While I was wondering where to go next, commenter Jeremy Patterson wrote:
"How about instead of looking at another League, let's try to focus on some of the 'lesser light' superteams of the DCU, either:
* A look at one of DC's two attempts at revamping the MLJ heroes: The early 1990s Impact Comics or the 2009-2010 attempt to integrate them into the DCU. (With 'New Crusaders' coming in 2012, it is time to take a look at the subject!).
* Or at the many attempts to give focus to the Global Guardians, as the Global Guardians seemed to have never existed at all in the DCnU, so it is intriguing to see what went wrong with the G.G.!"
Having never read any of the Impact / Red Circle comics, I decided to go with Jeremy's second suggestion and take a look at the Global Guardians.
Please . . . try to contain your excitement.
First things first, let's have some background, shall we?
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A super team with members from across the globe, they were decidedly less America-centric than the Justice League. The Middle East, Europe, South and Central America, the Antipodes, Africa and the Far East were all represented with the only American being Owlwoman. Tellingly, she was a Native American. The team was headed by the mystic Dr Mist, an immortal African who "appeared briefly in Chapter 18 of Wisdom's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard" according to the Who's Who entry above.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised at such a small showing in such a large event. The team was relatively new and little known at the time (at least in terms of the pre-Crisis continuity) so there was no real reason for them to have a bigger part in the story. And as I mentioned last year, if the Justice League itself was a bit-player in the biggest event ever to hit the DCU, what chance did the Guardians have?
After the Crisis was over Harbinger told the story of what the world and the rest of the DCU was like now that the Multiverse had never existed. While she admits to concentrating on the Northern American heroes, the Guardians get a nice one page look in, listing all the heroes shown in the Who's Who spread along with adding in Red Star, representing Russia.
All these write ups and rosters, however, didn't really matter. The days of the Global Guardians as a team of heroes sanctioned by the United Nations were numbered as in just over a year's time, they would be replaced by another, better known team.
Tune in next week to find out who it was (as if you didn't know already) and what happened to the Guardians afterwards.