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Justice League #18 - The Grid; Shazam! Chapter 10 Review

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New members are added to the Justice League! Also, Black Adam is looking to end Shazam.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Verdict

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.

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Posted by SUNMAN

It seemed like the new members were selected because they could totally devote themselves 24/7 to the Justice League.

Posted by Cavemold

The art was horrid

Posted by SmashBrawler

The main story was OK. I was hoping Black Lighting and Blue Devil would join but I can see why they didn't. The Shazam back-up was brilliant, though.

Posted by zachkastner

I though Saiz's art was great for a fill-in. And I was just so happy to see Will Magnus again. That was awesome! The DC world is finally expanding again, maybe someday they will attempt another '52'-like story to let the B, C, and D list characters flesh out the world. Hell, that's where my fondness for Magnus came from in the first place.

I was ready for a new arc, and this hit just where I needed it to. 4.5/5 if nothing more than some of my picks didn't make it into the League's roster.

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

I love that Element Woman was chosen to join the team; she's got an adorable, perky personality, and is actually an improvement over Metamorpho. The new Atom is the truly unnecessary addition. What was wrong with the original, Ray Palmer?

Posted by Stormbox

@Cavemold said:

The art was horrid

No

Jesus saiz is awesome

Posted by Saranth

If I'm being honest, I read this whole issue thinking: 'This is just Geoff Johns looking for another way to incorporate ridiculed, marginalised or undervalued characters into one of his books.' That wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but surely he's capable of more than just being 'the guy who revives the fortunes of forgotten heroes', right?

Posted by Cavemold

Agree to disagree

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@SUNMAN said:

It seemed like the new members were selected because they could totally devote themselves 24/7 to the Justice League.

this would make sense, is Aquaman leading the JL now?

@inferiorego said:

The Good

The Justice League picks up a few new members here. The original five 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.

The Bad

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.

The Verdict

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.

you've got bit of a point. but Element Woman's powers are far more versatile, and she seems like a real sweetie.

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Posted by TheCommissar

I agree about Element Woman. Her personality is such a generic "I'm so adorable" mold, and I also agree about

Vixen being a better choice. Her powers are nice and versatile as well, and seems to be a more interesting character.

But I do think I'll like this new Atom, at least.

Posted by SUNMAN

Overall thought this was a good issue. Art was great. Good to see all these characters together.

And the new Atom reveal was nice.

This was one of the more enjoyable issues today. The book stayed true to itself and didn't try to overdo it. Introduced some new characters and is setting up for Trinity War

Posted by TheElusiveNewReader

@RideASpaceCowboy: I was rather charmed by Element Woman's FanGirl reaction to meeting Batman in ToA and I was equally charmed this issue. I also agree about the Atom, But I'm more annoyed by the fact she seems to be a student.@SUNMAN said:

It seemed like the new members were selected because they could totally devote themselves 24/7 to the Justice League.

2 of the 3 are still in school, so lets hope that any world crises happen after class or on the weekend.

Posted by JLDoom

Personally, I thought this was an enjoyable issue. It's nice to see a more relaxed atmosphere (even with Platinum around) after all the stuff with Atlantis. I have no problems with the new recruits, I look forward to seeing them in action and learning more about them (a female Atom, though? That's odd, but kinda cool too)

The Shazam back-up story was pretty epic, I especially liked the Seven Deadly Sins' designs. I could definitely see this story as a movie

Posted by SpadesSlick

I disagree with you on element woman. She provides a perspective we don't get to see very often in the big two.

Posted by SUNMAN

@TheElusiveNewReader: well college kids tend to have more flexible schedules. And the only thing I see Ronnie concerned about missing is the football game

Edited by Fantasgasmic

I can understand the decision to bring in Element Woman or Firestorm, because their power sets are similar, but I don't see why DC made a new Atom. I know they want the comics to be more diverse, so I can understand not using Ray Palmer, but why not use Ryan Choi?! I liked Ryan's Atom. After hearing about the Metal Men for the last few issues, seeing only Platinum, and the way she was portrayed (from a character standpoint) was pretty meh. I'm also not sure why she looks manga/anime style on the cover.

Edited by Herx

Well one of my pet-peeves about this series since the relaunch was the concept of "only the founding members have made up the league", so finally seeing more characters on the watchtower just felt nice. I agree that it's not a "AMAZING" issue, but it is a good one, a little bit of deserved downtime which was fun (especially Flashes reaction to Golddigger- i ment rush :P ). As for the members who turned up, I would have loved to see some of them be (back) on the league (I mean, 2 of them have been crash tested already as members of the other Justice Leagues: International & Dark). though credit to Johns for giving reasons why certain members turned down the membership (a much better incorparation of events of the NDCU than that seen in issue 8). As for the members who joint:

Firestorm i can guess was a choice based off of the cancellation of his series making his character more open for other writers to use (the whole 24/7 league commitment thing). The new Atom I can appreciate her membership, esspecialy with how she was introduced last issue, though I do think the question of "where's Ryan Choi" is going to be brought up a heck of allot, placing him securly in New52 limbo (playing monopoly with Donna, Wally, Stephanie and ummm...... Uncle Sam :P).
Element Woman, I can't really understand her membership (was it just for her part in Platinum's deactivation? if so why not Vixen?)

