Yeah...my thoughts are mixed on this too.
* I hate the JLI thing...seems to me Infinity Inc. members would have just eventually rolled into the JSA as their mentors died or retired. The idea that Infinity Inc. just eventually bogarts the name of the JSA - the team all the members wanted to join in the first place - doesn't ring true with the continuity...and maybe doesn't even respect it either.
* Love the comment elsewhere in this thread about Helena loving older men like her mom...so funny...and so far Johns best re-interpretation of the old Earth-Two characters. I'm betting I can re-read Roy Thomas' "Generations Saga" and have it fit fairly well.
* Loved to see Kent Nelson Doctor Fate. Loved to see the Jim Corrigan Spectre anchored in humanity and sanity again.
* The thing I hated most was I feel this Annual was merely an extended prologue to another long ass storyline when we're still nipple deep in the long ass - and, sadly, plodding - Gog storyline. Really...I didn't need to wait months to see the "return" of the heroes of my childhood in order to wait months more for them to get back to the thread Johns drops with today's release of the Annual.
* And then...well...it's obvious you CAN'T go home again. Old Fanboys like me (who are older than the author) were probably looking forward to the revelation - hoping against hope - that indeed this was our Earth Two. Whether you tag it with the numeral or spell it out didn't matter. What mattered was seeing the JSA 1982 still standing - albeit unrealistically - and doing what they do best. Magically altered Hawkman, Sandman, Dr. Mid-Nite and the rest still defying time and still kicking ass in the same idealistic fashion of the era they were created. What I was hoping for, and maybe some of you, was we'd find that Kara, Jay, Alan, and Ted WERE their original Earth Two selves transplanted in this other Earth and not yet another parallel version of Flash, