Justice League Europe #45, “Red Winter 1 of 6: A Wind From The East,” December 1992, written by Gerard Jones, penciled by Ron Randall
An attack on a former Soviet Union base gets the JLE’s attention, but they learn they can’t interfere due to the restrictive nature of, well, their name. They discuss ditching the “Europe” for something more international (hint: the series changes its name at the end of this storyarc). Other than that, this is another vignette-heavy issue that focuses on character stuff and ends with action and a cliffhanger.
What the 27 year old thinks: Fine. I’m very interested in character interactions, always have been, so bits about Flash talking differing cultures to the Japanese Dr. Light and Crimson Fox trying on new costumes keep my attention. They’re snappy and show sides of heroes that you don’t see that often (except in the ’90s when you would see it every three issues). But I gotta say, last issue’s action-packed rollicking-good time set the bar high, and this issue doesn’t meet it. Here’s hoping the rest of “Red Winter” picks up.
What the 8 year old thinks: I have always liked these types of issues. My first issue of X-Men was #24, where the big conflict of that issue is who gets the check after Gambit and Rogue’s first date. So this is fine to 8 year old me. It begins with explosions and ends with a double-cross, so that holds his attention. But truthfully, the kid just wants next month to come so he can finish “Doomsday.”
Verdict: "This was cool, but I don’t want to talk about it! Tiny Toon Adventures is coming on, and that is WAY more fun!”