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Justice League Reading Order

Yo, it’s the Justice League.

Updates by: Nathan Payson

Index:

I) JLA by Grant Morrison to Tower of Babel

II) After Tower of Babel, Before Identity Crisis

III) From Identity Crisis to Infinite Crisis

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IV) Relaunched Justice League of America (Pre New 52)

V) New 52 Justice League

VI) Bonus Round: Batman Reading Order

VII) Bonus Round: Wonder Woman Reading Order

VIII) Bonus Round: Superman Reading Order

Where to Start With DC Comics’ Justice League

Justice League: Year One

While this guide will mostly focus on more modern Justice League comics (from 1997 to present day), if you want to get some good older origins going, Justice League: Year One is as good a place as any to start.

Silver Age and Bronze Age Justice League

The silver age Justice League does a lot of world building and has a lot of very famous moments. From the first Crisis to meeting the JSA, and the first appearance of Earth 3, the Silver Age Justice League is surprisingly a lot of fun.

Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects: The Brave and the Bold #28-30 and Justice League of America (1960) #1-30 and Mystery in Space #75

Justice League of America Silver Age Vol. 1

Collects: The Brave and the Bold #28-30 and Justice League of America #1-8

Starro the Conqueror’s first appearance is The Brave and the Bold #28

Justice League of America Silver Age Vol. 2

Collects: Justice League of America #9-19

The Origin of the Justice League is in #9

Justice League of America Silver Age Vol. 3

Collects: Justice League of America #20-30

Contains Crisis on Earth One, Crisis on Earth Two, and Crisis on Earth Three.

Justice League of America Silver Age Vol. 4

Collects: Justice League of America #31-41

Justice League of America Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Collects: Justice League of America #31-76 and Mystery in Space #75

Justice League of America Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects: Justice League of America (1960) #77-113

Justice League of America Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 2

Collects: Justice League of America #114-146

Justice League of America Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 3

Collects: Justice League of America #147-182

If you want to read the Annual Crises of the Silver Age specifically, check out

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 1

Collects: Justice League of America (1960) #21-22, #29-30, #37-38, and #46-47

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 2

Collects: Justice League of America #55-56, #64-65, #73-74, and #82-83

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 3

Collects: Justice League of America #91-92, #100-102, #107-108, and #113

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 4

Collects: Justice League of America #123-124, #135-137, and #147-148

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 5

Collects: Justice League of America #159-160, #171-172, #183-185

Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6

Collects: Justice League of America #195-196, #197, #207, All-Star Squadron #14, Justice League of America #208, All-Star Squadron #15, Justice League of America #209

Following all of these Crises and crossovers, it’s time for the most famous one! You can read the Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover here!

Justice League: The Detroit Era Omnibus

Collects: Justice League of America Annual #2, Justice League of America (1960) #233-244, Justice League of America Annual #3, Justice League of America #245-261, Justice Leagye Classified #22-25, and JSA Classified #14-16

The final couple issues take place during the DC Legends event which set up many of the post-crisis titles including the Post-Crisis Justice League Series.

Legends

Collects: Legends #1-6
The entire collection with the crossover tie-ins has never been collected, but you can read the main 6 issue series.

Post-Crisis Justice League

This new Justice League series is very different. It’s cast is more lighthearted and full of b and c tier characters including Mister Miracle, Captain Marvel (Shazam!), Doctor Fate, Oberon, and Blue Beetle. The title renames itself a bunch, so it gets confusing, but all issues are part of Justice League of America (1987) or Justice League Europe

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 1

Collects: Justice League #1-6, Justice League International #7-12, Justice League International Annual #1, Justice League International #13-24, Justice League International Annual #2, Justice League International #25, Justice League #26-30, Justice League Europe #1-6.

Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2

Collects: Justice League of America #31-50, Justice League Europe #7-25, Justice League of America Annual #4, Justice League Europe Annual #1, Justice League International Special #1

Unfortunately, large portions of the era past this point, aren’t digitized or collected. A couple more issues are available on DC Universe Infinite or available on Amazon here.

Grant Morrison JLA

Grant Morrison and Howard Porter’s JLA

The majority of modern comic book readers will want to start with Grant Morrison’s run on JLA. Starting around 1997, Morrison took a post-Death of Superman, post-Knightfall, post-Parallax DC Universe, and returned the world’s finest heroes to the Justice League.

The core lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter has become the Justice League standard since this time, particularly solidified in DC’s Animated Justice League: Unlimited.

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 1

Collects: JLA #1-9 (1997) and JLA Secret Files and Origins #1

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 2

Collects: JLA #10-17, Prometheus #1, and JLA/WILDCATS #1

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 3

Collects: JLA #22-26, JLA #28-31, and JLA #1000000

For more of the One Million event make sure to check out DC One Million or JLA One Million.

