Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Justice Society of America #50
This one's a lot more setup that delivery, although Marc Guggenheim does get a lot of mileage out of his guest-artists. There are nice sequences by George Perez, Howard Chaykin, and Freddie Williams II. Tom Derenick handles the modern portion of the story, while those guest-artists give us glimpses of Per Degaton and his past run-ins with the JSA. Derenick does a nice job with the modern portion. His art has always had a bit of a flat quality, things the foreground look similar to stuff in the background, but he does nice super-characters.
It seems Per Degaton will be the main villain for the next arc, assuming he has something to do with the dark past of Monument Point. I also like seeing the Society expand with the returning All-Stars and a slew of new characters. I hope the newbies aren't fodder for deaths though, Dark Knight and Red Beetle have potential. I will say I'm not sure Manhunter and Blue Devil make the most sense to join up; they're both already on other teams!
JSA is still one of the most consistent titles DC is putting out, even when the anniversary issue is a bit of a gimmick, it is still entertaining.