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Justice League of America #2 - World's Most Dangerous, Chapter Two; Security Detail Review

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With two secrets unleashed upon us last issue, this is the beginning of a change in the DCU.

The Good

I love a good mystery in my comics. The first issue gave us a couple surprises. Not only did we discover the true reason behind the formation of this team of the Justice League of America, we also discovered that there's been a secret dating back to the formation of the regular New 52 Justice League, first seen in JUSTICE LEAGUE #6. The Secret Society is bound to mean bad things for the heroes.

As this issue opens up, we see Scarecrow being recruited to the Society, in a way. It's more that the Society is gathering agents for when the time comes their powers are of use to them. In the conversation, we get an interesting take on what Scarecrow's motives really are. We've seen a bit of him recently in BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT but a half of a page here really nails who he is and what he's about. Throughout this, we still don't fully know what the Society is after. If they've been active for five years now, you can only imagine what other villains they've recruited and what sort of plans they must have ready to unleash.

The other great aspects of this issue is in the handling of Green Arrow and working on making the new team public. Green Arrow going undercover and what he managed to discover is enough to redeem the first sixteen issues of his solo series. This (along with the now current issues) makes me actually want to see more of him in comics.

While it may seem a dark and dreary direction is being set for the series, we still have some lighter and humorous elements. With such an odd mix of team members, you can imagine what their first meeting will be like. Thankfully Geoff Johns shows us exactly what happens. With newer heroes like Vibe meeting more...extreme members like Hawkman or Catwoman, it's a great mix to the story.

Throughout the issue, you can feel the careful and meticulous plans that Amanda Waller and Geoff Johns are weaving. Waller clearly has her own motives but you also start to wonder about some of the others. Even though the enticement was made clear last issue, you can't help but wonder where their true loyalty lies.

Martian Manhunter continues to come across creepier than ever before. He's also featured in the back up written by Matt Kindt with art by Scott Clark. There's a great deal of detail that goes into the story's settings that further illustrates the way Martian Manhunter thinks.

With this title, it's almost a 'less is more' feel with the mysteries being presented. We're getting glimpses as to what's coming up and most of the characters involved don't even know the full scope of what's coming. This is what excites be about the series.

The Bad

Catwoman needs to fix her zipper. Having it zipped down to her navel makes her appear more comical rather than seductive. In a later scene, her proportions seem to change and her posture is a bit of a distraction to the story.

Caution will have to be used with bringing the Society to public awareness. The idea that they've been quiet for the past five years seems unlikely. There is also a tiny lack of full on action but there's a lot bubbling beneath the surface to make up for it.

The Verdict

This is what I want in a comic. Too often when spin-off titles come out, it's more of the same thing. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA is not just another Justice League comic. The entire purpose is to shake things up in the DCU. Seeing how this turns out is going to be interesting. Not only do we have a new Justice League team, we're also finding out more about the Secret Society which will definitely make things worse for the heroes. Geoff Johns is weaving a web within the DCU and we're finding out there has been loads going on behind the scenes. David Finch does a great job at capturing subtle bits of expression amongst the characters although there are still moments they seem to be posturing a little too much. The back up by Matt Kindt and Scott Clark further illustrates the layers Martian Manhunter now contains. He's definitely a character to keep an eye on. It's great seeing a spin-off title take a completely different approach to the franchise. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Edited by Vulshock

Really loved the Scarecrow scene. I am looking forward to the next issue.

Posted by G-Man

@Vulshock: For me, my favorite was Vibe and Hawkman. Cracked me up. Well, maybe not my favorite scene but great stuff.

Posted by akbogert

I really wanted to get into this series, but honestly "dark and dreary direction" isn't what I'm looking for in my pull list right now. Seeing a coffin on the cover of one of the upcoming issues lends to that notion -- that if I'm hoping for a brighter way to learn about some of these characters, this isn't going to be the book to do so. I thought the first issue was lovely, however, and quite intriguing. Just not sold on the long haul, I'm afraid.

Posted by Kesho_Ronin

Really liked this issue...Finch is just a great artist..the dialogs are great...i liked the scene with catwoman and steve

Posted by dtschemmel

@G-Man said:

@Vulshock: For me, my favorite was Vibe and Hawkman. Cracked me up. Well, maybe not my favorite scene but great stuff.

Easily one of my favorite parts. So funny.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

this was great. 8.5/10

Posted by Stormbox

@akbogert said:

I really wanted to get into this series, but honestly "dark and dreary direction" isn't what I'm looking for in my pull list right now. Seeing a coffin on the cover of one of the upcoming issues lends to that notion -- that if I'm hoping for a brighter way to learn about some of these characters, this isn't going to be the book to do so. I thought the first issue was lovely, however, and quite intriguing. Just not sold on the long haul, I'm afraid.

