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As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them–including Batman's protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing...and Owlman's teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly f As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them–including Batman's protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing...and Owlman's teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men! New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN: EARTH ONE) continues the Forever Evil event, as the Justice League must find a way to defeat their deadly mirror images–the Crime Syndicate! Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29


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As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them–including Batman's protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing...and Owlman's teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly f As the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them–including Batman's protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing...and Owlman's teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman! Also, Cyborg is one of the lone Justice League members left to fight against the villains that have taken over. How can he possibly find a way to defeat them? Who can he turn to? Two words: Metal Men! New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN, BATMAN: EARTH ONE) continues the Forever Evil event, as the Justice League must find a way to defeat their deadly mirror images–the Crime Syndicate! Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE #24-29

30 review for Justice League, Volume 5: Forever Heroes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: Basically bonus backups, it backlights with backstory and backdoor debuts: digging deep and backfilling blind-spots.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Easily the best collected stories in the title so far I got these on its single issues but I am choosing this edition to make a better overall review about the stories developed on this story arc. This edition collects: Justice League #24 - #29 Creative Team: Writer: Geoff Johns Illustrators: Ivan Reis & Doug Mahnke UNIVERSE OF EVIL The heroes had to win every time. The villains only had to win once. And they did. The Justice League and the Justice League of America were beaten in one single Easily the best collected stories in the title so far I got these on its single issues but I am choosing this edition to make a better overall review about the stories developed on this story arc. This edition collects: Justice League #24 - #29 Creative Team: Writer: Geoff Johns Illustrators: Ivan Reis & Doug Mahnke UNIVERSE OF EVIL The heroes had to win every time. The villains only had to win once. And they did. The Justice League and the Justice League of America were beaten in one single strike. Without both leagues on the board, the world is now “property” of the Crime Syndicate. A successful invasion from Earth-3 to Earth-Prime, and without the most powerful heroes in the scenario, now the world is at mercy of unmerciful super-powered killers. The Outsider, the mysterious herald of the Crime Syndicate proved to be a patient player in this risky chess game. It was carefully crafted chess game that took 5 years to have the pieces in the positions, but it paid off. Heroes lost. Villains won. Checkmate. Now, while the Crime Syndicate is consolidating its control over the world, “The Grid” a new villain hidden in the depths of Cyborg’s body emerged and it swears alliance with the new masters of the planet. With the support of The Grid, all kind of electronic communications and linked computers are at the disposal and under control of the Crime Syndicate. The quest of The Grid for learning “how to feel”, it starts to check on the detailed files about them kept on the mobile servers of Owlman’s suit. So, we get to know the secret origins of Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, Deathstorm, Johnny Quick and Atomica, however the file of Super Woman was suspiciously deleted. This is the New52, so you can bet that this Crime Syndicate isn’t like the one that used to know back then, way before of the Crisis of Infinite Earths. So, reading their “new” secret origins was indeed an interesting and enriching reading. A LEAGUE OF ONE So then what do we do, Silas? Do we sit here and hope that someone else saves the world? Someone else will. And what if they don’t? The Justice League is no more, but hardly disappeared entirely. Victor Stone was left behind. The organic remains of him were thrown away like garbage. Big mistake. The League still exists if one of its members is able to fight back. Victor Stone didn’t want