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Your Top Teams part 36

Written by Chris Mitchell on Tuesday, June 30 2009 and posted in Features
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86. JLE (34 points)

"Yeah, that's right - I liked it more than the more celebrated JLI comic of the time! Come on - it had the Crimson Fox & the Silver Sorceress!!! Fun stories, great cast, poked fun at Euros - this comic had it all!"

"I loved both of the post JL Spectacular teams, but this one had the right mix of old and new, great art from Randall (where is he now?) and some of my favorite stories (Chthon, Red Winter)."

After the membership of the Justice League had grown to an unwieldy number of characters, DC split it into two teams. The original Justice League of Europe consisted of those you see in the piccy. During the series Silver Sorceress, Blue Jay, and Crimson Fox joined the team.

Breakdowns" was a 15-issue crossover between the Justice League of America and Justice League Europe titles, revising the organization. It also signaled an editorial change from a humorous, to a more serious, tone. The major events that occurred were the following:

Maxwell Lord is initially in a coma from a failed assassination attempt. He is later possessed by JLE foe Dreamslayer of the Extremists. Following the end of the Breakdowns saga, Maxwell Lord has no more mental powers, apparently drained completely when possessed by Dreamslayer.

The Queen Bee, ruler of the country Bialya, is killed in a coup d'état led by Sumaan Harjavti, the twin brother of the original dictator ruler, Rumaan.

Despero awakens and escapes Manga Khan's starship to wreak havoc on New York City, seeking vengeance against the Justice League. A force of the Justice League's best (Martian Manhunter, Power Girl, Fire, Rocket Red, Metamorpho, Flash, Guy Gardner, Major Disaster) with the Conglomerate (led by Booster Gold) and Lobo were unable to stop him. Ultimately, it was Kilowog and L-Ron who subdued Despero by transferring L-Ron's consciousness into the cybernetic control collar that remained around his neck.

While possessing Maxwell Lord's body, Dreamslayer kidnapped and later murdered Mitch Wacky on the island of KooeyKooeyKooey, where the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold previously attempted to open a resort called "Club JLI". Using Lord's persona, Dreamslayer lures a large portion of the Justice League to the island and takes mental control of them, making them the "new Extremists".

The Silver Sorceress, one of the former Champions of Angor and Justice League member, died defeating Dreamslayer. Her gravesite is on the island of KooeyKooeyKooey.

The U.N. withdraws its support from the Justice League and it disbands. The Martian Manhunter seemingly takes a leave of absence, although later re-emerges under the persona of Bloodwynd.

The release of Justice League Spectacular launched the revised Justice League titles with new writers and artists. The Justice League titles expanded to four by June 1993: Justice League America (formerly Justice League International), Justice League Europe (re-titled as the second volume of Justice League International), Justice League Quarterly, and Justice League Task Force. In late 1994 Justice League International and Justice League Quarterly were cancelled and replaced by a new monthly title in January 1995, Extreme Justice.

With new writers and artists in the various titles coming and going, there was little consistency in continuity and quality. The more powerful and recognizable characters such as Superman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and Batman came and went out of the various Justice League titles, replaced by new or lesser known characters such as Bloodwynd, Maya, Maxima, Nuklon, Obsidian, Tasmanian Devil and Triumph. Longtime JLI-era characters such as Captain Atom, Martian Manhunter and Power Girl were revised and revamped repeatedly, with mixed reviews by the readers.

In the summer of 1996, with sales fading, all three remaining monthly series were cancelled and replaced by JLA.


85. M.O.D.O.K.'s 11 (34 points)

"Just a fun ragtag group, this was a great little series which everyone should endeavor to read."

Left impoverished and isolated after Monica Rappaccini took full control of A.I.M., M.O.D.O.K. came up with a new plan to regain power. Assembling a team of current and former super-villains — Puma, Mentallo, Armadillo, Chameleon, Nightshade, Living Laser, Rocket Racer, and Spot - using a psychic illusion of cash, he plotted to steal a living star called the Hypernova. Able to be used as a power source or ultimate weapon, it belonged to the Infinicide, a race of naturally-evolved M.O.D.O.K.s from the end of time. He is repeatedly trying to focus on being Designed Only for Computing, and has to struggle not to say "Killing" instead.

M.O.D.O.K.'s team was infiltrated by Rappaccini's Ultra-Adaptoid and two of its members were working for other beings, but M.O.D.O.K. secretly took and replaced the Hypernova while it was being handed to the Spot via the Dark Dimension (M.O.D.O.K. had kept one of Spot's portals around for this). He then sold the Hypernova to A.I.M. for a billion dollars and paid off his minions that remained loyal (with increased cuts due to only three remaining in the end). It turned out the Hypernova was unstable away from the Infinicide — which M.O.D.O.K. had known, and his plan all along had been to get Rappaccini to give him money for something that would destroy her and A.I.M.'s HQ (although it bears to be seen whether this was the real Hypernova and not another imitation; an actual Hypernova explosion would completely destroy the entire solar system rather than just a single A.I.M. base). M.O.D.O.K. now has a base and army of minions once more.


84. The Sinestro Corps (34 points - 2 first place slots)
After his defeat at the hands of Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, Sinestro retreated to Qward where he began building his own corps based off his yellow power ring and the power of fear embodied by Parallax. He built his Sinestro Corps in secret, recruiting beings from all the sectors of the universe in the same way the Guardians of the Universe did for the Green Lantern Corps.

For its big debut, the Sinestro Corps forged alliances with the Manhunters, the Anti-Monitor and Superboy-Prime in a major offensive against the Green Lantern Corps and Earth. It was all part of Sinestro's plan to make the Guardians afraid enough to enact new laws, such as authorizing Green Lanterns to use lethal force. The Sinestro Corps engaged in huge attacks against Oa, Mogo and Earth. They killed many Green Lanterns in the process, but in the end, they were driven off and many of them were captured including Sinestro himself.

The Green Lantern Corps hounded after them in the aftermath of the Sinestro Corps War. The Corps was scattered and being pursued by Green Lanterns. The power rings looking for new candidates were also being chased down and later destroyed on Oa. On top of that, female members of the Corps were being taken by the Star Sapphire Corps and converted. Without leadership, the Corps was disorganized and on the run.

This changed when a ring found and selected Mongul as its new bearer. He took advantage of Sinestro's absence to position himself as the Corps' new leader, invading the planet of Daxam and calling all members of the Sinestro Corps to meet him there. He declared himself as the new leader and defeated Arkillo when challenged. Meanwhile, others still loyal to Sinestro freed him from the Red Lantern Corps. The Corps was divided between two leaders, and Sinestro intended to rectify this.



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