Justice League of America #1
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Justice League of America #1

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 22, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 23
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Meet the Extremists-self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique-not to mention dangerous!-brand of law and order on our chaotic world?  

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 22, 2017

    Orlando brings the issue to a strong finish, a great teaser than guarantees the reader will have to pick up the following issue. With only one regular issue and the Rebirth special under its belt, Justice League of America has already blown the other Justice League book out of the water. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Feb 22, 2017

    Its been a long time since I encountered a Justice League-anything that I wanted to continually read. JLA #1 puts us right in the action and gives us a glimpse of each of the characters and how they come together. The characterization and plot are on point, aided by visuals that truly astound. I love where this story is going and I like that it feels fresh, a departure from a lot of the team stuff weve seen in the past few years. Check this out if you want to see a band of characters from all walks of life that dont easily succumb to their differences, but instead do what they can in the moment while displaying their humanity. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Jon Arvedon Feb 24, 2017

    All in all, it's the creative team as a whole, firing on all cylinders, that make Justice League of America #1 a truly successful introduction to a team book; one that's definitely worth hopping on while it's still on the ground floor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Forest Burke Feb 22, 2017

    Batman, Black Canary, Killer Frost, the Ray, Vixen, the Atom, and"Lobo?! Spinning directly out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, join the sensational team of writer Steve Orlando and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and discover how Batman assembled the roughest, toughest Justice League of all time! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Feb 28, 2017

    Justice League of America #1 is a proper introduction to the types of stories we’ve been promised in the Rebirth prologue, a book promising the bombast of we’ve come to expect from the Justice League franchise coupled with thoughtful allegories and messages layered underneath. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Feb 25, 2017

    The story hits all its marks and the visuals are superb in this opening issue. This JLA is one to follow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Feb 26, 2017

    Orlando's storytelling skills seem more than ready to tackle whatever turn this current arc will take and I'm excited to tune in for his action-packed stories that couple perfectly with Reis's killer modern comic realist art style. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Logan Dalton Feb 22, 2017

    On the surface, JLA #1 is about a new superhero team with heroes of varying skill sets, moral compasses, and fighting autocratic alien invaders, who want to save Earth from itself. (Their speeches sound like Donald Trumps protect America from people who dont look like straight white Christian males, but with more edged weapons and Power Ranger bad guy armor instead of a toupee and bad spray tan.) But its a battle between idea and execution as Steve Orlando has Batman talk about creating a team that can inspire regular people to be heroes, but Ivan Reis and company show them stumbling over themselves. Hopefully, Batmans badass speeches and fearless fighting moves can get them back on track. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 22, 2017

    Whether it's the Atom's lack of confidence, the Ray's shaky sense of self, or Lobo's homicidal tendencies, Justice League of America #1 feels more interesting and unpredictable. And that's what you want in a team. This "Batman and the Outsiders" version of the Justice League succeeds because the creative team has obviously thought about the personalities and flaws that will pay off each other in interesting ways rather than mandating that the team just include a set of powers and costumes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 22, 2017

    Justice League Of America #1 has a lot of potential for a team you would expect to wreck and yet struggle figuring themselves out. Which is only human. They have gotten their message across for this first issue even if the enemy was a bit on the nose for emphasis. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 25, 2017

    Having enjoyed the lead-up to this formal launch I'm now in the mindset to follow this through for at least the first arc, which is easy since this is a bi-weekly title. Getting in on the ground floor is always a good thing and part of the appeal here is that it isn't working with all the top tier characters outside of Batman, making me feel like I don't need to follow their other adventures. Tapping on the multiverse from the get go certainly will catch attention and I'm interesting in seeing what may be really pushing Havok and his group if we get deep enough into their backstory but it's the main characters of the JLA that I'm reading for and am hoping for some good things from. I like the cast and their dynamic so far as it has plenty of familiar places to go and twists to work with. I don't do team books often but this one has me with a pretty good hook and cast. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 22, 2017

    Justice League of America #1 is a stronger read than its predecessor. Without the need to focus on setup, this issue can dive right into the action and explore the various character dynamics in greater depth. JLA isn't quite as deep as it needs to be given the team's mission statement, but the cast and the art both help establish this series as a solid addition to the Rebirth lineup. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 23, 2017

    Justice League of America #1 is riddled with conflict and it's great. This issue is much better than its predecessor and ended up being exactly what I was hoping it would be. If you have any interest in any of the characters that make up this new team, or if you just really enjoy great artwork, be sure to pick this one up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Feb 22, 2017

    Making a case for a new team is a hard sell these days, but Justice League of America #1 makes a convincing argument. As long as the book focuses on the divergent personalities that make up the team first and foremost, this book has the chance to stick around for some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 22, 2017

    Justice League isn't fully fleshed out yet. Orlando is still working on nailing the characters' voices, but this is an encouraging start. With The Extremists in town, this initial arc certainly won't be boring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Lobo Apr 22, 2017

