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Justice League International #1 - The Signal Masters, Part 1 Review

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The United Nations likes the idea of the Justice League, but they don't like the fact they are independent and answer to no one. Andre Briggs puts his own team of U.N. Sanctioned Justice Leaguers together featuring heroes from around the world.

The new 52 continues with Justice League Intentional. Is Booster Gold capable of running his own team?

The Good

JLI is one of those teams I've always had a soft spot for. I love seeing these C-List characters come together as a team. Characters that usually are just doing cameos in bigger books. I'm a pretty big Booster Gold fan, so it's nice to see him "leading" a team of other meta-humans. Aside from that, this is the perfect jump-on point for anyone who's ever been interested in any of the characters on the cover.

I really enjoy Jurgens writing. It's nostalgic for me. It has a fun attitude and while some people may say it comes off a tad wordy, for me, it's perfect. I truly believe Jurgens portrays a realistic view of how people talk and how long they talk during conversation.

The Bad

One thing I loved about the old JLI was the relationship between Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) and Booster. Since Ted is still dead (hey! that rhymes), Booster doesn't have that dynamic with anyone yet. That's the main thing this book is missing, the brotherhood between two super-heroes.

I am not digging on the art. It feels very "90s," and minimalistic in areas. Sure, I enjoy the "90s" writing, but I was hoping the bar for the artwork would be raised.

Everything in this issue comes together way too quickly. By the end of the issue, everyone is working together as a team and fighting something larger. I would have liked to see a lot more set-up as a team, since this version came together like a Silver Age book.

The Verdict

I didn't expect every single new 52 book to be a home run. While this book may be an amazing place to start reading JLI, meaning you need almost no background info to enjoy it, readers may find a bit of fault in the dated art and writing, even though I personally like the writing. If you love Booster Gold, you'll definitely like the part he plays in the book; however, you'll miss out on the Booster/Ted Kord dynamic from the older series. Everything comes together a tad too quickly in this issue, and while it was fun overall, it left me feeling like I missed out on something. I recommend this book, but be aware it's not the hit many of us hoped for.

40 Comments
Posted by doordoor123

You aren't supposed to compare the two series. Its a good series on its own. Its a different book. You have to accept the JLI for what it once was but you also have to accept something new and different. I loved this issue. The only thing missing is some sort of sense of community in the JLI but I'm sure that'll happen with time. 

Edited by longbowhunter

I just finished this. And I must agree everything did happen too fast. It reminded me of when a small child tries telling a long story and it just comes out as, "And then this happened and then he said....". I was really looking forward to this title. I'm a huge JLI fan and Booster and Guy are literally two of my very favorite characters. Unsure on whether or not I'll pick up issue #2. Good review!
Posted by Booster_Bronze

I think it was a fairly good first issue, but Batman felt kinda "shoe-horned" in for me. I think they did a great job of setting up a rivalry between two of the team mates (I won't spoil as to who they are, but they're from two countries who were formerly best friends but aren't any more). The whole "Under UN supervision" is reminiscent of the Justice League Unlimited story arc of the JL versus the gov't under Cadmus, and since I enjoyed those toons I think I'll like this one as well. Booster is a very human and likeable character as well, and it seems like they're building up to something good.

Posted by Or35ti

So do you guys say I should pick this up? I mean I've never read a JLI book but I really like the concept and hated that I missed out on Generation Lost. Is it worth my 3 bucks or is there something better out there in the New 52?

Posted by longbowhunter
@Or35ti
I would shoot for something else. I just read Stormwatch and its shaping up to be a good team book.
Posted by ReVamp
@Or35ti said:
So do you guys say I should pick this up? I mean I've never read a JLI book but I really like the concept and hated that I missed out on Generation Lost. Is it worth my 3 bucks or is there something better out there in the New 52?
There are other good books, but if you like JLI try it. NOTE: Haven't read any of the new titles yet, just going by reviews and word of mouth.
Posted by Or35ti
@longbowhunter@ReVamp: Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm already picking up Action Comics and Stormwatch for sure and I was pretty certain on JLI but this review made me edgy. I was also really interested in Detective Comics, Static Shock and Swamp Thing but I can only afford to buy one more. So as of now I am completely puzzled.
Posted by TheLastLantern
@Or35ti
Get Animal Man and Detective Comics if you're a Batman Fan. 
Edited by Jonny_Anonymous
@Or35ti said:

So do you guys say I should pick this up? I mean I've never read a JLI book but I really like the concept and hated that I missed out on Generation Lost. Is it worth my 3 bucks or is there something better out there in the New 52?

