In Justice League #1 the Martian Manhunter destroyed the moon, Luthor killed Vendal Savage. The Totality hit earth and there’s the Legion of Doom. The Joker with Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta and Cheetah.
Justice League #2 starts with a flashback of Lex Luthor attending the Legionnaires Club meeting. He told the members that he planted explosives in the hall. While in his bombproof suit, the bombs go off and the elderly veteran members scurry out unscathed. That is when he discovers the enchanted doorknob. The one that has a very similar symbol to the secret door in the Hall of Justice and also the Justice League physic boardroom meeting table.
Is someone trying to influence both heroes and villains?
Back in the present time, Batman contacts Green Lantern’s John Stewart via Swamp Thing to join the Justice League while in a battle with a horribly mutated version of Killer Croc.
Once that done, the League decides to take a trip into the Totality. It seems that only Superman and Martian Manhunter can resist the pathogenic mutagens. As a backup, Batman and Hawkgirl are shrunk down and are injected into Superman and J’onn bodies.
And none of them know that Lex Luthor tagged along into Supes body.
John Stewart shows some hesitation to join the League earlier, but he can’t resist Sinestro’s Invisible Emotional Spectrum.
Although this is only the second issue, there’s so much thing happening in Justice League. #2 builds on the momentum of the first issue very well. Many weird elements are added to the story i.e tiny pods, Speed Force fueled car, Killer Croc mutating into a Pacific Rim’s Kaiju, Ultraviolet corps, Invisible Emotional Spectrum etc.
Multiple plots, but never confusing.
I didn’t touch on Grodd with a baby and how Cheetah rips off Luthor’s face. That’s for you to read and find out 🙂
Who’s Who in the Legion of Doom
Note: The text below is from from the last page of Justice League #2
David Hyde pledged on oath to kill Aquaman after the hero mistakenly killed his father. Driven by revenge, Black Manta acours the world’s oceans looking for the key to defeat the Atlantean hero. The deep-sea mercenary joins Luthor’s cause with the promise of eradicating Aquaman, but he’s been kept in the dark on how.
Once a close friend and confidant of Wonder Woman’s, Barbara Minerva found herself transformed into the feral hunter Cheetah. She blamed Diana for ruining her life. Wishing to murder the gods who cursed her, Cheetah answers Luthor’s call as he promises her the power to summon a force no god can withstand.
The super-intelligent gorilla may have just faced down the Scarlet Speedster, but Grodd is not one to skulk away and lick his wounds. He will find a way to take down the Flash once and for all, but his telepathic mastery may not be enough.
Once the greatest Green Lantern of all, Sinestro felt that the only way to properly protect the universe was to control it and that he was the one to do it. Banished from the Corps, his fall from grace is a story still told to young Lanterns beginning their training. Now the master of the yellow light of fear, Sinestro still searches for a power lost to the ages.
The Joker is a man with only one desire: to instill madness in and create unrest in the citizens of Gotham. Life’s much better with a little more insanity in it. So how can even Luthor wrangle e Clown Prince of Crime, the most chaotic man in the DC Universe?
Lex Luthor always hoped to make the world into the best it can be. This drive within the Metropolis billionaire has been instilled in him through generations of Luthor’s family. For decades, Lex’s ancestors sought to unlock the secrets of the universe. Now, with the help of the Legion of Doom, he’ll be able to fulfill his family’s dream.
Justice League #2
Written by: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Jorge Jimenez
Inks: Jorge Jimenez
Colored by: Alejandro Sanchez
Cover by: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez
Release Date: June 20, 2018