JLA: The Deluxe Edition Vol. 4

Collects: JLA #34, 36-41

JLA: The Tower of Babel: Deluxe Edition

Collects: JLA #18-21, #32-33, and #43-46 and JLA Annual #3

All the comics that were skipped from JLA are included in the Justice League: Tower of Babel The Deluxe Edition. Tower of Babel is one of the defining Batman stories of the early 2000’s, and was turned into a DC Animated movie.

This time period will also take you through the Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely JLA: Earth 2 graphic novel.

You’ll also note that I included DC One Million above. This takes place after JLA #23, and is another recommended Grant Morrison event from this era. The JLA: One Million collection is a more affordable approach to get the basics of the event.

Justice League After the Tower of Babel

JLA Vol. 5 – Issues #47 to #60

JLA Vol. 6 – Issues #61 to #76

JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice

JLA Vol. 7 – Issues #77 to #93

JLA: The Tenth Circle – Issues #94 to #99

JLA: Pain of the Gods – Issues #101 to #106

JLA: Syndicate Rules – Issues #107 to #114

Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis Takeover

If you’ve looked into essential DC Universe stories from the 2000’s, you’re likely at least a little familiar with Identity Crisis. The controversial mystery from Brad Meltzer has major ramifications on both the DCU and the Justice League. For all intents and purposes, it’s a Justice League story.

Identity Crisis

Collects: Identity Crisis #1-7

JLA: Crisis of Conscience

Collects: JLA (1997) #115 to #119

JLA: World Without a Justice League

Collects: Issues #120 to #125

Infinite Crisis

Collects: Infinite Crisis #1-7

You can also read the rest of Infinite Crisis with the help of CBH’s Infinite Crisis Reading Order

A New Justice League of America (Pre New 52)

Following the events of Infinite Crisis and 52, DC relaunched Justice League of America with a new number one issue, and Identity Crisis money-maker Bred Meltzer.

 

Justice League of America Vol. 1: Tornado’s Path

Collects: Justice League of America (2006) #1-7

Justice League of America Vol. 2: Lightning Saga

Collects: Justice League of America #8, Justice Society of America #5, Justice League of America #9, Justice Society of America #6, Justice League of America #10-12

Justice League of America Vol. 3: The Injustice League

Collects: JLA Wedding Special #1 and Justice League of America #13-16

Justice League of America Vol 4: Sanctuary

Collects: Justice League of America #17-21

Justice League of America: The Second Coming

Collects: Justice League of America #22-26

Justice League of America: Worlds Collide

Collects: Justice League of America #27-28, #30-34

Justice League of America: Team History

Collects: Justice League of America #38-43

Justice League of America: The Dark Things

Collects: Justice League of America 44-46, Justice Society of America #41, Justice League of America #47, Justice Society of America #42, Justice League of America 48, Justice Society of America #43

This Volume is part of the Brightest Day Event. Check out CBH’s Brightest Day reading order if you want to read more.

Justice League of America: Omega

Collects: Justice League of America (2006) #49-53

Justice League of America: Rise of Eclipso

Collects: Justice League of America #54-60

This era of comics ends with Flashpoint. You can check out the rest of CBH’s Flashpoint Reading Order for more.

DC's New 52 Justice League

The New 52 Justice League Reading Order

In 2011 DC Comics rebooted their entire comic book line into the New 52. This means a relaunch and brand new origin for the Justice League, with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee on creative duties.

If you want to see every DC Comic from this era, you can check out the full Comic Book Herald New 52 reading order!

 

Justice League: Origin

Collects: Justice League (2011) #1-6

Justice League: The Villain’s Journey

Collects: Justice League #7-12

Throne of Atlantis Reading Order

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis

Hey we made it 12 issues without a crossover! Throne of Atlantis crosses over with another Johns written title, Aquaman.

Issues:

Justice League #13

Justice League #14

Aquaman #14

Justice League #15

Aquaman #15

Justice League #16

Aquaman #16

Justice League #17

Aquaman #17

Justice League of America Vol. 1: World’s Most Dangerous

Collects: JLA #1 to #5

Following Throne of Atlantis, Justice League of America launches a fresh series in the New 52. Note that although the above collection includes six issues, the sixth issue of Justice League of America will work best as a Trinity War tie-in.

