Justice League #28

Event\Storyline: Forever Evil Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 16
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

"FOREVER EVIL" continues! With the Justice League gone, new heroes continue to rise up throughout the DC Universe! The Crime Syndicate tried to kill him, but now Cyborg is back to settle the score - and with him are The Metal Men!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Feb 20, 2014

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but I can't wait to see them fulfill Doc Magnus' "rule number one," and "save everyone [they] can." I want this to happen in the pages of both Justice League and Forever Evil, though. Not in their own ongoing title. I don't want them to die, I want them to live and be exactly what this issue made it not only possible, but probable for them to be: excellent supporting characters. They're true heroes. They're interesting and relevant for the first time in my lifetime. So don't blow it, DC. Let Johns and Reis do them justice" But let them do so sparingly. Great work, guys. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Feb 19, 2014

    Johns has given us a new band of heroes we can actually care about and has definitely invested a good amount of time into their creation design and back story. With the end of Forever Evil closely approaching it seems we are getting small pieces to the overall bigger puzzle and it's starting to pick up some exciting speed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 19, 2014

    A superb reintroduction of classic characters that should please any and all fans of the Metal Men from any era, Justice League #28 proves once again that character moments and well-thought out updates is what makes DCs recent efforts so successful, where applied. A Cyborg and the Metal Men series needs to be on the docket NOW! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Feb 19, 2014

    Justice League #28 is a great issue, giving us a new origin for the Metal Men. The writing is fantastic, the characters are enjoyable, and the artwork is a treat as always. Even if you are not following Forever Evil, this may be a fun issue to get regardless if you're a fan of these characters and want to see what they're up. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 19, 2014

    I don't know how many times I can say that I love The Metal Men.  This issue was such a good time I'm really depressed that that they don't have their own title yet.  Yet Right?  The New 52 redesigns of the characters are a welcomed change, and Geoff Johns just proves over and over again that he can right a hell of a book.  So you know the drill after all this fluffing, go out and get this, and hell get another copy for someone else.  So good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Feb 20, 2014

    Even if you are not up to date on Justice League I would seriously recommenced getting this comic, its a relatively simplistic origin tale with flawless execution and a lot of heart. A nice break from the main course of Crime Syndicate World domination Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 20, 2014

    So don't buy this issue expecting to see the usual lineup - Cyborg is the only JL hero in evidence - but you will find a fun adventure with the Metal Men! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Feb 20, 2014

    Overall, I had more fun with this issue than I did with the last. It has a significantly better story and better art too. So well done to all those involved! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Jay Mattson Feb 24, 2014

    Justice League #28 is one of the best issues of the series. Unlike other elements of the pre-New 52 universe that Geoff Johns has recently introduced into continuity, the Metal Men don't feel shoehorned or obtrusive. This comes from their story having true emotion; Will Magnus finally feels a human connection with robots shouldn't have as much mental independence as they do. The Metal Men sacrifice themselves to save innocent lives, and it breaks Magnus' heart. In one issue, Johns achieves a level of emotional resonance that he's struggled to find since Justice League started tying-in with Forever Evil. Justice League #28 is a breathtaking issue that sets the bar for how the Metal Men will be portrayed going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 20, 2014

    Overall, this is a great issue, and the Metal Men are definitely welcome additions. Even though it doesn't line-up with Platinum's previous appearance, it's still great regardless. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 19, 2014

    This issue didn't do much to advance the overall Forever Evil conflict, but the strong character work more than makes up for that. Johns is able to quickly and capably revamp the Metal Men for the New 52 without losing any of the goofy charm that made them special in the first place. Hopefully this issue is just the start of a bright future for this unusual superhero team. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Feb 20, 2014

    Johns told a movie quality story in a 23 pages. If this is a small fragment of what a Metal Men movie has to offer, I say bring it!It'll be exciting to see how Cyborg will interact with them. He is after all a bridge between humanity and the robots. If Johns and DC are smart they'll jump on getting them all an ongoing of their own. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to read Cyborg and the Metal Men every month? We'll find out next month in Justice League #29. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 19, 2014

    It's a really great debut for The Metal Men, but it's only that. If you're buying this for Cyborg or more Forever Evil development you might be disappointed because this is an origin story through and through. Fans of The Metal Men should be ecstatic. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 20, 2014

