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• Cyborg takes center stage as events fall into place for next month’s massive new story arc: “OFF THE GRID”!

• Also, Batman continues to be question the Superman/Wonder Woman alliance and Aquaman’s future with the League.

• Plus: The Shazam backup story reveals the origin of Black Adam—and what it means for Billy Batson’s survival!

Story by Geoff Johns
Art by Jesus Saiz & Gary Frank
Colors by Jeromy Cox & Brad Anderson
Letters by Nick J. Napolitano
Cover by Ivan Reis & Joe Prado

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  1. This is a test whether I want to stick with this series past the Aquaman event. Cause reading the first two arcs in trades kinda made me uneasy on keeping with this. But Ivan Reis is still the artist so there’s that.

  2. there’s not enough character development/interaction to make this series worth it. It’s much too action orientated. It ends up being rather boring.

  3. If this is gonna be a six month Cyborg story, they may lose me. TOA was a shot in the arm for this series, but if we revert back to all-flash-no-substance I may very well duck out for a smoke.

    • Well put. Cyborg doesn’t do it for me either, but who knows, Johns may make me interested. After all, he made me love Green Lantern a bunch of years ago. Throne of Atlantis was excellent, but other than that I have found this to be, exactly as you put it “all flash no substance”.

    • Well, it wasn’t a Cyborg story — just as much a team book as always . . .

  4. Johns has a knack for writing Cyborg. I’m surprised he waited this long to center an arc around him.
    And how can I pass up Gary Frank’s Black Adam origin?!

  5. Read preview and loads of people are popping up including Platinum, Goldrush, Firestorm, etc. Looks like a good ish.

  6. The art is actually by Jesus Saiz not Ivan Reis.

  7. Saiz was great on BoP and the backup in Sword of sorcery, glad to see him do an issue on a top tier book.

  8. Man, seeing Saiz was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed this ish, a fun team buliding book. I wish it could have been longer though, with the Shazam story in iits own book.

  9. Very good and suitable replacement on the art this month. The feature was a fine set-up story but damn, that Shazam back-up might be my favorite thing at DC. I hope they release it as a stand-alone trade paperback or hardcover so’s I can convert people who think Shazam is lame.

  10. God i love recruitment drive issues.

    The new Atom, Copperhead, Zatanna’s stage outfit & apparently Aquaman & Vixen used to team-up.

    Tons of fun.

  11. I’m not a huge fan of recruiting issues but this was pretty fun. Element Women and this new version of the Atom has potential. But Barry seemed off like he was more Wally than anything else. Anyone else notice that? Saiz was a nice addition to the series but I must admit some of the characters looked stiff. The models themselves are good but the smiles on some of these characters….Creepy! Oh and too much padding in this week’s Shazam story for my liking. Kinda made Frank’s pencils too conserved.


    • Re: Barry’s characterization: I actually had the same thought. Not sure what that was about. I mean, I’m not complaining. I’ll take whatever Wally I can get. But it did take me out of it for a moment.

    • I thought the exact same thing regarding Wally. I figured “we’ll they want the flash story simplified to one guy and then let him fill role as comic relief for the Justice League”. Not the biggest fan of this development but, hey, it’s the New 52, these comics aren’t really written with us in mind are they.

  12. This wasn’t bad. It reminded me of Morrison’s issue where they had everyone up to the base for recruitment interviews. Even Saiz’s art here reminded me a little of 90’s Howard Porter in parts.

    I’m really pulling for Black Canary and Zatanna to make the reserves. I dropped BoP a long time ago, and recently dropped JLD, so it’d be nice to get my fix of my two favorite super ladies.

    I love how Nightwing refused, but not before introducing himself to the hot android in the room. I thought the Platinum meltdown was kinda dumb. Curious about the new Atom. Firestorm was a riot. Since when do Black Lightning and Blue Devil roll together? And who the hell is Goldrush?

    • Black Lightning and Blue Devil were featured together in DC Presents, so perhaps that;s their new M.O. (a DC Iron Fist & Power Man?). I didn’t read the story, so I couldn’t say . . .

  13. This issue sucked. Except for The Seven Sins in the backup.

  14. Jesus Christ. Now Zatanna’s father’s death was a mysterious murder too? Normally I love you Geoff Johns but this murdered parents trope ain’t as interesting as you think it is.

  15. Saiz’s art was really pleasant. Had a blast reading this.

  16. I really enjoyed this issue; as I said last month, I think that this book has finally found it’s stride. It was great seeing Vixen, and I hope that there is more of her in the near future. I have a suspicion that Johns is planting the seeds for something with the Metal Men down the road which would be pretty cool in my opinion. The new Atom is intriguing. (Boy do I miss how they used Palmer in Frankenstein . . .). Saiz’s art is always enjoyable . . .

    The back up story has been terrific as well; I never thought that I would enjoy a Shazam story this much . . .

  17. Having skipped the last 2 issues, I didn’t know what to expect, but was very pleasantly surprised by this issue.

    Already looking foreword to next month’s issue (but not so sure I’m ready for Trinity War … Eventitis sets in …)


  18. That was the worst dialogue Geoff has ever written. The only thing that saved this was the backup story!

  19. The Shazam story was significantly better than the Justice League main story.

  20. I thought this was damn fun!

  21. This was a pretty good issue. But if Zatanna is already on Justice League Dark how can she also be in the Justice League? I was kind of confused by that.

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