Let’s Talk About LGBT Characters In Comics

With Northstar getting married and DC getting ready to reveal that one of their longrunning characters is gay, the portrayal of LGBT characters in comic books has become quite the topic of conversation. As a friendly neighborhood comics junkie, I’ll be speaking at two public libraries in New Jersey about their portrayal in super hero comics.

You can check me out at the Stafford library (129 North Main Street, Manahawkin) on Monday, June 4 and Point Pleasant Boro library (834 Beaver Dam Road) on Thursday, June 7. Both programs start at 7 pm. Check out those sites for more information.

This program came out of a pet project of mine. I’ve been researching themes of diversity in comic books for a long time for an ongoing project. After discussing it with several librarian pals, I was asked if I would be interested in leading a discussion on the topic. So I’ll be leading a presentation on the history of LGBT characters in mainstream super hero comics, from the golden age to modern-day Northstar.

Local newspaper the Sandpaper even did a quick little write up about the event here.

Batman Incorporated: Volume 1

Wow. Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated was mind-blowingly fun. The story picks up with Bruce Wayne travelling the world to add to Batman Incorporated, his non-profit foundation that supplies/arms crime fighters that he feels follow his views on vigilante-ism: basically keeping the world safe without excessive violence/murder.

This collection has Batman travelling around the world to both recruit and follow-up on his charges. The first two issues takes Batman to Japan with Catwoman on an attempt to recruit the local hero Mister Unknown, only to avenge his death at the hands of Lord Death Man with the help of Unknown’s sidekick.

From that point on the story explodes into a Pollock-esque explosion of Morrisonian goodness. Batman travels through South America to meet with the Argentinian hero El Gaucho, leading to a global search with Batwoman, Batwing and the rest of Batman Incorporated leading them to find out that the new mysterious organization Leviathan, which is led by Batman’s enemy/baby mama Talia ah Ghul.

The best part of Morrison’s work here is that the story is so complex. I’ve read and reread this over, and I still find new clues and things that stick out at me. There’s a fun little subplot story with Batman teaming up with Chief Man-of-Bats.

There’s a lot going on here and it continues in the new series Batman Incorporated that just started. I’ll definitely be checking that one out.

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade Review

The 2000s were a terrible decade for the Scarlet Witch. She finally gas a nervous breakdown from when the children she had during her marriage with the synthezoid VIsion (having babies from your robot husband would be enough for most people); finally taking out her rage on her Avengers pal and later reshaping reality in a way that would make her father the villainous Magneto proud. Avengers: The Children’s Crusade is her chance at redemption.

It turns out that the Young Avengers Speed and Wiccan really are the reincarnated souls of her sons William and Tommy. They never really explain how this happened; I guess the writer Allen Heinberg had more interesting things to work on. With them believing that the Scarlet Witch is their mother, they set out with the rest of their team and an oddly helpful Magneto to find her. Obviously, the Avengers proper see this as a threat, especially with them not wanting her or the similarly reality-bending powered Wiccan to recreate the events of Avengers Disassembled. The X-Men have an interest in finding the Scarlet Witch too, as Cyclops in particular wants her punished for her forever changing the lives of mutants, when she was able to wish away most of their mutations.

Eventually, the young heroes find an amnesic Scarlet Witch about to get married to Doctor Doom, who has been protecting her and giving her refuge  the last few years. When I read that, it was a double take moment…he was doing the right thing.

Unfortunately, nothing that Doctor Doom ever does is for purely nice reasons. He caused her to have the crazy destroy everything nervous breakdown, and pretty much is the root of all evil in the Marvel universe the last few years. After he steals her powers, it is up to the Avengers young and old alongside the X-Men to stop him. And along the way, Iron Lad returns briefly (engineering some plot that will be revealed in the future when he returns as Kang the Conqueror) and there is a switch with the living and dead members of the Lang family–they are able to resurrect the father Scott (better known as Ant Man) but his daughter Stature is killed defeating Doom.

Children’s Crusade unfortunately has an ending that I still don’t completely understand. If you remember, the following people were after Scarlet Witch:

  • The Avengers wanted her in custody so she could never cause an Avengers Disassembled like crisis. Wolverine takes it one step further, wanting to kill her and letting this never be an issue again.
  • The X-Men want her tried (and implied her death) as punishment for her wishing away the overwhelming amount of the mutant community.
  • X-Factor even gets in the act, with her reappearance leading to a bounty being placed on her head.

