Monday, September 17, 2012

Justice League International Volume 1: The Signal Masters – Review

It's like pure 80's Action and Adventure

The world is changing. People with extraordinary abilities are showing up quickly on both sides of the law. The Justice League is here for our protection, but they don’t answer to the governments of the world. A radical new idea creates a new Justice League, an international team designed to work for the United Nations to combat threats. But before the JLI can stop the world from being destroyed by giant machines, they’ll have to learn to trust their shaky team leader, Booster Gold.

Written by Dan Jurgens, this whole series is a throwback to the wacky adventures of the DC Universe and its lesser known characters. The team consists of Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Godiva, August General in Iron, Rocket Red, Vixen, and Batman (unofficially).

Now if you don’t recognize some of those hero names, don’t be scared, neither did I. But I’ve always had a fascination with the B and C list characters, and this book uses them in a really creative way. It’s interesting to see the characters we never rely on to save the world take up arms against gigantic cosmic threats.

It’s all a part of what gives this series its charm and Jurgens seems to have a high respect for these characters.

The artwork by Aaron Lopresti has an open and classic feel to it. In fact, the whole book reads like a series from the 80’s. Which really makes it all the more fun to devour. The scenes where Booster Gold and Batman chat with each other are a treat in terms of comic book fandom.

The only thing that might detract readers from this book is that it doesn’t have many heavy hitting characters on the team. If you’re the type of person who won’t read anything that doesn’t have the main JL team involved, this isn’t the book for you.

But if you’re looking for something to read on a rainy day with lots of action and adventure, this would be a good book to pick up and have with a hot beverage.

RATING: 7/10

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