The Signal Masters – Part One
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Lettering: Travis Lanham
Editor: Rex Ogle
Pubisher: DC Comics
The United Nations decides it needs its own super-hero team tied to the Justice League and brings in a host of international heroes who bring in their own international problems, and all led by Booster Gold. What could go wrong?
If there is a series I have on my list of “must read” books from DC’s New 52 it would be Justice League International for a variety of reasons. First off, I’m a big team book fan and when I can get a dozen characters in one book and building drama and character development, I’m a happy reader. Second, I am an old fan of Dan Jurgens as a writer and artist. I think having Jurgens redefining Booster Gold, a character he created, it perfect. And third, I really love the fact Aaron Lopresti is drawing this series.
As a first issue I think Jurgens did a really good job setting on the situation of why this new League is being put together and how these characters are being selected. I like that there are more heroes that are on the list, but just aren’t ready to be a part of this team. I like that Jurgens has defined what the motivation behind the United Nations’ decision and that it will definitely be a cause of conflict in the future between the U.N. and the League. The character introductions are short, but enough. On top of all of that, you actually get a story. Jurgens really has a great knowledge and ability to put a lot of story into an issue and gives you your money’s worth.
Lopresti’s art in this issue is just great. Like I said before, I’m a big fan of his and was really happy to see him working with Jurgens and with these characters. Lopresti has a great style that is really clean with a lot of room for the colorist to really get in there and define the look and feel of these characters.
Overall, great first issue and I am looking forward to reading this series for a long time to come.
Writing: 4 out of 5 | Art: 4 out of 5 | Overall: 4 out of 5