Justice League of America #1

Justice League of America #1

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 40 User Reviews: 2
7.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The march toward TRINITY WAR begins with part one of WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS! Green Lantern! Green Arrow! Catwoman! Katana! Vibe! Hawkman! Stargirl! They arent the worlds greatest super heroestheyre the most dangerous! But why does a team like the JLA need to exist? What is their ultimate mission? And who is pulling the strings? Plus: Find out why Martian Manhunter is the most dangerous of them all. Period.

  • 10
    PopMatters - shathley Q Feb 19, 2013

    Johns has excelled with this book, conceiving of a most unique way to tell the story of the Justice League of America—by meditating on why America appears in the team's name. Even the fact that no one before has considered this, and that such consideration now seems obvious, pales into comparison against the true intellectual core of this book—that meditations on a Difficult America and our collective struggle with American identity is now exactly what's needed in popculture. This is exactly the social realism in American literature that Tom Wolfe mourned the death of when he inaugurated New Journalism. Justice League of America proves that Johns isn't only heir to the American literary tradition of Whitman, Twain and Hemingway, he is also their equal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Feb 22, 2013

    David Finch's art in this first issue is exceptional. I've been a fan of his since his New Avengers days and his work has only improved. His darker style of art is actually perfect for this book, as it shows the seedier side of the League, in contrast to artist Ivan Reis' brighter style over in the other title. This series has lots of potential for greatness and, if Johns' record of success is any indication, we're in for a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 20, 2013

    It's easy for publishers to put out franchise books, ones that branch out of other titles. These sometimes just give us more of the same thing. Thankfully, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA is not just another Justice League book. This and JUSTICE LEAGUE may compliment each other but they are not the same book with just different characters. Thinking about what is being set up here will have repercussions for both teams as well as the DC Universe as a whole. David Finch's art works well with the story as we see the entire situation being set up. There are scenes of conversation, introduction as well as action. Finch depicts all of them with ease. The hook or direction of this title is a welcomed one and I can't wait to see how this series relates to the other titles.This issue shows the series wasn't what I expected. Johns shows there is more depth to the book and it was exciting to read and think where this will all go in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    Justice League of America #1 offers up strong characters and a well-paced story that doesnt overwhelm the reader. Aside from a few awkward-looking panels and minor anatomical slips in the artwork, Justice League of America #1 is a perfect jumping on point for fans of Geoff Johns or for readers who want to reconnect with the JLA. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Feb 20, 2013

    Justice League of America has quickly jumped to the top of my read pile every week. Johns' signature writing style will keep it interesting for as long as he remains on it and he's setting up enough potential stories for the future that the well won't be going dry anytime soon. Plus, he's at his best when he's writing ensembles of characters and the cast here doesn't get as much love as they should. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 20, 2013

    As a counterbalance to the more traditional League also under Johns control, Justice League of America promises to provide a very different take on the Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes, and one that could potentially provide even more drama than its predecessor. Its not even just the interactions between heroes who seem to have no business sharing a room with each other, but layers of government shadow work and motivations behind motivations, that I am most eager to see begin to unravel. This series is a definitive one not to miss, in my opinion. Story, art, characters, importance to the greater universe no book is delivering all four of those (in such high doses) as this one does in only its first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Feb 20, 2013

    Justice League of America #1 is a joy to read. Geoff Johns has written on damn fine story that's already got me excited for the second issue. This series is the first one to grow organically out of the 'New 52'. Talon is similar for being a byproduct of the events in Batman, but Calvin Rose is a new character that readers are still getting to know, which makes it just as much an effort to invest in as any other 'New 52' title. JLA #1 features heroes and villains that have already made a name for themselves in the DCnU and now, we get to see them work together. Basically, if you like any of these characters, you're going to like Justice League of America #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Richard Dessler Feb 20, 2013

    Overall, Justice League of America was a solid start to this new series. I'm sure the members of the team were chosen to be in the book just as carefully by Johns as Waller chose them to be on the team. Pairing fan favorites like Green Arrow and Manhunter with relative unknowns like Katana and Vibe seems like a great choice since it should give the book enough star power to stay afloat while introducing readers to a bunch of new characters. It comes highly recommended I can guarantee you'll stick around for a few more issues once you've made it to the cliffhanger at the end, and with Geoff Johns' track record, you owe him a few issues of any new series he writes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Feb 20, 2013

    Justice League of America looks like it will be a hard-nosed title that's absolutely worth reading – though probably not worth buying all 52 variant covers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 20, 2013

    This is a very strong first issue for Justice League of America #1, even though there's virtually no action in it beyond the vignettes for each hero. I'm hooked, and I want to see how this plays out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    This was a terrific start to this series, and giving the type of series it is it couldn't be any better. I wish I could give this series a 5 star, but it's not quite their due to it being a bringing together/introduction issue, but it's still very good, and I expect it to have a 5 star issue very soon, if not the next issue. I would highly recommend this issue, and am looking forward to the next one, as I'm very interested in this series now, more so than before. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 20, 2013

