Justice League #9

Justice League #9

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 16, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 4
7.7Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

"THE VILLAIN'S JOURNEY" begins here! Part one of a story introducing an all-new major nemesis for the Justice League by GEOFF JOHNS and JIM LEE! In part three of the SHAZAM! backup story, Billy Batson attempts to get used to his new life, new school and new family as Sivana unleashes an ancient evil imprisoned long ago.

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs May 18, 2012

    All in all, this is an extremely satisfying issue, as it gives readers a more in-depth look into the characters (in both stories), while showcasing some phenomenal storytelling and artistry. I give it a 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang May 17, 2012

    Overall there are a lot nice and small moments from the book and it definitely makes it intriguing. I'm giving this a high score because I'm just intrigued with the power set of Graves, and how the team's dynamic has changed ever since the end of Justice League # 6. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic May 21, 2012

    And there we have it, issue #9! It's a great read and an undeniably fantastic improvement on an already fun title. Three more issue to go before we hit the one year mark, and things are just starting to boil! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito May 16, 2012

    Justice League #9 is a great place to jump on if you haven't yet, and I'm delighted to say that this issue is exactly what I've been waiting for since issue #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 16, 2012

    Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are back together again. With a set up for a new villain, it's starting to look like the team may soon have their hands full. Johns continues to build up the characters and the relationships between the different members. It's a nice touch but feels a little out of place with the solitary feeling we get from the characters' solo titles. We simply haven't really seen any mention of the League in their books. The bonus of the SHAZAM/Billy Batson back up with Gary Frank continues to be a delight. We're still in the origin stage but it's getting to be fun seeing Billy's character develop, even if it's a pretty big departure from his attitude before the "New 52." The ending is promising that something will happen very soon. JUSTICE LEAGUE is getting back on track in being a book about the team dealing with each other and with big threats. It's going to be interesting to see if we ever start seeing more of a mention of the team in their solo titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 16, 2012

    It's a bit ridiculous that it took this creative team this long to bring this title to a place where it should have been from the very start, but at least we're getting there. It's even more ridiculous that this still falls far short of where the title should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 21, 2012

    That said, this comic's successes are far more memorable than its flaws. From a process perspective, I think we're seeing yet another reinvention of Geoff Johns, and after some initial fitful starts, he might be finding his balance between spectacle and substance. But ultimately, Johns and Lee are delivering what we wanted all along " we want to see our favorite characters in the same place, playing off one another and showing us how they compare and contrast. In other words, the flagship title of the New 52 is finally starting to live up to the name. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson May 17, 2012

    What's actually interesting about this new arc of Justice League is that Graves is a villain who has (supposedly, or at least seemingly) been wronged by the Justice League directly and wants to take his revenge. This is interesting because it's been quite a long while since there was a JLA story that actually connected to the League. More often than not, the League is called upon to handle situations like alien invasions, criminal masterminds, and worldwide catastrophes, all of which have no meaningful connection to the League. Mostly, the League is reserved for massive threats. Giving the team a more personal villain might be a fantastic way to give a little more characterization and depth to a crew that readers haven't yet received. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 18, 2012

    Overall, it's a very good read and it sets up a story that has real potential. You should at least flip through it at the comic shop just so you can read the (far too few) Shazam pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson May 19, 2012

    Overall, this whole issue kind of falls flat. Superheroes do some stuff, feel bad for themselves, and the villain plans his next move. Both stories are really going to need to kick it into high-gear next issue. Reading comics should be fun, not a chore. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 17, 2012

    "Justice League" #9 is an enjoyable enough fun story, but it is also very much an opening chapter in the next grand case for the Justice League. We learn of a new foe, but only through the equivalent of fish stories -- no direct exposure of the Justice League against this new foe, but rather a gauge of fearsomeness offered to the League from other recognizable foes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 18, 2012

    I have faith that it'll all lead somewhere interesting, but for this issue, faith is about all I've got. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 21, 2012

    Overall, Justice League has become forgettable. Kinda the opposite of what it's supposed to be. I almost forgot to review it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp May 20, 2012

    The return of artist Jim Lee means the overall quality of the art improves, but once again we get odd group shots where characters are presented and posturing at odd angles while in battle or attempting to communicate with each other. The back-up story gives us Billy standing up for his foster siblings (but still being a jerk), and Sivana unearthing a mystical tomb. It's certainly not great, but for JL fans it is worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair May 21, 2012

    A new and intriguing story arc begins about the architect of the book Justice League: Gods Among Men. Since the very first issue, this title was always pretty to look at, but lacked in the plot department. With this new issue, I really think this series will eventually pick up. Written by Geoff Johns (The Flash : Rebirth) & illustrated by Jim Lee (All-Star Batman & Robin). From DC Comics. Read Full Review

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