Justice League: The Grid

Collects: Justice League #18 to #23

Trinity War Reading Order

Justice League: Trinity War

For the most part, Trinity War is the DC event that had been promised since the end of Flashpoint . It’s also the first Justice League event that crosses over with Justice League Dark. I haven’t listed JLD to date, but if you want to catch up on the magical Justice League, now’s the perfect time, and you can do so as follows:

Justice League Dark Vol. 1

Collects: Justice League Dark #1-6

Justice League Dark Vol. 2

Collects: Justice League Dark #7-12

Justice League Dark Vol. 3

Collects: Justice League Dark #13-18

Trinity War

Issues:

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

Justice League #22

Justice League of America #6

Justice League Dark #22

Constantine #5

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2

The Phantom Stranger #11

Justice League of America #7

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3

Justice League Dark #23

Justice League #23

Forever Evil Reading Order (Justice League Style)

Forever Evil

Collects: Forever Evil #1-7

Justice League: Forever Heroes

Collects: Justice League #24-29

Justice League of America, Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil

Collects: Justice League of America #8-14

Forever Evil

Issues:

Forever Evil #1

Justice League Dark #24

Justice League Dark #25

Forever Evil #2

Justice League #24

Justice League of America #8

Justice League of America #9

Justice League Dark #26

Justice League #25

Justice League of America #10

Forever Evil #4

Justice League #26

Justice League #27

Justice League of America #11

Justice League Dark #27

Justice League Dark #28

Justice League #28

Forever Evil #5

Justice League of America #12

Justice League Dark #29

Justice League of America #13

Forever Evil #6

Justice League #29

Forever Evil #7

Justice League #30

Justice League of America #14

Justice League: Injustice League

Collects: Justice League #30-39

This takes you through the Amazo Virus story arc as well.

Justice League Darkseid War Reading Order

Justice League: Darkseid War Part 1

Collects: Justice League #40-44

Justice League: Darkseid War – Power of the Gods

Collects: Justice League: Gods and Men Superman #1, Justice League: Gods and Men Batman #1, Justice League: Gods and Men The Flash #1, Justice League: Gods and Men Green Lantern #1, Justice League: Gods and Men: Shazam! #1 and Justice League: Gods and Men: Lex Luthor #1.

Justice League: Darkseid War Part 2

Collects: Justice League #45-50 and Justuce League: Darkseid War Special #1

Issues:

Justice League #40

Free Comic Book Day DC Comics: Divergence #1

Justice League #41

Justice League #42

Justice League #43

Justice League #44

Justice League: Gods and Men Batman #1

Justice League #45

Justice League: Gods and Men The Flash #1

Justice League: Gods and Men Superman #1

Justice League #46

Justice League: Gods and Men Green Lantern #1

Justice League: Gods and Men Shazam! #1

Justice League: Gods and Men Lex Luthor #1

Justice League #47

Justice League #48

Justice League #49

Justice League #50

Epilogue:

Justice League #51

Justice League #52 (Collected in various Rebirth collections)

DC Rebirth Justice League (2016-2018)

You can find the context for Justice League in DC Rebirth as part of Comic Book Herald’s complete DC Rebirth reading order.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine

Collects: Justice League: Rebirth #1, Justice League (2016) #1 to #5

Justice League Vol. 2 (Rebirth)

Collects: Justice League #7 to #12

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad Reading Order

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad spins out into the fun Justice League of America series. I thoroughly enjoyed Steve Orlando’s book, however, the book isn’t super important to DC as a whole.

Justice League of America: The Road to Rebirth

Collects: Justice League of America: Killer Frost — Rebirth #1, Justice League of America: Atom– Rebirth #1, Justice League of America: Ray– Rebirth #1, Justice League of America: Vixen– Rebirth #1

Justice League of America Vol. 1: Extremist

Collects: Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 and Justice League #1-6

Justice League Vol. 3: Timeless

Collects: Justice League #14-19

Justice League of America Vol. 2: Curse of the Kingbutcher

Collects: Justice League of America #7-11

Justice League Vol. 4: Endless

Collects: Justice League #20-25

Justice League of America Vol. 3: Panic in the Microverse

Collects: Justice League of America #12-17

Justice League Vol. 5: Legacy

Collects: Justice League #26-31

Justice League of America Vol. 4: Surgical Strike

Collects: Justice League of America #26-31

Justice League Vol. 6: The People vs. The Justice League

Collects: Justice League #34-38

Justice League of America Vol. 5: Deadly Fable

Justice League of America #22-28

Justice League Vol. 7: Justice Lost

Collects: Justice League #39-43

New Justice Begins! (2018-2020)

The Snyder Era of the Justice League Titles begins with his Dark Nights: Metal Event which you can check out here!

Justice League: No Justice

Collects: Justice League: No Justice #1-4 And Stories From Dc Nation #0

Following the events of Dark Nights: Metal, the Justice League lineup of comics rebranded with new core rosters under the “New Justice” umbrella. The “No Justice” mini kicked things off, and leads to three core titles: Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Justice League Odyssey.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Totality

Collects: Justice League (2018) #1-7

The Scott Snyder written era of Justice League begins, with artists including Jim Cheung and Jorge Jimenez.