    Solid writing is backed up by David Finch's art which is top not. It's just one issue in, but Justice League of America quickly jumps up as to one of the better launches of the new DC 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Feb 20, 2013

    And while there's no proving this, I almost get the sense that this is the JL book Geoff Johns wanted to write all along. His main JL series has been pretty cookie-cutter in terms of format. And yet this issue just feels slicker, more polished. It's like he HAD to write that series to set the status quo and NOW he gets to blow it all up with this series. There's a lot of potential here, but only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 25, 2013

    Next month's issue should be very interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 20, 2013

    The execution on that front is mixed so far. The facial work is still as uniform as ever, with very little variation in facial expressions from scene to scene. But in terms of body language, it is easy to see a shift from Finch's previous books. In particular, there's a lot that can be gleaned from Martian Manhunter solely based on the way he carries himself and interacts with Steve Trevor. Juxtaposing that with the opening chase sequence, it's clear that Finch can handle more subtle forms of physical storytelling alongside the bigger action scenes. I hope his facial work can eventually improve as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Feb 21, 2013

    It's a shame that it has taken so long, but with “Justice League of America” it seems the foundation of the New 52 may finally be settling. Writers like Brian Michael Bendis and Jonathan Hickman have benefitted from writing multiple “Avengers” books over the years, and hopefully Johns will be able to do the same with the “Justice League” franchise. In terms of a single issue and an introduction to a new cast of characters and premise, “Justice League of America” does a great job of engaging the reader. The issue's cliffhanger is typical Johns, but it's also genuinely surprising, and it will be worth the wait for issue #2 to see how it resolves. Let's just hope that the next five issues don't consist of the team members punching each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 21, 2013

    Not exactly a game-changing debut, but a credible one nevertheless that gets you very interested in the title's future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 10, 2013

    This is the Marvel-ization of a DC book. It's expertly done in every panel, but too dark, too depressing, and too expensive for me to follow. I'm “drawing the line” this time with this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Feb 20, 2013

    The serious tone of Justice League of America # 1 will definitely be a standard as the series progresses. Whether its good or bad will all be up to the Geoff Johns and the rest of the New 52 creative team working behind him. As we get closer and closer to seeing Trinity War it's only going to become very obvious that the two teams will clash. The burning question in my mind right now is what's going to happen to the book once were done with the aforementioned crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Victor Correa Feb 21, 2013

    Justice League of America #1 was better than I hoped it would be. It gives you enough to have a grasp on the characters involved, but leaves you with enough mystery and intrigue to never know what to expect. This book just jumped to the top of my pull list and I can honestly say I'm more interested to see how this series plays out more-so thanJustice League. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 20, 2013

    There may not be much story here but what you get is absolutely necessary. It's a whole lot of exposition and character introductions sandwiched between two brief glimpses at where the team will be heading in the future. I thought it was pretty cool and I'll be back to read it again next month for sure. The one-two punch of reading Justice League and JLA makes it a pretty satisfying day in DC comics if you ask me. It's the most cohesive the New 52 universe has felt so far. So yeah, it has my endorsement. I think you should pick up Justice League #17, Vibe #1, and JLA #1 and read them in that order for the most fulfilling experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 23, 2013

    Here's hoping this all works out well - but at the moment, I'm dubious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 20, 2013

    Now, this book isn't perfect, even if it is a fairly streamlined launching point. Particularly with Waller and Trevor, Johns gets a little dialogue-heavy, which drags the scenes down, and sometimes the speculative "matchups" Johns envisions don't quite make sense yet (could Catwoman really take out Batman?). That said, the pacing for this comic is pretty spot-on, even if the art occasionally stumbles, and it's nice to see a team with a clear purpose from the get-go. To be honest, that's my biggest question with Justice League of America: Is this a book for the long haul, or will it simply live in the shadow of its more iconic sister? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 22, 2013

    JLA is going to be a tough sell. It's a book with a lot of new or totally unknown characters in it. Even the dialogue in the book asks the question of, "how are these characters going to work together?" That will be part of the journey for this book. One of the things this issue lacks is any sort of villainous threat. The book appears it will be character based and that could prove challenging with this many fresh or un-established faces. Time will tell, but this is a good start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Feb 24, 2013

    It will be fun to see Johns go beyond the introductions and watch the team interact for the first time. Especially with David Finch doing what he does best, huge action pieces mixed with intense visual drama. Justice League of America #1 sets up the core conflict moving forward in the DC Universe and experienced readers know that when it comes to mass super-hero conflict, Johns knows how to bring it while squeezing out the poignant character moments as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 23, 2013

    But all of that aside, this was a pretty good issue. It introduced everyone and laid out the concept, including a potential threat. The art was also solid, though nothing as good as what the normal Justice League series gets. I think I actually will like a series about Steve Trevor trying to whip this ragtag team of superheroes into a true fighting force"if the series is even going to be about that at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 20, 2013

