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Justice League International, Vol. 3

(Justice League International (1987) #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  501 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The world's greatest super-team, the Justice League, are Earth's greatest and last line of defense against all manner of world-threatening villains...assuming they don't wipe each other out first! Find out what happens when Batman, Superman and the rest of the gang face a galactic invasion fleet known as the Cluster, exchange harsh words with crazed bounty hunter Lobo, and ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by DC Comics (first published January 1989)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

Sometimes the second-tier characters in a comic franchise are so much easier to relate to. I’m using the term “second-tier” somewhat loosely here, since Batman does make the odd appearance. However, the emphasis here is squarely on characters like Mister Miracle, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom and The Martian Manhunter. It’s the Justice League, but not as we know it.

This particular series is one I devoured as a teen. In fact, I suppose most of my DC “education” is from here, which is wh
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you're like me, you just picked this up on sort of a retro-flavored whim -- not because you give a fig about some weird Justice League incarnation from the 80s, but because this anthology marks the sort-of first appearance of Lobo(!), DC Comics' ultraviolent insterstellar marauder.

I say "sort of" first appearance because Lobo actually got his start in OMEGA MEN, an even older, weirder space-tinged title that has since lost all remnants of whatever connective tissue originally held it to the D
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
There sure were a lot of crossovers when JLI was being published. Two more in this collection, I believe. That aside, this was a very silly book. Lord Manga Khan and his robots, L-Ron and K-Dikk are almost too silly, and will drive some people right around the bend.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Estoy disfrutando de esta serie mucho más de lo que pensaba que en un principio ¡no puedo parar de leerla!
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
There sure were a lot of company wide crossovers back in the day. Invasion interrupts this trade a couple of times and has some impacts on volume 4 too. However, the Invasion crossover with Oberon is one of the best issues of the book. His fight with the mini-Khunds is fantastic. We also get Lord Manga Khan and L-Ron here which can be a bit overbearing especially with G'nort thrown into the mix. Plus, Lobo before he became unbearable. Batman's undercover trip to Bialya is a lot of fun. The book ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Still good... but the artwork begins to slip a bit and the writing gets a little less sharp. Of course, a bad comic book with Keith Giffen involved is still better than a number of other choices.

This is about where I stopped collecting Justice League back when I was collecting the actual comic books.
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
a perpetual mel brooks show. more weak stories hidden under a deluge of bad jokes and silly personalities. it got old real fast.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Very funny and cracky. I loved this and I was laughing at least half of the time. And I love Booster and Beetle.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Chris W
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Not nearly as funny or as memorable as the first two volumes. There's a clear and obvious decline in quality and it hurts the book a lot. The first two volumes felt like they had the right amount of goofiness and humor but with just enough tension and seriousness to keep you invested. This volume goes overboard on the goofiness to the point where you're begging for a serious character to actually come in the volume. There's still some good jokes but it's not nearly as charming as the first two v ...more
Tom Malinowski
So...yeah. Finally reading issues that I've never read before. Although the humor is still there, it's taken a turn south. The space odyssey didn't do it for me. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are welcome additions, but is Carter really such a stick in the mud? Barda joining the group is great as is Fire and Ice.
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first experience reading the JLI, and I must say it was a fun one. Even though this iteration of the Justice League features a lot of second-stringer superheroes, a lot of them I knew of but I'd never read about before, they and the supporting characters, with compelling storylines and a lot of LOL moments, this book was extremely enjoyable to read. The humour is genuinely funny, it's almost like watching a sitcom starring superheroes!

With a cast featuring Batman, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, I
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
A good enough collection of classic Justice League International... featuring the tongue-in-cheek, constantly joking and never taking anything seriously team of superheroes who have replaced the JLA.

This book's team is pretty much the same, featuring Capt. Atom, Blue Beetle, GL Guy Gardner (whose bad attitude returns, unfortunately), Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Martian Manhunter, Rocket Red and Booster Gold, but with the addition of Fire and Ice, fresh of the Global Guardians team. And while I enjoy
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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Giffen and company started adding humor to the JLI and after awhile, it started to take over and DC's greatest heroes became a sitcom.
This volume is the tipping point.

There is enough big, cosmic adventures to distract from the hit or miss humor.

Giffen is a solid comic book writer, but he is unable to stop himself once he decides to be funny.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 07, 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
This is where the series begins to shift from action to comedy. There's certainly plenty of action in this volume, but the menaces are getting more comedic and the tone of the book is certainly changing. It's still fun though!
Sean Xavier
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Republican Hawkman is my favorite iteration of Hawkman.
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-dc
The League really seems to come together here (ironically) in a pair of storylines which keep them separated for most of the book.
Jon Schafle
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, humor, super-hero
Nothing like some of Giffen's Justice League to wash the bad taste of current comics out of my mouth
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've always enjoyed Giffen and DeMatteis' s take on the league, but if there is one weakness it feels very 80s to me. still, worth a read.
Juan Jose
Great art by Kevin Maguire and funny stuff by Giffen and DeMatteis!
Apr 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This volume didn't do it for me as much as the previous two. It's funny and all, I just felt "meh" about the whole Lord Manga Khan thing.
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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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