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Justice League #2

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Justice League #2

Credits

  • Words: Geoff Johns
  • Art: Jim Lee
  • Inks: Scott Williams
  • Colors: Alex Sinclair
  • Story Title: Part Two
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2011
A kinetic and character driven chapter in the new Justice League.
 
Much like his work on Aquaman, Geoff Johns appears to be actively tearing down the stereotypical “stale” visions of DC Comics’ greatest heroes.  In Justice League #2 Johns creates an intensely character driven story, giving each member of the yet to be formed League a unique voice, one that not only is true to their histories, but genuinely “sounds” like these heroes are still adapting to their world.
 
Johns and Justice League artist, Jim Lee, pick up issue #2 in the immediate events following the appearance of Superman in issue #1.  Superman’s arrival onto the now destroyed city streets is much akin to a conquering general walking the battlefield of his enemy; Superman’s confident, almost smug tone reveals much of the character’s new direction, and sets the stage for the Man of Steel to grow into the hero we all know he will become.  As Superman immediately unleashes his godlike fury on Batman and Green Lantern, Johns extends his character exploration to Green Lantern and Batman.  Hal Jordan remains the cocky hero, yet in the face Superman’s overwhelming powers remains as bold, unrelenting, and determined as ever. Batman, the Justice League’s lone nonpowered human, turns out to be the voice of reason and consistency, as he directs the suspicious heroes on a focused path.

The true gem of Justice League, however, is in DC’s most pre-conceived “boring” personality, Barry Allen.  Geoff Johns’ most recent work with Barry in The Flash and Flashpoint never effectively made the criminologist interesting or entertaining, yet here Barry is not only clever and fun, but stays true to the humble and reserved personality that makes the Fastest Man Alive who he is.  All of these individual clashing personalities make Justice League feel like an honest look at the formation of the League.  By building upon a mutual distrust for each other, Johns leaves a vast amount of room for each character to grow as individuals and as a unified team.
 
If Johns’ work with Barry did not redeem reader’s misconceptions about The Flash, Jim Lee certainly does.  Most of Justice League is standard “Jim Lee” art, with stoic and commanding superheroes flying and punching across the pages (by no means is this a fault; typical Jim Lee is still far greater than most).  As The Flash takes center stage, however, Lee pencils some of the most fun and exciting images yet seen in the New 52.  In one blazing scene, for example,. The Flash pulls Superman’s cape over the Man of Steel’s eyes, only then to further dance circles around the hero and distract him from the onslaught he had unleashed on Green Lantern and Batman.  Lee repeatedly makes use of numerous images of the Scarlet Speedster within each panel to heighten the kinetic energy and excitement throughout the pages.  
 
Justice League is still in the development stages of the “World’s Greatest Heroes.”  Johns and Lee are, however, painstakingly creating their definitive take on some of comics’ most well-known and enduring heroes.  While Justice League is still taking small steps in terms of plot progression, Johns certainly makes up for it in outstanding character work and interactions.

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  • Joshua Yehl

    Joshua Yehl Oct 21, 2011 at 11:23am

    Great review! This one was not as funny and entertaining as the first one, but it's nice to see these big personalities clashing against one another. Since Superman is being shown as more powerful than Batman, GL, and Flash, it will be interesting to see why he needs to team up with them to solve the bigger crisis at hand. =)

  • JasonClyma

    JasonClyma Oct 22, 2011 at 3:24pm

    Thanks, buddy. I'm pleasantly surprised how well JL is going after the mediocre work in Flashpoint.

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