JUSTICE LEAGUE #16 Spoilers - New Members Added to Roster

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Posted by G-Man (18888 posts) - - Show Bio

A strange development in the New 52 is the fact that the Justice League has kept a lock on their roster. Since the attack by Darkseid, the team has been Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Cyborg. We've seen Green Arrow do his best to get the team to let him join but they were pretty adamant about not letting him join. We also saw a flashback that they tried to recruit Martian Manhunter but that encounter went poorly.

With Throne of Atlantis, the team has found themselves at the mercy of Ocean Master and his Atlantean army. Cyborg saw no choice. They apparently had a list of candidates but he felt forced to open the ranks.

Be warned, this will spoil the final page of this week's JUSTICE LEAGUE #16. You do need to see the events that lead up to this (along with the Shazam back up).

Some of these make sense. Green Arrow has been working with Steve Trevor and we know he'll be a member in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Hawkman will also be in that book. In BATMAN INCORPORATED #1 it was mentioned that Element Man was in the League but we say Element Woman in that final page in the NEW 52 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY issue. Vixen was part of JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL and Zatanna is in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK. We see that Black Lightning, Shazam, Goldrush, Black Canary and Firestorm will also be joining.

This also tells us that the back ups with Shazam must be happening before the current stories for them to have an idea who he is.

Will these members stay on the team? Will Batman or the others dismiss them after they are no longer needed? We'll have to stay tuned to future issues to see how this affects the team and series.

#1 Posted by OutlawRenegade (1255 posts) - - Show Bio

Just goes to show why Cyborg is so important. He's the line of communication for the heroes in the DCU. He's the new Oracle--the digital heart of the Justice League.

You can thank him for all of these wonderful new additions.

Just another reason why he should be the Nick Fury of the DC movie-verse. It just makes sense.

#2 Posted by spinningbirdcake (1430 posts) - - Show Bio

So I guess one way or another Shazam is joining the team. Also, seeing Ollie without his beard next to Black Canary seems weird to me. I like my G.A. to have a twirlable mustache.

#3 Posted by ReVamp (22798 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't know how I feel. Zee, Hawkman and Green Arrow fit well. Black Lightning is always interesting. But who the hell is Goldrush?

#4 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (2685 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay, they seriously need to to put the ! at the end of Shazam's name?

#5 Posted by G-Man (18888 posts) - - Show Bio

@OutlawRenegade: (he's my next feature for next week)

#6 Posted by Outside_85 (10244 posts) - - Show Bio

Seems some of these were pretty randomly picked; neither Shazam or Firestorm are dry behind the ears. Oliver was specifically told to go away, very far away in some cases. And last I checked Batman didn't think Zatanna was fit for field duty.

Other than that: Meh...seems like he's just rounded up the usual 2nd line of defence.

#7 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (7557 posts) - - Show Bio

I never knew they would be official members, but it would be interesting if they are

#8 Posted by kagato (247 posts) - - Show Bio

Interesting, they seem to be building towards the larger Justice League from the original DCU but with them all having their own teams to hang out in when not needed. Sure sounds better than a millions heroes hanging about in the Watch Tower waiting for something to happen.

#9 Posted by xAnimosity (183 posts) - - Show Bio

Wish they teased Martian Manhunter :(

#10 Posted by dondave (38892 posts) - - Show Bio

@haydenclaireheroes said:

I never knew they would be official members, but it would be interesting if they are

QFT

#11 Posted by TheCommissar (143 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm thinking this is just a temporary call-to-arms and not a completely new roster. They'll probably all leave by the end of the Throne of Atlantis arc (although I wouldn't mind if some of them stuck around).

#12 Edited by OutlawRenegade (1255 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man: I can't wait G-Man!

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

Okay, they seriously need to to put the ! at the end of Shazam's name?

You mean Shazam!'s name?

@xAnimosity said:

Wish they teased Martian Manhunter :(

He'll no doubt rejoin within the next couple of years once he has reason to be less enigmatic, but right now it wouldn't make sense after the events in Justice League issue 8.

@JamDamage said:

BTW this books sucks so far. Total let down.

Disagree. Throne of Atlantis has been amazing.

#13 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

um. don't we already know that Shazam is the only member joing the group.

#14 Posted by UltraBiel (328 posts) - - Show Bio

Had no idea...An Elemental Woman even existed...

#15 Posted by JamDamage (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

BTW this books sucks so far. Total let down.

#16 Posted by Grey56 (744 posts) - - Show Bio

@OutlawRenegade said:

Just goes to show why Cyborg is so important. He's the line of communication for the heroes in the DCU. He's the new Oracle--the digital heart of the Justice League.