Justice League Vol. 2: Graveyard of Gods

Collects: Justice League #8-12

Justice League Odyssey Vol. 1: The Ghost Sector

Collects: Justice League Odyssey #1-5

Justice League Dark Vol. 1: The Last Age of Magic

Collects: Justice League Dark #1-3 And 5-7

Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth

Collects: Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1, Justice League #10-12, Aquaman #40-41, Titans #28 And Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth #1

You can find a checklist and reading order for this crossover with Comic Book Herald’s Drowned Earth guide.

Wonder Woman & the Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour

Collects: Wonder Woman/Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour#1-2, Wonder Woman #56-57 And Justice League Dark #4

You can find a checklist and reading order for this crossover with Comic Book Herald’s Witching Hour guide.

Justice League Vol. 3: Hawkworld

Collects: Justice League #13-16, Justice League Annual #1, Justice League #17 To #18

Justice League Dark Vol. 2: Lords of Order

Collects: Justice League Dark #8-13 and Justice League Dark Annual #1

Justice League Odyssey Vol. 2: Death of the Dark

Collects: Justice League Odyssey #6-12

Justice League Vol. 4: Sixth Dimension

Collects: Justice League #19-25

Justice League: Vengeance is Thine

Collects: Justice League #40-47

This book chronologically takes place before Year of the Villain. As such you can read it here or after Death Metal and not much changes.

Justice League: Galaxy of Terrors
Collects: Justice League #48-52

Justice League Odyssey Vol. 3: Final Frontier

Collects: Justice League Odyssey #13-18

Justice League Dark Vol. 3: The Witching War

Collects: Justice League Dark #14-19

Justice League Vol. 5: Justice Doom War

Collects: Justice League #26-39

Justice League Odyssey Vol 4: Last Stand

Collects: Justice League Odyssey #19-25

Justice League Dark Vol. 4: A Costly Trick of Magic

Collects: Justice League Dark #20-28

Year of the Villain: Hell’s Arisen

Following Hell’s Arisen, DC begins Death Metal. Make sure to read the Dark Nights Death Metal Reading Order for more info.

To close out this era of the Justice League, DC released a 9 part crossover that gives very small teases to the future of DC including emphasizing Hippolyta ahead of her Infinite Frontier story. This story Justice League: Endless Winter is one of my favorite crossover’s DC has written. You can check out Comic Book Herald’s Endless Winter reading order!!

Infinite Frontier(2021-Present)

Future State: Justice League
Collects: Future State: Justice League #1-2

Infinite Frontier #0

Justice League: Infinite Frontier Arc 1

Justice League (2018) #59-

Note: This series also includes a back-issue for Justice League Dark by Ram V.

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After what is known as Justice League Detroit (or the Detroit League), the crossovers events Crisis on Infinite Earths and Legends, came a new kind of Justice League. Written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire, the Justice League International (JLI) was created in 1987. It was a team of A listers. In fact, it was considered as a jock and, with what they got, Giffen and DeMatteis created a sitcom-like version of the Justice League. One that is still quite unique to this day.

With most of the usual big Justice League characters unavailable, this new league introduced new characterizations to old characters like Guy Gardner (Green Lantern) and Booster Gold, but also a major new character named Maxwell Lord who was behind the creation of this new league. They fight alongside (and with) Batman, The Black Canary, The Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Doctor Fate, Doctor Light, The Martian Manhunter, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, Green Flame, Ice Maiden, Rocket Red, and more.

But here is the official synopsis: The world’s greatest super-team, the Justice League, are Earth’s greatest and last line of defense against all manner of world-threatening villains… assuming they don’t wipe each other out first! Find out what happens when Batman, Superman and the rest of the gang face a galactic invasion fleet known as the Cluster, exchange harsh words with crazed bounty hunter Lobo and track Mister Miracle back to the hell planet that is Apokolips, and then battle yet another invasion fleet…because that’s how they roll.

Justice League International Reading Order:

What you need to know:

  1. After the first 6 issues, “Justice League” was retitled “Justice League International”.
  2. After issue #25, “Justice League International” ended. It was replaced by “Justice League America” and “Justice League Europe”.
  3. Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis wrote Justice League / Justice League International / Justice League America #1-60, Annual #1-5, Justice League Europe #1-35, Annual #1.

