on 21 March 2014
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.
on 28 April 2011
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.