to be Cyborg the first time. NOW is a different situation. He has been a hero for 5 years. He learned the importance of why good people must do whatever they can to avoid that evil wins. Victor Stone now demands to Dr. Silas Stone, his father, and Dr. T.O. Morrow, to be Cyborg again. But a sleeker version. Cyborg 2.0 borns. Now, Cyborg only needs a new team. Enter: The Metal Men! I love the Metal Men. I have old comics of Silver Age (in a Spanish translated edition, published in Mexico by “Editorial Novaro”) with them and I always loved to read their stories. Robots built by the genius scientist, Dr. Will Magnus, they are made with different metals: gold, platinum, iron, lead, tin and mercury, with emotions thanks to their “responsometers”. The first target of this “metallic” Justice League will be The Grid. Certainly, Cyborg has a deep reckoning to solve against him. GREAT READING BUT... So, if this story arc was so great, why not a full 5-stars rating then? Easy. It lacks of a conclusion. This story arc named Forever Heroes for its collected edition in trade paperback presents an impressive artwork, and it’s also one heck of reading. Awesome secret origins of the Crime Syndicate along with the rising of a new Cyborg, the apparition of the Metal Men, and even you will get a surprising origin cameo of a very known and popular DC character in this New52 era. However, the main event Forever Evil was developed as a separate comic book miniseries, and while you get several pieces of information in this Justice League arc, you won’t get the ending of the event. You need to read Forever Evil to know how all this would end. Obviously, I bought Forever Evil, and hopefully I will read it tomorrow, but reviewing this story arc contained in the title of Justice League, I can’t deny that it lack of its own conclusion. Therefore, I felt that one less star would be a fair assessment to rating this reading. But again, in my opinion, definitely it’s the best written arc, so far, in this run of Justice League since the reboot of the New52.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    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. Nope. 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 remembe 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. Nope. 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. Cyborg was the only Justice League member featured in this one, and since the whole story hinged on him figuring out how to take down Grid, it worked out well. When it started, Cyborg was still (literally) only half a man. He was in his father's lab, being kept alive with the help of the advanced technology that his father and his partner had been studying. Ok, you know I'm a mushy sentimental kind of girl, so it probably won't surprise you to know that I loved the parts where Cyborg and his dad worked out their issues. His dad finally had the breakdown that I'd been waiting for, and begged forgiveness for not being there for his son. Awwww. Plus, Victor got to make the decision about whether or not to become a Cyborg this time around. Which leads us to.... SUIT UPGRADES! Gone is the bulky outdated stuff, and in it's place we get a more streamlined version of Cyborg. He still looks badass, but without the clunky armored tank feel to his body, it's easier to see his human side. Alrighty, last but not least, the Metal Men. Mixed feeling on these guys, to be quite honest. On one hand, I was excited to read about them in the New 52 setting, but on the other.... Ehhhhhh. I think it would have been better to explore their origin in a different setting. Maybe one where they weren't packed into the background of a larger event? Just sayin'. My feelings on whether or not the Metal Men story even worked are still pretty up in the air. I guess time will tell? Ok. And this is just a side note, but there has been some debate on the 'realism' of some of the things that happened in this story arc. One of the things that everyone seemed to agree on, was the part where Ultraman moved the moon in front of the sun, in order to create a permanent eclipse. Being the opposite of Superman, the sun drains his power. We all pretty much called bullshit on that one, due to the whole Shit-In-The-Sky-Rotates theory that we're all kind of on board with. Thankfully, it's addressed in this volume. Grid does remind Ultraman that he needs to nudge the moon back into place, in order to keep the sunshine levels down. Yay! If you're not enjoying this storyline, nothing here is really going to make you fall in love with it. But if (like me) you're already having fun with this title, this is another pretty good installment. Digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publishers, in exchange for an honest review. Get this review and more at: And Addicted2Heroines

