Review: Justice League International #1

Justice League: Generation Lost was a pleasant surprise.  So much so, I was disappointed to hear that Judd Winick would not be continuing to write the teams adventures in the new DCU.  But as it turns out, lightning has struck twice.  Based on the first issue, Dan Jurgens’ Justice League International is an equally pleasant surprise.

Last week, a lot of people complained about Justice League #1 in that it didn’t include most of the Justice League.  People were expecting to see the team form and maybe even go on their first adventure.  So many were disappointed to get a Batman/Green Lantern team-up instead.

Those people will find a lot to like in Justice League International #1.  Jurgens gets things started right away.  In fact, while we do get to see the team become officially sanction, UN director Andre Briggs has already gathered the team in advance.  The team dynamic is more or less in place  half way through the issue – although Guy Gardner is going to need some additional convincing.

And with that, the team is off on its first mission.  Some UN Research teams have gone missing and the new team sets out to track them down.  It’s pretty straight-forward super hero fare.  And I mean that in the best possible way.  The super heroics are well executed even if there’s nothing especially novel going on here.

Where the book excels is in the characterization.  This is traditionally the strong suit of Justice League International.  In spite of everything that is going on in the book, Jurgens finds time to give each character a moment.  Guy acts like a jerk.  Booster proves himself a capable leader.  Rocket Red and August General in Iron develop a fun rivalry based on their countries’ disagreements.  Jurgens even reintroduces readers to Godiva, a fun English character who was totally new to me.

My favorite line in the book is a throw-away reference to Justice League Unlimited.  A by-stander mistakes Booster Gold for Green Lantern.  Fans of JLU will catch the reference.

Aside from some of the cast members, the big carry-over from Generation Lost is artist, Aaron Lopresti.  His work here is on par with his excellent work on the previous series and gives the new book a familiar feeling. 

Justice League International isn’t going to blaze any trails.  But if you enjoy fun super hero team books, this is the book for you.  I look forward to seeing what’s next for this team.

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7 Responses to Review: Justice League International #1

  1. ikeebear says:

    It didn’t blow me away, but JLI #1 was certainly a solid read. I didn’t really dig Godiva and the verbal sparring between Rocket Red and August General felt kind of hollow. Batman and Booster were very well handled, though. A lot of the dialogue felt pretty cliched, but this issue definitely deserves some praise.

  2. lebeau says:

    Gotcha. In my opinion, they were pretty similar in terms of quality. Light, fun but nothing revolutionary.

  3. xxadverbxx says:

    I think I actually prefer Justice League over this, for though this had action, JL had the banter going. Also, the action this had just felt rather bleak to me.

    The beginning I liked seeing how they went through possible members and the reasoning to WHY they wanted the team. Seems odd though that just recruiting a team makes them think they could continue to control them if something were to happen. Also seeing how Blue Beetle got treated it makes me sad as its another hint to me that the 2003-2011 Teen Titans probably never happened.

    Main issues I didn’t like on this is first the riot. Sure I can see people upset to lose a museum like that to a government team but it is still a super hero team. Also, I’d expect once they got set in it that most parts could still be open to visitors just like the White House is or many castles in England that are still used by royals. It felt weak to me, and so did the bombing by someone who apparently has access to the Black Hawk’s armory.

    The research team going missing also feels off. Did they not notice that a circle in the ground was being formed around them or something? They at least knew something was wrong but instead of trying to run to safety they sit there and try to call it in? Again feels weak, not to mention that the one who did call it in was near the very center of it and somehow his phone doesn’t drop down into the hole and so the JLI could find it later. To me most of the story just felt badly written/thought out.

    For the characters I didn’t mind the rivalry between General in Iron and Rocket Red, while Booster and Guy were nicely written too. Batman generally didn’t come off feeling like Batman to me, though I at least do like the reason he was there was he thought the UN was up to something more.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I enjoyed the JLI book. Being a long time fan of the team and characters i am a bit lost on if Ted Kord exists or not….or if this is a “fresh start” for the team.

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