We’re well into the first big Justice League International story arc now, and issue 5, entitled “The Signal Masters” comes to us courtesy of Dan Jurgens behind the keyboard, and penciller Aaron Lopresti and inker Matt Ryan on the visuals.
Peraxxus is well on his way to ripping apart the Earth as his planetary dismantling mining operation continues full pace, and with the Justice League International group already put in their place once through the alien and his giants’ awesome power, they’re very much in need of a regroup and a plan of action – fast!
Dan crafts an excellent story here with a unexpected Trojan horse twist as the League are forced to put aside their differences, come up with a plan and then work together to execute it. It still feels strange to have Booster Gold of all people in the front and center as the team leader, particularly because Batman now basically takes a step back and waits for his orders, but once you’re over that, this is a really enjoyable, action-packed yarn that sees Godiva, Rocket Red, August General in Iron, Booster Gold, Batman, Ice, Fire and Guy Gardner put through their respective paces, especially Godiva who questions her very role in this super powered group.
Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan work well to produce some solid, detailed visuals, which are perhaps not particularly exciting, but certainly more than enjoyable enough and which are well suited to a super hero title.
So certainly not a bad read, and a good end to the first big story arc!