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bookwraiths

    I loved the origin of the Crime Syndicate in the initial volumes of this collection, but once the story focused on the Metal Men it soured for me a little. Nothing wrong with the Cyborg story line . . . except for the Metal Men, whom I'm just not a big fan of. Others will probably enjoy it more than I did though. I loved the origin of the Crime Syndicate in the initial volumes of this collection, but once the story focused on the Metal Men it soured for me a little. Nothing wrong with the Cyborg story line . . . except for the Metal Men, whom I'm just not a big fan of. Others will probably enjoy it more than I did though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Lord amighty, save me from the dudes with infantile imagination. Let's examine the alternative universe in which Ultraman was spawned: same dying Krypton, same parents jetting him to Earth, but let's make the Kryptonians the exact opposite of what we usually see. The last words of his parents are "This is all *your* fault, Jor-il." "Shut up and die, Lara." Boy that's creative - forget creating characters who we might believe actually existed, let's just make them one-dimensional fart jokes instea Lord amighty, save me from the dudes with infantile imagination. Let's examine the alternative universe in which Ultraman was spawned: same dying Krypton, same parents jetting him to Earth, but let's make the Kryptonians the exact opposite of what we usually see. The last words of his parents are "This is all *your* fault, Jor-il." "Shut up and die, Lara." Boy that's creative - forget creating characters who we might believe actually existed, let's just make them one-dimensional fart jokes instead. Where's the wonder of exploring what could have been if not for one small deviation? How's about giving us at least a decent Pa Kent to see how a tougher Clark would subtly change under similar circumstances? Ah forget that, wouldn't it be cool to to just do opposite world? And here's a real head-scratcher: if Supes would be *harmed* by the solar radiation bathing Earth half of every day, wouldn't it be smarter to send him to *another* M-class planet with better growing conditions? Je-sus. This book is filled with the funhouse-mirror warped origins and misadventures of the JL, and frankly it's fucking tedious. Not one angle is both (a) unpredictable and (b) interesting. It's just a rote slog through "what if the JL was the opposite of the dudes we like?", like some of those really exhausting Marvel What If? tales from the 70's (What if the Hulk's underpants didn't expand when he hulked out?) Every "meaningful" scene from the best-of reel for each hero, played exactly the same except for the payoff, and there's no surprise, no emotional resonance - it's like an Asperger's was telling these stories. This is just frustrating filler - like John's only had the energy for one halfway-decent story, and so while he fleshed out Forever Evil, he just turned in the bare minimum of work on JL. Even for the rebirth of Cyborg - which starts reasonably but just becomes melodramatic filler. The reconciliation is so stilted, I thought I was at the circus, or maybe this issue had been sponsored by Harlequin. The only breath of non-fetid air is the whole Metal Men retelling. And yet it's like a Shakespearean soliloquy it's so stuffed with talking to himself. And it's got androids - each made from a single metal - who somehow still have the ability to manifest coloured eyes (and even red lipstick - out of platinum)? What the holy fuck, guys? Does anyone even bother to read the script before drawing?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Like the last volume, Justice League, Volume 5: Forever Heroes is a collection of bad filler issues. You also have to have read Forever Evil to understand what’s happening here as these issues are tie-ins to that event. Half the book is devoted to explaining the banal origins of each member of the Crime Syndicate: Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, Grid, Johnny Quick and Atomica (but not Superwoman for some reason…). Here’s a clue: they’re like their “good” counterparts’ origins but predictably “evil Like the last volume, Justice League, Volume 5: Forever Heroes is a collection of bad filler issues. You also have to have read Forever Evil to understand what’s happening here as these issues are tie-ins to that event. Half the book is devoted to explaining the banal origins of each member of the Crime Syndicate: Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, Grid, Johnny Quick and Atomica (but not Superwoman for some reason…). Here’s a clue: they’re like their “good” counterparts’ origins but predictably “evil”. So we see evil Jor-Il and evil Lara sending evil Kal-Il to evil Earth even though, a) why would they be selfless if they’re so evil, and b) why send their son to a planet where the sun’s rays will harm him? See, the plan to “just do the opposite” of the origin is pretty stupid. Owlman’s origins are wholly unconvincing as to his intentions of winning over this Earth’s Dick Grayson, and the others are utterly boring to read. Johnny Quick and Atomica are like Bonnie and Clyde minus any personality until lightning strikes and yaaaaawwwn! they becomes superheroes and such. Grid wants to feel feelings, he wants to be a real boy - so basically Pinocchio! Real original thinking, Geoff Johns! So where are the Justice League in this book called Justice League, you ask? They’re not here. Yup. But wait, nobody’s favourite hero Cyborg is and he decides to go looking for Dr William Magnus who’s invented some androids called Metal Men. They’ll save the Justice League together! … yay? I got a strong Michael Bay-Transformers vibe from the Metal Men which pretty much ensured a dislike of these chumps from the start. They’re chatty, they’re rude, they like to fight, they’re… annoying. Doom Patrol make an extremely brief cameo (maybe they feature more prominently in another Forever Evil tie-in) but I would’ve much preferred Cyborg team up with them than the Metal Men. The art’s not bad despite there being 13 - yes, 13! - artists on this book (not even counting colourists!). It’s the usual big, bombastic superhero-style art and, like Johns’ big, bombastic superhero-style writing, it’s tedious to see page after page of. Forever Heroes’ biggest problem is how boring it is. There’s so little imagination to this volume, my attention kept drifting away to other things - the Crime Syndicates origins really aren’t worth bothering with. It’s also a very unsatisfying read as it only has half a story, abruptly ending in the middle of Cyborg and the Metal Men’s fight. Will the Justice League appear in the next volume of Justice League? Maybe! Imagine that - not even banking on the title characters appearing in their own book! Well, given the quality of the series so far, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Forever Forgettable!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lost Planet Airman

