The JLI has been run under the bus a couple times now, with team members dropping like flies. Can a different creative team for the annual bring about less death? Major Spoilers takes the plunge to find out!
Or – “Is It An Ending, Or A New Beginning?”
Justice League International has been a strange title since the inception of the “international” squad in 1988 or so. This book has lived in the shadow of the Big Seven (or, as some call it “Big Six plus Cyborg”) title in the New 52, and now the team has suffered a major setback and a team death. Can they pull it together, or is there no hope for a real U.N. super-team? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Here at Major Spoilers, we strive to bring you the best in news and reviews from the broad spectrum of the pop culture world. With all the excitement and speculation over the past month about a Justice League movie, as well as the Major Spoilers Podcast in which Stephen, Matthew, Rodrigo and Rob discussed how they would do a Justice League movie, staff writer Jimmy just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share his ideal Justice League movie – an homage to the classic Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire run.
Or – “It Wasn’t All Just Bwah-Ha-Ha-Ha…”
When I think back to the iconic days of the post-Crisis JLI, I don’t just remember the wacky antics. The character voices and interactions were some of the most realistic I’d ever read, and it was clearly NOT my father’s superheroes. If you don’t believe me, then I’d like to tell you about the breakup of the greatest superhero bromance of the last 30 years.
I would also like to apologize for using the word “bromance.”
Or – “Isn’t Peraxxis How They Charge For Tire Rotations?”
Over the last several issues, Booster Gold and his new JLI have found themselves heavily outgunned by the Signalmen, giant robots that remind me a little bit too much of the Celestials. Now, Peraxxis has come to see what the Signalmen have found, and any resemblance to Galactus is probably intentional…
Or – “And We’re OFF!”
Last week, we looked at Justice League #1, the foundations of the all-new DCU. Now, we get a look at the contemporary League, a group with just as much Batman and Green Lantern but a lot more questions about who ELSE is in the lineup… Here’s a hint: I think we were pretty much all wrong.
Those loveable rapscallions Keith “Curmudgeon” Giffen, J.M. “Goodnatured” DeMatteis and Kevin “The Artful Dodger” Maguire have reunited for what they claim (again) is the last time, to write the beloved Justice League International in this week’s JLA RetroActive: The 90s.
This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast Stephen, Rodrigo, and Matthew take a look at Giffen and DeMatteis’ Justice League International, Volume 1.
In the late 1980s, writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis redefined the Justice League of America with these unique, humorous tales, collected for the first time since their original comic-book publication.
With Batman, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold and other quirky heroes of the DC Universe, the team battles the colony of spaceships known only as the Cluster, then must track their missing comrade, Mister Miracle to the dread planet Apokolips. And when our heroes arrive back on Earth, they must contend with the new Queen Bee and the return of Lobo.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL Vol. 1 collects the first seven issues of Giffen and DeMatteis’s run. In these pages, the new, untested team faces off against terrorists holding the United Nations hostage, three otherworldly beings bent on destroying the world’s entire nuclear weaponry, the mystical and frightening Gray Man, and the Royal Flush Gang. Also weaving in and out of the picture is the mysterious Maxwell Lord, who seems to be pulling some serious strings in the shadows…
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Or – “Breaking My Rule, Because What Else Are Rules For?”
As a comics reader, you often end up on a treadmill of event comics, shocking reveals, alternate realities, and everything-you-know-is-wrongs. Occasionally, though, certain moments or characters break through the mediocrity. Kate Spencer as Manhunter. Uncle Sam punching out Superman. Storm with a mohawk. But one of the more recent wonderful bits came when a young lad named Jaime picked up the mantle of the Blue Beetle and ran with it. As you might surmise from context, it seems to have ended quite badly, and even though I picked this issue up late, I felt it needed to be reviewed…
Or – “Bwah Ha Ha HAAA!”
These days, it seems that the 80′s ‘Bwah Ha Ha’ Justice League is a pretty devalued commodity, what with the multiple deaths, several heel turns, at least one brutal rape, and a general undercurrent of unpleasantness. If these weren’t the actual stories taking place on a parallel Earth, one might even conclude that SOMEONE in power is embarrassed by these stories… Settle in and get ready to decide whether or not they should be!