Justice League International: V. 1
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Justice League International: V. 1 (Justice League of America)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,374 ratings  ·  60 reviews
In the wake of world crisis, a new generation of the World's Greatest Super-Heroes takes center stage. But it's the most unlikely grouping of heroes you'll ever see! Batman, Blue Beetle, Martian Manhunter, Guy Gardner, Black Canary, Mister Miracle, Dr. Fate, Booster Gold, Doctor Light and the power of Shazam!

Can this ragtag group of work as a functioning unit to stop terro...more
Published (first published November 1987)
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4.5 stars

I was a little leery when my friends recommended this to me. Even with all the good reviews.
It's OLD.
And I know how you guys like to give high ratings for stuff that you read and loved when you were kids. You're a bunch of sentimental bastards.
Don't bother denying it...

I open it up...and where were my slick glossy pages?!
It's printed on PAPER!
Yeah, plain paper. That's how freaking old my copy was! Ick.
But, I turned the gross pages anyway. Because I'm a strong woman.

Oh My God! It wa...more
Dan Schwent
The first comic I ever subscribed to was the Justice League of America. Unfortunately for me, it was when the League had a fairly crappy roster including Vibe, Gypsy, Vixen, and Steel. Fortunately, it was cancelled a few issues later and replaced with Justice League International.

JLI made comics fun again. Blue Beetle and Guy Gardner provided the laughs with Batman playing the ultimate straightman for their jokes. And we can't forget about poor hen-pecked Mister Miracle either.

This book collects...more
I think I collected this when it first came out, and even then I enjoyed the hell out of this zany over-the-top combination of fun writing and exaggerated acting in the art.

Guy Gardner and Maxwell Lord make an immediate, attention-getting impression. As does Black Canary's 80's hair and jumpsuit.

And the team dynamic - the dysfunction and infighting - works here. They're not at each others' throats because they don't understand each other - these guys are familiar enough with each other that th...more
This my first go at reading these 80s JLI issues, and I really enjoyed it. There's a great mix of characters here, most of whom I already knew fairly well and liked. And Guy Gardner, who I think I know fairly well and could do with rather less of. Having read everything surrounding Infinite Crisis, it's really hard not to read the most sinister possible motivations for everything Maxwell Lord does, but I'm trying. There's a comedic tone to the whole thing, while having serious conflicts. It's th...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
Immensely fun. I feel like you could remove everything except the characters' faces and, well you wouldn't know what was going on, but it'd be one hell of a rewarding experience.

However, that would, of course, have one missing the great writing. I couldn't shake the feeling that I liked this so much because it was a very MARVEL-feeling DC book. The in-fighting, the public distrust, the amount of time it takes simply for them to begin feeling like a team (the League itself barely even affects any...more
Mar 06, 2008 Austin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Justice League Fans
Recommended to Austin by: I Picked It Up As A Kid
Strangely enough, not all comics became serious after the early-'80's industry decry that the medium was no longer for kids. Why it took this long for the comics bankers to realize that this wouldn't kill them financially (to make this declaration, that is) is anyone's guess, but the immediate result, sadly, was that everything became far too serious and "gritty," almost overnight. Batman because more maudlin. The mutations became a metaphor for AIDS. And big-name characters were dying every oth...more
Jun 19, 2014 Jeff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Justice League fans
This is a Justice League that is no where near the Justice League most of you were either brought up with or read, if you have indeed haven't read it yet.
Written at a time when DC was going thru adult changes, adding more grim and dark stories and characters to their line up and at the same time acquiring writers with some very demented sense of humor.
After the ending of the traditional Justice League from the 60'sm DC felt there was a need to have a predominant super team on their roster. With...more
God, I have such fondness for this group. Giffen & DeMatteis told the best superhero tales ever, with a group that was fun to read.

They were given the Justice League and were planning to use the core seven loved by generations, but lost Superman to the Byrne reboot and Wonder Woman to Perez and Aquaman to DC's editorial apathy and the Flash was dead and, well, you can have Guy Gardner and Captain Marvel?

