YMMV: Justice League International

  • Broken Base: The humor used in the comic book, which is way beyond the standard humor of superhero comics, is something that fans either love or hate.
  • Dork Age:
    • Nearly every JLI character was either killed, turned evil, or otherwise made tragic during Dan DiDio's administration of DC Comics. This earned them a lot of fan hate.
    • The final Super Buddies series even made a Take That to Identity Crisis by having a running gag in which Sue Dibny was believed to be pregnant. (She was killed in IC while apparently being pregnant.)
      • It wasn't an intentional Take That mind you. I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League had been complete for a while but for whatever reason (most likely due to Ralph and Sue's roles in Identity Crisis) held off on publishing it before finally releasing it as an arc in the JLA Classified series. Originally the pregnancy jokes were just a Running Gag but after Identity Crisis became Harsher in Hindsight.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Fire, and, to a lesser degree, Ice all gained a fair deal of popularity thanks to their appearances in this series.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Justice League International #16. The cover is based on this joke. And several years later, Christian Bale, who made the best Batman films ever, received proposals to play James Bond. He rejected it, but still...
  • Ho Yay: Between Beetle and Booster, gradually increasing as the series went on. By the time of Super Buddies, even the writers were openly acknowledging it in the stories.
  • Tearjerker: The funeral issue for Mr. Miracle was this from beginning to end.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The DC editors decided they needed a shocking revelation for Infinite Crisis and that Max having been evil all along was it, despite being aware it made no sense since not only had he proven himself by then but his thoughts had been read by Martian Manhunter (and the readers).
    • Not to mention the Fridge Logic it brings up when Max wants to remove all super-powered beings despite the fact he has super powers. Oh, and he decides to kill Blue Beetle, who had no super powers.
  • Never Live It Down: The series' frequent use of self-deprecating humor had a somewhat negative impact on the cast after the book was cancelled, with most of the characters branded as incompetent jokesters by their fellow superheroes. Blue Beetle was probably hit the hardest by this, being regarded as an annoying buffoon right up until his violent death.
    • The Super Buddies mini-series essentially opened with a Where Are They Now segment showing just how far most of the JLI members had fallen since their time on the League. For instance, Fire was reduced to operating a soft-core porn website, and L-Ron was now shown working at a burger joint.
    • Though things did eventually get better for some of the members. Fire went on to join Checkmate after Super Buddies, the team was eventually reformed during Brightest Day.
    • Subverted with Guy Gardner. He went from a forgettable extra Green Lantern to one of the more popular characters in the series thanks to his role in JLI.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The latest version of team following the reboot. They somehow managed to take what used to be the fun Justice League and made it... well, not fun.
  • Wangst: Metamorpho spends nearly every panel mopey or pissed off.