Justice League #1

Justice League #1

Writer: Bryan Hitch Artist: Sandu Florea Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 20, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 52
7.0Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

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"THE EXTINCTION MACHINE" Chapter One
The oceans rise. The earth quakes. And an ancient power rises to reclaim not just the world, but the universe itself-and not even the combined might of the Justice League can stop it. An all-new era begins with this epic by comic book legend Bryan Hitch (JLA, The Ultimates) and master storyteller Tony S. Daniel (BATMAN: R.I.P., DEATHSTROKE).

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Jul 20, 2016

    This is a really fun book. It's not Earth shattering or groundbreaking but it is a good time. Hitch creates a wonderfully tense situation that is escalated by mystery with support from some really great art. I definitely recommend picking this issue up. It's a blast. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 26, 2016

    An excellent debut issue for the Justice League that has all the heroes and all the epic action that one could want from this series. I'm down for more! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Jul 20, 2016

    I say this is an awesome start to the title since it jumps right into the plot. There is no time spent talking about backgrounds or legacies but rather the audience is thrown into a whirlwind of global scalecatastrophes. Not only is the plot itself superb but the factors that contribute to this issue work very well together. I believe Justice Leagueis another strong addition to the plethora of titles that DC has chosen to relaunch. The strong writing and awesome art do well to create a series worth continuing. My biggest problem seems to be that with so many strong titles being launched it's hard to choose a favorite. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 20, 2016

    The series is off to an excellent start, and as long as they stick to the current lineup (guest stars are encouraged, of course) and the current creative team, I think it'll continue to be one to watch. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Jul 20, 2016

    Despite that, Hitch's writing is solid throughout and Daniel draws a fantastic Justice League. While I'm not sure if I'll commit to the series, I will definitely give JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Jul 20, 2016

    Justice League is the latest of many incarnations of the team and only time will tell if it's a "great" run on the book. While it's the only Justice League game in town at the moment, it's certainly off to a great start and looks to be worthwhile for readers who want to keep a toe in DC's waters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jul 21, 2016

    Justice League #1 is the best possible start that any first chapter could have wanted, Tony Daniel is on his A game with his style and the layouts of a Bryan Hitch comic, and Hitch's writing while not as deep as the Rebirth issue, still set the stage for a very exciting opening arc for the new Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - John Hagmann Jul 21, 2016

    Justice League #1 was thoroughly enjoyable. As a first issue, it set the stage well for a large, sweeping narrative and a seemingly impossible-to-defeat enemy that requires an incredible response from the heroes in the League. While the proof of the quality of this story arch will be in upcoming issues, Justice League #1 is an attention-worthy launching point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 21, 2016

    Right from the off, this Justice League run on the whole feels strong and confident, with Tony S. Daniel & Sandu Florea's artwork equally alongside Hitch's writing lending different strokes to each location, while also adding a certain slight dark hue to the colour, an ominous sense of colouring which matches the storyline playing out during the issue. Wasting no time in throwing these major heroes into action, Justice League already has lots of exciting places it looks set to go. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    We The Nerdy - John Newby Jul 20, 2016

    Strangely enough, the interesting story and solid characters weren't enough to makeJustice League #1seem amazing. Don't get me wrong, the issue was decent.It just left me with an overwhelming feeling of “meh”. Justice League #1is similar to a Toyota Camry. Solid car, but it's no Lamborghini.Hopefully, the later issues will keep rolling with the story and became more intriguing as the Justice League doles out some holy vengeance. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 20, 2016

    The only real tease to the story we get is the fact that the heroes and the Earth have apparently “Stolen” something from The Kindred. So whilst that aspect of the plot is intriguing, it doesn't exactly share too much. The action sequences are great to read, and the colour brings back the brightness that was missing from DC Comics.So whilst Justice League#1 is better than it's Rebirth issue, it's still not brilliant. The individual solo series are much more entertaining. And so far, they're definitely better written. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jul 22, 2016

    Justice League #1 may very well be the epic start we wanted from this series, but a lack of focus and spontaneous pace prevents it from reaching its full potential. Despite this, we are left with a final product that is dripping with mystery and potential, with the creative team setting up a narrative that could easily transcend into another category of awesomeness. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Jul 25, 2016

    Destruction on an Emmerichian scale and a well balanced intro to the team dynamic. This is the kind of Justice I can really get in league with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Jul 20, 2016

    I expected this to be my book of the month, and I confess to being a bit disappointed with it now that it's here. It is by no means a bad issue, but it is also not the sort of quality that I've come to expect from Bryan Hitch. It's still worth reading, and it's not even at the bottom of the heap of very strong Rebirthbooks published lately. The team of artists"all of them, down to the letterers"shines brightest this week, covering over some of Hitch's flaws with bright, beautiful pages and an attractive presentation. Hopefully the entire team of creators can succeed together in two weeks. There's a lot of potential here, and I would love to see it realized. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 20, 2016

    This was indeed a fine debut, but not perfect. I can tell the creative team is building to something huge and this story has a lot of potential. But I do, however, think this will read better when collected into a trade. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Jul 22, 2016

    Despite only a brief cameo from hazy images of Superman, Justice League #1 builds on the promise of Hitch’s Rebirth issue to deliver great stories that could only be told in this series. The problems are grand and the solution will be complex. Although there is no telling what havoc the Kindred will unleash upon the earth we can rest assured that it will be intricate, original, and worthy of a great Justice League story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 22, 2016

    It's all of-the-moment action, and Hitch lays this first chapter out well. I'm locked in for another issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 22, 2016

