> I also liked how Jakeem Thunder was a bit threatened with the presence of the new members, that and no pictures of him and the Thunderbolt up (up yet..imo) made him think the other team members may be forgetting him. His annoyance is understandable as that would bug me to if I were in his shoes. Also when the Thunderbolt and Starman salute Citzen Steel is another amusing part and even the best was the conversation between the Thunderbolt and Damage. Great stuff!
I think Jakeem should direct his fear at the writers. He is an incredibly underdeveloped new character that is about to get lost in a sea of more new characters. Based on his previous treatment, if I was him I would be scared too! The one part of this segment I did like though was the acknowledgement that Johnny Thunder is still a part of the Thunderbolt which I have always thought was a brilliant move.
> some thoughts and comments:
> 1) Amazing Man: I really liked the orginal one from All Star squadron (with his Absorbing man like powers if you will) and thought that having Will Everett's legacy tied into the civil rights movement was pretty cool. Inclusion of real life events and history is always cool to me in the context of an Earth with a metahuman population. (Like the DCU) He is up there with MLK and Malcom X apparently now for influence and philosophy. Markus Clay gave an interesting speech as well echoing the teachings and understanding of his grandfather. Also as a Starman series (Robinson) fan I was glad to see the first grandson mentioned and confirmation of his unfortunate death at the hands of the Mist.I also remember Amazing Man 2 in the JLA and Extreme Justice as well...
Amazing Man 1 is a perfect example of a decent character being created, not properly developed, and then killed in a wasted death just to make a mediocre story feel more powerful. Now they have to create a new character to replace the previous one that was wasted.
> 2) Mr America: (Jeffery Graves) I find this character compelling. I have always been a fan of characters with limted power and the investigative skills that he has coupled with his backstory makes the character seem more human to me. He definately is a mortal man but he has such willpower and determination it makes me feel like he could even have some leadership potential. The very fact that he survived a solo encounter with Gog shows me his tenacity.Also I am curious to see if the whips he uses are made of a unique material...I am not sure if this was ever explained...as I am not the most familiar with the original Mr America character.
Agreed, I just hate the fact that they introduce another Mr. America and a genuine legacy character at the begining of this series only to kill him off unneccesarily. Now they have to create another one. Is anyone else starting to see a disturbing trend here?
> 3)Lighting: Cool look and interesting backstory in that she is a daughter of Black Lightning. The last time I read a comic with BL in it was the original Batman and the Outsiders and I did not realize he had a family with meta human members. The constant electical field idea has some cool applications and she is a classic neophyte hero who needs training. I also like that she met Stargirl and Cyclone first as thats a good thing as they are all close to the same age,etc...I have to wonder how strong her energy/electrical field actually is and I hope we have a chance to see her cut loose. She is a legacy character I was unaware of till now.
Don't know and don't really care. This is a character that has no place in the JSA. She's not a legacy, they have other legacies that are being passed over in favor of her, and the team has plenty of members already. Every page with her in it feels forced.
> 4)Corporal David Reid: This is a cool character concept. The FDR legacy character! Very nice nod to the formation of the JSA and his symbol reminds me of the Illumanati pyramid or the all seeing eye. I like mystic origin characters and this is a neat idea. I also like how he referred to the symbol as a "brand" rather than a mystic tattoo, I wonder what the story is with that?? Also the idea that the US military has metahumans in it that are not costume wearing heroes is interesting as well. "Brass don't like advertising it for obvious reasons." 'nuff said.
The character is OK but it just seems like they could have done a whole lot more with another true legacy character. Having a distant relative of FDR join the team just doesn't cut it with me when there are so many other characters that are true JSA/ASS legacies that could be developed instead. No where near as bad as the Lightening inclusion though.
> speculation...I wonder when its all said and done if Jackeem will be on this "team" and if they move on from the JSA...just going by the cover on this one but its just a thought.
I don't care what they do with him (short of killing him off) as long as they don't do nothing with him. Put him in the JSA book, put him in another book, just get the poor boy some page time!
> Personally I think that the JSA is growing in number to take on Gog (etc) and show how powerful of a villian Gog truly is....I am also interested in seeing how Kal-el (of Earth 22) fares against Gog and if he will still be around after the "Thy Kingdom Come" plot arc is over.
Personally I think you are right, I just hope they aren't packing the cannon with these new characters so they can blow them off in the story. I don't know who told comic writers that killing off quickly intoduce, poorly developed characters that readers haven't been given time to care about makes a story better. It doen't make a story feel more epic to me, it just makes me feel like everything associated with that character up to that point was a waste of pages in the big picture.