So what happens? Scarlet Witch winds up going on a journey of self exploration–they let her go. Really? REALLY? Since then, Scarlet Witch hasn’t made a peep in comics.

Ending aside, I really enjoyed this. At its heart, it’s a family story with a boy and his grandfather teaming up to save his mother. It’s very heartfelt, everyone from Quicksilver to Captain America, all play their part very well. And the art by Jim Cheung was killer.

So What Does Pushing Back GI Joe Retaliation Mean?

This week it was announced that the next installment in Hasbro/Paramount’s GI Joe saga, GI Joe Retaliation, will be pushed back from its release date of June 29 to March 2013. Why would they do that, being that they’ve started the marketing push for the film.

I don’t know, but there are various rumors floating around. The party line has been that they needed more time to properly convert the film into 3D. Certainly the success of the Avengers reminds us that there is a boat load of money up for grabs.For me that’s a valid enough excuse.

There’s also a rumor floating around that Hasbro/Paramount wasn’t very happy with the poor reception of Battleship (a film adaptation that I still shake my head at) and somehow this is in response to it. I don’t buy that at all. Battleship was doomed from the start, as it was a very hard sell. Retaliation on the other hand is a property that already has a large audience, and the fact that this sequel looked so much better than the original just from comparing the trailers alone, this seemed like a can’t miss.

Even look at the movie schedule. Retaliation would have had a strong opening weekend and week. The biggest movie the previous weekend will probably be Brave, which I assume would skew a more family audience. The next similar film is Amazing Spider-Man, which comes out the next week. That could draw some of the Retaliation audience, but with it being released for the Fourth of July midweek, there’s more than enough moviegoers for every one.

Then there’s the ever crazy rumor that they are re-shooting scenes and weren’t happy with the results of the original film. I don’t know about that.

The rescheduling of this film also is going to throw off next year’s Wrestlemania. The Rock is scheduled to be at that event, so he’s going to have to promote both the biggest WWE show of the year and a new movie release. Eep.

I guess I’ll have to watch the original GI Joe cartoon movie instead.

Free Comic Book Day 2012: DC The New 52

If the purpose of Free Comic Book Day is to attract the attention of non-reading super hero and comic book fans, did DC: The New 52 succeed?

Well…

I would safely say that this was more of a “preaching to the choir” type of promotional item. It really didn’t do anything to gain new readers. If the beauty of the New 52 relaunch was to attract new readers by making things clearer, this freebie furthers what’s going been on in DC the last year.

It starts out with some council of cosmic elders “punishing”  three of their own to wander the Earth. One of them is the hooded woman named Pandora who has been popping up since the beginning of the New 52. The other is a newly revamped Phantom Stranger. But the third is the new Question. Unfortunately he isn’t investigative reporter Vic Sage (or disgraced detective Renee Montoya) taking matters into his own hands. He’s now a dissident faced to wander the world faceless. Eep.

Pandora winds up infiltrating Steve Trevor’s ARGUS facility (in SAT analogy form, Trevor is to ARGUS as Nick Fury is to SHIELD) to steal the contents of Pandora’s box. Not only that, but they see a transmission of the Justice League of Earth 2. The story ends with the Justice League inexplicably fighting a group of other super heroes, including a new Green Lantern, Vibe, Green Arrow and what appears to be Black Adam. Now I’m confused.

What Geoff Johns wrote and the art team of Jim lee, Gene Ha, Ivan Reis and company drew wasn’t bad, there was just way too much stuff going on. Any one of these plotlines would have done, but don’t shove the introduction to Pandora’s back story and new characters into the first contact with another universe and a new group all at once. It was overkill.

The fun stuff was the two page previews for the next wave of New 52 titles. So what do I think about these?

  • The War That Time Forgot looks amazing, solely for the Ariel Olivetti art.
  • Batman Incorporated seems to be going into Batman: The Dark Knight territory.
  • Dial H For Hero looks like an indie horror book.
  • I think I’ll wait for Earth 2 to hit the trades before I consider reading it.
  • World’s Finest‘s revamp of Power Girl and Huntres really really makes me miss the Post-Crisis versions of the characters.
  • With the characters they chose and art by Ian Churchillthe Ravagers book reminds me of something that Wizard would have extensively covered during the 1990s.
  • GI Combat looks really cool, since it’s a non-capes book.

