I have all the trades of john's first run. JSA was my absolutely hands down favorite- BUT this run has been aweful.
Nothing has happened- story just drags and drags. The team is bloated to the point that there is very very little charactorization.
And the worst part is there have been plenty of hints at story possibilities- damage and liberty bell and hourman; firey PG as the chair person, the old teaching the young. but no KC super man and lots of brooding. An entire issue of gog fight. It was gog against something like 30 heroes....
Am I crazy or has this run been disappointing at the very least?
SIDE RANT- Pg is the most dumped on charactor ever.
Chief Wiggum: "Ladies, please. All our founding fathers, astronauts, and World Series heroes have been either drunk or on cocaine."
I think it has been pretty awesome.
And that creepy fucking smile.
I also had no idea that the first Atom got super-powers ever.
It's, like, a pretty big part of his character.
And uh they mention it repeatedly in the first issue
How do you miss that
The Alan Scott / Obsidian ending? Ya, that lasted about a page or two in the next issue and was just there for Kingdom Come references and had little to no story follow up, not even a powerup of any kind for Scott.
Kingdom Come Superman? He's been drinking tea, brooding and following the JSA around, but, for all his strength, hasn't done anything. Johns has decided it's more important to focus on Judomaster, Amazing Man, Thunder and the half a dozen other "new" characters to the team in an arc that was hyped up for its Kingdom Come and Alex Ross influences.
Let's not forget the Lightning Saga.
Has this volume been bad? No. But it hasn't been great either. Moments of brilliance, like pancake breakfasts or Starman being insane cameos, but still very fleeting moments, nonetheless.
The current arc's been what, 8 issues long now with a couple delays and the only things that have happened are a) new team members joined and b) Gog was revealed as the statue head and a "good guy". It could have been done in about 2 issues if you ask me and we could have cut out the random fight scenes where Gog doesn't punch the heads off the weaker heroes (he puts a beat down on KC Superman, who's stronger, by far, than our Superman, so should be ablet o just kill half the team with a flick of his wrist if you ask me).
For all its troubles, I still love the series, but it's seen better days, in my opinion, and feels like a lot of filler and all flash / no substance with the Kingdom Come stuff.
I guess I only read every other page or something dumb. I should go back and re-read from #1.
But without the Lightning Saga we wouldn't have the Flash Kids!
It seems that The Justice Society Returns is now canon; that's when the Atom got his powers. I really love JSAR, so this is awesome.
By the way, on the last issue
or i dont care for the slower pace...
or I'm crazy.....
So far my favorite's Citizen Steel. I'm eagerly anticipating the day ge gets to tear off his costume and pound the dogshit out of some random big bad.
But then everything's better with Captain Marvel and Black Adam.
TylerJ on League of Legends (it's free and fun!)
You mean like when Hercules beat the living crap out of regular Superman and then he couldn't do shit to KC Superman?
And if Johns focused on the KC stuff you'd complain about how he introduced new characters and then did nothing with them (also, it's Lightning that's on the team, not Thunder). Of course he's going to focus on new characters: A) that's what the JSA is about, and it's so we get to know them.
Well they just brought back Black Adam. Not on the team (yet?), but he'll be in the book.
MOOSE cheese spoon lol
but yeah, it looks like it'll be divided up into two teams. probably those who think Gog is awesome and those who think he's probably bad
As is, if DC does decide to split the cast, I hope they revive one of their old patriotic titles, like All Star Squadron, Star-Spangled Comics, Smash Comics, Seven Soldiers of Victory, etc. A lot of those names are just so classic and fun, it's a shame they don't really get used.
Or I guess they could just relaunch a new Infinity Inc book more in line with the spirit of the old one. But I think they need to wait a year or two for the stink to wear off the name.
I wouldn't mind seeing the story take kind of a King Kong turn, where Gog really is harmless, but people just refuse not to exploit him for their own gain, eventually killing him or driving him away. Hopefully it'll go somewhere I'm not expecting.
And Mr.Terrific who doesn't think he's even real all on his own.