Justice League #16

Event\Storyline: Throne of Atlantis Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 23, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 9
8.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Aquaman can barely hold on against Ocean Master even with the League by his side! The United States loses faith in the Justice League and enters the battle against Atlantis, setting in motion the creation of the Justice League of America! More on the Superman/Wonder Woman alliance! Plus: In the backup story, the origin of SHAZAM! continues!

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 27, 2013

    Cyborg is the only one to get the short straw here, but then I've always felt he was an awkward addition to the Justice League. He's kind of just there to be Johns' Swiss Army Knife. When Johns needs something done he'll just come up with a new gizmo for Cyborg to wield. Still, at least he's got a good B-plot. And the teasers for Red Tornado and the Metal Men were a lot of fun. Hopefully they're not just going to be repeats of their past continuity selves, and Johns has some truly unique ideas for their rebooted versions. The final page cliffhanger of Cyborg reaching out to the potential JL recruits would have more of an impact if we didn't already know that the new series, Justice League of America, is going to come along soon and make all of this moot. And that some of these characters appeared in the teasers for the start of Justice League. Oh well. Still a great, action-packed comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jan 24, 2013

    The backup feature, as per usual, is somewhat jarring if you are reading it immediately after the main feature. That being said, it is good. Not great, but good, in that it has a clear vision presented to us of Shazam and Black Adam fighting and showing that Adam truly is a villain force to be reckoned with. The dialogue is believable and realistic and the art equals the script in the storytellers goal, but perhaps the best part of the backup feature, and the issues main story as well, is what has been the driving force behind DC Comics for quite some time now. And that force is Geoff Johns. I am beyond excited to see what happens next in this storyline as well as the inevitable next epic tale featuring my favorite superheroes under the guidance of such a talented and obviously caring writer. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - R.Barron Jan 24, 2013

    I am kind of tired of Shazam just being a backuphopefully he is a part of the team soon. Besides that I really love this arc and this issue was pretty Flawless Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    A brilliant issue, and the best part in the Throne of Atlantis storyline yet. I would highly recommend this issue to anyone, as well as the story so far, as it's been a very good story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Graeme O'Brien Jan 28, 2013

    With Throne of Atlantis at its halfway point it is already keeping up the tradition of Justice League stories being absolutely amazing. Also, if that final page is anything to go by, the star-studded cast of this title is about to get a lot bigger (including a certain petulant child). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Jan 25, 2013

    This book has always been good, and it just keeps getting better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 25, 2013

    Justice League #16 is a fun issue full of intense action, plot-advancing story, and an ending that will get most any DC fan excited for the future of the series and the 'New 52'. Already, a tidal wave has destroyed the east coast of the United States. That's going to last for a while, and a war with Atlantis is going to change the landscape even more. Since last Free Comic Book Day, we've known that 2013 would bring "Trinity War", the first major 'New 52' crossover that would effect the entire line. "Throne of Atlantis" may or may not be a prelude to this massive event, but it's setting the standard for 2013 being about big ideas and big changes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jan 23, 2013

    You want to see more great action? How about top-notch artwork? Then go buy this. Look, if I'm willing to call this comic book THE BIRTH OF THE NEW 52 UNIVERSE, then obviously some pretty big things happen in it and I don't want to spoil anything. It's a heck of a good time, worth every penny, and I can't wait for next week's Aquaman to see where the story goes from here. My only real complaint with this comic is that it took some time to advance from the 3-way argument and the book as a whole goes by too quickly, but that has a lot more to do with Geoff John's writing style which is more suited for a collected TPB as opposed to a single issue and this will definitely be one epic trade paperback. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 25, 2013

    There have been a few stumbles along the way, but this series continues to be one of the best of the "New 52." Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 23, 2013

    Justice League #16 continues a very solid Aquaman storyline by upping the ante and promising an expanded cast and higher stakes for the issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 23, 2013

    Helping with all this chaos is the art from Ivan Reis. It’s not easy to pencil water, nor is it a simple task to give a storm the kind of visceral feeling that Reis gives the Ocean Master. Reis has such an easy perfection with the human form, he can focus on creating multiple levels of detail. The two-page fold out of Ocean Master unleashing his troops is a wonderful example of this. Reis’s ability to communicate emotion and action is perfectly framed in the panel where Superman loses his temper. Johns’ story thus far is a great one, but it wouldn’t be half as effective without Reis’s art. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 24, 2013

    All-out superhero action with some truly stellar mainstream art; this is the DC anchor book we've been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jan 28, 2013

