Justice League #10 - The Villain's Journey: Chapter Two
League has it's ups and downs since DC's relaunch. For the most part,
it's been a good series. Geoff Johns has been writing some pretty steady
stuff and Jim Lee (with a few scheduled fillers) has been pretty
consistent on art. This second story, which introduces a new villain (as
they have been trying in practically every title) is pretty much more
of them same: decent comic telling. However, this issue is also part
four of the backup story from Johns and artist Gary Frank re-imagining
Shazam for the new DCU. As we have been meeting young, orphan Billy
Batson and his journey into foster care, we have also been following
Doctor Sivana as he tries to uncover the magic that can save his family.
After finding the tomb of Black Adam, Sivana was struck by lightning,
giving him the ability to see magic with one of his eyes (cooler than I
make it sound). With that vision, he is able to see the inscriptions
that tell how to awaken Black Adam. All it takes is one word: "Shazam!"
and we are given the single best moment of the week:
Frank has shown in this page why he is the perfect man to draw the new
versions of the Marvel family. And in one page, Black Adam looks to be
the baddest of the bad in the new DCU. This is a piece that deserves to
be framed and hung on a wall. I'm actually more excited for this than I
have been for the main Justice League stories. I don't know how things
are gonna be collected from this one but picking up the Shazam story is
looking to be money well spent.