Justice League, Volume 1: The Extinction Machines (Rebirth) by Bryan Hitch, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomey Morey | Rating: ★★☆☆☆
A copy of this novel was provided through NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.
Real quick question: is it just me or are the DC Universe Rebirth issues getting more and more... lackluster? Surely I can't be the only one with lukewarm feelings towards it. What started off solid took a serious turn towards dull and forgettable. While the artwork is still some of the best--I couldn't finish it thoroughly but I did look at the artwork like a child devouring a picture book--it doesn't save the rest of it. I made it further in this installment of Justice League than I predicted (entirely due to the artwork) and, when I put it down, I felt so underwhelmed.
Perhaps I am in a rut when it comes to what I'm reading lately but in my honest opinion I feel as if this rebirth was actually as dead as a door nail. The biggest issue I had with it was the wasted potential it had from the start and how it had its moments where it looked like it would breathe some new life into the plots, it just didn't. Over and over again it left me feeling strongly about the questions of, "IS THAT IT?' and I really can't get past it.
Am I saying this was awful? Not at all. And I don't think that everyone will be as picky as I am. I just felt like there was too little of nothing for my personal taste and couldn't finish reading it without my frustration, and boredom, growing. I found everything to be solid in theory but as it played out, I was sitting there like: 'Am I done yet?' and that's never a good sign. I suppose when it comes to comics like DC, I long for the action and stories and the way the art plays side-by-side with what we're reading. In this case, I felt disconnected and that was a very unwelcome feeling for me.
But have no fear! If you read comic books just for familiar faces and brilliant art-work, you're going to enjoy it. If you've loved any other releases as of late, you'll like it. There's still a bit to offer other readers, you know?
I'm afraid it just didn't strike the right cords with me and I was not a fan of the strips. So long as you don't take it too seriously I'm sure it will be far more enjoyable to diehard fans who aren't overly picky. My cup of tea certainly won't match up to yours and this is definitely going to be one of those hit or miss scenarios for many fans. You'll definitely have to pick up this collection of issues to see what I'm saying.