    If you aren't troubled by the fact that this volume doesn't have more than an eighth of the League, and only for about half the time, then you can believe that this is a Justice League title. But it's not. It's Forever Evil Lite. Looks great, less fulfilling. If you aren't troubled by the fact that this volume doesn't have more than an eighth of the League, and only for about half the time, then you can believe that this is a Justice League title. But it's not. It's Forever Evil Lite. Looks great, less fulfilling.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    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 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This is a good book to read along side Forever Evil. It's not "needed" but it fills in the origins of the Crime Syndicate in pretty fun ways. The best origins are obviously Ultraman (Superman) and Owlman (Batman) for they have their own whole issues for them. They are both filled with detail and nice strange twist on the original characters. Those two issues alone are very enjoyable. The other origins aren't nearly as interesting. Johnny comes off as lame and doesn't make sense to be flash in th This is a good book to read along side Forever Evil. It's not "needed" but it fills in the origins of the Crime Syndicate in pretty fun ways. The best origins are obviously Ultraman (Superman) and Owlman (Batman) for they have their own whole issues for them. They are both filled with detail and nice strange twist on the original characters. Those two issues alone are very enjoyable. The other origins aren't nearly as interesting. Johnny comes off as lame and doesn't make sense to be flash in that universe. Atom just a mean bitch. And Grid...well he is a virus, so he's boring. So these issues didn't gel with the others nearly as well. On the flipside the Machine Men were interesting. We also got a lot of Cyborg time. He's the least interesting character on the team by FAR but he had his moments here. I enjoyed most of his stuff, even if some of it is just long winded. Overall, the ending was satisfying IF you read Forever Evil. Without it, feels...plain?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    What in the world was this. All the sudden there were bad mirrors of our superheroes that were villains and evil. I really like Geoff Johns and he does great stuff, but this was a mess. It came out of nowhere and didn't relate to the 4th volume in any way. This might as well been a whole different story from the rest. I don't understand. Plus, our favorite heroes on in this one and it's really not a whole lot of fun without them. The art is good with lots of energy in the pages. We don't figure o What in the world was this. All the sudden there were bad mirrors of our superheroes that were villains and evil. I really like Geoff Johns and he does great stuff, but this was a mess. It came out of nowhere and didn't relate to the 4th volume in any way. This might as well been a whole different story from the rest. I don't understand. Plus, our favorite heroes on in this one and it's really not a whole lot of fun without them. The art is good with lots of energy in the pages. We don't figure out what's going on even a little until the very end and then cliff hanger. I'm not a fan of this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Following crossover events, there’s usually an unavoidable amount of spin-offs, fillers, and tie-ins that are released to give readers the chance to get more insight into certain characters, subplots, and events. While the quality usually wavers immensely in comparison to the main story arc, these stories can sometimes surprise the savviest of readers. It’s in the effort put into seamlessly justifying their pertinence that makes these stories so You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Following crossover events, there’s usually an unavoidable amount of spin-offs, fillers, and tie-ins that are released to give readers the chance to get more insight into certain characters, subplots, and events. While the quality usually wavers immensely in comparison to the main story arc, these stories can sometimes surprise the savviest of readers. It’s in the effort put into seamlessly justifying their pertinence that makes these stories so appealing in the end. Writer Geoff Johns thus accomplishes the unexpected with this fifth volume in his New 52 Justice League run by exploring origin stories of the very villains at the heart of the chaos in one of the greatest crossover events at DC Comics while also focusing on the one hero that even brought the Justice League together in the first place. What is Justice League: Forever Heroes about? Set during the Forever Evil event, this volume collects origin stories for the members of the deadly Crime Syndicate as well as a story arc unveiling the subplot around Cyborg’s rise from the dead and his quest to bring in the Metal Men to help him take down Grid. Collecting Justice League issues #24-29, New York Times best-selling writer Geoff Johns offers fans the chance to discover the motives behind the evil mirror images of the Justice League, from Owlman to Ultraman, while also introducing fresh and colourful heroes to the universe, right when it needs them most. As odd as it might be in terms of chronology, this volume follows up to Forever Evil with what could be described as a companion story arc with its exploration of the origin stories of all the members part of the Crime Syndicate. Creatively told, writer Geoff Johns utilizes interesting storytelling devices to unveil these backstories, such as utilizing villains to narrate the origin stories of other villains. Since the Crime Syndicate is constituted of alternate and evil versions of our heroes from another universe, it was also fascinating to see how their lives were different and inevitably turned them into broken individuals driven by evil desires. This volume also explores a sub-plot that was loosely presented in Forever Evil regarding Cyborg’s character and his downfall. This time around, the story presents his endeavour which ultimately leads him to help the Justice League in their own complex little nuclear predicament. Throughout his adventure, writer Geoff Johns also introduces the Metal Men who draw a lot of similarities with his past creations but nevertheless remains entertaining, to say the least. With the explosive and sensational artwork, the story was able to remain as theatrical, if not predictable, as it is usually expected from the New 52 Justice League run. Justice League: Forever Heroes is a thrilling exploration of brand-new villains’ origins while displaying the war between man and machine in the midst of the end of the world. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/ _______________________ As odd as it might in terms of chronology, this volume follows up to Forever Evil with what could be described as a companion story arc as it explores the origin story of all the members part of the Crime Syndicate. The backgrounds that are presented were actually really good and gives us original stories to indulge. Good stuff! It also explores a sub-plot that was loosely presented in Forever Evil regarding Cyborg's plans and what he accomplishes to try and save the Justice League. This story arc introduces the Metal Men which draws a lot of similarities with past creations of writer Geoff Johns but nevertheless remains entertaining to say the least. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress

