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Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis

(Justice League (2011) #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,723 ratings  ·  256 reviews
When Atlantis is struck by a U.S. Naval missile gone awry, Atlantis--led by Aquaman's brother Ocean Master--attacks the East Coast of the United States flooding its major cities such as Boston, Metropolis, Gotham City and several others.
The Justice League comes together to help Aquaman turn back the tide, but they soon learn that they are woefully overmatched by the Atlant
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by DC Comics (first published October 1st 2013)
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(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: Bittersweet and splashy, it’s about fluid affinity, ebbing uncertainty and how magic can overflow impulse to villainy.
A title still struggling to find its direction

I got this on its single issues but I prefer to do the review on the TPB option to make a better overall review of the storylines.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrators; Ivan Reis, Tony S. Daniel & Paul Pelletier


They are the Justice League, the most powerful team on Earth, but this "New 52" version of the Justice League is still struggling to find its direction, even keeping together itself as a team.

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Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is actually a 5 star read, but I knocked off half a star because I think it's crap that majority of the book is just Aquaman, Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis. Luckily, I got this from my library, but if I had gone out and purchased both volumes, I would have been livid. As it was, I was still a tad disappointed that I wasn't reading something totally new.
But only a tad, because this really is an awesome story.

This starts off with the JL running around in the jungle after Cheetah. And it
So, what did I miss? They were in a jungle hunting down this cheetah woman and then the Flash got hurt and what happened to him. After a few volumes, it then flips into material that happened in Aquaman #3 that isn't new. The Flash wasn't there. They never finished his arch; did they?

The one thing I will say that was good about this is they are opening up the Justice League and adding new members. It's about to get crazy. They did want to add the Scarecrow and he's a villain. I didn't understan
Sam Quixote
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Have you read Aquaman Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis? If you have then you’ve basically read Justice League Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis by default because DC has made the highly questionable choice of reprinting the exact same Throne of Atlantis storyline in BOTH BOOKS!

The difference is that with the Justice League Throne book you get to read Justice League #13-14 and in the Aquaman Throne book you get to read Aquaman #0 and 14. What an utterly cynical move this is as there’s sure to be a massiv
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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Trust and honesty are not easy to come by when a person’s self-interest is at play. When they make you believe that they are infallible and will always be who they tell you to be, there’s a good chance that any form of betrayal will hit you hard in the gut and plunge you in cold disappointment. In the latest adventures of the Justice League, writer Geoff Johns looks to give Aquaman the chance to choose his home and the allies he wants to keep by
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars - Another Geoff Johns masterpiece.....haha.

Geoff Johns or as I call him captain average. DC really need to invest in better writers, more like Scott Snyder please!

So this is the justice league version of the war on Atlantis storyline. I actually prefer John's Aquaman to this. I got this and vol. 4 on sale so I don't feel too bad.

The beginning of the story about the cheetah was actually quite good, I wanted more of that and the ending where Aquaman has to jail his brother was really r
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, dc-comics
So far, this has been a consistently awesome series. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Justice League novel by Geoff Johns and a smattering of artists, mostly Ivan Reis. I read most of these stories in the Aquaman trade of the same name, so shame on DC for making readers buy these twice instead of just issuing one trade for the event.

Jonathan Terrington
3.5 Stars (Fun, with some depth and great artwork but ultimately not the type of pop culture read that will broaden your horizons any more than say a Fast and Furious film might. But it's a fun way to pass the time.)

Due to my busy schedule the only things I can actually read at the moment are the most gripping of novels or 'quick reads' - like 200-300 page graphic novels. Either way, I will admit that this novel is a fascinating read and for those into comics/graphic novels etc. it highlights wh
"Barbara cut herself on it. And she was possessed by the goddess of the hunt. The bloodthirsty Cheetah!" Ugh. Johns really *likes* writing like this, cause it just keeps coming up.

But holy shit though, I think Johns must've hired a ghostwriter for some part of this book. Not only were two Leaguers not fighting, they had an almost human-sounding moment between them (Flash & Cyborg), and the WW actually smiled when her teammates offered to help her.

It's unfortunate that Johns won't focus on th
I wasn't sure what to give this because it's basically the same page for page as the same titled aquaman volume, only with added justice league pages slotted in-between. So once you get over the deja vu you realise it's kinda pointless reading the same volume all over again and it's best to either read this volume or read the aquaman volume, you won't miss anything reading one or the other it's just preference.
I liked the woman wonder and cheetah story line but it was far too short i thought it
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Wonder Woman tries to save a friend from the dark path she's chosen. And there is all-out warfare between the surface world and the Kingdom of Atlantis, when a submarine is sabotaged and fires on the underwater city. Good thing the Justice League is ready to stand in the gap!

I thought this was a pretty good graphic novel. The artwork was very well done. The opening story featuring Wonder Woman trying to redeem Cheetah was good. I didn't have a lot of information on her backstory, but now I know
James DeSantis
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit, this was intense.

So this volume is two parts. One is focusing on Wonder Women's villain the Cheetah. It's kind of tragic by the end. At first I was like "This creature can actually hurt Superman? Come the fuck on." but by the end felt horrible for her. The fights were odd (I admit, I don't know much about her. But to take Supes/Flash on with ease was weird) but her overall faith is sad.