    Justice League of America #1 did everything a first issue is supposed to do. Geoff Johns quickly established what the mission statement for this series is while also inserting some character specific sub-plots for future stories. The ending worked well to bring things full circle with how the issue opened. Even with how mediocre the artwork by David Finch turned out I am invested into seeing how the new JLA deal with the rise of the Secret Society. That is all thanks to the strong tale that was woven by Johns in this first issue. If you have been following the events of the new DC Universe I recommend picking this issue up as it will be one of the key titles as DC Comics heads into Trinity War. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Vikram Bhargava Feb 25, 2013

    Not much can be said about this title right now, and as always, we'll have to wait for a bit. However, this first issue seems to be worth more than all the issues of the JLI put together. I feel it's only a matter of time before we get to see a conflict between the JL and JLA. The Martian Manhunter seems to hold a grudge against the Justice League. I guess we'll find out more about that, as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Feb 24, 2013

    At the end of the day, readers may have a tough time buying into the idea that the Justice League of America could in any way be legitimate rivals to the all-star Justice League. Yet with an intriguing cliffhanger, and the promise of some interesting team dynamics to come, this is one that is worth a second look next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Feb 21, 2013

    JLA is a good jumping-on point for fans new and old of the New 52. You don't need to even read Justice League to get this one. The first issue promises some intrigue, but I think Johns needs to show us the bite that comes after the bark. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Feb 23, 2013

    Overall, it was a somewhat by-the-numbers “putting the gang together” story. This format has been employed many times, but it was still entertaining. The dialogue is nice and Johns actually takes on the haters head-on by addressing the criticism fans have already lobbied at some of these character choices. This appears to be an eclectic mix and that could go either way, but I'm intrigued to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Feb 22, 2013

    So, even with the entire media circus surrounding it the hype only hurt Justice League of America a little. The story has the potential to go in very entertaining paths and the writing shows decency enough to grow past the birthing pains of this issue, which Im favorably rating at average. The art is something that well have to live with, and while Im keeping myself from being completely sold on this series for caution of course I am getting settled in for the rest of this story arc. Lets see what Geoff Johns can shell out and if he can create a Justice League worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 28, 2013

    Though I didn't care for the cold tone of the plot and dialogue here, David Finch's style certainly suits the darker bent of Justice League of America. He seemed to be channelling Whilce (Wetworks) Portacio at times, and I found his over-rendering of characters' sinew to be particularly distracting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Feb 21, 2013

    There is potential for improvement in so much as there is plenty of room for it. We also know Johns was once capable of spectacular entertainment, and I like to think he still, very much, is. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Feb 20, 2013

    Johns takes pains repeatedly in this issue to make clear that this is not a new "Suicide Squad" -- and for good reason, since that's exactly how it feels. But why distance themselves from it? A vintage "Suicide Squad" knock-off would not be so bad, but their desperate attempt to stay away from it only spotlights the similarity of the concepts. At 34 pages of story, I guess the $3.99 price tag makes sense, but it's ultimately a very high price to pay for a comic that is, at this point, only mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Feb 20, 2013

    Realistically, this issue was a necessary evil. No matter how much I disliked it, they got the messy, boring origins out of the way, and can jump right into the meat of the story in the second issue. I have little doubt that this will be a great run, but this wasn’t the start that I was looking for. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - David Feb 20, 2013

    This book deviates from the norm for most team books, which usually start with a mission of some kind. So it's at least nice to see a different angle being taken for a #1 issue. Unfortunately it's a slog to get through and any entertainment hinges on your excitement for who is on this team. One of the main reasons team books work at all is due to the dynamics between the teammates. Since this issue takes place before any of them join up it's really a waiting game until the next issue and nothing more. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Feb 22, 2013

    I don't mind a little cynicism in my comic books. But if I want to read about a superteam of assassins, criminals and killers, I am not looking at the Justice League of America. There's so much of this sort of bland, muddy moral compromise in the NuDCU that everything blends together and it loses all meaning. I would feel differently if maybe Johns had started out with a more straight-forward superteam and subverted it slowly. Or if he'd just pulled it off with a little bit more panache, or if there was a more compelling artist attached. But as it is, this debut did not convince. Justice League of America #1 gets two out of five stars. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 26, 2013

    Throw in the fact that there's no way this group of killers, crazy people, and the kind of characters who would usually get scrubbed when you reboot an entire universe, could possibly act like, or be marketed as. a team, and an elaborate money grab by DC putting out variant issues for all 50 states and you've got the beginnings of a trainwreck of epic proportions. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Feb 21, 2013

    The weak cast as well as the boring story line was a big downer for me and made me want to drop the book as I read it. Also the reasoning for the team being formed was such a "wash and repeat" idea that I just wanted to yell! Read Full Review

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