Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Justice League International #1

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Justice League International #1

And so...this was the one book that I was really really looking forward to, since I have nothing but happy memories of the old JLI. This is a bunch of characters that I will always love to read about...or at least most of them. I have a few quibbles and a few questions, but really for the most part...I'm happy with this new book.

We begin with some national leaders, who are gathered together with questions about the JLA. They like having them around...but feel that they don't have any control over their activities...which makes them nervous. So, they decide to form their OWN Justice League. One that they can control. There is a bit of commentary back and forth, but they come up with some candidates, most of which are accepted. Plastic Man and the Green Arrow didn't make the cut however, and neither does Jaime, the new Blue Beetle, because they don't want any rookies. There is also some trouble going on with demonstrators over the Hall of Justice, which they apparently feel belongs to THEM...and not to the U.N. Oh, and a group of scientists disappear under peculiar circumstances in Peru.

Anyhoo...Booster Gold shows up in his new uniform, all happy and sassy and ready to join the JLA. He's slightly shocked to discover that it is actually a NEW League, but he's quite happy to realize that he's the one that they want to run it.

Too bad that Guy Gardner doesn't feel the same way.


Oh Guy. It just wouldn't be the JLI without you having a hissy fit at the beginning. I'm starting to feel quite at home. Booster does point out that contrary to Guy's statement, he has NEVER lent his name to the sale of adult diapers. Lady Godiva, who is new to me, is nevertheless convinced that he has the physique for it. Lady Godiva is obviously ogling Booster's behind, and really, who can blame her? Tora tells Booster to go after Guy and stroke his ego a little bit, but Booster declines.

Guy stomps up onto the roof, where he runs into Batman. They actually have a reasonably civil conversation...civil for these two anyway. Guy is a bit miffed that he's been passed over, and to be quite honest, he has a valid point. Batman says that Booster is actually smarter than he looks, or words to that effect, but Guy is still cranky, and flies off in a snit. I'm not worried...I'm sure that he'll be back.

Meanwhile the rest of the group, which now consists of Booster, Fire, Ice, Vixen, the new Lady Godiva, the new Rocket Red and the August General in Iron all crowd into the hangar of their headquarters to admire their new jet...courtesy of Queen Industries. Rocket Red and the General compare their opinions on aviation, and off they all go, to look into the little matter of those missing people in Peru. Booster wishes that they actually had a bit more raw power, and their new U.N. liason points out rather snarkily that he shouldn't have let Guy leave then. The jet takes off, and who should be at the controls...but Batman! Batman isn't necessarily a part of the team, since he's already on the JLA, and the U.N. doesn't trust him anyway...and yet...here he is. And it probably is a good thing.

So, they get to Peru, and weird stuff starts happening. Also, a couple of those demonstrators try to blow up their headquarters, which seems like a rather dickish thing to do.

I have a few questions. I understand that this is apparently the FIRST incarnation of the Justice League International. Batman and Booster obviously know each other, and Batman has kept his relatively high opinion of Booster. But Guy says that he's only worked with Booster a couple of times, and considers him to be a glory hound and a flake. How does Guy know Fire and Ice though? Ice obviously knows Guy, since she has such good advice for Booster. There is no mention of Ted Kord at all. Did JLI: Generation Lost still happen? If that is so, then it makes sense that Fire, Ice and Rocket Red have a good opinion of Booster's abilities. Did Guy and Ice date before? Are they still together, or did they break up? Are Gavril, the new Rocket Red and Fire together, as was hinted in Generation Lost? Vixen didn't do much, and I'm not too sold on Lady Godiva.

Booster's new uniform is...ok. I don't even mind the upper part, but damn, I miss his shiny gold pants. Too much blue. Bats is tolerable. He's not even as obnoxious as he usually is, which is a refreshing change. I was glad to note that the U.N. and the rest of them do realize that having a Green Lantern around is a Very Good Thing in the raw power department. I can understand why Guy is miffed. He IS number One, in the Honor Guard of the Green Lantern Corp, which is a thunderingly great honor. Too bad that nobody on Earth realizes this. This isn't the old brain-dead version of Guy, he's used to ordering around Green Lanterns and doing a pretty bang-up job. But these AREN'T Green Lanterns, so he has to learn a whole new way of dealing with this motley crew.

