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Justice League #31 - Injustice League, Chapter Two: Power Players Review

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The hunt is on for Power Ring's power ring. Plus, Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor have a chat about Luthor's new discovery.

The Good

FOREVER EVIL is over and things are definitely flying forward. From the cover and opening pages you can see we will get more on the new Power Ring. The Earth-3 version of Hal Jordan was shown to deal with the horror of his ring and his death has lead the ring in search of a new host (or puppet). What this means for the poor victim that is chosen remains to be seen. You know something bad is coming but you just can't look away. Geoff Johns definitely has our attention.

Of course the big thing happening is the confrontation between Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne. Lex showed up at Wayne Manor last issue with a bit of a bombshell. This conversation is something that needs to be seen and something that can't be easily overlooked.

Other developments for the League include Shazam (yeah yeah, we still think of him as Captain Marvel) and Captain Cold joining the team. This definitely isn't the Justice League we had before. It's great seeing these changes and the evolution of the book, even if you don't agree with some of them. There's also a final page that will make some readers very happy.

Who can complain about seeing Doug Mahnke art on a Geoff Johns book? I still associate Mahnke's art with the Green Lantern universe so it's really cool seeing him draw characters like Bruce Wayne and Alfred. Keith Champagne and Christian Alamy handle the ink duties and Rod Reis makes it all shine with his glorious colors.

The Bad

I have to say, I'm really not crazy about the Lex/Bruce development. I do love Lex as a brilliant obstacle for the heroes. In many ways, this makes perfect sense because of how things were laid out during FOREVER EVIL. Yes there is always a way to reverse things in comics, but this just feels like too big of a development. It's not a deal-breaker for me with this issue but I have a bad feeling about this.

The Verdict

The Justice League is seeing some big changes. Geoff Johns is taking seeds he planted during FOREVER EVIL and making this book evolve into the next level. With the developments of a new Power Ring, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, and Shazam being on the team, plus Lex's latest discovery, the team is going to have to find time to deal with all that when they're not fighting the villains. Doug Mahnke's art and Rod Reis' colors make this intriguing story even better. I may not agree with one of the developments in particular but I can't deny being hooked to this book.

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Edited by Squalleon

So....anyone for ping pong?

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller

I hope Batman and Luthor don't become friends in this issue -_-

Posted by G-Man

@squalleon: The X-Men used to play baseball for fun. The Justice League will start playing ping pong.

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster
Posted by micah

Glad Shazam is on the team

Posted by Jayc1324

Not sure how well this plot line is going to end but so far so good. Not sure how I feel about Bats and Lex, but Bats turned him down so maybe that's over.

Posted by asjmooney

Loved this issue! Perfect balance of humour and drama. New power ring looks badass as well.

Posted by wbr17

I would like to see Dial H with Doom Patrol

Posted by Fastestmanalive

Good issue for me but not great.

I'm kinda torn on the whole Bruce vs Lex thing going. it was interesting to see them go head to head but what happens after Lex is not a "good guy" anymore? What's to stop him from outing Batman then? I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Also while it was a cool scene think it dragged on a bit too long.

The scene with Shazam and Cyborg was awesome. Really funny. Had me lol a few times. Also the part with Captain cold was cool. I'm sure Lex has plans for him and will be interesting to see what project wannabe is all about.

But with some great character moments the plot itself didn't really move. With the issues ending hopefully we'll get more plot development next issue.

One other thing bothers me. the art. Mahnke is ok but I thought the reason this series gets delayed so often is because of Iven Reis art. Which is a bummer but its all worth it since Reis is such an amazing artist. But last issue he only did half of the book and now he's not here at all. So the book is delayed and still no Reis. So why is this book constantly delayed?

Oh well. Still one of my favorite comics out there now.

Posted by MrTummyTumms

Good issue for me but not great.

I'm kinda torn on the whole Bruce vs Lex thing going. it was interesting to see them go head to head but what happens after Lex is not a "good guy" anymore? What's to stop him from outing Batman then? I guess I'll just have to wait and see. Also while it was a cool scene think it dragged on a bit too long.

The scene with Shazam and Cyborg was awesome. Really funny. Had me lol a few times. Also the part with Captain cold was cool. I'm sure Lex has plans for him and will be interesting to see what project wannabe is all about.

But with some great character moments the plot itself didn't really move. With the issues ending hopefully we'll get more plot development next issue.

One other thing bothers me. the art. Mahnke is ok but I thought the reason this series gets delayed so often is because of Iven Reis art. Which is a bummer but its all worth it since Reis is such an amazing artist. But last issue he only did half of the book and now he's not here at all. So the book is delayed and still no Reis. So why is this book constantly delayed?

Oh well. Still one of my favorite comics out there now.

