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Chris

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The Rev

Subj: Re: I'm New to the JSA
Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 at 11:19:27 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: I'm New to the JSA
Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 09:54:27 am EDT

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> Hey I'm new to the JSA i started reading it when they re started the seires, I got to say, I love Jay, I love Stargirl and Star man, and DR. Midnights a cool character. So anyway I'm new to alot of these characters so can anyone recomend any of the JSA trade paper backs i should pick up because i want to get to know these chracters more. JSA is the Only DC book besides Teen Titans that i read.
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> Not to mention Starmans one of the funniest characters I have seen in a long time

I highly recommend all of the previous series in trade as it is one of the best characterizations of this team ever. There is also a miniseries from several years ago called "America vs. the Justice Society" which is a good story in its own right but one of the coolest things about it is it is like a 4 issue history of the JSA complete with liner notes on the front and back covers that give you significant issues and events where particular things occurred. Now these are mostly about the Golden Age versions of the team and characters but it really does give you a good understanding of the legacy of the team.

As for the characters that you mentioned specifically, some of Jay's best stories can be found in the JSA trades as well as in the previous run of the Flash. Issue 161 is one of my favorite Jay stories ever. He also shows up at the end of the Impulse series as Bart's mentor after Max goes into the Speed Force. Stargirl actually was introduced in her own series called Stars & STRIPE which ran for 15 issues (0-14) and half of that series has been reprinted in trade. Starman is interesting and while he was introduced in this form in Kingdom Come, no understanding of Starman would be complete without at least some of James Robinson's series. If you are particulary interested in this verison of Starman, check out the "To the Star" and "Fathers & Sons" trades as these are where Jack (Robinson's Starman) first meets Thom and where Thom visits Jack from the future as Jack's career is ending. As for Doc Midnite, he was actually introduced in his own 3 issue prestige format miniseries which I'm pretty sure has been collected in a trade. It is really good and once again, some of his best stories are to be found in the JSA trades. He didn't join the team until issue 9 though so he wouldn't show up until the second or third book. You might also want to check recent arcs from JSA Classified since 2 of the last 3 have featured Doc. I haven't read them yet but I have heard they were pretty good and since it is Doc, they have to be decent. Also, one of the funniest Doc scenes ever in to me is when he is examing Power Girl in issue 1 of JSA Classified (or the Power Girl trade) and she starts dressing in front of him. His reaction is priceless. Hope this helps.

The Rev

> > Hey I'm new to the JSA i started reading it when they re started the seires, I got to say, I love Jay, I love Stargirl and Star man, and DR. Midnights a cool character. So anyway I'm new to alot of these characters so can anyone recomend any of the JSA trade paper backs i should pick up because i want to get to know these chracters more. JSA is the Only DC book besides Teen Titans that i read.
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> > Not to mention Starmans one of the funniest characters I have seen in a long time
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> I highly recommend all of the previous series in trade as it is one of the best characterizations of this team ever. There is also a miniseries from several years ago called "America vs. the Justice Society" which is a good story in its own right but one of the coolest things about it is it is like a 4 issue history of the JSA complete with liner notes on the front and back covers that give you significant issues and events where particular things occurred. Now these are mostly about the Golden Age versions of the team and characters but it really does give you a good understanding of the legacy of the team.
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The Rev has it right (mostly).....America v. the JSA covers the entire history of the team, from their debut in 1940, through to about 1984 (when this series was published).....its not really just about their golden age years, but about the entire classic pre-crisis years. It is a great "primer" for anyone who wants to know about the team's entire history.