Justice League #0

Justice League #0

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gary Frank Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 19, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Billy Batson takes center stage in this issue as he unleashes the awesome power of Shazam in a special origin story! Also featuring the not-to-be-missed origin of Pandora and the next seeds of TRINITY WAR!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 19, 2012

    It's time for Shazam to finally arrive. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank deliver a full size story showing the next step of Billy Batson and his [possible] connection to the power of Shazam. This zero issue might not fit chronologically before JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 but if we are to see more of Shazam in the coming months, this can be easily overlooked. This isn't going to be the Shazam (Captain Marvel) we knew from before but that's what makes this interesting. The New 52 is the time to experiment and make tweaks and that's what we're getting. This is the beginning of a new chapter for the character and I can't wait to see what's going to happen next. Johns and Frank are definitely putting the magic into this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Scott West Sep 20, 2012

    With 'The Phantom Stranger' and now Shazam!, Pandora, and The Question, I'm really loving the "Trinity of Sin" and the new landscape of magic in the New 52 Universe. Don't miss this issue as it's sure to be the opening salvo of something truly… magical! (Bah dum pum!) Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Sep 21, 2012

    The backup story by Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver deals with Pandora, who was – as fans recall – basically the one responsible for rewriting the DC Universe at the end of Flashpoint and transforming it into the New 52. We see the wizard's last moments on Earth, as he comes to Pandora with an ominous message. There is also an exciting tease for a reintroduction of a certain fan-favorite character to the New 52 DC Universe that should have lots of people talking. Van Sciver's work is his usual detailed perfection and it's always welcome to see his art anywhere, if only for a few pages. I'm going to have to give this issue a perfect 10/10. All quality stuff, that really showcases what the New 52 is all about… or *should* be about. Great job, to all involved! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Sep 20, 2012

    If you were ever curious about Captain Marvel and Shazam this is the issue for you. If you weren't? This is still the issue for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Sep 21, 2012

    The art is good and it's a pretty nice comic book story. It's very rare for the post-52 Johns writing to make me laugh but this issue made me do that. This also hammers the point that DC Comics really needs to develop the character and do an ongoing for Shazam (provided they hire a competent creative team). Read Full Review

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Sep 20, 2012

    This is how good Justice League needs to be each and every week. I wasnt kidding when I said I would rather have a SHAZAM title than JL. Depending on the reader response to this issue, I may get my wish. Geoff Johns has done a simply breathtaking job with this character and I cant wait to get another glimpse of him in action. Billy Batson has quickly become one of the most profound and provocative characters in comics. Frank and Van Sciver also deserve much props for this wonderfully drawn book. Ill leave you with this: SHAZAM! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 19, 2012

    Justice League #0 was a gamble. For a general public that doesn't read a lot of comic books, making this "Issue Zero" a Shazam-only story could be bad for the bottom line. Literally nowhere in theses pages are the actual Leaguers featured. Johns and Frank dedicate this issue to Shazam, giving him a damn fine introduction as he gets ready to join the League proper starting in 2013. Before the reboot last year, Captain Marvel was always the boy scout, more so even than Superman. He never erred, rarely faltered, and was liked by all. He was a bit more sickeningly perfect than Superman, which was hard to do. Now, we have a dynamic character who actually has depth, who really does have a reason for acting beyond a surface-level desire to uphold truth, justice, and the American way. Now, we have a real Shazam. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 20, 2012

    The zero issue is meant for new readers may give a Shazam story, but I think its missing a crucial chapter. Unless we read past issues, we dont really know how Billygotto the Rock of Eternity, where he meets the wizard. Without that, the issue may fall apart for new readers. Though anyone familiar with Shazams origin should really love this book regardless. But if you despise Shazam, dont pay $3.99 for a four-page back-up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Sep 19, 2012

    More than the story as a whole, some of the potential storylines spinning out of this issue get me super excited about the next year in Justice League. Yes, this is essentially Shazam's origin, but many more questions than answers are raised herein. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Sep 19, 2012

    I'm a little annoyed that now, after multiple issues of Billy being a punk, we are now looking forward to multiple issues of Billy being a punk with superpowers. Again, I'm sure that once Black Adam shows up, he'll straighten out and hero-up. Now we play the waiting game. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 20, 2012

    Good read? Absolutely. New reader friendly? …maybe not so much. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Sep 21, 2012

    Well... this was awesome! I love this annoying, jackass version of Billy Batson! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 20, 2012

