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- Booster Gold
- There will be a Justice League International. Whether you want it or not.
Synopsis "The Signal Masters Eplilogue" (20-pages)
Previously: The Justice League International was formed by the United Nations as their own transparent and very public version of the Justice League. However, they created a team that had not trained together and handed then straight over to Booster Gold to lead. The new team survived a world saving adventure against the Signal Men and achieved a messy victory against Peraxxus, the mastermind behind them. However, the UN was less than impressed with their performance.
Batman invites Booster Gold to a roof top in Washington DC. He has tracked down the anarchists who destroyed the Hall of Justice while the JLI was fighting the Signal Men and wants Booster there for the arrests. The bust will look good on Booster’s record and the team-up gives Batman a chance to coach Booster for his upcoming meeting with the UN. The anarchists were pushed to the brink by a government, and by extension the UN and their agents, that they no longer trust. Booster contains their second bomb. Batman then leaves with the friendly warning that the Justice League will be watching.
Meanwhile in Peru, Ice, Rocket Red, and Guy Gardner are demolishing last of the Signal Men robots. Guy is grouching about Booster’s absence from the clean-up detail and Ice notes that Guy’s attitude, which got in the way of their own relationship, is now getting in the away of his participation with the JLI. Rocket Red leaves them alone to search through the wreckage. He is looking through the head, musing that there isn’t enough storage to download the Giant’s software, when a beam of light hits him in the eyes. Red pauses for a moment as the light holds him, but he leaves when Guy calls him, apparently none the wiser that something just happened to him.
In New York, Godvia and a badly disguised August-General eat hotdogs outside the UN (something Godvia is introducing the General to). The General notes that Godvia is a lot calmer than she was in the field, but she gets angry when he mentions her pursuit of Booster Gold. Their conversation is cut short by a van speeding towards the crowds outside the UN. They stop the van only to discover that it is carrying a massive bomb. Godvia’s hair tendrils reach inside and diffuse the bomb. She is congratulated by the General who says she may have the makings of a superhero after all.
Meanwhile, Booster Gold, Fire, and Vixen appear before the UN Security Group to brief them on the JLI’s first mission. The three ambassadors are highly critical of the JLI’s performance and are due to vote on whether its existence should be continued. Booster Gold makes an impassioned speech defending his team, but the deciding vote comes down to the Chinese ambassador. At that moment the August General barges in with news of the attempted bomb attack and how it was thwarted by the JLI. His words win the day – at least for the moment.
Weeks later, Biggs gathers the world’s media in front of the UN for the official press press launch of the Justice League International. The team are riding high — even Guy Gardner thinks it’ll work out — when a massive explosion rips apart the stage they are standing upon. Many people are trapped in the debris and it is unclear who, if anybody, survived.
After the five-part Signal Master opening arc we get the JLI’s first post-match wind down and decompress. The team are in small groups scattered about doing various things related to the JLI. Batman leaves Booster in charge, but over in Justice League (vol. 2) #7 (May 2012) under Geoff Johns direction he’s rather two-faced about Booster’s team. Its a very strange moment of characterisation, but I have to say I think Dan Jurgens is writing the better Batman at the moment.
The scene in Peru with Guy, Red, and Ice was notable for the reference that in the New 52 Ice is indeed a Goddess again — unless she hasn’t told Guy the truth yet. The “VRRRMMM” download/eye-scan of Rocket Red looks like a set-up for something down the line. I’m late with these reviews so I won’t pretend not to know how it turns out for him, but here is the plot-plant for a resurrection that it looks like the JLI will never get around to telling.
The friendship between the Chinese Army general and the English street vigilante is a touching one. I am perplexed why the Chinese Army is just letting him run-around in America, but I guess that’s a sign of the lack of political depth in this setup. The “UN Security Group” still grates — can’t they be bothered to research and draw the proper UN Security Council.
The art for this issue is handled by Marco Castiello and Vincenzo Acunzo. They aren’t quite as polished as Lopresti and Ryan, but they hold their own well in this issue. I particularly like the way they handled the pages of conversation — Batman/Booster on the roof top, Ice/Guy by the robot. About the only part that seems strange is the sequence with the August-General. He, probably deliberately, looks ike one of those old FF Ben Grimm in a trenchcoat sequences. Fun, but again he’s an important General in the Chinese Army, would he really be able to socialise so freely.
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This League is definitely getting in the face of those who doubt them and not taking any crap! Keep it up Booster! I never really liked you in the past, but this new found confidence may win me over yet!
The remainder of the issue contains more character development for the B-listers than there has been in the entire series to this point. In every scene, I learned something about the character and what they can contribute to the team. [...] Again, most of this is pretty standard â€œcomic book epilogueâ€ stuff, but I really did enjoy getting some insight into the characters here.
Jurgens is all over the place in this issue with most characters on the team sharing scenes with one or two other members. It feels like a lot of the relationships came out of nowhere. Still, the conversations are all interesting and never drag because of Jurgens excellent use of dialogue. He never has to use narration but instead allows his dialogue to do all the talking.
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Page 1-5. These anarchists blew up the Hall of Justice in Justice League International (vol. 3) #1 (Nov 2011).
Page 7. Guy references that Ice is a goddess, a u-turn on the origin that she was given in Justice League: Generation Lost.