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Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey (The New 52) Hardcover – February 5, 2013

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If the first volume of DC’s re-launched Justice League was a vast spectacle, the second narrows the scope of the action slightly and expands somewhat on the characters. Leaping forward five years in the team’s timeline finds a more established array of relationships and the roles of less-established characters, like Cyborg, solidified. This serves as backdrop to the origin of David Graves, who blames the league for the loss of his family and acquires powers that allow him to exploit each hero’s harrowing sense of his or her own personal loss. The pushiness of team wannabe Green Arrow and the plight of team liaison Steve Trevor add still more dramatic threads. The lion’s share of the art is handled by superstar Lee, who has a dynamic sense of action but tends to eschew subtlety and quietude when it comes to human drama. This is a blockbuster title that’s sharpened its focus on character dynamics here, as evidenced by the volume’s climax, the much-hyped romantic clinch between the Man of Steel and the Amazon Princess. --Jesse Karp

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“Johns and Lee are delivering what we wanted all along—our favorite characters in the same place, playing off one another and showing us how they compare and contrast.”—Newsarama
 
“Geoff Johns is crafting a new villain worthy of the great JLA villains of old. Lee still delivers some of the most sleek and powerful heroes in the industry.”—IGN
 
“Jim Lee is who he always is—the standard bearer of the industry's artwork. When one imagines in the abstract what a modern comic book should look like, the default setting is Jim Lee.”—Craveonline
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401237649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401237646
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This volume contains issues 7-12 of the ongoing series.

It has been five years since the teams first adventure and formation, from Justice League Vol.1: Origins. The League is a more cohesive unit but still is a group of individual super-powered individuals wanting to do their own thing. The U. S. government also wants to run this group as well. They try to aid the League with their human team known as A.R.G. U. S., led by Steve Trevor. All the while former Justice League villains are being captured and tortured for information about fighting the League. A villain who felt the League failed him at a time when he needed them most. One who feels they do not deliver justice but he instead intends to give it to them.

Taking on the Justice League is no easy task. There have been many great runs. This one, by Geoff Johns, is starting to get up there (my favs are the Giffen/Demattis, Morrison, Waid, Kelly, and Meltzer takes). And he has been given the task of reinventing the League for a whole new universe. He does a very good job of managing Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg.

The first two issues are a prelude to the four part Villains Journey arc. The first deals with the League in the modern day, now that five years have past from the first story (first six issues) of this series. Batman is the self appointed leader and gives out the orders. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is not much of a team player and does his own thing feeling true to Johns portrayal of the character in his own series: loud, abrasive, and a lone wolf who hits first and asks questions later. Superman and Wonder Woman play nice and seem to have a loyalty to Batman.
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Format: Paperback
“STAAAY!” “AWWAAY!” “STAYAWAAYY!” screech the toothy horrors that burst off of the first page of the second Justice League book. It serves as a not-so-subtle warning to potential readers that this volume of Justice League is pretty diabolical and might best be avoided. As a fan of the first book, I was surprised to see how low the quality of writing had dipped and disappointed that by the second book the magic had all but gone. However, like the JL in the story, I hacked my way through the monsters and delved deeper into “The Villain’s Journey”, a confusing story about nothing.

The villain in question is Mr Graves, a bestselling author of a book about the Justice League with an interest in the supernatural. After he and his family are saved from Darkseid and his minions by the JL (see the first volume), his family become sick from exposure to Darkseid’s omega energy and die. Warped with sickness and grief he seeks out an unholy power in the uncharted mountains of Asia to reunite him with his loved ones and destroy those who had taken them from him - the Justice League!

This book gets off to a really slow start. The first issue is the prologue to the “Villain’s Journey” and frankly this could’ve been two pages instead of a whole issue, two pages added to the first chapter of the story for all the relevance it has to the arc. The second issue is by far the worst though. This is the Green Arrow crossover that sits awkwardly in between the prologue and first chapter of the main storyline. Green Arrow wants to join the Justice League SO BAD! He follows them everywhere, whining “aw, c’mon guys! Let me join the club!” etc. For an entire issue. He is so annoying and needy!
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Format: Hardcover
One of the titles from DC's New 52 reboot that I've really enjoyed is Justice League. The seven main characters (Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg) have some tweaks to their personalities that makes the interactions among them new and entertaining. Watching the League learn to work together (since the previous 50+ years of continuity has been removed) is a lot of fun. Additionally, the villain is interesting enough to want to follow the story through to the end. The story traces how the aftermath of one of the Justice League's battles affects one family. Too many superhero stories focus on the battle and defeating the foe; rarely do we see what happens to the innocent bystanders. This story reminded me of Astro City 1/2 in its depiction of how regular people are affected by having heroes and villains in their midst.

This is a title that is definitely worth following. I give it five stars and highly recommend it.

I was provided a copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Hardcover
Let me count the way I love Villain's Journey. Spoiler-free for all you whiners.

1. The new villain was fantastic. Great and original, and they didn't feel the need to give him a super-stupid name like "Machine Ghost" or "Oblivion" or something. Just David Graves.

2. The way the members of the Justice League play off each other. So many dynamics to explore.

3. The way the team is set up now reminded me of The Ultimates, which is good. But it is also distinct from the Ultimates, which is also good.

4. The story was great and I liked how it all ended. Last page of issue 12 was GREAT!

And that's really all I can say without being a spoiler. If you read this and volume 1, you should be ready to dive into Throne of Atlantis. If this doesn't hook you into being a subscriber of the comic book, then there's nothing I can do for you. ...because you have no soul.
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