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

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,144 Ratings  ·  71 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
Published (first published November 1987)
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Eskana I don't think so... I don't have a super-high understanding either, and although they didn't explain the origins of all the heroes, I didn't feel like…moreI don't think so... I don't have a super-high understanding either, and although they didn't explain the origins of all the heroes, I didn't feel like I needed to know them. It's really more about a bunch of new heroes becoming a team, but much lighter in tone than the usual Justice League (but not campy.)
There were several characters I knew nothing about... but I just accepted them as "guy who has powers and was raised on another planet" and moved on. And I didn't feel lost at all.(less)
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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
Dan Schwent
Apr 14, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Jun 22, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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 Spector
Jul 27, 2010 Elijah Spector rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nypl, comics
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
David Church
May 28, 2015 David Church rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I find myself re-reading this graphic novel frequently. Still one of my all-time favorites. The interactions w/Guy Gardner & Batman - Epic.
Mar 06, 2008 Austin rated it really liked it  ·  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
Oct 21, 2014 Jemir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jemir by:
This is one of those books where "you had to be there" to understand how different and signifigant it was but you can enjoy on its own merit no matter where you are on the "super hero comic historian" chain of knowledge.

First things first ... this is a funny book.

As in: "Ha Ha" funny, gut busting funny, bwah-ha-ha funny (inside reference you'd have to read the book to understand). The story centers some of the D.C universes then established or rising super heroes (intially: Guy Gardner (at that
Jun 19, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
May 12, 2009 Christine rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 22, 2015 Keith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh, I mean, whatever. The art's killer, and there were a few good jokes.
Jan 02, 2016 Eskana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when the usual big names are unavailable? Form a new team, of course!!

Now, I'm no DC expert, so I'm not sure what happened to the main team, but in this book, a new roster for the Justice League is forming. The new recruits include hotheaded Guy Gardner (a Green Lantern, but not the Green Lantern, some characters lament :) ), Black Canary, Mr. Miracle and his sidekick(?), Captain Marvel, and Blue Beetle. And then, of course, to get the team trained and in line is Batman, assisted
Jan 09, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jeremy DeBottis
Jan 21, 2015 Jeremy DeBottis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story that collects a group of non A-list heroes and brings a good dose of humor is fantastic. The art is strong, and for the time period quite good. This volume collects a number of comics that came out in a time period when comics were starting to get more dark and more serious, and preceding a time period when the cool thing to do was kill off the main character and replace them with a different version. This makes me long for comics like this to be released today. Not everything has to be ...more
Geoff Sebesta
Dec 23, 2010 Geoff Sebesta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2014 Eric England rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2012 D.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 06, 2008 Dufour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, funny
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,
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
May 23, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Printable Tire
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
Oct 08, 2007 Valentine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2015 Xander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book I read it back in the 80's when it first came out ... And re-reading it again after all these years it still held up and I have to admit that it brought me back to those days remembering how Guy Gardner was such a pain in the ass Green Lantern and Black Canary wore one of the worlds worst outfits but my favorite part was the whole "One punch" part .. If you haven't read it I will say no more
Dec 29, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Jun 22, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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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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