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Justice League International: The Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord Paperback – 31 Dec 1992


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: D C Comics (a division of Warner Brothers - A Time Warner Entertainment Co.) (31 Dec. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563890399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563890390
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 16.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,919,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1980s, when the trend in comics was for grim and gritty, the debut of Justice League International was like a ray of sunlight. Elsewhere, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore's Watchmen effectively deconstructed the myth of the superhero, showing the very human aspect of the men and women behind the masks--and what they showed was dark indeed. Writers Keith Giffen and JM DeMattais's JLI also peeked behind the masks, but what they found was decidedly brighter.

JLI begins after the disbanding of the previous incarnation of the Justice League. Recent events have made it obvious to the world (well, the world of the DC Universe, at least) that the Justice League is needed, and heroes from across America--and, eventually, the world--band together to form a new league. But these aren't the icons that leap tall buildings in a single bound: there's no Superman, no Wonder Woman, no Flash, no Aquaman. Batman is there, though and he's joined by the Martian Manhunter (a member of every previous incarnation of the League) and a bunch of second and third-tier heroes in the shape of Captain Marvel, Black Canary, Dr Fate, Guy Gardner (a Green Lantern), Mister Miracle, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Behind it all, the machinations of billionaire entrepreneur Maxwell Lord manipulate this new league into forming, with mysterious motivations and far-reaching results.

It's unfortunate (and a little unfair) that years later JLI isn't mentioned in the same breath as Watchmen or The Dark Knight Returns. Its influence on the entire superhero genre is just as important, and its standards were just as high. Kevin Maguire's crisp and realistic artwork, particularly his talent for drawing facial expressions, is perfect for a book that's more superhero sitcom than soap opera. Writers Giffen and DeMattais keep the focus throughout the book on the characters and their interaction; the actual action (the backbone of most superhero comics) takes a back seat to the fast-paced dialogue and witty one-liners. There are no angst-ridden demons behind these masks, just people doing a job, albeit one which happens to involve wearing garish costumes and regularly saving the world. It's not a business to be taken seriously, as Blue Beetle himself testifies: "Just once I'd like to save the world and have it be a gay, madcap escapade." --Robert Burrow

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Keith Giffen and Jean-Marc DeMatteis are highly respected comics writers with a host of titles between the two; Giffen has worked on Legion of Super-Heroes and more recently was the layout artist on 52; DeMatteis wrote the acclaimed Brooklyn Dreams and remains one of the most popular writers of Spider-Man. Kevin Maguire is a top-tier artist with a unique gift for facial expressions. He most recently reunited with Glffen and DeMatteis on Formerly Known As The Justice League. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
JLA gets a sense of humor 8 July 2005
By Jeffrey D. Messer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wow, the other reviewer just didn't get it.

In the mid 80s JLA came back with a bunch of second and third string super heroes, and they could only be viewed with a skewered and wry eye. These were funnybook heroes, being funny.

Giffen and DeMateis were masters of the quick wit and sometimes down right silliness that filled these pages. Aided by super star artist Kevin Maguire, who made every facial tick shine to the height of comic interpretation.

This was great stuff. I fell in love with this off pace series, which was a nice relief in the angst ridden 80s comics.

PIck up any of these issues and books for a good fun and often goofy time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gets funnier with every book 20 Mar. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved the JLI when it was funny. Especially Blue & Gold. This series really picks up by the end of this collection and only gets better as it goes, reaching it's peak by the time Blue & Gold try to build a resort on Kooey Kooey Kooey! Ah wish they would just collect the entire series in a HC collection. I know I would buy it.

It's almost impossible to believe that Giffen and DeMatteis could put so many jokes without having to recycle them. Check out their latest book too: Formerly Known As the Justice League (5 Stars) and I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League (3 Stars).

Worth it if you like your comics to be witty and funny.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great book!! (if you love the eighties!!!) and the team of giffen, dematteis and maguire!! 26 July 2010
By C. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
once again - kudos to Dc comics and amazon for bringing this collected version of the justice league international!! the series was well loved and now you will read why!! you open with the first JLI annual that finally spotlights the Martian manhunter - singlehandedly in a knockdown battle vs - the JLI?? then the top fan favorite JLI story - (BWAH-HAHAHAHA) moving day!! then a JLI member betrays and attacks our team in the worst place at the time - Bialya! will Captain Atom rescue the JLI in time? then thanks to the millenium crossover its off to fight aliens on a different planet with a one time only - SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERPOWERED JLI with Dr. Fate, Superman, green lantern Hal Jordan, Firestorm and more heroes galore - plus the first appearance of green lantern - gnort! then the JLI finally look into who maxwell lord is - if they survive a meeting with new god metron who is very angry at our team! this is really the final issue where kevin maguire is doing all the artwork. after this book you will start to see less of him and more of other artists - so enjoy!! in closing while this is an outstanding book - you may want to check out JLI vol 2! its the same book * plus * the crossover with JLI vs (a superteam book amazon must push)the suicide squad!! worth seeing batman vs rick flag jr!
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