Justice League of America #1

Justice League of America #1

Writer: Bryan Hitch Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 17
7.4Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

It's massive widescreen JUSTICE LEAGUE action and adventure from superstar writer/artist Bryan Hitch! In this extra-sized debut issue, the League comes up against an armada of aliens heading for Earth that claims to be a peaceful religious tribe. But something sinister is lurking in their ranks...something with ties to ancient Krypton!

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 18, 2015

    It's a series that takes advantage of the larger-than-life playing field Hitch's work is suited for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    With a cliffhanger that reintroduces a massive figure in the Kryptonian's mythology, Hitch has us snagged from the beginning. If it seemed unlikely that another Justice League book was needed at the moment, then this allays those fears by filling the void with pure DC comic bookery. What begins ostensibly as a Superman story about putting himself first for a change, turns into a piece that plants the seeds for a tale about what makes the Justice League special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 19, 2015

    This book is worth the price of admission. This is an action packed movie in book form starring the Justice League, and fans will be hooked at the massive battle and at the big reveal at the end. Hitch is off to a strong beginning, and it looks like plenty of mystery and action are ahead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Jeff Ayers Jun 19, 2015

    The price of the book is a little more than normal, but you are getting 48 pages of pure adventure with your favorite heavy weights from the DC Universe. All the action, the banter between team members, and epic battles you have come to expect from a JLA title are there, but Hitch adds some mystery and intrigue to the story that will have you eagerly awaiting issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jun 21, 2015

    With a Justice League book that has Hitch supplying the pencils you know you're in for a visual treat, but what I wasn't expecting was to enjoy his writing as much as I did. Although he's given the extra room in this oversized first issue, Hitch is able to balance the cast of characters while telling a story that has Superman in the starring role. Justice League of America should have stories that look and feel big, and so far Hitch is proving that he's able to accomplish both of these things. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jun 18, 2015

    If you are looking for an easy access point into the DC universe or just an exciting action romp, look no further than Justice League of America #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 17, 2015

    The great thing about the post-Convergence world is not just a willingness to tell different types of stories, but a variety of stories utilising the same characters. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA proves there is room for more than one Justice League book on the block. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 19, 2015

    The main draw here though will of course be Hitchs art, and it thankfully manages to look just as spectacular as youd expect. Everything looks so dynamic with a very cinematic edge, Hitch knows just how to frame a panel to make it look as epic in scope as possible. There are splash pages which look magnificent, but they arent over-used meaning whenever they are feels like a special moment, usually marking a great action beat. The heroes themselves too look incredibly iconic with their designslooking a lot more streamlined than a lot of their new 52 depictions. Its a look that truly fits the title of JLA and is sure to impress comic fans new and old alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 17, 2015

    Bryan Hitch delivers a solid story in the first issue of JLA, and I will definitely be returning for more. This book is a great jump on point for people looking for a Justice League title with seemingly no continuity ties, and off in its own corner of the DCU. Hitch's writing is as strong as his artwork, and I think a lot of fans of classic runs of JLA will enjoy this take. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 17, 2015

    The approach here is an interesting one. While there is change underway with the heroes elsewhere at DC, this is evidently a case of “if it ain't broke, then don't fix it.” By throwing the heroes back to an earlier time the die hard DC fan can get their dose of their favorite heroes while DC also tries to appeal to some new fans with the different versions of Batman and Superman in other places across its universe. As it stands this works pretty well, a relatively common story for the Justice League, but also one which pulls out all the stops and goes for a big show as opposed to a slower approach. It is big and brash but also a lot of fun, and worth a look for those that miss their usual heroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 23, 2015

    Sometimes, you have a really bad day. Sometimeseverybodyseems to be having a bad day. But the most awkward day comes along when you are in a pretty good mood but everybody else acts like they are suffering from painful rashes in extremely inconvenient places. It leaves you nervous and slightly confused, unable to interact smoothly with a world that seems poised to lash out at the least insult, whether real or imagined, innocent or intentional. InJustice League of America #1,author and artist Bryan Hitch gives us a team of heroes who act as if they really, really need a consultation with a good dermatologist. The result is often unattractive and uncomfortable, even though the actual story comes together solidly enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jun 19, 2015

    Overall: While Justice League of America isn't perfect, there are a lot of fun, positive moments that appear to be building towards a complex arc grounded in the characters. It's an over-sized issue at an inflated price, but I think its well worth it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jun 20, 2015

    So very often people clamor for the Classic 7 JLofA. This is certainly the modern version of that situation. It plays exactly as one might expect a JLofA movie to begin. It is a full steam ahead story that presents something the JLofA have never faced, and it appears to be a story like none other. Make it 4 . Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Jun 20, 2015

    All in all though, Hitch starts off a big story in a way that clearly adheres to DC's new standard of great stories that don't worry about continuity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 20, 2015

    This comic is everything I could want from a Bryan Hitch drawn comic. And the story isn't bad either, it's just not all that great. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jun 21, 2015

    Nothing blew my mind with this issue #1. The cliffhanger interested me, but it did not excite me. The story was a fresh rehash. The villain of the issue seemed out of place and a bit overpowered. Overall, this had a nice throwback tone to the JLA of old going for it, but that was pretty much it. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jun 18, 2015

