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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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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.
I think there's an interesting direction to take this concept, albeit one that is necessarily divorced from Giffen's iconic run. But this is not a daring book. It's not a book that wants to take chances. Despite that, however, it is a fun one - not as much as, again, the old JLI, but it tries to recapture that spirit and does a sporadically admirable job. I wasn't in love with the book, but I wouldn't be shocked if I ended up buying the second trade, and there's a very simple reason for that: the characters. The team has an undeniable alchemy on the page that gives even relatively stunted banter a solid rhythm. Think of it as a continuation of the solid Justice League: Generations Lost - an enjoyably lightweight take on a classic team. It doesn't live up to Giffen's 80s run and it badly wants to, but it's an inoffensive imitator that will probably find a few fans.
This edition by Dan Jurgens is terrible. The humor isn't there and the story is awful. It felt like work to read it.
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