Justice League of America #5

Justice League of America #5

Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Andy MacDonald Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 26, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 7
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6.5User Rating

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"HEART OF A BASTICH" part one! The JLA discovers a super arms dealer has transformed an entire city into his own massive militia force. And when the team can't liberate its citizens from the outside, they turn to their own legendary master of mass destruction...Lobo!

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Apr 25, 2017

    And the villain himself is entertainingly introduced. We only get a bit of sense of the character, but the mythologically themed weaponry he is having produced certainly bodes well for the rest of the story arc. I can hardly wait to see it in action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj May 3, 2017

    Anyways, the book is a good read. The team is a weird and interesting mix. And I loved the Lana, Ben, and Kara cameos. This issue would be a good jump on point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 26, 2017

    Justice League of America #5 has plenty of action, a great story and hopefully the beginnings ofa pretty solid villain. The addition of Batman leading the team is something I hope is temporary, but so far I've enjoyed it. Andy MacDonald does a wonderful job with our artwork as each fight and each emotional moment is done with detail. A particular good moment happens between Lobo and Batman in which Batman reminds Lobo exactly what kind of person he can be. I thought that this was a really good point in the story and I can't wait to see how the League reacts to Aegeus' entire flying army! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 27, 2017

    Justice League of America is a beautiful concept for a League we very much need in 2017, and carries with it a cast that has the beginnings of looking very much like America itself. And for all of its relevancy, Orlando and MacDonald manage to pack in Easter eggs and important references without making the book feel isolating at all. The only hurdle for this teams ultimate success? Artistic consistency. If we can see that even out, there will be no stopping it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Apr 26, 2017

    Penciler Andy MacDonald is well suited to portray all the action that is at hand this issue. The JLA is tasked with retaking a city from a group of citizens with a penchant for mythical weaponry; the ensuing action allows MacDonald to stretch his muscles. His art, while not quite being as sharp as reis', is enough to establish continuity with the artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Apr 26, 2017

    Good story that sets up more interesting stories in its one on one interactions. The artwork is good, but jumbled. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 2, 2017

    As an opening to a new arc, it's pretty busy and chaotic in the usual ways and I do wish there was a bit more background provided on Aegeus as that's one that I don't know much anything about. I'm definitely more interested in what Mount Justice will be like with the open policy in play and how that'll factor with the team and just some of the dynamics there if some of them live there as well. The Penn City arc should be a decent bit of fun and I'm enjoying the back and forth between Lobo and Batman, though it feels like there needs to be a real pecking order established sooner rather than later so we can get a bit better team dynamic. This issue is light on some characters, want more Ryan!, but it's putting some fun stuff out there once again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Apr 26, 2017

    Though flawed, this issue is a good time. The new villain helps make this series more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Apr 26, 2017

    While obviously made with good intentions when it comes to social justice, this issue sacrificed important storytelling for the sake of hammering home the point of the JLA being a more human and personal group. They seem to completely ignore the villain in order to conversate. The art was good but Reis' involvement seems to be for the sake of name recognition alone. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Lawrence Apr 28, 2017

    ConclusionWhile I did love most of the action scenes and appreciated the dialogue between the JLA teammates, the end result fell a bit flat. In terms of story there was nothing really interesting about it. Still issue #5 is only the beginning of an arc so it'll only have a chance to develop in the subsequent issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Ben DuPey Apr 26, 2017

    While the artwork is fun and it's kind of a novelty getting to see Batman, Killer Frost, and Lobo all working on the same team, the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired in this book. Couple this with the way that Orlando likes to bounce around from character to character creating a super choppy narrative, I say this book is definitely more trouble than it's worth. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 26, 2017

    JLA continues to disappoint with not only its dialog, but with its forced anti-trust among the team that never seems to come off like it should to me.  I wasn't a fan of the art in this issue and besides for a few moments where I started to feel what I think I'm supposed to reading this, the whole thing fell flat and continued to omit continuity from the New 52.  I'm getting tired of that.   Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Apr 27, 2017

    We've said this before, but a superhero team needs a reason to exist. If the new Justice League of America is just random heroes currently appearing on The CW, plus Batman and Lobo, then there should be some compelling reason that they're all together. And yet after five issues, Steve Orlando still hasn't successfully made the argument for either this team or for the book itself. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Selby Apr 28, 2017

    In summary, JLA has started strong and still is playing with some interesting ideas, but is bogged down in its execution and art in this issue and as shown in the earlier issues of this series, they canand should do better. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 26, 2017

    The final page is the least inspiring as it seems the least useful method for the League to battle an army. It's hardly the strongest cliffhanger and almost seems like the perfect jumping-off point for readers tired of waiting for this book to get better. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Apr 27, 2017

    This is one of three books I cover that I would drop if I could. I dread reading this title every other week. I'll literally spend an hour or more trying to find something else to do so I don't have to read this book (along with Mother Panic and Birds of Prey). Wash dishes, fold laundry, clean up dog poop" They all feel like better options. Let that sink in for a moment. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Apr 26, 2017

    This is easily the weakest issue of JLA to date, and the more this series falls apart, the easier it ends up being to write extensively about it. It should go without saying that I still don't recommend this to anyone. Read Full Review

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