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Justice League International, Vol. 2

(Justice League International (1987) #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  633 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Written by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and John Ostrander Art by Kevin Maguire, Bill Willingham, Luke McDonnell, Al Gordon, Bob Lewis and others Cover by Maguire The second hardcover volume collecting the classic JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL comics of the late 1980s, co-written by 52 mastermind Keith Giffen! Included here are JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNUAL #1, JUSTICE LEAGUE INTER ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by DC Comics (first published May 1988)
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Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
poor stories. just not that interesting.
Guilherme Smee
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aventura, hqs
Neste segundo volume, a Liga da Justiça finalmente se torna "Internacional". Isso porque foram incluídos em suas fileiras o Capitão Átomo, chancelado pelos Estados Unidos e o Soviete Supremo, trazido por parte da URSS. Mais uma vez a Guerra Fria é o epicentro da revista. E, mais ainda, as inteligências artificiais tomam seu espaço nesta edição. São os Caçadores Cósmicos, ligados à megassaga Milênio, um robô gigante chamado Construto e uma inteligência artificial inserida em Maxwell Lord, o prete ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
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.
Dominick Cericola
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
With the exception of the opening issue of this volume (Issue 7, "Moving Day"), the rest of this volume is a snoozer!

The remainder of the book was given to crossovers for two different, unrelated events ("Millennium" and then a x-over with SUICIDE SQUAD), as well as a Annual that should have been included in Volume 1, as that's where it took place!

Other than the first appearance of G'Nort, who happens to be one of my favorite DC characters, there is really no need to want to check this Volume
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
I wish they're done a better job with the printing. For a nifty hardcover, some of the lettering is unclear, or even unfinished, and though I prefer a flat-paper to the current glossy stuff, the pages here are positively brittle.

Still, great stories. Bruce, Ted, Michael and Beatriz going undercover in Bialya is a great arc, balanced nicely by the fun cosmic adventure of J'Onn, G'nort, Red and Barda chasing Scott across the cosmos. Vol. 2's Max Lord stories, issues 11 and 12, are still among the
Scott Filibeck
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: superheroes, dc, comedy
This one is stifled by a terrible event and a poorly placed (but otherwise decent) annual. Comedy is, unfortunately, not center place and the central plot revolves around the event and its wake. The author also saw fit to have Batman quit like an ungrateful child.
Greg Trosclair
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful. I had forgotten how good these stories were. There is no doom and gloom nor darkness that today's comic stories convey. Great writing, gorgeous art and fun characters make for some really great stories.
Tom Malinowski
Justice League gets better going Justice League International. New Members Captain Atom and Red Rocket join up. Something's going on with Maxwell Lord, and Guy continues to have a pleasant demeanor which shocks the rest of the team. Lots of laughs and intrigue.
Based on Sesana's warning, I immediately flipped to the back of the trade to read the Annual *first*, rather than last. Ultimately, even that didn't save this chum bucket.

First question: has Booster Gold always been such a non-egalitarian? This probably sounded normal in the 80's, but shouldn't a 25th-century dude be way more progressive?

Second question: did I *really* think this was the pinnacle of humourous when I was a teenager reading this for the first time? Man this shit's hilarious:

Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
This collection is hardly that... the stories mostly don't go together, or are formed around bigger DC universe stories that are not featured in this book. As a result, it was pretty scattered, and although there were some important (I think) moments, I never was very engaged. Probably not worth your time, unless you want to see who Maxwell Lord was working for/with and what happened to him.
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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).
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.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Sometime you just gotta have fun, even in the superhero world of stopping crime and evil. JLI is that fun answer to the superhero world. Nicely written and drawn stories make this an enjoyable read. Recommended
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.
Ill D
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Far cry from the first edition.

Don't waste your time with this or the rest of the series.

Just read the first one.

You're welcome.
Bobby Keough
This is a really fun book. The team has great chemistry!
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!!!
What a slog. The first volume was fun. There are moments of fun here but the story is awful. Crossovers can be the death to momentum. And so much happens between issues. Just awful.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Diverting, but, sadly, a serious step down from volume one. However, I have hope for volume 3.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
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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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