Justice League #11

Justice League #11

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 18, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 8
7.3Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

The Villains Journey part three! Batman , Cyborg and Aquaman battle Element Woman! Continuing the origin of SHAZAM!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 18, 2012

    That all said, I can't say enough how pleasantly surprised I've been by Justice League lately, as the creative team has been engaged in anything but a sophomore slump. The art is on-track, now that Lee and Johns are more accustomed to his densely-paneled scripts, and Johns' focus on the heated team dynamics is a fresh alternative to the rank-and-file pantheon of Grant Morrison's run 15 years ago. Gorgeously drawn with only one mission " show DC's major icons together in action " and you've got yourself a knockout of a book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Jul 19, 2012

    Now that I think I've got the blueprint for John's story, I'm interested in rereading the earlier issues through this filter, and see if I like them any better. I'll let you know next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 23, 2012

    The Shazam back story was entertaining as always with Black Adam making his debut and Billy Batson has been teleported to a certain Rock of Eternity. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Jul 23, 2012

    I'm shocked... two months ago I HATED this series, but these last two issues have been great. This was a really good issue, I enjoyed the in-fighting, I'm curious about Cyborg being half dead, as well as if they actually allow Trevor to stay dead, since that surprised me. I'm also wondering if they were planting seeds for his sister to become a Wonder Woman villain. Overall, there was a lot of good in the comic, and hardly any bad. Plus, the SHAZAM back up has always been pretty good. If Justice League keeps this up, it could become one of my favorite comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jul 19, 2012

    Speaking of which, Johns and artist Gary Frank deliver another top-notch chapter in the intriguing origin tale of Billy Batson, before he becomes Shazam. We are also re-introduced to Shazam villain, Black Adam, in the New 52 Universe. He appears to be, more or less, the same character we're familiar with from the old DC Universe, with his costume reflecting basically the same changes as Shazam's, save for the difference in color. As I said in my last review, it seems as if Johns is taking his time in developing this story and perhaps it might work better if he had just been allowed to give Shazam his own book. However, I can't complain too much, since the story is just so darn good, anyway. All in all, this series continue to be one of the better DC titles and a real treat to read each month. I wish I could give it a perfect score, because there is a lot to love here… but the stories just seem a tad too short. Instead, I give it a strong 8/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Earl Maghirang Aug 27, 2012

    The ending was a bummer as well (I guess mainly because I was expecting said person to have lived off long enough to make a statement)… Either way its still an eye candy book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 18, 2012

    Then there's the Shazam backup story that I've been hating on quite a bit, because I strongly disagree with Geoff Johns' notion that Billy Batson was "too perfect" and that he had to turn him into a brat in order to make him compelling. At least the worst of that might be over, because he's now being a jerk to even bigger (and one-dimensional) jerks, even going so far as to protect his foster brother Freddy Freeman from harm. He's still not a character I'm rooting for yet (which is supremely sad to say), but at least the edge is off. That, plus the fact that Black Adam still seems to be the ruthless bastard we remember, with Gary Frank bringing that presence of his to bear with a dark strength, helps make this one of the better issues of Justice League in quite some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 18, 2012

    This issue was reminiscent of big action packed movies. There is plenty of fighting and because it's members of the League fighting each other, it's a fun read. JUSTICE LEAGUE with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee is good time reading. Johns crafts the story with tiny bits of detail and Lee delivers the big action scenes. If we're going to have a book with all the big heroes of the DC Universe, it's great to have these two on board. Throw in the fact that Johns and Gary Frank are amping things up in the SHAZAM back up, I couldn't be happier. Comics are supposed to be fun and that's how this was. Graves is shaping up to be a dangerous villain and with Black Adam on the scene, the rest of the DCU better watch out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jul 19, 2012

    Following the end of the Darkseid arc, I wasn't really that interested in picking up the Justice League and reading the adventures of an unknown villain seeking his revenge - it sounds too much like a set-up for the introduction of the New-52 Condiment King. I'm glad this issue fell on my lap (digitally, because I have an iPad), because the tale is rather fascinating when one steps back and looks at the three issues of this arc together. This particular issue has a fair amount of the fighty-fighty that action fans want, and the quiet moments of reflection that the characters need. The art is stellar and I want to take many of the panels and turn them into wallpaper for my desktop. The Justice League continues to chug along, and earns a nice 4 out 5 Stars in this outing. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jul 18, 2012

    I like Justice League. You get to see a different side of your favorite heroes and, more often than not, it's exciting and fun to read, which is the real goal of all comic books. "The Villain's Journey" started out strong, with a path that had the potential to produce an awesome new nemesis for the League. Instead, we got Graves, a whiney writer who has deluded himself into believing the Justice League is responsible for his family's eventual death. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jul 19, 2012

    The Shazaam back-up by Johns and Frank is terrific as usual but it flies by this time (I wish this had its own series). You'll probably be done reading it in less than 2 minutes and that's if you take your time to admire the stunning artwork. It looks great, it shows some awesome stuff with Black Adam, and best of all we get some real progression toward the big moment we've all been waiting for– the moment when Billy becomes Captain Marvel Shazaam. In fact, this whole issue of “Justice League” has the best plot progression of any of the issues so far. The 6 part Origin saga moved at a snail's pace and the more recent stuff hasn't been a whole lot faster. But here we travel all over the place with the Justice League as they hunt for Graves and we also learn more about Graves in the process, heck we learn more about certain members of the team as well. Things happen! Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Jul 21, 2012

    This is just another issue of Justice League. If you've been reading it thus far, you know exactly what to expect, and it doesn't disappoint in that regard at least. It's good issue of the series, which has been fairly consistent in its quality. What perhaps makes it a bit better than usual is the Wonder Woman/Steve Trevor relationship becoming such a major factor. But what may balance that out negatively is the lack fo new material for readers to really enjoy. It's good, but Johns is capable of better. Sadly, it doesn't read like he's really bringing his A-game to Justice League. Good thing his B-game isn't bad. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 20, 2012

    It's the first issue of the "new" JL that hasn't really worked - so that's not a bad percentage. But it is disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jul 18, 2012

    Justice League has its notable flaws, but watching Johns put these big superhero personalities in the same room has never proved to be a dull affair. He mines the dysfunctional team for fun and laughs despite the dire nature of the plot. The mystery of Graves becomes more clear as the team learns that he and his family were stricken with a sickness back when they fought Darkseid. The sickness has yet to be revealed, but I put my money on Stage Four MacGregor's Syndrome. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Aug 1, 2012

    With so much negativity I threw at this issue, it's still entertaining. David Graves has a lot of potential as a villain, I just hope we get more on his back story. There's also some nice character developing moments For Cyborg and Green Lantern. I wouldn't call this an issue worth remembering though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 22, 2012

    Still one of the most mediocre anchor titles being published, a series which continues to struggle for relevance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 22, 2012

    The tent-pole of the DCU has always been one to keep going back to, simply because it is the book that has helped us better understand the world of the New 52. Now that we are well into this new arc, Johns has fallen back on the familiar, rediscovering the problem of putting all of the world's major heroes in a single book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 24, 2012

    The Shazam back-up story continues as the teenage brat version of Billy Batson finally finds himself on the most important subway ride of his life and Dr. Sivana tries to make a deal with the recently released Black Adam. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 20, 2012

    "Justice League" #11 feels like it's fallen victim to some uneven pacing, for both writing and art. The back-up feature by Johns and Frank ultimately eclipses the main story from Johns and Lee, and it makes me wish for a full "Shazam!" series drawn by Frank down the line. For now, though, this issue has some rough patches that need to be sanded down. Read Full Review

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