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Justice League #2 - Justice League, Part Two Review

5

Now we're seeing more action. Other heroes enter the scene and we're beginning to see what the Justice League will shape up to be...if they can survive their new threat. This is what we've been waiting for.

After seeing Batman and Green Lantern meet for the first time and their run in with Superman, we're starting to see what the Justice League will turn out like...if everyone can get along with each other.

The Good

As a long time reader, there are several 'New 52' comics that bother me a little. I'm enjoying the stories and the updates being made but it's sometimes hard to accept the changes and stories that have brushed aside. With this issue of Justice League, I'm totally willing to overlook any affect this story has on past histories and interactions with the characters. Not only do we have Batman, Green Lantern and Superman interacting but now Flash is brought into the picture. I found myself hanging onto every word to see who knew who from before and what their perception of each other is.

Seeing these characters together really gives the story an epic feel. Sure, we've seen them together hundreds of times but seeing them together for the first time in this new universe is something truly exciting. Geoff Johns moves the story along with plenty of action yet adds little touches in the conversations that makes the comic fun and exciting.

Of course there's Jim Lee's art. I could just stare at the pages for hours. His art on the action scenes with Scott Williams' inks and Alex Sinclair's make Jim's amazing art even better. You wouldn't think it could be possible but I just love seeing it all on paper. It almost gives me a warm feeling inside. I don't know whose idea it was or what had to be done to get Jim on this book but they have my complete thanks.

I have to mention Victor Stone as well. We know he's going to become Cyborg at some point. It's good to see his part in the story move along and the interaction between him and his father is something to see.

The Bad

Not much bad here. The heroes fighting heroes is always cliché but of course we all love to see it. The only problem I have is I'm still not sure how Cyborg fits in with the Justice League. I understand changes are being made but because of my deep fondness for the original Teen Titans, I feel his story's beginnings should be there. I'm also loving all the action, fighting and progress in the story but it's no secret who the big villain is supposed to be yet we still haven't seen him.

For whatever shipping/schedule reasons, it's been too long since issue #1. I'm digging this book and don't want to wait longer than thirty days if possible. Thankfully it appears that the book will be shipping this week of the month from now on.

The Verdict

Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair have delivered a great book. We had a tiny bit of a wait since issue #1 and it was worth it. We're still in the introduction stage, this issue cranks up the action compared to last issue. It's amazing how just adding one more future League member (Barry Allen) can give the book a bigger feel. We're finally seeing the League together, even if there's a lot of inter-fighting going on. I haven't been completely crazy with some of the changes going on in other titles but here I can easily overlook it due to the fun and excitement from the issue. Johns is pushing the story forward and adds lots of nice little touches throughout. Lee's art is always a treat to see. This is what gets me excited about the book. The fact that it was so fun was an added bonus. I did like the first issue but I was a tiny bit concerned. This book makes it perfectly clear how great the Justice League is going to be.

25 Comments
Posted by Eyz

Loving it, despite my initial problems with it. (over-detailed useless details in the new costumes, Batman or Supes not looking much "Year One" like, more like their actual new design like they never evolved since the formation of the League, etc..)

Great fun new take on DC's first team book!

Though I gotta admit, as a whole, I still preferred the earlier JLA: Year One story in content and direction..

Let's wait and see how this turns out!

Posted by papad1992

Is Superman going rogue all ready!??

Posted by Or35ti

I can't wait until this ships to Europe! Also, that variant is AWESOME!!

Posted by TheBlackHood

I know some people have had issues with Superman's characterization in this but I think it totally fits. If you dump the history as DC did and look at the events as they are presented, then Superman smacking the crap out of Bats and GL makes sense. Something bad happens in Gotham and now two "heroes" you've never met show up in Metropolis to "question" you about it simply because you're the only other alien they've heard about. Having not been exposed to other "heroes", I think Superman's reaction is perfectly valid to people coming into his city to shake him down.

I am LOVING almost all of 52 (Hawk and Dove.... bleh) and can't wait to pick up this issue later today.

Posted by NightwalkerRevan

Not sure if I'm on board with the new Supes yet, he doesn't really strike me so much as 'edgy' as 'dochebaggy' (such as strangling Bats demanding he talk, before he completely strangles him... um, ok Clark, dodgy reasoning but whatever floats your boat).

