Justice League: Rebirth #1

Justice League: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Bryan Hitch Artist: Brian Hitch, Daniel Henriques Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 46
6.6Critic Rating
6.2User Rating

Spinning out of the events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, a new day dawns for Earth's greatest heroes as they welcome three new members to the team, including...Superman? Who is this strange visitor from a dead world-and can he be trusted? Batman and Wonder Woman aren't so sure.  

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 6, 2016

    This issue is a fun, Cinemascope-sized "done in one" comic that serves as a solid primer to the series. It introduces the cast, substituting two Green Lanterns in place of the (presumably off world) Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Michael Nunneley Jul 23, 2016

    To add to the utter chaos around the globe are the Kindred. A mysterious and unexplained race that is attacking the Justice League. Who are they? What do they want? What is the connection with all of this? It is unclear. But it doesn't look good. This is the the moment we've all feared. The moment when such a great threat threatens the Earth that even the Justice League can't stop it. What will Earth do when even beings as powerful as the Justice League are overwhelmed?Thank you for reading the BGCP's latest review of Justice League Rebirth #1. Check back with us daily for news, reviews and commentary on all things comics. And be sure to like us and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on all things of a geeky and nerdy nature. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 13, 2016

    I suppose the story sets up the League in the post-Darkseid War time period. It gets Superman into the League. And it doubles down on the heroic aspect of the team. So as a 'jump on' point, it worked. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon Jul 7, 2016

    A lot of the changes we see in the DC Comics Universe is going to be taking point from Justice League: Rebirth. This is a book that will be a necessary guide in navigating through the new status quo. While we didn't get anything major with this setup, we've been comic fans long enough to know the realness is about to come. This issue was enough to spark curiosity for this new direction for the League and get me going for the new #1 when it hits the stands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jul 6, 2016

    A solid start from Hitch the pencils I knew were gonna be there but Hitch has improved by leaps and bounds on the writing side. Hopefully this translate once the series actually starts but for now a well done one shot from Mr. Hitch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Jul 6, 2016

    Justice League is in good hands with Bryan Hitch. As sad as it is to see the end of the Johns run, rest assured that there are bright things on the horizon. Hitch's understanding of these characters clearly runs deep, and he is able to put that understanding to use in a way that few other writers can. His last hurrah on pencils is a nice treat, but even if you don't like his style, you'll continue to get the same quality writing with the visual stylings of Tony Daniel in two weeks with Justice League #1. June was a good month to be a DC Comics fan, and if this Rebirthone-shot is any indication, July is set to be a second helping of great comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jul 6, 2016

    Like many of the Rebirth one-shots, this one lays a solid foundation. The Reaper that made an unwelcome visit promises more like it are on the way, so let's hope Hitch can touch the high bar he's already set for himself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Dave Pecci Jul 6, 2016

    I especiallyliked how this issue connects in with the other rebirth comics. The Lanterns are forced to leave the Red Lantern crisis. However, I think this could also be a little confusing to new readers. Readers are left wondering what the events were before the alien attack. I am guessing these questions will be answered in flashbacks like how the issue flash backed tothe current Justice League members debate whetherto trust the new Superman. You will have to read the issue to find out if the members do decide to trust the new Superman. If you really like the Justice League or want toread a comic where the artist and writer are the same, then pick up Justice League Rebirth Issue 1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jul 7, 2016

    Justice League: Rebirth #1 is a marvellous introduction to Bryan Hitch‘s latest series to feature this iconic team, giving us a fun, dynamic tale. Despite some parts feeling like the same old story re-hashed, the final product touched on some key points of this new team, with some mysterious elements that should be a joy to follow into the main series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - John Hagmann Jul 8, 2016

    Justice League: Rebirth #1 is a solid issue and a good starting point for this newly titled, ongoing series. As a longtime fan of the Justice League, I am excited about the future of this newly formed team. The addition of new heroes makes for interesting character dynamics moving forward. This bodes well for subsequent issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Jul 9, 2016

