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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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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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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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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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Justice League International #21 Apokolips Wow!

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: Finally all reunited! J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) , Green Lantern (G’nort), Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Fire (Beatriz DaCosta), Ice (Tora Olafsdotter), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Booster Gold, Hawkman and Hawkwoman, with Oberon as civilian support. Barely there: Captain Atom. Obviously on holiday somewhere: Maxwell Lord Still not appearing in this comic did he go on hiatus to appear in a movie or what: Mister Miracle (Scott Free).

GUEST STARS: Lobo, Lord Manga Khan, Granny Goodness, Darkseid, some other Apokolips randos. L-Ron and his robot pal K-Dik

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Justice League International #20: If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Apokolips!

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In Space: J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) , Green Lantern (G’nort). On Earth: Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Fire (Beatriz DaCosta, formerly Green Flame), Ice (Tora Olafsdotter, formerly Ice Maiden), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Booster Gold, Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Blink & you’ll miss him: Captain Atom. Still not appearing in this comic did he go on hiatus to appear in a movie or what: Mister Miracle (Scott Free).

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga Khan, L-Ron, Granny Goodness, Lobo.

THE STORY: After many issues of only getting a page or two to develop their subplot, Big Barda’s team finally get almost a whole issue to themselves. Having arrived on the space opera hellhole that is Apokolips, they kit Dmitri out in a brand new, advanced technology version of a Rocket Red mecha suit (convenient) and run around trying to find Barda’s husband.

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Justice League International #19: No More Mr Nice Guy

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: Not much of one, but there’s a vague mention of Captain Atom’s nemesis Major Force which makes no sense if you don’t have that background. (I did not understand this reference until I researched Captain Atom for his Bonus Character History feature in this blog series)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In space (barely more than a cameo) — J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). Still damsell’d: Mister Miracle (Scott Free). On Earth, Batman is pretending he never quit, playing leader to a newly rebranded team including Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Fire (Beatriz DaCosta, formerly Green Flame), Ice (Tora Olafsdotter, formerly Ice Maiden), Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and Booster Gold. Oberon & Maxwell Lord in civilian support. New members: Hawkman and Hawkwoman.

GUEST STARS: Superman being kind of a dick. Someone who may or may not know Wally West.

THE STORY: In the immortal words of Willow from Buffy, “I think this line’s mostly filler.” We are promised a grand smackdown between Lobo and a newly refurious Guy Gardner from the cover, and we definitely get that. The rest of the issue, not counting a 2 page peek at our spacefaring branch of the JLI as they approach the dread planet of Apokolips, consists of a half-hearted membership drive. Clearly the Earth half of the team has written the others off as gone forever.

Superman turns them down with the polite air of a man who gets a lot of invitations to parties he’s never going to attend. An offpage Black Canary makes it official that she’s not coming back to the team. Booster and Beetle can’t even find Wally West, the current Flash. Captain Atom is seriously worried that Max Lord is going to offer a spot to Major Force, which isn’t outside the realms of possibility as Lobo has also received a golden ticket.

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Justice League International #17: Only the Dead Know Bialya (September 1988)

cover 17THE CREATIVE TEAM: Keith Giffen (Plot & Breakdowns), J.M. DeMatteis (Script), Kevin Maguire (Pencils), Al Gordon (Inks), Gene D’Angelo (Colors), Andy Helfer (Editor)

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). Captain Atom & Oberon, Green Flame, Batman, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Not appearing in this comic: Ice Maiden, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) and Mister Miracle.

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga Khan, L-Ron, Jack O’Lantern, Queen Bee, Wandjina.

THE STORY: The news about the coup in Bialya and Queen Bee’s new position as leader has reached the US; Captain Atom is ropeable because no one included him on their dangerous missions, while Oberon is busy worrying about Scott, kidnapped in outer space.

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Justice League International #16: Bialya, My Bialya (August 1988)

justice_league_international_v-1_16THE PACKAGING: Vol 3 of the JLI trade series

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

JUSTICE LEAGUE ROLL CALL: In the blue corner, zooming through space: J’onn Jonzz the Martian Manhunter, Big Barda, Rocket Red (Dmitri) & Green Lantern (G’nort). In the red corner, undercover in Bialya: Maxwell Lord, Green Flame, Batman Bruce Wayne, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Abducted and unconscious: Mister Miracle. Mysteriously absent: Captain Atom, Ice Maiden, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner). Left behind just as he likes it: Oberon.

GUEST STARS: Lord Manga/Manga Khan, L-Ron, Rumaan Harjavti, Jack O’Lantern, Queen Freaking Bee. Oh and Wandjina, remember him?

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THE STORY: Wow, this one’s a doozy.

In space, Lord Manga of the Cluster has accidentally abducted a superhero, and hasn’t the faintest idea what to do with him.

A bickering crew consisting of J’onn, Barda, G’nort and Rocket Red entirely fail to catch up to the far superior speed of the Cluster, which utilises the physics of Star Trek and/or Star Wars. Going, going, gone.

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