Justice League, Volume 2: Outbreak by Bryan Hitch

Justice League, Volume 2: Outbreak

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth!A new day dawns for the Justice League as they welcome a slew of new members into their ranks. The question remains though, can the world's greatest superheroes trust these new recruits? And will the members of League be able to come together against an ancient evil that threatens to reclaim not just the world, but the entire universe!Masterf...

Title:Justice League, Volume 2: Outbreak
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ISBN:1401268706
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:144 pages

Justice League, Volume 2: Outbreak Reviews

  • Adam Fisher
    May 23, 2017

    Justice League members fighting each other! (Seems like a story they fall back on occasionally...) But why (this time) are they? In the first two issues, they are fighting from influence from a fear-based entity. The motivations weren't clear and with such a rich history of "fear" being explored in DC, I would have liked to see the issues link back to a Lantern problem.

    The rest of the graphic novel had them fighting against each other due to a new software known as "Genie" which hijacked both Cy

    Justice League members fighting each other! (Seems like a story they fall back on occasionally...) But why (this time) are they? In the first two issues, they are fighting from influence from a fear-based entity. The motivations weren't clear and with such a rich history of "fear" being explored in DC, I would have liked to see the issues link back to a Lantern problem.

    The rest of the graphic novel had them fighting against each other due to a new software known as "Genie" which hijacked both Cyborg and Simon Baz's ring. Who developed this nefarious app? Lex Luthor? A terrorist organization? No..... a ten year old girl who was trying to create a predictive search engine to help people. Amazo and some other "B" level villains use the chaos to attack the League, but it all works out in the end.

    Or does it? With this story as well, I'm not completely satisfied with its resolution and wonder if this will come up again further down the line. A similar thing happened with Vol 1. I need more lore and follow up from the authors. Just my opinion.

    Still a reasonable book. Recommend for JL fans.

  • James DeSantis
    May 18, 2017

    Batman: Let's get the boys together and strike back at their home. HARD!

    ^Actual Batman dialog....for real now...(Small update to show how bad this is)

    Wish could give this 0. This is one of the worst dialog written comics I ever read. Bryan Hitch is a solid artist. Love his work on Ultimates. But this is so bad. The dialog is awful! Like so bad. Characters act out of character over and over again and say dumb shit (especially Batman) and both these arcs wrap up so quickly with no stakes it makes

    Batman: Let's get the boys together and strike back at their home. HARD!

    ^Actual Batman dialog....for real now...(Small update to show how bad this is)

    Wish could give this 0. This is one of the worst dialog written comics I ever read. Bryan Hitch is a solid artist. Love his work on Ultimates. But this is so bad. The dialog is awful! Like so bad. Characters act out of character over and over again and say dumb shit (especially Batman) and both these arcs wrap up so quickly with no stakes it makes me facepalm. It's a shitty version of Grid from John's run, but even shittier. Also fuck that fear arc...terrible.

    Yeah. Dropping this one till a new team is on it.

  • Sean
    Feb 19, 2017

    If you read volume 1 and thought, "Volume 2 has to be better than that," don't worry. It isn't.

  • Brendan Nicholls
    Feb 27, 2017

    Good thing the justice league is just about to receive a shakeup as this run isn't very good. The storylines were dull and uneventful, here's hoping the next suicide storyline course corrects as this might be another series I drop as it's a mess.

  • Megan
    May 21, 2017

    This volume starts off in the middle of a battle between the Justice League and some kind of being that spreads fear. After the team seemingly defeats it, they all split off only to get hit again with the fear causing everyone to lash out in different ways. Aquaman and Wonder Woman decide to conquer the world together to save everyone. Superman decides he must kill Batman. Cyborg and Baz lash out at those around them during a friendly football game between friends out of fear of being rejected f

    This volume starts off in the middle of a battle between the Justice League and some kind of being that spreads fear. After the team seemingly defeats it, they all split off only to get hit again with the fear causing everyone to lash out in different ways. Aquaman and Wonder Woman decide to conquer the world together to save everyone. Superman decides he must kill Batman. Cyborg and Baz lash out at those around them during a friendly football game between friends out of fear of being rejected for being different. While on a date together, Flash starts acting like a jerk to everyone and Jessica locks herself in the restaurant freezer to shut out the world. After some painful dialogue from everyone as they fight off the fear, Jessica decides to quit the Justice League because she feels she isn't ready for this. And that's the only consequence we see from this little arc in the rest of the book. Nothing is mentioned about Aquaman and Wonder Woman's declaring of war. No damage control for any of the public breakdowns some of the heroes had. I just have to wonder what the point of it all was.

    It just feels like the book is going for emotional payoffs that it hasn't put any effort into building toward. Jessica suddenly asking Flash out wasn't the result of a building relationship between the two. Her choice to quit the team due to feelings of inadequacy felt abrupt. This is supposed to be a team book, but there's not any focus on how they are as a team. The fear arc feels like it should come after work has been put into establishing everyone much better as characters and team mates. An arc exposing the cracks in the team doesn't pack much of a punch if I haven't really gotten a good idea of what the team is like together. And it especially doesn't pack a punch if all consequences of the arc are then ignored. The end of the book even lessened the impact of Jessica quitting by having her join in the big battle of the next arc and saying she'll always be there to help. So she'll fight with the team still, but just won't say she's on the team.

