Justice League #22

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 17, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 38
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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The Multiverse is teetering on the brink, and Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom is poised for victory. But as the combined intellects of Brainiac and the world's smartest man make their move toward conquering the keys to the sixth dimension, a much bigger power grows on the horizon. At last, the final form of Perpetua takes her shape, and the DCU will never be the same again!

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail May 1, 2019

    After watching Avengers Endgame this week, the Justice League comic is quietly putting out their own inadvertent reaction to it. It is every bit as time bending, fan servicey, and exciting as that film. If you are interested in the DC Universe at all you need to be reading this book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Apr 19, 2019

    Once again, the creative minds behind Justice Leaguedeliver a nearly perfect issue. Tynion's script is compelling, and Manapul's pencils are breathtaking. While some may have continuity qualms concerning the Monitor, for me these questions didn't detract from the quality of this fantastic issue. Justice League #22 is a wonderfully creative retcon that reimagines events of the past while propelling the current narrative forward. It respects the past while celebrating the new. Not to mention, the issue is twelve types of crazy fun. Verdict: Stop what you're doing, and GO READ THIS NOW. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Apr 19, 2019

    With past issues, I wasn't sure where the story was headed, but the since the story was entertaining, I was happy to just sit back and see where it was heading. But as the story is taking shape, it's getting more fun, and my eagerness for each new chapter is steadily increasing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Kelly OneShot Apr 17, 2019

    Ultimately I thought the creative team did an excellent job at packing in so much story and content for both past and current events in only 17 meaningful pages. It's truly an amazing feat that they were able to flesh out the motivations of Perpetua, add in new characters, reference a greater being to come, expand upon old legacy characters and major events while also telling the story of the First Crisis and pushing this current arc forward. Plus we get the Return of Batman's number one fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 17, 2019

    Impressive is the best word for this issue. While it's a quick detour from the Sixth Dimension storyline the timing feels right as the arc heads to its conclusion. This kind of interlude is necessary to highlight the larger stakes the Justice League has to face. This book just keeps on delivering some of the best reads in DC every other week and isn't stopping anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Legion - Jacob Woolsey Apr 17, 2019

    Even if you're not reading Justice League, this issue is such an important chapter of the DC history book, you can't miss out. Must buy. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Apr 18, 2019

    With the villains taking center stage and Perpetua in the starring role, Tynion and Manapul deliver a momentous secret origin to this beloved Universe, painting a tapestry of wealth to build upon. As the world stands upon impending uncreation at the hands of Mxyzptlk, this small breather added much-needed clarity and backstory for this brand new cosmic entity before the final showdown of this arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Raphael Soohoo Apr 17, 2019

    A great interstitial issue by Tynion and Manapul reveals the history and motivations of the mother of the Multiverse, Perpetua. Tynion fills in the gaps in DC history and makes plenty of nods to existing canon. Artist Francis Manapul gives us a gorgeous issue, with lots of crowded scenes with intricately detailed armies. A great prelude to the Year of the Villain! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Apr 19, 2019

    Tynion and Manapul did what I thought would have been impossiblethey have recreated the origins of the DC Multiverse with incredible detail, by giving us the most dysfunctional family to ever have existedand I loved every panel of it. This will become a crucial story as the First Crisis! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Apr 17, 2019

    Justice League #22 gives us a history of the DC multiverse in a way that plants Perpetua front and center. She's the mother of everything. And she's disappointed in her kids. The only problem with that is, the entire multiverse could pay the price. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Apr 17, 2019

    It is not truly till the end of Justice League #22 that the final form of Perpetua takes her shape, but that was only as important as the opportunity to finally understand the origin of the multiverse. Credit where it is due because I had my doubts about the way this story would turn out. As I said above, it's easy to go overboard with these stories. You want to go big, and sometimes that comes at the price of losing readers in the process. For everyone's sake that was not the turnout. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Apr 17, 2019

