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

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,748 ratings  ·  154 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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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 othe
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
Son of Sam Quixote
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thomas Moudry
With the origin story behind them, the Justice League is made contemporary with the rest of the New 52, DC Comics' relaunched superhero universe, in Justice League: The Villain's Journey. Johns establishes the breadth and depth of Col. Steve Trevor's role as the liaison between the League and the US government, and his role becomes a major plot point as the first couple of chapters move into The Villain's Journey proper. The titular "Villain" is David Graves, an author who wrote a book praising ...more
Good story, not as great as the 1st Volume, but still interesting.
Green Arrow shows up wanting to join, and he's refused, the League talking amongst themselves about what happened when they tried to let someone else join, then shows a flashback which reveals a VERY COOL fight, and the story I want to read.
However, Steve Trevor, the JL contact, tells Arrow he might have something else for him...
The villain here arose from the events of the first volume, and it's a good premise, but falls a little
Michelle Cristiani
This was just shy of 5 stars to me. The art: extraordinary (it's Jim Lee! Of course!). He draws Wonder Woman very well, and facial expressions very well. Those two things always seem to trip up artists, in my opinion. But he rises above. It's beautiful work.

The banter - and disagreements - among the heroes is really well-done here. Johns does excellent work in this. And to see Etta Candy - one of my favorite characters since I read comics as a kid - warmed my heart. BUT, there are a couple of sh
I have been really impressed with the way the Justice League books are going. The first volume of the New 52 showed us how the team came to be with a new twist to it. This volume jumps ahead several years showing a more unified team, watchtower and all. This really allows for a pure plot driven story. There is no need to waste time with setting things up.

This story, written by the talented Geoff Johns, begins with a character we met in volume 1. His life was changed after the forming of the Just
Paul Casteel
*****May contain some spoilers*****

Let me begin with a very small bit of background on my Comic/Graphic Novel reading history. I began reading comic books back in the early nineties (1990-1991) when I was in late junior high and really ramped up my reading in high school. I actively collected comics up through right about 2000 when I dropped everything. During that time I pretty much exclusively read Marvel and Image comics (specifically the X-Men books and spin-offs and the Youngblood/Prophet/S
Bamn! Pow! Holy Justice League! Reading this collection really brought back childhood memories for me.

Volume two picks up where Volume one had left off, five years after the team's origin stories. Some things may have changed? Possibly new team members? With the attack of many Justice League (JL) Villains and the birth of a new super villain someone is out to get the JL and is determined to prove their not so invincible.

Geoff Johns does an amazing job conveying the emotion of each character wh
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I liked this a lot. I'm glad, since I wasn't that fond of the first JLA adventure I read. This book captures the darker side of being a superhero, and asks, "What happens afterward?" A writer whose family was caught in a crisis that the JLA successfully resolves, comes down with a mysterious affliction that causes their premature deaths. David Graves is grief-stricken and enraged by the experience, seeking revenge. He comes across a mystical force that allow him to harness the angry ghosts aroun ...more
Robert Wright
Sometimes a book is just better in total than the parts that go into it.

This is more of the same from what we saw in volume 1. It skips 5 years from the last volume to the "present." Major things are glossed over or unexplained in that gap. We have fill-in artists. A whiny, pointless Green Arrow issue (that at best should have been an interlude). A villain with murky motivations.

But somehow it was just fun.

This includes a new villain instead of the same old same old or a reinvention. Where it wo
I guess I didn't realize that this volume's events happen well after the origin events in Volume 1. Now (after having read this volume) I find out that fact, and things in the story make a bit more sense.
I never thought I'd find myself bashing Jim Lee's art, but some of the scenes just seem too busy, especially the ones with the "spirits".
Overall, a fair, but not overly exciting, collection. Still not a big fan of the reboot of this group, nor of the new Green Arrow. Speaking of which, some of h
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
Oh Justice League comics, you rock so hard. I love the different dynamics between the heroes, and the way all their various outside stories are worked in. The fact that Flash and Green Lantern already knew each other, that Batman and Superman work together outside the League sometimes, that Aquaman knows that people think he's the joke of the team . . . it's all so cool.

(I do wish Green Lantern hadn't had that "I hate being saved by Wonder Woman" line. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt
I thought the first volume of the New 52 Justice League was a solid start to the series, with a lot of potential. This volume continues to build on that potential but doesn’t quite fulfill it.

Once again, the artwork is fantastic and calls to mind the JL animated series. In this volume, a new (to me, at least) villain comes onto the scene. He has a personal connection to the team, which is a great way to add urgency to the story. The team will need to confront some inner demons in order to becom
I do enjoy Jim Lee's art. He's just a great superhero artist, capturing both expression and body language, making the character seem larger than life. The best character in the book, to me, is Steve Trevor. He's a non-superhuman who works hard for the league, he handles government officials with amazing skill, and somehow he copes with the snide/crude comments hurled his way by practically everyone. Plus I respect his fierce will and empathize with his doomed love. I do feel for Wonder Woman tow ...more
Christopher Rush
2.5 stars, how's that? We finally have the beginnings of a story, and Mr. Johns finally beginning to attempt to earn his paycheck. Yet, the main premise for this villain and his motivation is rather disgraceful: having given us a reason to care about these heroes from the regular guy perspective, instead of developing that line or character it is immediately shattered with a puff (or sniff, rather) of magic smoke. Johns attempts to prove he knows as much mythology as Joseph Campbell, but he cert ...more
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Timothy Stone
Sometimes a person's life seems to have so much promise, and then things go awry. Sometimes horrifically so. They can not seem to grasp why so many bad things are happening to them, so they lash out at others. A special target can be those people that were formerly viewed as friends or heroes.

In Justice League, Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey, this is exactly what happened to the main “civilian observer” of the previous volume. In Volume One of the Justice League comic post-Flashpoint reboot, the
It never gets old seeing Hal Jordan giving Batman a hard time. So yeah, Geoff Johns and Co. do it again: fast-paced, fun adventure with my favorite big timers of the Superhero biz. Johns can verge on self-mockery at times, but he maintains a good, solid sense of comic book gravitas. Hal, Bruce, Dianna, etc. may be at each other's throats, cutting up, and being asinine, but the fact that there's a lot on the line never escapes them. This was definitely a quick read. I was almost surprised that I ...more
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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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