't for Blackest Night. I just felt that in this book, the tryouts took away from the story.
Then we get a little taste of Shazam’s series as (I think) one issue from Shazam gets thrown into this collection, and then we finally get to the beginning of what is supposed to tie in all of the stories that have happened in the DC Universe. I could have gone without half of this book and still gotten the same thing out of it. It pains me to give this book a less than favorable review but I wasn’t a fan. I can only hope that the big plan for the future of the Justice League becomes apparent soon.
One of the things I can say I enjoyed about this book was the art work. There are quite a few full two page action sequences that were really impressive. This aspect kind of sucks if you have the digital ARC (Thank you DC Comics) because you only get half of the picture at a time. Reading on my iPad I only get a page at a time so I don’t get to enjoy the whole scene. This is a prime example, great artwork, but there is more to this picture on the other half. Still, I think this shows how detailed the artwork was in this book pretty well.   


When thinking about what I was going to rate this book I thought for a long time before writing this post. I am only able to give this 2 out of 5 stars. I liked the art work and at the very end there was some potential to the story if it can stop bouncing around so much. I’m curious to see where volume 5 takes this, but otherwise I was a little disappointed in this book. Here is hoping Johns will bring all of this together and save the story line.

8 comments:

  1. I am waiting for this book from the library. I take it I should read Shazzam vol 1 first huh? I also think that when there are two page spread in a digital edition it can take away from the picture. You know... I have never tired to view in two page view now that I think about it. I wonder if that would fix that issue. I wonder if I should also read Superman/Wonder Woman first? Is that even out in hardback yet?

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  2. You don't really need to read Shazam first it just felt so out of place in this book. The first half of this was a mess of different possible plots for this. Once you get to the halfway point they made up their mind which plot to use and it got better. I just wasn't impressed with this one. I hope you like it more than I do. I will look forward to your review.

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  3. I actually just got approved for 3 DC comic ARCS. I was approved on Edelweiss (that is the other ARC site). Shocking! Also... I just saw Nightwing Vol 4 is an immediate download on Netgalley. So you don't have to request that one.

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  4. That's Awesome!!!! I requested the Nightwing one when it first posted so it tells me request declined and won't allow me to read now. Bummer. I'll get it from the library eventually.

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  5. You should definitely sign up on Edelweiss then. I have been getting approved for all the comics! Just got two more!

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  6. Yeah I finally read this one!!! I liked it. But I am caught up in Justice League. Though I am not caught up on Dark/America. I liked this one more then you did. Plus I agree.. the artwork = amazing this time around! My review for this won't be up for a while, I have so many comic reviews scheduled out.

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  7. I'm so glad you liked it more than I did. I can't wait to read your review. I'm just not a fan of how the Justice league is going since the New 52.

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  8. I guess it didn't bother me so much about them recruiting new members because that is what they do in all the TV shows and I've watched them all. Young Justice, and JLA shows (both on netflix now) have a huge variety of members on the league. So I knew sooner or later that would happen.

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