    In my opinion, this is the best volume in this run of Justice League. I feel after volume two, they just got better, but this is definitely the best so far. The strength of it is telling the story of the dark versions of the Justice League. They are absolutely bone-chilling. I think that horror is not always supernatural aspects, but delving into the psychological heart of darkness. In this care, seeing what an Evil Clark Kent/Superman, Batman, and others would be like. What if the Justice Leagu In my opinion, this is the best volume in this run of Justice League. I feel after volume two, they just got better, but this is definitely the best so far. The strength of it is telling the story of the dark versions of the Justice League. They are absolutely bone-chilling. I think that horror is not always supernatural aspects, but delving into the psychological heart of darkness. In this care, seeing what an Evil Clark Kent/Superman, Batman, and others would be like. What if the Justice League was merely a syndicate of super-powered, super-evil villains who have plenty of agency to do whatever they want? That is not a world we want to live in, trust me. Unfortunately, the Crime Society have gotten a foot into our world. I think that I really liked this volume because it's so high on character development. It shows how Earth 3's version of Batman, Owlman is really like the evil side of Batman. He has all Bruce Wayne's strengths, but also a twisted, sick lack of morality that allows him to make methodically evil choices. You really don't want an Owlman when you can have a Batman. Same to be said for Kal-Il/Clark Kent/Ultraman. That's a case of nurture versus nature. Both sets of parents were evil, if not twisted. Kal-Il received all the teachings of his father as he traveled to Earth-2, and they were about the worst conditioning you could give a child, unless you want them to be absolutely twisted morally. Teach a child to hate weakness and to believe that strength is everything, that strength allows someone to take whatever they want with impunity. Earth 3's version of the Green Lantern is rather like the flip-side of the whole ideology of the Green Lantern Corps. Instead of being powered by will, how about your fears and pain being used against you to power the ring? And let's not talk about Johnny Quick and Atomica, a pair of thrill killer/criminal lovers who happen to become super-powered when they are about to commit suicide after a botched escapade. One shortcoming is that we don't learn much about Superwoman, other than she's a piece of work. I am intensely curious about her, and I hope that we get her backstory in the next volume. This whole adventure is narrated by The Grid, the computer virus/AI consciousness that takes over the super-powered machinery of Vic Stone, Cyborg and expels his human part. I like the way that Vic deals with The Grid and the group of unlikely crime-fighters he recruits. "Forever Heroes" left me wanting more of this series. High on adventure, suspense, and character development, it was a page turner.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This was so epic. It ties in with the Forever Evil event as we find the origins of Ultraman, Owl Man, Johnny Quick, Power ring and others over here and hints as to Luthor and Anti-monitor and its perfectly done and it flows so naturally and its awesome. Plus we come to find out whatever their plans are and watch them battle heroes particularly Johnny and then we have the story with Cyborg and him coming back and the origins and coming back of Metal-Men which I absolutely love and how they team up This was so epic. It ties in with the Forever Evil event as we find the origins of Ultraman, Owl Man, Johnny Quick, Power ring and others over here and hints as to Luthor and Anti-monitor and its perfectly done and it flows so naturally and its awesome. Plus we come to find out whatever their plans are and watch them battle heroes particularly Johnny and then we have the story with Cyborg and him coming back and the origins and coming back of Metal-Men which I absolutely love and how they team up and take the battle to Grid! Its an awesome volume and allows Johns to flesh out the threats and also give the metal men some spotlight and I love the way he does that, its so natural and it feels epic and their battle with Grid makes him a sympathetic villain and also allows for the evolution of the character of Cyborg which is genius plus the art of Reis here is so good, part of the reason why the book looks so good is a testament to him and his great ability. Its a must must read book for sure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This was a good volume, but also disturbing. We see the origins of most of the Criminal Syndicate, and it's downright chilling to see the Justice League presented as evil. The Criminal Syndicate are pure evil. I guess it's because their origins are so close to the real Justice League's, but for some reason those villains creep me out more than most comic book villains. Part of it is probably we see just how much damage the Justice League could do if they were bad. This volume ties in to Forever This was a good volume, but also disturbing. We see the origins of most of the Criminal Syndicate, and it's downright chilling to see the Justice League presented as evil. The Criminal Syndicate are pure evil. I guess it's because their origins are so close to the real Justice League's, but for some reason those villains creep me out more than most comic book villains. Part of it is probably we see just how much damage the Justice League could do if they were bad. This volume ties in to Forever Evil, and it is a really good volume. As stated earlier, the origin stories are basically horror stories. Then you get to see the Metal Men step in when the Justice League is missing. Overall, one of the better volumes in the New 52 Justice League series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    4.5 stars. Really loved this one! I liked the background on the Crime Syndicate excluding Superwoman. And I was so glad that Cyborg was the main hero in this one. I feel like this series hasn't done the best job of incorporating him, and he's an awesome character. I also really liked the Metal Men. I would like to see them elsewhere. I would appreciate any recommendations. 4.5 stars. Really loved this one! I liked the background on the Crime Syndicate excluding Superwoman. And I was so glad that Cyborg was the main hero in this one. I feel like this series hasn't done the best job of incorporating him, and he's an awesome character. I also really liked the Metal Men. I would like to see them elsewhere. I would appreciate any recommendations.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    For being a flagship title DC sure doesn't seem to give a shit about this one. Why Johns is wasting his time with this one is beyond me. For being a flagship title DC sure doesn't seem to give a shit about this one. Why Johns is wasting his time with this one is beyond me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Milo

