- Gosh, fellows--what's all the ruckus? I hope there's not any trouble!
Synopsis for "Justice League... International!"
At the Secret Sanctuary, Guy Gardner searches for his power ring. Blue Beetle had tossed it over his shoulder during Guy's recent one-punch fight with Batman and it had since rolled away. He finds it underneath a computer console, but a mouse scurries by, causing Guy to bump his head on the underside of the computer. He is left unconscious for several hours.
Meanwhile, Doctor Fate has taken the Gray Man to the home dimension of the Lords of Order along with his comatose teammates and The Creeper. The Lords tell him that assuming the role of the Gray Man was intended as a high honor, not the punishment that the Gray Man believed it to be. The Gray Man begs them to take away this "honor", and they acquiesce, stripping him of his immortality and removing him from existence.
Doctor Fate returns to Stone Ridge, Vermont to consult with the rest of the League. They part company with the Creeper and return to their base of operations. Doctor Fate however goes elsewhere.
In New York City, Maxwell Lord labors to get the Justice League an international charter with the United Nations. Oberon is by his side and strongly supports Max's initiative. The Martian Manhunter however, has deep reservations about the plan, and fears that Max's work is done merely out of self interest and is concerned about the injuries that Captain Marvel has sustained in their battle with the Gray Man.
At Secret Sanctuary, Batman places Mister Miracle on monitor duty. Miracle cannot locate Guy Gardner, who was supposed to have been taking care of things while the League dealt with the Gray Man. Miracle telephones his wife, Barda, and tells her that he won't be back for 24 hours. Barda is furious, and smashes the telephone.
Gardner revives, but his personality is dramatically different from what the others are used to. Rather than his typical abrasive demeanor, Guy is now pleasant, polite and overly willing to help the team in any way he can. Guy's former colleague Hal Jordan stops by the HQ to check up on him and is astounded at Guy's behavior. Even Mister Miracle and Captain Marvel can't explain why he is acting so strangely, but none of them are complaining.
In Washington, D.C., Superman consults with the president over the Justice League's pending international charter. President Reagan is concerned over the long term ramifications of such an act, but Superman gives a sterling testimonial, confident that the League can overcome any obstacle.
Jack Ryder resumes his sensationalist Hot Seat program and criticizes the League, claiming that they rampaged Stone Ridge. He invites Bialyan dictator Rumaan Harjavti to explain his experience with the League and he keeps on repeating that he's happy to be there.
Meanwhile, a large, mysterious satellite hovers unseen above the Earth. Something activates from deep inside, and it suddenly discharges a gigantic, red death-ray that begins sweeping across the oceans of Earth. The crisis draws immediate media attention, and before long, the Justice League are ready to do what they can to save the Earth. S.T.A.R. Labs lends them one of their shuttle crafts and the team flies into outer space to deal with the satellite. The shuttle's on-board weapons systems prove ineffective, so the League is forced to space walk to the satellite to disable it manually.
Batman is injured, and his space suit ruptures, but miraculously, he doesn't die. Witnessing this, Mister Miracle begins to suspect the true origins of the satellite. He flies directly into the path of the death-beam, but it doesn't harm him. He then flies inside of the satellite and turns it off from the inside. Returning to his teammates, Miracle reveals that the satellite is originally from New Genesis and is typically used as a training module for warriors. The machine has a fail-safe which prevents it from actually harming another living being. However, someone else must have reprogrammed it to attack Earth. Although none of the Leaguers see it, the satellite has readouts implying that the disaster was precipitated just to convince the UN to sign an accord with the League.
Returning to the United States, the Justice League are hailed as heroes once again. Cameras curiously positioned on the satellite turned the public opinion toward them and the success of their mission (along with a speech from Superman) convinces the United Nations Security Council to grant them an international charter. However, the charter comes with two provisions: the team must accept American military hero Captain Atom into their ranks, as well as the Soviet soldier, Rocket Red #7.
