Future State: Justice League #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Ram V, Joshua Williamson Artist: Robson Rocha, Marcio Takara Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 48
7.9Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

Witness the start of a new era for the Justice League starring Jonathan Kent as Superman,
Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash from the Multiverse, and [REDACTED] as Batman! Together, they protect the future, yet apart, their identities are secret even from one another-but why? When their greatest adversaries wind up murdered in an abandoned Hall of Justice, all clues point to...the Justice League! The new team’s adventures begin here!
And in a new tale of the Justice League Dark, a witch hunt across the DC Universe begins as magic users are harvested and executed-and t more

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jan 14, 2021

    Future State: Justice League #1 has some great fun with the readers with its turn-paging revelations that make this new title such a riveting read. If the story doesn't grip you, the art most definitely will. Add to that a contrastingly dark story involving the Justice League Dark and you have another amazing new edition to the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jan 14, 2021

    Justice League: Future State shows us that a team must come together to be successful. And in an additional story, the Justice League Dark tries to hide out before they're hunted by Merlin.  Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 12, 2021

    Its pretty much neck and neck in terms of which story is stronger, but this Justice League Future State edition is so much stronger from having two high quality stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 13, 2021

    I highly recommend giving this issue a look, especially if you are interested in FUTURE STATE. Readers get a ton of characters and dynamic plot threads that should quickly evolve into some big things down the road. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Jan 12, 2021

    A good start to both stories. DC put together good teams for these projects. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Jan 12, 2021

    Future State - Justice League #1 is a brilliant shot of team dynamics-driven superhero adventure, with a last page guaranteed to make old-school Morrison JLA fans jump for joy. Unfortunately, the issue as a whole is dragged down a bit due to a been-there, done-that backup story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 12, 2021

    Robson Rocha does some great work with the art in the Justice League story. There are beautiful details throughout and the characters look amazing. Marcio Takara brings a beautiful, dark tone to the art in this Justice League Dark story. The use of shadow was perfectly done and the art matches the dark tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 12, 2021

    Overall, this is maybe a bit busy for a new status quo we've barely been introduced to, but Williamson knows how to write a great Justice League action set piece. This maybe would have been stronger released on the last week of the month when everyone had a spotlight already. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 12, 2021

    Featuring a strong balance of nostalgic fun and apocalyptic action, 'Future State: Justice League' is off to a strong start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Jan 12, 2021

    Final Verdict: Future State: Justice League #1 is ambitious, but it does a fairly good job of executing its goals. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 13, 2021

    Of all the Future State comic books that have released thus far Justice League #1 does the best job in tapping into the full potential of this direction. Joshua Williamson does a fantastic job establishing the dynamics and rules for this version of the Justice League. In the process we are able to get a story that captures our attention right away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 16, 2021

    Pretty standard, pretty well-written and well-drawn comic. Nothing particularly electrifying about the Future State version of the Justice League, but it's still solid comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jan 13, 2021

    In the end, I would say that Future State: Justice League #1 was a bold started for what it turned out to be. This is definitely one of those books where you would want to give the next issue a go to see how you really feel about the direction taken. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 12, 2021

    The narrative, which sees the team on the run, demonstrates Takara's strong grasp on each cast member's character and his skill in crafting plots that give them all something to contribute. If you've read any of Ram V's prior JLD issues, it's just as solid and enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jan 12, 2021

    Jinny Hex Special #1 is a delightful read. Visaggio makes the most out of these characters, building their pasts while also giving them a bright future. The art is beautiful throughout, making this special the complete package. Those who want a fun one-shot should pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jan 13, 2021

    A title like Future State: Justice League carries with it high expectations, especially with a lineup as promising as this. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite hit that high bar, but some of that is due to the nature of the story the series is trying to tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 13, 2021

