I worked in a governmental job once – it was crap. Day in, day out, I shuffled into work and felt like a piece of furniture – until one day I decided to kill everyone in my sight with an ice-cream cone. OK, not kill per-say – abuse a bit – just like Writer: Dan Jurgens; Artist: Aaron Lopresti; and Publisher: DC Comics, in September 2011.

The Head of U.N. Intelligence, Andre Briggs, has managed to persuade a select few members of the UN, to give him the permission to form a new International division on the Justice League. However, opinion’s about this new venture is somewhat divided overall. For a start, protestors are not too happy that this group is taking over the ‘Hall of Justice’. Next, the members of this team are unsure about how the group dynamic will play out: (1) Guy Gardner doesn’t like the idea that Booster is leading this team and leaves. (2) Rocket Red dislikes August General. (3) Ice, Fire, Vixen, and Godiva, appear coquettish. (4) And Batman is suspicious of the UN’s motivations for forming this team in the first place, and joins them on their first mission.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that this newly formed team has a newly formed mission to accomplish as well – to go to Peru and investigate the disappearance of some governmental researchers. 

So is this mission a successfully one then? Err? Can’t really say at the moment – because while looking for these governmental operatives, they firstly come across some troll men – whom attack them – before a huge mechanical beast erupts from the ground.

What a sod! To be continued...

OK, before I start of this review, I have to say that I am a big fan of the Giffen / Dematteis era of the Justice League International. To me, they managed to bring fun, family, adventure, laughter, and silliness, to a team that you never though would encapsulate any of these charms. Therefore, it is a very strange thing for me to read this ‘rebuffed’ Justice League International series, because... errr... let me tell you in an advantage / disadvantage type way:

(1) I liked the art by Aaron Lopersti, it has a nice manner about it that is both fresh and dynamic at the same time. (2) Godiva seems to be a fine addition to this group – as a girl who flirts is always good in my book. (3) The way that Batman was intergraded into the story seemed very logical also, and I am sure that this will set up a crossover with the Justice League book in the future. And (4) I applaud the international flavour of this series, both in lo-cal and character.

(1) Booster Gold costume – what the f*ck is that all about? Moreover, it feels like his character has ‘taken a step backwards’ emotionally to boot. (2) Some of the continuity nudges pissed me off a bit – as stating that Guy and Booster only worked once or twice before, does seem like a very silly statement to make. (3) The premise of this story seems to be in the same vein as the initial JLI series – master manipulator blah-blah-blah. And (4) In places, the characterisation feels a bit flat and two-dimensional  – as the men appear to be pissed off for no apparent reason, and the women just strike a pose.

Also, another thing that does not sit to well with me with Justice League International either, is that the previous ‘Generation Lost’ mini-series appeared to act as a springboard for this one, but it was not utilised at all – what gives? Did someone ‘upstairs’ do a loo-loo? Or was it all down to Jurgens winning a hand at poker? Ha! I suppose, for the time being, we will never know, and I just prey that this series manages to find its feet before someone ‘downstairs’ kicks it into touch.

So-so start, but does show promise of a better future.