    Not quite as good as the previous volumes despite some fairly good issues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aron

    Pretty good,...but not my favorite.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Excellent supplementary reading to the Forever Evil main story; in fact, I would say this is mandatory reading if you are going to dive into the main plot. Though it is a Justice League title, it focuses more on the back story of the Crime Syndicate (which makes perfect sense since the whole point of the Forever Evil event is to shine a spotlight on the villains of the new 52). There is a lot of work done explaining the Grid and filling in the holes of the main plot concerning Cyborg. Plus, the Excellent supplementary reading to the Forever Evil main story; in fact, I would say this is mandatory reading if you are going to dive into the main plot. Though it is a Justice League title, it focuses more on the back story of the Crime Syndicate (which makes perfect sense since the whole point of the Forever Evil event is to shine a spotlight on the villains of the new 52). There is a lot of work done explaining the Grid and filling in the holes of the main plot concerning Cyborg. Plus, the Metal Men and Dr. Magnus make a cameo, and I'm always happy to see them pop-up in stories. For me, the most interesting chapters where the ones that followed Ultraman and Owlman. They raised A LOT of questions for me about the world they left behind. What exactly was the relationship between Jimmy and Ultraman back home? What kind of photographer was Jimmy? Likewise with Owlman and Dick Grayson... There seems to be more than meets they eye with those two. There are some little hints dropped, but nothing really was fully explained. I would have liked more backstory on Superwoman I feel she was ignored in this collection, but on the whole, a very informative read that fills in a lot of the gaps from the main storyline. 4/5