Mark Waid’s Daredevil

After reading the first volume of Mark Waid’s Daredevil series, I was left with this question: why haven’t they made Daredevil this much fun before?

Let’s look at the character…he’s a blind lawyer (get it, cause justice is blind) who only takes out cases where he thinks the defendant is innocent with his practice partner and best friend Foggy. When not in the court room, he dons his devil costume to fight crime and find the real perpetrator of the cases he takes on.

I think the problem with the character was that Frank Miller’s run on the title worked so well. Everyone wants to imitate Miller’s stories, putting Daredevil into a darker and darker world. Waid decides to take his approach differently: he makes Daredevil fun.

How does he do it? In the opening scene, our blind hero crashes a mafia wedding to prevent the Spot from collecting a bounty on a mobster, all the while taking the time to get photographed kissing the bride.

What Waid has done is put together a new status quo in the Daredevil theme. Matt Murdock has certainly had a rough few years, between being “outed” as a being the Daredevil and taking control of the villainous ninja forces known as the Hand. Allegedly being both a super hero and super villain has certainly taken its toll on his reputation. The first story arc has him trying to coach an Arab American who was the victim of racially motivated police brutality while stopping the living sound energy criminal Klaw.

The second story has Murdock taking on a case of a young blind man who feels he was unjustly terminated. Unfortunately, this was because he overhear his supervisors organizing a money laundering scheme for super terrorist groups like Hydra and AIM. Needless to say, Daredevil has to take his client into more than just regular protective services! This was the better of the two plot lines, with Daredevil plotting methodically against the crime organizations. It also sets up future stories, with him coming in possession of a database of all their activities and accounts hidden into the moving particles that  make up the Fantastic Four’s uniforms.

Foggy Nelson is an excellent supporting character in this, trying to help out Murdock as much as he can, both professionally and through the constant criticism of his “secret identity”. Waid also introduces a new character, New York assistant district attorney Kirstin McDuffie who flat-out accuses Murdock of being a vigilante as well as seeming to be attracted to him at the same time. She’s also vaguely connected to him, as she is roommates with Foggy’s girlfriend.

Art on this book was handled by Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin and it looks so different from anything in super hero comics. The lines are very thin and the color is very bright. It doesn’t fall into the pitfalls of being overly rendered or detailed. It looks like something more fitting for an indie graphic novel, but completely works.

I give this book the highest recommendation. Marvel has a winner on its hands, with great storytelling and a unique look. Check this out today.

Asbury Park Comic Con Was Awesome

The first weekend of May was awesome, and not just because of the Avengers movie and Free Comic Book Day. I was able to go to a decent small-sized comic book show in my neck of the woods: the Asbury Park Comic Con!

It was held at the Asbury Lanes, a cool vintage 1960s style bowling alley which has managed to survive an ever-changing neighborhood. A lot of those songs poor people and neighborhoods that Bruce Springsteen wrote were based on Asbury Park. Through all of this, Asbury Lanes has somehow managed to survive as a bowling alley turned punk/metal venue. With all of the whacky events that they hold, a comic show was only the next logical thing to happen.

Guests were treated to a variety of dealers, some self published types and even some well-respected comics types like Fred Van Lente, Jamal Igle and Evan Dorkin. So how did the afternoon go?

Asbury Park Comic Con May 2012 HaulI picked up all this fun stuff for about $20. None of it was series that I have been collecting or on the look out for, but cheap comics that I have an interest is always a good idea.

Roscoe enjoys Comic Book Comics Jack Kirby art

My must have purchase was a page of Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s Comic Book Comics, which chronicles the history of the comic book industry. There were so many pages to pick from, but I couldn’t pass on this page with Jack Kirby on it. Roscoe the Cat agrees that it was a good purchase!

The next Asbury Park Comic Con will be on September 29. Check out their website for guests and show information.

DIY Wedding Cover for Astonishing X-Men #51

So Astonishing X-Men #51 seems to be shaping up to be the comic book of the year, with Northstar marrying his long-time boyfriend Kyle. As you can imagine, this has received a bunch of mainstream attention. Keeping it short, it’s a great plot twist for Northstar as nothing ever seems to go his way. Remember, he was killed and ressurected twice in the same story.

The alternate cover for this comic has a bunch of pictures of some of Marvel’s more prominent married couples, with space where you can affix a picture of you and your significant other. How cute is that?

