calistareads's review against another edition

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2.0

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.

the_rox13's review against another edition

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4.0

Synopsis: Much of this book is the backstory of the Crime Syndicate members. Ultraman (Kal-il) also came from Krypton. On this Krypton, however, the idea of being the strongest is held above all other things to the point where Ultraman's parents killed any other Kryptonian who tried to escape Krypton because they would only stand in Ultraman's way. Kal-il ends up with the Kents, but disposes of them in a few short years. Back in the present, Ultraman flies to the Daily Planet to see if this earth's people are as "weak" as they appear to be. There he discovers that Jimmy Olsen is not a blackmailing, pervert, murderer and this is upsetting to him. As he is about to seemingly rape Lois Lane, Black Adam comes in and attacks him.

In Owlman's backstory, we see that the Waynes had two sons: Bruce and Thomas. Bruce, Thomas and Alfred made a plan to kill the Waynes, but Bruce tries to thwart the plan at the last second. Alfred comes in and shoots the Waynes and Bruce. Thomas as Owlman ran all organized crime on Earth-3 and is attempting to do the same this on our earth. Owlman takes a special interest in Dick Grayson, who the Syndicate has captured. He tells Grayson that he wants to stop the Crime Syndicate with Grayson's help. Grayson agrees but in Owlman's inner dialogue it seems there is more going on than what he says. On his earth, he had Dick Grayson's parents killed to bond the boy to him. Owlman claims he wants to fix his family while Superwoman listens in.

The Grid is analyzing the histories of Power Ring, Johnny Quick/Atomica and Deathstorm in hopes that he will learn something about how to feel from them. Power Ring was a coward verison of Hal Jordan who was tricked by Abin Sur into accepting the Ring of Volthoom. The ring causes Hal immense physical and psychological pain constantly. Johnny Quick and Atomica were "Natural Born Killer" type criminals who are hit by lightning during an escape and given powers. Deathstorm was originally Dr. Martin Stein, who was obsessed with life and death. He eventually combines with a dead body and becomes Deathstorm, who is neither alive nor dead.

Cyborg's body is rebuild in the Red Room and he patches things up with his dad. From there, he seeks out Will Magnus, the creator of the Metal Men. Magnus insists the Metal Men were a failure and goes into a backstory about how he made them and what they're like. Ultimately, the Metal Men weren't a failure, Magnus just doesn't want to watch them die again. But Magnus agrees to bring the Metal Men back.

The Metal Men and Cyborg face off against Grid. During the battle, Grid connects his and Cyborg's minds together in hopes that in killing Cyborg he will finally feel something. Cyborg is able sever the Grid's connection to the outside and in essence, traps Grid within his own body. Grid is finally able to feel an emotion: fear.

Review: Had this book been focused solely on the Crime Syndicate and their backstories, it would have been five stars. While I did enjoy the Metal Men stuff, I don't know how necessary it was. I get why Cyborg needed them to come back online, but did we really need to see how conflicted Magnus was about it through backstory? I don't think so. That being said, I did like the Metal Men story. I don't know that I would read a Metal Men book, but I didn't mind the page time they got here. I liked Magnus' character growth and how he learned to love something even if that something wasn't human necessarily.

The backstories for the Crime Syndicate are basically the same as the heroes we know but twisted in some way. Well, except for Superwoman. I want to know what her deal is because even Grid can't find what her history is. Earth-3 really does seem like the birthplace of evil, honestly. Every little thing is just twisted in someway like the Kents being a couple in which abuse is a staple or Alfred taking part in the murder of the Waynes.

I don't know why but Power Ring's backstory always bothers me in a way none of the other Crime Syndicate members do. It's stupid but I am chilled at the thought of his ring just causing him such immense pain at all times and those veins that pop out of his arms are disgusting. Not to mention, how repulsive Abin Sur looks when he tricks Hal into taking the ring.

I wish that Deathstorm would have gotten a slightly longer origin because I'm pretty sure his is the shortest. I guess it wasn't any longer than it needed to be, but I find him more interesting than Johnny Quick and Atomica. But I get it, Atomica played a huge role in bringing the Syndicate to earth. I also would love some more backstory on Owlman and Dick Grayson because Owlman says the relationship fell apart, but I wonder if that means he killed him or Grayson just left?

Solid book. Not sure that it is 100% necessary before diving into Forever Evil, but if you like the Crime Syndicate, it gives you backstory on them so just for that I think it's worth it.

apageinthestacks's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5/5.

The last two chapters cemented it at a 3.5 rather than 3 or lower. The first four chapters weren't all that interesting to me, but I really enjoyed Cyborg and the metal men in the last two. Even so, I really wish this was a side series or something, rather than the Justice League title, since none of the League besides Cyborg really make an appearance; it'd be great to see the metal men and Cyborg have their own series or miniseries, but for the Justice League title, I kinda just wanted the League.

meghannf's review against another edition

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4.0

Yeaaaah more time dedicated to Victor/Cybord. I truly enjoyed that volume comparing to Vol.4.
Excited for the next one!

hobbes199's review against another edition

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4.0

Flags a little in the middle, but the Cyborg/Metal Men section more than compensates.
Full review to follow

oviyacherian's review against another edition

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3.0

this was nice
cute
like a filler but I liked it a lot
I want more metal men comics


linds89's review against another edition

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3.0

This volume didn't add much to what was already happening in Forever Evil. There was some good-ish background information of the Crime Syndicate, but some of it left me with more questions than it actually answered. Mostly, how did Lois Lane become Superwoman? If Superwoman is supposed to be the evil Wonder Woman, how did Wonder Woman turn from Dianna to Lois Lane? Maybe I'm just overthinking it.

I'm also not invested enough to care about the Metal Men, so that part dragged for me and didn't contribute to the main action.

Overall, it feels like the Justice League series has been taken over by the cross over issues like Trinity War and Forever Evil. These didn't serve a purpose.

nargles4life's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful inspiring mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

It's incredibly well written, fascinating, and exciting, but being a tie in comic it doesn't have an ending (the ending takes place in Forever Evil) and being the comic it ties in with nearly all the JL members are missing from this book. Those are the only reasons it doesn't get a 5/5 from me. 

lillian_francis's review

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4.0

Especially enjoyed the issues staring the metal men.

manveer's review

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I know I said I wasn't going to read another volume, but well, fuck it. The crime syndicate looked just too good to ignore. Best volume till now, imo. (I didn't read Forever Evil and Trinity War)