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Justice Society of America #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 27 critic ratings.

The JSA returns in this monthly series by writer Geoff Johns and artist Mikel Janín with “Justice Society of America: The New Golden Age Part One”!

The world’s first and greatest superheroes return! Or do they? A long-lost hero from the JSA crashes into our era with a grave warning… but it’s too late. A mysterious and malevolent enemy has invaded the entire history of the JSA, and an all-new team must come together to defeat it. But what deadly secret does this messenger from beyond keep? Where are they from? And why is all of this happening now? Only the Time Masters know…

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23 pages
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27 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    I love the story. I don’t mind Huntress being the focal point for now. Hopefully, soon enough, we will see the entire team in action in various eras. I have no idea how she will deliver the team from the hands of destruction, but it looks to be a fantastic ride into action, lore, and personal struggle. If you have never read the Justice Society’s previous comics, now’s the time to learn about them. Time travel stories make that easier, and we get an interesting old/new character to take us on that tour.

  • 100

    Graham Crackers Comics

    With all of the hype and nostalgia from the earlier ventures into DC’s Golden Age (Stargirl and the Lost Children & the New Golden Age), it was hard not to have raised expectations for this new ongoing title. And while I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was not as Golden Age-y as the other books. Obviously, this is an on-going title and needs to start setting up future plot points. Geoff Johns story incorporates a lot of previous JSA lore and situations. A future JSA comprised mainly of former villains and their offspring, The Power Girl/Huntress team, and of course the evil machinations of time travelling despot Per Degaton.

    What we are going to be seeing soon is a multi-time period story featuring many of the past versions of the JSA and that fills me with joy. I only have two minor complaints here. First, like most of the other titles in the current DC library, the focas here in on Batman and the bat family. While their return to the Golden Age world is unexpected and enjoyable, it’s just another DC book on the stands with Batman. Guys, do you understant the phrase ‘Beating a Dead Horse’? I haven’t seen this much product placement since Wolverine back in the day, jeez! My other complaint is that while making Per Degaton a player, he is almost omniscient. It’s rather depressing as he dispatches so many heroes so quickly. It almost seems like the good guys don’t have a chance. We’ll have to see.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    The book has artwork that makes you stop and stare, and Mikel is truly on his A-game, with Jordie breathing beautiful colors into every frame. Justice Society #1 is an introduction to a seamless mix of modern and classic, fierce values, and a reminder of what it is to be a hero. This is everything that the JSA stood for. Brava and thank you truly.

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    Justice Society of America #1 picks up the breadcrumbs of the New Golden Age special and runs with them at full pelt. All hail the return of Helena Wayne!

  • 100

    Comic Crusaders

  • 100

    DC Comics News

    Justice Society of America #1 is important. Much like All-Star Comics #3 and The Flash #123, this comic establishes something new. For longtime readers, it may seem like re-establishing something, but that’s because it draws on so much of what has come before. This series can easily be the beginning of an aspect of the DC Universe that doesn’t rely on Clark and Bruce as the foundations. Sure, their shadows loom, but Helena, PG, and the rest of the JSA and their legacies are a draw independent of the mainstream DCU. But, what happens here is foundational to the whole of the DC Universe. We are in for a real treat based on the quality of this first issue. Mystery, emotional depth, nostalgia, fun, unique characters- this is great stuff. Period.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    The first issue of the new series would be kind of bewildering for people not already familiar with…rather a lot of what’s gone on in the past of the DC Universe. It’s not as cluttered and clunky as Crisis on Infinite Earths or…well… a hell of a lot of other major crossover series, but it won’t mean nearly as much to anyone not already familiar with much of the backstory. Thankfully, Johns, Janin, and Bellaire do a really good job of making it all appealing enough that nearly anyone leafing through the first issue will be engaged…even if they don’t know quite what the hell it is that they’re looking at.

  • 96


    Geoff Johns gets this new Justice Society of America story off to a pretty solid start. I love the idea of the newer members being former villains as it creates more drama and you never quite know if one of them could be involved with the villain. I also love seeing Helena Wayne as Huntress and leader of the JSA.
    I’m looking forward to seeing how this story plays out. And will try and pre-order the next issue on Amazon. But wish they’d let me just subscribe as it saves me having to look for stuff each month.

  • 95

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Justice Society of America #1 is a strong open providing an outstanding place for fans to jump in. I know this may sound silly to say with this being number one BUT it is a great place to jump in. You dont need a ton of background knowledge to understand whats going on. Nevertheless, it would be helpful if you read a bit of Flashpoint Beyond to understand who the character is at the end, as well as some of Kings Batman run to get a few more wrinkles involving Helena Wayne. That said, its not necessary to reasonably understand the issue and enjoy the heck out of it. Readers, I cant recommend Justice Society of America #1 enough. Its got Johns and Jann in it for Petes Peppers. Call up your shop and add it to your list. Otherwise, click on my links in the article to grab it post haste.