    So a fight breaks out like always as per comic books, and ends with atom thinking to himself that he's actually fighting with Batman and other heroes. But like that he gets captured and held hostage by Havok and is literally put on the chopping block to be executed. As the axe is about to be dropped Batman steps in and says to use him as an example instead. Then BAM its the end of issue one. I loved this issue for many reasons. The lineup is unique, the artwork is great, and the way they set up the team dynamic is amazing. You have three hero veterans, two rookies who think they aren't cut out to be part of the team, and two former villains, one who's an immortal BAMF. For those asking is it worth it to read it, go ahead, it'll pick up in issue 2. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 22, 2017

    This issue sets the JLA apart from the Justice League. This is more down to Earth team, and that's emphasized a lot. Orlando has taken inspiration from some of the quirky teams of the past and delivering his own take in a solid debut that has me wanting to see where it all goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 22, 2017

    As a fan of the Berlanti Productions CW shows, I have no problem with the TV synergy (Caitlin Snow as a hero, The Atom as armored powerhouse, among other changes) and I especially like the idea that Black Canary is the team's grizzled tough guy veteran, with Batman taking on the role as leader. There's a lot to like here, meaning that Justice League Of America #1, while doing a lot of setup, still hooks me as a reader and makes me want to see these heroes triumph, with solid art and just enough Lobo to keep me happy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 22, 2017

    Justice League of America #1 does a great job continuing the momentum created by the Rebirth issue to hit the ground running for this new series. Steve Orlando showed his clear understanding of the characters and mission statement he has set up for this new Justice League team. Bringing in a set of villains like Lord Havok and the Extremists gave this issue a big event feel, which was incredibly well executed by Ivan Reis' phenomenal artwork. All of this comes together to make a strong argument for JLA to be the premiere Justice League title for DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Selby Feb 24, 2017

    Ivan Reis' art is a stand out of this issue. Reis handles the character moments and the action well. I like that his style manages to be detailed and dynamic without being overly stylized or seeming like a Jim Lee clone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - John Hagmann Feb 23, 2017

    Justice League of America #1 depicts a teamstruggling with well-founded trust issues, and lacking in skill, experience, and courage under fire. Whilethe team faces internal conflict, they are also up against formidable foes. This Justice League is not the traditional team-up we're used to; it's fraught with relational dynamics that make this a much more intriguing title. Justice League of America #1 was an enjoyable issue, and leaves readers with baited breath as this team and storyline develops. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 22, 2017

    There's not as much style or substance here as in some of Orlando's work but he's laying a foundation for what could be a really unique and exciting Justice League as it progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Feb 23, 2017

    Steve Orlando doesn't have me doing back flips with Justice League of America, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a respectable launch to the series. His characters feel true and are captivating, but the quality of the plot is a bit of a question still. I get the feeling that Justice League of America will be one of those books that gets better with time as characters and plots slowly build on one another. So why wait? Go ahead and jump onboard now so you won't be forced to catch up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 22, 2017

    This is a decent first issue that should have folks worried if they want a true team book. There's some interesting dynamics in play, but for the most part this is mostly action with some jarring issues that reduce the entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 22, 2017

    Well, we've got our team together now and since we have to start this series with a bang, we've got them fighting over the top baddies and throwing in some rehash to stuff from the Rebirth issue just to make sure that everyone is on the trolley.  The art is decent in this issue, but besides for that and some decent fight scenes........... there really isn't a whole lot to this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Feb 22, 2017

    Apart from Reis' phenomenal pencils, it's still unclear whether Justice League of America is for most fans, myself included. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 23, 2017

    Overall, this issue is something of a disappointment after the first special, with the characterization being paper thin and the story fairly standard stuff for a team series. Taken as a work of commentary however, the book becomes a brilliant piece of satire, albeit it possibly unintentionally. I can't say I liked it much but neither did I dislike it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Carl Hamlin Feb 22, 2017

    The issue starts with the team off doing their own thing; Batman and Vixen having a conversation, Ray and Canary fighting a fire, Lobo fighting some volcano demons, While Frost and Ryan stay behind trying to fix the Troubalert. As soon as it is fixed the team is alerted to a situation in Saratoga and transport there to help. The Extremists however seem to be to much for our fledgling team, and right as Ryan is about to be executed, Batman steps up to take his place. Next Issue: First Blood of Lord Havoc. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 25, 2017

    If you like superheroes punching super-villians, then the new Justice League of America is for you. But if you want any sort of original idea or theme or plot, then Justice League of America falls very short. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 27, 2017

    Given the odd make-up of the team, which appears to be throwing a group of currently unused characters together in a single book (whether they belong together or not), it's hard not to compare it the flawed Suicide Squad film. The first mission for these new Justice Leaguers will be stopping the Extremists, a group of super-villains from a parallel Earth looking for a new planet to conquer after killing off all of its world's heroes. Can Batman pull this ragtag band together? Well, he is Batman. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Feb 22, 2017

    In conclusion, I have a question. What the hell, Steve Orlando? Was there some standing order at DC demanding that, because Bryan Hitch's Justice League and Justice League/Power Rangers both sucked, this had to suck too? Otherwise, this is a dropped ball if I've ever seen one. I don't even know who to recommend this too. It's not like it's sinfully bad, and I'm sure someone out there would get some sort of enjoyment out of it. I just don't know who. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    We Got This Covered - Sergio Pereira Feb 22, 2017

    Oh boy! Justice League of America #1 misses the mark in every way and is an early contender for the worst issue of 2017. Read Full Review

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