I dont think any of us expected this to be a lighthearted series...

Posted by akbogert

@Stormbox: Lighthearted, no, but I didn't realize going into the first issue how not lighthearted it would be. Your comment just proves my point -- that what I originally hoped for was a bit baseless, and it's likely best for me to skip this one :)

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

Mr. Finch,

Please do not listen to Tony's criticisms. He does not speak for the rest of the comics reading community when he asks for Catwoman to fix her zipper. The rest of us are united in the opinion that the more skin females characters expose, the better. In fact, you should consult Kenneth Rocafort's depiction of Starfire in issue #1 of red Hood and the Outlaws for additional inspiration in drawing Catwoman, Katana, and especially the ever-sexy Stargirl.

-Everyone that reads comics other than Tony

Posted by longbowhunter

The Martian Manhunter backup was bittersweet. I'm going to miss Scott Clark.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

@longbowhunter said:

The Martian Manhunter backup was bittersweet. I'm going to miss Scott Clark.

My exact same thoughts. Even worse, this was the best Scott Clark art I've ever seen.

Posted by TheElusiveNewReader

@G-Man said:

@Vulshock: For me, my favorite was Vibe and Hawkman. Cracked me up. Well, maybe not my favorite scene but great stuff.

I've never read anything that has anything to do with Hawkman, but that page with him and Vibe instantly made him my favorite on the team. Hawkman's interaction with crazy pants Katanna is gonna be a lot of fun I think. I thik the inevitable Steve/Catwoman Vibe/StarGirl Ships are going t be boooooooring.

Posted by Herx

I very much enjoyed this issue. I thought the interactions were fun (Vibes fan-boy reaction to Star, Vibes reaction to his introduction to Hawkman and Vibes responce to Catwoman... which may or may not have involved the broken zipper...... You know what. ANY scene with Vibe :P). Plus all i'm saying is: Last page, before the grate second feature, notice the return to the red manties on the outside of a certain member of that splash page :)

Posted by SpadesSlick

The Vibe and Hawkman scene had me laughing for a straight minute. That was hilarious.

Posted by TimeLordScience

@RideASpaceCowboy said:

Mr. Finch,

Please do not listen to Tony's criticisms. He does not speak for the rest of the comics reading community when he asks for Catwoman to fix her zipper. The rest of us are united in the opinion that the more skin females characters expose, the better. In fact, you should consult Kenneth Rocafort's depiction of Starfire in issue #1 of red Hood and the Outlaws for additional inspiration in drawing Catwoman, Katana, and especially the ever-sexy Stargirl.

-Everyone that reads comics other than Tony

lol are you kidding me? Are you not aware of the number of complaints from the community there were over the Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outlaws series because of oversexualization at the expense of character? Seriously, speak for yourself.

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

Vibe and Hawkman interaction got me laughing to the point of tears.

Posted by pspin

Hawkman and Vibe: Classic.

Posted by arnoldoaad

I will also add to the complain that Catwoman's Breast are just way too distracting

It is so serious that is not even funny. Catwoman has one of the best and most sexiest costume designs of any superheroine, and yet here she looks like a stripper.

its just very distracting, it doesnt help that she doesnt wear his googles on the entire issue.

Posted by movieartman

@arnoldoaad said:

It is so serious that is not even funny. Catwoman has one of the best and most sexiest costume designs of any superheroine, and yet here she looks like a stripper.

1.) if they had no cleavage then he would try to exaggerate the curvacious Shape of her body, and we would end up with back broke poses, and ass shots, i think we are better off sticking with the cleavage. and no taking both away isnt a option. we do need SOME sexiness.

2.) im fine with the cleavage in the introduction scenes she would want to get the males attention and the females judgement, its her character, its like johanna mason randomly stripping in front of katness in hunger games part 2

3.) i dont like it in battle scenes, she should indeed put them away then. i will agree there.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@movieartman said:

@arnoldoaad said:

It is so serious that is not even funny. Catwoman has one of the best and most sexiest costume designs of any superheroine, and yet here she looks like a stripper.

1.) if they had no cleavage then he would try to exaggerate the curvacious Shape of her body, and we would end up with back broke poses, and ass shots, i think we are better off sticking with the cleavage. and no taking both away isnt a option. we do need SOME sexiness.

2.) im fine with the cleavage in the introduction scenes she would want to get the males attention and the females judgement, its her character, its like johanna mason randomly stripping in front of katness in hunger games part 2

3.) i dont like it in battle scenes, she should indeed put them away then. i will agree there.

1) why the hell would it need to be one or the other one?, can she just have a costume that is modest and sexy and not stupid, kinda like in Hush or in Brubaker's Catwoman, you know, when she didnt SUCKED

2) dude, spoilers!

