Justice League 3: Throne of Atlantis

justice league volume 3 throne of atlantis cover trade paperback
6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 7/10

Good Aquaman story

Not enough Justice League, Cheetah issues

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Justice League (Volume 2)/Aquaman (Volume 5)

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Geoff Johns/Jeff Lemire

Artist:  Ivan Reis/Paul Pelletier/Tony S. Daniel/Brad Walker

# of Issues:  7

Release Date:  2013


Justice League (2) #13 Variant

Reprints Justice League (2) #13-17 and Aquaman (5) #15-16 (October 2012-April 2013).  Atlantis has attacked, and the Justice League finds that Aquaman is responsible for the attack plans.  Now, the Justice League is in a desperate battle to stop an invading army and it might mean finding a new group of heroes.  Plus, Wonder Woman’s enemy the Cheetah is out for blood…and the Justice League might fall under her claws.

Written by Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire, Justice League Volume 3:  Throne of Atlantis is the Justice League’s first big crossover event with the New 52 relaunch.  Following Justice League Volume 2:  The Villain’s Journey, the series also features the two part “The Secret of the Cheetah” from Justice League #13-14 (October 2012-January 2013) and does not contain the back-up story Shazam storyline (which was collected in Shazam—Volume 1).  The Throne of Atlantis storyline was also collected in Aquaman 3:  Throne of Atlantis and was made into a feature animated film in 2015.

I haven’t been loving Justice League.  I always was a big fan of Marvel’s The Avengers and Marvel’s other team books, but never felt the Justice League was quite as good.  This is a bit ironic in that I loved my introduction to most of these characters in Super Friends! while growing up.


Justice League (2) #15 Variant

The Cheetah storyline in Justice League #13-14 is pretty weak.  With all eyes on the DC through the New 52 relaunch, I feel this is just a very average storyline.  It really doesn’t feel like it should be a Justice League story and more of a Wonder Woman story…though it does provide a lot of room for exploration of the new coupling of Wonder Woman and Superman.

The Aquaman story likewise feels more like Aquaman’s story rather than the Justice League.  Johns wanted to bring Aquaman to the DC forefront with the New 52 relaunch and the Justice League just feels a bit like a second fiddle here.  I like the developments with Cyborg, but once again it is more of a side note to what is going on with Aquaman when it maybe deserves to be its own storyline.

Justice League 3:  Throne of Atlantis demonstrates a lot of the problems I have with DC’s handling of the powerhouse figures.  At this point in the New 52 relaunch, the team feels more like Marvel’s The Defenders which is Marvel’s “un”-team book.  I wish that the Justice League was more organized and more of a team…something that is lacking in DC’s biggest team book.  Justice League 3:  Throne of Atlantis is followed by Justice League 4:  The Grid.

Related Links:

Justice League 1:  Origin

Justice League 2:  The Villain’s Journey

Justice League 4:  The Grid

Justice League 5:  Forever Heroes

Justice League 6:  Injustice League

Justice League:  Throne of Atlantis (2015)

Aquaman 3:  Throne of Atlantis

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