Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machines Review

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Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machine

By Bryan Hitch (Writer /  Artist), Tony S. Daniel (Penciler), Sandu Florea (Inker), Tomey Morey (Colourist), Richard Starkings (Letterer), Sean Parsons (Artist), Jesús Merino (Artist), Matthew Clark (Artist)

I received a free copy of Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machines from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!

A new day dawns for the Justice League as they welcome a slew of new members into their ranks. The question remains though, can the world’s greatest superheroes trust these new recruits? And will the members of League be able to come together against an ancient evil that threatens to reclaim not just the world, but the entire universe!

Masterful storytelling, epic action, and unbelievable art come together in Justice League from best-selling comic book writer Bryan Hitch (JLA) and superstar penciler Tony S. Daniel (Batman, Detective Comics).

Collect: Justice League 1-5, Rebirth

Summary from Goodreads.

I am not gonna lie, for my first ever Justice League story, I was kinda disappointed. I absolutely love all of these characters and I know that they work well together but in The Extinction Machine, at times I got confused as to what was going on. Also, it was not just the storyline that got me confused, at times the artwork was subpar. I guess I just expect the best when it come to the Justice League.

Lets start with the art style. Majority of the time it was okay, nothing amazing but not bad either. But at the start, the facial expressions, especially for Aquaman and Wonder Woman seemed very forced. Also, the images did not take my attention to where it should have been. I constantly found myself distracted by other stuff going on and not able to truely bring myself to focus on the point of the panel.

I would have been able to forgive them if it was purely the art style that was a tad off, sometime it does come down to personal presence. But when the storyline does not make up for it, well then we have a problem.

The storyline is the Justice League are fighting an ancient evil that is never fully explained. I am still trying to understand what they were actually trying to do (apart from destroy Earth obviously). What didn’t help was that from the start I was confused. I am not 100% sure if I missed some required reading before reading this volume though as it seems to flow on from a previous issue. And it does not really redeem itself from their. The only saving grace is Aquaman, and we do not get to see much of him. The rest of the team are not doing any damage to this thing (even after reading it, I am still not sure what it is, but it defiantly unmemorable) and Aquaman is trying to take care of the oceans whilst actually making progress against these new enemies.

I feel like this storyline is going somewhere great, but I do wish that this first volume was better. I will find out whether it was necessary to read this first volume or not I guess.

3/5

Have you read Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machine? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

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