You can thank him for all of these wonderful new additions.

Just another reason why he should be the Nick Fury of the DC movie-verse. It just makes sense.

This has an interesting take - thanks for sharing.

#17 Posted by PassionFlower (963 posts) - - Show Bio

Makes it a more interesting book for me anyway.

#18 Posted by Grey56 (744 posts) - - Show Bio

@OutlawRenegade said:

@JamDamage said:

BTW this books sucks so far. Total let down.

Disagree. Throne of Atlantis has been amazing.

Indeed. Not sure what Jam has been reading - lest it be the ads and not the story. This is the most compelling the JLA has been since Morrison was on duty. And I was BEYOND caustic about the reboot.

#19 Posted by Lvenger (21190 posts) - - Show Bio

@Grey56 said:

@OutlawRenegade said:

@JamDamage said:

BTW this books sucks so far. Total let down.

Disagree. Throne of Atlantis has been amazing.

Indeed. Not sure what Jam has been reading - lest it be the ads and not the story. This is the most compelling the JLA has been since Morrison was on duty. And I was BEYOND caustic about the reboot.

Aren't you forgetting Waid's and Kelly's awesome runs? They put Johns in this place very easily despite this being the best he's done on JL so far.

#20 Posted by Press Oblivion (1656 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah I think Throne of Atlantis has been very cohesive and fluid from one book to the next. Some might disagree but I think that it's great that you need to read all the titles to see what's happening here.

#21 Posted by BobFromAccounting (20 posts) - - Show Bio

@OutlawRenegade: You know who would be an even better Oracle? Oracle.

#22 Posted by Equonox (968 posts) - - Show Bio

@TheCommissar said:

I'm thinking this is just a temporary call-to-arms and not a completely new roster. They'll probably all leave by the end of the Throne of Atlantis arc (although I wouldn't mind if some of them stuck around).

I think this will have a LOT to do with Trinity War and the events of the JLA book...I'm sure Cyborg intends for this to be a temporary affair, but perhaps bringing all these heroes together, saving the day, and then telling them they have to go will trigger a response in the form of a desire to create competing teams...this book is getting seriously good. Can't wait for the rest of this year to unfold!

#23 Posted by The Mighty Monarch (2137 posts) - - Show Bio

Black Canary's an odd choice, being that she's already on a team and wanted/guilty for murdering her husband or something.

Hawkman was set up a bit for this when he bonded with Green Arrow, who as you said was approached by Steve Trevor.

Element Woman's a wild card, only established since Flashpoint; ditto for Goldrush who's even newer.

Black Lightning we've only just seen in the New 52 with no affiliations, and Firestorm was met by the JLI.

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#24 Posted by SmashBrawler (5978 posts) - - Show Bio

@BobFromAccounting said:

@OutlawRenegade: You know who would be an even better Oracle? Oracle.

Word.

#25 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (34995 posts) - - Show Bio

I REALLLY hate characters on more than one team. Green Arrow and Hawkman should ether be JLA or Justice League not both, Zatanna should be on JLD or the Justice League not both.

#26 Edited by mrpandopool (63 posts) - - Show Bio

And the traitor in all these candidates is.....(drums) Goldrush or Elemental Woman!!

But seriously I think they are the only ones that can be the traitor in the team that was mentioned in one of the issues resuming what can we expect of this years Justice League because I remember a panel where someone said that they let in a traitor when they expanded the team so yeah Goldrush or Elemental Woman. And I´m only saying "traitor" in the villain plan term not "traitor" as in someone being an agent of the goverment reporting and blah blah blah hell maybe one of these guys is Martian Manhunter in disguise you know with him you can never know hell maybe Martian Manhunter is GoldRush haha that would be very troubling. And more now that they are planning to make him the ultimate spy.

#27 Posted by saoakden (1021 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow, I thought Shazam was the only one joining. Oh well desperate times call for desperate measures.

#28 Posted by Sawcesome (139 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else hear the JLU theme right now?

#29 Posted by Grey56 (744 posts) - - Show Bio

@Lvenger: I can't recall them - truthfully. Bi-product probably of having so many read after this long. I do remember enjoying the Obsidian Age and the reboot by Meltzer and Benes with the Turner covers.

#30 Posted by Mrfuzzynutz (1142 posts) - - Show Bio

@xAnimosity: not sure how J'onn fits in anymore, after his last visit to the Watchtower ended so badly

#31 Posted by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

Add Martian Manhunter and that looks like a perfect superhuman army to me! Would be nice to see Nightwing, Starfire, the Atom, and maybe even John Stewart too on the reserves.