    It's early doors, but Hitch has pulled off a winner here, with arguably the best new Justice League launch since Grant Morrison reminded us all just how much we need the League too. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Jul 10, 2016

    Justice League Rebirth #1 is a very by the numbers but enjoyable superhero book. It introduces the new team members well, introduces a new world-threatening foe, and aims for a more humble approach to the biggest superhero team in the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Jul 6, 2016

    Justice League: Rebirth #1 isntt necessarily a bellwether for the series as a whole which Hitch isnt illustrating himself but it also doesnt do much for me beyond providing another vignette to say, ok, this is the Justice League. It serves a purpose, I suppose. Heres hoping, like Wonder Woman or Supermans own Rebirth specials, the first issue is just a warm-up, with the real meat of the series coming with issue #1 in two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jul 6, 2016

    But something left me a little blah by the end of it. Perhaps it was simply that it spent its time making sure all the bases were touched, and setting up a forthcoming storyline, rather than being intrinsically exciting. Thats why I view it more like a 0 issue than a first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jul 6, 2016

    The pages of Justice League have always been about action and teamwork, and that's where this Justice League: Rebirth #1 excels. Bryan Hitch shows he knows the team and how to use them in both visual and narrative fashions. Unfortunately, as the issue focuses on Superman it pushes all other members into the background. His last minute rescue instills little confidence in a team without him. As Rao, the kryptonian God, was the villain of Hitch's last story it makes one wonder if all JL stories will have an emphasis on Superman. If so, the Justice League should be thankful. Without him they were lost. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Jul 12, 2016

    Having said that, Justice League: Rebirth#1 definitely brings back that feeling of hope that DC Comics has been lacking over the past few years. Especially the ending of the issue with the world's praise of their heroes stepping in once again. It felt like a very positive ending compared to the tragic downfall of Superman in the end of The New 52. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Jul 6, 2016

    As Mr. Hitch does double duty of both writing and drawing this issue, I am willing to give him a pass on some trite storytelling because the half and full page spreads he created are truly breathtaking. This will not go down in history as one of the greatest Justice League stories every but I am certain that it does accomplish its goal of setting up the post-rebirth landscape for the Justice League and giving the audience just enough to entice them to pick up the next issue. I look forward to seeing where this Justice League and their old/new Superman go, which is really what you want in a #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 7, 2016

    This book feels fairly short, but a great indicator of the fun to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Jul 11, 2016

    If not a groundbreaking start, it's a solid beginning for Justice League as the Rebirth ripples out across the DC universe. Hitch's story is filled with incident, while Henriques & Hanna nicely paint the Cthulhu-esque monster nicely in dark contrast to the vibrancy, fun and colour of the JLA themselves. With enough character elements established to carry the series onwards, and a potential new mega threat to come, the Justice League is well placed to deliver some great stories in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jul 7, 2016

    "Justice League: Rebirth" #1 doesn't do a whole lot to signal a new era for the Justice League, but there are seeds there that could pay off in the future. It doesn't seem like the must-read series that's going to be on the top of my pull list, but I'll definitely check back in when the first trade comes out if there's good word of mouth. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jul 6, 2016

    Justice League: Rebirth #1 is a perfectly fine start to the new Justice League series, but not a spectacular one. It does everything it needs to do regarding setup and establishing things, but nothing more beyond that. It feels lacking, like it just needed one more thing to really push it over the edge. While the writing is good and the artwork does give the book an epic feel to it, you wouldn't miss too much if you put off getting this issue for now. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Jul 7, 2016

    The other DC #1's have been great reads. Batman has been great, Green Lantern was interesting, and Superman was complex. But if this issue is to be compared to the others, brace yourself and keep expectations in check. You will be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jul 6, 2016

