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Justice League, Volume 1: Origin

(Justice League (2011) #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  15,986 ratings  ·  896 reviews
As a part of the monumental DC Comics—The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League!
In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a thr
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by DC Comics
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Barend Potgieter I found the characters to be hollow duplicates of one another. Things happen for no reason. Not worth the hype, but good as a disposable action comic.

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(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: A candy-colored rock opera moved by power chords of quippy dialogue, finishing moves and glorious splash pages.
Reread 2019


You know what? Fuck it. I liked this even better the third time around!
So, yeah...I'm giving it ALL the stars!
I still think Wonder Woman comes across as a bit of an idiot, but considering how much fun I had re-reading it, I'm gonna give it a pass.
If you're not a fan of DC, then this one may not give you the warm fuzzies, so take that into consideration.
My favorite part?
I'm glad you asked...


Original Review 2012
Ahhhhhh, it was soooo good!
Well, except.
But I'll get t
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
A weak beginning

I collected this story arc on its single issues but I am doing the review using the TPB edition to make easier to give an overall review of the whole story.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Jim Lee

Inker: Scott Williams


Hold on a second... You're not just some guy in a bat costume, are you? Are you freaking kidding me?!

This is a "reboot" of the Justice League, part of the DC Comics editorial movement known as "The New 52" w
Jan Philipzig
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: superhero, dc
Well, that was… um… uh… colorful? Not much of a story, but I guess it served its purpose of relaunching the Justice League amidst non-stop explosions and wisecracks. If you’ve always wondered what the DC Universe would look like had it been invented by contemporary fan favorites Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, here’s your answer: our heroes would have bigger muscles and get more opportunities to show them off on splash pages. As far as new ideas are concerned, that’s pretty much it. Once the smoke has ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
The more I read the New 52, the more pointless an endeavor it seems. Take this volume (Please!), where the Justice League first comes together to battle the threat of Darkseid (Apparently, Starro was all booked up). Darkseid wants to turn Earth into a hellish theme park. The theme: Hell.

The general consensus amongst Joe Public is that super heroes are bad. Super bad. Now, shut your mouth! None of the heroes have worked together and don’t realize there’s no "I" in team. Yada yada yada. Now, they
Will M.
Most of my Goodreads friends hated this, or said that this was mediocre at best. There are multiple reasons why I loved this new 52 JL volume.

The artwork was fantastic. Probably one of my favorites ever. The characters were very detailed and everything looked splendid. The characters didn't look like some cheap garbage. I've read other Justice league graphic novels and the artwork of the others were crappy. So for me the strongest point of this amazing first volume would be the artwork. Nothing
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Parademons are scattered on the Earth causing trouble.
The Earth's heroes face them and the one who sent them Darkseid.

Justice League Origin wasn't very good. The artwork looked nice, but the story was weak at best. Everything is going to hell and the government is still fighting their own heroes. Darkseid shows up and some punches are thrown. BAM BOOM our heroes are the winners and loved by all. That's pretty much it. Half the team revealed their secret identity's to at least someone else. The s
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yesssss this is what I needed in my life.

I definitely needed a comic like this in my life. I've been so burnt out on prose and I knew that I needed to escape back to my comics. I've been trying to follow Comic Book Herald's guide to reading DC New 52 (yes I know this is probably their worst reboot to date, but hey I enjoy some of them) and this felt like a good starting place and it did not fail me. Justice League, Volume 1: Origin provides readers with the opportunity to examine the origins of
Sam Quixote
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
5 years ago...

The world is just getting used to the sight of superheroes, colourful beings with magical powers who have appeared seemingly out of nowhere. What are their intentions - are they good or evil? When more superheroes appear, they begin to cross paths and meet each other for the first time. The Batman of Gotham. The Superman of Metropolis. An Amazonian Princess. The intergalactic policeman called Green Lantern. A red guy called Flash. Then monsters appear and begin abducting people, ch
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
It's The New 52's version of how the Justice League became to be... uh... THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. Yay! I Guess.
It's your typical superhero group origin story: You know, someone comes to Earth. He's too powerful for the superheroes to defeat him by themselves so they team up and become a group, and they defeat him, the end.
I, for one, am not really into superhero groups, I prefer ones that are about a singular superhero. However, it wasn't bad per se, I found it to be enjoyable enough.

