The GeeksverseJustice Society of America #44

Justice Society of America #44
Published on Thursday, October 28, 2010 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Scott Kolins
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Colored by: Mike Atiyeh
Associate Editor: Rachel Gluckstern
Editor: Mike Carlin
Cover: Shane Davis w/ Sandra Hope & Barbar Ciardo

Another DC issue with a new creative team that has a feeling of being so far removed from the previous issue. Like Teen Titans #88, this issue feels like it would have benefited from being restarted with a new #1.

What happened to the rest of the team? Where’s Dr. Mid-Nite? Where’s the whip guy (who’s name escapes me right now)? We know Liberty Belle became Jesse Quick and joined the Justice League, but what happened to the rest of the team? The cover shows Jesse Quick and Mid-Nite, but neither are in this issue.

There are things that happen in this issue that come out of the blue. Mr. Terrific is losing his IQ? When did that start. It seems sudden. Shouldn’t that be something that has some build-up to it? Shouldn’t we see him struggle to solve a problem and then start testing himself? Jay Garrick wants to retire? Why? That just seems sudden. And the reason given, the team fracturing, doesn’t feel right. Jay Garrick would keep it going with the team fracturing, he’d be the glue that holds the rest of the team together. He wouldn’t retire.

Both Dr. Fate and Lightning say/are told they are new to super heroeing. That’s not true. Both have been around for awhile now and are definately not new to the JSA.

It just doesn’t feel like Guggenheim has a handle, or even a feel, for the characters.

He borrows Matt Fraction’s device, from Uncanny X-Men, for identifying the characters. I called it Fraction’s, in this case, because Guggenheim does what Fraction does in describing their powers, he provides some witty (or trying to be witty) line instead of a straight description.

The lettering border used for the id bubbles is heavy and seems awkward.

That the fight with the unidentified villian starts at 10:06 PM and ends at 5:30 AM the next day just seems impossible. There’s only 5 members of the JSA and there’s no way they could keep up the fight with a villian that is able to grab Alan Scott with one hand and effortlessly snap his neck. It just seems so far fetched.

And the reaction to Alan being injuried seems very over the top for such experienced heroes, including Lightning. And that the team seems outraged at a SUPER-terrorist is ludicrous. What have they been fighting for so many years?

Not a good start to Guggenheim’s run (and probably short run) on the book.

I’ve never been a fan of Scott Kolins. That’s not true, I did like his work when he first appeared and was more traditional. When he changed his style to what it is today, that’s when I lost interest. This issue doesn’t do a single thing to make me change my mind.

The coloring is odd, giving the book a painted but not feel to it. The art is just lacking any excitment. It’s bland and uninspired.

When Alan Scott gets his neck snapped, I had no clue that was what happened. One panel the bad guy grabs him by the neck and the next he apparently gets his neck snapped. No clue though. The sequance looks odd. That’s not the only example of bad storytelling techniques in this issue. It’s a surprise that someone of Kolins experience put this work out.

Justice Society of America #44 receives
1 out of 5

Horrible start to the new creative team.

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