Justice League International Reading Order Giffen DeMatteis

Justice League International #9-10 are tie-ins in the “Millennium” crossover story line (no reading order yet). It’s about the Manhunters. They were created as a force for good three-and-a-half billion years ago by the Guardians of the Universe. However, they have turned against their masters and are now gunning for Earth’s heroes and for ten special “chosen ones” that have been selected by the Guardians. 

Justice League International #22-23 are tie-ins in the “Invasion!” crossover story line (no reading order yet). An alliance has formed between the fiercest, most calculating alien races to pursue a single goal: the elimination of Earth’s guardians. As war erupts all over the world, Superman leads the charge against these would-be alien conquerors.

Justice League International Reading Order Giffen DeMatteis

It’s not the End!!! The rest of Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis’s Justice League run was not published in that collection. In fact, it’s not fully available yet. There are other way to collected it:

Justice League International New 2020 edition:


Justice League International Omnibus Editions:

Also not the complete run yet.

  • Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 1
    Collects Justice League #1-6, Justice League International #7-25, Justic League America #26-30, Justice League Annual #1, Justice League International Annual #2-3, Justice League Europe #1-6 and Suicide Squad #13.
  • Justice League International Omnibus Vol. 2
    Collects Justice League America #31-50, Justice League Europe #7-25, Justice League America Annual #4, Justice League Europe Annual #1, Justice League Quarterly #1, and Justice League International Special #1. 

Justice League International Reading Order Giffen DeMatteis

Justice League International by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis Reading Order issue by issue

  • Justice League #1-4
  • Justice League Annual #1
  • Justice League #5-6
  • Justice League International #7-13 (#9-10 are tie-ins in the “Millennium”, but you don’t need to read the event)
  • Suicide Squad #13
  • Justice League International #14-15
  • Justice League International Annual #2
  • Justice League International #16-25 (#22-23 are tie-ins in the “Invasion!” crossover, but you really don’t need to read the event)
  • Justice League Europe #1
  • Justice League International Annual #3
  • Justice League Europe #2
  • Justice League America #26
  • Justice League Europe #3
  • Justice League America #27
  • Justice League Europe #4
  • Justice League America #28-30
  • Justice League Europe #5-6
  • Justice League America #31
  • Justice League Europe #7
  • Justice League America #32
  • Justice League Europe #8-9
  • Justice League America #33
  • Justice League Europe #10
  • Justice League America #34-36
  • Justice League Europe #11-12
  • Justice League America Annual #4
  • Justice League Europe #13-14
  • Justice League Europe Annual #1
  • Justice League America #37-40
  • Justice League Europe #15-19
  • Justice League America #41-44
  • Justice League Europe #20
  • Justice League Quaterly #1
  • Justice League Europe #21
  • Justice League America #45
  • Justice League Europe #22
  • Justice League America #46-50
  • Justice League Quaterly #2
  • Justice League Europe #23-28
  • Justice League Quaterly #3
  • Justice League America #51
  • Justice League Quaterly #4-5
  • Justice League America #52-53
  • Justice League Annual #5
  • Justice League Europe #29
  • Justice League America #54
  • Justice League Europe #30
  • Justice League America #55
  • Justice League Europe Annual #2
  • Justice League Europe #31
  • Justice League America #56
  • Green Lantern #18
  • Justice League Europe #32
  • Justice League America #57
  • Justice League Europe #33
  • Justice League America #58
  • Justice League Europe #34
  • Justice League America #59
  • Justice League Europe #35
  • Justice League America #60
  • Justice League Europe #36

Justice League International Reading Order Giffen DeMatteis

After Justice League International by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis

Once Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis left, the new writer was Dan Jurgens. He worked on Justice League America #61–77, Justice League Spectacular #1, Justice League International (vol. 3) #1–12. Some of thoses titles are collected here:

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Justice League International

Group of fictional characters in DC Comics

Justice League International (JLI) is a DC Comicssuperhero team written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire, created in 1987.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Following the events of the company-wide crossovers Crisis on Infinite Earths and Legends, Justice League of America writer J. M. DeMatteis was paired with writer Keith Giffen and artist Kevin Maguire on a new Justice League series. However, at the time, most of the core Justice League characters were unavailable. Superman was limited to John Byrne's reboot, George Pérez was relaunchingWonder Woman and Mike Baron was launching the Wally West version of the Flash.

As a result, the initial team consisted of:

The resulting comedic tone was Giffen's idea, introducing new characterizations to old characters: Guy Gardner was now a loutish hothead, Booster Gold was greedier and more inept than he had been in Dan Jurgens' series and Captain Marvel displayed a childlike personality.

The series was nominated as "Best New Series" in 1988 by the Harvey Awards, but lost to Paul Chadwick'sConcrete.[5] It also featured Adam Hughes' first work for a major comic book publisher.

