The GeeksverseJustice Society of America #48

Justice Society of America #48
Published on Thursday, February 24, 2011 by

Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Art by by: Scott Kolins
Colors: Mike Atiyeh
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Scott Kolins w/ Mike Atiyeh
Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
Editor: Joey Cavalieri

There’s a couple of things wrong with this comic. Okay, there’s alot wrong, but a couple of things that really stand out.

First off is the cover. I swear I’ve seen this exact image already once before. I don’t know why and I’m sure it wasn’t in a preview. Even if I hadn’t, it’s a horribly laid out image. It looks like Mr Terrific and Wildcat are trying to back away from Lightning and Flash is missing half his body. And Mr T’s hand is at an awkward angle. Just did a quick google search and this same cover was advertised as the cover for the first issue of Guggenheim’s run, you can see it here at Newsarama.

The other thing is the story. I have the last issue but it feels like I missed alot between #47 and #48. There’s a bad connection between the two. One doesn’t naturally flow into the other. Having Lightning at the beginning of this issue is odd as we know she’s been knocked out of commission at the end of last issue. It’s just an oddly paced sequance in an issue full of them.

The new villian, Doctor Chaos, is at least interesting. I like the guys that are always one step ahead. It’s too bad that the JSA is just horribly written in their own book. It reads like “The Flash and his buddies” instead of a team book.

It’s obvious who Guggenheim’s favorites on the team are, as they get their moments and the rest are just background characters. I feel bad for Mr America who has been getting the shaft since Guggenheim took over. Mid-Nite fans are just lucky that the character was needed as he had seemed forgotten at the start of the arc.

Badly written, badly paced. Just all around bad.

And Kolin’s art doesn’t help at all. He’s going for a new look/style with this series and it just isn’t working. The characters appear lumpy. They are out or proportion and he has some of the most awkward poses I have ever seen in a comic book.

The last page illustrates all that is wrong with the art. Horrible expressions. Bad angles. Awkward posing. Look at Manhunter especially. She’s not grabbing onto her staff, she looks like she’s going to kick Hourman’s ankle as well as her own thigh, and the expression is just bad. The “Red Beetle” (I have no clue who that character is that is female and in a red colored Blue Beetle costume) looks like her body is broken. Since when does Jesse Quick wear pants? Judomaster is kicking the back of Hourman’s head.

It’s just bad. Very bad.

Justice Society of America #48 receives
1 out of 5

They took Bill Willingham off the book for this? Really?

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