Everyone deals with email. It can be a crushing mountain at times and you may need super human strength to get through it. It makes me feel better that even the Justice League has to juggle these electronic messages along with everything else on their plate. The new kid-friendly graphic novel, Dear Justice League takes a look at some of the letters the team receives from youngsters around the world and how they respond to them.
There are some definite lessons to be learned in Dear Justice League, however they’re not too blatant. Writer Michael Northrop weaves them into each individual tale in a way that just makes sense. Each separate story also works to further an overall narrative that flows through the whole book dealing with aliens from Molt-On.
The real stand out in Dear Justice League is Gustavo Duarte’s artwork. It is absolutely perfect for this story and matches up to the fun style of the story. There’s a cartoonish feel to every page that lends itself to the super expressive nature of each character. This helps to emphasize the more humorous moments of the book, such as Superman’s exasperated gaze as problems pile up in Metropolis or Aquaman’s relieved expression as he learns he doesn’t smell like fish (only seaweed).
Dear Justice League also serves to humanize these god-like heroes. It shows them dealing with aliens from a far off planet as well as the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. For example, Green Lantern struggles with picking out a new outfit and Wonder Woman knows first hand what happens when you eat too much cake. These are presented through a comedic lens and will most definitely bring a smile to your face.
Colorist Marcelo Maiolo creates a light tone that complements Duarte’s style. Yes, we’re dealing with a worldwide threat at times, but it doesn’t feel dark or broody, even when Batman shows up. The colors are bright and vibrant. This is a comic that is meant to be read under a tree during a warm summer day.
The sound effects, particularly in Batman’s chapter aid in this feeling. They’re big and bold, yet colorful and lively. Letterer Wes Abbott does a great job with this placement and tone.
It’s tough to pick a favorite segment in Dear Justice League. They’re all pretty solid. That being said, if I had to choose, I’d go with the Flash’s chapter. It’s quick (obviously) but it hits with what is probably the biggest gag of the entire book, that matches up well to the hero’s personality and the overall tone of the comic.
Dear Justice League is a fun graphic novel from beginning to end. It will certainly appeal to kids and it’s very accessible to new readers, while also keeping things entertaining and interesting for older audiences. My kids have already read the Free Comic Book Day preview of this book over and over again and I expect the full graphic novel to be in heavy rotation in the near future. If you have children, Dear Justice League is a must read.