They fight the Champions of Angor, other-dimensional superheroes intent on destroying all nuclear weapons. Bialya's dictator Rumaan Harjavti takes advantage of the Champions to eliminate his rivals.[6] In Russia, the League fights the Rocket Red Brigade, until Mikhail Gorbachev allows them to help. Wandjina sacrifices himself to stop a nuclear meltdown and the League are sent home by international law.[7] Millionaire entrepreneurMaxwell Lord takes an interest in the team, breaching their security and suggesting Booster Gold as a new member.

Booster proves himself in combat against the Royal Flush Gang and Lord declares himself their press liaison.[8] The Martian Manhunter saves the world when they battle against a conscious psychic plague and he consumes it.[9] Gardner challenges Batman to a fight over leadership, but Batman knocks him out in one punch. Doctor Fate is captured by the Gray Man, a rogue servant to the Lords of Order.[10] Teaming up with the Creeper, they release Fate and stop the Gray Man from taking over the world.[11]

Earth is attacked by a mysterious satellite and the League travels into space. Miracle recognizes it as a modified New Genesis device and neutralizes it. They return home as heroes. Maxwell Lord introduces a proposal to get United Nations funding and they are given sponsorship in exchange for government regulation. This plan allows them to act as an independent city-state with worldwide embassies. Captain Atom and Rocket Red #7 are added to the team by the United States and Russia, respectively. Captain Marvel and Doctor Fate quit the team for personal reasons; Batman steps down as leader, appointing the Martian Manhunter to replace him. They are reintroduced to the world as Justice League International.[12] Despite a series of embarrassing accidents, they successfully move in to embassies around the world. This includes Moscow, New York City and Paris.

With issue #7, the series was renamed Justice League International to reflect the team's new international status. The name change spawned the term "JLI", which is used when referring to this period in Justice League history. The series was again renamed following the launch of Justice League Europe in 1989. The series was known as Justice League America until its cancellation in 1996.

"Justice League: Breakdowns"[edit]

"Breakdowns" was a 16-issue crossover between the Justice League America (#53–60) and Justice League Europe (#29–36) titles, changing the tone of both series from a humorous one to a more serious one and introducing new creative teams to both series. 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, 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 (the Martian Manhunter, Power Girl, Fire, Rocket Red, Metamorpho, the Flash, Guy Gardner, Major Disaster), along 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 Despero's neck.
  • While possessing Maxwell Lord's body, Dreamslayer kidnaps and later murders 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 a Justice League member, dies 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 he later re-emerges under the persona of Bloodwynd.

Expansion[edit]

The Justice League titles continued to expand into the early to mid-1990s. Titles included: Justice League America, Justice League Europe, Justice League Task Force, Extreme Justice and Justice League Quarterly. Justice League Europe was later retitled to become the second volume of Justice League International.

In the latter part of the series, more recognizable characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Aquaman, joined, followed by lesser known characters such as Bloodwynd, Maya, Maxima, Nuklon, Obsidian, the Tasmanian Devil and Triumph. Longtime JLI-era characters such as Captain Atom, the Martian Manhunter and Power Girl were revised and revamped.

By 1996, with the commercial success of the series fading, each of the titles was eventually cancelled.

Miniseries[edit]

In 2003, Giffen, DeMatteis, and Maguire reunited for the six-issue miniseries Formerly Known as the Justice League. This depicted Maxwell Lord trying to get the gang back together as The Super Buddies – a hero-for-hire group that operated out of a strip mall. 2005 saw a second storyline, I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League, by the same creative team published in the pages of JLA Classified. This tale told a story of the characters attempt to rescue Ice from Hell.

Return[edit]

Following Blackest Night, DC launched two alternating 24-issue bi-weekly comic book miniseries, Brightest Day and Justice League: Generation Lost, written by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick. This second series features Captain Atom, Booster Gold, the new Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes, Fire, Ice and a new Rocket Red (by the name of Gavril Ivanovich) and essentially saw the return of Justice League International, as explained by Giffen:[13]

In all of my years in comics, I have never experienced anything like the complete 180 this project took once the brainstorming kicked off. Like I said, when we started the writers' summit, the Justice League... hell, why mince words... Justice League International was not on the table. Then someone, and I really wish I remembered exactly who, stirred the JLI into the mix.

Over the course of the series, Power Girl and Batman joined the group as well, with Wonder Woman appearing in the book's final three issues. The title was heavily tied to Winick's run on Power Girl, which had the title character dealing with villains connected to Maxwell Lord's plans in Generation Lost, and eventually had her rejoin Justice League International after a crossover between the two titles. The title also indirectly tied into Odyssey, a storyline published in Wonder Woman that saw the title character being removed from history with her existence forgotten by most of her fellow heroes. This formed the basis of the book's finale, with the members of the Justice League International racing to track down Wonder Woman before Lord could find her and kill her.[14] Plot threads from Kingdom Come and The OMAC Project also appeared.