I'v got all the 1# so far and I'd say buy it, its fun and if you missed Generation Lost try this issue if you like it then you can keep picking it up. Although I agree with G Man on the art. 
 
and I for got to say its worth reading Generation Lost and JLI for Rocket Red alone
Posted by ReVamp
@spiderbat87: Its inferior ego actually. 
@Or35ti said:
@longbowhunter@ReVamp: Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm already picking up Action Comics and Stormwatch for sure and I was pretty certain on JLI but this review made me edgy. I was also really interested in Detective Comics, Static Shock and Swamp Thing but I can only afford to buy one more. So as of now I am completely puzzled.

Alright. Let me be brutally honest.
Detective comics isn't all that necessary since its 5 years ago. Fun, and will complete the package, but not necessary.
Static Shock is interesting, but its probably going to be very self contained and its got its own cast of characters and villains. 
Swamp Thing is very different from what you'd expect from a superhero comic, so I'd reccomend you look more into it before yo u get it. 
Green Arrow is probably going to be good. 
JLI has some writing problems in pace, but has a nice C List characters.
Posted by Or35ti
@TheLastLantern: Gosh everything just sounds so interesting! DC is making me crazy! 
 
@spiderbat87: You know now that I think of it I don't really mind the art if it's supposed to be a fun story. I think I'll end up getting this but I'll check out the other reviews as well 
 
Thanks guys!
Posted by labarith

Batman being on this team skirts all levels of plausibility.  

Posted by Or35ti
@ReVamp said:
@spiderbat87: Its inferior ego actually. 
@Or35ti said:
@longbowhunter@ReVamp: Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm already picking up Action Comics and Stormwatch for sure and I was pretty certain on JLI but this review made me edgy. I was also really interested in Detective Comics, Static Shock and Swamp Thing but I can only afford to buy one more. So as of now I am completely puzzled.
Alright. Let me be brutally honest. Detective comics isn't all that necessary since its 5 years ago. Fun, and will complete the package, but not necessary. Static Shock is interesting, but its probably going to be very self contained and its got its own cast of characters and villains.  Swamp Thing is very different from what you'd expect from a superhero comic, so I'd reccomend you look more into it before yo u get it.  Green Arrow is probably going to be good.  JLI has some writing problems in pace, but has a nice C List characters.
Yeah, I'm considering Swamp Thing tho because of all the hype and I could use a book that's not superhero in my collection. But I also want something fun. Thanks for the help! I think I'll wait for the reviews then re-read your comment and then decide lol
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@ReVamp said:
@spiderbat87: Its inferior ego actually. 
@Or35ti said:
@longbowhunter@ReVamp: Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm already picking up Action Comics and Stormwatch for sure and I was pretty certain on JLI but this review made me edgy. I was also really interested in Detective Comics, Static Shock and Swamp Thing but I can only afford to buy one more. So as of now I am completely puzzled.
Alright. Let me be brutally honest. Detective comics isn't all that necessary since its 5 years ago. Fun, and will complete the package, but not necessary. Static Shock is interesting, but its probably going to be very self contained and its got its own cast of characters and villains.  Swamp Thing is very different from what you'd expect from a superhero comic, so I'd reccomend you look more into it before yo u get it.  Green Arrow is probably going to be good.  JLI has some writing problems in pace, but has a nice C List characters.
Woops so it is, sorry Matt. 
 
