Justice League #20

Justice League #20

Event\Storyline: Trinity War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Gene Ha, Joe Prado, Andres Guinaldo, Rob Hunter Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 22, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 11
7.3Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

The PROLOGUE TO TRINITY WAR continues as a revelation about Batman could destroy Wonder Woman and Supermans relationship! Plus, in the backup story, the penultimate chapter of the tale of Shazam finds Billy Batson learning the shocking secret of Black Adam!

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

    Even so, It's a solid story that continues the mystery of who's targeting the League - and just how powerful they are. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 22, 2013

    Issue #20 picks up where we left off last time only it takes the time to better develop the new recruits Element Woman (who I think I actually might like), Firestorm, and the Atom while pushing the story ever closer to Trinity War. It's a fast paced issue with a lot of twists and turns and more than enough action to satisfy everybody. Add that with the Shazam backup and you have a winning combination that's worth your $3.99. Had the Justice League portion featured artwork that I could label anything higher than “passable” this would've been a 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto May 24, 2013

    Apart from guest artist Gene Ha, whose grit doesn't really match the tone of the series (despite it being so damn fine artwork), Justice League #20 offers a strong lead-up to Trinity War, while working as a standalone Justice League outing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 22, 2013

    Rounding out this issue is the penultimate chapter of the Shazam backup feature. It's a fairly slow moving chapter considering that the story has reached its climax. But the benefit is that we learn more about Black Adam's origin and the twists Johns has introduced for the New 52. I'm eagerly looking forward to next month's full-length finale chapter. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 23, 2013

    Could it be that Justice League is becoming the anchor title it holds itself out to be? The signs sure are pointing that way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 6, 2013

    This was an excellent issue, and a brilliant issue in the lead-up to Trinity War. This issue was very fun, and entertaining, whilst also being dramatic, and serious, also having a hint of mystery to it, which really made the issue diverse. It also had some amazing action, and dialogue, and if this is a sign of things to come, Trinity War should be amazing. I'd highly recommend this issue, and the entire series, as although it's had the odd poor issue along the way, in general it's been amazing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Jay Mattson May 24, 2013

    Justice League #20 is a fun, fun issue. Desperos attack, while not entirely explained, is a great way to not only introduce the villain, but also give the new blood their first taste of life in the League. Its hard being a literal keystone for the New 52 and telling a satisfying, quality story, but Johns pulls it off month after month. This issue is no exception. Trinity War, here I come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 25, 2013

    The reveal at the end that the JLA is spying on the League isn't as meaningful as Johns seems to think. I haven't liked the JLA series, whereas I'm mildly entertained by Justice League. So whatever big tapestry Johns is building, I'm not on board yet. Also, while the reveal that Atom works for the JLA was a cool twist, it spoils the idea that the Martian Manhunter just showed up all on his own to kick Despero's butt. I thought he was just there to be badass, but clearly we know now that he was sent by the JLA to back up Atom. Oh well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 22, 2013

    Geoff Johns is evolving the JUSTICE LEAGUE comic. We're seeing new members, secrets, attacks and developments among the members. While there was something about seeing the core seven members keep a tight nit group, we now have more opportunities that can be fleshed out. The main problem is there were moments the art felt inconsistent. We had a few different pencilers so that adds to the art being a little hectic. We're approaching the end of the Billy Batson/Shazam! story which is great but also sad (that it's coming to an end). You will want to see the revelations that come out of this issue. You can feel Johns has big plans for the title and they are just beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 May 22, 2013

    Despite some annoying art issues, this is a very solid issue of Justice League with a great twist in the final pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen May 28, 2013

    While the story fell flat with its villain, it serves its purpose in thickening its mystery while leading towards the upcoming "Trinity War." Johns' planning is starting to come full circle and the interconnectedness between all Justice League books is a real payoff for constant readers. I like the mysteries this story raises and I'm excited to see how they play out in "Trinity War." Despite the inconsistencies in the art, Justice League #20 is a pretty solid read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 24, 2013

    Coupled with some inconsistent art from a whole team of pencillers, it's a slow month for the Justice League. Fortunately, back-up story Shazam! Chapter 12 continues to be one of the best titles in the DC lineup. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb May 24, 2013

    I suppose as a lead up to a big event this was about as good as you could hope for in today's market. And at least there was some nice character stuff going on Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 24, 2013

    While the ‘New 52′ feels as though it is actively funneling its properties toward a muddy mediocrity, “Justice League” #20 is starting to show many of the fun and classic characteristics that pre-Flashpoint titles had. It is Geoff Johns' ability to be a master “continuitist” that makes the updated team roster work. Unfortunately, the plotting itself borrows too much from what came before, with less elegance. And to further the credit toward Johns, the 10-page “Shazam” backup remains the best reason to pick up this title. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 23, 2013

    All-in-all, this issue proves that even great series need to just take an issue off every now and then. Next issue, I'm certain, will be back to what we have come to love and expect from such a great monthly title. And as far as I'm concerned, it can't come soon enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead May 26, 2013

    Justice League #20 is an okay issue. It's still not as good as some issues of the series are, and I know Johns is capable of telling a better story. Thankfully, it's worth it just to look at Gene Ha's art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng May 27, 2013

    Overall, "Justice League" #20 keeps things moving along. The strong "Shazam!" backup amply justifies its page count, and "Secrets" lays down more than one plotline for the Trinity War and begins to flesh out the new Justice League B-team. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia May 22, 2013

    *note: the Shazam backup was not calculated into the scoring of this issue Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin May 23, 2013

    While I enjoyed how powerful Despero was made to look, Batman revealing his plans and the Shazam back-up the problems with the New 52 continuity got in the way of how strong these sub-plots where. Add in the Atoms rushed character development for the upcoming Trinity War crossover than you have an issue in Justice League #20 that had potential to be good but wasnt. The artwork by the small army of artists didnt help matters as the issue was full of inconsistencies. Read Full Review

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