Thursday, April 19, 2012
Justice League #8 (June, 2012)
Green Arrow Oliver Queen wanted so badly to join the Justice League that he kept crashing their crime scenes and battles. Over forty years ago, Ollie got a new personality through aping Hawkeye, but he's never leaned on it this hard. Anyway, the team kept giving him the brush-off, and their government liaison Steve Trevor finally killed the issue by offering the Emerald Archer a role in another, secret team. Also, Steve was on Team 7, which is kind of cool. I can only name Deathblow, Grifter, Backlash and Lynch, so if they have to squeeze off somebody from Wetworks to make room, that's fine by me. Were there even actually seven of them? Whatever.
Wait, what does all this have to do with a Martian Manhunter blog? Well see, the League had refused all comers in the previous five years following the formation of the 7-nÜp squad of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Cyborg. That is, except one. "We all know what happened when we let someone else onto this satellite and into the Justice League. It ended very badly."
Cue a two page spread of the Manhunter from Mars single-handedly battling the entire team. The Dark Knight checked in on a downed Scarlet Speedster. The Amazing Amazon dodged Laser Vision that struck the Man of Steel, as the Alien Atlas tugged an arm bound by the Lasso of Truth. The King of the Seven Seas jabbed his trident at an immaterial wraith's back, while the deformed arm of the Martian Marvel batted the Emerald Gladiator into Cyborg. For those who've long awaited J'Onn J'Onzz betraying and battling the JLA, Merry Christmas.
"The Martian Manhunter's long gone."
"He still knows everything about us."
"More than we know about each other."
"Do we know where he disappeared to?"
"As long as it's far away from here it doesn't matter."
The Sleuth from Outer Space appeared to listen in on these thoughts as he stood on a desert plateau, staring into the starry night sky. "They're not prepared."
"Team-Up: Green Arrow" was by Geoff Johns, Carlos D'Anda, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. The book only came out yesterday, and I usually wait a month or more as a sort of ethical embargo on synopsizing an issue. However, I found sneaking Martian Manhunter onto three pages of a four dollar comic such a douchey move, I'll forget that this round. This issue took a pretty big dump on JLA: Year One, one of my favorite Manhunter stories, but I expect it will end up with J'Onzz similarly vindicated in the long haul. "Trinity War" anyone? I also enjoyed J'Onn kicking butt under the pen of Reis & Prado, and was oddly touched by those final panels that recalled early Joe Certa.