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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 162

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, we look at a funny issue of Justice League Europe.


Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Bart Sears, Justice League Europe #6 shows what happens when the members of the team that do not speak French (Captain Atom, Flash, Metamorpho, Power Girl and Animal Man) take a French class at night school. The problem is, that’s the very same class that the Injustice League were taking, because they were robbing banks in France and did not know enough French to get the tellers to give them the money.

Hilarity, as you imagine, ensues (like Multi-Man having to put gum on his nose) – and it comes to a head at this point…

Pinpointing “the” moment is tough – maybe when the note is read?


Definitely the note.

I liked Metamorpho’s comment, “You’d have an easier time of it getting monkeys to write comic books.”

Insert snarky comment about “comic writer name” here. (Or heck even an editor or two. ;-)

I loved the early JLE issues and this is my favorite. Wally’s “baby dumpling” line is the funniest. But there are all sorts of in-jokes here, from the “Bing and Bob” reference, to Rex’s disguise, (he didn’t want to attract attention) to the Mighty Bruce, and Bart Sears drawing Miss Kessler more stacked than Kara herself. In fact, Sears drew every woman in this comic like a brick house. Hilariously sexist, but FUN. And nobody had to die in order for the book to sell.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 12, 2009 at 3:05 am

I would think that “the moment” is when the teacher orders everybody to behave with “CLASS!!!”

A fearsome and formidable woman, that. ;-)

Love this series (well, the early issues up to the end of the Extremists storyline). Hopefully they reprint this series in trade at some time.

I do kind of like bat Sears’s art, but everyone’s clothes cling to them as if they were wet.

Wow, that was really funny. Good pick Brian.

I wish I read more of this series. “I liked the old one better” is my favorite line.

My pick for the moment is the “me too” line for the Injustice Leaguers going to the bathroom… I hope that DC continues to HC the entire Keith Giffen run of JLI, JLE and JLA.

Actually, the moment from this issue for me would be the great cover.

This was a great issue. One of the relatively rare moments where JLE went straight for the same kind of screwball comedy that was the American branch’s hallmark. My favorite moment from this issue actually came after these pages, when the JLE’s liaison comes to bail the team out of jail and reminds Captian Atom that they have diplomatic immunity.

I wouldn’t mind seeing more moments from this book. I can think of a very cool moment from the end of the Starro storyline involving transporter tubes and one of the most frequently underestimated members of the JLI that would definitely fit in this series of moments.

Heavens, that’s some hideous art.

The JLE was a fun title, but it ran out of steam fast for me. Some of my favorite moment for the Wally West version of the Flash, Power Girl and the Dibnys came from the first year of title. In particular, the relationship between Wally and PG was fun. Linda Park turned up in “The Flash” around the same time, so I was half-way expecting a love triangle that never materialized. The pre-Waid version of Wally West seemed like exactly the sort of guy who would try to date two women at once only to have it blow up in his face.

As a reader, I wanted more Wally-PG scenes, more Wally-Ralph Dibny scenes and more scenes of the Dibnys bouncing off the rest of the JLE. For whatever reason, Giffen steered the title in other directions. Maybe they were afraid of turning it into a second-rate version of the “Bwahaha” League, but it got more serious (and conventional) in the second year. They lost me soon thereafter.

This is a great moment. It was before DeMatteis left the title, so maybe Giffen just felt more comfortable with the banter with his co-writer around. Sears could be a bit sloppy with his figure drawing and he never figured out how to draw a coherent superhero fight, but his facial expressions are really strong here. That was the magic of Giffen-era, the reader got to see the characters reactions to things.

if i had to call it i would pick the last pannel where the teacher tells the cops to go back and enter again. though the whole thing is moment worthy for loved that era of the team

In fact, Sears drew every woman in this comic like a brick house. Hilariously sexist, but FUN. And nobody had to die in order for the book to sell.

This is a bit off topic, but I have arrived at the following rules of thumb about the graphic depiction of women in comics:
1. Is the figure drawing achievable by a real woman without surgery and/or a girdle?
2. Is the body type basically the same as the one the character had in either her first appearance, or the last time she turned up in a movie or TV?
3. If the character is a superhero, would the outfit depicted stay be functional during all the running, jumping and etc. that superheroes do?
4. Does the female character have a body type that is distinctly different than the body type of the other principal female characters?

If all three of those things are a “yes”, then I don’t think it is a sexist drawing. The teacher in the panels Sears drew is at worst cusp-y. Point #1 is debatable, but certainly not grossly exaggerated. On Point #2, it is a new character, so Sears is free to design her as he sees fit. Point #3 is not relevant. Point #4 is a “yes” for me, albeit barely.

I know you weren’t making a big point of it, but the tendency to describe harmless cheesecake images in comics as “sexist” bothers me. Modern superhero comics have a real problem with sexism. There is a lot of sexual (and sexualized) violence that seems designed to titillate the reader. Female characters are often have barely defined personalities beyond their attachments to male characters. These are actual problems.

Conversely, cheesecake is fun and essentially harmless. It attracts the attention of the (largely male) comic readership to the character. For example, if Power Girl wasn’t a 36 Double-D, then she would probably have never gotten her own title. It would be beyond stupid for her creators not to enjoy celebrate that, while drawing a convincing portrait of a three-dimensional human being.

I think THE moment is when everyone freezes and you get close ups on everyone in class.

Man, I love me some JLE.

I loved this JLE run. I loved this issue, although it’s been so long since I read it I now have to ask…who is The Mighty Bruce?

Lot’s of cool moments here, but the teacher reading the note was definately THE moment.

Bruce was just a regular dude who wound up a member of the Injustice Gang because he happened to be Major Disaster’s cellmate I guess he was kind of their Snapper Carr.

Okay, I remember that now. Thanks, Buttler!

Citizen Scribbler

June 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Oh, how I eagerly awaited each issue of this series. This particular issue is a standout because it was a bit of fun after the seriousness of the preceeding Biaylia storyline (not that there weren’t laughs to be had in those issues as well).And I think this story is a lot more realistic than some of the melodramatic mayhem we’re often subjected to these days.

This is just great stuff! Even with so many characters in play, everybody has something to do and is true to their nature. Bart Sears didn’t take too long to grow on me. The appeal of his female figures wasn’t lost on my 12-year-old eyes, but I never thought they looked ridiculous or impossible, and check out the faces on the women. They don’t look like girls, and tthey aren’t as glamorized as a lot of other work I’ve seen.

And I’ll totally second the nomination of that “moment” from the Starro story. That was so awesome!

-Citizen Scribbler

Yeah, the JLE suffered somewhat without DeMatteis, but it was still a fun book.
I’d have to say my favorite issue was the one with the Beefeater.
If I was doing this series–I’d include something from that issue–and maybe we’ll see something from it later on.

Here is a great idea for DC: why not hire Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk to do a JLE mini-series?

Everyone is bemoaning the cancellation of Captain Britain and the MI13, so why not hire its creative team and see if they can spark some interest in the European part of the DCU? Give them the surviving JLI and JLE members to start and encourage them to create some new stuff. If the mini sells well, then roll out a new on-going.

Sears’ art is…hard on the eyes. But it’s still a fun scene.

Damn, Miss Kessler has stones! She could probably stand up to Amanda Waller.

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