3)what i wonder is why the hell doesnt she use the googles, it doesnt make sense to me

Posted by Equonox

@RideASpaceCowboy said:

Mr. Finch,

Please do not listen to Tony's criticisms. He does not speak for the rest of the comics reading community when he asks for Catwoman to fix her zipper. The rest of us are united in the opinion that the more skin females characters expose, the better. In fact, you should consult Kenneth Rocafort's depiction of Starfire in issue #1 of red Hood and the Outlaws for additional inspiration in drawing Catwoman, Katana, and especially the ever-sexy Stargirl.

-Everyone that reads comics other than Tony

Resorting to comic books to find attractive women is silly...I read comics for the stories, I go to bars/clubs to meet women. I agree w/ G-Man that it's rather distracting and shifts focus away from the character themselves and leads to a more objectifying view. Also, Stargirl is supposedly underaged so...awkward.

Agreed w/ the sentiment of the review - this book keeps me wanting more in a good way. Can't wait for next month

Posted by Superguy1591

Geoff Johns is at his best in this team-up book, which, ironically, Geoff Johns is at his worst with the A-Lister

GA: Why do I have my mask on?

ST: I thought you would want your S.I.D. protected from the medical staff.

GA: It only works with my hood on. team-up group.

While I admit that I loved the Vibe and Hawkman scene, why isn't anyone talking about the Green Arrow scene?

I couldn't stop laughing at that because it doesn't work with the hood on either.

=D

5/5, hands down! Great job, Geoff.5/5, hands down!

Posted by Superguy1591

Also, the "Wonder Woman" suit was the best Wonder Woman suit I've ever seen in comics.

Dear DC, make that Diana's new suit!

Posted by SmashBrawler

@arnoldoaad said:

3)what i wonder is why the hell doesnt she use the googles, it doesnt make sense to me

Two words: Arkham City.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@SmashBrawler said:

@arnoldoaad said:

3)what i wonder is why the hell doesnt she use the googles, it doesnt make sense to me

Two words: Arkham City.

good point

Posted by SupBatz

Glad I'm not the only one who had that thought about Catwoman's zipper. I liked the way she was written and I thought the parallel drawn between her and Steve was touching...but the zipper made it diffcult to take her seriously.

I really enjoyed this issue. Definitely look forward to seeing this team in action getting to know one another. I find all of the political power grabs (particularly Waller's constant preaching about the Justice League) to be immensely boring but I overlook that because of the interesting dynamics I'm hoping to see as the series progresses. 4.5 out of 5 from me.

Posted by KnightofSteel

A step up from last issue. Things seem to be taking shape here. I initially thought Finch's style wasn't quite suited for this book but I think he'll do just fine. But seriously Catwoman...just zip it up a bit please.

Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

David Finch is a great artist!!! fits the tone of the book. I don't know why people complain... I'm liking this better than the other JL title.

Posted by Dark_Guyver

@Baberaham_Lincoln said:

David Finch is a great artist!!! fits the tone of the book. I don't know why people complain... I'm liking this better than the other JL title.

To be honest, Im liking this better than the other JL titles too. Finch's art is great!

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

How far down was it zipped exactly? Any preview pages or anything available?

Posted by V_Scarlotte_Rose

@movieartman said:

@arnoldoaad said:

It is so serious that is not even funny. Catwoman has one of the best and most sexiest costume designs of any superheroine, and yet here she looks like a stripper.

1.) if they had no cleavage then he would try to exaggerate the curvacious Shape of her body, and we would end up with back broke poses, and ass shots, i think we are better off sticking with the cleavage. and no taking both away isnt a option. we do need SOME sexiness.

2.) im fine with the cleavage in the introduction scenes she would want to get the males attention and the females judgement, its her character, its like johanna mason randomly stripping in front of katness in hunger games part 2

3.) i dont like it in battle scenes, she should indeed put them away then. i will agree there.

Why do we need sexiness?

Posted by JamesScott

What a great issue! Outclassing JL by some distance

Posted by BR_Havoc

I think they really need a new colorist on the book I believe that is what is causing Finch's art to be not up to his normal level. As for the issue I thought it was good but not great, it so far seems this series will be about the bureaucracy behind the team and less about the characters themselves.

Posted by mickeymayhew

@akbogert said:

I really wanted to get into this series, but honestly "dark and dreary direction" isn't what I'm looking for in my pull list right now. Seeing a coffin on the cover of one of the upcoming issues lends to that notion -- that if I'm hoping for a brighter way to learn about some of these characters, this isn't going to be the book to do so. I thought the first issue was lovely, however, and quite intriguing. Just not sold on the long haul, I'm afraid.

you said it! i'm jumping off as of this issue as well