Batman and the Justice League Vol. 1 by Shiori Teshirogi – Comic Book Review
Not a great deal stuck with me following my finishing of this one. I was originally quite excited by the idea of the Justice League interpreted in the manga style, after all Marvel’s Manga-verse went down pretty well within my purview, however, I was somewhat let down. I liked the artwork even if I thought the characters themselves looked … strange, in this style.
The story was fairly basic and easy to follow and I liked that it was told from a young person’s perspective but as a fairly new reader of Manga, a common theme I’ve seen in the few books I’ve read have moral grey areas? This book very much stuck to the clearly defined ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’, there was no ambiguity or depth, it just was.
This key aspect is what marked the book as clearly for a younger audience and I personally think if you know a very young person, aged 6 to perhaps 10, who liked comics but wanted to try out manga (or vice versa) or liked anime and superhero movies and you wanted to encourage them to read more, this would likely be a great book to start on (or, you know, Marvel Manga-verse). It has all the big JLA players, the Joker and a little kid who can get a samurai sword through airport security – what else would a kid need?
I’m not likely to read this series any further but I may buy it as gift for my younger cousin who has recently developed a love for anime and like superheroes, but I fear it may be a little too wholesome for his Deadpool/Death-Note loving ways.
Writing Quality – 4/10
Image/Illustration Quality – 5/10
Character Development – 4/10
Overall – 4/10
I received a copy of this book from DC Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.