It gets 3 stars
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths

I’m not big on origin stories. I’ve just read to many of them. So I didn’t expect to love Justice League: Origin, but even with my expectations set low, this book underwhelmed.

The set up for this one is fairly straightforward. Superheroes have begun to appear across the world. The mysterious Batman is in Gotham City. The flying dude dubbed Superman is in Metropolis. An Amazonian princess is newly arrived from Paradise Island. There is the guy with a green ring c
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
Justice League: Origin is the first 'proper' graphic novel I ever read (following the video-game lead in Batman: Arkham City) and I absolutely loved it. I was completely new to comics at the time and I couldn't wait to sit down and read another chapter each night. The artwork was amazing, the characters were larger than life and "the whole Justice League thing" seemed like something I could really get into.

Four and a half years and a few hundred books later and conventional wisdom dictates that
I keep waffling between 4 and 5 stars but I don't care I'm giving it 5.

The art is fantastic, the writing is great, and I actually chuckled at some of Green Lantern's quips, plus Batman and Wonder Woman remain favorites.

Speaking of Wonder Woman ...

She's the best.

Dirk Grobbelaar
There have been many “Origin” or “First meeting” stories for the Justice League, including what is arguably my personal favourite, the limited series reimagining The New Frontier (DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1/DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 2). For the New 52 reboot DC has provided yet another one. I’m a bit torn about this review. The story has moments of sheer brilliance, to be sure, and yet there are bits that are so melodramatic and Hollywood-worthy it’s to cringe of.

I will say this: it was clev
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2015 I’m planning to dive more fully into the DC (and Marvel) Universes, and I’m pretty excited about trying out all the comics that I can find (and hopefully through my library). I saw JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOLUME 1: ORIGIN and decided to enter the DC universe a little early, and you know what, I liked this.

I’ve seen some mixed reviews, but as a complete newbie to the world, it was good. The writing was fine, and, for the most part, I liked the art.

There’s that one weird image of Barry though in i
This first volume might be a great companion read for anyone interested in seeing the new Justice League movie. It seems like the film will be using much of this volume as a jumping off point, with it's inclusion of Cyborg in the League and his updated origin story, the discovery of Motherboxes, and the Darkseid alien invasion. It's a fun read, and continues to set-up the direction that Geoff Johns is trying to take the DC Universe. But the Darkseid character here is really not engaging as a vil ...more
L. McCoy
Okay, so this is the Geoff Johns Justice League run so many people love. I know I’ll probably be hated by quite a few people for saying this but I don’t know why so many people love this one.

What’s it about?
The Justice League is formed and they have to fight a powerful villain from another world and his s***ton of minions that he has for some reason. So the same storyline that’s in 90% of modern superhero comics.

The art is so amazing! Jim Lee does a fantastic job drawing this, I think I mig
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital-comics
It took a timely Black Friday sale over the long Thanksgiving weekend for me to take the plunge and bought me some digital trades. That and the fact I could use Paypal for my Comixology purcahses made me pull the trigger. My first purchase was a story-line I've been wanting to read since DC Comics rebooted their superhero line of comic books and that's this inaugural six issue arc of its flagship title Justice League.

There was no reason this book should not be this good, DC assigned its most ban
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
After watching Batman v Superman I was desperate to find out more about the justice league so decided to start with this. To my delight, it was absolutely amazing and the justice league are my new favourite squad out there!

