Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Justice Society of America #37

Man! I do love these alternate future stories, especially when they're tied in to a nice current story like this one is. Bill Willingham has been a favorite of mine for awhile, and I'm loving his Mr. Terrific-centric take on the JSA. The Fourth Reich got the drop on the heroes last issue, but that doesn't last long, as the combo of toughness and smarts on the current team enables them to take out all but one or two of the Nazi superteam. The Veil of War kind of cheats, activating a powerful power-dampening device that leads to a victory for the bad guys. It seems they never lose again, since the other half of the story is Mr. Terrific leading a resistance in the future, days before his execution. We get glimpses of Blue Beetle IV, Superman, Batman, Oliver Queen, and a reference of Blue Devil (a Willingham fave from Shadowpact), so this is shaping up to be a nice little DCU-wide story next issue.

The high point of the issue had to be the Kid Karnevil Dr. Mid-Nite fight though. I won't spoil, but I'll give you a hint how it goes; the fight takes place in the dark where one of the combatants has a distinct advantage.

Jesus Merino is a solid super-hero artist at this point. I like his aged takes on the heroes and everyone looks good and dashing in the present. I'm also starting to come around on Lightning's design, she is rather unique looking.


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