#32 Posted by Mrfuzzynutz (1142 posts) - - Show Bio

@Smart_Dork_Dude: And do they have to yell whenever they talk to him now? "Incoming call from...SHAZAM!" or " Green Arrow, Hawkman and..SHAZAM! are on their way"

Just seems really odd to me as well

#33 Posted by StMichalofWilson (4101 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok, so how excactly does Green Arrow fit?

#34 Edited by drgnx (3566 posts) - - Show Bio
OMG! Is that....? Are those....? Guys look! Its Women! WOMEN!!!!
#35 Posted by feargalr (1157 posts) - - Show Bio

Man this issue was so awesome!

So is this the first time any of these characters are being reintroduced to the new 52? I know Hawkman, GA and Firestorm have their own series, not so sure about the rest??

#36 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (2685 posts) - - Show Bio

@Mrfuzzynutz: Well exclamation points do imply raised voices so.....

I'm OKAY with the fact they changed Captain Marvel to Shazam, but it seeing it spelled "SHAZAM!" outside of a title and IN the actual book is a little much.

I just hope he's a little better in this than he is in the backups on Justice League. Seriously I NEARLY dropped the book all together because Billy Batson kept coming off as too much of an easily swayed jerky tween. I've decided that since I read this far I'll continue but I just hope he's more like classic Billy Batson in this AND in his own book if he ever gets one.

#37 Posted by LordRequiem (1323 posts) - - Show Bio

That's cool. Although Shazam is like a Justice league of his own anyway he's that awesome!

#38 Posted by Stormbox (2001 posts) - - Show Bio

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

I just hope he's a little better in this than he is in the backups on Justice League. Seriously I NEARLY dropped the book all together because Billy Batson kept coming off as too much of an easily swayed jerky tween. I've decided that since I read this far I'll continue but I just hope he's more like classic Billy Batson in this AND in his own book if he ever gets one.

Uh that doesnt make much sense, since both justice league and the shazam back-up are being written by the same guy, so i dont see how there could be a different characterization

#39 Posted by Or35ti (1101 posts) - - Show Bio

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

Okay, they seriously need to to put the ! at the end of Shazam's name?

I like it! :)

#40 Posted by drgnx (3566 posts) - - Show Bio

@Or35ti said:

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

Okay, they seriously need to to put the ! at the end of Shazam's name?

I like it! :)

He has too, he gets his attitude from the great God "!" ...

#41 Posted by wtk1013 (269 posts) - - Show Bio

This is awsome!!...im most excited for Vixen,Zatanna,and Black Canary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#42 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (2685 posts) - - Show Bio

@Stormbox said:

Uh that doesnt make much sense, since both justice league and the shazam back-up are being written by the same guy, so i dont see how there could be a different characterization

A man can hope!

#43 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm interested in Goldrush. Someone entirely new.

And here's a neat thing! Today is the day James W. Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill. Did DC plan this or is it a wild coincidence?

#44 Posted by mattitude22 (57 posts) - - Show Bio

i find it interesting that we still have not seen the atom he was teased in the free comic book day issue

#45 Posted by The Stegman (25989 posts) - - Show Bio

@Smart_Dork_Dude said:

Okay, they seriously need to to put the ! at the end of Shazam's name?

Yes, one does not simply say Shazam!'s name, you must exclaim it!

#46 Posted by IAmTheNick (1 posts) - - Show Bio

@feargalr said:

Man this issue was so awesome!

So is this the first time any of these characters are being reintroduced to the new 52? I know Hawkman, GA and Firestorm have their own series, not so sure about the rest??

Zatanna is a member of Justice League Dark, Vixen was a member of Justice League International, Black Canary is in Birds of Prey, and Black Lightning was just featured in DC Universe Presents along with Blue Devil. So this is only the New 52 introduction of Element Woman and Goldrush (whoever that is)

#47 Edited by cacarl (138 posts) - - Show Bio

So GA and Hawkman are going to be double agents? (JLA).

#48 Edited by bob808 (6785 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Green Arrow and Hawkman was joining JLA. Also isn't Zatanna in JLD.

#49 Posted by kid Apollo (720 posts) - - Show Bio

when are they gonna add non-DC (ie- WIldstorm) characters to the JL roster?!?!?

#50 Posted by drgnx (3566 posts) - - Show Bio

Why are Hawkman and Green Arrow on both teams? I know bats was on JLI, but meh ...

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