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The United Nations faces a growing global relations crisis and their head of intelligence Andre Briggs announces his plan for a government-sponsored super-hero team. The Justice League International is created with Booster Gold

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The Signal Masters is a Justice League International storyline published as part of The New 52. Following the timeline reboot in Flashpoint, it establishes their continuity in the DCnU and brings the concept back for the first time in over a decade. It's the debut arc of Dan Jurgens and Aaron Lopresti on their Justice League International volume. This would be followed by their second volume Breakdown, concluding the series.

Originally the JLI concept was introduced in the storyline Justice League: A New Beginning. This arc is a complete reboot of the team, entirely erasing all of their previous history and starting over at their creation.


The United Nations faces a growing global relations crisis and their head of intelligence Andre Briggs announces his plan for a government-sponsored super-hero team. The Justice League International is created with Booster Gold as their leader and membership including August General in Iron, Fire, Godiva, Guy Gardner, Ice, Rocket Red and Vixen. The public protests them outside the Hall of Justice, and Gardner refuses to participate with Gold as acting leader. Their first mission is a mysterious alien disaster in Peru. They are accompanied by Batman who attempts to provide guidance and establish a relationship between them and the Justice League of America.

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Peraxxus attacks.

The protesters eventually get angry enough that they blow up the Hall using stolen Blackhawks technology.[1] They are attacked by a giant robot in Peru, and Booster leads the team on a tactical retreat when he realizes that they don't have the firepower. Briggs and the team are angry, but Batman and August General support his decision as a leader. Gardner returns when he sees that Ice is in danger. It is revealed that there are four identical robots, the Signal Men, wreaking havoc across the world. The robots wake up a galactic conqueror named Peraxxus.[2] The League splits up into teams of two and they launch a counter-strike, attempting to figure out where the machines came from. Through investigation, they discover that the robots have been buried underneath the Earth longer than human history. Gardner flies into space and discovers Peraxxus' massive battleship, where the villain knocks him out.[3] Peraxxus captures the entire League, and announces that he plans to harvest Earth of all its resources. He explains that the Signal Men were not originally his, they were scouts of an advanced race, but their masters died many years ago and he discovered them.

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Briggs debuts the JLI.

Their purpose is to chronicle a planet's history, determine whether or not it's a threat and possibly destroy it. Breaking free of their bonds, the League attack Peraxxus again but he slams them down. Beginning the apocalypse protocol, he has the Signal Men destroy the planet so he can use it for scrap.[4] Batman leads them in a last-ditch effort when they determine that the only way of saving the world is to stop Peraxxus. Breaking onto his ship as a team, the League keeps him busy in a fight while Rocket Red hacks into the computers and orders the Signal Men to stop. Peraxxus escapes while swearing his revenge, but they crash-land the spaceship and end the threat. Despite numerous disasters, the League's first mission is a great success.[5] In the aftermath, Batman and Booster take down the terrorists who blew up the Hall of Justice. Booster delivers a passionate plea in front of the United Nations, and the next day at a press conference Briggs announces them officially as Justice League International. During their moment of greatest triumph, a giant bomb detonates underneath the podium.[6]



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Look, see? There she is.

  • Pandora makes a cameo appearance to witness the events of this storyline, as she does in all #1 issues published as part of The New 52.[1] This is following her first appearance at the end of Flashpoint.[7]

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