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Ce tome comprend les épisodes 1 à 7 du redémarrage de la série Justice League en 1987.
Guy Gardner est confortablement installé (les pieds sur la table) dans la salle de réunion de la Justice League of America (JLA) ; il attend les autres membres. Black Canary (Dinah Lance) est la première à arriver et la prise de bec est immédiate entre les 2. Arrivent ensuite Mister Miracle (Scott Free) et Oberon, Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Blue Beettle et Martian Manhunter, et pour terminer Doctor Fate et Batman. La première mission de cette nouvelle JLA consiste à mettre un terme à une prise d'otages dans le bâtiment des Nations Unies. Maxwell Lord (un homme d'affaires) semble à la fois impliqué dans la présence de Doctor Light (Kimiyo Hshi, une autre superhéroïne) et dans la présence du chef des terroristes. Dans les épisodes suivants, la JLA affronte un trio de superhéros venus d'une autre dimension (Blue Jay, Wandjina et Silver Sorceress), le Royal Flush Gang (un groupe de 5 supercriminels avec des tenues évoquant des cartes à jouer), et le Gray Man (un agent des seigneurs de l'Ordre).
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"Just once, I'd like to rush off to save the world - and have it be a gay, madcap escapade!"16 mars 2008
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So, this lighthearted take on the Justice League ranks as a personal favorite. And, despite the few grumpies who denounced it, this particular incarnation of DC's flagship title, from 1987 and on to the '90s, was an overwhelming success. Cherry picking from the roster of the Legends: The Collection mini-series, plotter Keith Giffen, scripter J.M. DeMatteis, and artists Kevin Maguire, Al Gordon, and Terry Austin (for one issue) were able to inject big new life into this flagging title. Flagging? JLA had actually been cancelled after issue #261 (after the dismal Detroit arc), only to be re-started with this version. Comic book editor Andy Helfer explains the genesis of this retooled Justice League in his 5-paged intro. Giffen and DeMatteis weren't able to use Superman, Wonder Woman, or the Flash as these characters were undergoing their own revamping. So, with Batman, the Martian Manhunter, and the Black Canary representing the old guard, the cast is mostly made up of capes new to the League.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL Vol. 1 collects the first seven issues of Giffen and DeMatteis's run. Their first few stories were actually about as conventional as they'd get as, in these pages, the new, untested team faces off against terrorists holding the United Nations hostage, three otherworldly beings bent on destroying the world's entire nuclear weaponry, the mystical and frightening Gray Man, and the Royal Flush Gang. Also weaving in and out of the picture is the mysterious Maxwell Lord, who seems to be pulling some serious strings in the shadows. A drastic upgrading to the team's status on the world stage would be reflected with a title change as JUSTICE LEAGUE would become JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL with issue #7. But, even with these somber story arcs, Giffen and DeMatteis were already peppering in tidbits of what would become their trademark humor.
The characters draw you in right away. Of them all, my favorite is Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle (I liked his comic book series, too). His partner in farce isn't bad, either - Booster Gold, who'd show up by the 3rd issue. Then there's the gee-whizzy, aw-shucksy Captain Marvel and that fun-to-root-against nutjob Guy Gardner. In fact, one early highlight is the much anticipated showdown between the brash ugly Gardner and the domineering Batman. In their subversive portrayal of the Justice League, Giffen and DeMatteis have gone on record (in a Silver Bullet Comics interview) that they weren't doing a superhero spoof as much as basing their characters' playful interactions on how camaraderie in real life would play out. Whatever the case, the squabbling character dynamics would be ripe for comedy plunder for years to come.
It all wouldn't have worked as well, of course, without Kevin Maguire's wonderful artwork. Maguire, back in 1987, was an unknown artist, so DC's decision makers really took a chance by giving him the pencilling gig. But it pays off huge. Kevin is a great all-around artist but he really excels in drawing the most expressive facial expressions. He's also very good at rendering the most natural or the most heroic of poses.