@labarith said:
Batman being on this team skirts all levels of plausibility.  
Why is that?
Posted by ReVamp
@labarith said:
Batman being on this team skirts all levels of plausibility.  
Thought the same thing till I read the preview. Even talked about that a bit on a recent blog. 
@Or35ti said:
@ReVamp said:
@spiderbat87: Its inferior ego actually. 
@Or35ti said:
@longbowhunter@ReVamp: Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm already picking up Action Comics and Stormwatch for sure and I was pretty certain on JLI but this review made me edgy. I was also really interested in Detective Comics, Static Shock and Swamp Thing but I can only afford to buy one more. So as of now I am completely puzzled.
Alright. Let me be brutally honest. Detective comics isn't all that necessary since its 5 years ago. Fun, and will complete the package, but not necessary. Static Shock is interesting, but its probably going to be very self contained and its got its own cast of characters and villains.  Swamp Thing is very different from what you'd expect from a superhero comic, so I'd reccomend you look more into it before yo u get it.  Green Arrow is probably going to be good.  JLI has some writing problems in pace, but has a nice C List characters.
Yeah, I'm considering Swamp Thing tho because of all the hype and I could use a book that's not superhero in my collection. But I also want something fun. Thanks for the help! I think I'll wait for the reviews then re-read your comment and then decide lol

I'm am genuinely happy you find my comment even somewhat helpful. 
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

If you have read the issue I think it makes perfect sense that he's involved in the team the way he is.

Posted by commonlyuncommon
@labarith said:
Batman being on this team skirts all levels of plausibility.  
He's not meant to be "on the team". He's helping stabilise it. Official records of the team wouldn't include him. Batman understands the UN would have concerns which is why he's done it in secret. As the series progresses I suspect we'll learn that he snuck onto to the plane without Briggs' or Esposito's knowledge.
 
I got this book and really enjoyed it. I liked how it worked out, it didn't have much character work but I'm willing to stick with it as it continues to grow. I loved the setup and the characters used.
Posted by MrMazz

Never read JLI before was all interested becasue of the New 52. Not sure if they got together becasue of the UN before but I like that concept of well we need heroes to control and do pr with.I'm not feeling the russian guy his dialog is waay to stereotypical Russian. Batman being Batman is pretty nice though. Don't trust the UN or the guy who set it up, prolly a alien of some sort.

Posted by ImperiousRix

I feel less bad that my shoppe was sold out of this, now.  It was one of my "on the fringes" titles to pick up, so it being only an okay read makes me alright with not being on board from the start. 
Maybe I'll catch it in reprints.

Posted by Gambit1024

I actually really liked this book. I wasn't gonna bother with it (because I miss Ted Kord), but I finished it with a surprising satisfaction. I really enjoyed the Rocket Red/August General in Iron dynamic and I can tell that Godiva's gonna grow on me.  
 
What I disliked about it? WHERE THE HECK IS SKEETS?!

Posted by Kid_Zombie

Never read JLI before but trying to get into DC now that they gave me the opportunity now. I read green lantern and batman but that's it( don't really like any other DC characters) BUT I really dig the concept behind this title it's a concept I wish avengers would take (global avengers or somethibg) so this interests me a lot. But tell me are they actually from different countries? Cuz looks like there are 3 Americans are the others from different countries? Oh gonna start Animal man as well got to support fellow Canadian and current favorite writer jeff Lemire! Love me my sweet tooth!

Posted by cobra88king8

I felt like I should have read more of Justice League before reading this, but since that's still at #` the point is moot. 

Posted by zackattack529

so i havnt really read anything about JLI in the past(with the exception with the brightest day tie-in)  so i picked it up so i could learn a bit more about and i gotta say this issue blew my expectations of this!  the characters in the story fit perfectly well together! and there's two big leaguers in here as well. guy and bruce.(although i dont think bats will stay long since he has another league to be in)    this series kinda reminds me of ultimate avengers in a way. only with weaker heroes so to speak. but the fact that they are in the dc universe and the characters are likeable i can already assume i will enjoy this series in the long run. i will definitely pick up the next issue! :)

Posted by Maki_P

I actually liked it better than Justice League. It starts with a bang and presents the whole League. Also I love Booster Gold (his series almost made it to issue 50!). I wonder what's his continuity now, he's acting more like his Defender-of-the-Timeline self. I kinda wish he still is (I don't keep my hopes up though)

Posted by Video_Martian

i will check this out, even though batman totally doesn't belong here :P

Posted by Fluffy6079

As someone who is completely new to JLI, I felt a little lost reading it.  I'm unfamiliar with most of the characters on this team.  The only two I really know anything about are Batman and Guy Gardner, but I don't understand why Batman would be on this team.  It just seems like a weird fit for him.    