    Overall,Justice League: Rebirthis a little bit of a disappointment. It doesn't reach the highs of Johns' previous run of even Hitch's ownJLA.Though there are seeds of potential for the book, with Hitch's previous ability to handle big team books, Daniel's upcoming art and the inclusion of the post-crisis Superman. The previous series had a shaky start before going somewhere excellent, so right now let's hope these are just growing pains andJustice Leaguecan deliver the goods. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 6, 2016

    Overall, Justice League Rebirth offers a pretty good starter issue for those who have been out of the DC loops for the past few years. However, longtime readers will find this issue to be "more of the same," with very little pushing the new series forward, aside from new members joining the team. It tells a story that feels a bit too large for one issue. It's a down the middle of the road book. It's not bad. It's not great, but it does make us very curious as to where Hitch is going to go from here, and that's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jul 7, 2016

    On the whole, there's enough here to kick this issue onto the positive side, mostly in how well it informs the reader as to what Hitch's book is going to feel like, and hopefully foreshadows his strengths.So I'm going to just call this issue, where he is lifting so nakedly from other sources, an experiment in form that absolutely doesn't work for me and leave it at that.Picasso is supposed to have said, “Good artists copy. Great ones steal.” But if Hitch is going to continue to follow Pablo's example, let's hope he does so with more subtlety in future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jul 12, 2016

    Justice League Rebirth feels like a continuation of a title that was never fully told. You shouldnt hold that against it though, and just accept Justice League Rebirth for what it is. The script is decent and the art is excellent, and that should be enough for readers to at least give it a chance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jul 13, 2016

    Justice League: Rebirth #1mainly consists of a battle between the Justice League and a giant louse. That's right, a giant louse. Well, okay, a giant space louse that produces small versions of itself to take control of people by wrapping around their heads like the face huggers fromAlien. And this is the flagship title for an entire line of comics seeking to revitalize DC's literary universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 6, 2016

    Hitch's widescreen cinematic art style remains impressive as always. The plot is strictly serviceable, but the artwork gives it a greater sense of importance. When the title gets underway Tony Daniel will be assuming regular art chores while Hitch focuses on writing. Gut reaction based off this first issue? Swapping the roles would probably result in a better Justice League. Hitch is still finding his voice as a writer and this high profile of an assignment is an interesting choice by the DC higher ups. Hopefully Hitch will prove worthy of the faith entrusted in him. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jul 7, 2016

    This issue is just a real head-scratcher, what's the point of this bleak rehash in a world that's supposed to be bright and innovative? Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Jon Arvedon Jul 8, 2016

    All in all, this was not a great book. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it is by no means an essential read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 6, 2016

    Bryan Hitch starts of his Justice League run with an issue that feels like it's trying to be epic, but ended up as something else entirely.  The story is paper thin and even ridiculous at times and I was not a fan of Hitch's characterizations.  I have made the claim that these Rebirth #1's are tone setters and this one has me very worried about the series going forward.  Time will tell, but I am not as excited for the Justice League book as I was before reading this issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 6, 2016

    Hitch is either amazing with art, or just misses things. This issue feels like something is missing with a Wonder Woman that looks like a lot of Hitch's previous female characters. The detail is lacking at times and the action sequences lacking that epic feel. What should be two-page spreads are condensed into one panel. The entire comic feels rushed, from art to story. It's all compacted in a negative way. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 7, 2016

    Hitch, the writer, is good, but Hitch, the artist, leaves much to be desired. These are not the visuals to use to relaunch a company's flagship team book. I love the Justice League, but this makes me sad. You'll feel better if you skip this book. I wish I had. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jul 11, 2016

    At the very least, Justice League Rebirth #1 offers a fairly concise story that re-establishes the Justice League as a complete team. Unfortunately, it does so in a way that feels shallow and forced, undermining any drama or upheaval that may have emerged otherwise. It's a missed opportunity in some respects, but it does move Justice League forward into the post-Rebirth status quo. It still comes at the cost of utterly undermining the death of Superman. Whether that cost is worth the results is debatable, but given the context of Rebirth, it's a lopsided debate at best. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Nerds On The Rocks - gazele Jul 11, 2016

