With the new series Justice League America hitting shelves it comes as no surprise that two of their members are getting their own solo series as well with both Katana and Vibe. Can these two lower level characters that are being bumped up to the big leagues with Justice League of America deliver enough of a punch to really carry their own series? While Katana has been around for some time in one form or another it’s the new kid in town Vibe that may need the biggest push.
Vibe follows the most unlikely member of the team ever, but he will soon discover he’s one of the most powerful individuals on Earth. How did he get his powers and why does the JLA want him so badly? Who would have ever thought Vibe would be back in prominence and in his own series no doubt. The character isn’t all that interesting but they clearly have plans for it that could change all that. The first issue visually looks ok and has a decent enough story, but just doesn’t deliver the punch in relation to his introduction in Justice League of America # 1. There the tone, most likely due to Finch’s art makes you loosely believe that the character belongs, but when you read this first issue of his solo book it feels more light-hearted. This issue tries to serve as more of an origin story but instead of one that is to set up one of the most powerful members of the JLA, it feels more borderline as a kid’s book.
This book isn’t horrible, it’s just a character that isn’t all that interesting and doesn’t seem to fit into the direction they want to inevitably go with the character. Only time will tell if the book will live up to the hype, but if it sticks to the lively colors and light story it may never make it to the finish line. Maybe the JLA will give the character enough of the props that it needs to cement its place in this universe.