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Good but suffers the same problems as volume 1,
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This review is from: Justice League Volume 2: The Villain's Journey TP (The New 52) (Paperback)
When reading the other reviews for justice league I find myself being more negative them most, this is not because I am unimpressed by the series it's just that there are enough faults that keep it from greatness no matter how much good there is.
So what are these faults, this is suppose to be five years on from the first volume but no real development can be seen in the members of the league I couldn't help but wonder that after five years they cannot seem to operate together without someone doing something half assed or stupid to put the mission in danger, also the fact is we have missed five years of the team being together (and the entry and exit of the Martian Manhunter) that backstory leaves a gap of understanding that make getting to know these heroes as a team difficult, the advent of A.R.G.U.S in this story as well doesn't help, did the justice league really need a S.H.I.E.L.D like organisation in it, I know it's more realistic and bureaucracy surrounds everything in life it just feels like too much of a distraction, the main storyline is a plus point linking back into the origin of the league and also focusing on the problems when you are in the public eye and adored what can happen when you don't live up to that godhood it also does well at showing how villains can be born the same way heroes can but this is once again spoiled by the ending being all too easy even after all the trouble the villain has caused, also Cyborg character development is minimal, as the only member of the team without their own title his character should be explored more then the others unfortunately it is not, his struggles with his man/machine nature are not well addressed even when they are it doesn't really lead anywhere.
Once again this isn't a bad volume it has enough action and does well to show the cracks in the team and the set up of a new relationship within the team is well done as is the aftermath of the teams actions, it just struggles to balance the narrative with the ideas that Geoff Johns wants to put across, it's good but it's not as good as it could be.