    Justice League Rebirth is slightly scattershot but sets up some cool possibilities for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Jul 6, 2016

    Ultimately, Justice League Rebirth #1 struggles to get any real momentum. Essentially a giant action sequence, the issue offers no real insight into its characters or their motivations. There are bright spots however, Hitch's dialogue is lively enough, and the action by Hitch, Henriques, Hanna and Sinclair is exactly what this issue needed. It's unfortunate though that the story feels so perfunctory. Hopefully the true series debut will be more memorable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Selby Jul 8, 2016

    Now that the Rebirth issue is done and over with, hopefully more time will be given to better craft the story. Or at the very least, a villain that doesn't pair as well with a lemon butter sauce. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Jul 6, 2016

    Hopefully, as time goes on Hitch will find a balance for both. While it isn't the strongest start, there is enough here to keep me on board for the time being, with Hitch's handling of Clark and Lois being the high point. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 7, 2016

    "We're the Justice League," Wonder Woman says at one point. "Run." Well, now that you've suggested it, I guess I could go for a proper jog. Far away from this book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComickerPerson Jul 6, 2016

    A straight-forward action flick. Hitch handles widescreen panels well, but struggles with close-ups and faces.

  • 5.0
    TheMatteo0 Jul 6, 2016

    By Justice League 'Rebirth', it basically means 'more of the same' thing Geoff Johns did in his run, but with everything made slightly worse, and the concept far less developed and the complete antithesis of anything claiming to be original. I mean... the plot is literally a giant something comes to Earth, tries to take over, fails and supposedly there are MORE coming. And why on earth (or even off it :p) anyone would want to see MORE of this kind of 'one-dimensional opponent' taking over the world trope, which has literally been done already hundreds of times before in literally every medium imaginable, I don't know. There was honestly nothing that bad about this issue either, it was just that everything was so mediocre they clearly hadn't bothered to put in the effort to try and create something either original or engaging. Luckily we have a perfect score for this- a 5/10, for purely average mediocrity.

  • 2.0
    Mister Bungle Jul 6, 2016

    Why is Bryan Hitch still allowed to write Justice League stories?

  • 6.5
    Jeff Andrew Jul 6, 2016

    This one was okay! The pacing of this issue felt rushed! I didn't hate the issue

  • 6.0
    JBL Reviews Jul 7, 2016

    Art was terrible. Story was mediocre.

  • 5.0
    JacqueK Jul 6, 2016

    Er... What? I was disappointed. It felt like just set up for an epic storyline to come. I expected more. There was acknowledgement both sides that Clark/Superman wasn't the friend they knew. But Superman didn't stay to talk after he joined the team and help drive the alien menace away. Why not?! Where's the beginning to show both sides reaching out to understand the familiar stranger in their midst? I enjoyed Titans Rebirth because there was a renewed sense of family, which I always associated with the Titans. But I've always thought of the Justice League as a team of super-friends. I did not get that with this book. Art was attractive and I liked the Lois and Clark chat, but ultimately this won't be on my pull list. And I'll wait for the reviews before I consider the tpb when they come out.

  • 5.0
    Big Guy 4U Jul 6, 2016

    It looks Bryan Hitch couldn't draw or write this issue properly. The basic idea is kind of cool in a throwback to the satellite-era kind of way. But, the pacing and the dialogue is the very definition of clunky. The book feels incredibly awkward. I feel awkward just reading it. The art is no better. Hitch needs to stop doing this. At least Ultimates 2 was a great story. I don't I'd like delays for a mediocre Justice League book. On the other hand, he absolutely nails the characterization of the two new GLs. So at least he has that. Tony Daniel can't come fast enough.

