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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 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 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 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 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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Where the Wonder Women Are: #30 Maya

This teen super heroine stems from the period (1993-94) when Justice League Europe transitioned into the second incarnation of Justice League International, and made a serious attempt to be actually globally representative with the team, rather than filling it with mostly Americans and a couple of token “exotic” members. The JLE moved from their Paris Embassy to a haunted castle somewhere in London (handy for the shops) and while they lost the management of the competent Catherine Cobert, Sue Dibny made a very good replacement. Sue had joined the JLE as the wife of Elongated Man, and soon took over the computer and communications systems as her regular job, freeing the others up to actually fight crime.

The new JLE/JLI that set up home in England included Aquaman of Atlantis, Power Girl of Ancient Atlantis (this was the period when they were pretending she wasn’t Superman’s cousin), Crimson Fox of Paris, Tasmanian Devil of Australia, Dr Light of Japan, and occasionally even included British superhero Lionheart. And of course a handful of American male superheroes too (wouldn’t be a superhero book without them): Elongated Man, the Flash and Metamorpho.

The team also acquired a teenage runaway from India, Chandi Gupta. This frightened thirteen-year-old found her way to the JLE castle in the hopes they could help her deal with the water and fire powers that had come upon her with the onset of puberty. Chandi, who took the name Maya for superhero purposes, could transform into an older and more controlled version of herself, whose weapon of choice was to form a bow and arrow from either mystical water or mystical flame.

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Where the Wonder Women Are: #28 Doctor Light

Dr Light is a second rate villain, and a first class heroine. Funnily enough, I prefer the latter version.
Kimiyo Hoshi, AKA Dr Light, a Japanese astronomer, scientist, medical doctor and mother, was introduced in the original 1985-6 Crisis storyline. Struck by an immense wave of power sent to Earth by the Anti-Monitor, she received the powers of “photonics” and could bend and manipulate light with her mind.

She became an occasional member of the Justice League in the late 80’s, dropping in for occasional missions, but joined them full time after Justice League Europe moved to London, eventually taking on greater responsibilities with the UN as Justice League International. She also changed her costume from all white to all yellow, which might seem like a trivial detail, but marks the point at which she became a fully fledged character.

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Where the Wonder Women Are: #26 Crimson Fox

In 1989, only a couple of years after the relaunch of Justice League (International) as a fun, action-packed superhero sitcom, it spawned its own spin off, Justice League Europe.

I was a fan.

For the first three years, JLE the team was located in Paris, and didn’t shy away from the pitfalls you might imagine for an American super team setting up shop in France. Indeed, it relished those pitfalls and took great delight in throwing disaster after embarrassing disaster (including bad PR, social awkwardness and exploding embassies) at the team.

Egoes were punctured, names were mocked, mayhem ensued. Their leader, the rather rigid and humourless Captain Atom, spent most of his time sighing wearily as the havoc bounced off the walls around him.

The original line-up included mostly male superheroes, with the Russian Rocket Red and the not-Kryptonian-anymore-but-Atlantean Power Girl representing non Americans. And yes, Power Girl was the only super-powered woman on the team at first, though not the only woman of the regular cast thanks to the inclusion of bureau chief Catherine Colbert, and Sue Dibny who came along first as the wife of Elongated Man, but soon became the resident computer expert and earned the title Information Manager.

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