The Justice League picks up a few new members here. The original six members hold a "mixer" of 10 applicants to decide who is deemed worthy of being a new member of this team. In the back-up, Black Adam has plans to destroy the world.
JUSTICE LEAGUE 18 is a pretty fun issue, and it's pretty nice to see these characters not only having some downtime, but also acting like regular people. We get to see some fun interactions between heroes here, and a small fight scene, which leads into a new story arc. During the get together, we seen an interesting conversation between Goldrush and the Flash. It's brief, but I would read a monthly on-going book about Goldrush trying to hook up with Flash as long as it had the same essence as a Pepe Le Pew cartoon.
Two out of the three new recruit choices the Justice League makes here are fantastic. Their solid characters that will really come in handy. Without actually spoiling it, one of these characters is someone many fans are familiar with and the other, not so much.
Although it was very brief, it was nice to see Vixen in the issue. I've been a huge fan of that character since the last volume of JLA, and it's nice to see some of DC's B-List get some love here. I like the fact the book acknowledges that there is a world outside of the JUSTICE LEAGUE. That's one thing this book has done pretty well.
I really didn't like the opening page with Jason and Ronnie AKA Firestorm. The whole "I'm listening to you, but I'm secretly listening to the sporting event" routine has been done, in television, so many times.
I'm a bit confused as to what is going on with Aquaman's timeline here. After the events of Throne of Atlantis, a grizzled and soon to be bearded Aquaman tries to set things straight with his people and he seems to really have his hand fully in it and in charge, yet in this issue he's delegating all of his duties? That seems a bit off.
Things are going to get a little spoilerish. Element Woman says in this issue, "I'm not so great with impressing people." I agree wholeheartedly. She's an incredibly "blah" character, and the fact she gets elected to be on the Justice League is a tad ridiculous. Maybe I'm getting a bit fanboy about this, but Vixen is a much better choice than the "I hope everyone can be my friend" attitude that Element Woman totes around. I do not see what she can bring to the team. She reminds me of a less threatening Care Bear.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #18 is a pretty down the middle issue. The art is ok. The story is ok. Nothing really wowed me here. I like seeing these heroes act like normal human beings, and I liked seeing some of the DCU characters that aren't currently involved in other books. Two out of the three recruits for the Justice League are a swell idea. I don't mention the back-up because, as I've said before on the CV Podcast, I'm not a fan. Gary Frank's art is nice, but I don't care for how the story is being set up. On the confusing side of things, why is Aquaman hanging out with the Justice League? Isn't he leading Atlantis?
This was a down the middle issue.