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Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey (Justice League #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,905 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Collecting JUSTICE LEAGUE #7-12! Now that the team's origin story is complete, we shift to the present-day Justice League! What has changed? Who has joined the team since? And why does Green Arrow want to join those ranks so badly? Plus, the birth of a new super-villain! Someone is out to get the Justice League and he is determined to show the world how mortal these godlik ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by DC Comics
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Batman, Vol. 1 by Scott SnyderWonder Woman, Vol. 1 by Brian AzzarelloBatgirl, Vol. 1 by Gail SimoneJustice League, Vol. 1 by Geoff JohnsBatwoman, Vol. 1 by J.H. Williams III
The New 52
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A transition book

I got this on its single issues but I am doing the review on the TPB option to make it an easier overall review of the whole book.

While this TPB announces prominently The Villain's Journey and without a doubt it's the main story arc covering four issues, this TPB also contains a couple of issues featuring some different stories.

Jim Lee is still doing all the covers, he did only the art on The Villain's Journey arc, while on the other two issues the inside art is managed by oth
I've got a couple of good friends here on Goodreads who are going to totally disagree with this review.
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I reallyreallyreally liked The Villain's Journey.
Was it perfection? No.
But it was flashy and fun.
However, I do understand where some of the complaints are coming from with the 5 year jump. I want
Sam Quixote
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Well it had to happen, i wasn't going to give five stars to everything written by Johns and this one is a bit of a clunker. It's not as good as the first volume, all the humour and charm has just disappeared, back to gloomy depressing DC. The characters don't get equal attention where the heck was aquaman at for most of this and when he did show up it was to say something pointless and off he went. Wonder woman's whole storyline is just men being sad because of her, and their whiny emotions bein ...more
The new 52 reboots the JLA in its early years with the most popular A list superheroes in it and Green Arrow trying to join on his terms even though most of the JLA considers him a joke. On a deeper level this issue deals with the friction within the JLA and Wonder Woman's romantic interests.

Yes, they kept the friction between Batman and Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Very good artwork.

OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus.
I wonder if Geoff Johns has even bothered to read the current Wonder Woman solo book (which is wonderful, by the way), and I wonder if he did read it and just decided to disregard everything about it, from characterization to the story itself. Not only is his take on Diana clumsy and inconsistent at /best/ but he also seems determined to make Steve Trevor/Diana this epic love that once was; never mind that he's not even been mentioned once in Diana's solo book. I understand that this is his inco ...more
It wasn't terrible, but it did nothing for me. The biggest problem was, I think, the five year skip. Yes, I did want to see what happened during those five years, but that wasn't the issue I had with it. The issue is that, in five years, not one of these characters has grown or matured in the slightest. After five years of working together, they still can't act like a team. Honestly, it didn't feel like five years had passed at all. It reminded me of the video game Dragon Age 2, which tried to m ...more
Joseph Rice
Really enjoyed the second volume of the New 52 Justice League. The team has some hard questions thrown at them, like why can't they do more in the world to save people? Then there is the matter of the secrets they have and are still hiding from each other. The villain in this volume does his best to exploit all these problems and the League ends up paying a price for it in the end.

Anyone know if/where the Martian Manhunter backup was collected? Still would like to know more about what happened d
My original "review": See reviews by Sam and William Thomas. None shall pass.

I shoulda listened to myself, but Nooooo - gotta keep up with the Joneses of my GoodReads comics club. Have to be able to report first person impressions (horrors) on one of the most popular comics of our day. Yeah, I'm an idiot, and here's why:

Exposition, motherfucker. Have you heard of it - or rather, the skill of minimizing it? Apparently not - why not gather the JL in a circle and tell each other what we've all been
Quentin Wallace
This just didn't live up to Volume 1 for me. Green Arrow had a guest appearance while I enjoyed, so that was a plus. Jim Lee did most of the art, another plus. Gene Ha did some of the art, and I don't know if I was just comparing it to Lee or what, but it didn't look nearly as good as some of Ha's artwork has in the past. The main storyline to me was confusing. I understood the gist of it, but parts of it lost me. Overall this was good but not great.

I read the actual issues rather than the colle
A lovely comic book about the Justice League. I wonder who the new liasion to the Justice League will be. Hopefully Superman and Wonder Woman's relationship will turn out okay. Who is the traitor in the Justice League?

It has been five years since the team fought Darkseid. The first two issues of this book is a prelude to the four part Villains Journey arc. The first one deals with the Justice League in the modern day, now that five years have past from Justice Leauge Origins. Batman is the self appointed leader and gives out the orders. Green Lantern is not much of a team player and does his own thing. Superman and Wonder Woman are ofcourse the powerhouses of the group and seem to have a loyalty to Batman. C
William Thomas
Sigh. Geoff Johns phones it in here with a villain we don't care about, stiff characterization, cheap romance and stilted dialogue. Not worth a review, and not worth reading.

Writing: F
Art: B
Jun 29, 2014 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I found this one to be a little inconsistent, but I still enjoyed it.

Johns, finds some great moments to build relationships between team members, especially the relationships between GL and Flash, as well as Superman and Wonder Woman. And while there are a few really good small moments, the main event kinda fizzles.

