Justice League #23

Event\Storyline: Trinity War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Eber Ferreira, Oclair Albert, Rod Reis Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 28, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 11
7.7Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

TRINITY WAR CHAPTER 6! Trinity War concludes! But that doesn't mean all ends well for our heroes. The secret behind Pandora's Box is revealed and it means the end of the Justice Leagues!

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 13, 2013

    This was a truly amazing issue, and a phenomenal way to end the story. It managed to end this story on a shocking, and entertaining note, whilst setting up the next storyline perfectly. It also had plenty of action, as well as tremendous suspense, drama, and excitement. The revelations within were also outstanding, and due to this I can't wait till Forever Evil. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, but would also recommend the entire story as well, as there's only one reason to get it otherwise. That reason would be for anyone who's missed this but is getting Forever Evil, as this is a great set-up for that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Aug 29, 2013

    Finally, the comic that we've been patiently (albeit painfully) waiting for is here. The finale to Trinity War proved three major things to its loyal readers: Geoff Johns is still one of (if not the) best writer on the DC Comics staff, even though he's got a fancy title now; the fact that the comics industry as a whole has a really terrible knack for leaking the surprise endings of every single comic on the stands still can't ruin an expertly-penned (not to mention drawn) issue; and the tie-ins and middle four parts were wholly unnecessary. This should have been Justice League 22 and Justice League 23. That's it. no extra parts. No forced purchases. Just two perfectly-executed lead-in issues to Villains Month and Forever Evil, the true crossover event that will have universe-wide ramifications. Ivan Reis is at the top of his game. Don't let the subpar interludes and covers fool you. This is a beautiful book. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 28, 2013

    Just when you thought you knew what was going on in the New 52, we find out there's a little more going on. For a story that's seemingly been in development for some time, everything comes crashing down here. This is where we not only get some more crazy action sequences but we get a score of answers. In some ways, this issue is a game-changer. Too many times crossovers and "events" in comics end with a fizzle but this sets the stage for big things to come. Even if you felt you knew how things would end with FOREVER EVIL on the horizon, there's still moments that should catch you off guard. It's not often a comic actually changes the face of a comic universe. That's exactly what this issue does. Geoff Johns is bringing the thunder to the New 52 and it looks like the Justice League forgot their umbrellas. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Aug 28, 2013

    For myself and possibly other readers, this book marks the end of an event that may be fondly remembered as one of DC Comics' greatest stories ever told. It had action, mystery, drama and delivered on all its promises. It could also be considered a perfect event because it leads straight into the next, Forever Evil without leaving readers feeling cheated. You do want more, but it's more anticipation than a desire for story completion. While the Justice League was left barely standing at the end, that may not be the case when Forever Evil begins. We won't have long to wait to find out what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 29, 2013

       I have to admit, I had my doubts about this series - and I still think it was more overcrowded than it needed to be - but give the creative team credit for putting together a strong finish, and a powerful start for Forever Evil! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 28, 2013

    An extremely exciting wrap-up to a story thats only just begun, Justice League #23 feels very much like the touchstone moment for the New 52 that its most certainly designed to be. Johns and company have clearly done their job in maintaining this title as the true flagship book for the larger DC Universe, blending the best of hardcore action, intrigue and character moments to flesh out this still relatively new landscape. As a capper to an event eliciting high hopes among fans of the Justice League, in my opinion #23 delivers on its promises and sets readers on course for quite an enjoyably bumpy ride into year three of this grand adventure. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze Aug 29, 2013

    Sometimes the best way to conclude and event like this is with a cliffhanger, and boy was this one heck of a cliffhanger. If you were questioning picking this up because you were let down by past events, this will not disappoint. Sure some might want to see more of an actual “war”, but as I said before it really isn't needed to be emphasized to make a great event. With their first event over and done, the New 52 can now move into a new phase which should open doors for more refreshing stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 28, 2013

