Justice League #8

Justice League #8

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Carlos D'Anda Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 18, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
6.3Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

In the five years that the Justice League has been a team, Green Arrow has never once been a member. And he intends to rectify that right here, right now! One member against his candidacy: Aquaman! Plus, in "The Curse of Shazam" part 2, Billy arrives in his new foster home just as an ancient evil is uncovered halfway across the world.

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Phillip Carson Apr 24, 2012

    Overall, this was a pretty decent filler issue. Unlike last month, we got to get inside the Justice League a little more, to see how they operate and what limitations they have to work with. Green Arrow fans might take offense at him being so easily dismissed by the group, but I still maintain that they will see the light one day and let him in, and that this is just the start of that story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Apr 23, 2012

    Oh, Hal is still annoying, but don't let that get you down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Apr 18, 2012

    Last issue was a little rough for me but this issue is quickly reminding me why I've been enjoying the series. New revelations fill the story with why the team still consists of the same original members. Throwing Green Arrow into the mix gives us a different perspective on the team and gives us a version of Ollie that we can actually enjoy reading. As good as it was reading Ollie here, it also gave a slightly strange feeling since it feels like he's a different (and better) character than the Green Arrow appearing in his own book. The art was an improvement. We're waiting for the return of Jim Lee but the action scenes here played out nicely and the back up feature on Billy Batson makes the $3.99 price a sweet deal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Apr 20, 2012

    Who knew that the addition of a completely obnoxious, self-involved archer would actually lead to one of the most readable issues of this series in a while? If Johns can build on this, we just might have a worthy League title on our hands. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Apr 23, 2012

    Justice League #8 was the strongest issue that Geoff Johns has delivered since the relaunch. This issue does a nice job giving us a bunch of great character interactions between the Justice League and Green Arrow. There were a lot of teases to potential future stories that I am now looking forward to what Johns has in store for the team next. The Shazam back-up was a nice cherry on top that continues to add depth to this new version of Billy Batson. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 21, 2012

    This issue is mostly forgettable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Apr 18, 2012

    "Justice League" #8 is a pleasant comic; it feels like the title has a real direction now, and that we're moving into potentially interesting territory. Little bits (like Cyborg keeping the boom tube technology) are scattered throughout the issue for additional enjoyment, and on the whole I think the book has righted itself into a good direction. It's nice to see the flagship title of DC Comics on much stronger footing now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Apr 18, 2012

    Continued in the back is the story of Billy Batson, who has still yet to become Shazam. Johns is deliberately taking his time developing Billy's character. He might be a foul little boy, but he is nonetheless entertaining to read. Gary Frank delivers another excellent round of small character moments that hit everywhere from sadness to disgust to awe-inspiring. Backup stories can be hit or miss, and a lot of the time they are an unwanted addition used to justify a higher price tag, but having the origin of Shazam in the back of Justice League for $3.99 is one heck of a deal, making it one of the most exciting and economical buys each month. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Apr 20, 2012

    Justice League is meant to be the flagship title of the New 52, so it's a real shame that I've found it to be consistently underwhelming when it comes to developing this new universe. For every new interesting element it introduces, it seems like it tears out several others. We have a compelling new dynamic between the Martian Manhunter and the Justice League, but as a result, we now have many DC characters who no longer have ANY dynamics in relation to the Justice League. There's potential in a new animosity between Aquaman and Green Arrow, but we no longer have a friendship between Hal and Ollie and quite possibly no romance between Ollie and Dinah. That's just from this issue. It's not a new feeling when it comes to reading this series. Justice League can be an interesting and entertaining book. But when it comes right down to it, I never feel like I'm getting a fair trade from it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Apr 21, 2012

    A riveting issue with the very eager to please Green Arrow who shows he has the chops to be in The Justice League. Written by Geoff Johns & illustrated Carlos DAnda (JLA Kid Amazo), Ivan Reis (Aquaman) & Gary Frank (Batman : Earth One, Midnight Nation). Cover by Jim Lee. From DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Apr 19, 2012

    Overall, it's an attractive comedic issue that hints at a lot of potential drama to come in its final pages, but doesn't have a whole lot going on otherwise unless you're a big fan of Ollie. If you're not, a fan of the Green Arrow then I can see this one being pretty forgettable because it feels more like a nice issue of "Green Arrow" rather than a Justice League comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 19, 2012

    The players are present, but they need to be more than just there " if Johns and company can't get people to root for this team soon, the Justice League's greatest enemy may become reader apathy. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Apr 19, 2012

    I really wanted to like this book. I really did. But I can't defend this mess of a book for the most part, and that's probably the most disappointing part of it all. I can hope it will get better, but I don't' think it will. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 25, 2012

    The main story has some nice one-liners from Batman and Green Lantern, and an intriguing offer by Steve Trevor for Ollie, but it's pretty forgettable. The only saving grace in the Shazam story is the introduction of Mary's pet rabbit and slightest glimmer of hope that someday we just might see Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Apr 30, 2012

    I enjoyed the art in this book, as well as the Shazam story and a few little things within the main JL storyline. However, I wasn't able to keep my eyes open long enough to finish the issue in one sitting…and that's saying something for me! Because of that I simply can't give #8 a very high rating. Sorry boys and girls, #8 just didn't cut it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Apr 23, 2012

    And let's hope they're not really going to rehash the Voltron/Captain Planet six-kid Shazam-merge from Flashpoint as the official new origin. Please. If this is all a big swerve, and Mary or Darla is going to be the new Captain... er, Shazam, there might be a glimmer of some kind of hope for the story - but again, slim to none for formerly sweet little Billy B. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Apr 19, 2012

    Justice League #8 has the unexpected effect of making me want to read more about Green Arrow, while making the lead characters come across as unsympathetic and unapproachable, earning a composite 2 out of 5 stars overall (much of which was earned by Shazam") Read Full Review

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