Justice League #5

Justice League #5

Writer: Bryan Hitch Artist: Sandu Florea Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 26
6.0Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

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"THE EXTINCTION MACHINE" part 5! In this concluding chapter, the race to the corners of the Earth is on for Aquaman as he holds the key to saving our planet from destruction-if he can make it in time before the last doomsday machine powers up! Can Superman survive his trip to the Earth¹s core? Is this the final battle between the Justice League and The Kindred-or just the start of something far worse?

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Murphy Leigh Sep 21, 2016

    Despite me jumping into what seems to be the middle of a story, Justice League #5 gives enough context for me to enjoy it, and an old-school superhero vibe that's well-paced and well-constructed. Nothing new or innovative, but hey, not everything has to be! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Jim Remolde Sep 23, 2016

    The issue was a great, but definitely not a great jumping on point, that will have to wait until next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comicsverse - Amber Colyer Sep 22, 2016

    As mentioned before, JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 wraps up the Extinction Machine story line and leaves it open for plenty of new possibilities. While things are settled (for now) at the end, the League knows that they have much more to face in the coming times. For fans of the Justice League or those who have been following along the Extinction Machine series, it is safe to say that the anticipation for new developments on the after events is high. Who knows what the Kindred have activated or summoned with their song? Here's hoping we'll all find out soon enough. Read Full Review

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

    “Extinction Machines” was an interesting story arch. Initially, I found myself disappointed itdidn't wrap the story lines in a nice, neat bow. On reflection, however, its grand scope and loose ends leads me to believe “Extinction Machines” sets up a larger narrative that will play out acrossthe pages of future issues of Justice League. Each character had a role to play and readers saw development in characters – Jessica Cruz, in particular. This was an epic story that kicked off the next era of Justice League extremely well. I am a fan of this creative combination of Bryan Hitch and Tony Daniels, and can't wait to see what tiesare woven from this story to the next in upcoming issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Sep 21, 2016

    Despite the opening arc having a shaky middle, Justice League #5 manages to stick the landing and leave the reader with a sense of excitement and intrigue for stories yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Sep 21, 2016

    Still, in time perhaps I will come to view this storyline more fondly. There are a few hints that it is part of the bigger picture, part of Rebirth in some way. And the teaser about The Forever Crisis excited me in a way that nothing else in this story did. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 22, 2016

    This issue mercifully brings an end to the storyline, "The Extinction Machine." I say mercifully because I've seen each issue in the series and I'm still not sure what was going on here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Oct 3, 2016

    It's possible in hints to Wonder Woman by the Kindred before they meet their fate that all of this could have major repercussions later – talking of their aim being ‘the Forever Crisis' is too epic and ominous a thing to not mean something, and could well link to the overarching Rebirth storyline. We'll have to wait and see. For now, Justice League ends its first run with a decent finale to a solid, suitably epic and often colorful and vibrant storyline. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Sep 21, 2016

    I want to like what Hitch is doing with this series, but I felt that with his first arc his net was cast a bit wide It was still enjoyable Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Sep 22, 2016

    It seems like the writers were too busy trying to craft a stellar story to span across the DC Universe, instead of taking the time to showcase just how well these characters can be when working together. For example, All-Star Batman is a brilliant concept of a story that is small and compact but packs a huge punch in terms of it's plot. But withJustice League #5 it felt like an excuse to be extravagant for the sake of it. Whilst it's visuals and the art are genuinely quite impressive, it doesn't have the plot to match it. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    IGN - Joe Ruggirello Sep 22, 2016

    It's still wacky and entertaining in the series' familiar way, but the plot could have been structured much more efficiently. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 21, 2016

    A conclusion can be a lot of things and still wrap things up well and that's this issue to at tee. It ends, but not well, with a boring last issue that serves to have the heroes say and not show enough to explain the action and stakes in play. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Sep 21, 2016

    At the risk of sounding overly-negative, the only lasting satisfaction I found inJustice League #5 was in knowing that “The Extinction Machines” is over. I like Hitch's big ideas well enough, and wouldn't mind seeing some of them resurface in future stories, but this arc was a slog, and I suspect this book will be better off with its maiden voyage in the past. While it's nice to have Daniel back, his own flaws and inconsistencies make him inadequate consolation for the serious trouble in the script. Amidst a remarkable slate ofRebirth titles,Justice League has been my greatest disappointment, and I'll be glad to put Hitch's first try behind me. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - Earl Rufus Sep 21, 2016

    It's not a bad comic, it just leaves you feeling empty inside. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Sep 21, 2016

    Justice League's first big arc is over and it wrapped in the same consistently disappointing fashion as the previous entries. Hopefully, Hitch can rebound with the next arc. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Sep 21, 2016

    Ultimately, I don't enjoy this issue. There is some wonderful art, decent action and a little bit of fun dialogue but that's about it. It's a fairly dull conclusion to a potentially interesting story that I don't think reached its potential. I don't recommend reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 21, 2016