And such a book they created. This trade establishes the team and the tone, which was on...more
May 12, 2009 Christine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of DC comics
Recommended to Christine by: Caroline
Fun times! I mean, how can you not like a book where Batman clocks Guy Gardner? The only reason this isn't getting 4 stars is because of that one story where the extra-dimensional superheroes try to rid the world of nuclear weapons. It was sincere, but the heavy-handedness was so cringe-worthy.

Some of my personal highlights: Scott Free getting into a fight with Barda because he has Monitor Duty and can't spend time with her, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold working together for the first time, the C...more
Geoff Sebesta
The very first issue was the very best issue, and they never quite hit that exact peak again. But they did plenty other great stuff so we cool.
Daniel Sepúlveda
Cuando me recomendaron leer la liga de Keith Giffen, no me esperaba algo como esto.
Keith logró unir a estos personajes y crear así una liga muy entretenida. No es la más fuerte, para eso tendría que estar Superman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (Muy difamado por varios fans) y el Green Lantern Hal Jordan, osea la liga original. Pero sin duda es una liga en la que sus miembros se complementan las debilidades del otro y el humor, ni hablar, que se podría esperar de Blue Beetle y Booster Gold?
Eric England
I have heard many things about this run of Justice League International for years, but never got around to reading it. As I began my literary odyssey into this volume I realized that I was in for a treat. This series does indeed live up to the hype. While extremely dated (everything about it screams 1980s) the writing is top-notch and the art is magnificent. I love the cast of characters assembled for this team and they really create some interesting group dynamics. I would recommend it if you a...more
If I were more motivated, I'd probably get rid of this book. I honestly don't know why I still have it, except that every time I read it it's easier to just put it back on the shelf when I'm done than to figure out something else to do with it.
I'm not a big fan of superheroes, but quite a big fan of comics. I got into comics in the late-80s into the early-90s, when the industry was undergoing the revolution that changed everything about it. This version of the original superteam was a response t...more
Jun 09, 2011 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves comics
In middle school they would give a recuse after lunch. It was a half-hour break to run around. There was no playground equipment so you could play basketball in the gym or run around in the field outside. Not a lot to do. I took advantage of another option. I would go to the library after lunch and read old donated comics. My middle school had a large box of comics to read and one of my favorites to read was Justice League by Keith Giffen.

It's been ten years since I first read these comics. I've...more
With this collection, so begins nostalgia over the most enjoyable time in comics for me. Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis were handed the reigns for DC's successful Justice League franchise in the mid-1980s, and they immediately decided on a completely new take: SUPER-HERO COMEDY.

While the story in this volume of JLI is certainly not the funniest, it has all the hallmarks of what was to come in Giffen/DeMatteis' 60-issue stretch: Batman punching out Guy Gardner, the machinations of Maxwell Lord,...more
Robert Wright
Ah, the 80s...

DC had a lot of great titles, mostly with newer characters and creators. Swamp Thing, Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes, and more. But somehow, with the exception of the occasion good Batman story, the flagship titles and characters had become stale and boring. Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and, yes, Justice League of America.

More than clearing aside continuity confusion, DC used the Crisis on Infinite Earths event to shake up the status quo creatively, as well.

The JLA had, unint...more
This trade collects the first 7 issues of Giffen and DeMatteis's Justice League (Justice League 1-6 and Justice League International 7. I'll refer to the series as JLI from here on).

JLI was a completely new take on DC's flagship team when it came out. As explained by editor Andrew Helfer in the forward, in the early planning stages he was forbidden from using a lot of DC's top names (due to what was unfolding in their own series at the time) and had to come up with the framework for the series w...more
Holy 80's, Batman! I guess this is the other side to the super-serious Suicide Squad I read recently: both comics came out around the same time, and both dealt with 80's international issues. Here, the Justice League takes on terrorists holding the UN hostage, which is clearly just a publicity stunt; superheroes from another planet, trying desperately to rid our planet from nuclear weapons and save it from the same fate that doomed theirs; DC's go-to goonsquad The Royal Flush Gang in another pub...more
In the '80's, comic books were trying to find a voice and for the most part, that voice was mostly grim and gritty. Amongst the dark '80's, Keith Giffen decided to take his shot at the Justice League. At the time, several of the characters he wanted to use on his team were unavailable thanks to DC editorial, so he was forced to make do with a team comprised of mostly new to the League heroes. The only characters to carry over from previous eras of the League were Batman, Martian Manhunter, and B...more
This is a collection of the first few issues of the 80s problem filled reboot of the Justice League. So you get the gathering/origin story that is earnest in a way that only the 80s can be. And a guest spot for President Reagan.

