Reviews for Justice League 2 : The Villain's Journey

Booklist Reviews 2013 June #1
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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews 2013 May #2

The strong and enjoyable "New 52" revamp of DC's flagship superhero team features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Following a straightforward, action-packed, and engaging first volume (Origin), things become darker and more complicated here as a new villain emerges. David Graves, who wrote a book that made the world trust and love the Justice League, now blames the team for his family's death and his own terminal illness. He strikes at it through its government liaison Col. Steve Trevor (whose love for Wonder Woman has been spurned), drawing the team to a mystical site where the dead seemingly return to the world. VERDICT Prolific DC mainstay Johns delivers a well-judged combination of action, emotion, and intrateam interaction and banter. Primary artist Lee (Batman: Hush) remains a master of the "idealized realism" school of superhero comics. The results will be satisfying and accessible to new readers and longtime fans alike.--S.R.

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