I think it was delayed mainly because of Forever Evil.

Posted by Jphu8414

Haha, I love Shazam. Hope he'll continually be a big part of the team. Also the Doom Patrol makes an appearance! Yay!

Edited by johnny_blaze

DOOM PATROL!!!!!!!! FTW

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Posted by Saint_Wildcard

JL came out too? Damn, I might have to go pick up my pull list after all -___-

Posted by ULTRAstarkiller
Posted by The Stegman

Add "Ping Pong table generation" to Shazam's power set.

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@fastestmanalive: I am pretty sure Ivan Reis has been replaced(for now) by Doug Mahnke due to him drawing that first issue of Multiversity. I am really bothered by Mahnke's habit of doing overbite's though.

I am very interested to see why Element Woman was with Doom Patrol and is Lex trying to get Cold his powers back or?

Posted by Squalleon

@thefirstlantern: I think he sees the potential metagene in Cold but thats just a theory of mine.

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@thefirstlantern: I think he sees the potential metagene in Cold but thats just a theory of mine.

That is the sort of vibe I got from it, but what would he need it for? Bizzaro?

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon said:

@thefirstlantern: I think he sees the potential metagene in Cold but thats just a theory of mine.

That is the sort of vibe I got from it, but what would he need it for? Bizzaro?

Nah, just to see what makes a superhuman, superhuman. Influence that gene and he may get a powerful army, or as he likes to say "evolve man-kind".

Edited by TheFirstLantern

@thefirstlantern said:

@squalleon said:

@thefirstlantern: I think he sees the potential metagene in Cold but thats just a theory of mine.

That is the sort of vibe I got from it, but what would he need it for? Bizzaro?

Nah, just to see what makes a superhuman, superhuman. Influence that gene and he may get a powerful army, or as he likes to say "evolve man-kind".

Ah alright that sounds like Lex, although i was kind of hoping to see Cold back with his ice powers.

Posted by Fastestmanalive

@thefirstlantern

Oh man. I hadn't heard that. I hope ur wrong cuz I love Ries's work.

But yea seeing Element woman back is cool.They mentioned she was gone at the end of Forever evil. Looking forward to seeing why she's at where she is. But she does fit in nicely into that team.

Although they don't look like the same team we fans know.

Posted by TheFirstLantern

@thefirstlantern

Oh man. I hadn't heard that. I hope ur wrong cuz I love Ries's work.

But yea seeing Element woman back is cool.They mentioned she was gone at the end of Forever evil. Looking forward to seeing why she's at where she is. But she does fit in nicely into that team.

Although they don't look like the same team we fans know.

I think its just for now, the solicitation

THE MULTIVERSITY #1

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

1:10 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS

1:25 Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

1:50 Variant cover by BRYAN HITCH

1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON

Blank variant cover available

On sale AUGUST 20 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

says that but it's only for this issue number one. Hopefully he comes back to JL soon. I miss him.
Yeah! That will be interesting. I enjoyed Element Woman on JL so i want to know why she switched teams.

Edited by Justthatkid

Power Ring is her alias?...

Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

@ultrastarkiller: I would say read it for yourself it's better good and I'm bad at explaining plot.

Posted by LyraFay

Did anyone notice that Mercy Graves looks similar to Tao Okamoto (whose in Batman vs Superman)?

Posted by Munsu

You think Bruce would be more interested in what Lex had to sad as the CSA just "killed" Dick who was someone Bruce took in and cared for. Surprised Lex didn't call him out on it.

Posted by Ultron345

YOOOO a DC 5/5 rating? imma pinch myself.

Posted by patrat18

YOOOO a DC 5/5 rating? imma pinch myself.

lol

Posted by SmashBrawler

@lyrafay said:

Did anyone notice that Mercy Graves looks similar to Tao Okamoto (whose in Batman vs Superman)?

I noticed that race lift too. I wonder if this is a subtle confirmation to those rumors? After all, Johns is CCO.

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

@the_stegman: better than pulling a bunny out of a top hat. and did you see those sweet trademark shazam lightning bolts? marvel ain't getting those.

Posted by senglord

So Element Woman was not "erased from existence" while trying to get the Kryptonite out of Superman's brain. Which ruins the continuity of Lex Luthor being the only person that could save Superman, "especially since he got the father box Boom Tube, and everything else"

Do not forget that everything that Lex found out about the league was spread to the Society. Unsurprising plot point there.

Posted by detective38

I like and dislike the batman luthor dynamic it might make for an interesting story though. new 52 captain marvel is stupid

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Add "Ping Pong table generation" to Shazam's power set.

Yeah, since when could he do that?

Posted by The Stegman

@jonny_anonymous: I'm trying to figure out which god can do that...Zeus maybe?