This most valuable part of the collection is the introduction. In this we learn two things. First, that this reboot was meant to be a reaction to the Alan Moore darkening of comics. The spit takes and running gags were done on purpose. Second, that the reason why we got t...more
Just reread this for the first time in more than a few years and I'm happy to see it's still a fairly entertaining comic book. Kevin Maguire's pencils and storytelling are strong, the dialogue is sharp and witty, really a lot of fun from the late 80's when grim and gritty was comics' prevailing trend. It's main drawback is the same drawback almost all comics have; lots of topical references to current events, both in the real world and in the DCU, that date the story pretty severely, and the sto...more
Pretty good JLA (minus the "A") story written back in the 80's at a time some of the major DC comic book players were not contractually available to be a part of the team (Superman, Wonder Woman, etc.) as they had to stick with the events of their own comics. So, we get the "second string" (plus Batman & Martian Manhunter) during the cold war when almost everyone was terrified of nukes and the tension between the U.S. of A. and the U.S.S.R. was pretty high. A memory-challenged Ronnie Reagan...more
The Russian Red Rocket Brigade is flying up to meet the Justice League International in battle. On the way up this is the conversation they had: Dimitri-"God help whoever gets in our way!" Alexei-"Dimitri?" Dimitri-"Yes Alexei." Alexei-"We're not supposed to believe in God." Dimitri-"Oh..that's right." That was just a sample of some of the humor in the book. The heroes had a sense of humor. They could tell bad jokes. They could laugh at themselves. It was a great book with a lot of laughs and Ba...more
Still one of the best 6 issue openings to a comic book ever... esp. after the debacle that the Justice League of America had become back in the mid-80s. Giffen knocked this one out of the park - along with the entire creative team.

Oh, they'd lose their way as it continued - thanks to company-wide nonsense like the Manhunter invasion - but that doesn't diminish how good this is.
An odd mix of characters, and very well done characterization.
Keith Renderman
The "Caddyshack" of superhero comics.
Personally, not my cup of tea, but it still deserves 4 stars for being a fun read. The moments of humor are truly funny. Also totally 80's - if you didn't pick it up knowing the original publishing date, Black Canary's costume & hair, the political propaganda, and Reagan guest spot would clear up any doubt immediately. I'll read book 2 because I borrowed it from a friend, but probably won't continue on from there simply because the superhero genre isn't my favorite. However, if you're a fan...more
Welson Chang
This is probably one of the funniest super-hero graphic novels ever written. Every character is true to form yet when they are put together the results are surprising yet logical. Batman is Batman. Scary. Captain Marvel's innocence shines bright. The Martian Manhunter is bitter over the loss and death of the previous league. Guy Gardner's attitude puts a big spotlight on the strengths and weaknesses of every heroes' personalities. And the highlight of the collection is one single punch.
I'm currently re-reading this (for a 3rd time) as I loved the hilarious approach this series made back in 1986. I have only read up to volume 2 in the past, but I'm now lacking volume 5 so I thought I'd start over from the beginning. I've read the other "Brouhaha" books and the one-shot "Retroactive."

After 3 reads in 20+ years I still enjoyed the magnificent art of Kevin Maguire and the story was still a joy and packed with humor. I'm onto the next book...
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Keith Ian Giffen is an American comic book illustrator and writer. He is possibly best-known for his long runs illustrating, and later writing the Legion of Super-Heroes title in the 1980s and 1990s. He also created the alien mercenary character Lobo (with Roger Slifer), and the irreverent "want-to-be" hero, Ambush Bug. Giffen is known for having an unorthodox writing style, often using characters...more
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