Reviewed By: Emma Coverdale
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jim Lee
Colorist: Alex Sinclair
Inker: Scott Williams
Genre: Comic Book
MSRP: $3.99 USA
Rating: T (Teen)
Release Date: Available Now
Leave it to Geoff Johns to keep us intrigued as he slowly peels off the layers of a mystery foe while even more slowly bringing a band of heroes closer together to become the legendary team known as the Justice League. As we can see from Justice League #3, more members of the team meet for the first time and another is finally born as the real story has yet to begin. All we know right now is that The New 52 is really looking to be the best thing to happen to the Justice League in a long time.
As it was hinted in the last issue, the United States government and its military has become aware of another superhuman only this one has come from a mysterious island the government would like to find. Instead, what the world gets is a young and spirited young woman named Diana whose comes from the mythical race known as the Amazons. Not knowing quite what to make of her, the military has kept her in a base trying to understand why this young woman eagerly wants to fight for justice with a swing of her sword and her magical lasso.
We find out that the rest of the world knows about her now thanks to her attacks on criminals out in public. She has gotten so much exposure that the media has dubbed her Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, not everyone has embraced Wonder Woman’s existence since everyone from concerned citizens to religious fanatics sees her as something of a threat.
Still, this does not stop Wonder Woman from leaving the compound to fight evil as her liaison of this world, Colonel Trevor, finds out that she smashed her way out of the building to look for the creature reported to be attacking innocent civilians. Out in the street, people fear and loathe her … except for a child whose innocent wonder in the Amazonian reveals Wonder Woman’s own astonishment of this world. Everything from ice cream to rock and roll seem delightful and new to her.
As fate would have it, though, Wonder Woman does encounter the winged creature she head about in the news back in the military compound. It doesn’t turn out to be what she thought but judging by the sight of it we can see that it is actually another of the alien invaders showing up throughout the world.
Meanwhile, the Green Lantern, Batman, Superman and The Flash find themselves fighting off the wave of enemy invaders that suddenly appeared. It is The Flash who hears that similar attacks are going on around the world and there are reports that the invaders are taking humans with them. The four do a great job of fighting off the invaders together as we catch a glimpse of their future using teamwork in battle.
Not too far away, Doctor Stone is cradling the badly injured body of his son who has suffered a direct blast that has left his son incredibly disfigured. Realizing that the blast is eating away the flesh, the Doctor convinces his only surviving staff to help carry his son into a room with untested experimental nanite technology. While everyone else protests using said untested technology, the good doctor does not want to lose his only son and begins the procedure that would transform a young high school student into something else. What happens next is something you really must see for yourself.
While watching Victor Stone’s transformation is nail-bitingly intense, the biggest fan moment just so happens to be Wonder Woman joining in the fray involving the other heroes. Better yet is The Flash and The Green Lantern’s reaction to Wonder Woman. Just seeing the five heroes fighting side-by-side simply makes up for the slightly slower and less action-packed pace. We are also given a tease of the next hero that will cross their paths as well.
As I said before, Geoff Johns just keeps us intrigued and wanting more and this is no different. Add the continued brilliant visuals brought to us by Jim Lee as well as colorist Alex Sinclair and inker Scott Williams as we continue to have a great looking series. This Wonder Woman, by the way, looks absolutely stunning.
Justice League #3 wins big points for an interesting re-introduction to Wonder Woman to a world where heroes are not embraced as automatic saviors. Again, the pacing is slow but hardly a turn off seeing as Geoff Johns excels in keeping us intrigued and – let’s face it – excited by the potential of his story and what we could expect from future issues. This one still has us just as jazzed as the monumental first issue.
COMIC REVOLUTION RATING BREAKDOWN
As reports come from all around the world about invaders attacking major cities, a younger and more powerful Amazonian warrior the public calls Wonder Woman sets out to defend her new home. Eager for a fight, Wonder Woman happens to come across another band of familiar heroes fighting nearby. Meanwhile, Doctor Stone turns to an untested technology to save Victor’s life.
Jim Lee keeps outdoing himself with every issue of Justice League as we can clearly see from this third issue. Once again, the action looks hot but it’s Lee’s version of a younger and feistier Wonder Woman that steals the show. Well, that and the surprise at the end of the story.
While Green Lantern and Batman’s new companions continue to take on the alien invaders, Justice League #3 will be best remembered as the best re-introduction of Wonder Woman to the Justice League roster. While the introduction slows the action down, it is the new Wonder Woman and the procedure that will transform Vic Stone into Cyborg that makes this issue a Must Have.
Review copy provided by DC Comics