And I guess I'm one of the few who sighs when each time heroes meet they must fight each other (some stories have made sense and I've enjoyed them, but most times it seems an obligation, and a daft one considering the characters involved half the time). I guess it made sense with the story, though if Supes was less of a doche it could have been avoided,

Posted by ReVamp

@Eyz said:

Loving it, despite my initial problems with it. (over-detailed useless details in the new costumes, Batman or Supes not looking much "Year One" like, more like their actual new design like they never evolved since the formation of the League, etc..)

Great fun new take on DC's first team book!

Though I gotta admit, as a whole, I still preferred the earlier JLA: Year One story in content and direction..

Let's wait and see how this turns out!

To be fair, this is 'Year five', not one.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Glad to hear that this issue was good

Posted by GamerGeek360

I'm almost as excited to read this as I am Batman #2. Almost.

Posted by Bestostero

I'm ready for Wonder Woman and Aquaman to make their entrances already!!!

Another fantastic issue!

Posted by Om1kron

I thought it was hilarious my comic book store had the variant cover on sale for 15 dollars. Way to go DC, you waste your time with variant covers while raising the price of your books you try gimicky bullshit to get people to spend more money on "collectors items" and those who aren't hurt by financial struggles reap the benefits. I guess the comic book industry isn't hurting as bad as some claim it to be.

I picked up issue one and two, I don't really care for the justice league but I saw jim lee was pencilling it so I decided to give it a read. Pretty much spot on review, I can't wait to see what Sara has to say about the new issue of catwoman.

Posted by Jake Fury

5 stars? I don't think so.

Posted by TheCrowbar
@Om1kron said:

I thought it was hilarious my comic book store had the variant cover on sale for 15 dollars. Way to go DC, you waste your time with variant covers while raising the price of your books you try gimicky bullshit to get people to spend more money on "collectors items" and those who aren't hurt by financial struggles reap the benefits. I guess the comic book industry isn't hurting as bad as some claim it to be.

I picked up issue one and two, I don't really care for the justice league but I saw jim lee was pencilling it so I decided to give it a read. Pretty much spot on review, I can't wait to see what Sara has to say about the new issue of catwoman.

You do know that, it's your comicbook store that does that right?
Posted by Om1kron

@TheCrowbar said:

@Om1kron said:

I thought it was hilarious my comic book store had the variant cover on sale for 15 dollars. Way to go DC, you waste your time with variant covers while raising the price of your books you try gimicky bullshit to get people to spend more money on "collectors items" and those who aren't hurt by financial struggles reap the benefits. I guess the comic book industry isn't hurting as bad as some claim it to be.

I picked up issue one and two, I don't really care for the justice league but I saw jim lee was pencilling it so I decided to give it a read. Pretty much spot on review, I can't wait to see what Sara has to say about the new issue of catwoman.

You do know that, it's your comicbook store that does that right?

I would imagine so, they have to go through the trouble of ordering it in the first place so yes I understand a convenience fee.

Posted by xkoenig

A good issue, and a good continuation from issue 1. Slightly messed up by some clunky lines of dialogue here and there ("Talk, Batman, before I won't let you".... bleeah!) but nice a comic all the same.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

The only thing I thought was a problem with the issue was how quickly the fighting ended and everyone was suddenly friends again ("Are we still fighting?"), but Supes hitting Flash was hilarious. Also, the "You just called me Barry!" had me laughing as well. Great issue, and it has alot of the feeling of the Justice League cartoon where they all came together to fight a common enemy too.

Edited by CODYSF

A fantastic comic love it.

Posted by Roldan

@Booster_Bronze said:

The only thing I thought was a problem with the issue was how quickly the fighting ended and everyone was suddenly friends again ("Are we still fighting?"), but Supes hitting Flash was hilarious. Also, the "You just called me Barry!" had me laughing as well. Great issue, and it has alot of the feeling of the Justice League cartoon where they all came together to fight a common enemy too.

Well they aren't bad guys. Superman will always listen if you ask him nicely with a please, he's still a boy scout even though he might be a bit rougher here (which is pretty awesome, eh?).

