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Justice Society of America: The Bad Seed [Kindle Edition]

Bill Willingham , Jesus Merino
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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A new era begins for the Justice Society of America as writers Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Matthew Sturges (BLUE BEETLE) take over the series with new artist Jesus Merino (SUPERMAN ANNUAL).

The JSA feels the strain when battling a monstrous collection of villains who've mounted an all-out war on the team to collect a bounty placed on the head of everyone in the group except Stargirl. The rift between members continues to deepen as suspicions of a traitor are revealed. Collects issues #29-33.

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About the Author

Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes Coventry and The Sandman Presents. Matthew Sturges is the co-writer of Jack of Fables and House of Mystery. His other DC Universe works include Shadowpact, Blue Beetle and Justice Society of America.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 62094 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (15 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KWNBC8Y
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4.0 out of 5 stars JSA Bad Seed = Good Read 21 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback
I read a library copy of the paperback.
There were so many heroes in the JSA by this point that a split was in order and this is the final trade before the split, setting it up and actually it’s a really good read.
There is a mystery at the heart of this story, a kind of ‘whodunit’ and the writing plays with the ‘who is the traitor really’ idea very well.
With so many heroes in this – and an awful lot of villains too – deep characterisation was never likely but some do actually do quite well out of this.
I really don’t like Magog but his difference in ideology with Power Girl was an interesting and relevant point here.
Art wise I could just about cope with this here, it’s all a bit bulky and shiny in a Joe Quesada manner but better than that that follows.
The main questions raised here are followed up on in the following (and first) JSA All-Stars trade. “Constellations”. And is worth picking up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Below par Wilingham 28 April 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a bit below par slice of Bill Willingham. The first issue is fine and has a lot going on, including a huge knock down drag out brawl, told in a portentous tone. It never quite pays off in the rest of the issues though. The JSA roster is certainly very bloated at the moment but the deliberately divisive bickering seems shoe-horned in and just gets a bit annoying. Not bad but nowhere near as good a book as a Bill Willingham book should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think I'll title this one: Magog is a horny tool 13 Jun. 2010
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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With the coming of the new JSA spin-off title, JSA ALL-STARS, we all knew which way the wind was blowing. And I guess it was an obvious move, what with the JSA ranks having risen to such ridiculous numbers that even Legionnaires are now passing judgment. Factor in too that new scribes Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges want to make an instant mark, and so we get the splintering.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: THE BAD SEED collects issues #29-33 of the series, and this is a run in which I choose to give Willingham and Sturges a pass while they get their feet wet. The Bad Seed arc starts out innocently enough as the JSAers learn that Obsidian, who handles security of the JSA's brownstone headquarters, has been compressed into this egg-shaped thing and thus nullified. Then the JSA-ers go out in the field on what they believe to be a routine mission. But they walk into an ambush and fall prey to a mass meta-villain attack. Things spiral way out of control from that point. Cue the betrayal from within and the vicious death of a Justice Society member.

It's a toss-up between Brian Michael Bendis's the Hood and Mark Waid's (as filtered thru Geoff Johns) Magog as to whom I despise more. It might be Magog, and it's killing me that this arrogant twerp has got his own series going. Magog's jarhead background asserts itself as Magog begins to hoo-ha about the JSA being more of a social club than it is a disciplined paramilitary unit. Too, he's never been shy about tossing around commands, even though he's still one of the new kids on the block. It turns out, though, that several other JSA-ers share his philosophy, and so what we get - and this so soon after the Kingdom Come debacle - is a team divided AGAIN. It's hard to believe I can loathe Magog even more. But the teamwide cracks surface out of his relentless criticisms.

There's something deliberate behind the mass attacks. Someone behind the scenes has put bounties on each of the JSA, and it's sort of neat that you can gauge the power level and street cred of a JSA-er simply by the amount of bounty placed on him or her. Green Lantern rewards the most. There is a whole mess of fighty fights in these issues, and new artist Jesus Merino handles the composition really well. All the characters, heroes and scums, look dynamic going into action.