    Ivan Reis is back in as the artist and by God, is it good to see his stuff again. The characters look great, their emotions are telling (though one person during a big reveal does this weird kissy lips thing when he or she is whispering), the colors are gorgeous (that's more credit due to Rod Reis), and the action is amazing. The huge fight scene and double page spreads are extremely pleasing to the eyes. There is literally nothing to complain about in the art department here besides that one nitpick. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 29, 2013

    We have come to the end of our journey with the Trinity War, but we have found out that this was merely a stepping stone to take us into Villain's Month, and Forever Evil. For the most part I have enjoyed the entire six parts, and this issue is no exception. But as a whole, I think I'm a little let down, now maybe it was from all the Intro net spoilers, like the Crime Syndicate ending was leaked awhile ago. But like most crossover story arc, I always feel a little let down by the end. But that's probably just the awful fanboy in me. For what it was I enjoyed it, and I can't wait to see what Geoff Johns, and Jeff Lemire give us in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Sep 3, 2013

    In the end, the issue is a fun one. The artwork is solid and it's a nice wrap-up and lead in to what's happening next. Trinity War as a whole was a fun for me, bringing together the bulk of the major DC heroes and letting their personalities run wild. There was a enough twists that it kept me on my toes and wasn't what I was expecting. Overall I had fun reading this and that's what comics are about. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Sep 1, 2013

    This was a potent issue to say the least and this reviewer can't wait to see what the aftermath will be resulting from this arc. It will no doubt be compelling and great fodder for character development. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Aug 28, 2013

    Using the main Justice League titles as opposed to releasing a mini-series was a great idea. Hopefully it pays off for DC. I’ll be interested to see the August sales numbers, and compare sales for Trinity War and its tie-ins to Infinity and and its tie-ins. Maybe it won’t be the financial success DC was hoping for, but the fans appreciate the lightened load on their wallets. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 28, 2013

    Ivan Reis' art remains superior as always. There are some artists that inherently understand comic books. Reis is one of them. His line work is always top notch, his details excellent, and his use of movement inspired. Issue #23 holds a lot of information and Reis helps disseminate it through his visuals. Two-page splash pages, off-panel placement " he makes all of it tie together. Strong work for an artist who never lets up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 28, 2013

    The last panel of "Trinity War" leads directly into "Forever Evil", effectively making this one big event that begets another. It's a crime that both major syndicates are repeatedly guilty of these last few years, one so commonplace that it is increasingly difficult to take umbrage with a singular instance anymore. Regardless of whether this was just good salesmanship, the arc has been undeniably good storytelling from start to finish, cleverly weaving in threads set up two years ago in all related titles. While it may not be the conclusion that pre-Flashpoint DC fans were hoping for, and bears striking similarities to several endings from their marvellous neighbors, DC have just cracked open a Pandora's Box of possibilities for the next two years and beyond. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Aug 28, 2013

    Trinity War featured a lot of stuff going on, but not a lot happening. Johns presents more action and adventure in the finale than the entire series has had as a whole. The Trinity War started off strong, stayed pretty solid, and finished decently. You do feel like it's just set-up for what's next, but at least what's next looks interesting. The story is good, but the issue earns its score mainly for the art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Matt Sculthorpe Aug 29, 2013

    So, while not a perfect wrap up to the Trinity War event, Justice League 23 works as a great set up to Forever Evil. While tiresome to some, its the best kind of stuff Johns does. Inknow Im eargerly waiting for what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Sep 3, 2013

    Justice League #23 doesn't just end an event. It forcibly injects humility into the DC Universe's most powerful heroes. It may lack substance in certain areas, but there's no denying its impact. In the end heroes and even demigods don't always win. In the saga of Trinity War, they defeated themselves and now they have to deal with the consequences. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Sep 1, 2013

    Overall, though there's little to complain about here. It's fast-paced and chocked full of super heroes, not to mention a few villains for good measure. There are twists, fake-outs and betrayals to keep readers on their toes. The only drawback is it's open-ended, setting up ‘Forever Evil' without taking a second for readers to catch their breath, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Aug 29, 2013

    The final revelation is wonderfully done and it gets us excited for the next event. The story might turn out to be a big fat tease for Forever Evil, but I still have fun reading it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Aug 28, 2013