    With a fresh vision courtesy of Johns and Reis, the new Metal Men are not merely throwbacks to the past, but endearing in a way that only classic DC characters can be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 20, 2014

    While the premise of "Justice League" #28 is that Cyborg needs a team, and hopes Magnus will furnish him with one through the Metal Men, this series continues to be a much more of a "Silver Age Showcase," reviving characters and concepts, but giving them a gorgeous new appearance thanks to the talented visual crew. In addition to introducing the Metal Men, this introductory issue brings the debut of Chemo and implies that there are potentially more characters waiting to be discovered as Magnus alludes to a race to produce responsive automatons. While I personally prefer the balance between these wonderful, careful reimaginings (like that of the Doom Patrol in the previous issue), and a continued progression of story, I certainly cannot complain about the enjoyable content Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Rod Reis and crew bring to "Justice League" #28. Maybe the next issue will move the "Forever Evil" story forward a bit, but for now, this is a nice, welcome change of pace. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Feb 19, 2014

    While the issue only mildly progresses the overall "Forever Evil" arc, Johns seems to enjoy bringing these long-absent characters back to life (albeit briefly) and the reading experience is all the more pleasurable for it. With the goal posts now finally in sight for the end of this event, there comes the corresponding sense that the landscape is going to have a very different population on the other side. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Feb 19, 2014

    The nice thing aboutJustice League #28is that no prior knowledge of the story arc is needed; it would definitely help, but this can almost be considered a one-shot. It's a wonderful story that everyone can connect to. Definitely deserves a buy! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Motes Feb 22, 2014

    All in all, though this was a side-story of sorts and didn't really feature the actual Justice League, which is the main attraction, I found it to be a great fill-in, with excellent as always art by Ivan Reis with Joe Prado and Scott Hanna. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Feb 21, 2014

    Justice League" #28 is dense. A little too dense. There is so much ground to cover that the result is almost overwhelming. It set's up the Metal Men, their origins, abilities, and weakness, as well as attempting to include an emotional arc for their creator. The fact that the whole thing doesn't completely come off the rails is a testament to Geoff Johns talents as master story juggler. There are three artists who worked on the issue, and the results are surprisingly uniform. There is no big sudden shifts in style or tone, and no one has a completely different face from panel to panel. The Metal Men themselves are fun and interesting, both visually and story wise. If this is a build up to a "Cyborg and the Metal Man" series, it could very well be a nice change of pace in the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Joey Garces Feb 21, 2014

    This is a fantastic stand alone issue that left me anticipating the showdown with the Metal Men soon to come. But I, and I am sure a lot of other people, wanted to see the story arc progress a little more than what was given. This is not a knock on the artist or writers because this issue was beautifully crafted, it just left me wanting a little more of the League. However I cannot wait to see what is to come next as I am sure with the addition of the Metal Men, fireworks are sure to follow. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Hero Nuggets - Joe 'Cannoli' Natoli Feb 19, 2014

    Justice League #28 is a break from Forever-Evil, used to introduce new readers to the Metal Men team. It's a very well done introduction, but could have been done in a few pages rather than an entire book. I was hoping for a bit more continuation of Cyborg 2.0 and what's actually happening in the Forever Evil world as we near the end. This could be a test for a new Metal Men series, so if you love the Metal Men you might want to pick this up, otherwise feel free to skim the review to learn about the team and then come back to Justice League next week. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Feb 24, 2014

    It took an appearance of some of my favorite characters to reignite my interest in the Justice League, but it took Geoff Johns a mere four pages to stomp out those embers. I sincerely hope that after Forever Evil wraps up that the Justice League titles will rediscover the whimsy and sense of wonder that made the League a blast to read in the first place, but if Johns' take on the Justice League is the new status quo, we may be in for a very long wait. Justice League used to be the go-to book when you wanted fun, breezy yarns about larger-than-life heroes and impossible exploits, but in a bid to gain narrative legitimacy, it feels like DC has become increasingly embarrassed in the very things that made us fans in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Reilly Feb 25, 2014

    The Geoff Johns who wrote Justice League #28 is not the same Geoff Johns who wrote Justice League #1. He's definitely not the same Geoff Johns who charmed me with the Booster Gold storyline in 52 or, later in my comic-reading life, when I picked up his Green Lantern run in trade. He's the Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment, a man more concerned with a potential film script than a stupid cartoon magazine. Read Full Review

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