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Subj: Re: I am totally new to JSA. How do you rate the latest JSA that [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 02:34:48 pm EDT
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Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 07:50:13 pm EDT

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began in late 2006? How the current writing team? What do you think of the art? Where is a good place (issue) to jump in?

One last question. Can someone tell me how JSA differs from JLA?

Thanks very much.

> began in late 2006? How the current writing team? What do you think of the art? Where is a good place (issue) to jump in?
>
> One last question. Can someone tell me how JSA differs from JLA?
>
> Thanks very much.

I think that the JLA deals a lot with crazy cosmic bad guys and Darkseid and Lex Luthor and Injustice Leagues and whatnot. The JSA deals with bad guys that always struck me either very character focused, or very focused on some part of the hero legacy.

examples of what i mean include Extant from an early arc of JSA, Mordru in his relationship to Doctor Fate, Johnny Thunder/Ultra Humanite, Vandal Savage, etc. not to say that these villains are in any way insignificant, just that they are just much more personal to the members of the JSA, and i think that generally makes for a more compelling story.

i marked spoilers here simply for people that haven't read all the JSA arcs that may have given something away with the choice of villains.

PS: also i think that the relationships forged in JSA are more meaningful than in JLA. like you can tell Alan and Jay and Ted really are pretty good friends, and mentors to the younger generation. you have that buddy buddy relationship between characters like Cyclone and Stargirl, or like Black Adam and Atom Smasher, or like Sandman and Hawkman.

also they manage to fit in those "respectful" relationships that JLAers like Batman and Superman have, and by that i mean Mr. Terrific and Dr. Mid-Nite. also, they have romantic relationships like Black Canary/Mid-Nite (kinda in the earlier run), Liberty Belle/Hourman, Stargirl/Captain Marvel (again, kinda, but it was cute) and things like that

i just really like JSA more than any JLA except for Grant Morrison's run, and more than almost any other DC comic right now. it is solidly in my top 5, and would have to suffer a huge loss of quality for me to even consider droppinig it. the characterizations, plots, art, its all superb, and i'm glad you are trying to get on board!


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