Buy This Comic! Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1

DC Comics has been releasing a series of one-shots to set up characters for their new Justice League series, which makes the book of the week Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1 (That is a mouthful), by writer Steve Orlando, artist Stephen Byrne, and publisher DC Comics.


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SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Locked indoors, raised in the dark and told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets, Ray Terrill is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…? Witness the amazing power of realizing your true self and stepping into the light in this moving rebirth of a long-lost hero for a new generation.

DC Comics’ Rebirth launched in May of 2016, and since then has done a pretty solid job of getting the DC Universe back on track (Check out our list of Rebirth titles you should be reading here). The first big event of the post-Rebirth DCU is Justice League VS. Suicide Squad, which has introduced or re-introduced a bunch of characters to the DCU. This is setting up a new government-sponsored team of heroes, a new Justice League of America, which is set to debut in its own series next month from writer Steve Orlando and artist Ivan Reis. To introduce or re-contextualize even more characters for this new series, Orlando and different artists have teamed up for a series of one-shots focusing on some of the more obscure team members, including Vixen, Killer Frost, The Atom, and this week, its The Ray.


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Steve Orlando is one of the best writers currently working at DC, with his work on Midnighter/Apollo and Supergirl being some of my favorite comics to come out from the publisher recently. Seriously, Supergirl is probably my favorite of the new Rebirth series, and I was not attached to the character or her show before reading it. Orlando’s superhero work is always fun but never fails to find the humanity that comes with being a hero. The new Ray is an outcast, allergic to light which eventually leads to him developing superpowers. He is also one of DC’s few prominent LGBTQ heroes as of this new iteration, and Orlando’s work on Midnighter does not make this unfamiliar territory in superhero comics.
Artist Stephen Byrne, who also illustrated last week’s Justice League/Power Rangers #1, seems to be popping up more often as of late, which is a pleasant surprise. His style is clean and crisp, with plenty of energy coming through. The colors in this issue are perfect for The Ray, with the solemn, quiet moments covered in dark blue shadows, and the bright, fun superhero action bathed in warm light. It makes the book feel that much more lively and energetic, perfectly complimenting the character.


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A proper, exciting introduction to a revitalized character, from a great creative team, The Ray has men excited to not only read the new Justice League of America series but also to see what Orlando specifically does with this new version of Ray Terrill.

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