Justice League: Vol. 1: The Totality by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez & Jim Cheung

Justice League: Vol. 1: The Totality by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez & Jim Cheung

There are those (including this writer) who have welcomed the dark tone of the DC cinematic universe, and would be prepared to mount a spirited defence for Batman v. Superman and Justice League. But even so, it’s unarguable that the films (while successful) have not been as well received as those produced under the umbrella of the Marvel juggernaut. The situation, however, is very different in the arena where such superhero properties were born – the comic book and graphic novel. On the page, DC Comics in the 21st century is now comfortably in the lead again (as it was before Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & co. took pole position in the 1960s). There is a greater concentration of writing and illustration talent in the DC stable these days. Proof? Justice League: Vol. 1: The Totality by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez & Jim Cheung. This is a strikingly drawn, adeptly plotted outing for the definitive superhero team (originally edited by the legendary Julie Schwartz – and the book that was the key influence on Lee & Kirby’s Fantastic Four), showing that this is one of the most durable of franchises in the superhero field. Other writers and artists are involved than the team listed above, but all of their individual efforts make a seamless whole – and will have readers impatient for volume 2 in the sequence.

Justice League: Vol. 1: The Totality by Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez & Jim Cheung is published by DC Comics