Captain Marvel decides that he cannot commit himself to full-time status and regrettably leaves the team. Doctor Fate telephones in and likewise tells the League that he must remove himself from the team as well. The final change in the roster takes place when Batman steps down as team leader. Batman prefers to operate in the shadows and is uncomfortable with the prospective media attention that the League will earn, so he recommends the Martian Manhunter as the new captain. Being an alien, the Martian Manhunter is the most objective League member when it comes to matters of international diplomacy. The new JLI meets the public.
Appearing in "Justice League... International!"
- Justice League International
- Uncle Abe (Mentioned only)
- Big Barda
- Granny Goodness (Mentioned only)
- Green Lantern Corps (Mentioned only)
- Green Lantern Hal Jordan
- Highfather (Mentioned only)
- Joker (Mentioned only)
- James T. Kirk (Mentioned only)
- Lords of Order
- Nancy Reagan (Mentioned only)
- Ronald Reagan
- Spock (Mentioned only)
- Apokolips (Mentioned only)
- Heaven (Mentioned only)
- Mars (Mentioned only)
- New Genesis (Mentioned only)
- Amulet of Anubis
- Cloak of Destiny
- Green Lantern Ring
- Helmet of Fate
- Legion Flight Ring
- New Genesis Device
- Rocket Red Armor
- This issue is reprinted in the Justice League: A New Beginning, Justice League International: Volume One, and Justice League International Omnibus Volume 1.
- This series continues the numbering sequence from Justice League (Volume 1).
- This issue is double-sized.
- Captain Atom makes a cameo appearance only in this issue. He appears posing with the League on the last page of this issue. Captain Atom appeared last in Captain Atom (Volume 2) #9.
- Batman steps down as leader of the JLI. The Martian Manhunter takes his place.
- Big Barda appeared last in Mister Miracle Special #1. She appears next in Action Comics #592.
- Batman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), the Martian Manhunter, and Mister Miracle all appear next in Doctor Fate #3.
- Events from this issue are recapped in Justice League International #12. Issue #12 also details the origin of the Satellite as well as the mysterious computer transmissions in Maxwell Lord's office.
- Although we have seen that Maxwell Lord has charisma and several layers of self-interest and manipulation, this is the first hint of his mental powers as he mentions to the Martian Manhunter that he has a terrible headache—Lord's mental powers give him headaches and nosebleeds. Additionally, Oberon's willingness to cooperate and the way that he talked Mr. Miracle into joining the League may be a product of Lord's powers.
- DeMatteis and Giffen were also working on Doctor Fate (Volume 1) at the time, which resolves Kent Nelson's story as he passes on the mantle of Fate to Eric Strauss.
- In this issue, Guy Gardner suffers from an accident that dramatically alters his personality. He will remain in this state until Justice League International #19. This scene is reiterated in JLA 80-Page Giant #2.
- The joke about Ronald Reagan forgetting that he's met Superman was in reference to the president's claims to have no memory of several key issues in the Iran–Contra scandal. Long rumored to have memory issues, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease after he was out of office.
- Guy is seen reading the women's lifestyle magazine Cosmopolitan and singing along to pop duo The Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You".
- Cover gallery for the Justice League International series
- Images from Justice League International Vol 1 7
- Justice League Recommended Reading
- Justice League of America (Volume 1)
- Justice League of America (Volume 2)
- Justice League of America (Volume 3)
- Justice League of America (Volume 4)
- Justice League of America (Volume 5)
- JLA (Volume 1)
- Justice League (Volume 1)
- Justice League (Volume 2)
- Justice League (Volume 3)
- Justice League (Volume 4)
- Justice League International (Volume 1)
- Justice League International (Volume 2)
- Justice League International (Volume 3)
- Justice League Europe (Volume 1)
- Justice League America (Volume 1)
- Justice League Task Force (Volume 1)
- Justice League Quarterly (Volume 1)
- Justice League Dark (Volume 1)
- Justice League Dark (Volume 2)
- Extreme Justice (Volume 1)
- Justice League Elite (Volume 1)