You can’t kill the Justice League.
That’s what James says at the end of the book. Even if you write the characters, there’s just some things you’re not allowed to do. But if you publish your own book? Then you can kill whoever you want.
And that’s what James aims to do in this 10 issue mini-series. And he does it to the Agatha Christie novel “And Then There Were None”, originally called “Ten Little Indians”.
The Alliance is basically the Justice League. All the archetypes are there. There’s a Superman, a Wonder Woman, Flash, Atom, Batman and Robin, as well as others. The story opens with the Oxymoron (Joker) killing Red (a female Batman). This sets off a chain which leads the team to the Oxymoron’s island home where they discover a rhyme that proclaims their deaths. One dies at the end of this and the mystery is off and running.
The rhyme shows that James has this series mapped out. It’ll be interesting to see which of the heroes ends up with which verse. The deeper mystery is who is behind it all and why? What is the big secret of the Alliance that someone would go to this length to kill them?
The story is well paced. James does good with laying out the beginning, leaving the big mystery until the end. The main character, Daniel Lawerence is the Robin, except he quit being a hero and became a cop. Now that his mentor is dead, he rejoins the Alliance to hunt down her killer. Through Daniel we get a hint at a couple of other mysteries involving Red and the falling out between the two. Is this connected to the big secret? Only time will tell.
I enjoyed the Agatha Christie novel and this is shaping up to be a book I’ll enjoy as well.
The art by Feliciano is decent. He’s got a good grasp of storytelling. His weakness is in anatomy where the perspective of the characters is off a little here and there. They don’t sit/stand right, looking a little awkward. Lower bodies are noticable thinner then upper bodies. It’s not so bad that it ruins the overall story though. The art is decent and I expect will get better with time.
The Red Ten #1 receives
4 out of 5