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Justice League International #24 (February 1989)

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Four

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Ty Templeton & Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Joe Rubenstein (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

THE PITCH: it’s the second anniversary of the comic! And there’s a lot of old and new faces on the cover which… suggests something exciting might be coming, and soon.

CROSSOVER ALERT: Invasion is finished, but its effects are still being felt throughout the DC universe. A meta gene bomb/virus was set off, disrupting the powers of many of Earth’s superheroes and other meta-humans, including those who have the gene but have never had it triggered. Several of our characters are still feeling the effects even now the drama has calmed down.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Booster Gold, Fire (Beatriz DaCosta), Ice (Tora Olafsdotter), Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin) Captain Atom, Hawkman & Hawkwoman, Maxwell Lord & Oberon.

GUEST STARS: Flash (Wally West). Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), The Creeper, Firestorm, Major Force, Big Barda, G’Nort, Wonder Woman, Power Girl, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man, Metamorpho, etc.

THE STORY: We get two stories in this issue, each leading towards an exciting new development for the JLI.

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Sheep Might Fly: Death at the Dragon Circus Part 2

New episode is up! Death at the Dragon Circus Part 2: In Which Inga Learns To Fly

They used to be the Hammer and the Dove, a ruthless pair of living weapons for hire. Now they have reinvented themselves as Kurt and Inga Frostad, searching for all the key ingredients of a fresh start: a home, a community, a job that doesn’t require them to kill people. The Dragon Circus may be exactly what they need, as long as their old life doesn’t catch up with them…

If you missed it:
Part 1: In Which Inga Was Not Expecting Dragons

This novella was recently published in the ClanDestine anthology And Then: The Great Big Book Of Awesome Adventure Tales.

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Justice League International #23: Gross Injustice (January 1989)

THE PACKAGING: We’re up to Volume Three of the JLI trade series! But don’t get too comfortable. In a few issues’ time (somewhere around April 1989), I’ll start dipping back and forth between Volumes Three and Four when Justice League Europe starts up.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Joe Rubenstein (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

CROSSOVER ALERT: Check out my last post to get the lowdown on the Invasion storyline. This is part of the second stage of the crossover: Aftermath, which starts out with the post-Invasion clean up and ends with a scary alien blackout (spoilers, it’s a “gene-bomb” but we won’t find that out here).

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), and Mister Miracle. Not appearing in this issue but technically part of the team: Captain Atom, Hawkman & Hawkwoman, Maxwell Lord & Oberon. Who even knows his membership status but he’s sure as hell not here: Batman.

GUEST STARS: The Injustice League

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Galactic Suburbia Episode 164

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In which Galactic Suburbia becomes a five-time Hugo nominated podcast…

WHAT’S NEW ON THE INTERNET?

Hugo shortlist

Also the Nommo shortlist (from the African Speculative Fiction Society)

CULTURE CONSUMED

Alisa: The 45th; S-Town; Sea Swept, Nora Roberts

Tansy: Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks; Buffy rewatch

Alex: New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson; the Ancillary series, Ann Leckie; season 2 and most of 3 of Person of Interest; Last Cab to Darwin

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Justice League International 22: Little Murders (January 1989)

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Joe Rubenstein (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

CROSSOVER ALERT: Invasion! This mass DC event was plotted by Keith Giffen in 1989, and involved two alien races, the Dominators and the Khunds, attacking Earth on the grounds that they are clearly a threat to the universe based on their weirdly high percentage of metahumans.

The story was told over a massive 3 issue mini-series of 80 page specials, with crossovers including many of DC’s most popular titles. Tie-in stories were branded as First Strike or Aftermath, marking out whether they occurred before or after the superhero ‘summit’ which is mentioned at the end of this issue of #JLI. (and you know, whether they were in Month 1 or Month 2 of the event)

Invasion! is notable for being the point at which the term ‘metahuman’ was introduced to the DC universe, which implies a genetic source for most superpowers, but is generally used as a blanket term for superhumans.

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Justice League International Annual #2 (1988)

THE PACKAGING: OK this is where is gets complicated. Annuals are notoriously difficult to fit into continuity, and I see the packagers of the JLI trades decided to give up on fitting this particular Annual in with any of the other 1988 comics, so it’s been collected all the way forward in Volume Five of the trades, along with the early Justice League Europes and Annual #3.

There’s nowhere to put it. Bialyan dictator Rumaan Harjavti is still alive, so it’s before JLI #16. Scott and Barda are living comfortably in suburbia with no Manga Khan kidnap plot in sight, which puts us back even earlier, before JLI #14. And yet this appears to be happening immediately after Green Flame and Ice Maiden officially become members of the League, which didn’t happen until #15. Oh and Guy is still brain-damaged nice!

Ah, comics continuity.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script),Bill Willingham (Pencils), Joe Rubenstein (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn Jonzz, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle, Rocket Red (Dmitri), Green Flame, Ice Maiden, Guy Gardner, Batman. Captain Atom wasn’t invited, because Scott “couldn’t get in touch”.

GUEST STARS: The Joker. Rumaan Harjavti.

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Sheep Might Fly: Last of the Romanpunks Part IV

LAST OF THE ROMANPUNKS PART IV – download or stream the new episode now!

Seb is unhappily following the family tradition of cleaning up after the Julio-Claudian family and their many nasty secrets. Monsters! Swords! Banter! An Airship!

Catch up on previous episodes:

PART I.
PART II
PART III

“Last of the Romanpunks” was originally published in my short story collection Love & Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).

The entire collection is now available in podcast form.

Check out:
Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary/
Lamia Victoriana/
The Patrician

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work please consider pledging your support.

Galactic Suburbia Episode 163

In which Alisa reads us all under the table (again) and the women of SFF are anything but Humble.

Download or stream the new episode now!
What’s New on the Internet?

Cheesecake can be cake if it wants to be cake. Especially if you do not belong to a pie nation. Also, pies need lids or they’re not trying hard enough.

GUFF race (until 17 April)
Paul Weimer is the DUFF candidate, hooray!

Women of SFF Humble Bundle – get this amazing bunch of SFF books now, only a couple of days to go!

CULTURE CONSUMED:

Alisa: Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell; Too Sharp, Marianne Delacourt; Missing Richard Simmons

Tansy: Dreadnought, by April Daniels, Mad Money, Iron Fist

Alex: Hawk and Fisher, Simon R Green; The Delirium Brief, Charles Stross; Logan; The Abyss;

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Sheep Might Fly: Last of the Romanpunks Part III

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Seb only met up with his ex-girlfriend on the airship full of obsessed Roman cosplayers to be polite… and now he has bitten off more than he can chew. Monsters! Swords! Banter!

Catch up on previous episodes:

PART I.
PART II

“Last of the Romanpunks” was originally published in my short story collection Love & Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press).

The entire collection is now available in podcast form!

Check out:
Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary/
Lamia Victoriana/
The Patrician

Sheep Might Fly is a Patreon-supported project! Thanks to all my patrons who pledge between $1 and $20 a month to make this podcast happen. If you enjoy my work please consider pledging your support.