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Earth one point five,
This review is from: Justice League Volume 2: The Villain's Journey HC (The New 52) (Hardcover)
These are still not the characters we are looking for, and despite the characterisation and interaction being handled expertly, I didn't feel any particular attachment to them. It is still a good book, showing the slow (five years!) building up of the team, dropping hints to past adventures and team members (the Martian Manhunter from Mars is now a hostile ex-member), but it is five years that we haven't experienced, and the familiarity is still not there - unfortunately, these are still `new' characters that we are expected to accept at face value.
The story is lower-key that the world-threatening origin story-line, with the threats being at a more personal level, despite threatening the very existence of the Justice League, and arising from events in the origin. Unfortunately again, the characterisation has carried straight on from the origin story, despite it being set five years in the past - you'd think they'd have matured a bit since then. The first story introduces us to Colonel Steve Trevor, who is fleshed-out during the course of the storyline, as he heads up A.R.G.U.S., the organisation which liaises between the US government and the JLA - the acronym is shown in full on a shoulder-flash, so you need to pay attention if you want to know what it stands for. The second story features the Green Arrow trying to get into the JLA, pushed by the government, but resisted by the league, who flashback a bit to another former member that proved troublesome - the Martian Manhunter - while also building up the threat that manifests itself in the four-part `Villain's Journey' that follows, which reveals some of the personal troubles of the main characters, including Steve Trevor, before one of the big guns eventually quits, and a budding romance is possibly established.
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Issue #7 introduces us to Colonel Steve Trevor, who is fleshed-out during the course of the storyline, as he heads up A.R.G.U.S., the paramilitary organisation which supports the JLA -Advanced Research Group Uniting Super Humans - and also has to liaise with Congress over the JLA's activities, which he manages with a mixture of threats and intimidation. We also meet his new aide, Etta Candy, and see a new threat emerging for the Justice League, who also get to fight monsters in this issue.
PS: Was it me, or did that nosey and salacious reporter look like Jonathan Ross?
Issue #8 features the Green Arrow trying to get into the JLA, pushed by the government, who are trying to exert their authority. This is resisted by the League, who flashback a bit to another former member that proved troublesome - the Martian Manhunter - while also building up the threat that manifests itself in the four-part `Villain's Journey' that follows.
Issues #9-12 are "The Villain's Journey", which sees the attack by the new villain, David Graves, who readers will remember from the Origin story as the man who wrote the popular book that gave the JLA the PR boost it needed to gain its members the trust of the public. He now blames the League for the death of his family, and attacks them with supernatural assistance and abilities picked up from his past as an investigative reporter of `fringe' subjects. We also see more of Steve Trevor's troubled public and private life, which plays a major part in the plot against the League.
I thought the League were too quick to assume responsibility for the death of the family, as they were the only people in the entire world to get infected after Darkseid's invasion - surely that in itself should be suspicious, and warrant further investigation.