Last month in ‘Justice League’ #7, the storyline of this series leapt forward five years so it is now in current continuity with the rest of the New 52 titles. Now the Justice League seems is fully established and even have their own government liaison in Colonel Steve Trevor. However, the League still consists of the seven founding members (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Aquaman). As this issue opens, the government is asking Colonel Trevor why the League will not allow in new members. It seems that they want to plant (even though they don’t like that word) someone on the team to help keep an eye on them.
Enter Green Arrow. In a humorous entrance, Green Arrow arrives just after the Justice League have taken down the power-stealing android Amazo. Arrow says that he helped to take the villain down (even though none of the League even noticed his entrance). What a slap in the face!
Undeterred, Arrow continues his quest to get the League to let him join. The rest of the issue jumps through time with the League taking down various villains. Each time the League beats a baddie, Arrow is there trying to help and get the big-leaguers to let him join their exclusive superhero club. However, the League refuse to let Arrow into their circle of trust because, as Batman puts it, the last time they did that, “It ended very badly”. This is a reference to an event that must have occurred in the the missing five years between issues #6 and #7.
After the main story, we get part two of the ‘Shazam!’ storyline, which introduces the new Captain Mar… er… Shazam and his associated family. (I want to call them the Marvel Family but, since Captain Marvel is now called Shazam, does that mean they’re the Shazam Family?) Either way, this backup is the highlight of the issue. Sure… Green Arrow’s introduction was okay… but the Shazam! intro is completely awesome! I don’t know why this story is relegated to a backup instead of just having an ongoing ‘Shazam!’ title but I’ll take what I can get. The backup is so short that, to tell you much about it will give it away. The gist is that Billy Batson has come to live with his new adopted family and meets some familiar faces as he continues his journey to become a hero.
I liked the backup story enough that I would recommend buying this issue for that tale alone.
Verdict: Buy (if only for the Shazam! backup story)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #8
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by CARLOS D’ANDA, IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, and GARY FRANK
Cover by JIM LEE, SCOTT WILLIAMS, ALEX SINCLAIR, MIKE CHOI, and MARCELO MAIOLO