Justice League #14

Justice League #14

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Tony Daniel Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 21, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 4
6.8Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

The second chapter of a tale that lights the fuse that will ultimately explode in 2013’s TRINITY WAR. The League must fight the mysterious Cheetah… AND a monstrous Superman! The result will radically change the dynamics of the entire team! Amid all this, where is Green Lantern? Plus: The next chapter of the SHAZAM backup epic by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank!

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 25, 2012

    It's been over a year since the New 52 relaunch and, while the title has had its critics, it's been consistently delivering, as far as I'm concerned. Justice League has led the way in quality storytelling and art and I'm glad to say that it's still doing just that. Now bring on Throne of Atlantis! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Nov 23, 2012

    The idea that the Seven Sins will show up in this series as actual personalities and not just vague monstrous cartoon characters is an awesome one. But I'm still waiting for Billy to do SOMETHING in this story. And hell, I get that the notion of kid suddenly transformed into a superman is ripe for comedic moments. So" let's have some of those, maybe? If he can't fight anybody and insists on lazing about town, can those moments at least be funny, or move the plot forward in some way? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Nov 24, 2012

    Without spoiling too much, the Cheetah is now a first rate threat, certainly worthy of somebody of Wonder Woman's power levels, with just enough skill, mystery and raw power to give the rest of the League a headache. The image of Superman as a crazed werecheetah (is that a word?) is pretty nightmarish when you think about it. The Cheetah is now "the goddess of the hunt," part gift and part curse to the human host who embodies her and she's got a plan to really mess with the League. Despite this new take, Geoff Johns manages to still give fans nods to the character's previous incarnations and a nice taste of what's to come. The Superman/Wonder Woman romance also appears to be here to stay, although the way that plot piece is moved along at the end of the story doesn't exactly ring true for me. Justice League looks like it's going places now, though and it's clear that we're building quickly towards the "Trinity War" event that DC has been teasing us with for awhile! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 24, 2012

    I loved the Aquaman scene. Johns' personal crusade to make Aquaman awesome is still going strong. And I'm warming up to the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship. I'd like to see where Johns can go with it. I only wish it had any sort of impact outside of this title. The Wonder Woman from her solo comic doesn't seem the type to date Superman. But then I've got several misgivings over the seemingly different takes on Wonder Woman. Still, this was an entertaining comic. Johns is getting better and writing this team, and I only hope he just keeps improving. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - funwithjedi Nov 22, 2012

    Ultimately, the skepticism I once felt feels calmed for the moment, as the deft Johns that many have grown to yearn for has shown himself. Here’s hoping it lasts with Throne of Atlantis next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 21, 2012

    You can really feel the team starting to come together as more than just being acquaintances. Geoff Johns is adding more character and personality to the members as we get to see a little more of what makes them tick. Having them take one one of Wonder Woman's foes was a great way to show they can be there for each other and some great teamwork was shown in dealing with the threat. The battle does get a little tedious and what happens afterwards with Cheetah as well as Superman and Wonder Woman is great to see. On top of that, we get another great chapter from Johns and Gary Frank with Black Adam and Shazam. If you're looking for action with all the big characters along with further developments, this is the book you'll want to check out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 26, 2012

    The main problem is (hopefully) just that the creative teams are setting up story lines to come - but sometimes, as a reader, it's tough to be patient waiting for these things to pay off. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Nov 22, 2012

    Justice League #14 is in all honesty the complete package, as it drops just enough bread crumbs to build a path toward next summer's blockbuster event. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Nov 23, 2012

    Instead of making this story arc a bit more fluid and organic -- perhaps with a full issue of cheetah-controlled Superman hunting the League members -- "The Secret of the Cheetah" feels rushed and compressed. Promotional material form DC states that the "road to 'Trinity War' is paved through Justice League #14'. With nothing else to go on, I can't really say what that connection might be. Then again, Johns is a master as subtle build-up to explosive results, so there's a big possibility I'll be reading "Trinity War" next year, and I'll come back to JL#14 only to see something I'll tell myself should have been obvious. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Nov 21, 2012

    Now Black Adam has, largely, been reverted back to his black and white villainy, but there is still a tinge of the anti-heroic personage that proved so popular with fans. Seriously, the moment in question is going to elicit some squeals of joy from those who still hold that incarnation dear. Shazam! looks to be on the rise and the only reason why I still read Justice League. Overall this would be a little more than average issue if not for the back-up. Both have their pros, but in the case of the main story the cons severely outweigh them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 23, 2012