Plus any lead up for the metal-men is always a good :)

SHAZAM! - As much as I've been enjoying this second feature I would reeeeeaaaaaally like to see it concluded soon.... I mean the DCU needs the Captain to be interacting more with others.

Posted by RideASpaceCowboy

@Stormbox said:

@Cavemold said:

The art was horrid

No

Jesus saiz is awesome

Not compared to superstar artists like Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, and Tony Daniels, all of whom have drawn issues of this series.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

Elemental women seems like a good character based off her powers, I don't care for her personality. I wish they would get the artist who did that 2 issue cheetah art, he was amazing!

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

Aquaman probably partakes in that little get-together session to help select members.

Adding those three new members is a wise decision as if one of the characters are dealing with something that would remove them from their JL duties then one of the three members would fill in.

Posted by Stormbox

@RideASpaceCowboy said:

@Stormbox said:

@Cavemold said:

The art was horrid

No

Jesus saiz is awesome

Not compared to superstar artists like Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, and Tony Daniels, all of whom have drawn issues of this series.

Its a filler issue for f*cks sake, who the hell cares

Posted by SUNMAN

Don't get people knocking this art. Thought it was good.

@Jacobin_Wisdom said:

Aquaman probably partakes in that little get-together session to help select members.

Adding those three new members is a wise decision as if one of the characters are dealing with something that would remove them from their JL duties then one of the three members would fill in.

Aquaman only made a brief appearance. He's super busy with ruling Atlantis now.

Edited by pspin

Yay! More Firestorm! With his series getting cancelled, he would be a great addition to the team. I wish the others were still alive, that would be an epic fight with the League.

Posted by arnoldoaad

this issue was boring

nothing great, i disagree with the idea that Element Woman is a bad character only because she didnt wow

its the first introduction of the character, you need to give it time

the thing i disliked more about this issue was the fight

It was just so artificial and ultimately unnecessary, you have this room full of superheroes and the fun part here should come from their interactions, I cant remember a single good part with all of this guys talking and that should had been the memorable part

and finally, the Ending is just very generic, I really feel like I have already seen this plot before

maybe it was the pacing or the dialog but this was just really boring

the only good and relly memorable part in the entire issue was the introduction of the new Atom, i thought that was pretty good.

Posted by arnoldoaad

and finally, the Ending is just very generic, I really feel like I have already seen this plot before

I FINALLY GOT IT!

It took me a while but now I know why this ending is bothering me so much, it is exactly the same plot of JLA: Year One by Mark Waid

Martian Manhunter gets everyone's Identities and then try save the info somewhere and then the info is stolen by the aliens and the aliens kidnap everybody

Its going pretty much the same route, Cyborg gets everyone's Ids and then the villain hack it

Posted by Lvenger

So Firestorm, Element Woman and the new Atom are the 3 new Justice League members am I right?

Edited by arnoldoaad

@Lvenger said:

So Firestorm, Element Woman and the new Atom are the 3 new Justice League members am I right?

actually that is correct however im re-reading the issue and Blue Devil is one single panel and Black Lighting just completely disappears during the fight, the rest just get knocked down and never comeback this was a very awkward fight to decide who sticks and who doesnt

Posted by colonyofcells

My guess is Rhonda Pineda could be the traitor and maybe she will be replaced by Ryan Choi.

Posted by arnoldoaad

@colonyofcells said:

My guess is Rhonda Pineda could be the traitor and maybe she will be replaced by Ryan Choi.

I dont think so

I think Element Woman is the traitor, its pretty obvious, she probably just dont know she is the traitor

Posted by sinestro_GL

Average.

Posted by sinestro_GL

...and what the heck kind of ending was that? I normally like to be somewhat kept at the edge of my seat between issues...ending to me was a bit flat.

Posted by Lvenger

@arnoldoaad said:

@Lvenger said:

So Firestorm, Element Woman and the new Atom are the 3 new Justice League members am I right?

actually that is correct however im re-reading the issue and Blue Devil is one single panel and Black Lighting just completely disappears during the fight, the rest just get knocked down and never comeback this was a very awkward fight to decide who sticks and who doesnt

That's sloppy writing. Guess JL still isn't out of the woods yet.

Posted by Superbat420

Original 5? So it's not 7 anymore?

Edited by irishking44

@TheCommissar said:

I agree about Element Woman. Her personality is such a generic "I'm so adorable" mold, and I also agree about

Vixen being a better choice. Her powers are nice and versatile as well, and seems to be a more interesting character.

But I do think I'll like this new Atom, at least.

I think Vixen was passed over because of her connections to the JLI and even though that is a cancelled series, we know that April aka WTF month Booster Gold is supposed to return and have a big impact and the JLI cliffhanger is supposed to be resolved so I'm betting Vixen will have something to do there.

