I haven’t been as excited by this standalone Justice Leaguer’s book as I had hoped, but this issue really got me back interested, seeing Cyborg and Shazam working side-by-side. I think this book has a great handle on art, I just wish there was more to this book story-wise. I think that Victor has a lot of great, meaty emotional storylines to delve into, and it seems like this issue is starting to push the character back in the right direction. I hadn’t seen much of the humor in this book being appreciated by the characters in it’s pages, so the jokey nature of some of the scenes was something that felt like a moment we had been waiting for, for EIGHT ISSUES now.
This issue opens with a page that thoroughly engrossed me, both because it showed Cyborg being silly and joking at a time where it FELT right, PLUS we get some sort of analogue to the Marvel “Brute Force” in this APTLY named Beast Force. Shazam and Cyborg are quipping up a storm, and this doesn’t sit well with the Zookeeper- not any sort of City Zoo Employee, that’s the baddies NAME… yikes! Again, the artwork is on point, and I really like the look of Cyborg and Shazam as they lay a savage (heh) beatdown on Bru… I mean Beast Force.
The humor in this book, as I said, is laid out right on front street. And it is helped by the fact that Cyborg is cracking jokes to what is in essence a tween/teenager (is Billy Batson even in 8th Grade???) whose level of humor is AT BEST categorized as “sophomoric”. When Cyborg said “Ive heard this city was a zoo, but this is ridiculous!” and Shazam responds “This city’s a zoo? That’s HILARIOUS!” you know that the jokes aren’t necessarily the best, but that the lighthearted camaraderie between these two dudes is pretty obvious. The book takes a bit of a Tarantino-esque approach to timelines, because afer that we jump back SIXTY days into the past, for some good old fashioned father-son time, and Cyborg’s dad is making a pretty substantial