Dan Jurgens does a good job, I thought. At least everybody actually is THERE in the first issue, and the art by Aaron Lopresti is quite nice. I'm pretty sure that Guy is going to come to the rescue in issue # 2, and I'm looking forward to seeing the interaction between these characters, and how much has managed to stay from the old continuity, and what is going to be new.

So...a huzzah. A cautious huzzah, but a huzzah nonetheless.

(I'm REALLY wondering if they kept that goddamned awful Winick retcon of Ice's origin, or if Jurgens is going back to the REAL one.)


At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Marina said...

Seems like we're off to a good start with this one. The art is quite pretty, but such dreadful lack of azure insect-themed superheroes will not do, I say! #nojaimehnomoneh.

I was really burned by that horrible retcon back in Generation Lost, and wasn't at all inclined to pay good money to be that angry again, so your awesome review is pretty much a godsend.

At 8:24 PM, Blogger B.G. Christensen said...

I thought this issue was okay. I'm unimpressed by Max Lord Lite and I feel like I don't know any of these characters now because I don't know their history--it almost would have been better if they went with a clean reboot, so we know we're starting from scratch, rather than having to wonder how Guy knows Ice and what Booster's history with Batman is--but I'm hopeful that I'll enjoy the series more once we get our bearings.

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Gary said...

I'm trying my darndest not to worry about the continuity side of things and just go with the flow.

Saying that, I am just assuming that Winick's hideous Ice ret-con is gone. If we don't talk about it, if Jurgens doesn't reference it, we can just forget it ever happened. :)

At 4:59 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Gary, that seems to be the wisest choice. It IS a little hard to let go of all the continuity, isn't it? I guess it will take a few issues to get things in order, but I'm still happy that this book even exists.

Marina, the Generation Lost series had its ups and downs. Evil Max and that GODDAMNED RETCON being the downs. On the other hand, it introduced Gavril, the new Rocket Red, and he's a keeper. Fortunately for my sanity, Tora hasn't said a single swear word!

B.G. Yeah, it's a little confusing. But still worth it in the end, I am hoping.

At 9:07 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Guy's speech seems a little off in that page. What he's saying seems in character, but the phrasing is odd. I expect him to use more contractions, and not be so formal. But this is a changed universe, so maybe Guy can not use contractions in this timeline.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Erin S. said...

The only thing they mention about Ices' backround was that she was from Norway. I can't recall if the retconned version was from there.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Erin, Winick did keep in the fact that she was from Norway...but threw everything else out. Arrgghhh!

Calvin, I noticed that as well. Guy can be tricky to write sometimes. He's a blue-collar hero, but on the other hand, he did go to college (and earn TWO degrees) and was a teacher,so he can express himself fairly eloquently when the situation arises. He also happens to like to play up the part of being a buffoon...it throws people off, and makes them more likely to underestimate him.

Possibly it is just Jurgens trying to get a handle on him. Tomasi does such a superb job, as did Beau Smith before him, that it's maybe a bit hard sometimes. I'm definitely glad that they aren't going with the old Giffen/DeMatteis way of having him be an idiot.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Godiva first appeared in Super Friends in the multi issue story arc that also introduced Ice (As Ice Maiden) and Fire (As Green Flame or Green Blaze). I think it was 1977 or so and I believe that It Is available or was available in a Trade Paperback a few years ago.

Other first appearances there include most of the Global Guardians. It was when Wendy, Marvin, and Wonderdog were replaced by The Wondertwins and Gleek.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger TotalToyz said...

Who's the bronze-looking guy with the staff or whatever he's holding?

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Shiraste said...

It's "August General in Iron" although I'm with Gavril there "Though name stupid."

Anyway, overall I rather liked the issue. The beginning was sort of boring and constructed but kind of what I expected. Also a couple of the usual stereotypes sort of annoyed me a bit. Russian and Chinese guy of course don't like each other, blondie seems like a bimbo, yadda yadda...

But the art was rather nice and the fairly light hearted tone was fun to read, too. I'll def check out the next issue.

Btw, did anyone else think that Guy's hairline looked a bit weird? :P

At 11:41 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I can live with the hair, just so long as they don't give him the old bowl cut!

At 6:30 PM, Blogger JLH said...

Any thoughts on Jurgens' saying that most of Guy & Ice's history has been canned?


At 12:36 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I did finally read that interview. Apparently they've gone on a couple of dates, but that's it so far.

I can live with that I suppose. Provided that MORE dates are in the offing.


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