By Koppy McFad
January 10, 2010 - 00:25
After a split in the ranks of the Justice Society, the veteran members of the team try to pick up the pieces.
This is a transition issue, showing where the original JSA members have gone since the team split into two-- one core group and the other, the JSA All-Stars. But even as the original team settles down in new digs, a new threat surfaces, targeting the neophyte Dr. Fate.
This creative team seems to be having fun with the readers in this issue. There is an extended joke about the marriage of Liberty Belle and Hourman which seems targeted towards all those who think they have split up. They also answer some questions about Wildcat's nine lives and after an entire issue of the JSA acting like fools, they surprise us by showing that they were in on the big bad guy's scheme the whole time.
It is an amusing issue but that is all it is. There is no feeling of danger, not even when the big bad guy reveals his true identity. Additionally, it is a bit of a disappointment to see the JSA fighting another old villain again. With a new creative team at the helm, maybe they can have some new villains to contend with (and no, not old SHADOWPACT villains either.)
On the bright side, the new line-up seems to be gelling. The new members are getting along with the old ones and aside from Liberty Belle's temper tantrums, they all seem to be a likeable bunch, far more appealing than the angry, angsty ALL-STARS.
The art reinforces the feel of intimacy and comfort in this issue. The faces are all expressive and interesting-- even when they are showing negative emotions. Take away the fancy costumes and this book could pass off as a very well-done domestic comedy. But maybe we can see more action in the coming issues.
Rating: 7.5 /10