    Justice League #22 treats the reader with some phenomenal world building. If you are a fan of continuity and mythos then Justice League #22 is your kind of issue. No doubt about it. I adored how Tynion handled DC's new origin for the Multiverse. This issue delivers some brilliant writing in the form of such a wonderfully detailed and carefully crafted story. DC's Multiverse has never been better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 17, 2019

    I'm a sucker for creation myths and stories that open up your imagination to how it all began, and this is another good one. Joseph Campbell once wrote, "If you're going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all." Justice League does this and then some telling a richly told story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 17, 2019

    Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV's Justice League stands out for its big storylines, but it's the small things that really make it sing. I say that figuratively " the little character moments " and also literally because some of my favorite moments of this run have centered around a friendly starfish in a jar, battling imps, and this issue a tiny hissing Barbatos. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Michael Fromm Apr 17, 2019

    If you were looking for more exposition in this series which is overflowing with world-building and mythology, Justice League #22 is for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Apr 17, 2019

    Justice League #22 is a standalone issue in many ways. It is told beautifully through its images. This is a book that everyone has to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Andy Nickelsen Apr 19, 2019

    This is a very high stakes story with the creation and destruction of multiverses and all. I hope we get some meaningful, if not lasting effects in the DC Universe by the end of this arc. Another very solid issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Apr 17, 2019

    This issue is great for those struggling to keep up with Snyder's growing cosmic story and helps lay the table for what's sure to be a couple of big Justice League arcs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Apr 17, 2019

    Another Legion of Doom issue interrupts the story at hand, but it's hard to be mad. This issue was pretty enjoyable and is essential reading if you want to understand the story behind Perpetua and the Source Wall. This issue was lucky enough to be drawn by Francis Manapul, so it's one of the more gorgeous releases of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 19, 2019

    In this latest "Legion of Doom" interlude, Tynion takes us all the way back to the very beginning of the Multiverse, detailing main antagonist Perpetua's rise and fall as the "mother of everything." While this captures all the scope and epic scale we have come to expect from this era of Justice League, I worry it might be the wrong place for this particular bit of backstory, especially when Bat-Mite just made the scene in the present-day A-plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Apr 18, 2019

    Justice League #22 reveals the origin of the DC Universe. This is an ambitious issue that succeeds in some areas and just misses the mark in others. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Apr 17, 2019

    Unfortunately, the Tynion-helmed Justice League #22 met my expectations: the writing was verbose, at times incoherent, and error-prone. Manapul's artwork is as gorgeous as we knew it would be, and Napolitano does a fine job with way too many words; but, in the end, this installment of the title fails to add much to the narrative backdrop of New Justice, and likewise misses an opportunity to make Perpetua a rounder character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Apr 18, 2019

    Even with incredible artwork, "Justice League" #22's tedious script will leave readers wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 17, 2019

    This issue slams on the breaks to any good time momentum this book has been building lately.  I liked Francis Manapul's art, but the issue itself was wordy to the extreme yet still didn't give us a lot of new information.  I used to look forward to the Legion of Doom issues earlier on in the series, but this after this one, I may have to skip them going forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Dispatchdcu Apr 17, 2019

    Well, we get the background of the universe. Totally remade the creation of the DCU. Ha! You thought monitors were the top of the food chain... WRONG! Perpetua made them first 20 billion years ago( which is nonsense). But better yet, there is something bigger than her now... some weird falcon, eagle, griffin creature. So this story just went from confusing to WTF. Tynion and Snyder just rewrote the landscape of DCU, and in my eyes minimized every crisis story EVER, made barbatos look like a little pet minimizing Snyder’s metal story, while elevating their story to the crisis beyond crisis!!!!! Wow...

    Does everyone truly comprehend that the story we are reading is the most important story or crisis or event ever in DCU history. more

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  • 4.5
    ohhaimark Apr 22, 2019


    -This issue was alright. Not really up to par with the last few, if I'm being honest.