The new super-villain is not that exciting. He needs a lot more background and explanation to give him depth. The revenge story that fuels his hatred for the JL is barely touched on
Ricky Ganci
JUSTICE LEAGUE should be the best book in the New 52--heck, it should be the best book all the time, because it's the heartbeat narrative of the DCU, the story from which all stories emerge and into which all stories flow, and in v2 of the rebooted Justice League, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee (as well as a few other terrific artists who lend their talents to some panels) seem to understand that thoroughly. With a great combination of plot extensions, high action, deep villainy, squad infighting, and ...more
Shannon Appelcline
I’m usually quite fond of Johns’ writing, so I was really sad to see him fall flat *again* on this volume. I had two major problems with it. First, it read like satire. Everyone’s preening and powerful and nothing can stand up to them, and then the next moment they’re fighting with each other. Constantly. It’s like a Mad Magazine take on the ‘70s or ‘80s Justice League. Second, none of the characters seem to fit with their individual comics, with the exception of Aquaman. Heck, even Green Lanter ...more
Pros: Pleasing, action packed, old school pencil-and-ink artwork and familiar characters.

Cons: The story jumps around a lot, between time periods, setting, plotlines...But take your time, get to know a bit more about the characters, and its definitely worth it.

Bonus: Superman kisses Wonder Woman, holy Power Couple, Batman!
Hannah Givens
9/18/13: Not bad, not great. It was quick and glossy, like a lot of mainstream comics are at the moment, so it wasn't ideal for the kind of introspective story I think Johns was trying to write. I did think a lot of the wham lines were effective, though. Steve Trevor was awesome, I liked the new villain, and the art was good. Hate Superman/Wonder Woman, have to see how that plays out later.

6/27/15: I didn't even remember that I'd already read this until I finished the comic and saw my review fro
3.5 out of 5. I keep wanting this to be more like Marvel's Avengers (mainly a written by Bendis) because my guess is that in order to make DC's roster more viable by way of their total universe reboot, they ultimately would lean towards that style of book. The more youthful looking heroes with their "clean slate" origins do a disservice, ultimately, in that there's no decades-long build in terms of who these characters are. They're a little different (younger, sexier, brasher) but that doesn't m ...more

FIRSTLY - I have read four issues of VOL. 1 but I didn't finish the rest, though I skimmed through the trade at the book store. I WILL be buying Vol. 1 the next chance I get, and have a proper review up for it then. I got this one on a whim, and I'm super glad I did, as it wasn't confusing to follow despite the fact that I didn't read all of the first volume.

I LOVE this. I didn't grow up reading the Justice League, but I did grow up watching them in the DCAU. So I don't share a lot of the
Evan Leach
I was very impressed by the first volume of DC’s New-52 Justice League reboot. The second…not so much. I liked it, but just didn't love it. There’s some interesting table-setting going on here – both in terms of conflict within the team and conflict between the League and the larger world. But the meat of the story is focused on a rather mediocre villain’s quest for revenge. I kept waiting to be hooked, but it just never happened.

img: The Villain’s Journey

It’s not a bad volume by any means, and the artwork remains strong
This was such a good Justice league story! Now this book does have a lot less action than Volume one, i mean they are fighting a villain who isn't designed to take a beating like Darksied, but man does this villain know how to mentally beat the snot out of the justice league! The villain , is crafty, smart and full of rage at The justice league! Overall this was an amazing story!
I totally missed that volume 1 was all origins (how dumb, it's CALLED origins) but this was going to be set five years later, so much confusion. The series acts as if every character is at the same level of familiar as they were in the origins set-up. I'm just not sure I understand - why skip around? And, if skipping, why aren't the members any closer? I don't feel like the time skip is particularly affective in the storyline. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the banter and I think there are some genuine ...more
The Gene Ha and Jim Lee issues were great. But that Green Arrow fill-in with multiple rushed artists was not good.
Jesse A
Pretty good story, very nice artwork. Good series.
Federiken Masters
Feb 14, 2015 Federiken Masters rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pocos
Recommended to Federiken by: Casi nada
Leído en las revistas 7 a 12 de la edición "argentina".
Desempeora con respecto al primer tomo, pero sigue siendo claramente un comic malo. Por suerte hay menos chistes que en el primer arco, pero los que hay son igual de malos. La trama central, un poco más itrada de los pelos pero a la vez con una resolución menos inverosímil. El tercer tomo ya lo vengo leyendo de la serie de Aquaman (bastante menos peor que la de la Liga), pero supongo que lo reseñaré en aquel y no en esta.

Ah, y cuando pueda m
Issue 8 reminds me of issue.... (wow) #8 of Grant Morrison's JLA , which introduced Connor Hawke Green Arrow to the Jla. I knew nothing of him, but the story was good, and it was memorable.
This... I did not like. Even if I tried looking at the light heartedness of it all, idk I've seen it before.
The prologue to the main story had art by Gene Ha, which looks damn good at times, but the characters looked obnoxious other times.
The main story reminds me of a cw show with a lot of character drama,
May 17, 2014 Jbainnz rated it 4 of 5 stars
A solid instalment of the series!

I'm enjoying this title so far. It has action, a good story and for the most part great art. I don't know if it's because of all the other amazing team titles in the new 52 universe, or the fact that Justice League is the most popular DC team, but this hasn't grabbed my attention as much as some other titles. I'm hoping all of this will change as we delve further into the series, especially the story's with Pandora and the Justice League of America building nicel
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
At first I was a little disappointed in this volume and thought I wasn’t going to like it at all. Silly me, I thought it was going to continue with the story of the early Justice League and maybe how the League is going to encounter Pandora (since she was in the epilogue). That’s totally not how it went down. At first, I felt like it was just jumping all over the place and I didn’t know how Green Arrow was going to fit in. He doesn’t. He’s only in the first half of this graphic novel and then is ...more
Jessica at Book Sake
ARC reviewed by Chris for <Book Sake.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The first volume of Justice League was all out action, forgoing much in the way of story. The second installment doesn’t suffer from that weakness. It seems like the story has jumped forward in time a little and now the Justice League is established. The world loves these guys. However our super friends quickly learn that is is quite easy to fall off the celebrity pedestal.

It is great
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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