Justice League #38

Writer: Christopher Priest Artist: Marco Santucci Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 17
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"JUSTICE LOST" part five! Alone on the Watchtower, The Flash must find a way to save an astronaut drifting out into space. Meanwhile, Batman's obsession with redeeming himself for two critical failures feeds a growing crisis of confidence in his leadership.

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 13, 2018

    Although not accomplishing much plot wise in the issue, Priest and company still continue to drive an interesting story forward filled with moments of levity and high stakes. Batman, still absolutely stunned over everything that had happened decides to appoint Cyborg as the new leader of the Justice League taking himself off of that role. With Justice League No Surrender around the corner, this run will unfortunately have a short lifespan but it is not one to be missed. With months until Synders Justice League event starts, Priest still has plenty of time to stretch his legs and deliver an amazing run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Feb 9, 2018

    No doubt Scott Snyder will deliver an excellent Justice League series, but Justice League #38 shows why it'll be a shame to see Priest, Santucci and Sollazzo's run come to an end. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 8, 2018

    Overall I am enjoying this story, although it feels like it could be a bit clearer. On the other hand, I feel fairly confident that Priest will explain all as the tale goes on. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 8, 2018

    Justice League #38, while not the height of this arc, is another intriguing addition to the story. The team has to cope with its internal issues, and the Flash lives out the plot of Gravity. Santucci and Solazzo contribute some great artwork, and this book continues to be one of DC's powerhouse series under Priest. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Feb 7, 2018

    As much as I've loved Priest's run so far, 5 issues in, I am still yearning for a bit more conflict. I love the development of these characters but at times it feels like it might be at the expense of the action. There haven't been a lot of punches thrown and while that was okay in the beginning, it's starting to drag a little. It feels like every issue ends on a cliffhanger and then it's barely addressed if at all in the next issue. Hopefully, it picks up. I'm optimistic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 8, 2018

    The pace of this issue is a little sluggish when it isn't dealing with Flash's outer space rescue, but it's still moving in a promising direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Feb 7, 2018

    This issue is almost certainly serving as a launch pad for fun to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 9, 2018

    This is a very strong character-driven issue with only a minimal amount of action needed. The interactions between the characters as they cope with the question of Batman's leadership of the team is so engrossing that you will hardly notice that current villain doesn't even put in an appearance this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Joanna Robinson Feb 7, 2018

    Wow. Lots of wow. The dialoge in this issue is heavy but it never FEELS it despite the heavy themes. It flows smoothly throughout the story and you never have a moment of "hu?". Especially when Flash is talking which with all the science talk has the potential to be confusing. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Feb 7, 2018

    As with most team comics, there is a lot going on in this issue of Justice League. Sometimes this can cause stories to go off the rails fairly easily, but Priest does a solid job of keeping everything busy, but moving in the same direction. Solid writing, and very high quality artwork make this a comic worth adding to your pull list for the week. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Feb 7, 2018

    There's still some good stuff here, mind you, but as a whole, it just isn't as strong as previous issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Feb 6, 2018

    Filler with few stakes and little to no character development. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 7, 2018

    While there are some decent moments in this issue, I find that the majority of it came out of nowhere and was really overwritten to the point that a lot of the fun was sucked out of the book.  The art in this issue is great and I still care about where our League will go from here, but a lot of this issue wasn't fun to read and I hope that changes going forward. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Feb 18, 2018

    Just as Priest seemed to be moving forward, we take a giant hit as Priest takes us back to the same problems I have with the first issue of this run. The art is good, we get some nice development from Cyborg, and some great monologuing from the Flash, but ultimately, this issue feels like every bit of improvement over the past few issues was just thrown out the window. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 7, 2018

    By the fifth chapter of an arc, it's nice to have a better feel of what's going on. It kind of feels like Priest is stretching a two or three issue story out to six and there's little sense of momentum, urgency or point. Hopefully next issue can turn things around as the title feels like it's treading water until the new creative team comes on board. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Feb 9, 2018

    The League struggles to deal with the impact of the last several issues in a twisty but uneven breath-catching issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Feb 7, 2018

    As if to make it that much harder to wait for Scott Snyder's run, Priest turns in his first true stinker on Justice League. Batman's characterization has been poor all along, but it gets more room to breathe this time, and the ship goes down with its captain. Inconsistent artwork and several pages full of ugly Flash captions make it as hard to look at as it is to read. Even if you're on-board with Priest's story, I would still suggest skipping this chapter. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Dispatchdcu Feb 7, 2018

    So, I know timey whimey stuff has happened and now Cyborg is an original member of the JL but Cyborg said he "founded the team"

    When did that happen?

    And I want things to be real, or as real as they can be in comics but the Flash parts were too much!!! Too many words to describe fake science to make it sound like real science.

    And who did Flash save?

    Next thing that bothered me is how Jessica, who was once afraid to leave her house, has jumped from Barry as a possible boyfriend to now being able to just give Bruce a kiss before he leaves... What?!?!

    And the art was awful there. I thought that was the guy Flash saved... oh wait, it's Bruce...

    And all of this because of a crazy fan?

    And the interim chairman is Cyborg? Ok..

    I was hoping JL would get better but it really has just been more of the same.

    If you like what you heard, love talking comics, and are interested in joining a DC book club, hit me up at dispatchdcu@gmail.com. Catch you all later! Peace

  • 9.0
    drdrot Feb 7, 2018

    This take on the JL may not be for everyone, but I think it's an interesting departure. Some of the characterization is little off for some of the League, but I think the whole bit about the "minor leaguers" was blunt and speaks to readers like me who feels so much focus is put on Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman that the other characters never really get to shine.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Feb 7, 2018

    So the overall arc seems to be not coming together. But the individual issues are getting ever better. This one works as a Flash story and as a JL story, and I wish DC were keeping Priest on JL longer.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Feb 9, 2018

    I'm shocked that we're nearly forty issues in and JL is still one of the post-Rebirth titles that is inconsistent in storytelling. We've already had a few creative teams changes and while Priest is doing better than whatever Hitch was writing, it's still not at the level of Geoff Johns New 52 and let's leave fond memories of Morrison's run on JLA off the table for now. I think there is an awkwardness to the position of Cyborg's character. Currently he is simultaneously shown in flashbacks as a member of the teen titans and has an unresolved relationship with Raven per Dark Nights Metal and in JL he is now founder/leader of the main continuity JL. On top of that, his solo title is struggling and Wolfman is taking over in April to try to make things work. So it makes meshing everything together messy af. While I like that Priest is trying to buck the trend of having Batman basically run the whole world/multiverse/DC comics in general, it's not been smooth overthrowing Batman as the incompetent leader.

  • 6.0
    Steve C Feb 10, 2018

    I really thought Priest was going to turn this ship around, but I find the writing to be so convoluted and confusing. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading words, but the whole story with Barry rescuing the tech in outer space... I had no idea what he was talking about. So much comic book pseudoscience terminology. I just couldn’t handle it. In general, this storyline is a snooze. And what’s with Jessica kissing Bruce on the lips at the end of this issue? Is this not the same Bruce who’s engaged to Catwoman? I can’t stand all of this selective continuity going on at DC. If this story is taking place on an earth other than Earth-0, I’d love to know.

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