Justice League Of America #2 Spoilers & Review: Is DC Comics’ Kryptonian God RAO A Healer, A Destroyer Or Both? Will DC You’s JLA #2 Ignite Your Faith?

DC Comics’ Justice League of America #2 by Bryan Hitch hit stands today.

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Spoilers and capsule review follow for the DC You initiative’s Justice League of America #2 loving also called JLA #2.

We get a good look at the presumed god Rao from dead Krypton as the story picks up right where Justice League of America #1 left off. Superman gets weak in the knees, literally, around him.

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Superman also vouches for him, which leads to Superman taking Rao to meet U.S. President Barack Obama, the United Nations and others throughout the opening of the issue.

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Rao also sends his prophets to heal the sick to a grateful populace.

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Flash and Green Lantern are missing and Batman remains skeptical, but its Wonder Woman who gets a rude awakening at the end of Justice League of America #2. Who decimated Olympus, the home of the Greek gods?

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Is Rao vengeful and can’t deal with competitor gods? What is Rao’s plan for Earth? And, who is Rao really?

JLA #2 is generally beautifully drawn book, but I found some of Bryan Hitch’s faces, particularly the eyes, off in a few panels. He does drawn heroic and mythic characters well while also making Batman look quite grounded yet imposing.

In terms of the writing, a god with prophets with a hidden agenda? I don’t know. However, I give Hitch and DC Comics big marks for introducing a relatively new character we haven’t seen explored in DC You or even DC Comics folklore in a substantive way. Yes “Rao” has been exclaimed in Superman comics for generations, but we’ll now get to see who he / it is or we’ll get a new pretender villain out of the deal. Either way, the story seems somewhat fresh.

Am I curious about what comes with JLA #3 next month? Yes, but I’m not sure if I’m hooked. This issue does suffer from decompressed story-itis; it’ll clearly read better, faster and likely be more satisfying read in its collected tpb form.

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