Posted by ahgunsillyo

Has anybody else noticed that Booster Gold's new costume is mostly blue?

Posted by goldenkey

wondering how they are going to incorporate Blue Beetle in this.  Ted Kord being dead is one thing, how he was looked at when he died (c-list) is another.  Finding out in Generation Lost that Max Kord was actually holding the team back was such a cool idea and a very quick way to give characters repect they did not recieve before.
Edited by CBattles6

Didn't Justice League #1 get criticized for being too slow? It's like comic book reviewers have no short term memory.
 
From the CBR review of Justice League #1: " [O]pen 'Justice League' #1 with the new team already in place, and introduce the characters quickly and efficiently to the reader as we see what it's like to have them all working together and fighting bad guys."
 
From the Comicvine review of Justice League International #1: "Everything in this issue comes together way too quickly. By the end of the issue, everyone is working together as a team and fighting something larger. I would have liked to see a lot more set-up as a team."
 
You have seriously got to be kidding me.

Posted by themanwoaname

it's really good to know dc finally nailed the final nail in the coffin. im finished with dc comics. that makes the last comic company i supported and loved to end up stooping to bottom feeding levels.
 
you win dc comics. ive totally out grown modern comic books.

Posted by Eyz

Well, it's still early in the book (hey hey hey! #1!!), and Booster's being ol' pals ol' buddies with Ted didn't start from the first issue of the good ol' JLI as well.
Ted's dead, but there's still time for Booster to develop a friendship/brotherhood thingie with either a newcomer (Jaime Reyes on the book later on?) or Rocket Red, etc..
 
The art was kinda meh! though.. remember the original JLI? We had artists like Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and many more outstanding artists! Not filler artists like here :(

Posted by SirSparkington

I love Booster. Especially since he's Canadian now :)

Posted by MydLyfeCrysis

I couldn't get a solid feel on this book. I kept falling in love, then nearly breaking my neck with eye-rolling sighs. It felt a tad juvenile in some areas, the art wasn't the smoothest, and it felt disjointed. On a positive note, the inter-team politics can make for a very interesting story. 
 
What I didn't like, was the young men being terrorists. If you listened to what they said, it was a slight echo of the voices of those unhappy with the Action Comics #900 fiasco. Was this DC's jab at those critics? After what moron Morrison said at Comic-Con you don't think DC can afford too many insults toward their fans. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it, that's a distinct possibility. But I wouldn't be surprised it there was a slight link there.

Posted by Wonder Princess

I really liked this book.  I love the blend of characters and look forward to seeing the dynamic of the team grow.  I was super excited to see Godiva added to the mix, since she was not on the preview art.  I have liked her since the Superfriends comics years ago. :)  I am still curious who the brunette on the preview art was, though.  All in all, I really like the way they came together, including Batman's entrance.  I also love the fact that Batman vouches for Booster and respects him as a leader.  I am really liking this DCnuverse.
Posted by higher_evolutionary

whats with all the negativity, its not like the book has been around for 150 years, its just the first issue goddamit and for a guy who never picked up international, i really enjoyed it

Posted by ravisher

i liked it

Posted by Paracelsus

 I agree with the criticism that the Russian guy is "waaayyy too stereotypically Russian". Hopefull as the series progresses we shall see a gradual unfolding of his character in ways outside the Cold War tropes

Edited by Emperormeister734

My Question is what costume is Batman gonna be wearing wants this series kicks off, he's already been redesigned for the Justice League?
Posted by ssejllenrad

Not quite on par with Justice League but still a very good read for me. I liked it a lot.

Posted by tbone1225

What you positively call nostalgic, I call annoying. I think that the 90s writing and art are both kind of lame. I really think that the reason to keep reading this book is that it will give us more of an understanding of what the new 52s Justice League looks like, kind of a sister book to Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's book.