So, yeah, so many things to like about this run. There's an energy here, and a freshness. And, while, soon enough, the madcap comedy would become tone-setting, there were still enough character driven stories and solid, straightforward action that I never got the feeling that the series became reduced to a parody book. At least, not until the much later issues (I wince at L-Ron and the doggy Green Lantern). JUSTICE LEAGUE (INTERNATIONAL) proved to be so popular it spawned several spinoffs: JUSTICE LEAGUE EUROPE, JUSTICE LEAGUE QUARTERLY, and JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE. But it all starts with JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL Volume 1. Give it a shot, (and also Justice League International VOL 2) and see if this brand of Justice League can't tickle you in the "Bwah-ha-ha!"
(In the Must-Be-Said Department: I don't know about anyone else who's read these issues before, but, for me, it feels a bit weird and even bittersweet, nowadays, to re-read the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League, given the events in Identity Crisis (DC Comics) and in one particular story leading in to Infinite Crisis. I'll just go on record as a non-fan of Maxwell Lord.)
And if you're wondering what else Giffen and DeMatteis have collaborated in, then also check out their DEFENDERS (with Maguire), Hero Squared Vol. 1 and Giffen and Dematteis' Giffen and Dematteis' Planetary Brigade mini-series. These too have some good schtick.
Lastly, this review is 99% pasted from the review I wrote for Justice League: A New Beginning (Justice League (DC Comics)), which is essentially the same graphic novel, except that it came out years ago.
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Super-Hero Team Writers take note:22 avril 2009
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Plenty has been said about DC's choice of paper. After reading reviews and their discussions I've decided I just don't know anything about paper and so I won't review the medium of the book but rather the substance.
I kept counting pages. So much story telling was taking place on so few pages without the writing or the art suffering I was amazed. About half way into the first chapter I thought "man this is cool!"
I read parts of this series when I was very young but not these early issues and not in order like this. Wonderful stuff. The introduction by Keith Giffen talks about Kevin Maguire's amazing talent for facial expressions, and boy was he right. Everyone looks fantastic. So much story telling is done with a head shot of Max Lord or a profile of Batman. It's awesome.
Then there's the whole 80's charm. The nostalgia is great. Guy says to Black Canary: "Hey, Babe--This is the Eighties. Alan Alda's out.. Sylvester Stallone is in."
I already care about all these characters and I'm interested in what events are to come. I'm hooked.
I think some modern super-hero team writers could learn a lot from what's on these pages.
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Okay presentation of GREAT material19 août 2008
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I saw the reviews that said that the paper was inadequate, but still I believed in DC - They put out great books like the Crisis TPBs with nice glossy paper and such. Unfortunately, they decided to be cheap here since the paper is exactly like my old comics (without the smell of age). BUT, this is still the preeminent run of the Justice League that gave us a Guy Gardner that could be loved yet repulsed by as well as the Justice League Antarctica. This volume was a little more serious than later issues since it was working hard to get more fan appeal during the post Crisis on Infinite Earths. Overall, if DC would just print this on a slicker paper, it would leap out at readers with the excitement that we felt back in the late 1980's. This is the book series you need to read because you will enjoy it. Give it a shot - you will see Giffen/DeMatteis/MaGuire et al at their peak!
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A classic run, but you may already have it.7 avril 2008
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If you own the Justice League: A New Beginning TPB, you already have all the stories in this volume - minus a new introduction, a 1987 poster reproduced as a two-page spread, and an encyclopedia entry.
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Still worth it, even though the paper quality could be better.10 septembre 2008
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I won't go into too much on what the other reviews have already said regarding the actual stories. The material is excellent, and in my opinion, can now be regarded as a classic. I'm just wondering why DC decided to print it on lesser quality paper than most modern TPBs or hardcovers. It's not exactly newsprint paper, but it's not glossy or at least white paper.
My preference would have been to have it in an oversized format, like JLA Deluxe or Ex-Machina Deluxe (going Absolute would have been overkill). It would have made Maguire's trademark facial expressions that much better.
Still, it was an upgrade over my old TPBs, which were getting worn out, and we do get a hard cover with it. And this is the only format it's now available in, as the TPB is now out of print. This book is still worth the cash because of the great stories, if not because of the presentation.