Almost Hidden – Justice League International vs. Starro!
Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.
I want you folks to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.
Two different readers asked for a variety of Justice League Europe uncollected stories, so let’s finish with the entire Justice League International against Starro from Justice League Europe #26-28 by 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!