    The life of a teenager is never easy and when you add alien hybrids and hidden superpowers, high school is anything but fun. Emilo Lasio produces the best artwork of the week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 23, 2013

    Is Justice League #16 a perfect comic? No. But even with the few problems that I had with Justice League #16 still left me excited to see what happens next. Geoff Johns successfully made the Ocean Master and Atlantis a larger than life threat with how they were able to not just go toe to toe with the Justice League but utterly decimate them. The additional drama of Aquamans indecision of what side to be on makes things that much more interesting. With a new Justice League on the way things should only get bigger and that is a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 23, 2013

    JUSTICE LEAGUE 16 is a dynamite cross-over and Throne of Atlantis is shaping up to be a lot more epic than anyone could have imagined. It's going to bring a lot of heroes in the DCU together, and it may break a lot of relationships as well.While I truly enjoyed this book, and I didn't have any real problems with it, I didn't find myself loving it as much as I thought I would. I felt a tad bit let down, but oh well. It was still a dynamite issue regardless of that.Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jan 25, 2013

    All in all, another extremely enjoyable issue, even though the main story was mostly fighting. Which is not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself. Sometimes, you need your superheroes to do nothing but throw down, I guess. I still say Superman should've been able to put up more of a fight against Orm. Come on, Geoff! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Jan 27, 2013

    Geoff Johns continues to churn out solid stories while Ivan Reis does amazing artwork. There were hints of Red Tornado and Dr. Magnus's Metal Men in this issue, but the main reveal is at the end. I suggest picking up this comic, especially to readers who have been waiting for roster changes since the team was first revealed in the new 52. Justice League #16 earns 4 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 24, 2013

    Geoff Johns has a lot of balls to keep in the air with his "Throne of Atlantis" crossover, and so seeing everything he's got going in Justice League #16 shows he's got plenty of ambition. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Jan 26, 2013

    Yeah, so this wasn't the issue that I think it should have been. It still had its moments though and I did enjoy reading it. The Shazam back up was also very good as usual. The end of the issue really helped this book, but I think Geoff Johns kind of put everything on a back burner in order to build up for his new team reveal. I really do think that #17 will be stepping the tempo back up again though, and I am looking forward to picking up Aquaman #16 in order to continue the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Jan 26, 2013

    So while the story was pretty sweeping and is shaping up to be for Aquaman what Blackest Night was for Green Lantern, the characters really irritated me this time. Here's hoping they come to their senses and act like a team that could actually prove to be effecting and not the Bad News Bears of the DC Universe. And the art makes the book worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 28, 2013

    Geoff Johns, Kurt Busiek and Mark Waid and have all done much to revive classic superhero-ing in comics, bringing the joy back. Their collective enthusiasm and success is proof that bright costumes, a moral code and innocence still work as well as ever in the era after "Watchmen" and "The Dark Knight Returns." Johns in particular has a knack for humanizing very powerful DCU characters while also pitting them against each other. His seemingly effortless humor, combined with the art of Reis and Frank, make "Justice League" #16 a great vehicle for big-time, fun superheroics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Sen Cinnide Jan 29, 2013

    All in all I liked this issue, it may have lost a little steam since last month but Reiss art is entertaining enough to carry the book where it needs it. Yes this is a very good issue but I cant help feeling for one of DCs flagship books Its still missing something. It not bad in any sense but I just feel its missing a little more bite or depth somewhere. Hopefully Throne of Atlantis and the expansion can deliver this missing element soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 23, 2013

    This issue actually isn't all that bad, especially considering the still top-notch Shazam backup, but it's nowhere near the strength of its start. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jan 25, 2013

    Justice League #16 is a half-and-half book. Many people will love and hate it at the same time. Me? I'm still not sure. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Nick Verissimo Jan 23, 2013

    To its credit, the action in this book is top notch and Ivan Reis panelling is excellently done. I really loved the amount of action and depth of strength you feel drawing out of some of the character designs. Other than that, this issue, while integral to the arc, wasnt all the great for me. This issue feels like a filler issue and couldve benefited from a little more action to pace itself along a little bit; nonetheless, its a decent book overall and wont hurt the overall story if you choose to read this arc all at once. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - David Jan 23, 2013

    The Shazam backup, drawn by Gary Frank, continues the slow but interesting episodic story of kid turned superhero. This issue breaks down to not much more than a fight between Black Adam and Shazam, but it's interesting to see the seven deadly sin villains get some air time. Read Full Review

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