Justice League International. Phew.
The final issue was this week and there is an annual later this month (on the week that all the other annuals come out, 5th Wednesdays are crazy, but I digress).
Yet, this is when the story wraps up and everything is closed. If I had to make a top 5 list of my favorite lines that came out of the New 52, Justice League International would probably be up there. Granted it might be #5, but it is still on that list. The series never got too much recognition which I can understand. It wasn’t too outstanding, but the word I choose to pin to the whole 12-issue run is “humble”. The story isn’t blowing you out of the water but it is keeping you entertained. Nor is the art too wild; it’s clean and good on the eyes. Hence, humble.
It’s a story about super heroes who are mostly B-List material (minus Batman). Don’t get me wrong, I love Guy Gardner and Booster Gold, but we all know they aren’t exactly on the front lines of the public’s eye. So I call them B-list. However this doesn’t degrade them in my book in any way. Back to the point though, they are all B-listers on the lesser Justice League team and they have to deal with this huge global crisis as their first mission together. That is the plot of the first 6/7 issues and I won’t focus on it too much but I kept reading the line due to the relationships. These heroes know they are B-listers and you see them try to cope with that.
Overtime other heroes join their ranks like Batwing and OMAC which is always refreshing to have new characters popping in and joining the team.
Before I get too cliche or sentimental I just want to add that it is going to be a little sad to not pick this up every month.
Overall it is an excellent read. The story starts off alright and then amps up a bit but then wraps up well. It doesn’t feel rushed towards the end. Dan Jurgens told a great story with these heroes. I’m impressed by him.
In the future, I hope JLI is picked back up.