Justice League International Annual #1
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Justice League International Annual #1

Writer: Geoff Johns, Dan DiDio Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 29, 2012 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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Will this issue be the final adventure ever for JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL? The true nature of O.M.A.C. revealed! Ties in to the shocking events of JUSTICE LEAGUE #12! Guest-starring BLUE BEETLE!

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 30, 2012

    By the time we reach the final pages, the team is technically down to just Godiva and a heavily-injured August General in Iron. Rocket Red and Olympian are dead, Batwing and Guy Gardner have resigned Blue Beetle is on the other side of the galaxy, and Booster is deleted from time and space. Justice League International Annual #1 is not only the JLI's most exciting issue, but it sets up the next chapter of the collective 'Justice League' story very well. At the very end, Batman has a chilling conversation with his creation, Brother Eye: "Eye am home and eye will be waiting for my new programmer's signal. He is coming, Batman. And you will join him or die." recites Brother Eye as if from a script. The emotionless, yet highly sophisticated, Brother Eye looks to be the focal point of things to come. Perhaps in the same vein as Infinite Crisis, Batman's presumptuousness concerning other heroes became paranoia, resulting in some of the darkest days in DCU history. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Sep 2, 2012

    Jason Fabok does an excellent job doing the art as usual for his work. He has an ability to draw any character, and make them iconic like David Finch, his mentor, does. However, his Godiva (in the make out scene) looks almost like a guy with a blonde wig on. That is weird but otherwise, his art is solid.Hopefully, the JLI returns eventually as I enjoyed the series a lot, and wish it wasnt disappearing like Booster Gold literally did in this annual issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Aug 30, 2012

    Hell of a way for JLI to end. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Sep 1, 2012

    It was nice to see Geoff Johns return to writing Booster Gold, considering the quality of his post-52 run (sidebar; It gets really confusing referring to things in relation to both the story 52 and The New 52. I've had several conversations over the past three weeks in which people have tried to correct me thinking I was referring to the other event). This issue was far better than Dan Jurgens' JLI, but while it had some really satisfying moments upon reflection it didn't really redeem the JLI, as they basically just failed again. Perhaps that's supposed to be the story beat-the down on their luck Justice League that can't catch a break, but I'm tired of seeing characters I love lose. The setup for a new Brother Eye story and its probable tie-in to The Trinity War is exciting, but it still isn't enough to push this book above three and a half stars-not a bad rating, but it wasn't quite the issue I was hoping for. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Aug 29, 2012

    Jason Fabok handles the art duties for this issue, and does a solid job. His figure work is emotive, but some of the male faces suffer from clone-itis. That said, his action is fluid and explosive, never getting overly convoluted even when depicting energy blasts and super-punches all in one panel. One bummer is that the issue is mostly contained to the Hall of Justice, and so the interior backgrounds are relatively dull and unexciting. The color work is also cold and dim as a result -- though it suits the subject matter " and it makes this oversized issue a rather glum-looking book. Still, the action is solid and chock full of plenty of widescreen antics. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Oct 25, 2012

    But familiarity with the members of the JLI is what made this issue fun for me and made me glad that finally, after wasting money on twelve issues, I could read one for pure enjoyment and as a result ignore the flaws, which Johns and Didio often made better by glazing them over with plot twists and good characters previously developed by Dan Jurgens. This was the fun ending that Justice League International #12 never gave me. A true ending to the JLI. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 6, 2012

    With Booster Gold disappearing from existence but not continuity (Batman still remembers him) and the universe altering effects of Superman and Wonder Woman's kiss, there's quite a bit left unanswered (including the identity of the person now in control of Brother EYE). As to when we might get some answers, or see Booster's Bunch again, your guess is as good as mine. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 4, 2012

    Those looking for a decent slugfest could do worse than Justice League International Annual #1; that said, those looking for an enthusiastic take on this team will probably still be upset. It's one thing for teams to bicker, be dysfunctional, to take their licks and come back for a win " but after months of self-abuse, it feels like the JLI never even stood a chance. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 31, 2012

    Editorial cleanliness is sort of the reason for this annual, as the story is a self-contained one without too much impact on greater DCU, despite many claims to the contrary. Sure, little things were hinted at: Brother Eye as a future Batman villain, the Global Guardians, a potential shout out to Vibe (a "dimensional specialist from Detroit" who can sense "vibrational anomalies"), but this isn't exactly the year 2 of the DCnU cipher the book was sold as. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Aug 31, 2012

    I will admit to having low expectations coming into this issue, but even those were unmatched. DiDio and Johns filled "Justice League International Annual" #1 with lots of teases and contradictions, scattered character bits that do little to define the characters and plenty of lead-ins for things elsewhere. In essence, it's a skinny version of what "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" represented, without the grand scope, interesting characters or drama. Love or hate the outcome, this issue is going to prove to be a must for New 52 O.M.A.C. fans, of interest to Booster Gold fans, and completely forgettable for most others although references will almost certainly be dropped in the near future, especially in "Blue Beetle" #0. At least I presume as much given how Jaime was shunted out of this story almost as quickly and awkwardly as he was brought in. Read Full Review

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