I loved all the characters and how we subtly got to see some origin from them all. Was surprised at how much I liked Aquaman and I feel like he's extremely underrated in the dc world! I wasn't massively keen on how Wonder Woman was portrayed at times because I felt like they
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Probably one of the greatest introductions to a superhero team ever and possibly the defining team, this volume was so good and just shows how the world's mightiest heroes come together, it starts with Hal and Batman and then parademons coming in and before you know it Superman, Flash, Aquaman and Diana all come in and then the origin of Cyborg and how their ultimate enemy Darkseid comes and how its upto these heroes to team up and defeat this new god and sent him back to his Apokolips and save ...more
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

The birth of the Justice League. Who wouldn’t want to check out one of, if not THE most epic superhero team out there? Who am I kidding, as a DC fanboy, the Justice League will always remain the BEST superhero team ever. Of course, with Batman among the club, that’s a no-brainer. As part of the New 52 reboot by DC Comics, fans are served with a brand new and completely modern take of this superhero team. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
Do you like comic books that are pretty? Where things explode a lot and dudes with huge arms punch each other? And there are big-name DC characters? Then this is the book for you!

... What, you want more than that? Then don't waste your time here. Really, this book is kind of infuriating. It's set in the recent history of the rebooted DC Universe (five years before all the other titles start telling their stories) to show how the big characters met each other. Which is fine - if you're going to r
Rory Wilding
As DC is approaching its big relaunch in the upcoming months with Rebirth, it was only five years ago that the publisher rebooted their titles with The New 52. So whilst we await to see what Geoff Johns does to change the DC universe yet again, lets rewind the clocks and go back to the first volume of Johns’ five-year run of DC’s flagship superhero team.

Five years ago, superheroes are new and frightening to the world at large. However when Batman and Green Lantern pair up to investigate a series
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Mostly fantastic, with just one or two fumbles. The title tells you exactly what you're going to get: the New 52 version of the JLA's origin story, this time including Cyborg. I'm very happy with this addition. I love Cyborg, and his origin is very nicely told here. I don't really have any complaints about the story itself, and most of the characters are well written. Superman in particular shocked me by being pretty awesome, in a way that totally suits his character as I know it. I'm not sure I ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Now this is how you do a Justice League Origin book. Big and bright, full of colours, characters, good dialogue, storyline, and a supervillain of epic proportions.
Starting it with Batman was a very good idea...great interplay between him and Hal Jordan, who have never really liked each other in past books, this is some fun stuff.
There's jokes here, mostly from Flash and GL, but still, it's a fun good time all around.
Cyborg is an interesting addition here, and they give his actual origin within t

So this is New as in New 52. The JLA members don't know each other and apparently continuity doesn't exist. It's almost like Earth One it's so out there. Take five minutes and come back once that's sunk in.

Yeah, a bit hard to grasp. I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of "let's throw everything out." That being said, this is well done and the characters are still true to form even if they're different. Having just read Final Crisis, however, and knowing a Darkseid War is coming later, how many books
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the new 52 came around, I was very excited for the Justice League. I'm always happy to see the Big 7, the original members of the very first incarnation of the JLA, regardless of which "version" of these heroes they are. Of course, here we have Cyborg instead of the Martian Manhunter, which I didn't understand then or now, but this was a brand new DCU, and I was open to changes.

Except the book didn't impress me much. Not sure why, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted. When it came time to cu
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trades-read
Giving Justice League vol. 1 two stars is harsh, considering that it has two of comic's premier creators working on it, along with seven (ok, really six) of DCs biggest characters in the book. But this comic just didn't do anything for me.

Over the last decade Geoff Johns has been responsible for multiple classic runs at DC. He's far and away "the man" when it comes to DC comics in the 21st century. And Jim well Jim Lee. Combining those two should be guaranteed success.

However, when I
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
"Justice League - Origin" was the first New 52 compilation I read, and I found it a fun read, albeit a shallow one. The six-part story covers the first meeting of the current Justice League members as they team up to fight Darkseid and...well, that's pretty much it. Really.

It's not that "Origin" is a bad moves at a brisk pace, offers plenty of action, and features some amusing banter between the characters (yes, I laughed out loud when Green Lantern realized Batman had no super powers
James DeSantis
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Around a 3 to a 3.5.

This would be a pretty great blueprint to use for the movie. Darkseid comes down to earth to fuck shit up and the unlikely team forms, giving us the seven warriors of Justice. They don't fight all that well together but they get by, and it feels like they really don't know each other but try their best to work together.

I loved the interaction with ANYONE and Green Lantern. I get it, some people might dislike Hal in here cause he's not annoying buddy who thinks he's better t
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more

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