  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Justice Society Of America #1 is an excellent read. Geoff Johns crafts an excellent introductory issue that should engage readers and get them excited for what comes next. The art work is second to none this week. Janin, Bellaire and Leigh all give great effort to make this book look spectacular and they succeed. Justice Society of America #1 is the real deal and hands down the book of the week.

  • 92

    Zona Negativa

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This may be a very busy issue, with a little too much going on, but it’s a classic JSA issue as he returns to the first franchise he impacted.

  • 90

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 90

    First Comics News

    This issue is entertaining for the most part, but now that Johns got this reintroduction of DC’s most iconic teams out of the way, hopefully, he’ll bring his A-Game to great effect.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    Its a brand new day for the Justice Society, and with the coming of a new JSA, the teams embroiled in a plot to kill the hosts of Fate with every new iteration. Johns, and a host of JSA artists are setting the stage for a brand new team. Can they live up to the previous iterations? Only time will tell.

  • 85


    Justice Society of America #1 is a great start with action, mystery, and character that will help the JSA return to their all-star status in the DCU. Johns, Janin, and Bellaire craft an entertaining story that will help you want to return to solve this mystery. What’s old is new again, but it’s deeper, bolder, and more exciting this time!

  • 82

    Multiversity Comics

    While many, myself included, were hoping for a classic JSA title, this actually is the more interesting way to go, at least initially due to the incredibly long gap between ongoings. If there had been a true JSA book at some point since the first Obama administration, the knee-jerk reaction to such a different interpretation wouldn’t be there. But it is because of that gap that the story works so well. Helena, like the reader, wants the JSA to return and thrive. Let’s hope that, after this maxiseries wraps, we can get an actual Justice Society ongoing.

  • 80


    Justice Society of America sets the stage for the series moving forward. Both Johns and Janin experience with team books allows for each to show off and complement the other. Hopefully, with 80 years of story to pull from, we don’t see the same characters or have it become another Batman book.

  • 80


    A lot of homework needs to be done ahead of this complicated first issue, but if you’re on board, this looks to be a really exciting jumping off point.

  • 79

    Graphic Policy

    Justice Society of America #1 is an intriguing start of a comic. The latter half is excellent with a surprising sequence that sets things in motion. The first issue kicks off a mystery that has potential, but like a lot of Johns’ recent work, we’ll have to see where it takes us.

  • 75

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Justice Society of America #1 kicks off a time-travel adventure involving past and future JSA teams. The opening scenes feel disjointed and clunky, but the issue ends on a high note. The art is generally good, but the high volume of close-ups makes the setting feel small.

  • 75

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    I an intrigued by this series and it certainly begins very differently than any other JSA series I have read as a long-time long-in-the-tooth fan. Compelling characters, intriguing premise, pleased that Huntress is once again the “child” of Batman and Catwoman. Not what I expected from a JSA series written by Geoff Johns, but in a good way. Doesn’t read like his previous JSA work. Solid art from Mikel Janin from front to back including that Jerry Ordway flashback. I’ll be back for Justice Society of America #2. Without all the needed first issue set-up, for such an ambitious series, next issue should be unfettered and able to have readers’ imaginations soar.

  • 73


  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    This title hasn’t hit its stride yet — but Johns has earned a little patience in seeing how a story plays out. Hopefully this is just a lull before this revised JSA truly takes off.

  • 70


    It’s a solid book, but it could’ve been better. The dialogue and narration doesn’t always flow well and the team roster seems very random. That said, the pacing, plot structure and cliffhanger at the end are pretty well executed, and the art throughout is amazing. All in all it’s still a good read!

  • 40

    ustice Society of America #1 introduces readers to one story only to replace it with another at the end. Much of the issue is spent in Johns’ familiar expository manner with character voices used to slightly modulate an authorial tone explaining who Helena Wayne is and how she brought this incarnation of the JSA together. (…) There’s simply too little life to a script that simply describes itself before revealing this uninspiring affair was merely prologue for a grander tale without a single good reason given to follow it. Justice Society of America #1 suggests this is a legacy best left alone.

  • 0

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

    Here’s the thing about Geoff Johns comics in 2022: they all come off as being mad that other people are playing with his toys. We saw it in Flashpoint when he went out of his way to both trivialize and spoil the events of Dark Crisis, and we see that in Justice Society when he goes out of his way to just grab his action figures back from Tom King’s hands. I’m clearly not the biggest Tom King fan out there, but even so, I don’t see the point in writing this story this way to just be so absolutely petty about the characterization of a character people haven’t seen in nearly forty years. Johns is mad that he’s no longer the golden child at DC anymore, and it makes everything he touches lately come with a bitter aftertaste.

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