Justice League #31

Justice League #31

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 25, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 16
8.4Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Introducing the new Power Ring! But who is she? What does she want? And how will her presence affect the team?This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 25, 2014

    The Justice League is seeing some big changes. Geoff Johns is taking seeds he planted during FOREVER EVIL and making this book evolve into the next level. With the developments of a new Power Ring, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, and Shazam being on the team, plus Lex's latest discovery, the team is going to have to find time to deal with all that when they're not fighting the villains. Doug Mahnke's art and Rod Reis' colors make this intriguing story even better. I may not agree with one of the developments in particular but I can't deny being hooked to this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Jun 26, 2014

    So much of this book was enjoyable that it's hard to pick out favorite moments. Everything from Captain Cold getting hired to continue being a superhero to Shazam finally using his magic to conjure a ping pong table made me smile. Definitely pick up this book if you haven't already because Johns is doing some wonderful stuff and you won't want to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jun 28, 2014

    This is the best team book on the stands. Do yourselves a favor and buy it. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 25, 2014

    I'm not sure if I'm ashamed to tell you that I'm giddy after reading this issue.  Well fuck it, shame doesn't really matter after what Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke have given us right here.  Is it safe to assume that Geoff Johns is some kind of magic man?  Everything that guy touches makes me into a kid again, and makes me feel like I'm reading my first comic.  So after you're done reading all my praise and slobbering over this book and the creators, make sure you go get this issue.  Act like it's the single most important thing you have to do because it's well worth it, and after if you feel it wasn't all that important for you to read then you are obviously dead inside and superhero comics aren't for you.  Is that straight forward enough?  Go get this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 25, 2014

    Johns and Mahnke are a creative duo that highlight the best of what is coming from DC right now. Johns' Justice League is stronger than it has ever been, and Mahnke is continuing the tradition of strong artwork that has been laid down by Ivan Reis. Luthor fans will be over the moon with this issue, and I would bet that most anyone who reads this comic will leave it a Luthor fan. Justice League is a must-read book right now, and I highly recommend issue #31. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Jesse Kennedy Jun 26, 2014

    I loved this issue. It had crazy tension and actually some payoff. This chapter moved the story along effectively and the artwork was great.Justice League is a good read right now so don't miss out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jun 27, 2014

    That is where “Justice League” #31 excels; by doing many different things and juggling them well, it's hard not to find something to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Jonathan Crean Jun 30, 2014

    Even though there was not much action the issue was packed withgreat information, and as always the comedy between league members was great. I can't say thatnot having a lot of action is a bad thing, I just like action. But I can tell that this story feels like it is headed to a fast, action packed place. Johns is clearly not afraid of doing crazy off the wall things that you don't see coming unless you pick this issue up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Jul 1, 2014

    Justice League #31 is a ton of fun, simple as that. Instead of jumping in to a Justice League that includes Lex Luthor and Captain Cold (who also gets a fantastic sequence in this issue), Johns is taking the time to flesh out the events that lead to these unorthodox new alliances. Some readers take issue with Johns' decompressive style of storytelling, but for this "Injustice League" arc, it's a fitting flow that makes sense. If this is going to be the status quo for the Justice League for a while, it's important to make sure the foundation is laid well, and Johns is doing just that. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jun 25, 2014

    The debut of the new Power Ring has been a long time coming, especially considering the glimpse we got waaaay back in Green Lantern #20 (look it up!). The ring's newest victim, Jessica Cruz, is interesting enough, the brief backstory we get appropriately depressing. Even the meeting at issues end has been seemingly on the books, effectively promising our first real look at what the new Power Ring can do. Johns' Lex holds all the cards at this point, and it'll be interesting to see how Justice League unfolds going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jun 26, 2014

