Nerdlocker Reviews – Justice League International #1


Jazmin – I was very excited for this book and it did not disappoint. JLI has a lot of great history behind it and I don’t think that they strayed too far from the original. Anything that Booster Gold is in is something that I will most likely enjoy. However, this book had more than just Booster showboating. It had surprises, a great rag tag group of characters that actually have some semblance of chemistry, and an underlying plot which leaves you wanting to know more. 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Cubby – Justice League International has always been a cult favorite. Being a Booster Gold fan, I had to give this book a try. While it’s not as action packed or pretty as the main Justice League book, it still has a solid story. It’s about a team coming together not out of their own will and need to help, but instead being recruited to be the global face of crime fighting. With members from all over the globe, they are led by Booster, and pretty much after making introductions they head out on their first mission, where of course something goes wrong. I really don’t want to give too much away in any of these reviews, and I still won’t, but there are a few things in this book I appreciated, like Batman going on the mission not to be a babysitter but to help because he feels the different Justice Leagues should work together. That was a very interesting story beat for me, but overall this book was a little boring. There’s some character development, but with so many other books out there so rich in character it kind of just lost me halfway through. It wasn’t a bad book by any means, just not engaging. I’m only going to give it 2.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Jason – I never read Justice League International when it was in its heyday, in fact, if it weren’t for the animated Justice League Unlimited, I wouldn’t know much about any of these characters. So I can’t speak to how this reboot compares to the original. I really enjoyed the opening statements about people’s disillusionment with government because I feel that this rings true (at least for Americans). The idea of a government formed superteam of rag-tag heroes who are thrown together is a great formula for conflict. Add to it that the motives for forming this team are unclear and apparently dubious. While the cover indicates that Batman has been pimped out to the JLI to sell issues (much like Wolvie and Spidey have been), I was glad to find that he’s not an actual member. He’s there either as a liaison from the JLA or a spy, it’s unclear. Booster Gold as the leader is fantastic. I love when a hero has to prove his mettle. I’m looking forward to learning more about the characters I know so little about. My one criticism is that, like many of these 1st issues, things just get going and the book ends with a cliffhanger that isn’t exactly titillating. 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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