Justice League #5

Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 1, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 56
8.4Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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Lex Luthor's back in the present just trying to live his best life after seeing what the future could have held for him. Luthor's new mantra? "Embrace Your Doom!" So now he's rounding up a new Legion of Doom to go on a cosmic wilding and establish himself as the biggest baddie in the DCU. In full recruiting mode, Luthor approaches both Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd to join his new team, and he doesn't exactly have to twist any arms. (They've got a matching 401K plan and great bennies, after all!)

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 1, 2018

    On every level, this is the Justice League done right. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 7, 2018

    I am so glad that I can just rave about Justice League, without any qualifications or doubts. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Aug 1, 2018

    JUSTICE LEAGUE has already been ten times better since Scott Snyder began. However, Tynion's issue is by far the best one yet. He has a knack for writing villains, especially Luthor and Grodd. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Aug 1, 2018

    Even with a different creative team, Justice Lea"I mean Legion of Doom #1 delivers everything we've come to expect from this title along with a fresh perspective: both on the page, and behind the scenes. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Aug 7, 2018

    And from a 'rest issue' no less. I am all on board for this Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 1, 2018

    Justice League is such a strong title that it can easily handle a quick writer interlude without missing a beat. This definitely was not a filler issue and is a significant read for the main story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 1, 2018

    A strong issue that makes the case for Lex as the primo supervillain he deserves to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Aug 1, 2018

    Offering insight and adding momentum to an already energetic story, Justice League (2018-) #5 is a well-crafted comic book that places our spandex-wearing heroes in the rearview mirror, and focuses on the stars of this story, the members of the Legion of Doom. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Matt Herman Aug 3, 2018

    Lex Luthor takes center stage in an issue of excitement, origins, and villainy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin Gunn Aug 4, 2018

    I wasn't for sure at first about the shift in story and creative team, but after reading this issue I welcome the change. In my opinion it helps to add narrative to the larger story. I can't wait to find out where it leads next! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Aug 1, 2018

    This was a really good issue by James Tynion, which by now is expected as his work is generally fantastic. I liked how Tynion uses previous themes introduced in both No Justice and the first four issues of Snyder’s Justice League. Mahnke’s art was phenomenal and adds to the superstar line-up of artists so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Jul 31, 2018

    Doug Mahnke's art work is incredible. Everything is given amazingly rich detail and his rendering of Lex is great. I loved the detail in the panels and everything looks ominous and rich in detail and shadow. Great looking book with an awesome story to tell. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Aug 1, 2018

    Between Justice League Dark last week and Legion of Doom this week, Tynion IV shows why he is not only a valuable asset to the New Justice line, but to the DC Universe as a whole. Mahnke continues to produce great works as he has through the years, and this issue is yet another on that long list. Taking the time to slow down the pace and give an origin story right before the final issue(s) of this arc helps to build up the anticipation and momentum towards the big showdown, bringing motives into light and ratcheting up the tension towards the end as readers alike embrace evil. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Mike Bedard Aug 1, 2018

    It's nice to get an issue from the villains' perspectives, and although the villains aren't empathetic, the disconnect just makes them all the more terrifying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 1, 2018

    This is how you do a Justice League run " by giving the characters enemies who can push them to the limit. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Aug 1, 2018

    Spending some time in the machinations of Lex Luthor's mind straightens out the plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 2, 2018

    Justice League #5 is an unnerving yet exciting dive into the mind of Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom. We learn why he is doing this and how he gathered this powerful team. Its villainy fun, and its boosted by some fantastic artwork. This one is highly recommended. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Fortress of Solitude - George Chrysostomou Aug 2, 2018

    The best issue in the series so far, Justice League #5 puts the focus on the detestable Legion of Doom in a great exploration of their villainous plan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 3, 2018

    Although it's a jarring place to take a break, Tynion delivers an excellent script that adds to the finer details that have been left out of the story so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Nuckolls Aug 3, 2018

    "Justice League #5" delivers another solid issue " this time from the villain's perspective. Between Tynion scripting an excellent science fiction tale with just enough super villain philosophy to make it interesting and the beautifully thematic the Mahke/Quintana artwork, this issue might just make readers afraid of Lex Luthor again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Aug 1, 2018

    Lex is at the very threshold of conquering the universe and the Legion of Doom has control of various cosmic powers that drastically overpower the League. Things have rarely looked this dark for DC's premier team. This version of the Justice League works on a scale that's even more epic than Grant Morrison's “Big 7” League, making this one of the most exciting books in DC's lineup. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 1, 2018

    Along with some engaging artwork from Doug Mahnke, Wil Quintana and Jaime Mendoza, Justice League #5 stands as an entertaining look through the mirror darkly. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Terrence Sage Aug 1, 2018

    Justice League #5 isn't the greatest break in the main plot due to Lex's motivations and filling out ground as to why some of the villains have joined the Legion of Doom, the art from Mahnke and inking from Mendoza isn't the best as some pages are more detailed and refined than others but it's still a serviceable issue of villainy that adds to the story but drags it's feet as things reach the conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Aug 3, 2018

    For readers who have already read Justice League #1"4? Skip this issue. You will be able to pick up Justice League #6 and literally miss nothing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Aug 1, 2018

    This isn't great, but it's definitely not bad, either. Tynion floats some good ideas out there, and even though he fumbles the ball a few times, it's still a pretty readable book throughout. And with Mahnke, Mendoza, Quintana, and Napolitano all at the top of their respective games, you may not pay much mind to the slouched writing anyhow.Justice League #5 is still worth your time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Robert Struble Aug 10, 2018

    Snyder takes a break to give Tynion a chance to explain how Luthor formed the Legion of Doom and its a well drawn and interesting tale, even if a little confusing to follow. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 1, 2018

    While we don't move all that much forward in our story, we do get some cool villain interactions in this issue and some amazing art.  I just wish we got some more of the plot details out of the way here because at this point I need something a little more than an evil magic doorknob to keep me happy with Lex's plan of Universal domination. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Aug 1, 2018

    While the concept of Legion of Doom issues are solid, this installment reads entirely as filler about killers. Read Full Review

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