    The enthusiasm emanating from this title is palpable and infectious, but ends on a rather dull note with an underwhelming back-up. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Book Revolution - Alex Garver Oct 5, 2012

    Overall, I recommend the issue to anyone who loves comics in general, especially more DC centered fans. The preview for the next "season" of Justice League at the end of the issue is worth taking a peak at the issue alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Sep 19, 2012

    The back-up feature (with competant art by Ethan Van Sciver) might offset that, however, this time around. Again featuring the mysterious Pandora it sows some deliciously ripe seeds for "Trinity War" that I can assure you people will be talking about for days. Overall I say that if you've enjoyed what Geoff Johns has done so far with Captain Marvel, or Captain Marvel in general, the you should certainly check this out. It's a solid story and is shaping up to be an interesting alternate take on the classic character. If not, then you might be tempted by the back-up and what it means for the rest of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Sep 19, 2012

    Justice League #0 is a very good comic book that's simply worth any fans time, if you love the New 52 you will not regret picking this up. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 19, 2012

    Combined with a nice teaser by Johns and Ethan Van Sciver reintroducing the Question " as well as teasing the upcoming "Trinity War," which will pit the strongest and the darkest hearts of the DCU against each other " and you have an effective entree point for new readers looking to get into DC's latest event. If Johns and company can take new spins on the tried-and-true DC icons, we're in for a real treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 19, 2012

    Ethan Van Sciver handles the art on the back-up in his usual detail-driven style, though the story lacks any real variety to give the artwork significant punch. It's mostly just Pandora looking all Pandora-y. Except for the aforementioned last page full of radness. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 24, 2012

    This was all done to set up the big “Trinity War” event that will take place next summer. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 19, 2012

    The backup story gives us a bit more on the Trinity of Sin build-up, as the Wizard's last act is to find Pandora and apologize for the Council of Eternity passing a foolishly extreme judgment on her for simple curiosity - something that makes us wonder if Black Adam might not have had good reason to kill them all. We also get our first glimpse of The Question, fighting street crime and spouting to himself about his search for answers. Still not sure if making Q into this eternally damned immortal is a wise direction, but we'll see. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Sep 20, 2012

    7 Out of 107 Word Summary: A zero issue worth checking out. Finally.Justice League #0DC Comics – $3.99 Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Sep 20, 2012

    The Art really stood out for me on this issue. It looked so slick and beautiful I couldnt help to stare. SHAZAM! is one of those books that colors need to pop and Brad Anderson did just that. Was the writing of the wall amazing no, but it still delivered the story we all have been waiting for. If you love SHAZAM! go out and buy this one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 20, 2012

    Not a bad issue, but one that will not be a favorite for longtime fans of the original character. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Sep 20, 2012

    "Justice League" #0 is a strange issue in that it features no current Justice League characters. This is really a Shazam #0 issue and as such it meets its mark there. As a "Justice League" issue, it's not a great lure for new readers. The childlike hero and intensely enjoyable art will bring in some, but is sadly not enough to keep others. Seeing a young boy become a muscle-bound magical hero only to use his powers to keep being the prankster rapscallion he always was might not be grandly eloquent, but it should yield a progressive arc moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Sep 21, 2012

    Justice League #0 is a solid, enjoyable read. After following the story in Justice League, I feel the Shazam origin could have been its own mini series. There are hints at the end of a tie-in to the Trinity of Sin storyline, so it will be interesting how Shazam/Billy Batson will fit into the DC Universe as well as his future entry into the Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Sep 23, 2012

    Overall it was a good read with cool art so I'm going to give it a". Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 24, 2012

    The back-up story features Pandora, meaning it's all but totally forgettable, but it does introduce The Question (complete with trenchcoat and fedora). Although the character's street-level crimefighting and conspiracy theories seem to have been kept, this newer version is something much different than just a former investigative journalist. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    DarioV Jan 30, 2015

    Billy Batson has agreed to become the Shazam, but the how wasn't as great as you might think. Gary Frank's art is stunning, but Geoff John's scripting is vacillating at best, as usual. The dialogue between Billy and the old god is the dumbest thing ever (a fifteen yo teaching a millennial god that people are bad...) and I couldn't really stand it, then the Billy/Freddie bromance is kinda good and hilarious and finally the anticipation of the Trinity of Sin is mysteriously good. The plan was similar to Scott Snyder's in "Batman" #0, but the realization was quite not the same.

  • 9.0
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