Reading JLA Vol. 1: The Tornado's Path

I hope everyone had a good Free Comic Book Day! Mine was great.

This week doesn't look too good for the blog. I will be, surprisingly, camping in Michigan this weekend. Holy crap.

That said, here is today's post. It will rock you. . .

. . . like a hurricane.

Justice League of America, vol. 1: The Tornado's Path
by Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This is Meltzer's high-profile reboot of a high-profile comic book with a high-profile artist. Make of that what you will. He rebuilds the JLA from the ground-up after Infinite Crisis, and it's a fairly entertaining take on superheroes.
In Damon Lindelof's words (yes, that Damon Lindelof), it's a "Pinocchio story with lots of blood."

Remember Red Tornado, the JL's token android? Well, he becomes a real man in this story. He also gets punched in the face lots of times, and his right arm torn off. And then eaten.


WHAT I LIKED: There's some nice narration here. You can really tell Meltzer's a novelist.

He even tries to spotlight some smaller members of the Justice League, like Vixen, or Red Arrow, or Black Lightning.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's all nice and all, but, well, not all that moving. It just feels like a really, really standard superhero story. The superheroes get to show off their powers, and be buddies. That's it.

I dunno. Maybe it's because I'm more of a Marvel person, but I wasn't all that impressed. Meh.

EXTRAS?: There's an introduction by Damen Lindelof, and outroduction by Brad Meltzer, and a 7-page dissection with Meltzer and Benes, and a variant cover gallery. That's a lot!

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you feel like you'd like a Justice League comic, you probably would. If you're not so sure, you probably wouldn't.

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