    Future State: Justice League #1 is an ok comic. It's not bad. It's also not exciting enough. Both stories have their moments and interesting aspects. But, the Justice League characters are a bit more interesting in their own "Future State" series. The Justice League Dark story packs a lot in but misses that punch to really make it exciting. This is one for those who really want to see more of these characters or worlds. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jan 15, 2021

    While the potential is there, the first issue of Future State's Justice League fails to live up to expectations. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 15, 2021

    More could have been done to introduce the casts, but regular readers of Justice League Dark and Justice League should enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Jan 12, 2021

    Future State: Justice League #1 is a bit uneven. The art is stellar in both stories and the writing is very good. I mean, look who is doing the writing. The problem is there is a TON of explaining to do and that just wears the reader down a bit. The idea behind Future State is solid, but there is just a ton of exposition required. I would actually prefer not to have that. Just drop us in. Future State is in the title. We get it. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 12, 2021

    The Justice League is about team interaction as much as the Bang! Slam! action, but without proper introductions to all of the roster, the JL story by Joshua Williamson falls flat. While that's not the case for Ram V's Justice League Dark story, that one is just boring until the last few pages. Overall, this was a boring read that did nothing to expand on the overall Future State universe or tell it's own interesting story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Wakefulcrane01 Jan 18, 2021

    This was such a great read. I love Yara and Jon's friendship and the new design for Jess Chambers/The Flash. Im also glad that they didn't make the fact that Flash is Non-Binary as well unlike a certain marvel character *cough* Snowflake *cough*

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jan 16, 2021

    This is a good book. Sometimes comic readers really annoyed me with their lack of imagination and rejection of anything different. This is legitimate good stuff with solid characterization and excellent art. I wish more people would be willing to give something new a chance ge instead of harping on every single sentence and phrase they don't like. Not to mention the JL dark story is very strong as well. The scores you are seeing are more critiques of the concept of changing the faces behind the masks than it is criticizing the actual book on its merits, which is sad to see.

  • 8.5
    Antenovial Jan 13, 2021

    Enjoyable all the way through. Getting two whole Issues for $5.99 is a bonus.

    Justice League introduces a whole new dynamic for the League members, or does it? Well, that probably depends on how one views the JL, as people that simply come together to prevent disaster or one that acts as friends. While I am more of a fan of the co-worker League (for me the family feel belongs to the Titans), I enjoyed this new-old angle. How the Leaguers interact with each other, especially under the new rules the former League set up is the highlight of the Issue and I hope we'll get to see another glimpse into the relationship of Aquawoman and The Flash. But new rules aren't the only thing that changes how the Leaguers interact. Gone are the da more

  • 8.0
    Red Hood Mar 30, 2021

    Justice League:

    Not what I was expecting to see in a JL issue right away. I at least expected the Legion of Doom to make some form of advancement and not be taken out by the fourth page. I'm not really a fan of the Hyperclan but I'm still really invested in finding out the conclusion with the arc and who the traitor in the midst would be.


    Justice League Dark:

    This story was very interesting, I liked the artwork and the storyline behind it. I'm also invested in the direction it's heading in. Sadly, the JLD stories will only serve as back-up stories in the JL monthly book.


  • 8.0
    TheKize Jan 14, 2021

    This issue was the most fun I've had with a Future State comic yet. Both the main JL story and the secondary JL Dark one pulled from DC history in several surprising ways, rewarding longtime readers while still opening the door to new and exciting stories in the future timeline. If you're a fan of the Grant Morrison era JLA, this book should be on your radar.

  • 8.0
    Miracleman92 Jan 12, 2021

    This review is just for the JLD story (which was a full 22 pages on it's own meaning it should've just been a separate comic). I liked this story and I'm curious to see how the fight with Merlin will play out. Zee's rag-tag group of heroes are a nice shake-up from the main JLD cast and I love how Etrigan is stuck in Bobo now.

