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Justice League Europe #5: Stagg Party

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Five

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Metamorpho, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support. (Power Girl & Flash have the month off, clearly)

GUEST STARS: Sapphire Stagg, Simon Stagg, Java, Maxwell Lord, J’onn J’onzz & Oberon

THE STORY: Captain Atom has been summoned to JLA headquarters to answer for his recent military decisions, and instead of being a grown up (and a professional) about it, he acts like a spoilt child and yells at everyone, which means he ends up with more of a dressing down than he probably otherwise would have got.

Wow, he’s such a dick.

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Justice League America #29: Nabu In My Mind (August 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI trade vol 4

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

CROSSOVER ALERT: All the references to Kent Nelson/Nabu/Dr Fate probably makes more sense if you’ve read that comic, but honestly he seems super annoying? So not sure why you’d want to

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free) & Big Barda, with Maxwell Lord & Oberon in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: Nabu or Kent or whatever. That dude. Big Barda should probably be in this list too but I refuse to believe she’s not officially on the team.

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Justice League Europe #4: Bialya Burning (July 1989)

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Five

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Bart Sears (Pencils), Pablo Marcos (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

CROSSOVER ALERT: Weirdly, both JLA & JLE are dealing with Queen Bee plots right now, but in different ways — there are references to the current “brainwashed Beetle” storyline. Also several references to some kind of revelation about Captain Atom spying on all of them for the government which I assume came out in his comic, which featured a lot of guest appearances by Beetle, Booster and other Justice League characters during this era.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Power Girl, Metamorpho, the Flash (Wally West), Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support. [Ralph and Sue don’t really contribute in this one]

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Justice League America #28: A Date With Density (July 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI trade vol 4

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Guy Gardner, Fire, Ice, Oberon

GUEST STARS: Big Barda, Black Hand

THE STORY: Guy Gardner, as if he has something to prove after his moments of half-decency over the last few issues, challenges Ice to look beneath the surface and get to know him as a person and go on a real date with him. She agrees, still under the illusion that “Nice Guy” from his brain-damaged era couldn’t have come out of nowhere. (Oh, sweetie) Continue reading →

Justice League Europe #3: Another Fine Mess

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Five

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Bart Sears (Pencils), Pablo Marcos (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Power Girl, Metamorpho, the Flash (Wally West), Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: Ice, Jack O’Lantern, Owl Woman, Inspector Camus

THE STORY: Captain Atom starts yet another issue by reiterating the story so far: dead Nazi, “braces,” etc. They have at least figured out that their attackers from last month (now in matching comas) are former Global Guardians. Sue and Ralph call Ice, herself a former Global Guardian, who admits she hasn’t been in touch with her old teammates and doesn’t know what would have driven them to such behaviour — but she does tell them about Jack O’Lantern and Owl Woman being aligned with Queen Bee of Bialya.

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Justice League America 27: Mindsnap (June 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI trade vol 4

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Mike McKone (Pencils), Dick Giordiano (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor) Kevin Dooley (Assistant Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), with Maxwell Lord & Oberon in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: Amanda Waller of the Suicide Squad. Nabu AKA Kent Nelson AKA sometimes Dr Fate. A teeny bit of Big Barda.

THE STORY: A still-wounded Oberon visits Amanda Waller, convincing her to break the mind-conditioning on Blue Beetle. Batman is suspicious of Waller and this proves to be correct — she makes two crucial errors which serve to reactivate Beetle’s “possession” so that he physically attacks her and then triggers an Azrael block, which knocks him into a full coma.

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Justice League Europe #2: Somebody Up There Hates Us

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Five

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Bart Sears (Pencils), Pablo Marcos (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Power Girl, Metamorpho, the Flash (Wally West), Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man (Buddy Baker), Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support. Wonder Woman is mysteriously missing already! She was gonna be “part-time”, remember?

GUEST STARS: Wild Huntsman, Rising Sun, Tuatara, Owl Woman, Jack O’Lantern

THE STORY: Captain Atom sums up the plot so far (dead Nazi, mob uprising), and the team splits into groups to cover more ground.

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Justice League America #26: Slice & Dice or: There’s Something Very Wrong With Blue Beetle (May 1989)

THE PACKAGING: Volume 4 of the JLI trade, but take another look at that issue title — we’re not Justice League International any more! Or rather, JLI has become an umbrella brand, covering Justice League America (the continuing main title) and Justice League Europe. There will be more spin-offs to come! This is the first time that we have had a Justice League America title without a tiny ‘of’ popped in there, which helps distinguish this iteration from the Silver Age years.

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Guy Gardner, Fire, Oberon, Blue Beetle, Maxwell Lord, J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter and to everyone’s surprise, Batman. Is he still a member, or a guest star? He’s certainly acting like he owns the place…

GUEST STARS: Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), and a mysterious voice on the phone.

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Justice League Europe #1: How Ya Gonna Keep Them Down On The Farm After They’ve Seen Paree? (April 1989)

THE PACKAGING: Justice League International trade Vol Five

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Bart Sears (Pencils), Pablo Marcos (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

THE PITCH: Spin off time! There’s a whole new Justice League setting up shop in the Paris Embassy.

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Captain Atom, Power Girl, Metamorpho, the Flash (Wally West), Wonder Woman, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin), with Catherine Cobert and Sue Dibny in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: Maxwell Lord, Oberon, Inspector Camus

THE STORY: Here we go again! Captain Atom freaks out at being left in charge of a whole superhero team, knowing the kind of shenanigans that goes on around Justice Leagues. He is calmed somewhat by the soothing competence of Catherine Cobert, Embassy Liason.

The rest of the team make their own way in, one by one… and due to some serious teleporter malfunctions, they have to rely on superpowers and airplanes. As they start to get a feel for each other, Captain Atom hosts the awkwardest business meeting in the history of administration. But hey, at least he has an office.

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Justice League International #25: Repossessions (April 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)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Pretty much just Blue Beetle and Booster Gold with a couple of small appearances by Oberon, J’onn, Fire and Guy Gardner

THE STORY: This is a rare standalone two-shot that could be a great piece of character insight but feels mostly like filler.

There’s clean up to be done at the Embassy after the last issue, but Beetle and Booster are called out on a repo job for their side business, and end up battling a vampire squatter from a derelict building.

The battle is vicious and nasty, and only gets worse as they realise this vamp is just a guy, you know. He is a miserable creature with a tragic backstory, and as Booster and Beetle start to question if they’re doing the right thing here, a mid-fight accident leads the vampire to fall to his death.

Super depressing, right?

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