This first volume left me feeling very pleased and very upset. Pleased because it was actually very well written, and brought back some of the joy I had as a kid when reading super hero books. That enjoyment in simple heroics doesn’t happen much these days as more and more books become darker and foreboding, with stories full of dread and revenge and less and less in the way of heroics. This book pulled out the heroics, mixed in some interesting complexity, and in the end left me hanging on the knife edge of a cliff hanger, thus the reason for being very upset. This is the first volume in a new series, and since it is compiled from a monthly book I suspect that I will have at least six months or more wait time for the next volume. I do not wait patiently when dealing with cliff hangers.
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This is one of the few New 52 books that seems to have ignored the whole relaunch and re-image that the rest of the books seem to have undergone. However, while the story seems to pick up pretty much where it left off before, the story has undergone some changes. For example, I don’t recall the Martian Manhunter being part of the team before, and Apollo and Midnighter seem to have gone their own ways, at least at the start of the book, and seem to have no recollection of the earlier books. Perhaps this is the token effort to re-image and relaunch the series. Whatever. At least the characters we all love are back, and they seem to be the same characters, for better or for worse.
Did I like the book? Yeah, I think I did. It had some interesting complexity, though not too complex, and it certainly gave accurate portrayal to the characters involved. On the whole I think it was a very good effort and I look forward to seeing more of the series.
Some of the characterizations were clumsy and really leaned toward stereotypes, but the story is what saved the day here. Not a fantastic start for a series, but certainly one that built a good foundation. As with any team book you tend to have favorites, and I am watching this one to see just how they decide to handle mine. Hoping they maintain the integrity built in independent series and don’t turn them into fools.