Justice League International: v. 5 (Justice League 5) Paperback – 25 Mar 2011
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Keith Giffen is a highly respected comics writer for a host of titles, including Justice League International, Lobo, Legion of Super-Heroes and, most recently, 52. J.M. DeMatteis is the highly acclaimed writer of adult-themed titles such as The Compleat Moonshadow, Seekers into the Mystery and Mercy. He also scripts mainstream titles, including many issues of The Amazing Spider-Man.
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The Justice League start up an embassy in Paris - which makes sense, as nearly all super villain action appears to take place in North America!
However they find that they aren't as popular here as at home + soon clash with "resident" super group - The Global Guardians!, ... But is everything as it appears....?
Great artwork by Bart Sears - I have Volume 6 already & was hoping that this great series was to continue to be reprinted, at least to the Extremist Saga which was a favourite of mine.
(If the Justice League movie ever finally gets made by the film studio/Warner Bros who actually own DC Comics - hopefully this will happen then)
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When Maxwell Lord expands a team, he doesn't mess around. With the original Justice League based out of New York, this second branch makes Paris its new home. Except that the French, being French, aren't exactly welcoming. In fact, the French populace shortly stages an uprising at the JLE embassy (okay, so there was some brainwashing involved). But it doesn't help that the JLE is a pretty clueless bunch - think ugly Americans - and chaired by the stiff and insecure Captain Atom.
It's an interesting crew. Giffen and DeMatteis pepper in their usual comedic characters: Rocket Red, Elongated Man, the Flash (Wally West, during his more irresponsible days)... To offset the silly, more seriously-minded folks like Animal Man, Power Girl, and Captain Atom flesh out the ranks, except that, as you know, there's nothing funnier than stuffy people getting their dignity punctured.
These first six issues see Captain Atom and company struggling to acclimate to Parisian life, and getting ridiculed and disrespected by the French media and the local constabulary. How untenable is the sitch when the citizens condemn you for not being the Global Guardians, Europe's former preeminent superhero team? But even the Global Guardians aren't themselves nowadays, as members of that group mysteriously attack the JLE. It takes the first four issues for our hapless heroes to sort it all out.
Issue #5 features Metamorpho who around this time is suffering from amnesia. So it's the perfect time for his past to come back and bite him. The hilarious sixth issue features the JLE attending night school to learn French 101. But what are the odds that the Injustice League would register for the same class? (odds are good.)
The classic Annual #2 was published before the Justice League Europe branch was established. It has the Joker trying to assassinate the Justice League, but getting stymied on all fronts so he takes his frustrations out on his henchmen (oh, those poor henchmen). Also, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle try their hand at repo work and, predictably, things quickly get out of hand. It all culminates in a silly showdown at Mr. Miracle's house barbecue. By the way, lest folks forget that, besides being a hell of a writer, Bill Willingham is also a pretty accomplished artist, check out his cool etchings in this annual.
JLI Annual #3 features two full-length adventures. In "Around the World with the Justice League" other JLI embassies are activated, prompting a globe-hopping, sight-seeing outing for the League. This annual is memorable for a couple of things. First, the stuffy liaison of the JLI's London embassy bears more than a passing resemblance to John Cleese. This is also when we first hear mention of the notorious island of KooeyKooeyKooey. The second story - "The Men I Never Was" - offers a more in-depth peek at the Martian Manhunter as he tries to solve the murder of his cop partner, with Batman lending an assist.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL Vol. 5, funnier than Jerry Lewis. Only the French will put up an argument.
This won't be to the tastes of everyone, of course, given that the goofiness is front and center (with the exception of William Messner-Loeb's J'onn J'onzz story from JLI ANNUAL #3) and the plots take something of a back seat. Also, the artwork by Bart Sears has a craggy, big-hair ugliness to it that can be very distracting at times, particularly with Power Girl. The deliberate lack of political correctness will also unsettle some readers...Giffen and DeMatteis aren't fond of coloring inside the lines at times. Messner-Loeb cheerfully follows suit in Annual #3's first story, which introduces Kooeykooeykooey and it's bizarre cargo-cult tribe.
I enjoyed this collection, but I happen to have a fondness for this era of the League.