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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
The last days of school can be reinterpreted in many different ways. If you enjoyed you time there, you'd miss it. If you hated your time there, you'd be happy to leave. And if you were a teacher, you'd be welcoming the break. However, none of these things can be said about this last part of Justice League International -- entitled 'Deleted'.
- Picture the scene. The JLI find themselves as translucent as grain of sugar melting in the mid-morning sun, and begin to dissolve more and more as time ticks on.
first to leave is Batwing because he has stuff to sort out over in
Africa. Next is Guy due to an argument he has with Booster Gold. Before finally General August goes to pieces because he gets attacked by OMAC.
- Oh! Yeah! I almost forgot to mention. During this time Brother Eye takes control of OMAC's body, and start's dismantling the JLI a member at a time -- including their new recruits, the Olympian and the Blue Beatle.
- But do you want to know what the most disturbing thing about all of this is? Once this battle is all over, Booster Gold gets a visit from his future self who warns him about an impending doom and vanishes. Both of them.
Just like this book!
The stand out piece of dialogue for me in this annual, was when Future Booster suddenly turned up and told his current incarnation about the 'Global Guardians', and then said 'Superman and Wonder Woman, we have to stop them from...'. However, before he could continue, he saw a picture of the aforementioned super hero's chewing face upon the monitors and vanished.
POW! If this does not make you intrigued about the future of the DC Universe, nothing will.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There were a number of things that were quite nice about this annual. Such as: (1) No one really died. (2) Boosters 'confession' to Godiva was a great little addition to this yarn. (3) The cameos by Blue Beetle and The Olympian were very appropriate on some level; although superfluous considering that we all knew this book was going to end anyway. (4) Boosters 'Rip Hunter' reference was a nice surprise as well.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Guys fight with Booster did not really make any sense to me within the confines of this tale. Last issue both of these heroes agreed to make 'a go' of this team. And in this issue -- well -- you know what I mean. The whole thing came across as a bit too staged is all.
Moreover, why wasn't Fire, Ice, or Vixen ever mentioned? That was strange, huh?
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: One of the only slightly creative things I saw in this tale, was how 'impending doom' loomed over the overall story, almost giving what was presented on the page an additional layer of emotion depth behind it.
Nicely done, Dan. Shame we will not see more of this in the future.
ART: Now I do not want to sound rude to the regular artist, Aaron Lopresti, but I wished that the artist on this annual, Jason Fabok, was on the main title from its very inception. Jason's stuff if very nice and earthy, and transformed the normal 'Disney-esque' tone this group brings, with a harder and grainier edge to it. Take a look at the panel provided, or when OMAC patrunches the Olympian in the face, and you can see what I mean by this straight away.
BLUE BEETLE: OK, I know that he is about double the age of this teenage hero, but I'm sure that Mexican actor, Diego Luna, could pull off a Jaime Reese vibe without any problem what so ever.
THE OLYMPIAN: Just like Diego up above, actor, Vincent Regan, isn't a perfect match for the hero I want to cast him to play. He isn't Greek. Nonetheless, that did not stop Vince from playing a Greek Warrior in the Kebab-tastic movie '300', did it?
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
It's Safe To Say 'Goodbye' To The Justice League International Now Children. Don't Worry Though, DC Have Given You Enough Time To Save Up For Their Next Book. Bless 'Em. The B*stards.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
In respect to what this title and this group means to me, here, have a look at this YouTube clip which I think is just great.
No comparisons this month. No need to be.
So this is it, huh? Good-bye? No more Justice League International since it has been built up over the last three years or so? Nah! I don't believe it myself. I think Dan, Geoff, and Jim, have all sat down and re-thought their strategy where this team in concerned. I'm sure that Booster will turn up in a year's time, or whenever DC decides to instigate his particular story-line. Of course Guy will be in the corps. When they arise Godiva will be in the Global Guardians. And as for the rest of them? Errr... who knows? I'm sure that they will pop up here and there, showing their faces for the fan-boys to gawp at.
Let's see, shall we? Place your best.
MARKS out of 10? 9