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Church

    Justice League Vol. 5 felt like been there done that....it also felt like I plopped down my hard earn money on a book full of filler material. Vol. 4 disappointing and Vol. 5 even more disappointing. Alright if Vol. 6 sucks...I am done with the JL (again..until the next f'ing incarnation). I guess I am showing my age here...I miss those stories that used to be action packed and normally resolved themselves in one or 2 issues. Now days (young timers) if a storyline sucks...you're stuck with it f Justice League Vol. 5 felt like been there done that....it also felt like I plopped down my hard earn money on a book full of filler material. Vol. 4 disappointing and Vol. 5 even more disappointing. Alright if Vol. 6 sucks...I am done with the JL (again..until the next f'ing incarnation). I guess I am showing my age here...I miss those stories that used to be action packed and normally resolved themselves in one or 2 issues. Now days (young timers) if a storyline sucks...you're stuck with it for 6 to 12 issues. Would have been 1 star but I do love those damn Metal Men!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Geoff Johns really knocks it out of the park in this volume. It's hard to believe I wasn't all that impressed with the JL's first volume, but Johns has really made the JL into a must read book for me. Dealing with the aftermath of the Crime Syndicate of America's take over of Earth, most of this book stars the CSA guys, giving us a lot of their background. Cyborg is the other main star of this book, and whereas Matt Kindt over in Justice League of America took a spotlight on Stargirl and made it Geoff Johns really knocks it out of the park in this volume. It's hard to believe I wasn't all that impressed with the JL's first volume, but Johns has really made the JL into a must read book for me. Dealing with the aftermath of the Crime Syndicate of America's take over of Earth, most of this book stars the CSA guys, giving us a lot of their background. Cyborg is the other main star of this book, and whereas Matt Kindt over in Justice League of America took a spotlight on Stargirl and made it boring as fuck, Johns moves Cyborg through a lot of action. Eventually teaming up with the Metal Men (YAY!!!), the crisis is resolved in a very satisfactory manner. We get glimpses of a Doom Patrol we'll never know much about, but a dark hint that the DP will be back soon. The art by Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke is fantastic. Beautiful stuff. The coloring is very good, also. Can't find any complaints in the art at all. The only downside to the current Justice League trade publication is that DC is putting a lot of issues in one volume. The next volume, in paperback, collects almost a year's worth of stories, and won't be published until March of 2016, which is almost a year after this one was published. Part of the problem is that on highly successful titles, DC publishes a hardback version, then a softcover version usually six months later. I'm sure it makes sense from a business standpoint, but it really removes the trade reader from the title and allows the opportunity for it to be completely forgotten at some point.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Really liked this one, the past few volume have been hit and miss so i wasn't expecting that much from this but it's actually quite good. I liked the little origin stories for the crime syndicate so you're not lost as to who these characters are if you've never seen them before. I kinda love the metal men they're so adorable especially tin he's just so pathetically cute i mean he was literally trash in this, it may come off as cutesy to some, but they made this volume. Also cyborg being a badass, Really liked this one, the past few volume have been hit and miss so i wasn't expecting that much from this but it's actually quite good. I liked the little origin stories for the crime syndicate so you're not lost as to who these characters are if you've never seen them before. I kinda love the metal men they're so adorable especially tin he's just so pathetically cute i mean he was literally trash in this, it may come off as cutesy to some, but they made this volume. Also cyborg being a badass, he's kinda been missing in the previous volumes not really having a voice he's mainly been overshadowed until now and he's a pretty awesome character so it was good to have a volume that focuses more so on him. Overall it's definitely worth picking up!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    As someone who was only familiar with the Justice League's twisted mirror image, the Crime Syndicate, from the actually quite good "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" animated film from 2010* I always wanted more backstory on Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, etc., and this volume really delivered! I was honestly hoping for more on Superwoman, alas, but I guess that is a tale told elsewhere. Also, for an arc featuring my overall least fave leaguer, Cyborg, and a supporting cast of semi-annoying Me As someone who was only familiar with the Justice League's twisted mirror image, the Crime Syndicate, from the actually quite good "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" animated film from 2010* I always wanted more backstory on Ultraman, Owlman, Power Ring, etc., and this volume really delivered! I was honestly hoping for more on Superwoman, alas, but I guess that is a tale told elsewhere. Also, for an arc featuring my overall least fave leaguer, Cyborg, and a supporting cast of semi-annoying Metal Men it still delivers the goods. I'm calling it a 4.5/5. *I'm still such a DC newb, I know.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Seba