    My gut feeling is to give this a certain F-U score, but I don't want anyone to think I enjoyed this issue at all.  As a single issue, it's bad, but as the finale of the first Rebirth arc, it's unforgivable.  The reader is left confused and guessing as the heroes tell us it's not actually over.  Oh, it's over!  In fact, it never should have even started! Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The GCRN - Dan Clark Oct 7, 2016

    It is official Justice League is the most disappointing series to come out of Rebirth. Thankfully 'The Extinction Machine' has come to its whimpering conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Muggz Sep 22, 2016

    This whole series has been surprisingly bad. And I'm a fan of tony daniels art. The writing has been terrible and the story is lame as fuck. You'd think DC would Put more of an effort into one of their flagship titles, especially coming off a good run before rebirth

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  • 3.0
    greywarden_60 Sep 21, 2016

    This was really bad. I think its safe to say that Justice league is the biggest let down of rebirth. The art has been amazing but the story is all around the place. After 5 issues you think you'll finally know something, but no. Nothing.

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  • 8.5
    kfc902 Sep 21, 2016

    I enjoyed this issue the art was great but a lot of questions were left unanswered.

  • 7.5
    Stargate Pioneer Sep 25, 2016

    I enjoyed seeing the team work together. There were a LOT of unanswered questions but seeing the Justice League members trying to work everything out without knowing what they were up against was something an everyday person would do, and it humanized the League to me. Plus it left a ton of doors open for the future. Although it does seem like the Earth took a heck of a beating with Trillion of dollar in damage and countless lives loss. It seems to me that DC will have a hard time extrapolating these effects into their other titles. Despite this issue's shortcomings I'm still intrigued with this series and it continues to remain in my pull list.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Sep 24, 2016

    While Rebirth as a whole has been doing well, I'm actually surprised how much my two favorite titles have dropped off in quality storytelling namely Justice League and Batman. Not everyone is a fan of Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder but to me they represent consistent storytelling. Hitch just isn't doing it for me. And I also hate his artwork, I'm sorry but Bryan Hitch's art is just too loose for me, his characters always look like they're half melted or something. If it wasn't for Tony S Daniel's pencils, I'd say Justice League Rebirth has been the biggest disappointment of Rebirth so far... If I'm completely honest I was blown away by more titles during the New 52 relaunch than Rebirth (JL, Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Dark). The missteps with New 52 was trying to release too many obscure titles and completely removing a few legacy characters. Rebirth has brought back Superman in full force though, I will give it that.

  • 6.5
    Kitaru Sep 22, 2016

    I have defended Justice League in the past for being chaotic, by voicing my opinion that underneath all the fluff is a good story. While I would love to say I feel the same after this issue, I don't. This issue was chaotic, rushed, clumsily constructed, along with having an abrupt ending. No questions were answered and no set up for future explanations was established. I still have faith that Justice League can create new, good stories, but I am also certain that this was not a good example of that.

  • 5.0
    The Villain Sep 21, 2016

    I was having some fun with this arc because I felt like there were going to be at least a few questions answered by the end of everything. This issue is pretty much a series of scene cutting back and forth from character to character. There is still no depth. The art remains solid but this story ends with so many questions still on the table.

  • 3.0
    ak94 Sep 23, 2016

    JL, see you with the relaunch.

  • 3.0
    JBL Reviews Sep 24, 2016

    Second issue in a row that I skimmed. Bad series so far.

  • 2.5
    El Chapulin Colorado Sep 26, 2016

    First arc ends and maybe now Hitch can do a story that is not garbage. Why was this so bad? - The story makes no sense. Through the whole arc the League came up against 3 enemies: the machines inside the Earth's core causing earthquakes that can destroy the planet, a swarm type of techno aliens aka The Purge, and 4 giant magic dudes who are the embodiment of old mystic forces of the universe aka The Kindred. The 3 seem to be related and none is explained at all (except for some very cryptic info in earlier issues) and we're left with these questions: what were the zodiac crystals, who built the machines, does the explosions of the machines at the core had no negative effect at all, what does the Kindred finishing their song means, whats up with the Purge and the army of dead Cyborgs?; of course it is teased this is not over but there's little interest to see how is this continued - Bad characterization. At first the characters were good but as the story progressed they became less and less what they are to the point that it seems like they didnt had a clue about what was happening or what were they doing (even say that their actions are based on guesses because they're not sure if what they're doing is a good or a bad thing) and felt more like actors following a bad script than real characters making decisions. These affected specially Batman, who had some bad dialogue that didn't make sense or felt forced, and Superman who spent the whole arc complaining about being at the brink of death - Deus ex plot. The resolution comes via some unexplained or convenient coincidences and developments. Cyborg suddenly has control over The Purge? Aquaman following instructions from a crystal without asking for explanations and arriving at the perfect place and time? Flash and the GL's recovering their powers just because? The kindred letting Wonder Woman join the League against them without explanaition? Superman being able to carry the last machine to the precise locat

  • 8.5
    StanielK Oct 5, 2016

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    sebastianorellana95 Sep 21, 2016

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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
    Lotrbruno Sep 22, 2016

  • 6.0
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  • 4.0
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  • 4.0
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