52apolooza takes a look at Justice League International #1. Does it live up to Justice League: Generation Lost's hype?
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Justice League: Generation Lost was widely hailed as the superior of the two maxiseries that spun out of Blackest Night. When DC announced they were bringing back Justice League International, fans were disappointed to learn that the book would not follow up on JL:GL nor would it be written by Judd Winnick, the writer of the miniseries. Written by Dan Jurgens with art by Aaron Lopresti, how does Justice League International hold up?
DC Reviewer: Brian Burchette
The All New, Kind of Different Justice League International is a solid beginning to a team that has had some of the most rabid fans in the industry for nearly thirty years. New members Godiva, August General in Iron and Vixen join fan favorites Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Guy Gardner, Rocket Red and Batman (kind of) at the behest of the United Nations who want their own Justice League. Booster Gold is given the job of team leader and is assigned to bring the team together while searching for four United Nations research teams. With Batman stowing away on their new jet, the team soon discovers that the disappearances are part of something much bigger.
If Justice League International is written correctly, this incarnation can be one of the best teams the League has ever had. Written poorly, and it will feel like a fanboy desperately trying to conjure up magic that isn't there. Dan Jurgens is one of the few that can write this team correctly and he proves it in the first several pages of the book. He nimbly brings in the team, shows us which characters have the most tension with each other (Godiva's tension is going to be fun to watch) and lets us know that he loves these guys as much as the biggest JLI fan.
Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan bring the perfect mix of pencils, inks and colors to the book, giving it an updated feel of the original series. This book has huge potential and coming off the success of Judd Winick's latest run, it's wonderfully poised to be one of DC's biggest hits.
Final Score: 98/100