Generation Lost ended with a teaser that a new Justice League International series from The New 52 would be coming in a few months (with Booster Gold as leader).

The New 52[edit]

As part of DC's 2011 New 52 relaunch of all of its monthly books, Justice League International was relaunched in September 2011, after the conclusion of the Flashpoint storyline, written by Dan Jurgens and drawn by Aaron Lopresti.[15][16][17]

This version of Justice League International is formed by United Nations director Andre Briggs as a U.N.-controlled counterpart to the original Justice League and is based out of the Hall of Justice. The founding members of the team consist of Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red (Gavril Ivanovich), Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Vixen, August General in Iron and Godiva, who are recruited to the team due to having their identities publicly known. Batman is denied membership due to having a secret identity, but is allowed to accompany the group as part of an effort to foster good relations between the JLI and the original Justice League. The team goes on to defeat the Signal Men and the alien conqueror Peraxxus.[18]

During a press conference outside the Hall of Justice, Rocket Red is killed when a bomb explodes, while Fire, Ice and Vixen are hospitalized and become comatose. This leads Booster Gold to recruit Batwing, OMAC and Firehawk to the team.[19]

In May 2012, DC announced the cancellation of Justice League International,[20] concluding with issue #12 and Justice League International Annual (vol. 2) #1 in August.[21][22]

Writers[edit]

  • Keith Giffen: Justice League / Justice League International / Justice League America #1–60, Justice League / Justice League International / Justice League America Annual #1–5, Justice League International Special #1
  • J.M. DeMatteis: Justice League / Justice League International / Justice League America #1–60, Justice League / Justice League International / Justice League America Annual #1–5
  • Dan Jurgens: Justice League America #61–77, Justice League Spectacular #1, Justice League International (vol. 3) #1–12
  • Dan Vado: Justice League America #78–91, Annual #8
  • Christopher Priest: Justice League America #92, Annual #10, Justice League International (vol. 2) #68
  • Gerard Jones: Justice League America #0, 93–113, Annual #9, Justice League Europe / Justice League International (vol. 2) #37–67, Annual #4–5, Justice League Spectacular #1

Collected editions[edit]

In 1989, the first seven issues of the original Justice League International series were collected in a trade paperback called Justice League: A New Beginning (ISBN 0930289404) and issues #8–12 and Justice League America Annual #1 in the follow-up Justice League International: The Secret Gospel of Maxwell Lord in 1992 (ISBN 1563890399).

In 2008, DC announced plans to collect the early years of the JLI as individual volumes, initially as hardcovers and later on as trade paperbacks; starting with Volume 5 the books will be released solely as trade paperbacks:

  • Justice League International Volume 1 (collects Justice League #1-6 and Justice League International #7, 192 pages, hardcover, March 2008, DC Comics, ISBN 1-4012-1666-8,[23]Titan Books, ISBN 1-84576-787-X; softcover, DC Comics, March 2009,[24]) Titan Books, May 2009, ISBN 1-84576-788-8
  • Justice League International Volume 2 (collects Justice League International #8–13, Justice League Annual #1 and Suicide Squad #13, 192 pages, hardcover, DC Comics, August 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1826-1,[25] Titan Books, September 2008, ISBN 1-84576-886-8; softcover, DC Comics, July 2009, ISBN 9781401220204[26])
  • Justice League International Volume 3 (collects Justice League International #14–22, 224 pages, hardcover, DC Comics, November 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1941-1,[27] Titan Books, January 2009, ISBN 1-84576-988-0; softcover, DC Comics, November 2009, ISBN 978-1-4012-1941-3[28])
  • Justice League International Volume 4 (collects Justice League International #23–25 and Justice League America #26–30, 192 pages, hardcover, DC Comics, March 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2196-3,[29] Titan Books, May 2009, ISBN 1-84856-183-0; softcover, DC Comics, March 2010[30])
  • Justice League International Volume 5 (collects Justice League International Annual #2–3 and Justice League Europe #1–6, 240 pages, softcover, DC Comics, January 2011, ISBN 978-1-4012-3010-4[31])
  • Justice League International Volume 6 (collects Justice League America #31–35 and Justice League Europe #7–11, 240 pages, softcover, DC Comics, May 2011, ISBN 978-1-4012-3119-4[32])
  • Superman & Justice League America Vol. 1 (collects Justice League America #60–68 and Justice League Spectacular #1, 240 pages, March 2016 978-1401260972
  • Superman & Justice League America Vol. 2 (collects Justice League America #69–77, Annual #7, 200 pages, September 2016, 978-1401263843
  • Wonder Woman & Justice League America (collects Justice League America #78–93, Annual #8, TBA pages, March 2017, 978-1401268343)
  • Formerly Known as the Justice League (collects #1–6)
  • I Can't Believe It's Not The Justice League (collects JLA: Classified #4–9)
  • Justice League: Generation Lost Vol. 1 (collects Justice League: Generation Lost #1–12)
  • Justice League: Generation Lost Vol. 2 (collects Justice League: Generation Lost #13–24)
  • Justice League International Vol. 1: The Signal Masters (collects Justice League International (vol. 3) #1–6)
  • Justice League International Vol. 2: Breakdown (collects Justice League International (vol. 3) #7–12, Annual (vol. 2) #1 and The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #9)

