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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 comics posted so far!
Today begins Uncollected Classics week! Seven days of stories that, well, have never been collected!
We begin with the debut issue of Justice League Quarterly, by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Chris Sprouse and Bruce Patterson. featuring the first appearance of…the Conglomerate!
Now this is how you start off a comic book series!! Justice League Quarterly launched by way of a subplot that had been percolating in the regular Justice League America title for a few months. You see, Booster Gold was sick of being treated like a joke, so he quit the JLA. In the first issue of Justice League Quarterly, we discover what he’s been up to – he is forming his OWN superhero team, the Conglomerate!!!
The overseer of the team is Claire Montgomery, who also happens to be Maxwell Lord’s ex-wife!
Watch as she pitches the idea of a corporate-sponsored superhero team…
The team includes Booster Gold, former Justice Leaguer Gyspy, Reverb (brother of former Justice Leaguer Vibe, with the same powers), a character from Mister Miracle called Maxi-Man (an “aw shucks” type guy with enhanced strength, speed, etc.), Echo (force/energy deflector), Vapor (turns into gas) and Praxis (telepathy).
Soon enough, they arrive at the same scene as the Justice League…
When the Conglomerate (or more precisely, Praxis) save the day, they become the new media sensation, which does not sit well with Blue Beetle…
He’s even more dismayed by the brochure Max shows him.
However, the Conglomerate are not fans of how they are being perceived, either…
Things take a turn when the Conglomerate is called into another country to ostensibly help out an oppressed people, but really to protect corporate interests there, leading to the United Nations sending the Justice League after them…
Slowly, the Conglomerate begins to spur their corporate masters, leading to their other corporate liaison to turn to a certain big-headed fellow…
What happens next?
Do the Conglomerate and the Justice League get past their difference?
Are there tons of awesome double-page splashes by Chris Sprouse that I didn’t show you?
The answer to one of those questions is yes (the Sprouse one) – the other two must be answered by you, after you read the issue!
But sadly, it will have to be in the back issue bin/back issue market, as this issue has yet to be reprinted.
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