Title: Justice League
Story arc: The Villain’s Journey
Universe: New 52
Writer(s): Geoff Johns
Illustrator(s): Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Ivan Reis, and many more!
Publisher: DC Comics
Paperback Release Date: October 1st 2013
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
Previously on the New 52’s Justice League:
Justice League: Origin (Volume 1)
Geoff Johns continues to deliver a fantastic action-packed Justice League story with The Villain’s Journey. Honestly, this was quite entertaining and had everything that made the first volume so enjoyable. Explosive action sequences, quirky humour, fantastic interactions between these Gods, full-page panels that conveys the godlike power of these heroes (these almost felt like long lost paintings of mythological beings; it’s crazy what Jim Lee can do when given the opportunity). I went into this volume looking to have fun with these heroes, and that’s what I got.
The story is quite simple, but it doesn’t really take away anything from the overall experience. The first couple issues presents us the daily lives of the Justice League five years of the events in volume 1. Steve Trevor now acts as a liaison between the Justice League, ARGUS and the human world. However, he’s the one who suffers most of any backlash that follows the Justice League, and that’s what sparks the premise to the whole story. There’s a lot of questions around his relationship with Wonder Woman, but by the end of the volume, the big question is answered in a spectacular fashion (one that people aren’t always fond of). Spoiler, highlight to read: « Superman and Wonder Woman having their iconic kiss? I knew I wasn’t wrong to think that they tried to tease their potential relationship in volume 1, but volume 2 definitely confirms it. 100%. » Steve Trevor’s sub-plot still plays an important role throughout the story and I liked how it was explored until the end.
The Villain’s Journey then dives into the introduction and development of a brand new villain who relishes on the anguish of others. Spoiler, highlight to read: « David Graves is his name and his final form is definitely an interesting design. » He’s not the most complicated villain or one that would have you mesmerized for days on end, but he’s visually interesting and has enough development to give us a good idea of what he’s all about, what he wants and what he can do. And when I say development, I really mean it. His character goes from love to hate like no other being you’ve ever known.
There are some plot holes and some elements that were quickly dealt with, but the volume as a whole was still fun and exciting. The artwork alone saves this story and elevates the story arc enough to make you ignore all the short-comings. Then again, if you’re looking for something complex and insanely original, this might not completely satisfy you. Personally, Jim Lee’s artwork will always be welcome in my life as his style is truly mesmerizing and does justice to the character’s emotions, powers and overall presence.
I also loved how they teased two other heroes in this volume. I can’t wait to see more of them (hopefully). Spoiler, highlight to read: « Martian Manhunter and Green Arrow? Gosh, I really want to see where things will go regarding those two, especially Martian Manhunter.» And with the way that Geoff Johns does the interaction between heroes, I think it’s safe to say that it’ll be a nice treat. What I also started realizing with Geoff Johns and his Justice League run is how everything is upscaled in terms of danger, and that it sometimes forces him to cut corners and not dwell in details that would otherwise make these stories so much better. I guess that’s the ultimate lesson from this run. Short and sweet, big and crazy, but not enough time given to marinate and savour it all.
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆
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