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So DC recently released Justice League International, Volume 5 in trade paperback. It includes Justice League Europe, issues 1-6 and Justice League International Annual, issues 2-3. I highly recommend it, and I hope this means that DC is going to issue all of the JLI in trade paperback. Anyway, here are a few pages from JLE issue 5, but first with some background.

Metamorpho had been injured while on a mission with the Outsiders, and was believed dead, and was legally declared so, dissolving his marriage to Sapphire Stagg, who subsequently married Java. In fact, however, he only had amnesia, and therefore had no recollection of his past, including Sapphire, her father Simon Stagg, Java, the Outsiders, or even his own name. It was in this state that he joined the Justice League. Not long thereafter, Sapphire showed up at the JLE's headquarters in Paris, asking to see her husband. She was followed by Java, demanding to see his wife. Metamorpho and Java began to fight, at which point JLE leader Captain Atom returned from New York, just as Simon Stagg also arrived. And with that, here we go:

Later on, Cap regretted how harsh he had been, and went to talk to Metamorpho further:


What I love about this scene is the subtext: Nate doesn't say so, but he knows exactly what Rex is going through. The experiment that transformed him into Captain Atom also catapulted him eighteen years forward in time. In the interval, he was assumed dead, and his wife, Angela, married Wade Eiling, the very man who had framed Nate in the first place, and Nates' children grew up thinking of Eiling as their father. And then Angela died of cancer before Nate arrived in what was, to him, the future. So I thought the parallels between the two characters made this a really great scene.

Date: 2011-02-20 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Was it after this that Rex got involved with the Crimson Fox?

Date: 2011-02-20 07:21 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Well, he was. There was a whole subplot about their relationship and how complicated things got when her criminal husband, who she'd thought was dead, came back into the picture.

Date: 2011-02-20 07:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Yeah, that would be nice...

Date: 2011-02-20 06:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jaybee3
I do like it when there's subtext like that and it's expected the reader understands it (and if they don't - the scene still reads fine). It is especially poignant from Captain Atom's POV since Metamorpho does have a chance to get his wife and child back - something Nate never did.

Date: 2011-02-20 10:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ejne7
I love Nate in JLE so much. I mean, I love everyone in JLE (except maybe Wally - I totally sympathized with Rocket Red's "Come back Blue Beetle, all is forgiven" line or whatever it was when he first met Flash), but Cap in particular has such a hard time and he tries so hard. It's strange to think of such a funny book hanging on a straight-man protagonist like this, but it works really well.

Date: 2011-02-20 12:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
Wait, Rex's wife remarried the apeman assistant? Ewwww...

Date: 2011-02-20 07:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pallas_athena
I bought this trade the instant I saw it-- the first story is the notorious "WEENIES!!" episode, which makes it instantly worth the cover price.

But I found myself really liking the JLE arc, especially the character development of Captain Atom, who'd always seemed to be sort of a cipher in previous JLA stories.

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