At this point I figure I may as well have the full story, so awhile ago I got issue 5 off Comixology. But I'm really unsure if I want to keep going with this beyond issue 6, and since JL is supposed to be a flagship book (right?) I'm surprised to be feeling that way.
I feel as though I can honestly describe Justice League as "adequate" but not "great". I have no idea how they're going to wrap this up really well with one, yes one, issue left to go before this whole origin story is going to be over. In that time Batman has to rescue Superman on Apokolips (& presumably everyone else kidnapped), and everyone else will have to drive off Darkseid, and if we're lucky they'll fit in a satisfactory epilogue.
I think this could have used twelve issues instead of six. This thing has just been moving too fast. Batman and GL have gotten good attention & this story does seem to belong to them the most, but generally my sense is that this first arc is mostly a means to hastily introduce everybody. We get a small sample of who these people are and then it's on to the next introduction, the next big twist. But these heroes have spent precious little time working together & bonding with each other so far, and the best world building has happened via these supplemental extras at the end of the JL issues (Amanda Waller questioning Steve Trevor? Great material). They could have taken their time to tell a really good story & get new readers familiar with these characters much more. Instead, we'll have covered the basics and who knows how much time will pass before all the Leaguers are well-covered by this book. Speaking of which, they've really skimmed over Aquaman and Cyborg in particular.
And then we have Darkseid. How misused has he been? He shows up and has one banal line ("I AM DARKSEID"), mops the floor with the heroes and goes on his way. He's sufficiently formidable, sure, but as portrayed here he's certainly not much of a character so far. Anyone who knows DC knows this guy is as bad as they come, but here he simply comes off as a scary villain. But he's much more than that.
On the bright side, it's possible that we're witnessing the transition of Hal Jordan from a pompuous jerk to...well, something more tolerable. Batman's been great as the calm rationalist, and to me it was surprising to see him take the cowl off and completely level with Hal. Batman's often seen as this brooding badass, but this book shows that Bruce Wayne is, at the end of the day, a genuinely good man at heart. Most of my favorite moments & episodes about Batman in animation touch on that, so I appreciate that this book does it too.
I would suggest that it's not the medium, but the quality of perception and expression, that determines the significance of art. But what would a cartoonist know? -Bill Watterson