    If you've avoided the spoilers on this, congratulations, you win the Invisible Medal for Self-Control. But whether or not you know what happens, and whether or not you've read the earlier entries in Trinity War, this issue is a must-have as a setup for September's Villains Month at DC. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 29, 2013

    On its own, it's a worthy, action-packed issue to a Big Event storyline, but it also serves to remind us how dull that storyline has been up till now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Statues And Superheroes - Steven Viscido Aug 29, 2013

    I will probably pick up JL 24 and 25 and see how they are, but if something doesn't change for the better quickly in this series, it's going the way of its little brother (JLA) and getting yanked from my pull list. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Aug 30, 2013

    Factor all of this together, and we come close to a suitable, well-rounded estimation of “Justice League” #23. Some may be quick to critique the issue for it's lack of satisfactory answers, like the purpose “Trinity of Sin” plays in all of this hullabaloo. Ultimately, such critiques are unfair to the nature of serialized story-telling, as they are based on subjective ideas of how a story should play out. Though it bears its fair share of flaws, “Justice League” #23 exhibits a mark of quality that other DC creative teams should strive for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 28, 2013

    All the same, "Justice League" #23 leaves me feeling slighted, as I would relish more of this story with the art team of Reis-Prado-Reis in place. Knowing that it switches over to David Finch in "Forever Evil" just feels like a bait-and-switch, especially since there are no true conclusions of any sort in this issue, just more shock-for-shock's sake moments and lots of new questions. I was hopeful DC's tactic of bleeding events one to the next would be over following the relaunch, but this issue proves -- without an inkling of doubt -- that that is simply not the case. Sigh. At least the countdown to "Forever Evil" is a fun, large-scale, good-looking story, now that we've hit that slippery slope of endless events once again. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 28, 2013

    If you didn't have the big reveal spoiled for you by press releases or interviews this month then what you'll find here should be very thrilling! The artwork is fantastic and what happens in this comic does indeed set a precedent for the months to come so it's indeed an important comic for DC and the upcoming Villain's Month, but it's not a comic that I would return to for repeat readings. This issue is mostly made up of cool imagery without much plot development outside of what we already knew. If you pieced together who the leader of the Secret Society of Super Villains was months ago (as many did) and grow weary of superhero on superhero battles that always end in a draw then you might find yourself strumming your fingers on the table waiting for something new to happen. I think that there was a good story, a good prologue anyway, within Trinity War but it could've been told in 2-3 issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 31, 2013

    Yep, Trinity War was only ever a prologue. And what's worse, Geoff Johns gave away the ending a few weeks ago online. So there's really no point to even read this issue. Nothing much happens other than kicking off Forever Evil, and bringing a few familiar new villains into the New 52 universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 28, 2013

    So many characters and questions are relegated to the background in the interest of setting the stage for Forever Evil. And given the abrupt cliffhanger ending, the entirety of Trinity War becomes nothing more than a bloated prologue for another story. Why even bother going through all that trouble in the first place if Trinity War is nothing more than Forever Evil #0? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 3, 2013

    The writing, art and coloring are all fine but I want to talk about the larger issue at hand. This was supposed to be the big finale of "Trinity War" and it turns out that this miniseries event was nothing more than just a prelude to DC Comics "Forever Evil" event that kicks off this month. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Aug 30, 2013

    I won't go into too much detail about each member suffice it to say that one of the stand out ones was Johnny Quick and Atomica, who comes off as a rather refreshing homage to the old 50's greaser/dame dynamic - and it works greatly. Ivan Reis, perhaps given his standard DC "house style", is able to give the Crime Syndicate a look that is both new and yet very old school. To sum up I really wanted to see more of these guys and I guess that I've been waiting for "Forever Evil" to start ever since "Trinity War" began, and now the moment of truth has arrived. Hopefully it will be better than this tacked together tale. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Sep 2, 2013

    If you have been waiting for Trinity War to end before getting into it, save your money. Its not a particularly good event, and you can get much better company wide comic events elsewhere. Read Full Review

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