Posted by Frobin

I loved this book - because it's a great origin story and a great reboot story. It's ok for me to have a totally new origin for Victor Stone becoming Cyborg ... I agree that in the original universe I would see him as a Teen Titan and there's just one problem for me: Victor is still a teenager or at least very young - while the others - Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman - seem pretty experienced and grown-up to me (all of them seem to have a clear idea of their - say - mission and are pretty self-confident, besides Green Lantern who is portrayed a bit out of character compared to the GL book - too hot headed, not so mache daredevil, sometimes even a bit dumb - I really wonder about that, since Johns portrayed Hal Jordan in the GL book as well). So Victor doesn't fit in ... at least not as founder member ... 'cause he's a teen.

My main problem with the new 52 isn't in the JLA book and also not in the other "origin books" which are set in the past (Detective Comics and Action Comics). In fact I love these books and the new approach in these books. BUT the problem is that all (or most of) the other books don't really care of the consequences of the new settings (which says that the first superheroes appeared say 10 years ago) ... and that the other books often act on the assumption that both continuities still exist ... the old DCU (with an loooong timeline of for example 4 Robins, many different Teen Titans, ...) AND the new timeline (just 10 years but still 4 Robins - but with similar realtions to Batman, the old/new Teen Titans existed with Kory/Starfire ... but obviously not with Vic???) ... that's just too confusing and that's my problem with the other books. They should be better based on the new reboot framework and shouldn't assume that history of the old DCU is still existent - if history of the old DCU is still existent in the new DCU it has to be established anew and therefore somehow explained or placed in relation to the new history established in JLA, DC and AC.

Posted by Eyz

@ReVamp said:

@Eyz said:

Loving it, despite my initial problems with it. (over-detailed useless details in the new costumes, Batman or Supes not looking much "Year One" like, more like their actual new design like they never evolved since the formation of the League, etc..)

Great fun new take on DC's first team book!

Though I gotta admit, as a whole, I still preferred the earlier JLA: Year One story in content and direction..

Let's wait and see how this turns out!

To be fair, this is 'Year five', not one.

I dunno. I got a "5 Years Ago" memory from the 1st JL book . Unlike the Bat-books, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Superman, etc... This is taking place in the past like Action Comics....nope?

Posted by ReVamp

@Eyz said:

@ReVamp said:

@Eyz said:

Loving it, despite my initial problems with it. (over-detailed useless details in the new costumes, Batman or Supes not looking much "Year One" like, more like their actual new design like they never evolved since the formation of the League, etc..)

Great fun new take on DC's first team book!

Though I gotta admit, as a whole, I still preferred the earlier JLA: Year One story in content and direction..

Let's wait and see how this turns out!

To be fair, this is 'Year five', not one.

I dunno. I got a "5 Years Ago" memory from the 1st JL book . Unlike the Bat-books, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Superman, etc... This is taking place in the past like Action Comics....nope?

You're absolutely right, I don't know why I said that? I'm sorry, my bad :P

Posted by hippiehop

I have to admit the fight scene between the four big guns was pretty cool. But what bugs me about this book is that they are trying to capture some sort of sense of awe at seeing these characters for the first time, but it comes across as very forced and phony for me. The thing is, we have seen these characters hundreds of times before.

Reading this stretched out new origin story really isn't making me interested in the Justice League at all. I'm looking forward to seeing them all together working in unison, this butting heads is already tiresome though like I said it was a cool fight.

Posted by Eyz

@ReVamp said:

@Eyz said:

Loving it, despite my initial problems with it. (over-detailed useless details in the new costumes, Batman or Supes not looking much "Year One" like, more like their actual new design like they never evolved since the formation of the League, etc..)

Great fun new take on DC's first team book!

Though I gotta admit, as a whole, I still preferred the earlier JLA: Year One story in content and direction..

Let's wait and see how this turns out!

To be fair, this is 'Year five', not one.

It's okay buddy, we're just discussing the topic ;)

Posted by ReVamp

@Eyz: =D

Posted by ShirEPanjshir

Liked this issue. Sure it's cliché, but it's a cliché I love to see. The art is great to look at and the story is entertaining to read, what more does a person want, right?

Posted by mattwing87

I loved the fight and dialogue between Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern! Made me not care about the rest of the team lol