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Justice League International: The Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord (Justice League International #2)

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Justice League (1987) Annual #1
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Justice League International (1987) #12
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by DC Comics (first published May 1988)
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What a shame. I feel like the creative staff had really gotten a handle on the characterization and tone they wanted to go with for the series, and it could have been really good. Unfortunately, it got snared in crossovers (something about Manhunters, I don't even know) and team-ups (Suicide Squad, which ok) and couldn't really be its own book. That said, reading the characters reacting to the events is still quite entertaining.

A super nitpicky side note: this collection includes the '87 annual
Joseph Rice
poor stories. just not that interesting.
Elijah Spector
A little weaker than the first volume, overall, although it's really not the fault of the creators. The first few issues are great and those that follow have a lot of wonderful character moments, but a lot of th book gets caught up in crossovers involving characters I don't really care about, and annual set so far back that it's hard to get back into the mindset of the first few issues.

Nonetheless, the character humor in here is top form, and I note that this league, on the whole, still hasn't d
Shannon Appelcline
This volume is really badly fractured, starting with a not-funny Annual, that's out of order, and moving through some Millennium crossovers. There's some funny in between and the last two issues are a nice cap to the year, but there's not a lot of coherence.
Continues the good and bad of the first collection. Good for the atypical breakout of level-headed discussion instead of super powered brawls and the team dynamic sarcastic humor. Bad mostly because the humor seems to paint all of the characters the same, even Batman doesn't quite seem himself. Altogether a decent way to pas them time, but not extraordinary.
Not quite as good as the first volume; there's some artistic changes, the team loses some of their more interesting members, and some of the shtick is beginning to get old already. Still, these remain super heroics, not comedy, and they're still strong stories.
While this isn't as good as the first volume of the Giffen & Co. run on JLI, it's still head & shoulders above a whole lot of comics. This volume is hampered by the DC-wide Manhunters/Chosen storyline (ack - what a waste of time).
The first two-thirds were disappointing, but in the last third it returned to the writing style that I had enjoyed in the first volume.
Bobby Keough
This is a really fun book. The team has great chemistry!
Definitely a letdown after the awesome first volume. This story jumped around a bit. They provided a little catch-up synopsis on the Millenium events and the struggles with the Manhunters, but without knowning that storyline very well it was difficult to invest in the little snippets that involved the JLI. The opening story was fun, but after that it suffered from the starts and stops. Not great, hopefully volume 3 will get us back on track.
Ehh, I'm not too invested in any of the characters and they're far too silly to care about. Batman's frustration with the team as well as general lack of team-player qualities make him annoying. And everyone on the team is white, which is also kind of annoying.
It was an interesting trip to the 80's though.
Sam Cavanagh
This is where the bwa ha ha JLA starts to surface. What I really like about this volume is that when there are crossovers and events they have a one page synopsis telling you what you need to know to get through this issue. Plus any issue with G'nort in it is an instant classic.
Juan Jose
This second volume is great. The international era is so funny and Guy Gardner with amnesia is hilarious. The Crossover with Suicide Squat is nice, but the story in the annual is not good, i don't remember if what happens have repercussion ahead in the series.
Just plain fun comics. I don't have anything weighty or smart to say about this; they're just well-made. And it's amazing how much innuendo the writers got away with, for the time!
Lee Sargent
A little uneven compared to vol 1 because of the man hunter cross over but still a fun comic plus an appearance of g'nort!!!
Diverting, but, sadly, a serious step down from volume one. However, I have hope for volume 3.
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