What I’m alarmed about when looking at this picture is the lack of successful Marvel marriages. Let’s examine the one’s pictured:

  • Storm/Black Panther: Constantly bickering, marriage always on the brink of divorce
  • Lilandra/Professor X: Shi’ar empire annuls their marriage because they hate him. Although they still consider themselves together in a super long-distance relationship, Professor X has no idea she is most likely dead.
  • Ant Man/Wasp: Inadvertently became the poster child of super hero domestic violence, Ant Man later goes crazy after his wife both turns into an alien insect and later gets killed during the Skrull invasion.
  • Quicksilver/Crystal: Crystal has an affair and takes their daughter to live away on the moon.
  • Cyclops/Jean Grey: Finally marries her after marrying her clone, Jean finds out that he has been cheating on her and then dies.
  • Power Man/Jessica Jones: Happily married.
  • Scarlet Witch/Vision: She married an android then goes insane and alters reality.
  • Mister Fantastic/Invisible Woman: Happily married.
  • Namor/Marrina:  She turns into a sea monster when pregnant and he has to kill her. Eventually she is resurrected as a sea monster, only to be killed again.

So out of those nine other married Marvel couples, only two of them are still together or in a healthy relationship. That doesn’t look so good for the happy couple. Maybe Northstar and Kyle should just elope…

Toy Photography: It’s Wildcat!

The Brave and the Bold #127I guess I’ve been on a bit of a DC infinite Heroes kick of late, so let’s at the Justice Society of America’s resident pugilist-turned-crimefighter Wildcat!

Inspiration for the project came from The Brave and the Bold #127.  This back issue from 1976 has Batman teaming up with Wildcat to stop the villainous El Zapatero who is running a smuggling ring specializing in humans among other things. The art in this book was done by the late Jim Aparo. His work on the title during this period is just awesome. You can find some of his original art for sale over at the Artist’s Choice.

The Brave and the Bold #127The Brave and the Bold #127I made two other versions, a little more effect heavy, but I like the unedited version. Here are the other two for your viewing pleasure.

So why would I make a pitting the two against each other? It turns out that they have a history with each other.

Wildcat bodyslams BatmanRemember how young Bruce Wayne went off on a journey to train himself to be the worlds greatest detective and hand-to-hand combatant? He made it a point to train with Wildcat, who as Ted Grant was one of the top professional boxers in the DC Universe.

Whether Wildcat knows Batman’s secret identity is unclear to me. They could have trained together under the guise of Bruce Wayne wanting to learn from Grant just as easy as Batman learning from a legendary hero. Who knows. So who would win in a fight?

Batman curb stomps Wildcat
Obviously Batman, as his fighting style is a bit more varied than the primarily boxing-based  Wildcat. But all Wildcat needs is to land one punch and the dark knight will be looking at the stars.

Jack Kirby’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Comics Alliance had this posted in the new Best Art Ever This Week feature and I think I just felt my head explode. How did Jack Kirby wind up drawing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

I know that Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were definitely Kirby fans. In one issue, the Turtles wind up going on an adventure with a Kirby-based stand-in, helping him recover his magic. But this is just amazing. You can read more about it over at the Kirby Museum’s Kirby Dynamics blog.

The Avengers discover Captain America

the Avengers find Captain America frozen

This was a fun picture I took a few years back of the Avengers finding Captain America. We were in the middle of probably the biggest blizzard/winters I’ve ever experienced; there was pretty much two feet of snow accumulated. Anyway, I wanted to take some pictures with my toys out in the snow.

Having recently acquired the Wasp and the mask-less Captain America, it  seemed like a fair enough idea with this picture. I really like how it turned out, but unfortunately it doesn’t really show that Cap is frozen in a block of ice!

I stuck the action figure in a bowl of water, letting it freeze him. I think I might have to do some Photoshopping on it this week…

Young Justice: Salvage

Thanks to actually having a Saturday off, this was the first time in a while I had a chance to watch Young Justice. So what’s going on? Honestly, i have no idea. But thanks to being a long-time DC reader, I’ve been able to pull it together.

Superboy and Blue Beetle went off to stop Intergang, an intergalactic gang that’s been smuggling weapons from Apokolips to Earth. Therbe is a pretty interesting dynamic between the two, with Superboy being the senior member of the group, pretty much treating Beetle like he’s just a kid.

I really liked how they modified the scarab that powers Blue Beetle, having it been a sentient nano-tech armor that Ted Kord created instead of being some relic from an alien civilization. It also looked like the two of them were flying around on the Forever People’s Super Cycle and that Krypto the Kryptonian hound is now some sort of wolf.

