Justice League of America #5

Writer: Geoff Johns, Matt Kindt Artist: David Finch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 26, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 4
6.5Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Reeling from the traumatic death following issue #4's cliffhanger, the "world's most dangerous team" discovers what the Secret Society is ultimately after-and who they are. But can Steve Trevor get this uncontrollable team under control before it's too late? Plus, a revelation about Stargirl leaves one of her team members out for blood.

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jun 26, 2013

    If you like action and discussing fan theories, especially about how our Mystery Man might have a connection to the world of Batman, you're going to love JLA #5. And if you love cameos by forgotten characters from the far corners of the DC Universe, you're going to have a pretty damn good time reading this book, too. There are a few hiccups here and there but I think a DC fan will close this book feeling thoroughly entertained. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    This was a fantastic issue, and although not quite as good as last issue, it was still amazing. The action was continued perfectly, and the dialogue was perfect. There were also some great developments, as well as hints towards Trinity War, which was brilliant. There were however a couple of things that bugged me, and that's what ultimately dropped the overall rating of this issue. I would however still recommend this issue, and the series so far, and can't wait for the start of Trinity War. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 26, 2013

    Not bad. The funky team dynamics and the mystery of the SSV will keep Justice League of America going for a while, likely going places we don't expect – although since the Doctor Light business carries over into Justice League #22, the crossover has already begun. Trinity War's a-tootin'. Put on your seat belts and lets get weirdly metaphysical. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 26, 2013

    JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA continues to be a fun wildcard series. There's no telling what will happen with this team. That very idea is illustrated in this issue. It seems this ragtag group of characters couldn't have what it takes to make it, especially under Amanda Waller's strict rules but somehow Geoff Johns is giving them the edge they need to impress everyone. With each issue, the characters grow more interesting and you have to wonder what Johns' long term plans are. Brett Booth does a great job adding his personal touch to each character and makes the action flow across the page. There were some points that felt too sudden or convenient but for the sake of the bigger picture, it makes sense. Each time I read this series I can't decide if I enjoy this or JUSTICE LEAGUE more. Johns knows how to bring the fun and excitement to his stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Jun 27, 2013

    As a conclusion to this storyline, I think that Geoff Johns has handled this team much better than I expected. Like Trevor said in the book and as I see myself this team has potential and the book overall has potential. I don't know what to expect from this, but surely it should be something exciting since their job is far from done in foiling the Secret Society's plans. What I liked most was the work put into it by Brett Booth. Everything from the crisp style, to the effects from everyone who wielded powers, it was all done very well. This and the structure of the environment around them because there was a lot of destruction. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 26, 2013

    But while this issue is weaker than the previous few in some ways, it's certainly an entertaining lead-in into Trinity War and the various other projects Johns has cooking in the months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Jun 27, 2013

    Mostly this issue is a explanation of some of what's been going on with the Society of Super-Villains (whom seem to be a small group at this moment) but still leaves many questions for the Trinity War and Forever Evil. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Jun 30, 2013

    This was definitely an above average issue. I'm not loving the idea that the Secret Society storyline is (most likely) being placed on the back burner in favor of this upcoming crossover, but here's hoping that “Trinity War” delivers loads of super hero versus super hero awesomeness! But this team is gelling nicely, as diverse as they are. And the art is pretty solid, as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jun 27, 2013

    In the buildup to Trinity War, the pieces are starting to be set. Justice League of America is a big part of this story, but its hard to care when so much is thrown at us. Next month will probably be better, as we will get a better sense of just what the heck is happening. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jun 27, 2013

    It may not be the strongest single issue, but Justice League of America #5 is still fun for DC fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 28, 2013

    While not exactly the Citizen Kane of comics, Geoff Johns has created a fun title here that, more than anything else, resembles his early work on "Teen Titans" " a group of inexperienced heroes, tied together through circumstance, getting in over their head. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 30, 2013

    Mostly, the story and art (in both features) are just functional. There's not a single spark of originality and hardly even an attempt at it, which bodes very badly for such a major series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jul 1, 2013

    JLA #5 is the worst issue of the series. Granted, I will be staying for Trinity War, so let's hope Doug Manhke can fix the art problems. But despite all the gripes I had with this, I am looking forward to Trinity War. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 27, 2013

    Johns and Booth cleared the decks for "Trinity War," but someone still has to take care of those dirty dishes and that big lump under the carpet. "Justice League of America" #5 has some big-name talent attached to recognizable characters, but ultimately becomes a mostly forgettable set-up to something that will hopefully be more memorable. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 3, 2013

    Geoff Johns has done a lot of good things for the DCU, but his usual M.O. (invert what you know about the hero in order to make a statement about them, something he's done with pretty much every character he's ever touched, ala Aquaman's terse declaration that "I don't talk to fish") doesn't work in the New 52, because there aren't decades of established continuity to play against. This issue switches back and forth from awkward fight-sequence to awkward exposition, with the most successful parts of the book coming in terms of character moments for Stargirl and Trevor. Justice League Of America #5 isn't the compelling origin story wrapup that this book needs to hold it's diverse and unlikely cast together, and Booth's art makes it unappealing to look at for me as well. Read Full Review

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