Justice League: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns

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Title: Justice League.
Story-Arc: Throne of Atlantis.
Volume: 3.
Writer(s): Geoff Johns & Jeff Lemire (Epilogue).
Penciller(s): Ivan ReisPaul Pelletier, Tony S. Daniel & Brad Walker.
Inker(s): Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Matt BanningSandu FloreaRichard Friend, Drew Hennessy, Karl KeselSean ParsonsIvan ReisArt Thibert.
Colourist(s): Rod Reis, Tomeu Morey & Jay David Ramos.
Letterer(s): Dave SharpePatrick Brosseau & Nick Napolitano.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: April 8th 2014.
Pages: 192.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781401246983.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.

Previously on DC Universe New 52’s Justice League series:
Justice League (Vol. 1): Origin by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 2): The Villain’s Journey by Geoff Johns

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Trust and honesty are not easy to come by when a person’s self-interest is at play. When they make you believe that they are infallible and will always be who they tell you to be, there’s a good chance that any form of betrayal will hit you hard in the gut and plunge you in cold disappointment. In the latest adventures of the Justice League, writer Geoff Johns looks to give Aquaman the chance to choose his home and the allies he wants to keep by his side. With mixed origins, this puts this hero between a rock and a hard place as the threat level is beyond this world even for the Justice League. Here comes one of the most exciting events that redefine epic in the DC Universe.

What is Justice League: Throne of Atlantis about? Collecting Justice League #13-17 and Aquaman #15-16, this story arc presents one of the most devastating wars that put surface dwellers up against sea roamers. Triggered when missiles launched by a U.S. Naval war submarine hit Atlantis, the world is plunged into chaos far worse than any natural disaster could cause. Led by Aquaman’s brother Ocean Master, the Atlanteans flood major cities and bring out the most treacherous creatures out to install pandemonium. With only Aquaman with the power to mediate this situation, the Justice League find themselves overmatched and threatened as they seek for help to save the world from total annihilation.

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The volume surprisingly does not only focus on the Throne of Atlantis story arc. It actually starts off with a story centered around a clash between Wonder Woman and her archnemesis Cheetah. This encounter explores Diana Prince’s innocence and her belief in her friendship with Cheetah’s alter ego. Although it is a very short story that ended with a cliffhanger, it was still a bit disappointing since Cheetah was somehow able to singlehandedly deal with the whole Justice League and that was just odd to me.

The Throne of Atlantis story arc, however, puts Aquaman at the heart of the action as his character plays a crucial role in identifying the solution to this calamity. As per usual, writer Geoff Johns brilliantly develops his freshly-rebooted character and transforms Aquaman into a hero that shouldn’t be looked down upon or taken lightly. Conflict-ridden, as he’s forced to pick sides, his character is brought to make important decisions amidst the chaos. An underlying theme around loyalty is also explored in its various forms, allowing the story to preciously maintains a sense of mystery.

Often associated with this New 52 Justice League series, the artwork continues to be phenomenal. There are countless two-page spreads throughout the story that has you marveling at the incredible scenes glorifying the destruction. It is, in fact, hard to not attribute a sense of grandiosity to the story. Geoff Johns definitely knows how to do justice to the Justice League.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is an action-packed, adrenaline-pumping and ludicrously-explosive event where land and sea collide, and true loyalty is tested.


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The Aquaman (2018) movie was loosely based on this story arc. Check out my review for thoughts on that movie! Have you seen it? What did you think about it?

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35 thoughts on “Justice League: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns

  1. Lately, I’ve been on an Aquaman kick, but have been reading stand-alone titles, so I should check this out as I want to see him as an integral part of the JL team!

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    1. I definitely recommend checking out this one then! Geoff John’s Aquaman series is also noted as the best of the best too! I also read Aquaman: Underworld by Dan Abnett and found that it was not only BEAUTIFUL, it actually was a good story arc!

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  2. Honestly Lashaan I can feel your admiration for that writer but what really amazed mr (from your IG where I first saw the drawings) are the drawings. I don’t know if you draw or not but I did (and do sometimes ) and I can assure you that drawing someone crouched and ready to spring or someon being feral and having it all right with the perspective, muscles etc is no easy feat. Here it’s done perfectly! So I believe you about the scenarii but I really am amazed by the drawings 😉

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    1. I used to enjoy drawing a lot back in High School but then my interests shifted onto other things but I can see appreciate the skills it must take to achieve the things some artists are able to achieve! 😍 And with this art style, there’s no surprise why there a lot of wonderful pin-ups and cover art being created for single issues! 😁

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  3. Dude!!! No glimpse of a two page spread?! 😉 How funny that this is called Justice League and it about Aquaman? Or is it just that the other roles aren’t worth mentioning? Anyway I think this sounds like a fascinating story arc. I love when we get to massive destruction… I’m not sure if that if my love of post-apocalyptic but those spreads and art always wow me. It would be hard to choose between sides for sure though. He “lives” with the Justice League and yet Atlantis is family.

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    1. Nop! They’re too epic for pictures. You’ll have to pick this up to see what’s up! 😁 Ahhh see, you touched on an excellent point that is often a subject of a lot criticism during the New 52 era of DC Comics. Aquaman had his own comic book series and this story arc is present in there, overlapping with the Justice League series. Since the event in itself is a Justice League level threat, the other heroes around the world are part of it, thus making Aquaman the center of attention, with the others around. And yes, he’s a “half-bread” too after all. Mother is the Queen of Atlantis while Father is a human mortal. The struggle is real. 😂

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  4. Great review sir, I enjoy following your adventures with this – the best – Justice League series. Throne of Atlantis was great, a truly epic and cinematic comics event with great characterisation – Geoff Johns really did a lot to help redefine the character of Aquaman (isn’t it odd now to see him in his pre-movie look?) and the world and politics of Atlantis. Can’t wait for you to eventually reach the Darkseid War!

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