Justice League #26

Justice League #26

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Eber Ferreira, Rob Hunter, Andy Lanning Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 7
7.3Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! Why has the Crime Syndicate really come to our Earth? What are their darkest secrets? And how will their actions fundamentally change the Justice League as we know it? Meanwhile, Grid controls the world’s power and communications, but what does he truly want from the Syndicate? Plus, a member of the League struggling to survive plots a path of return...and revenge.

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Dec 26, 2013

    I am anxiously awaiting Superwoman's origin issue. I hope it's next. And I cannot wait to see just what made her into the villainous manipulator that she is today. This was not my favorite issue of Justice League in terms of its characters being featured, but I will say that's probably why I liked it so much. I don't really care for any of the characters featured, but there was just enough to make them interesting. It was well-written. It was fantastically-drawn. And the combination of different stories with similar themes and relatively similar outcomes made for a fun read. All-in-all, I'm very impressed with the creative team's ability to make what should have been a filler issue one of the better installments of the crossover chaos of the last few months. Kudos, gentlemen. That's how you do an origin book. Now if only they had had a less misleading cover" Probably one more appropriate for Forever Evil 4, also out this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Dec 24, 2013

    Another brilliant addition to the Forever Evil story that is consistently outshining all other tie-ins, not to mention the main book, Justice League #26 is proof that theres a lot of gold to be mined in these characters and the world they left behind. Hopefully the aftermath of the event will give us the space and venue to explore just that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 24, 2013

    There's a whole lot of content here and Ivan Reis' artwork is breathtaking. I highly recommend it to anyone reading Forever Evil as it is very good supplemental material.If you're skipping that saga then this won't mean much to you, but if you are then I think issue #26 is a must-buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 26, 2013

    Justice League #26 was a great issue. The origins, the characters, the artwork, and all the little hints added in truly make for a very dark, but still enjoyable experience. While it would be nice to get back to the Justice League (you know, the title characters) in this book, if it keeps up this level of quality, I won't mind waiting a little longer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Dec 28, 2013

    Overall, this was another solid issue. The Crime Syndicate are some nasty customers and this captures that well. And the art just elevates that. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 27, 2013

    Overall, the issue can be a little weak compare to the previous ones, but it's still a great one regardless. I really can't wait to read Forever Evil as a whole, and go back to see if I missed anything from before. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Dec 28, 2013

    Reis' art is action packed, filled with energy, and with plenty of menace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 24, 2013

    Geoff Johns continues to flesh out the members of the Crime Syndicate. You would think it'd just be a matter of taking the origin we know and turn everything around so it's all evil. Johns does a great job in fleshing them out and making us understand where they're coming from. One member takes the center stage in the 'narration' portion of this issue and it will be interesting to see how things progress for this character. Ivan Reis and Joe Prado do a fantastic job with the art. It's a weird feeling seeing the flashbacks for some of these characters. There are still some mysteries to see unfold and Johns plants some big seeds for the next issue. The story keeps getting better and better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - C Reyes Dec 25, 2013

    Though lacking in action and deriving from the core story, this issue for the most part clears up the who's who of the Crime Syndicate, as some of them have new origins, others have their origins redefined, which happens to be the writer's bread and butter. For what it's worth, it is a pleasant send off to 2013 as we receive the new year with the second half of the first event of the New 52 that will more than likely change the landscape of the company for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - superiorchris Dec 24, 2013

    Johns issue was provided a lot of interesting information that sets a few character developments in motion that I am very excited for. The art was impressive and was my favorite issue to admire (since I read it twice in one sitting to enjoy the art) This book can use a little more action and pacing from Forever Evil but it is still a must read issue to fully gauge the event. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 27, 2013

    See there are a lot of characters that are in the Crime Syndicate, and we as fans want to know all about them.  So with our compulsion to know every little thing, we need to have origin tales, giving us insight on the motives of these villain.  That's what we get in this issue, which is fun, and entertaining, but slows down the pace we were given in Forever Evil #4.  So if you're like me, and love all the ins, and outs of these characters then you'll really enjoy this issue like I did.  Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Dec 24, 2013

    Justice League #26 is non-essential reading, but it's a nice background supplement for the Crime Syndicate. If you're into this event, you'll appreciate Justice League #26. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Dec 24, 2013

    Justice League #26 is a nice companion too Forever Evil. It adds some insight and character arcs that readers would otherwise be missing. Even though Geoff Johns has a great script, there are some really uneven pencils on this book marred by so many people involved in the art process. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jan 2, 2014

    If you're looking for a Justice League book that stars the heroes, well this book isn't for you and hasn't been for the last few months. As the villains have taken over in Forever Evil, they've also taken over this series. It's a nice break and change of pace to focus on these characters, but if you're looking to read about Superman or Batman, you won't really find them here. Although Cyborg makes a small appearance, it's mostly hero free. Justice League has been an essential companion to the Forever Evil event, and as long as this creative team of Johns and Reis are on it, I'll be ok with it. This may not be a great issue, but it's still a fun read with art by one of the best superhero artists out there. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Dec 27, 2013

    Overall, the story suffers from a lack of plot progression but as a character study it is good enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 29, 2013

    I find myself really looking forward to the end of this series - I miss the real Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 24, 2013

    Too bad, because Ivan Reis’s art is big fun to look at. Reis gets that this is a big deal for DC, and he pencils Justice League in such a way. Everything is bigger than life, each panel is the money shot. At times, Reis’ strong ability to bring action to life saves issue #26 from being completely boring. Reis always brings his A-game – it’s just largely wasted on Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Dec 26, 2013

    At its core, Forever Evil is a solid concept, as evidenced by the strength of this week's main Forever Evil book, but tie-in issues such as this show the inherent weakness in stretching a good idea too thin. Sucking any of the life and momentum out of the threads Johns was playing with in "Trinity War" and the related arcs, Justice League, and by extension those books that relate to it, is now sitting very still and waiting for something to happen. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 28, 2013

    If Forever Evil feels like it's stalling for time with the Crime Syndicate, then Justice League is doing even worse. I regret even reading this issue. It's not bad, I suppose, but it's almost completely unnecessary to understand anything else about Forever Evil. It's basically just a few recapped super-villain origins. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 24, 2013

    All in all, "Justice League" #26 is just an average comic. The art looks nice, and the story ranges from acceptable to interesting. With so few comics released this week, it'll certainly end up standing out a bit more than it would have in a sea of new books. In the end "Justice League" #26 will work better as part of a supplemental collected edition to "Forever Evil" -- and you know that it will be marketed as such -- than as a "Justice League" story in its own right. It's just not as much fun as a single issue, alas. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Jay Mattson Dec 25, 2013

    Justice League #26 is a misleading, bore of an issue. Its a necessary evil to flesh out the Crime Syndicate, but the presentation and pacing is just totally off. Read Full Review

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