    3,5 I guess this reading-arcs-in-between sh*t is kind of annoying. So a word of warning read Forever Evil after volume JLvol.4 and then Volume 5. Although perhaps a better advice if you have time check how the individual issues correlate between vol.5 and Forever Evil. An important part of volume 5 was dedicated to the backstory of the Crime Syndicate. That was pretty cool! I liked also how we get to know more about Cyborg and his identity struggle (am I a man or a machine/am I dead or alive?) de 3,5 I guess this reading-arcs-in-between sh*t is kind of annoying. So a word of warning read Forever Evil after volume JLvol.4 and then Volume 5. Although perhaps a better advice if you have time check how the individual issues correlate between vol.5 and Forever Evil. An important part of volume 5 was dedicated to the backstory of the Crime Syndicate. That was pretty cool! I liked also how we get to know more about Cyborg and his identity struggle (am I a man or a machine/am I dead or alive?) deep stuff. Remember...read FOREVER EVIL! Owlman and Atomica/Johnny Quick were great, so gritty, dark and ruthless! Ultraman is scary as f*ck. Ah! and the Outsider is a c*nt #JustSayin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    Close to five stars, which is odd considering it really wasn't even about the Justice League. This volume really added, well... zero insight to what was actually going on with the Justice League whilst it was trapped inside of Firestorm (save for Batman and Cyborg). So that's about the only knock because there is a lot to love here. Metal Men, Crime Syndicate back stories, forgiveness, redemption, resurrection and all sorts of comic book goodness. If you're going to read Forever Evil, which you Close to five stars, which is odd considering it really wasn't even about the Justice League. This volume really added, well... zero insight to what was actually going on with the Justice League whilst it was trapped inside of Firestorm (save for Batman and Cyborg). So that's about the only knock because there is a lot to love here. Metal Men, Crime Syndicate back stories, forgiveness, redemption, resurrection and all sorts of comic book goodness. If you're going to read Forever Evil, which you absolutely should, this really adds tremendous value to the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaique

    The whole Crime Syndicate storyline was my favourite part of this run so far! I really like the concept behind the Crime Syndicate and how the characters and their world differs from the one we know. I really enjoyed the background on the Crime Syndicate members. It was definitely one of the most interesting things in this entire run so far. I can easily say the Crime Syndicate are one of my favourite villains. Overall Forever Evil and this were great reading !

  27. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    They should have named this the "origin" issue. You get the origins of the Crime Syndicate, which were excellent, there's a new villain (lame though) and the beginning of the Metal men, which was also enjoyable. A few other minor plot points but that's about it. They should have named this the "origin" issue. You get the origins of the Crime Syndicate, which were excellent, there's a new villain (lame though) and the beginning of the Metal men, which was also enjoyable. A few other minor plot points but that's about it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    David

    A bit tired of the Forever Evil event, I can't seem to reach the end of but this one surprised me. Charmed by the Metal Men's appearance. Made me smile a couple of times. A bit tired of the Forever Evil event, I can't seem to reach the end of but this one surprised me. Charmed by the Metal Men's appearance. Made me smile a couple of times.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    What the heck is the point of this book anymore?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nico

    So I read this going back and forth between Vol 5: Forever Heroes and Forever Evil (as per Chris' helpful guide - thanks again Chris). I honestly wouldn't have wanted to read them any other way, as it would've resulted in me being utterly confused (y'know, like most of us were when we read a few of the previous volumes!) Well I stopped that cycle, thankfully, and I could just enjoy the story. One section I really enjoyed all the "anti-heroes" or "villains" or whatever you wanna call them - their So I read this going back and forth between Vol 5: Forever Heroes and Forever Evil (as per Chris' helpful guide - thanks again Chris). I honestly wouldn't have wanted to read them any other way, as it would've resulted in me being utterly confused (y'know, like most of us were when we read a few of the previous volumes!) Well I stopped that cycle, thankfully, and I could just enjoy the story. One section I really enjoyed all the "anti-heroes" or "villains" or whatever you wanna call them - their backstories in the other universe. It was kinda awesome to see everything turned on its head like that. I did a triple take when I saw (view spoiler)[Bruce's brother (hide spoiler)] and the other Clark's beginning was just... gnarly and messed up. All of them were, and me being the screwed up sonofabitch that I am, loved every second of it. There were some really interesting storylines in this one. The Nightwing & Owlman dynamic was absolutely fascinating, and I am obviously always going to be up for more attention on any members of the Bats family. (And no, I'm not saying Owlman is Batman because I don't want to be dropped off a building) I talked more about the Batman & Nightwing storyline on my review for Forever Evil because it seemed to be focused more in that one. I enjoyed the Metal Men & Dr. Magnus sections much more than I thought I would. I mean Dr. Magnus is a snarky genius who hates people but wants friends, so I should've expected to find him endearing, but I didn't, and that was an unexpected delight. I'm a fan of Cyborg, so watching him get rebuilt the way he wants was also pretty damn awesome. He really took charge and demanded the rights he deserved, and I'm loving how much of a leader he's become. Also, that final confrontation where (view spoiler)[ The Grid just peels back his flesh to find his cyborg body still underneath? Epic. And then the "Are you done talking? Because I'm sick of listening to it." was just his final nail in Grid's coffin. Absolutely destroyed. (hide spoiler)] So that was fun. Overall between this and Forever Evil, I just flat out had fun with this Justice League run again, and it was so great to get back to.

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