The GeeksverseJustice Society of America #50

Justice Society of America #50
Published on Friday, April 29, 2011 by


Marc Guggenheim
Art by: George Perez w/ Scott Koblish, Howard Chaykin, Freddie Williams II, Tom Derenick
Colors: Hi-Fi, Jesus Aburtov, Richard & Tanya Horie, Mike Atiyeh
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: A- Felipe Massafera; B- Darwyn Cooke
Associate Editor: Chris Conroy
Assistant Editor: Kate Stewart
Editor: Joey Cavalieri

This issue sets up the new direction for the JSA as well as a big future plot. Per Degaton returns, but this time he’s different. More powerful. He’s going through time and dimensions taking himself out. He also comes to “warn” the world about a danger that the JSA will bring about, and apparently it’s Jesse Quick that will cause it.

Which is odd because Jesse isn’t part of the JSA. She’s in the Justice League now. So how could she be the JSA member that will cause “hell on earth” when she’s not a current member of the JSA?

And let’s not even talk about all these newbies that popped up out of nowhere. Red Beetle? Darkknight? Really? Blue Devil joined the team? Manhunter? I thought Manhunter was going to join the Birds of Prey or something? And the All-Stars are all over this issue.

So who is on the team and who isn’t?

It’s not a good idea for Guggenheim to add so many new faces when he hasn’t even had a chance to get to know the ones he has. Mister America was barely used and now he’s going to again be pushed aside. And there’s some storyline confusion between this title and the JLA title. In JSA, after his neck was broken, Alan Scott was in a hospital in Florida. In JLA he’s in the Emerald City on the moon and doesn’t seem to be able to summon this new outfit (which is HORRIBLE btw) like he can in the JSA. And why hasn’t the Emerald City been mentioned at all?

I like the idea of a super hero becoming a mayor of a city. It’s been done, somewhat, with Wildstorm’s Ex Machina. But that was a retired hero. It’ll be interesting to see where Guggenheim takes this.

The best “episode” is the one drawn by George Perez and it’s not just because of Perez’s art. This story shows how the JSA influenced the next generation. We see how a chance encounter with the JSA shows Pa Kent how to create an identity for his son. It’s a stretch having Batman get some inspiration from Dr. Midnite and Wonder Woman from Liberty Belle. But the rest of the story was good.

The Freddie Williams II part ties into the main storyline, the Derenick part, in setting up how Degaton changes, gains his new powers and his new mission. The Chaykin drawn section just highlights part of the JSA’s history and their interaction with Senator Elgin. It’s nothing that hasn’t been seen before.

Derenick, the new artist, has the same shaded/paint-ish look that Kolins work has. I’m not sure why Atiyeh gives the artist this look. It’s not the best shades, given the art an odd feel to it.

Justice Society of America #50 receives
3 out of 5

I don’t think even Guggenheim knows what he’s doing with this title.

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