  • 7.5
    Hellblazer Jan 27, 2021

    I would have given it less but that JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK story was quite interesting. As for the New Justice League it was boring and that part where it says Tim Fox did better than the original Batman sounds really pretentious and quite disrespectful; i suppose that's what you get when you try to force an agenda.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Jan 25, 2021

    The main story was fine, pretty simple but was still a fun read, mainly due to the way the characters were portrayed. Really liked the second one, I haven't read Ram V's JLD yet, but after reading this it made me actually want to go ant pick it up.

  • 7.5
    pizzamain Jan 19, 2021

    Feels a liitle uncreative to just make the bad guys kinda the good guys but hey we'll take it

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Jan 14, 2021

    " Remenber, Superman. Your father was the man of tomorrow. But you... You've got to be the man of today."

  • 7.5
    Maud Benjamin Jan 13, 2021

    Surprisingly not so bad.

  • 7.0
    BatSlayer Jan 22, 2021

    A good number, I liked the new cast of the Justice League. The art was good.

  • 7.0
    allenquanobi Jan 12, 2021

    The story by Joshua Williamson is surprisingly very good! It feels like a great dynamic between the team, a lot of them dont trust each other and there's actual character building. I did find the hypocrisy hilarious with DC though. There were great character moments, and I loved the twist and callback to Morrison JLA. That's the monkey's paw though for me is that I enjoyed it because it reminded me of Morrison JLA, literally pulling a plot point from the first story arc of that run. No originality is found in terms of plot here, it feels very by the numbers plot wise. But I'm fine with it as long as the characters are enjoyable to read. The Ram V story was surprisingly very boring and not good.

  • 6.0
    Onomatopoeia Jan 15, 2021

    The one thing I truly liked about this comic was the cover art. They took the mouthpiece off of Batman to show his skin color. It felt less like they were keeping his identity a secret and more like they were hiding his race.

    I thought the Flash and Aquawoman were interesting, hopefully those stories don't get lost in whatever this story arc is supposed to be about.

    I guess I just expected more from a major title like Justice League. Finding out the horrible team dynamic was intended left me scratching my head.

  • 6.0
    Kaseladen Jan 12, 2021

    Its a shame, this JL does nothing for me but JLD has tons of promise.
    But alas, they're now shoehorning it in with JL proper so I won't be reading it moving forward.
    If I could split this, JL: 4/10 JLD: 8/10

  • 5.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 12, 2021

    This was uneven. Shockingly, I enjoyed the story by Joshua Williamson. It wasn't amazing, but I had a good time. The story by Ram V was so boring and I don't know why. I liked his run on Justice League Dark a lot more than this.

  • 5.0
    Nihilist Jan 12, 2021

    Last week I brought up the rotting corpse of the DCEU to show some similarities between its failure and the awfulness of Future State's Flash. Allow me to beat the dead horse a bit more here, by mentioning how Warner Bros tried to replicate Avengers' groundbreaking success while also skipping everything that led to Avengers. They wanted the end result, and the end result only.
    Now let's talk about this comic, which suffers from the very same problem. It wants us to see the new Justice League, and it wants us to be invested in their struggles, but it all falls flat when we don't know half of these characters and even they themselves try to avoid getting closer to each other. And then, let's not forget, it's a team-up story, meaning no o more

  • 4.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 31, 2021

    I just read the Dark story. It dragged as always. All I basically remember was Etrigan being pissed he now possessea chimp. I just want this to he Dark Avengers so bad.

  • 4.0
    Beyond_Batman Jan 12, 2021

    Oh man!! I just can't stand how they are just so lazily creating new characters. "He did what the original Batman could not and truly saved Gotham". I ranted about this in another post but are we actually going to see how Tim Fox had the proper training to actually be Batman? He was a full grown adult when he was introduced. Where did he learn everything from? Hes like Rey in the sequels lol.
    But I was planning on skipping Justice League once I heard Bendis was the new writer anyway so I guess I don't care about the far future of Justice League or the near future of it either.

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