Justice League #17

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jim Cheung Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 32
8.5Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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After the disastrous events of the Justice League Annual, Martian Manhunter decides to take matters into his own hands and negotiate a peace with Legion of Doom leader Lex Luthor. Traveling to a distant moon, the two enemies face their intertwined pasts in a showdown for the fate of the Multiverse. However, before either of them can lay claim to the power of the Source Wall once and for all, an unexpected threat forces them to unite...or risk death at the ends of the cosmos.

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 9, 2019

    Scotty Snyder and Jim Cheung continue to unravel an unforgettable tapestry as they take readers into the next phase of the title. With 5th Dimensional counterparts, multiversal counterparts and 853rd century counterparts all around the corner, The Justice League (and Scott Snyder) have only just begun to take on these new and bright frontiers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Feb 6, 2019

    You'll be surprised at how the pieces come together, pulling empathy out of unusual places by issue's end. Cheung's artwork only bolsters the book's effect, resulting in one of the most pleasantly surprising issues of Justice League yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 6, 2019

    Justice League is hitting on all cylinders right now and continues to be the book where DC can't miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 6, 2019

    Scott Snyder's run on Justice League so far has best been described as "big", with every issue featuring a wide group of characters engaged in a host of chaotic plotlines. But when he goes small, the story hits its stride, because Justice League #17 is an intimate and tense issue between two characters " Lex Luthor and J'onn J'onnz " and it's the best issue of the entire run. Read Full Review

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    GWW - Deron Generally Feb 5, 2019

    Jim Cheung's art is splendid. There are so many beautifully detailed panels in this issue and the action looks amazing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Feb 8, 2019

    Surprisingly to me, Lex Luthor is the character I most care about in this book. He is the person that determines the fate of the universe. Seeing him get the spotlight here, along with another character that has great importance in this series was really cool to see. The way they were tied together was wonderfully done. This is my favorite issue in the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Feb 6, 2019

    A must read for anyone keeping up with Justice League or anyone that is into Martian Manhunter as a character. Scott Snyder is no longer wasting time with this comic as he was doing before and during Drowned Earth. The payoffs and answers to mysteries found in this book are griping. However, I would like them to find a singular artistic team for at least one issue. Read Full Review

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    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 6, 2019

    Are we witnessing a golden age for 'Justice League'? In 10 years we'll probably all agree we most definitely are. Read Full Review

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    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Feb 6, 2019

    After a brief moment with Justice and Doom on equalfooting, the fate of the universe is still in question. Justice League #17 gave us a heartwarming and heartbreaking flashback with J'onn and Luthor that could end up being the key that opens the door to them working together in order to help save the universe from Perpetua. Read Full Review

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    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 6, 2019

    Justice League #17 honestly impressed me. It was hard not feeling worry that this would have felt like a filler issue in contrast to the other issues that were self-contained. Once again I was reminded that this is a creative team to have faith in for their ability to emphasize the importance of a story with depth. Characters matter, and that is the best takeaway from a team book as ambitious as this one. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Mar 2, 2019

    Still, the issue is definitely worth reading, if only so that you can get your own take on this conundrum. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Feb 6, 2019

    Snyder returns to solo writing duties, and gives us an interlude. The idea of J'onn revisiting his past is great, but trying to redeem Lex Luthor right after he blows out the Source Wall and puts the Multiverse on the brink of war is dubious and poorly-timed. This arc should happen much later. If Lex turns soon, it'll feel rushed and disingenuous, especially since he was a hero before Snyder's series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Feb 7, 2019

    Not many books leave me with my jaw on the floor like this one did. Snyder gives us a break from the constant universe-ending action to give us a new take on one of the heroes hes taken a liking to. Together with Jim Cheungs amazing art, this interlude between acts is one book nobody should be passing up on! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Feb 6, 2019

    What is amazing however is Jim Cheung's pencils. This issue is a testament to Chueng's storytelling. You can feel the intensity come off page as Luthor and J'onn stare each other down, dialog can only convey so much, you need the art to solidify those emotions and Cheung does that to perfection. The only detractor to this issue was the amount of inkers (three to be exact) and the overall quality of the line work does suffer a tad, but thankfully the storytelling remains solid. I wish Cheung was able to do more than a single issue, but I'll gladly take what I can get. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Feb 7, 2019

    It isn't Snyder and Cheung's best outing, but Justice League #17 is nevertheless an excellent one. An elaboration on the strange relationship between J'onn J'onzz and Lex Luthor, it features the sort of verbal and visual artistry that this book once had, and has desperately needed to recapture. Here's hoping there's lots more like this in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Feb 7, 2019

    After the major cosmic events of the past several issues, a character-driven interlude is a welcome breather before diving back into the thick of the high-stakes epic that Snyder and Tynion have been delivering. It also adds an intriguing and unexpected dimension to the character of Lex Luthor. This storyline is shaking the DCU to its core, and promises to take things even further. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Feb 6, 2019

