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Green Arrow wants to join the team. Argumentative and disfunctional a group as they are, they seem united on one thing: he’s not wanted. As a Justice League fan since the group’s beginning in the early 1960s, it’s hard not to contrast this issue with the introduction of GA to the original JLA in issue 4 of that series. Here, instead of camaraderie and helping each other, all the team members are mean and dismissive to GA, even as he tries to help them. Eventually he gets the message and moves on. Meanwhile, we get snippets of past adventures which seem more interesting than the one we’re actually reading here, like the team’s encounter with the Martian Manhunter. We drop into ongoing missions without much explanation, and get booted out of them again as the team leaves GA and us behind, going on about their business. In a way it’s kind of like we, the readers, are being dissed, too. As you can see, I wasn’t fond of this storyline.
I liked the Shazam backup better, though it’s also full of people being mean to each other. Somehow this twist on the innocent, sometimes too-sweet do-gooders of the original Captain Marvel adventures works for me, though it’s taking time to develop. Nothing super going on here yet.
The art by Carlos D’anda, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, filling in for regular artist Jim Lee worked fine for me on the main story. They all have a Jim Lee approach, at least here, and it’s not bad. The art by Gary Frank on Shazam is also quite good. Sure are a lot of frowning, angry and sarcastic expressions in this book, though.