The narrative devices applied here aren't new, of course - the team tearing itself apart, the shocking fatality, the traitor within - but the writers keep things suspenseful and gripping and kept me engaged throughout, which is all I ask, really. My two favorite members are showcased. Jay Garrick tells the tale and is in the middle of most of the action. And there's a mystery surrounding Star Girl, specifically why is it that the hired super-villains refuse to harm a hair on her head. We get three new recruits, the one I'm most intrigued about being the haughty, illusion-casting King Chimera. From the moment you set eyes on the All-American Kid, you can't help but see him as a Bucky clone. And there's a nice bit with the new but not-quite-as-powerful-as-people-think Dr. Fate who ends up having to bluff the bad guys with the magical might he's not sure he has. "What manner of foul thing shall I summon to conquer thee?" he threatens the mob of super-villains. "To what dimension of pure pain shall I banish thee?" he thunders. "How am I doing so far" he asks the Flash in his normal voice. He gets the okay sign.

We don't find out why Star Girl is left alone by the bounty hunters. We don't learn the identity of the mastermind. We do learn the identity of the traitor within. And we do get a clear running demonstration of how the JSA has gotten so large that there's hardly any time for individual character development. The side characters get pushed even more to the side. I don't give a bleep that Mr. America and Lightning are relegated to the background, but when promising, likable characters like Judomaster and Cyclone have scant time to be onscreen, I regard that as bad juju. At the end of this trade Liberty Belle utters the words we've been expecting and halfway dreading: "We need to split up." Now I have to pick up two JSA titles. I really hate Magog.

3.5 stars out of 5 for this one. I could've been talked into rating it 4 stars, because I truly love the JSA, but for Magog being such the center of attention (it's like the ghosts of Waid, Ross, and Johns have possessed our new writers). In future stories, I'm expecting bigger, better things from Willingham and from Sturges, who's just packed up his bags for the JSA ALL-STAR book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new JSA writers in high gear 7 July 2010
By Jim Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
New writers Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges embark on what appears to be an extended sequence of which this book is only the first part. The plot is fairly engaging with three separate threads. The first involves a traitor in the JSA. The second has a new villain group paid by an as yet unrevealed person to destroy the JSA *except* for Stargirl. The third has another mysterious entity stealing Obsidian. Only the first is resolved in this book. During all the mayhem the team becomes badly fractured over philosophical differences about how the team is run.

It's a good example of what is now known as writing for the trade. The plot moves at a fairly leisurely pace but the reader stays engaged with lots of action, characterization, and gorgeous artwork by Jesus Merino. The story has just begun but already I'm liking it much better than Johns' Thy Kingdom Come mega arc. I fear the climax might not live up to the buildup but so far so good. The attention being heaped on Magog leads me to believe that he is being set up as one focus of a future mega crossover event.

Complaints are few. One thing I did miss was the thumbnail sketches of all the JSA members that appeared in previous collections. With the JSA rivaling the Legion in numbers of members it was certainly handy. At 128 pages this was a bit thin for the asking price but still a better deal than the individual issues.

In short, highly recommended for JSA fans. Newcomers might want to start earlier with either "The Next Age" or even "Justice Be Done".
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3.0 out of 5 stars The JSA Splits 26 May 2010
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book collects some recent issues of the Justice Society of America. The writers recognized that the group had grown too large, too unwieldy and character development was suffering. While there is an interesting battle between the JSA and a host of villains, the main tension here is how the JSA shatters--with veteran leaders like Flash, Green Lantern and Wildcat pulling the group one way while Magog and Power Girl leading it another. There is also a traitor working inside the JSA in this story in a predictable subplot that makes no sense whatsoever since the JSA apparently does the most incompetent background screenings in human history when potential members apply. I was expecting the shattering of the JSA to be more emotional but the plot seems too rushed for the impact to be felt. Not a bad work by any means but it is not memorable.
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of the JSA? 10 May 2015
By A long time ago... - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When the JSA gets attacked, and one of their members is at deaths door, how can the group survive? Well you'll have to read this to find out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read here. 16 Oct. 2013
By Joseph Valenzuela - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book was in great shape. Great price too. I had individual comics but Trade is better to have. Happy I got this. TY
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