    An emotionally charged backstory set against a gripping fight for survival, this is Zack Snyder at his best! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Feb 6, 2019

    Justice League #17 was a huge issue. Snyder continues to amaze me with his work on this title. At this point, Snyder is putting on a clinic and demonstrating why he is the best comic book writer at the present. I would definitely recommend hoping aboard Justice League if you still have not started reading this title. Justice League continues to set the standard for mainstream super hero titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 6, 2019

    After last issue's craziness, this cool down issue felt needed.  We still learned some big things here and it was the character moments between Lex and J'onn that won me over.  I hope we get more of those two together in the future, but for now, it looks like they have very different paths to take. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Feb 7, 2019

    Justice League #17 reveals new secrets about Martian Manhunter and Lex Luthor's pasts. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Feb 6, 2019

    I was let down by this. The art was amazing and Cheung needs to do as much work on this book as possible, but the story felt like it was stalling, and since we're getting another Legion of Doom issue this month, I don't think it'll be going anywhere until the next couple of months. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Feb 6, 2019

    Hey, I liked two issues in a row! Oh boy, can we go for three? This issue was probably my favorite issue of the series, thinking back. Gone are the massive expositing of grand multiversal concepts and event storyline. This issue is almost purely character driven and felt like a breath of fresh air. I want more of this and less cataclysmic event battles that decide the fate of everything. That's boring when it's just another Wednesday. Smaller stories seem like the way to go here.

  • 9.0
    ohhaimark Feb 8, 2019


    -Great art. Love Jim Cheung. Nice to see him actually doing the art for once.

    -The character work for Martian Manhunter was excellent. He was just a really compelling character this issue, not an exposition spouting robot.

    -I really liked seeing J'onn "playing" with his family. It was emotional and it felt right.

    -The interplay between Lex and J'onn was great, it left me wanting more.

    -I think this is the best issue of the series so far. Definitely the most reread-able.

    -Despite predictability, that Albie/J'onn storyline was really well-done.

    -That end was just perfect.

    THE BAD:

    -I don't know. Nothing I can really name, I just more

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  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 9, 2019

    Previously in Justice League...

    Back in the 90's there was a running subplot in X-Men: The Animated Series in which Magneto and Professor X were depowered and stranded in the Savage Land. They were forced to work out their differences and survive in a hostile environment. It was one of my favorite arcs of the series and was totally detached from the main plot during the season it aired. 

    In Justice League #17 we are presented a similar situation with the unlikely pairing of Lex Luthor and Martian Manhunter. Without hyperbole, we may be looking at a strong early contender for the best single issue of the year.

    I know the spoilers for the issue are everywhere but out of respect for the creators and th more

  • 10
    rayonymous Aug 31, 2019

    Scott Snyder comes back to tell the story of Martian Manhunter and Lex Luthor's shared past, the adventures they had as friends, the childhood connection that's long forgotten, erased from their memory for their own good. So emotional and tragic, this changes everything moving forward. And I'm starting to love Jarro the Starfish, now I get why Batman's so close to it.

  • 9.0
    Samuel Almeida Feb 6, 2019

    Sadly the "Albie is Lex" revelation wasnt a surprise, a plot twist, but its fine.
    Very solid issue. I like how Scott Snyder is building the relation between Lex and Martian Manhunter. Its nice, different. The art is pure gold. You cant go wrong with Jim Cheung on board.
    I like where this is going.

  • 9.0
    Nickweiser Feb 7, 2019

    I'll admit, this run has tested me. But with the payoffs from 16, the annual and now 17 this story has gotten that much better and boy has it been worth it! Trade waiters will definitely benefit the most. Take a bow Snyder, Cheung, and Morey!

  • 9.0
    The 20-issue Ceiling Feb 14, 2019

    A really great story with a predictable ending, but great character moments all the same.

  • 8.0
    waltgator93 Feb 6, 2019

    Great issue and we learned about Lex and J'onn. The writing was good but the art was amazing! Issue really progresses the story and excited to where it takes us in the next issue. Best part is, Jarro is still alive!

  • 8.0
    egon244 Feb 8, 2019

    "Sh'anne, Sh'anne"

    It's the issues like this why I read Justice League.

    First of all, I love how much spotlight Snyder (and Tynion) are giving to the good ol' Manhunter from Mars. There was just something amiss when he wasn't part of the main League.
    Second, I really dig the connection and relationship between J'onn and Lex. They added a small thing into their histories, without overhauling the entirety of it, that brings them closer and makes them more similar to each other. Both of them were, sort of, robbed off of a piece of their past.

    Third, the art is a treat to the eye. The pencils, inks, colors complement each other very well. Both J'onn and Lex look great (not to mention Lex's amazing lookin more

  • 6.0
    Spacey Medicine Feb 13, 2019

    This was just fine, I’m not really getting the point at this stage, but it’s not like it’s badly written or anything, there’s just too much plot.

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