Justice League of America #22

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie Artist: Ed Benes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 18, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 1
5.6Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

It's all-out action as Red Tornado is given another chance at life! The problem is that the dormant Amazo program within him wants the death of all League members! Plus, Zatanna and Animal Man come to aid Vixen with her power problem.

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 24, 2008

    Justice League of America #22 was a solid read and the best issue that we have gotten in quite some time. Is it possible that McDuffie is beginning to right the ship and that the JLA will begin to return to form? It is too early to tell, but I certainly hope so. Even though Justice League of America #22 was an improvement, it is still too early for me to recommend that readers flock back to the JLA. Let's give it another issue or two and see what happens then. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jun 22, 2008

    More importantly, while Reddy's dilemma drives the plot, McDuffie and Benes make a multitude of small character moments--in dialogue, narration and body language--that remind us page by page we're amongst a team of DC's very best. That's how the League should feel, whether battling a world-level threat or striding through the Halls of Justice. The tinder is lit, the sparks are flaring what remains is to fan the flames into a full-on roaring fire. And maybe throw in a fresh villain or two, please? Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 18, 2008

    JLA continues to display flashes of greatness that are ultimately buried under a heap of missteps and bad decisions. The creative team has the talent, and I'd like to see them put it to better use. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers Jun 22, 2008

    Overall, this issue has its moments both good and bad. Ever since Meltzer left the title and it was dragged through the editorial machine, it has certainly lost its identity and McDuffie hasn't really been able to hit the right chords. And thats not exactly his fault. This is worth a read if you liked Meltzer's run, but as a whole the issue is a bit of a roller coaster. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Marx Pyle Jun 22, 2008

    Potentially one of the stronger issues in the series with a return to a character driven story that started this whole run, but unless McDuffie throws in a surprise or two next issue, it will quickly become one of the most predictable story arcs to date. Like a tornado, this story could go in either direction leading to a happy ending or a terrible disaster. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jun 20, 2008

    And for all the scene-shifts between various PG-13 romantic dramas, this issue is just another story of the android Amazo getting a new robot body. McDuffie and Benes are just retelling the same old story -- the same story that began this new series less than two years ago: Red Tornado is sad, and Amazo can beat people up. It's almost as if someone at DC said, "hey, remember how well those first few Justice League issues sold, back in 2006? Let's do that story again, we'll sex it up even more, and we'll sell millions of copies this time!" I'm not cynical enough to believe that was the real thinking behind this issue, but it sure feels that way, and that's just as bad. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 1, 2008

    The return of Dwayne McDuffie to the main storyline is noticable, and admirable, even though we're still cleaning up the previous writer's plot threads here and there. With the ongoing drama of Red Tornado's life, as well as the Amazo interference, bits of the plot seem very familiar, but it's nicely handled with some lovely story elements all around. Ed Benes does what Ed Benes does, with some of his art feeling oddly unfinished and scratchy, but the second half of the issue (especially the interaction between Black Canary and Vixen) exceeding my expectations of Ed Benes drawings. It'sa strong outing for JLA, and a welcome return to quality after several issues of "WTF," earning a nicely done 3 stars. Had there been a bit more bite to the character interactions, or if the Amazo twist wasn't somewhat telegraphed, it could have easily nailed 4 stars. Read Full Review

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