    -Love the art. Francis Manapul always delivers.

    -Excited to see more Bat-Mite, especially if we actually get to see a battle between him and Mr. Mxyzptlk.

    THE BAD:

    -I wish Perpetua was less cliche and more interesting. Otherwise I can't wait until she's inevitably forgotten.

    -This issue was way too exposition heavy. I didn't really expect anything else, considering it's written by James Tynion IV.

    -This issue felt like it was essentially just Perpetua and her son talking. But not in any interesting way, just in boring cliche evil villain ways.

    -I'm getti more

  • 9.0

    This was a really DC Crisis lore heavy issue and to have it in a normal issue of JL is kind of unexpected. Tynion IV does a good job making it all work and the comic felt very meaty. You definitely get your moneys worth.

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Apr 30, 2019

    Kind of glad to see we’re back on the track of the actual plot. Loved the art.

  • 6.5
    Darkseid24 Apr 17, 2019

    Good issue, but the problem I have with it is, that the background story for perpetua is contradicting so many Crisis stories. At least Snyder puts the Source above Perpetua, what makes sense& I’m glad he did. However the anti monitor appears to be quite weak in this story. What I also don’t like is, that the New Gods, except Darkseid are all dead& people from earth have to face Perpetua. It makes no sense. It sounds more like a job for the New Gods/ Gods in general, but DC apparently doesn’t know what to do with these characters. I however don’t buy it, that heroes from earth or the Legion of Doom can take on Perpetua.
    What I also don’t like is, that the Legion of Doom are just a few members, because most villains were kick more

  • 5.0
    waltgator93 Apr 17, 2019

    Eh feels like this information all it did was bore me. Really put a halt in my excitement for reading this comic.

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  • 3.0
    Batman Jones Apr 17, 2019

    I give this run a 9/10. I think it's been pretty spectacular. This issue felt like an exposition dump with a bunch of sci-fi mumbo jumbo in place of any actual exposition. Hope the next one is a return to form. I typically like Tynion's writing a lot.

  • 9.0
    SONOFBATMANN Apr 17, 2019

    From Bat-Mite to the "Source-Raptor", my god I loved this issue.

    This might sound strange as a comic reader, but I have absolutely no problem with info/exposition dumps; so Snyder and Tynion can unload as much as they want for all I care.

    Though I prefer the Morrison origin of the Multiverse with the Overmonitor and Mandrakk, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed what Snyder presents in his own lore.

    As stated by Darkseid24, I do wish that the New Gods could have been incorporated more (with their connection to the Source and all), but I don't think that the story suffered at all from their absence.

    I do wonder how The Source factors in power against Perpetua and this new race of "Super-Celestia more

  • 9.0
    rayonymous Aug 31, 2019

    I like Tynion's work here, this issue may seem like a sidetrack but it adds the necessary depth and a point to the whole crisis. Perpetua looks as Lex and his Legion saves the day with their own imp, Bat-mite to fight Mxy. It also deals with how Perpetua came to be and how she was contained by Three Brothers.

  • 8.0
    YourGreenMuse Apr 17, 2019

    Not a bad issue. I think the art was impressive. As for the story itself, it was kinda interesting.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 1, 2019

    Too deep for me at times, but it's a very good read. I am very excited for the future.

  • 7.5
    Michaelbn Apr 18, 2019

    Not bad, not bad at all. Despite flaws, there is more good to enjoy this issue.

  • 7.5
    egon244 May 3, 2019

    "So it begins"

    Now that was some nice and needed backstory on Perpetua and the Multiverse.

    Origin of the Source Wall, the beginning of the conflict between Monitors and others bits and pieces of information we were given in Metal, No justice and Justice League, all nicely explained and tied together in a neat little bow.

    Good issue. I now comprehend the scale of it all that much better.

  • 7.0
    letskillrobots Apr 23, 2019

    ugh this is all so over my head

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