    The second arc in this volume started off with a premise that I found hard to buy. Apparently the giant world-wide crisis of the previous volume that they had such a difficult time with only had a single casualty. I don't understand how only a single person died from all of that. And then we get a computer virus so great it can hack into anything including Cyborg and Baz's ring. I'll admit the Lantern Corps is an area I'm not as familiar with, but I really didn't think their rings could be infected with a computer virus. Is that something I just completely missed? Because it just seems really ridiculous. I don't like it.

    There were just too many elements of the story I was questioning for me to enjoy it. And it didn't have any good character moments to make up for things.

    This Justice League run is not impressing me. The first volume was boring. This one was just painful.

  • Steven Bell
    May 11, 2017

    There are a lot of reasons something can be bad. It can be conceptually bad. It can be offensive or betray the story and character's central messages. And sometimes... sometimes bad writing is just bad. There's nothing conceptually wrong, though I am sooooo bored with superheroes being forced to fight other superheroes.

    No, this is just flatout bad, sloppy writing. It needs stronger editing. There are potentially interesting ideas here but the bad writing ruins all of them.

    What this book did wit

    There are a lot of reasons something can be bad. It can be conceptually bad. It can be offensive or betray the story and character's central messages. And sometimes... sometimes bad writing is just bad. There's nothing conceptually wrong, though I am sooooo bored with superheroes being forced to fight other superheroes.

    No, this is just flatout bad, sloppy writing. It needs stronger editing. There are potentially interesting ideas here but the bad writing ruins all of them.

    What this book did with Jessica Cruz was so weird. With no previous foreshadowing that she might be interested in Barry she asks him out on a date, the date goes horribly wrong because of evil, so she quits the Justice League only to basically reappear on the last few pages to help save the day, getting basically no follow up to her earlier story just "I just like to help lol."

    I don't know if I'll read anymore of this book. The first volume I thought was OK but this was flatout bad.

  • Anne
    May 29, 2017

    Wow. Um, ok.

    It wasn't

    storyline I've ever read. Definitely fell on the

    side of

    , but it still

    have worked if the dialogue wasn't so clunky.

    First, there's this

    thing overtaking the Justice League, then Jessica and Barry go on this awkward

    , more of the Fear thing, then...the Justice League gets hacked?

    Well, the Watchtower, Batcave, GL's rings, and Cyborg get taken over by something/someone. Once they fight

    (and sort of figure out what happened), a gro

    Wow. Um, ok.

    It wasn't

    storyline I've ever read. Definitely fell on the

    side of

    , but it still

    have worked if the dialogue wasn't so clunky.

    First, there's this

    thing overtaking the Justice League, then Jessica and Barry go on this awkward

    , more of the Fear thing, then...the Justice League gets hacked?

    Well, the Watchtower, Batcave, GL's rings, and Cyborg get taken over by something/someone. Once they fight

    (and sort of figure out what happened), a group of villains attack them because someone/something put a bjillion dollar price tag on their lives.

    The writing was

    in the sense that I could read it, but there were several times that I physically cringed over what was coming out of a character's mouth. And there were also several times when it seemed like the author didn't know how to get the League out of a particular situation because suddenly in the panels

    they just...won the battle.

    I don't know if I'm explaining it right, but it was weird to look at and jarring to read.

    Bottom line? Blech. I was always excited to grab the New 52 Justice League title because (even with plot holes) it was a fun title to read. This is just a vaguely passable storyline with gawky dialogue.

  • Chad
    Jun 27, 2017

    First up is a 2 part story where the JL fights an oily black water that eats fear. After they think they've beat it, they go home and all start acting out of character because well, fear, I guess.

    After that, the JL is attacked by a virus that can do anything. It transmits into Cyborg over a TV broadcast he watches. Then it instantly jumps into Green Lantern's ring because you know ancient alien races that police the universe don't bother with putting security into its technology. turns out some

    First up is a 2 part story where the JL fights an oily black water that eats fear. After they think they've beat it, they go home and all start acting out of character because well, fear, I guess.

    After that, the JL is attacked by a virus that can do anything. It transmits into Cyborg over a TV broadcast he watches. Then it instantly jumps into Green Lantern's ring because you know ancient alien races that police the universe don't bother with putting security into its technology. turns out some kid hacked this together on their ipad. Then all these supervillains show up because the virus put a hit out on the JL. Even Scarecrow shows up, because guys with no powers except hallucinogenic gas think they can take out the Justice League. The whole thing is beyond ridiculous.

    The Good: The art is not bad, but nothing special.

    The Bad: Everything about this book is bad. The writing is dreadful.

    The Ugly: How did the Justice League come to this? It's coming out as a movie this year and they put an artist in as the writer who's never written anything before. This should be one of their premiere titles.


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