Justice League of America #21

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Stephen Byrne Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 27, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
6.8Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

"AGAINST THE INVISIBLE GOD"! The Ray quits the Justice League to return to his hometown of Vanity, only to discover that a new hero has taken his place as the city's protector! To make matters worse, an ancient evil God has been unleashed upon Vanity... and the Ray himself is responsible!

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 27, 2017

    A meaningful interlude that reintroduces a fascinating character (Aztek) and shines the spotlight on the very conscience of the League (Ray), Justice League of America #21 is another fine chapter from Steve Orlando, and a great chance to see Stephen Byrne do what he does best: shine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 28, 2017

    Though not nearly as focused as I would have hoped, as the script keeps cutting back to the frigid relationship between Killer Frost and Ryan Choi, Justice League of America #21 is still a worthy return for Aztek as she stands as a worthy addition to this new JLA. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 29, 2017

    Overall Justice League of America #21 was a good read. Orlando gives us plenty of action, a great story between characters, and I liked the introduction of Aztek as well. I'm hoping that we see another team up between Aztek and Ray again at some point as Orlando did a great job of having them work together to defeat the Sons of Earth. Although Ray has taken some time off from the League, hopefully Orlando has him come back soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 27, 2017

    Stephen Byrne's guest art is strong, and this is a satisfying one-off issue in between major mythology arcs. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Reed Strong Dec 28, 2017

    Orlando's world expands itself in every issue, but beyond the world building the book continues to have one main advantage; these characters still really live and breathe, having a significant life outside of their costumes, and really in their own skins. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Dec 31, 2017

    All in all another fun issues from Steve Orlando with dynamic art by Stephen Byrne which made this a really fun issue and Im really looking forward the return of the Evil Queen! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jan 3, 2018

    With a solid Superhero story involving a lesser known hero, the Ray and the Origin of a new hero Aztek, this is a step in a better direction for this book. The plot and the story pacing is still a bit flimsy, and one tends to lose confidence in a book with a fill-in artist every other issue, but it is clear that for now, they are building to something. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Dec 27, 2017

    This is by far one of the better issues of the series, but Orlando still needs to work on his plotting and exposition. Byrne's art is more than passable but I'm not a big fan of his art style in general. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Dec 30, 2017

    The comic sadly although gorgeously illustrated treads water. With a team that is large it is appreciated to shift the focus to secondary characters however in order to make b characters interesting it helps to have a compelling story with stakes which this unfortunately doesnt have. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Dec 27, 2017

    An imperfect experience with nonetheless good intentions, this focus on the Ray has some great ideas and solid thematic material. The reintroduction of Aztek will hopefully bring some new perspective to the title, and though she's a new person under the helmet I'm starting to like her already. A lot of my appreciation for this title stems from understanding where the creative team is coming from and what they're going for, and now that Orlando is bracing for his big arc I'm hoping the intents come together with the writing to create a truly memorable team book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 27, 2017

    After a decent issue the last time around, the Justice League of America is back in familiar territory.  Poor setup and bad dialogue make the story here hard to get through and while it ends on an overdue cliffhanger, I can't say I'm excited to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Jan 11, 2018

    I do have to give Steve Orlando a little bit of credit though. As flawed as his execution is, the idea that a city "loses its light" when a hero leaves, thus leaving it more susceptible to an actual dark entity, makes Justice League of America #21 a particularly inspired issue. Perhaps the most inspired of any issue so far. Now, if Orlando can just focus on writing plots that aren't automatically solved by characters reacting solely with their Id, we might finally get a book worth reading fortnightly. Read Full Review

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