    Overall, the bad issues are all small enough to be ignored, and the story is still interesting enough for me to want to come back for more. The price better go down to normal next month though, or there's no way I can afford another issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 17, 2015

    With this first issue, Bryan Hitch proves he's no slouch as a writer in addition to being a talented visual storyteller. Justice League of America offers an immediately engaging storyline free from any worries about continuity or timelines. And despite some visual flaws, Hitch's detailed take on the DCU is enough to justify a purchase on its own. This isn't a perfect first issue by an means, but it's a solid start for this ambitious addition to DC's Justice League franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Jun 17, 2015

    Justice League of America gets off to a fantastic start, as though it doesn't quite feel worth the $5.99 cover price, it is the start of something that I want to read more of. Capturing the characteristics of the JLA perfectly, whilst generating wonderful mystery, there's plenty to intrigue, with a cliffhanger that's sure to leave readers returning for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Jun 19, 2015

    Overall, this book isn't perfect but is a good first issue. It's nice to see DC begin shifting away from "urgh heavy continuity 24/7" and more into "good stories" territory. The writing/art both seem to be best during action scenes, and suffer during the slower moments, but this book should be a definite pickup for any Hitch/JLA fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jun 18, 2015

    Despite not being as well-known as a writer, Hitch does an admirable job for the most part; his characters are mostly believable although, his Batman seems to revel all too much in playing the role of Mr. Smarty Pants, and some of the dialogue during the main battle sequence is a little flat. Hitch's script is decent and enjoyable but, ultimately, it's outshined by his dynamic art, which -- in turn -- is strengthened by the team of inkers and the usual bold and vibrant color palette of Alex Sinclair and Jeromy Cox. "Justice League of America" #1 has a few blemishes but it's a strong start to a new and worthwhile companion series to Geoff Johns' "Justice League." Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jun 23, 2015

    On the whole, Justice League of America #1 is like an extra large buffet at a fancy cocktail party. Not all the food in the buffet seems appealing, but there are enough tantalizing treats offered to justify a second helping. There are still too many missing connections to tie the plot together, but the secrets involved still hold plenty of intrigue. In an era where too many secrets can be shared in a tweet, that counts for a lot. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 17, 2015

    This issue is a lot to process.  Bryan Hitch is throwing everything at you all at once and isn't apologizing for it.  He wants you immersed in this story immediately and even though it got my attention, it feels like too much too soon, while not really allowing the heroes to feel like they've done super heroics before.  The big battle in this issue feels off because of that and I can't say that I'm really a fan of this art style either.  I'm still looking forward to this series, but it feels like Bryan Hitch bit off a little more than he could chew by taking on both writer and artist roles.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 18, 2015

    Bryan Hitch brings his cinematic style of penciling to the DC Universe well. Lots of characters seem to talk without moving their lips much, but that's par for the course with Hitch. The rest of the issue feels flat out epic, with pages that have a natural flow to them. The Flash actually feels fast under Hitch, which is something everyone else at DC is currently having troubles with. Hitch was clearly given the time he needed for this title, as I'm hard pressed to find a single panel that doesn't look rushed. It's near impossible to tell the difference between the three inkers (Daniel Henriques, Wade Von Grawbadger, and Andrew Currie). While the story didn't impress me so much, the artwork impressed me so much that I'll probably give JLA a few months before making a decision on adding it to my pull list permanently. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Brett I Jun 17, 2015

    I guess when summing this up, the word I would use is inconsistent. It had some highs and lows, but never stayed long enough in one to push it either direction. With issue 2, Im hoping to get a more solid grasp, but for now, Ill just enjoy the high points. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jun 19, 2015

    I am intrigued to see what this story will be holding and look forward to picking it up next month…however, the best part of this issue was definitely the art. Bryan Hitch did an amazing job on the pencils and I went back a second time just to look at his images in more detail. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 22, 2015

    I've avoided purchasing Justice League books in the past because they're a dollar more than other DC titles. Skimming them, their visualshaven't been worth the extra buck. This one isn't worth the extra length or price. I'll go one more issue, but it's really got to improve for me to continue to purchase. Overinflated, overpriced, underwritten, and underdrawn. Disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 4.6
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jun 22, 2015

    A bloated, expensive, disappointing comic Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jun 23, 2015

    DC Comics is entering into a period where many of their franchises feel fresh as they experiment with different creative runs at the same time. Unfortunately, that sense of freshness was not present in Bryan Hitch's Justice League of America #1. The story and art in JLA #1 was average at best and being average is not good enough when your comic book costs $5.99. It does not help that nothing in this comic felt consequential to the DCU, especially when you consider that Geoff Johns is telling a much more compelling Justice League story with a similar expanded roster. This is an unfortunate turn of events because I really wanted to like Hitch's latest work but paying such a high cover price for an average story has completely turned me off from purchasing another issue of this series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jun 17, 2015

    A decent setup issue filled with bungling moves by the heroes that should know better. The price tag seems especially hefty considering so much of it feels like filler. Read Full Review

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