Apparently there has been a clone of Speedy running around all these years, and he’s going through a bit of identity crisis.The real Speedy has been long dead/vanished, and the one that everyone has known and grown up with is the clone. And Clone Speedy is not happy finding that out. The episode ends with Clone Speedy’s “wife” Cheshire informing them that he has to get his act together because they have a daughter. Hopefully things will wind up better for this Jade.

This show also drops a lot of references to STAR Labs and Project Cadmus. Between that and Intergang playing a prominent role, it really felt like I was reading early 1990s Superman comics.

It also looks like they have DC animated shorts in between the main show featuring super lame hero Vibe dancing his way into a Super Friends-style clip. I wonder if that was for the parents watching or hardcore comic fans.

Anyway, I think I’m going to make sure I DVR this show. Best part of this review…I got it up about three minutes after the show ended. Go me.

Jim Henson Died 22 Years Ago Today

Today is the anniversary of Jim Henson’s death. As odd as it sounds, its one of those childhood events that I still remember very clearly. I came home from the second grade and my mother told me; the news devastated me. To this day, I still find it upsetting. For today’s post, I’m going to share some interesting things about Henson and his legacy.

  1. One of the most interesting parts of Henson’s legacy is the “Red Book”, a journal that he recorded single-line entries about his life from 1965 through 1988. The Jim Henson Company regularly shares entries that give a glimpse into that area where his personal and professional life intersected.
  2. The Walt Disney Company announced on February 17, 2004 that it was buying the Muppets from JHC, but did you know that in the early 1980s there were reports that Henson was investigating purchasing WDC? I’ve read several mentions of this in books about Disney. It’s amazing to consider what direction that company would have went under Henson’s control.
  3. Kermit may be synonymous with the Muppets, but it was actually Rowlf the Dog who was the first Muppet, debuting on the September 19, 1963 episode of the Jimmy Dean Show.
  4. Henson made several training films/videos for companies over the years. Cookie Monster debuted in this clip that was made specifically for an IBM presentation.
  5. Have you ever wondered what kind of stationary Jim Henson used? Letterheady has collected the various letterheads that Henson used over the years.
  6. The television show Dinosaurs came from an idea that Henson had worked on and off over the years.

Photoshop Fun With DC Universe Infinite Heroes Batman!

Batman
Today we’re going to share a Photoshop procedural, starring the DC Universe Infinite Heroes Batman action figure! This line of Mattel action figures were pretty cool, although they were slightly smaller and lacked some of the articulation of the Hasbro line of Marvel Universe toys. I like the Batman figure because of its simple design, reminding me of the Dick Grayson-as-Batman from the Batman and Robin series, save for him not having the Batman logo belt buckle. Sometimes I like the yellow and black bat shield, but this larger, more subtle icon.

For this photo project, I took a picture of Batman in front of a cityscape shot that I found online. I took the picture with Batman right in front of the LCD display on my desktop. Doing this is a lot easier than superimposing him over the background image. The trick is to make sure your camera is focusing just on Batman instead of the whole background. That helps make a sense of depth.

Batman black and white

I wanted to do something in black and white, because I was looking through the Batman: Black and White book the other day at Barnes and Noble. First step was to convert the image to black and white and I played around with some of the contrast settings. Next I duplicated the layer and used the motion and radial blurs, followed by the feathered erase to have Batman popping out.

Old Batman Comic Book

I decided that I wanted to make an old comic book or magazine cover, so I lifted the “Batman” comic mast-head, the old DC and Comics Code indica from an actual Batman cover. I wanted to make this really beat up, so I added a scratched up texture to the image. This was done by finding a scratched up texture on Google, adding it as a new layer on top, switching it to “Multiply” mode and lowering the opacity.

I really wanted to make it look even more beaten up. Enter Pixlr-O-Matic. This site lets you apply Instagram like color processing and all kinds of effects to your photos. It’s free and web-based.
Old Batman Comic Book (really beat up)

I played around with the settings to make it look like it was extremely beat up. Voila! We’ve made a really, really b eat up old Batman comic book cover!

Iron Fist and Power Man reading Batman

Then you can use the picture for fun stuff, like the time Power Man and Iron Fist were walking around down-town Taipei reading a reprint of it!

