After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Justice League, Vol 2: The Villain's Journey by Geoff Johns, art by Jim Lee

Title: Justice League, Vol 2: The Villain's Journey
Series: Justice League
Authors: Geoff Johns, art by Jim Lee
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781401237646
Publisher: DC Comics
Twitter: @JimLee, @geoffjohns, @DCComics
Format: Hardcover
Available: February 5, 2013
Rating: 4/5 stars

Well, I have to say that this arc was a large improvement over the previous arc from the first collected edition. Taking place a couple of years after the events in Origin, we are thrown right into the action as the League discovers that several of the villains they have fought in the intervening years have been attacked themselves and have been forced to give up what they know about the League and its weaknesses. What follows is an interesting study into what it means to have the powers that the League has and exactly what kind of good they have been using those powers for. They are forced to reexamine their role in the world as the villain, Graves, uses what he learns about their weaknesses against them. But why does Graves want to destroy the Justice League? That's the big mystery!

There are still some awkward story-telling moments, especially when referring to events that happened between Origin and this story, since to my knowledge, those events were never shown in any comics. Geoff Johns writing seems to be slightly tighter this time around, as he doesn't need to go through and re-introduce each character, which I found partly unnecessary. Jim Lee's art is astounding as usual, and the artists that stepped in to help finish up the issues all did admirable jobs themselves.

Overall, I felt this was a much better story than Origin, but it looks like right as Johns and Lee are hitting their stride with this book, they are handing off the reigns to another creative team the book is be relaunched as Justice League of America. I'm not sure how that all plays out, but that's what the advertisements at the end of the volume seem to indicate. Either way, I think this is worth reading, and will probably pick up the next edition, just to see where this story is going now.

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