The Justice League of America surreptitiously observes Black Lightning, to determine if he is worthy of membership in the League. Black Lightning apprehends four pawn shop burglars. The Green Arrow contends that Black Lightning is exactly the kind of member the League needs, on account of his being black. The Flash balks at adding a member based on skin color, rightfully calling it tokenism.
The Flash and the Green Arrow, nearly come to blows. Superman suggests an initiation test for Black Lightning, to see if the street hero has what it takes to become a member of the League. The Regulator prepares to make his debut. While thankful for Black Lightning's assistance, Inspector Henderson warns Black Lightning that vigilantism is frowned upon.
Black Lightning is attacked by Primak and the Human Starburst, as he departs police headquarters. Black Lightning defeats Primak, and the Human Starburst. One of Hederson's officers notes something strange about Primak. An army of rodents take down a security guard, then break into a S.T.A.R. Labs facility, heralding the arrival of the Regulator. Black Lightning is attacked by the Trans-Visible Man.
The assault of the Trans-Visible Man pushes Black Lightning to the edge of rage. The Swashbuckler attacks Black Lightning. Black Lightning mercilessly beats the Swashbuckler, but stops short of killing him. The Swashbuckler is revealed to be the Green Arrow. The Justice League of America confront Black Lightning. After reveling their initiation test, the Justice League of America offer Black Lightning a place on their roster. Black Lightning declines membership in the Justice League of America.
- "The DC Feature Page" 1 page text piece featuring "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's the Answer Man!" by Bob Rozakis and "DC Profiles Number 52: Todd Klein" a highlight of letterer Todd Klein.
- This issue contains the Hostess Superhero Ad, Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman Saves the Astronauts".