By now, many of you will have had a chance to read Justice League #1, the book that ushers in the New 52 and a whole new era for DC Comics – You could probably tell that by the shiny gold version of the DC logo and that “The New 52!” banner on the top right of the cover (And, as an aside, but that is one badly designed cover – The art is nice, the logo is nice, but the type placement and treatment otherwise? Way too crowded, and not at all pleasing to the eye. Is it just me?). And, if you have, you might have realized, like me, that the book is missing something potentially very important. Spoilers: It’s got nothing to do with the story itself.
Where was the introduction to DC Comics? You know what I mean: A text piece for new readers who’ve been swayed by the hype into picking up their first DC comic in quite some time, the kind of thing that Marvel has become very good at including in the first issue of their event books. Considering the positioning of JL #1 as the flagship book of the relaunch, I’m surprised that there was no real attempt to say “Hello, new readers! This is why the Justice League is important, here are where you can find out more about each member, and here are some other books you might want to check out,” instead of the final DC Nation’s “Well, it’s the end of an era” editorial – Shouldn’t that have run in last week’s books? – or the two page ad showcasing all the covers of the new 52 books without any explanation of which one is which, or why “the new 52″ is important to brand new readers.
It’s nowhere near the end of the world, because that kind of thing really is secondary to the story itself and the story was pretty damn good, I thought (I loved 5-years-ago arrogant ass Hal Jordan, and it was a very, very smart move to base the story around the two characters who audiences are most familiar with these days, thanks to their movies), but… it’s a missed opportunity, and I can’t help but think that having some kind of editorial voice in there actually trying to say hello and welcome newcomers would’ve been something that would have made them more likely to come back for the second issue.