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Justice League International appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Darkseid Descending!". Here, the team consists of the Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Aquaman, the Martian Manhunter, Fire and Ice.[33] They are assembled by Batman to fight the incoming invasion of Earth by Darkseid.[34] In a departure from the comic book origin of the team, this iteration of the JLI is put together by Batman, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter following an unspecified incident which led to the original Justice League disbanding. The team is also stationed in the orbiting Justice League Satellite, rather than the JLI Embassy in New York. The team reappeared in "Shadow of the Bat!", where Batman attacked the League after being transformed into a vampire. In "Time Out for Vengeance!", the JLI try to save past incarnations of Batman from the minions of Equinox, with the help of Rip Hunter, Time Master, who appears to be a part-time team member. In "Triumvirate of Terror!", Robin, Kid Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, and the Green Arrow were seen with the JLI when it came to a baseball game against the Legion of Doom. They are joined by Captain Atom in "Powerless!" when it comes to them fighting Major Force. In "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth!", Captain Marvel and Rocket Red are also shown to be on the team, though the latter does not have a speaking role. All of the JLI's founding members have been seen teamed up with Batman before the team was created.

Reception[edit]

Martin A. Stever reviewed Justice League InternationalSpace Gamer/Fantasy Gamer No. 83.[35] Stever commented that "thanks to clever characterization and wit, this creative team makes team moving day as exciting and as much fun as a brush with Armageddon".[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 228. ISBN . CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^"On the First Year of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis' Justice League International". Sequart Organization. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  3. ^"Doctor Fate (Volume) – Comic Vine". Comic Vine. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  4. ^"Chocos". DC Database. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  5. ^"1988 Harvey Award Nominees and Winners". www.hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
  6. ^Justice League #2
  7. ^Justice League #3
  8. ^Justice League #4
  9. ^Justice League Annual #1
  10. ^Justice League #5
  11. ^Justice League #6
  12. ^Justice League International #7
  13. ^Rogers, Vaneta (January 12, 2010). "JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL Returns in "GENERATION LOST"". Newsarama. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  14. ^Newsarama.com : Generation Lost | Judd Winick | JUDD WINICK: The Future of MAX LORD & the GEN LOST GANG, p.2
  15. ^Hyde, David. "The New Justice". DC Comics. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  16. ^Live From The DC New 52 Panel… Updating | Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
  17. ^Rogers, Vaneta (August 17, 2011). "The DCnU Take 2: Justice League International". Newsarama. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  18. ^Justice League International (vol. 2) #1–6 (Sept. 2011 – March 2012)
  19. ^Justice League International (vol. 3) #7 (April 2012)
  20. ^Langshaw, Mark (May 15, 2012). "Justice League International to end with issue #12". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on May 19, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  21. ^Justice League International (vol. 3) #12 (August 2012)
  22. ^Justice League International Annual (vol. 2) #1 (August 2012)
  23. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 1 | DC Comics (Hardcover)
  24. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 1 | DC Comics (Softcover)
  25. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 2 | DC Comics (Hardcover)
  26. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 2 | DC Comics (Softcover)
  27. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 3 | DC Comics (Hardcover)
  28. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 3 | DC Comics (Softcover)
  29. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 4 | DC Comics (Hardcover)
  30. ^JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOL. 4 | DC Comics (Softcover)
  31. ^VOL. 5 | DC Comics (Softcover)
  32. ^Justice League International Val. 5 | DC Comics (Softcover)
  33. ^Who's News | ‘Batman: The Brave and the Bold’ returns tonight, prepares for the coming of Justice League InternationalArchived 2012-07-16 at archive.today
  34. ^TV Schedule | Cartoon Network South East AsiaArchived 2010-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ abStever, Martin A. (October–November 1988). "The Ruler". Space Gamer/Fantasy Gamer. World Wide Wargames (83): 28.

External links[edit]

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