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Justice, Vol. 2 Paperback – October 7, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reprint edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401212077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212070
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The epic battle between hero and villain rages on in this second volume of artist Alex Ross's ambitious tales of the greatest heroes of the DC Comics universe. After Lex Luthor, the Riddler and other villains share a vivid dream in which the Earth is destroyed for trusting in the superheroes, they strike hard against the Justice League, immobilizing many heroes and offering to help the world in ways the League never did. As Ray Palmer (the Atom) struggles for his life, a mysterious force continues to control Batman. Badly beaten and struggling, the heroes converge on the Fortress, where they realize that saving the Earth may not be as simple as stopping the villains. Together, Ross and Krueger craft an epic story, compelling in its delivery and a swift read. The choice of using incarnations of characters outside of DC's current story lines makes it accessible to all fans, and the story requires no broad understanding of their history. Paired with Braithwaite, Ross has a different sense of anatomy in his art, but it's as rich and vivid as ever. (Oct.)
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In the second Justice collection, the Justice League's archenemies have put Superman, Batman, and the JL's other big guns out of commission to forestall the destruction of the Earth that the superheroes envisioned in a shared dream. Hence, such second-stringers as Captain Marvel, Elongated Man, and Hawkman must step into the breach. It's tempting to read the idealized depiction of these famous heroes by superstar artist Alex Ross, who developed the story line and painted the pages over Doug Braithwaite's pencil drawings, as his response to the controversial miniseries Identity Crisis (2005), which depicted the same iconic figures in a morally ambiguous fashion.(Reviewed March 15, 2007))Gordon Flagg
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The art team continues their excellent work.
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I always reread the last trade paperback in a series before reading the new one I just bought for best continuity.
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Now he's just made waiting for Vol. 3 all that more painful!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rayhan S on April 28, 2007
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This book collects the #5-8 of the ongoing Jusitce maxi-series written by Jim krueger (Earth X) and illustrated by Doug Braithwaite and Alex Ross.

The story picks up immediately after volume one of Justice where the JLA is systemetically being taken apart. The heroes begin to somewhat regain their footing but the battle is far from over. We find out that there is even a bigger play on hand than what appears. Batman is being mind-controlled, so are several members of the JLA. But thorugh the intervention of second tier or reserve JLA members such as Captain Marvel, the heroes narrowly escape the clutches of the Legion of Doom. And speaking of Captain Marvel, he has a prominent presence in this book. His powers and representation here is very similar to that in another story, Kingdom Come (which should come as no surprise). But not soon have the heroes regained their composure do they find out that their loved ones, i.e. Aquaman's son have been kidnapped. The battle lines have been drawn and the JLA and Legion of Doom are ready to go at it, which one can assume will take place in the next volume...and I for one can't wait.

The art team continues their excellent work. I love the scenes where Captain Marvel swoops in to save Superman and with the ease he disposes of Bizzaro, Metallo, Parasite and Grundy. Since, Parasite took Superman's strength, he also gained his weaknesses and Capt. Marvel exploits that by ripping out Metallo's kryptonite heart and using it against Parasite...awesome. I also liked the little banter that Superman had with Capt. Marvel after they recues the Flash whose own metabolism is killing him.

Superman: Do you have any money on you?

Capt. Marvel: Billy has maybe ten bucks, why?

Supes: Barry has to eat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The second collected volume of the three volume Justice, orchestrated by artist extraordinaire Alex Ross, finds the Justice League in shambles. With various members under the mind control of the Legion of Doom, along with others left as shells of the heroes they usually are, none other than Captain Marvel swoops in to save Superman and the rest of the League as the two sides prepare themselves for a climactic showdown with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Like the first TPB of Justice, this comic reminds us that superhero stories were once supposed to be fun and showcased what the word "hero" really meant. Originally conceived as a strike back to the dark tone of DC's mega events Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis, Ross and his Earth X partner Jim Kreuger go to great lengths as well to make the use of the Elongated Man, who was the unfortunate focal point of Identity Crisis, and everything works out pretty well. Dougie Brathwaite's pencils embelished by Ross' paints are still striking as well, and by the time you reach the end of this volume, you'll be left salivating to see how it all ends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Aubry on May 25, 2007
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I'm a huge fan of Alex Ross, but I felt the illustrations in Volume 1 were somewhat - I don't have another term for it - muddied. Volume 2 is back to what I expect when I see an Alex Ross book: amazing depictions of old friends (I've been reading comics just about since the beginning of the Silver Age). Volume 2 has all the visual twists, surprises, and delights I had expected from the beginning.

Sigh. Now he's just made waiting for Vol. 3 all that more painful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott William Foley VINE VOICE on June 19, 2007
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I am not embarrassed in the least to acknowledge that I did not give Justice: Volume I a rave review. I enjoyed it, but I frankly claimed it was more of the same and didn't break any new ground in terms of originality.

Let me be the first to admit that Justice: Volume II more than exceeded my expectations. Everything that I didn't like about the first volume has evaporated with the second. In this volume, we finally see the heroes being treated as interestingly as the villains, and we finally get to see them taking some action and proving why they are CONSIDERED heroes in the first place. And best of all? We finally get to see the heroes interact in this volume.

And interact they do! It's obvious Alex Ross, one of the plotters and cover artist and general superstar, has an affinity for the silver age mythos of the DC Universe, and he's doing his best to intersperse them throughout this entire storyline. We've got some wonderful dialogue between characters we love to see talking with each other, though we normally wouldn't think of them being in the same room. And, what really rocked me hard, Aquaman is presented as a man who actually COULD be a king of seventy-five percent of the earth.

Okay, so this volume is far and away better than the first, which makes total sense considering it's the second installment of a three-volume storyline. The art is very attractive, the plot is interesting, the dialogue is entertaining, but if you're a DC Geek like me, the sheer number of characters intermingling is a joy.

~Scott William Foley, author of Souls Triumphant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A reader from on April 14, 2007
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disagree with earlier reviewer who said the continuation from first book was weak.think it is a good lead onto the final one - just wish I had that to read now - imagine those who have been reading it in comic from & have been having to wait over a space of 2 years for the series to start - finish! I always reread the last trade paperback in a series before reading the new one I just bought for best continuity.

everyone goes on about how great Alex Ross work here is so I won't other than to say it works great over the penciller's work. The story is terffic and shows the JLA in arguably the worst predicament in their career.

can't wait for the third & final volume to come out when the League will no doubt inevitably triumph & the bad guys get their come uppance!
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