Andrew Weiss has already done a pretty good job of explaining why Justice League #1 doesn’t hit the mark I think it should — in short, the creators had this one chance to hook new readers, and they really didn’t do it because this issue doesn’t even really outline the big threat from Darkseid — but I wanted to go a little deeper into how the issue closes, so if you haven’t read it yet, stop now.
If you have read it, you know the issue ends with Superman, in the pose above, having knocked Green Lantern out of commission and raring for a fight with Batman. “So what can you do?” Superman asks, while the blurb promises Superman vs. Batman next issue.
So that’s where we’re going, huh?
Look, I get it. Superman and Batman fighting is the basis of any number of who-would-win nerd discussions, and there’s a contingent of fandom that loves to see it every time it happens. And this is a new Superman and a newish Batman, so maybe the outcome will be different.
But honestly, how many times are you going to push this button, DC? Isn’t the whole basis of this rebooted universe new, fresh ideas? So why go immediately to the punch-up that Frank Miller basically put a period on 25 years ago? And that Jim Lee himself drew less than a decade ago?
Maybe it’s Pavlovian. Ring the Bats vs. Supes bell, and fans will salivate. That seems to be the thinking behind this, anyway.
I’m really hoping issue 2 will open with Batman saying “it seems that the same thing attacked you that attacked me, it works for something called Darksied, this seems big, lets team up.” As Batman is SMART and might not be sure he can take Superman in a fight, but he may try and do a quick takedown to be Alpha male like he did to Green Lantern.
I hope that Johns doesn’t go down the tired path. But I thought the new Superman doesn’t mind intimidating and scaring those who need scaring, so I think that the two of them would get along, as Superman isn’t the big blue tool of Frank Miller.