    Overall, it's a pretty unbalanced and rushed filler episode. It's got some really stupid moments like with the old lady and the horn but it also has some nice interactions between the members of the team when the Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Nov 21, 2012

    Sadly, as good as the Shazam portion of this book is, the rest of the issue is less than memorable and comes across as nothing more than a filler story until the Throne of Atlantis crossover begins next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 21, 2012

    I'll admit that as far as conclusions go, Justice League #14 doesn't quite have the explosive ending that I was hoping for, but that's not to say there isn't plenty of good here, as well. This feels like the victim of scheduling rather than the flaws of craftsmanship " it honestly feels like there needed to be one more issue to adequately wrap this saga up, so Johns had to rapidly tie up all of his complications rather than let them play out. While the main objective " the showdown with Cheetah " might feel a little underwhelming (at least for now), Johns and company still sell their secondary goal " the dynamics within the team " with aplomb. There are plenty of sparks flying between the members of the Justice League, and I think that will only continue to increase, making this comic a title to watch. Read Full Review

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

    If DC wants to maintain its footing against the Marvel NOW! push, the powers that be will have to figure out how to give their flagship series the excitement and ambition it's never produced. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Nov 22, 2012

    It appears that this arc is a setup for something bigger later in the series. Black Manta is mentioned at the end by Cheetah. I think this is a lead-in to the Throne of Atlantis Justice League/Aquaman crossover, but I hope this is something bigger like the arrival of the Legion of Doom into the new 52. It is an average comic, but if you were reading for Justice League characters, you will be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 23, 2012

    "Justice League" #14 is a book that has its ups and downs, but ultimately evens out. The main feature has its issues but also its strengths, and the back-up is solid the whole way through. It feels like "Justice League" on the whole is on the right track, though; hopefully next month's "Throne of Atlantis" crossover with "Aquaman" won't derail that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBuzz - Graeme Emmett Dec 23, 2012

    Over all the past two issues have seemed like filler before the upcoming Throne of Atlantis crossover that will appear in the pages of Justice League and Aquaman. We also have Cheetah mention Black Manta towards the end of the issue which could be setting up for the upcoming arc or maybe something else altogether, it's something we will just have to wait and see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Nov 21, 2012

    Justice League #14 is an okay buy, since the story is incredibly disappointing. However, the art looks AWESOME, and  the backup is interesting.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 27, 2012

    The Shazam! back-up story works a little better than usual as it is focused on Black Adam journeying out into the world with Dr. Sivana rather than the truly awful (not to mention unrecognizable) version of Captain Marvel that DC has presented us with as part of the New 52. Seriously, this character in already in serious need of a reboot. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Nov 27, 2012

    So there were a lot of pluses to this issue, but the big sappy date with Supes and Wondy hurt my enjoyment of it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 25, 2012

    The Shazam! backup focuses on the villains of the piece, and while Johns's plot is far more predictable here, it's also pretty satisfying. I think what's holding my interest here is the radically different take on Sivana the writer offers. Furthermore, his take on Billy Batson has far more self-centred in his early exploration and use of his powers makes a lot of sense, and it's surprising when someone manages to instill a small measure of credibility into the Shazam! concept. Gary Frank's art is in keeping with the more dire and mature tone Johns and DC are seeking to inject into the property, and his detailed linework is quite attractive. But ultimately, this effort to craft a darker and edgier take on the World's Mightiest Mortal and his villains seems ill-advised. It didn't work six years ago with The Trials of Shazam!, and it didn't work in the 1980s with Shazam!: A New Beginning. The property has always been at its best as something lighter, playful fare. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 27, 2012

    It's a shame that the Batman piece is there because it did dim the light of the nice speech Superman gave here. Anyways, that speech saved the book from being dropped by me ... at least for now. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Nov 21, 2012

    The book looks good, but it's about the flimsiest thing I've ever read that Geoff Johns has written. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Nov 26, 2012

    This entire arc could have been condensed into one issue and it probably would have been fine. Spending two months on an extended fight scene with the payoff of "Oh snap! Cheetah wanted to get captured as part of a bigger plan!" smacks of running the clock down. Read Full Review

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