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Justice League America 32: Breaking Point (Nov 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI Vol 6.

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

CROSSOVER ALERT: The Teasdale Imperative 3/4

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, sometimes Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) & Dr Fate (Linda Strauss) with no sign of Maxwell Lord & Oberon in civilian support.

GUEST STARS: From the JLE: Power Girl, Captain Atom, Metamorpho, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), The Flash (Wally West), Animal Man, Rocket Red (Dmitri Pushkin). Also: Teasdale, Simon Stagg, the Gray Man, The Spectre.

THE STORY: So we get a lot of Teasdale explaining his motivations in this issue which — yawn. He’s a mad scientist pure and simple, and while there’s some meta commentary about the nature of mad scientists, that isn’t really enough to justify quite so many pages dedicated to this bozo.

The twist is that the experiments Teasdale did which led to him creating an army of zombies (yep they’re zombies now apparently not vampires, though still quite bite-y) were funded and encouraged heartily by Simon Stagg, AKA Metamorpho’s Dad-in-law. Teasdale is now rampaging his way through the Balkans, apparently out of revenge for Stagg… doing something.

It’s all very rampagey.

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Justice League Europe #7: Teasedale Unbound

THE PACKAGING: Volume Six of the JLI trades

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

CROSSOVER ALERT: The Teasdale Imperative. Remember when crossover events happened just between 2 sympathetic titles, and were written by the same team so you had consistency? Sigh.

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

GUEST STARS: From the JLA: J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, sometimes Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner,) Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free) & Dr Fate. Also: The Spectre, the GREY Man & that Teasdale dude.

THE STORY: The JLA arrive to find the JLE in the middle of a pitched battle against crazed, violent villagers who… well, not to roll out the ‘v’ word but, they’re kinda acting like vampires, right? With the biting?

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Justice League America 31: Crossed Wires (Oct 1989)

THE PACKAGING: We’re up to Volume Six of the JLI trades… and sadly the last of this series. I’m gonna be elbows deep in flimsies by next month. Trades kick in again in 1992, but until then we’ll be digging through my filing cabinet. This last JLI trade alternates between JLA & JLE (as does this blog) because of the Teasdale Imperative crossover that begins with this issue.

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

CROSSOVER ALERT: I forget what the actual plot of the Teasdale Imperative is, probably because I read these all in the wrong order originally, but also maybe because the interesting bits in this issue have nothing to do with the crossover.

It’s an excuse to do stuff across the JLA & JLE and means that we get some Sue, Catherine & Power Girl drawn by Hughes instead of Sears occasionally though so yay!

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Justice League International Annual #3 (1989)

THE PACKAGING: This is the last issue that appears in JLI Volume Five.

THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Mike McKone & Tim Gula (Pencils), Pablos Marcos (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

THE PITCH: Two stories! No waiting

[Story 1: “Around the World with the JLI”]

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Maxwell Lord, Oberon, J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter, Blue Beetle, Fire, Ice, Booster Gold, Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Metamorpho, Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny), The Flash (Wally West), Power Girl, Animal Man.

GUEST STARS: Herb & the Chief, KooeyKooeyKooey.

THE STORY: On a distant South Pacific Island, young Herb tries to convince his uncle the Chief that instead of letting a foreign power set up a military installation on their vulnerable but strategically significant island, they should instead offer themselves to the Justice League International as a site for one of their embassies, which would mean far less threat to the preservation of their traditional way of life.

The Chief agrees finally, and sends Herb off to make the deal.

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Justice League America Issue 30: Teenage Biker Mega-Death! (September 1989)

THE PACKAGING: JLI trade vol 4

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Fire, Oberon & Maxwell Lord

GUEST STARS: The Huntress is starting to make a habit of this.

THE STORY: A biker punk has seized the all-powerful mega-rod that Big Barda left in her car. Overwhelmed by the psychic force of the dark energies of Apokolips, he starts a wave of destruction that takes out his friends, a dozen police officers, and a good chunk of the Bronx.

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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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