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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at Justice League International vs. Starro, courtesy of Keith Giffen, Gerard Jones and Bart Sears…
At the end of Justice League Europe #25, a man shows up at the JLE’s door with a starfish stuck to his face. Apparently Starro has gotten stuck on the English countryside and he wants the Justice League’s help to leave Earth and get some peace in his life.
The League agrees to help (as apparently the villagers with the starfish on their faces have come to actually like Starro and feel bad for him).
Killowog designed the spaceship taking Starro to not be able to return, but before it even hits the atmosphere…
So begins a taut, psychological thriller by Keith Giffen and Gerry Jones, as the only three “immune” members of the JLE (Captain Atom, Rocket Red and Metamorpho, all of whom had protective shielding over their faces) find themselves pretty much the only non-possessed people in England (and soon, all of Europe).
They head to New York, where they gain assistance from the New York branch of the Justice League, as the leader of the JLA, Martian Manhunter, comes back to England with them to stop his old foe, Starro.
However, well, things don’t go so well…
Sears’ art particularly suits dynamic action stories like these.
In an especially strong character movement, Starro forces Atom and Rocket Red to give themselves in…
Very clever work by Giffen/Jones there.
And it all ends up in a clever ending in JLE #28, an ending I won’t spoil for you.
This was a really fun three-part tale filled with strong character work and a great use of guest stars (I suppose it helps when the guest stars are from the other book Giffen was plotting, Justice League America).
Hopefully some day this story can be reprinted!
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