I would have preferred Ray Palmer or Ryan Choi as the Atom but I won't complain too much as long as this new one still has a connection to either Ray or Ryan. She could be a reimagining of Bumblebee who was one of Palmer's students and could be building off her appearances on YJ

She might join this New Conglomerate team it looks like they're making

http://www.comicvine.com/justice-league-of-america/65-31815/new-justice-league-bookteam-by-r-b-silva/92-745842/#81

Posted by Mucklefluga

I CANNOT WAIT FOR TRINITY WAR.

Posted by TommytheHitman

The care bear section made me laugh. Lol. Also maybe she has potential that we can't see yet? She did take down a bunch of guys in Flashpoint.

Posted by inferiorego

@TommytheHitman said:

The care bear section made me laugh. Lol. Also maybe she has potential that we can't see yet? She did take down a bunch of guys in Flashpoint.

I know she's tough and has potential, but she comes off, personality-wise as a carbon copy of every other "friendly" character in every piece of media we've ever seen. It's to the point that she has no personality. Me saying this is weird because she has a whole, what, 5 lines of dialogue?

I'm so bitter.

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Posted by TommytheHitman

@inferiorego: ... you see I'm more of the mindless optimism type of guy. So while people like Batman and Etrigan are awesome I kind of see what Geoff Johns is doing since he's made SHAZAM more realistic.

Posted by TommytheHitman

Although I have one question. Who the hell is Golddust?

Posted by TheCommissar

@irishking44 said:

@TheCommissar said:

I agree about Element Woman. Her personality is such a generic "I'm so adorable" mold, and I also agree about

Vixen being a better choice. Her powers are nice and versatile as well, and seems to be a more interesting character.

But I do think I'll like this new Atom, at least.

I think Vixen was passed over because of her connections to the JLI and even though that is a cancelled series, we know that April aka WTF month Booster Gold is supposed to return and have a big impact and the JLI cliffhanger is supposed to be resolved so I'm betting Vixen will have something to do there.

I would have preferred Ray Palmer or Ryan Choi as the Atom but I won't complain too much as long as this new one still has a connection to either Ray or Ryan. She could be a reimagining of Bumblebee who was one of Palmer's students and could be building off her appearances on YJ

She might join this New Conglomerate team it looks like they're making

http://www.comicvine.com/justice-league-of-america/65-31815/new-justice-league-bookteam-by-r-b-silva/92-745842/#81

Palmer is cool, and from what I read elsewhere, it's likely he's probably teaching at the new Atom's university now, so if it's true, that's probably their connection. We haven't seen much about her, of course, but she seems at least okay. But it's hard to say, because Justice League doesn't exactly go deep into characters.

Assuming that roster is already finalized, that may not be the case. But I imagine Vixen will probably come around again at some point.

Posted by inferiorego

@TommytheHitman said:

Although I have one question. Who the hell is Golddust?

whoa... you just confused me. I thought I misspelled "Goldrush."

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Posted by Outside_85

@TommytheHitman said:

Although I have one question. Who the hell is Golddust?

Probably a Bombshell knockoff, time will probably reveal she was the one who stole the files... just like Bombshell turned out the be the traitor in Teen Titans...does Johns have any original ideas left? just one?

Posted by arnoldoaad

@inferiorego said:

@TommytheHitman said:

Although I have one question. Who the hell is Golddust?

whoa... you just confused me. I thought I misspelled "Goldrush."

Golddust in the JL would be freaking AWESOME!

Posted by colonyofcells

Now that Atom is Rhonda Pineda, maybe rebooted elongated man will be Sanjay Gupta.

Posted by Dernman

I liked the art. 
Now I'm one who hates replacing character with a newer model but I really like the look of the new Atom. Both Ray and Ryan are in DCU but it looks like she is the one going to be wearing the tights. 
 
Question: Did it seam to anyone else that Flash was written like a Barry/Wally Hybrid?

Posted by Raw_Material

Really want to know who took all the intel from the Justice League Watchtower...

Edited by BlueArrow

@smashbrawler said:

The main story was OK. I was hoping Black Lighting and Blue Devil would join but I can see why they didn't. The Shazam back-up was brilliant, though.

There were a few reasons, first, blue devil was not invited, only black lightning, who said he wouldn't go if blue devil couldn't. Also, and the main thing was that the JL wanted people who could devote all there time to the Team. That is why Zatanna didn't join and black lightning said they had to clean up the school systems.

Posted by SmashBrawler

@smashbrawler said:

The main story was OK. I was hoping Black Lighting and Blue Devil would join but I can see why they didn't. The Shazam back-up was brilliant, though.

There were a few reasons, first, blue devil was not invited, only black lightning, who said he wouldn't go if blue devil couldn't. Also, and the main thing was that the JL wanted people who could devote all there time to the Team. That is why Zatanna didn't join and black lightning said they had to clean up the school systems.

Yeah, that's why I said I could see why they didn't. As soon as it was mentioned that the new members would have to devote themselves to the League 24/7 I knew those two wouldn't join.

Posted by sswang

Comparing to The Avernger's new recruits, Justice League's are just blah. Shazam is the better part of this series.