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Justice League International Vol. 1: The Signal Masters (The New 52) Paperback – May 15, 2012

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“Impressive.” – New York Times

“Jurgens nails these characters right off the bat and it sets a good tone going forward.” – Inside Pulse 

“This light and refreshing team book is simply timeless and entertaining.” - iFanboy 

About the Author

Dan Jurgens is a writer/artist most famous for being one of the main forces behind The Death of Superman. He has written and/or illustrated titles such as Justice League America, Booster Gold, Teen Titans, Aquaman, DC's Tangent imprint, and the company-wide DC crossover known as Zero Hour. Jurgens currently writes Justice League International and pencils Green Arrow as a part of DC Comics—The New 52.

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Product Details

  • Series: Justice League International (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235345
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Patrick Harrington on May 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Coming off of the huge success of Justice League: Generation Lost, part of the New 52 is a new volume of JLI. The unfortunate thing about this new series is that it takes away all the elements that made Generation Lost such a great series. Gone is Judd Winick, who did the best writing of his career on Gen Lost. Gone is the Blue Beetle, doomed to be rebooted again. The only good part that remains is Aaron Lopresti's art. Dan Jurgens just doesn't have a good voice for this group. He tries to rely too heavily on comedic banter between Rocket Red and August General in Iron. The only good thing about this collection is the art. I wanted to like this, but I can't. Everything that made this group great in their first series and Generation Lost is missing. And DC is cancelling this series as well, so obviously readers agree that this title just isn't what they're looking for in a JLI title. I hope they can somehow bring the team back in a way that capture their glory days. A fool's wish, I know.
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The premise is good, the execution awful. The UN assembles their own super-team with international heroes.

After that, it starts to fall apart; only the presence of Batman keeps fanboy readers happy, since the rest added up barely make half of Robin's worth while they ineptly fight mysteriously unexplained giant robots operated by a cosmic scrapyard dealer - and managed to win - how unexpected! Meanwhile, irate tea-party terrorists bomb the team's headquarters - Obviously, Lex Luthor should hire them as underlings since they got the job done.

I gave it a try with the comics (please note: this is a collection of the first few issues of the series, not new material) and dropped it after the end of the god-awful storyline encompassed in the trade paperback - yes, I read it, hoping that it could possibly get better - but it just didn't. Save a tree, don't buy this!
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The Justice League International is a team of heroes from all over the world who are brought together by the United Nations to change the perception of the general public of the world towards governments and superheroes. The Justice League International answers to the UN as opposed to the Justice League which is of course independent. The members include Booster Gold, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Fire, ,Vixen, Rocket Red, Ice, and August General in Iron. Batman has a small appearance in the story but his role would be similar to a guest star in a television series. While these characters are not heavy hitters, there are some interesting and good moments from these characters. But my overall problem is the pacing of the story and the unoriginal plot. I can't recall anything that I have read before by Dan Jurgens, but he shines in the moments where he writes two characters interacting with one another. But the interaction is very short and is forced to the side to make way for the very cliché and predictable plot that pits the JLI against an alien who seeks to destroy the Earth and reap the profits of various metals and remains left behind. The villain is named Peraxxus, and he is an extremely boring villain and incredibly unthreatening. Aaron Lopresti is a great artist and but he didn't have fun to me with the characters and they came off as rather one dimensional as opposed to other artists. Overall JLI is an ok book. I may buy it on Kindle or something, but I wouldn't pay too much for it. It's not unforgettable and amazing.
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Collects Justice League International issues #1-6

This story is written by long-time, well-known writer, Dan Jurgens. I mostly picked this book up because I wanted to read Booster Gold's appearances in the New 52. I'm pretty sure that the first two volumes of this book are the only places that Booster Gold has appeared so far in the New 52.

Dan Jurgens really wants to sell Booster Gold as a legit hero and leader, and attempts to convince the readers by having Batman continually say that Booster has what it takes.

I liked that lesser-known heroes were used for this team, but I didn't like the story that they were used in.

There's no nice way to say this, so I'm just going to say it. This book was boring. The idea of the United Nations forming their own Justice League is good, but this story was executed poorly.

Justice League International team members include:

Booster Gold
Guy Gardner (a Green Lantern)
Rocket Red
August General in Iron
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There are a few books I gave up on within an issue or two of their launch, not because they were bad books, but because there was an overabundance of books I was more interested in, and I just don't have the money to support every single title I see. Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti's Justice League International was one of those books, and with my nostalgia factor never higher (thanks, classic JLI hardcovers!), I thought I'd give their first trade, "The Signal Masters", the shot I denied the title in single issues.

The idea behind the book is simple: with the Justice League as uncontrolled but still largely popular heroes living in the skies, the U.N. finally agrees to fund a team of its own, with heroes drawn from member nations to represent some of the best and the brightest of the world. Let by Booster Gold, the Justice League International will be a peacekeeping force and public relations bonanza, but the team's larger-than-life personalities and B-list status often make just as much trouble as the book's bad guys.

Lopresti's art is a fantastic fit for the book, crisp, cartoonish and lively, though his action sequences have very little flow or sense of space, which makes parts of the middle of the book something of a slog. Similarly, his creature design is uninspired - except for the simple, largely immobile giants, who have a legitimately unearthly sense about them - which was a problem I noted with his art back on Gail Simone's Wonder Woman. Lopresti would be fantastic in a dramatic or comedic take on this material, and he handles both sides of the book wonderfully, but I feel like the more action-oriented aspects of the title are a bit of a weak point for him - and for the book in general.
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