Second part is the war with Atlantis. This shit was epic as fuck. I really fucking enjoyed this. N
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
When this series first started, I bought the singles and when it got to the issues in this volume, I quit. Fantastic art, but the stories were average at best. At the time I didn't even read the Aquaman issues that were part of the Throne of Atlantis arc. This volume does contain those and after reading the whole thing...I still think it's average. It's a forced conflict (again) simply to bring the status quo back to a certain point. The first couple issues which don't deal with Atlantis, at lea ...more
Carly ❊ Reading Is My Kind of Thing
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The above gif is a visual representation of me, upon finish Justice League, Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis. I am definitely aware of the mixed reviews towards this graphic novel, but personally this volume really appealed to my reading tastes.

I'll start my review of with a brief history of my reading experience with this series thus far:

Justice League, Volume 1: Origin I gave ★★★☆☆. I wasn't totally enthralled whilst reading, nor did this volume excite me about the series. However I
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
It's not a 1-Star book, but 2 is a stretch as well. I feel like I've already read about Aquaman and wars from Atlantis against the surface, like a bunch. I think Geoff Johns it out of ideas. Or just have him work on Green Lantern, which is obviously his one true love. Green Lantern quit the JL after last volume, and Flash is only in a couple of issues here. That leaves us with Wonder Woman and Superman, who are too busy trying to get in each other's pants to notice anything; and Batman and Aquam ...more
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This rebooted version of Justice League is such a treat! I don't own the next volume yet but it will be mine eventually.

It was very enjoyable, even when it went a bit Pacific Rim at the start.

Honestly, if you're getting into comics and feel hesitant about where to begin in the DC Universe, then you should start here. It's as good as anything and it will technically keep you up to date in what is happening now. Older installments are very entertaining too (Personally, I recommend the Batman: Hush
Largely the same as Aquaman, Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis, except for two issues of Justice League that has the League assist Wonder Woman with the latest incarnation of the Cheetah. A bit of complexity is lent to the the villain as it's uncovered that (view spoiler). As I wrote in the other review, the Atlantis portion is all pretty fun stuff ...more
David Church
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still loving this incarnation of the Justice League...I mean even Geoff Johns made a 2 part Cheetah story that is talent. Loved the Throne of Atlantis storyline as well. I hate to see Aquaman leave the group after all these years he is finally interesting.
Great. Really enjoyabe read, full of action. Yet a balance with story. Cheers Geoff Johns.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
To much Wonder Woman makes for a tedious story.
Jesse A
Its good. Of course ive read most of the story before but still a good volume. 3.5 stars rounded down.
Ricky Ganci
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-52
Note: As this volume essentially tells the same story as AQUAMAN VOL.3: THE THRONE OF ATLANTIS, and collects nearly identical sequences of issues, I'll be reviewing both that one and this together, and posting the review in both places.

(4.5 stars) If our view of Aquaman at the beginning of the New 52 was that his superhero status had been misinterpreted by readers and the citizens of Earth alike, by the time THE THRONE OF ATLANTIS concludes, the reader can do nothing else but agree with the inte
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Giving this one a rating was kind of difficult. I think my main/only problem with this volume is that I could not even remotely care any less about this whole Superman/Wonder Woman romance thing. I just don't care. I think it's something that is slightly inevitable for the writers to do (over and over again) seeing as they're the 2 "supers" of the DC Holy Trinity, but I just don't feel it. It feels forced to me, rushed - and frankly slightly insensitive of Clark (which is not something
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some comic readers grouse about Geoff Johns, but who can deny his talent? The man is a creative whirlwind! After a decade expanding and deepening the Green Lantern Universe, he has now shifted his attention to Aquaman. Why bring this up with regards to Justice League Volume 3? While a Justice League book, “Throne of Atlantis” continues Johns – who also pens the character’s solo title -- effort to make Aquaman cool again. The first two volumes of Justice League have received somewhat mixed review ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-52, dc
I love this storyline. Disappointing that pretty much all of this book was exactly the same thing as Aquaman’s Volume 3. I wasn’t expecting them to collect the exactly same issues. No point on getting this if you’ve read the Aquaman volume, but if you enjoyed this storyline as much as I did then a reread doesn’t hurt at all. Considering it’s been a while since I read Aquaman’s Throne of Atlantis , I will give this a pass because it was still a great read the second time. If I had read this right ...more
Christopher Rush
Just when you think a cohesive story is about to occur, we are given a crossover without all the pieces, a villain that's 12 years younger than he looks with his villain mask on, a surprise twist that gets ruined by the rest of the story, and further mistreatment of poor Steve Trevor. Once again we are expected to have read every other single New 52 issue along with this so we can understand the missing pieces and the rest of the new characters and who the mysterious villain behind other things ...more
Michael Church
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
This is even better than the Aquaman volume that goes along with it.

I really enjoy that it doesn't take much set up. It's the Justice League and things are seriously going wrong and they have to step up. There are a couple of unrelated issues that I enjoyed as well. It's the story of Cheetah, Wonder Woman's nemesis, and I thought it was a great origin piece. I'm excited for her Villains Month issue now. I'm also a big fan of some of the characterization they're accomplishing for the League memb
Thomas Salerno
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Unquestionably the best Justice League story I've read in a long while. Writer Geoff Johns has penned a tale that is epic in scale and cinematic in scope. Johns clearly has a handle on the diverse cast of the Justice League, and how they operate as a team. Honestly, I wish that Warner Brothers had the good sense to adapt this story into a feature-length, live action film.

Aquaman takes center stage in this story arc, which is fitting because Geoff Johns has been the driving force behind Aquaman's
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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 1990s 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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