By Leroy Douresseaux
May 30, 2007 - 16:10
The JSA restart, Justice Society of America #1, takes off from the events in 52/World War III (which I didn’t read), and finds core JSA members Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and Wildcat (Ted Grant) – Golden Age heroes – ready to rebuild (grudgingly in Wildcat’s case).
The sainted trio is reforming the Justice Society of America at the behest of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. In the words of DC Comics’ holy trinity, there are more superheroes on the planet every day, and these newcomers need a “moral compass.” With the help of newer JSA mainstays Dr. Mid-Nite, Hourman, Liberty Belle, Mr. Terrific, Power Girl, and Stargirl, the recruiting drive begins, and they’re searching for masked men and women with royal (i.e. JSA) bloodlines. Well, Wildcat is about to get a surprise, and Mr. America discovers that someone is hunting the Justice Society.
For years, I’ve been reading on the Internet that if longtime superhero comic books fans that have given up on comics want to come back, they should read the comics of writer Geoff Johns. He’s old school. His stories are fun, it’s been repeated. That’s all true, at least for this title. (I’ve read very little of Johns’ work.) This is fun, uncomplicated (meaning it’s not Grant Morrison) superhero comics done in a neat serial drama style that will have me coming back each month. (Why am I embarrassed to admit this?)
Meanwhile, the art team of Dale Eaglesham and Art Thibert is serviceable, visualizing Johns’ story in a rather workman-like fashion and adding just enough drama and emotion to sell the story – nothing more, nothing less. That Power Girl, however, has to be redesigned because the big-breasted bovine look is so Rob Liefeld passé.