Following the events of Legends, the Justice League was revitalised (to say the least) and from its beginnings as simply a new version of the JLA, was transformed into a United Nations sponsored world-wide group of superheroes with embassies in most major countries.
last week, represented more of the globe than the League.
Still, politics being what they are, with the UN sanctioning the League, there was no need for the Guardians.
Justice League International #9 featured the first of several back-up appearances of the Guardians as they dealt with the closure of the Dome and while some, such as Belphegor and Dr Mist were quite philosophical about the affair, the Irish hero Jack O'Lantern was definitely not.
Despite Mist's insistence that the Guardians were still a viable team, Jack was unwilling to be consoled and lashed out at him, before leaving the Dome vowing to continue.
The newly established Justice League International is the last straw for Harjavti and he is determined to have his own group.
While Jack owes no loyalty to Bialya, he's tempted by the offer partly as a way of getting back at the League.
While Jack's off on his recruitment drive, two of his ex-team-mates Green Flame and Ice Maiden (as Fire and Ice were known then) have decided that the best thing to do is join the League. In a set of circumstances too bizarre to go into here (two words: Manga Khan) the pair end up as probationary members, acquitting themselves well.
Harjavti unveils his secret weapon: Wandjina the Thunderer, one of the Champions of Angor that the League had met some time before. What he didn't realise, though, was that Wandjina was working for the Queen Bee, head of an organisation that had rescued him from the Russians. Not only had she taken control of the Thunderer but also Jack O'Lantern and, through him, Owlwoman who had joined her old friend.
In front of the gathered officials, Wandjina kills Harjavti, allowing the Queen Bee to take control of Bialya in his place.
The League are trapped in Bialya and Wandjina is eventually sent after them, only stopped by Captain Atom. Confronted by the Queen Bee, Batman and the rest of his team are stunned to find that the Bialyans actually like her:
while Green Flame is more shocked to find her old team-mate working for her, apparently with no regrets.
At the end of this little adventure, Jack O'Lantern and Owlwoman are seen serving the Queen Bee of Bialya, but what's happened to the rest of the Guardians?
Find out next Tuesday . . . you know, unless you already read the comics twenty-odd years ago . . .