Justice League Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis TP (The New 52) Paperback
by Geoff Johns
When Atlantis is struck by a U.S. Naval missile gone awry, Atlantis -led by Aquaman's brother Ocean Master - attacks the East Coast of theUnited States flooding its major cities such as Boston, Metropolis, Gotham City,and several others.
The Justice League comes together to help Aquaman turn backthe tide, but they soon learn that they are woefully overmatched by theAtlantean Army, and must find a way to save the world from totalannihilation!Collects Justice League #13-17 and Aquaman #15-16.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Publication Date: 01/04/2014
- Category: Superheroes
- ISBN: 9781401246983
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.
Review by jshillingford
The first two volumes of JL were solid efforts that didn't quite hit the mark for one reason or another. With this third volume, I feel like the series has finally hit its stride. The story was more cohesive and the action was exciting.The book opens with Wonder Woman facing off against Cheetah, her one-time friend now cursed by the Goddess of the Hunt. The JL launches into action to find some answers on how this happened and if the curse can be overcome. However, all is not as it seems and neither is Cheetah. This part continued to build the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman. It was a good introduction to one of Wonder Woman's primary antagonists and also fleshes out her character more. Additionally, it ends with a hook implying a greater story will unfold.The next two thirds of the book deal with Atlantis. When missiles "accidentally" go off course and hit Atlantis, Aquaman's brother Orm, King of Atlantis, retaliates. Aquaman struggles with his duty to the Justice League but also his understanding that the Atlanteans have been suffering from humanity's poor treatment of the environment. This story was excellent. Not only does Atlantis pose a credible threat to the JL, but their cause is also sympathetic. The large number of opponents, and Auqaman's obligation to Atlantis, finally brings up the issue of expanding the JL (especially since Green Lantern already departed). They need more members.Overall, this volume was just what I was hoping for from the JL series. It has a solid plot supported by strong action scenes and more character development. Highly recommended!
Review by aadyer
Great fun with great art, a fast paced story line & more character development than the first two books. If you like Justice League, you'll probably like this.
Review by nmhale
The fracturing of the original Justice League (as established in the New 52 reboot) continues. After a couple of issues that deal with the conflict between Wonder Woman and Cheetah, the story settles into its main arc, the Throne of Atlantis. An American ship misfires, and the missiles appear to disappear harmlessly into the ocean. Only they do strike a target: Atlantis. Aquaman's brother takes this as a declaration of war. After flooding various major cities across the country (including Gotham and Metropolis), the Atlanteans emerge from the ocean and start the land attack. Aquaman is torn between loyalties to two worlds. He even faces off with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to try and keep them from engaging against his brother. Soon, though, he realizes that there is no chance for diplomacy, and regroups with his fellow Justice League members to stop his brother, take back the throne of Atlantis, and end a bloody war. By the conclusion of the volume, Aquaman has grudgingly accepted his role as ruler of Atlantis and returned to the ocean. First the Green Lantern, and now Aquaman; the Justice League is quickly dwindling. Cyborg and Batman plan to compensate for this by recruiting new heroes, and in the fight against Atlantis they call on most of them when they themselves are trapped in the Dark Waters. The issues here clearly are the intro for the Justice League of America, but they also completely alter the identity of the core Justice League team. I enjoyed reading this volume of the series. The two issues with Cheetah I found especially interesting, and I appreciated the continuation of the romance between Wonder Woman and Superman. One of my favorite moments of the issue was Clark explaining to Diana why he assumes an alternate identity and how messed up hair and glasses actually work. Awesome. The Atlantis story line was exciting, and impacted quite a bit of the DC universe. Also, I love Aquaman. I've appreciated how the new 52 has shown Aquaman's heroic nature amidst mockery and devaluation from others. The comics acknowledge the general scorn people show towards Aquaman's character, and rebut it by building him into a great hero. By the end of the Atlantean war, the rest of the DC world has learned how powerful Aquaman can be. Sadly, this just turns them against him even more. The third book has great action, a bit more character development and romance, and an upheaval of Justice League dynamics. The Justice League continues to be a hit for me.