Posted by Squalleon

@jonny_anonymous: I'm trying to figure out which god can do that...Zeus maybe?

The historians have proved that Zeus was a Ping Pong specialist and fanatic.

Posted by The Stegman

@the_stegman said:

@jonny_anonymous: I'm trying to figure out which god can do that...Zeus maybe?

The historians have proved that Zeus was a Ping Pong specialist and fanatic.

Yep, that's what I was thinking too.

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon said:

@the_stegman said:

@jonny_anonymous: I'm trying to figure out which god can do that...Zeus maybe?

The historians have proved that Zeus was a Ping Pong specialist and fanatic.

Yep, that's what I was thinking too.

You know what they say about great minds :-P

Anyway it seems SHAZAM got the power of materialization.

Posted by The Stegman

@the_stegman said:

@squalleon said:

@the_stegman said:

@jonny_anonymous: I'm trying to figure out which god can do that...Zeus maybe?

The historians have proved that Zeus was a Ping Pong specialist and fanatic.

Yep, that's what I was thinking too.

You know what they say about great minds :-P

Anyway it seems SHAZAM got the power of materialization.

But not materializing anything he wants, only things that could make for potential comedic situations. It's a sitcom power.

"I said make a giant bat, not a baseball hat!! Oh Shazam!"

Posted by Squalleon

@squalleon said:

@the_stegman said:

@squalleon said:

@the_stegman said:

@jonny_anonymous: I'm trying to figure out which god can do that...Zeus maybe?

The historians have proved that Zeus was a Ping Pong specialist and fanatic.

Yep, that's what I was thinking too.

You know what they say about great minds :-P

Anyway it seems SHAZAM got the power of materialization.

But not materializing anything he wants, only things that could make for potential comedic situations. It's a sitcom power.

"I said make a giant bat, not a baseball hat!! Oh Shazam!"

It probably gives him what he truly wants, the choice of words were "Give me what the league really needs" and Al-ak-azam a ping pong table. Anyway it will be a sitcom power :-P Johns will probably use it for Billy to get ice creams etc etc.

Posted by andreww154

The Justice League book has been great since the lead up to Forever Evil and just keeps getting better. I hope Johns continues on the title for a long time to come.

Posted by entropy_aegis

Batman and Alfred together couldn't disarm Luthor,oh Johns.

Posted by Superguy1591
Posted by Superguy1591
Posted by entropy_aegis

@entropy_aegis: I hope you're joking. =D

Lex just had one gun and they were standing inches from him,and why would Bruce even take him to that room to drink? just dumb IMO.

Posted by Superguy1591

@entropy_aegis: You were not, huh? Actually, Bruce was all the way across the room since Lex had his entire arm stretched out, his gun out and Bruce was still a ways away.

And Alfred is an old man, Lex should have no problem evading him. Batman did end up kicking the sh!t out of Luthor, but i guess you guys are only happy Batman beat Luthor to a pulp and told him to never come back to his house, huh?

Also, Bruce took Lex to that riom for PIS. Are you mad cause Lex is out-PISing Batman? Why didnt Superman speedblitz Batman in TDKReturns? Because of plot. PIS is annoying, huh?

Posted by entropy_aegis

@entropy_aegis: You were not, huh? Actually, Bruce was all the way across the room since Lex had his entire arm stretched out, his gun out and Bruce was still a ways away.

And Alfred is an old man, Lex should have no problem evading him. Batman did end up kicking the sh!t out of Luthor, but i guess you guys are only happy Batman beat Luthor to a pulp and told him to never come back to his house, huh?

Also, Bruce took Lex to that riom for PIS. Are you mad cause Lex is out-PISing Batman? Why didnt Superman speedblitz Batman in TDKReturns? Because of plot. PIS is annoying, huh?

Bruce was not on the other side of the room,Alfred has out reacted even Hush his age doesn't make his training and experience go away.It was a simple situation,nothing complex.

So you admit it was PIS,good to know.

Posted by TDK_1997

@entropy_aegis: Don't waste your time with him. You can talk to forever with him on if people overlook things considering Batman and if that he is the center of attention and if Johns is writing him properly.

Posted by Superguy1591

@entropy_aegis: If Batman wasn't across the room, why wasn't Luthor's gun anywhere near him? I have no idea how someone can disarm someone from cross the room, but, okay. The fact that Batman had to jump kick him show how far away he was to him. Alfred was close to Lex, notice how Alfred's gun was in Lex's face? As far as Alfred is concerned, no interest in seeing Alfred the ninja. If he's such a good fighter, why didn't Bruce stay at home and train with him?

And for Batman to exist in the JL, a level of PIS is required. Stop getting upset because someone is smarter than him, it's comic life.

Edited by HolySerpent

@superguy1591: I don't know why they're complaining. I saw what you saw.

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