Review: Justice League Vol. 5 – Forever Heroes by Papa Johns.

Justice League, Vol. 5: Forever HeroesJustice League, Vol. 5: Forever Heroes by Geoff Johns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

MUCH better than Trinity War…which is like saying a stomachache is better than diarrhea…they both stink.

So apparently Vol 5 does NOT follow Vol 4…I have to read Forever Evil first I suppose? To see how the Crime Syndicate defeated the JL.

Fun parts: Black Adam’s throwdown with Ultraman (too bad it only got a few pages, the art was stunning.) I would have liked to continue that.

Owlman’s backstory

The Doom Patrol’s cameo in New 52

The Metal Men

Cyborg becoming more of a stealth fighter jet than a B52 Bomber

Bad parts: Most of the good parts were stolen from Grant Morrison (C.S. to some degree, and Doom Patrol as well.)

Every Crime Syndicater other than Owl’s backstory.

Bad-Alfred looking like the Joker (pale skin and purple-y suit)

It’s called Justice League, yet it only features Cyborg. I’m surprised this didn’t run off into a Cyborg Title…has he ever had one?

So you gets your ups and your downs. I think I put it right on 3…it’s better than 2.5, so it’s just above average. That and it was a marked improvement from Trinity bullshit.

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Review: Justice League, Vol. 5: Forever Heroes by Geoff Johns

Justice League, Vol. 5: Forever HeroesJustice League, Vol. 5: Forever Heroes by Geoff Johns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hoping this would give me some insight into what was happening to the Justice League, you know, while they were trapped inside the Firestorm Matrix, but that’s not what this volume is about.
But it is a cool peek at the backstories of the members of the Crime Syndicate.
You know, one of these days, I ‘m going to finally learn to read the blurb.

The Grid was looking for a way to feel something, so he started pawing through the files on all of his new team members.
In case you don’t remember, the Grid is Cyborg’s now self-aware tech, that separated itself from him in volume 4.
Through this, we learn where these guys came from, and how their bizarro-like existence shaped them into the opposites of our own Justice League.
Some of the stories were admittedly more interesting than others. And some of them, like Superwoman and the ‘man in the hood’, were missing altogether.
Owlman had (in my opinion) the most original and emotionally complicated story, and it was well worth reading. Ultraman, while still interesting, had your basic Opposite-of-Superman origin story. Power Ring (Hal Jordan’s counterpart), was only slightly worth it.
His superpower seemed to be that he was unbelievably whiny and annoying.
Which made it hard to believe that the Crime Syndicate tolerated him, much less let him live.
Hell, I wanted to kill him, and I’m not a super-villain.
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