    So far, under Hitch's watch, the League have had to deal with invading Kryptonian Deity Rao (not sayingthat's a recurring theme, seen in DK III for example), aStarro like creature and now this issue. Surely its about time we can get past this particular trope? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jul 26, 2016

    It's very much a first chapter, with the situation introduced, but nothing resolved. And like the Rebirth issue, which re-introduced the League, it left me feeling that this story could well wind up being interesting, but at the moment, its going through its paces. Adequate, but not gripping. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 29, 2016

    Hitch's story has each of the Justice League team members, minus Superman getting two or three pages each. Because of this, the story feels disjointed. Only the Green Lanterns are together in this issue and unfortunately their dialogue comes off as a bit clunky. The League are all dealing with earthquakes across the globe as a force called the Kindred is infecting humans that attack the League as they try to help. Hitch doesn't explain too much as this issue is clearly a set up. As far as first issues go, this wasn't great, but I understand that this first issue is a first part of a larger storyline, and honestly, Tony Daniels art made it worth buying the book for me. Although I didn't love the story, I trust Hitch writing these characters based on his previous JLA series, and I'm more than pleasantly surprised with Daniels art so I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 20, 2016

    In a largely set up issue, not a whole lot happens here. Hopefully Hitch will progress the story further now the first salvo of the adversary has been launched. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Jul 20, 2016

    While we don't really learn much about that threat in the issue other than to hear that it possesses ordinary people and calls itself "The Kindred," it doesn't really matter. This series clearly isn't about creating a compelling plot. It's about watching a bunch of superheroes smash stuff. If you want to be intellectually stimulated, you should have bough Marvel's Civil War II instead. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jul 25, 2016

    Justice League #1 does provide that fun summer blockbuster vibe. Yes, this issue does have numerous weaknesses. However, it does a goodjob at delivering straight up classic super hero action and adventure. Better than many of the comic books that are currently masquerading as super hero comics. And, you get the further bonus of the cover price only being $2.99. Yeah, that is still not a cheap price tag. But in a market where comics are routinely being placed at the $5.00 mark having to only pay $2.99 for the price of admission is quite enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 20, 2016

    Things pick up a very little bit in this issue, but after facing a similar threat in the Rebirth #1, it just  didn't feel as fresh or even epic here.  Tony Daniel makes everything look great, but he can't save things all on his own.  I will give Bryan Hitch one more issue to get used to his surroundings, but after that, the gloves come off. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 20, 2016

    Underwhelming is the best way to describe this first issue. It goes through the motions but lacks anything that makes it stand out so far. It just is and this first issue falls short of making the case that the Justice League should be DC Comics top-tier superhero team. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Jul 20, 2016

    Justice League #1 isn't the most magnificent presentation of the world's greatest superheroes. It's also far from the worst. Hitch, Daniel, Florea, Morey, and Starkings are trying to build worlds in this comic. They're attempting to add to the depth of the DC Universe canvas, deliberately choosing to not use familiar universe-threatening terrors. It's a good idea, but for a first issue, the League needs to do a little more forming or, at the very least, collaborating against a recognizable foe that inspires readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 20, 2016

    While bombastic and filled with striking visuals throughout Justice League #1 still comes up short narratively. Bryan Hitch, while capable of delivering rousing stories, sells his debut short by not taking full advantage of the team dynamics that made his previous series such an enjoyable experience. Though the script could use some more team-ups, Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea and Tomeu Morey sell the story hard by rendering the solo vignettes as dynamically as possible with slick pencils, heavy inks, and eye-catching colors. That said, no issue can survive on great art alone, and as a result, DC's premier super-team has a uphill battle ahead of itself going into its second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 23, 2016

    This issue was fine. Hitch is great at big, epic art, and his story seems to follow suit. He's building to this big, crazy story, and he and Daniel do a fine job bringing it to life in these pages. I can't necessarily say I completely bought into the idea that every fault line in the entire world was going crazy, but they did their best to really up the stakes. Unfortunately, most of the Justice League members spend the issue apart, so we don't get any really good team dynamics. And the story stops just as its getting started. This was more of a prologue, really. Everybody gets a little showcase of how they save the day, with hints of the larger threat. That's good enough, I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 23, 2016

    It all feels familiar, but I like the use of Wonder Woman and Earth's Green Lanterns. Not as enamored of Tony Daniel's art, though... Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 21, 2016

    The new Justice League series is every bit as epic and massive in scope as one would expect from DC's premiere superhero team, but there's disappointingly little depth beneath the destruction porn. Especially coming off the high that was The Darkseid War, this book simply isn't measuring up to its predecessor. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - Matthew J. Theriault Jul 20, 2016

    If DC has any ambitions of Justice League being a blockbuster book in the Rebirth era as it was in the New 52 when it was a monthly event in itself, they're certainly not communicating such with either the creative team selected to spearhead such a storied series nor with the final product they permitted to come to market. Rebirth was supposed to be about course correcting after the mistakes of the New 52, but as a successor to one of that era's successes, Justice League breaks one of the few books not broken. And while so many other Rebirth titles are counting on comic fans' '90s nostalgia, Justice League learns none of the lessons from Morrison's seminal run from that decade. Justice League #1 is unforgivably bland, and many readers will rightfully jump off after this awful first issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Jul 20, 2016

    As a New 52 Justice League story, this would be fine. But as the Rebirth of planet's greatest team of heroes? Not up to scratch. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Larose Jul 21, 2016

    Issue #2 of the Justice League could be a really interesting, exciting, and fun story. Issue #1 makes me want to see what might happen in Issue #2. It's unfortunate that Justice League #1 doesn't do a great job justifying me having to actually read Justice League #1. Read Full Review

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