Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1

Event\Storyline: Dark Crisis Writer: Joshua Williamson, Jeremy Adams, Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas, Phillip K. Johnson, Stephanie Phillips Artist: Dan Jurgens, Fico Ossio, Leila Del Duca, Clayton Henry Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 1, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 39
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6.5User Rating

Written by Joshua Williamson, Jeremy Adams, Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown, Stephanie Phillips and Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art by Clayton Henry, Fico Ossio, Emanuela Lupacchino, Leila Del Duca and more The Justice League has tragically fallen in battle, and now we see the aftermath. How does the world react to the Justice League being gone? Which heroes rise up...and which villains try to take advantage? And what dark forces are lying in wait to attack? An all-star roster of DC talent showcases a world without a Justice League and sets the stage for next month's Dark Crisis event!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil May 31, 2022

    I don't know yet if reading Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 is crucial to understanding the main event. But it's evident that reading this special will give added depth to the overall story. If this special is any indication of what's to come, Dark Crisis will prove to be a phenomenal story. I look forward to seeing how it all plays out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Christopher Franey May 31, 2022

    Excellent aftermath to the Death of the Justice League. A simpler version of Funeral for a Friend that nicely showcases hope, heroics, and heritage. This comic will have you do a couple of double takes to what you've read before when it comes to Pariah and sets the stage for Dark Crisis #1! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott May 31, 2022

    Overall, this issue does a good job with distinguishing stories while ensuring a smooth transition. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 31, 2022

    Overall, this is a top-tier issue that provides a great spotlight for just about every character it focuses on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance May 31, 2022

    An entertaining and fast set of five vignettes that set the table for Dark Crisis, Justice League - Road to Dark Crisis #1 bridges the gap left by Justice League #75 - Death of Justice League by giving us a look at the resulting status quo from many angles. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 31, 2022

    Dark Crisis might not be one of the more memorable Crisis events in the DCU, but its taking shape well and at the very least will be constructed well and make for a solid story even if it lacks much long-term impact. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jun 8, 2022

    Justice League: Road To Dark Crisis #1 is a great aftermath issue and begins the set-up for Dark Crisis. There will be several more, and this one does a great job of setting some story beats up. The writing and art are all pretty great, and this one is a must-read for anyone planning on buying Dark Crisis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings May 31, 2022

    Justice League: Road To Dark Crisis #1serves as an excellent prologue toDark Crisis, with multiple creators showcasing the DC Universe's reaction to the death of the Justice League. WithDark Crisis set to debut next week, this is the perfect starting point for readers old and new. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 1, 2022

    Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1 isn't bad but it also doesn't get me excited for the major event to come. It feels like an annual that gets released because it's on the schedule more than anything. While there's a bit to catch readers up, it doesn't do a great job explaining what has happened or the looming threat. It also doesn't quite make it feel like there world is worse off for the Justice League not being there. Overall, things are going fine. That also might be the point. But, if it is, why should we care about what's to come? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 31, 2022

    We get a bunch of stories in this issue, where each one seems to hit less than the previous, but even with that, there's some fun to be had from this book with the characters it uses and some of the things it's setting up, like a new Justice League and a new Secret Society. The art is great throughout, but at the end of the day, I wish this just would have hit a little harder. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu May 31, 2022

    If anything, JUSTICE LEAGUE: ROAD TO DARK CRISIS #1 actually fizzled my flame for DARK CRISIS and made me pump the breaks instead of building up my excitement. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 6, 2022

    The Pariah story is likely the most important to the larger arc (and also the least interesting), but the stories are fine even if they are pushing towards an event I'll admit I still don't yet care about. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez May 31, 2022

    For those looking to get every single detail about the Dark Crisis event Justice League: Road To Dark Crisis will not disappoint. Though those looking for more of intimate aftermath from the events of Justice League #75 will be disappointed. Justice League: Road To Dark Crisis is all about reinforcing what Dark Crisis will be about. So if you are not a completionist about getting every related title to a big event you can pass on this comic book. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 2, 2022

    A collection of moments to highlight the coming Crisis, providing some emotional underpinning for the new crossover but costing too much and providing little that feels really critical to the stories. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Dark Knight News - Bryant Lucas Jun 4, 2022

    You may want to save your money for the excellent Dark Crisis #1, which drops next week. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Evan Valentine Jun 1, 2022

    Road to Dark Crisis is a mixed bag and while it has some neat emotional beats, it doesn't feel essential in prepping fans for the major crossover. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer May 31, 2022

    Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis tries and mostly fails to convince readers that the entire DCU is in mourning for the "deaths" of the JLA. At a $5.99 price tag, this issue is for completists only. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Jun 1, 2022

    I can't recommend this. The stories are fine, but they're so vaccuous and irrelevant that I don't get why this was made in the first place. The actually relevant parts of this of this could or even should be in the main series, and the rest is just fluff to pad the rest of the issue. Combine that with it being anotherJustice League title one month after the book ended, and you have a product that's less than the sum of its parts. IreallyhopeDark Crisis surprises me, because I am not confident in where this is going. Read Full Review

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