Avengers: Free Comic Book Day 2009

Let’s take a trip in the old way back machine and look at Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day 2009 offering, which pitted the Avengers against the Avengers–technically Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers.

The two teams have to put aside their personal differences, mainly Norman and company trying to arrest the other group for treason, and the Avengers proper not taking to kindly to being impersonated by super villains, to help Thor stop the frost giant Ymir from merging his world with Earth.

Brian Bendis does a great job stresssing how much each group really dislikes each other. He also manages to compare the two teams, with the real Avengers being able to work together (and even with their evil counterparts to a lesser extent). Meanwhile, Norman’s kooky crew can’t get along. I also like how Thor is portrayed as being quite aloof, as he is still a little upset with Iron Man over the whole Clor debachle. Young Avengers’ Jim Cheung does an amazing job on the art side of the book.
So how did this book do as a Free Comic Book Day selection? It did a fair job of showing new readers, whether they just came in for a free comic book or a longtime reader, exactly what was going on in the Avengers book. I give it a thumbs up.

Power Man and Iron Fist #79

Doctor Who and Dalek stand-ins? Kung fu? Disco inspired fashion and “Macho Man” albums? Welcome to the wonderful world of Power Man and Iron Fist. Issue #79 is a trip back to the seventies, even though it was published in 1982.

The “Heroes for Hire” are visiting their martial artist-turned-Broadway actor pal Robert Diamond, who is starring as Professor J.A. Gamble in a production of Day of the Dedlox, pretty much a Doctor Who knock off with Dalek like robots called Dedlox. The issue’s writer Mary Jo Duffy must have really been on a Doctor Who kick at the time.

Anyway, everything is going well until the Daleks Dedlox activate and start rampaging the city. Things get even weirder when Iron Fist and Power Man come across the real-life  Professor Gamble, an intergalactic traveller who travels around in an inter-dimensional book store (a lot like a certain doctor’s telephone booth inspired Tardis) fighting Dedlox. Apparently at some point the Professor wrote a play based on his life and left it on Earth. The Dedlox discovered Diamond’s production of it, and used it as a cover way to attempt to gain control of the planet.

Just as mysteriously as he appears, the real Professor Gamble
disappears after he helps Power Man and Iron Fist defeat the Dedlox. Gamble made some other appearances in Marvel comics later on, but I’m sure none were as weird as this.

Speaking of weird, there was a really odd scene  in this story. Iron Fist is over his girlfriend Misty Knight’s apartment getting ready to get, um, frisky, when they are kicked out by Luke Cage and his girlfriend Harmony (Misty’s roommate), who planned on using the apartment for that same reason. It just read straight out of a sitcom, even getting down to the fact that Fist and Cage are best friends, and dating two women who just happen to be roommates. The scene ends like something out of a sitcom from that period, with the heroes running out and Misty asking Harmony if she knows how to play gin rummy. Classic.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Movie Review

I finally got to see Avengers and I was completely blown away. I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie like this and was so happy leaving the film. So why was I so impressed with the film?

The film’s director/scriptwriter Joss Whedon did an incredible job tying together five films worth of plot lines and characterizations. The end result is one of the best super hero/comic book adaptation films ever.

The plot is very straight forward; Loki has returned to Earth, allying himself with the alien army the Chitauri in an attempt for him to rule the planet and giving the aliens the Tesseract (cosmic cube) for their help. SHIELD commander Nick Fury has to pull together the best super heroes alongside the top SHIELD agents to stop this. Along the way, Iron Man and company learn that they have to coexist. Can they save the day? Spoilers after the jump…

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Justice League #8

Justice League isn’t a title that I plan on regularly reading, but I was intrigued with the eighth issue featuring Green Arrow. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed the current portrayal of the character and as a lifelong Oliver Quinn I wanted to check this out.

Geoff Johns put it together mostly as a stand alone issue, with Green Arrow trying desperately to win the affection of the other Justice Leaguers. With the exception of Green Lantern, no one wants anything to do with him. Arrow tries his best to tag along and assist, much to everyone’s disdain.

This was a really fun issue to read. Unfortunately all of Green Arrow’s tagging along doesn’t get him a seat at the big kid’s table. The book does end with Steve Trevor, the government’s liaison to the team, offering him an opportunity to join another team. Please let it be Justice League International…

If I regularly rated things with starts, I would say this gets ****. It’s a good read. The story is self contained, but still fits into the greater continuity of the series. Pick this up.