  • 4.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Jul 6, 2016

    My name is Commander Shepard, and this is my least favorite rebirth comic in the Citadel. Had I known how many references this was gonna be making to Mass Effect, I'd have skipped it and read my actual Mass Effect comics, or play some Mass Effect instead.

  • 4.0
    myconius Jul 20, 2016

    sets new lows in mediocrity.

  • 8.0
    the green death Jul 8, 2016

    Perhaps it's a case of low expectations brought on by poor reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised by this issue. I thought the characters were well handled (frankly Baz seemed better here than in Green Lanterns) and I'm happy to see the new Superman stuff being brushed upon and even with all the character moments, there was time for lots of action. Not my favorite of the Rebirth specials, but much better an id been led to expect.

  • 7.5
    pocketmegar Jul 6, 2016

    I have to keep in mind that this is just the Rebirth issue and not the real #1, but I was really disappointed. The characterisation is clumsy, the story is quite predictable and the art is far from memorable. I will probably continue (or begin?!) reading this series as a trade.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jul 11, 2016

    The threat is a creative idea and pretty cool, I hope that it makes good on its threat to return with more. This was a fun done-in-one issue, a good way to introduce new readers to the team. THe art looks great for the most part other than a couple hideous Wonder Woman faces and the continuity error that Jessica does not have the green symbol over her eye.

  • 7.0
    Whateverman Jul 17, 2016

    I didn't hate it at all. A decent one-off.

  • 6.5
    DarioV Aug 8, 2016

    By now we should all know that when an artist writes his own stories the result is not the best. Hitch introduces the new status quo of the League with a boring, cliche monster to defeat, same old dialogues we've read thousands of times about how fantastic the JL is, and a very obvious choice by Superman from New Earth. I do love his drawings, though, so it's not a complete disaster. -Dropping-

  • 6.0
    Kitaru Jul 30, 2016

    A letdown going from Geoff Johns run to this. I don't think it will be awful, but it has a huge hurdle to go over.

  • 5.0
    Joe Jul 7, 2016

    Well...it had to happen eventually, Rebirth has had its first misstep. The art in this book is pretty bad, everyone's eyes are shrinking into their skulls and Wonder Woman looks like she hasn't eaten anything in 20 Years. Their is nothing to draw attention, just an Alien Invasion thing, and I can't help but wonder why DC keeps trying to put Hitch on writing, when it clearly isn't his forte.

  • 5.0
    The Villain Aug 26, 2016

    Not a great book. I really think the art doesn't look like much more than rough sketches with color and the story implies a lot of stuff without really explaining anything. The moments with Lois and Clarke are the best part of this book but there really isn't a whole lot to enjoy with this Justice League Rebirth title.

  • 3.0
    El Chapulin Colorado Jul 6, 2016

    Giant half machine squid monster comes to Earth, JL goes inside it to destroy it, discover there are more coming, new Superman appears and disables monster's brain, JL tells monster to get the F out and tell its friends not to come, monster calmly goes to space. Bad story with zero excitement, bad character introduction and even worse art

  • 3.0
    Lantern's Light Jul 11, 2016

    God, the art is so bad, generic story ending 'We're the Justice League! Yay' Get Hitch off Justice League... I hope Johns project is announced soon!

  • 2.5
    Comic Booger Aug 11, 2016

    Horrible art, stereotypical storytelling and rushed plot. An alien invasion has been a plot run down to the ground and you would think the writer would try to reinvent the cliche, he does the opposite. The comic was laughable at parts, and it was too on the nose. Wonder Woman holding a lightning bolt? Seriously? Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have one cute page, but are just rushed into the League. Same can be said about Superman and when the League finally meets himthey treat him like he's not from a different Earth. Bryan Hitch fails with writing and art. Wonder Woman looks like a man in some panels and no one gets anything nice in due to the lackluster, rushed story.

  • 10
    CLMF Jul 6, 2016

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  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 6.0
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