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Synopsis "Collision Course" (20-pages)
Previously: The press event to launch the Justice League International to the world was cut short by a massive terrorist explosion. Rocket Red was killed while Vixen, Ice, and Fire were hospitalised. Batman is investigating while Guy Gardner, Booster Gold, Godvia, and the August General In Iron ferry their friends to hospital. Chairwoman Bao stuns Booster by telling him that the UN are shutting down the JLI over security fears. He leaves the hospital to get some air and is attacked by Lightweaver, one of the terrorists behind the bombing.
David Zavimbe, aka Batwing, is visiting his old friend Vixen in hospital when he hears an explosion outside. David suits up and discovers that Booster Gold is being attacked my a massive solid Samurai hologram created by Lightweaver. He saves Booster who then returns the favour at the expense of completely draining his own suit’s reserves. Luckily, that was enough to drive Lightweaver away for now.
Across town, the NYPD are moving Roland Norcutt, a suspect linked with an earlier attempt to bomb the UN. He lectures the police about how he’s breaking down society’s authority structures starting with the UN, the biggest authority of them all. Suddenly the police officers and the vehicle around them starts ageing rapidly. It crashes into lamp post, freeing Norcutt who assumes his villainous form as Breakdown. He is joined by Lightweaver and a third terrorist called Intersek who reports that their wildcard is now in place. Batman arrives at the hospital and reports that Norcutt has escaped.
Guy is at Ice’s bedside until Godvia calls him away. An angry scene is brewing in the hospital corridors as the Hospital Administrator and then Chairwoman Bao undercuts the heroes for their ability to attract trouble. She even goes as far as to threaten to rubbish their reputations should they try to remain together as a team. Guy’s charm scares the administrator off, but the August General convinces him and Godvia that its best if they remove themselves from the hospital for the others’ safety. They are in the street outside when a blue, giant cannons into them. It announces “I… am.. OMAC” and the JLI attack assuming that he’s part of the terrorist group. However, OMACs savagery and strength easily knocks the heroes unconscious.
- Batwing and Vixen knew each other five years ago when Mari was working in a Tinashan AIDs clinic.
- Fire does not appear in this issue.
The eighth issue of Justice League International introduces two new potential team-members to the mix in the form of Batwing and OMAC. I’ve quite liked Batwing’s individual series and a member of Batman International is a logical choice for the JLI. Batwing is rapidly evolving into a linking figure between a LOT of c-list characters. The other character who arrives in this issue is more problematic. I’ve loved the OMAC solo series. It’s probably the best book that Dan Didio’s ever written and Keith Giffen managed a fantastic Kirby-inspred art-style. Its a real shame it didn’t survive for longer. However, how OMAC will fit in with a team remains to be seen.
The new villains that are revealed this issue are more not particularly inspiring. The entire terrorist plot jars with the cartoon-esque world that Jurgens and Lopresti are creating. The two junior villains, Lightweaver and Intersek, are classic Dan Jurgens characters and Breakdown is visually interesting. However, I can’t help thinking that it’d been more interesting to keep him as plain old Roland Norcutt. Nevertheless, the real problem with this issue is it doesn’t get us anywhere. It could have easily been shorted out by having OMAC appear at the end of last issue and then getting Batwing to come to the rescue. That’d cut straight across this issue to the start of the next.
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Justice League International is officially adrift. I don’t care about any of the characters or their situations. I don’t want to give up on this title because I think that a creative team that’s really on fire for the property can take it somewhere interesting. However, I can’t see any reason to recommend this book.
There’s a lot of smacking and zapping and crumbling in this issue, and the Aaron Lopresti art has a very classic feel to it, while really bringing the unsettling imagery when necessary. [...] Justice League International #8 isn’t bad at all. It’s just kind of… off.
Batwing brings a fresh perspective to the book and with that comes a new direction that seems intriguing. A change up in the roster is what this book needs as it is about time Jurgens decided to leave behind the characters that arenâ€™t working.
Ironically, this issue feels really long. But as soon as you finish and look back you come to the striking realization that nothing really happened in it. The only exceptions are another villain being established and an introduction of another character who is not even involved with the plot and comes out of nowhere, and I’m not talking about Batwing, but it would be easy to confuse the two.
Holy Guest Stars Batman!- Batwing and Omac, one from a cancelled book, the other from a steadily declining oneâ€¦hmmmm, a new home for said characters or hopefully a boost in sales? Maybe both!
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Page 1. This is Batwing, the African jet-suited Batman from the Batman Incorporated programme. He gained his own series as part of the New 52 relaunch. His name is incorrectly given as Zavimbi, the correct spelling is Zavimbe (the -i ending was used while undercover in Batman Incorporated: Leviathan Strikes). This appearance logically happens after Batwing #1-8 which sees his investigation into the assassination of a string of African superheroes. That concludes in Gotham City in Batwing #8 which logically places him in the USA for this appearance. Vixen was hurt in the UN bombing in Justice League International (vol. 3) #6 (April 2012).
Page 5. Booster says “have to let the suit regenerate”. So his suit can repair and heal itself, a nice explanation for how a seemingly unique artefact from the future can get tore up and then repaired all the time.
Page 7. This is the man who was stopped by Godvia and the August General in Justice League International (vol. 3) #6 (April 2012) and who was behind the bombing of the Hall of Justice in Justice League International (vol. 3) #1 (Nov 2011).
Page 10. Intersek mentions a “wildcard” which would make it appear that she’s responsible for bringing OMAC to New York.
Page 12. The name of the hospital is given as Eastside Hospital.
Page 13. The image that the Hospital Administrator is holding up is a copy of a panel from Page 5, presumably publicised and spread by Intersek.
Page 16. This, as he says, is OMAC. He’s a research biologist for Cadmus Industries called Kevin Kho who was picked by the Brother Eye satellite to be its agent. Brother Eye infected him with a nanite virus that turned Kevin into his monster. His adventures played out in O.M.A.C. #1-8 as Kevin came to grips with Brother Eye’s takeover of his life and the attempts of Maxwell Lord’s Checkmate to capture him. That series ended with Brother Eye returning Kevin’s freewill at the expense of leaving him stuck in his OMAC form.