    Meanwhile, Jessica Cruz as Power Ring is fully functional! Finally, a character that's teased for the longest time finally make her first in-story appearance as the Power Ring. We also learned a bit about her backstory, and why she's locking herself up in her room. Also, we got our first revelationof the new Doom Patrol lineup in this issue, and it's full of members I actually recognized (Elasti-Woman, Negative Man and Robotman). Turns out, I was right about Element Woman being part of the Doom Patrol. I guess we will find out why she's there next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Jun 25, 2014

    Justice League #31 is a solid issue. While the story is a bit slow moving, it's still very much engaging and the character work is really on point this time around. I'm quite excited by the direction the comic is going in and I hope it can keep up throughout this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jay Bamberhil Jun 25, 2014

    Johns' Justice League has been consistently very good throughout his run and it seems like he is setting the pieces up again to continue strong. Doug Mahnke's pencils fit in nicely and blended well to what we had been getting from Reis. There were many pieces to the puzzle this month, but I continue to be on board for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 27, 2014

    The art by Mike Manley and Keith Champagne is terrific, as always - and presumably this series is already starting to build toward the next "event" (since that seems to be the way of things these days). Let's just hope the next series actually includes the Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 25, 2014

    For a team comprised of the best characters of the DC Universe, it felt for far too long that the Justice League was ignoring its premium asset, instead using these properties as window dressing to justify B-list villains or indulgent subplots. That's not to say that Johns doesn't still have some ways to go before he gets to that kind of perfect character balance he had writing Avengers or Justice Society of America - after all, characters like Superman and Wonder Woman get short shrift, and Flash and Aquaman are completely MIA in favor of an abrupt cliffhanger - but all the same, this is a very different writer than the one we've seen lately. It's a writer who doesn't just care about his characters, but demonstrates why we should, too. Here's hoping this Geoff Johns sticks around for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Gregg Hamm Jun 26, 2014

    Overall this was great issue. We see more of the new Power Ring as well as the new Doom Patrol. Jones is doing a wonderful job balancing the big superheroics with the more personal character moments. This arc specifically has done a great job at ending each issue with a big moment to reel the reader in. This is once again an issue that will make you anxious for next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 26, 2014

    Geoff Johns has a great handle on the Justice League. Paired with artist Doug Mahnke, this creative team is bringing out the best qualities of this title: the action, the suspense and the humor. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 1, 2014

    Some questionable choices of characterization, but a solid read, plot-wise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Adam Jun 30, 2014

    I don't like the look of the new Power Ring. She looks too much like a flower child hippie to me and I'm sorry, but I just cannot take her seriously as a destroyer of worlds like the Power Ring itself actually says she will be. I'm also afraid the book is about to get way too overcrowded soon. Johns reintroduced a team of heroes in this issue and i'm afraid either they, or more likely the actual Justice League, will be lost in the shuffle of big event storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 28, 2014

    I bet there are a ton of Doom Patrol fans out there who'll love this appearance, but I'm not one of them, and I'm not sure about their New 52 continuity, if there is any. Adding them to this already overflowing story may be a bit too much. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Jun 28, 2014

    Overall, this was a quieter issue focused more on character development, but it nicely sets things up to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Jun 25, 2014

    Justice League has hit a slightly slump since the conclusion of Forever Evil as despite some captivating developments and a sensational confrontation the overall lack of energy let this issue down. It does however barely squeeze by with a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Jun 25, 2014

    Justice League has almost been one cohesive story ever since the second arc, and Johns has definitely taken the potential of this series to a good place. However sometimes there is just a off issue here and there, and this one happens to be one of those issues.. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Watsonian Jun 30, 2014

    The Justice League is held to a higher standard, as it should be. It's the flagship of the entire DC line. While it is clearly a team in transition, it still has high expectations. Those are missed in this issue, but the last page gives us a "fist pump" moment that we can expect to play out over the next few issues. The main plot of this issue felt off, but the smaller scenes make up for those misses. The direction of this book is changing. When the new, post-Forever Evil team finally comes together, the story should pick up. It seems the Justice League now has a two-tiered conflict upcoming, which could go either way. Will we get the heights of Throne of Atlantis or the doldrums of Trinity War? Read Full Review

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