For those of us who read Dark Nights – Metal, and the subsequent stories that accompanied, the Batman Who Laughs is a well recognized and beloved villain. For those that don’t know, he’s the Batman from his dimension within the Multiverse that’s been driven mad by the Joker. Picture Batman and the Joker as one, voila…The Batman Who Laughs. He’s menacing. He’s creepy. He’s terrifying. And now, he’s even more dangerous than before.
I know. I know. This sounds like another Batman Comic. I promise you it’s not. Lex Luthor has been running around the Multiverse, taking bits and pieces of information and relics that he needs to become the strongest force therein. The Justice League has been trying to catch up to him, always seemingly one step behind. Their only advantage, they have the Totality in their possession. For those who don’t know, the Totality is a battery for Creation. It contains the power to completely reshape the Multiverse.
The Justice League has and is trying its hardest to keep this from falling into the hands of Lex Luthor. He needs it in order to fulfill his terrible mission. Not only that, he’s after some pretty powerful magic that will allow him to reign supreme. Right now, the biggest obstacle that he has, working with the Batman Who Laughs to get what he wants. BWL has information, specifically a name, that Lex Luthor needs in order to continue his path towards Multiverse domination.
We learn that Luthor has been keeping BWL locked up in a cage…although we discover that BWL is only there because he wanted to be caught. Batman Who Laughs strikes a deal with Luthor; he will reveal the name Luthor needs in exchange for his freedom and also that Luthor and BWL will stay out of each others way on their individual quests. Luthor agrees and is given the name…No spoilers here! You’ll need to read it to find out.
One thing is for certain though, the Multiverse may be in serious Danger. Oh yeah, and at the end of the story, we see a figure emerging from the Totality. Who is this person? We don’t know. But given that the Totality plays by its own rules, you can rest assured that it’s not going to be friendly. The question is, who is it after?
Justice League #8 is a great continuation of the Justice League comics. The fact that it’s continuing to play off Justice League – No Justice and Dark Nights Metal shows that DC is willing to build a new Universe with unique villains, different superpowers, etc. I look forward to the next issue.
Justice League #8 gets 4 Couch Cushions and A Throw Pillow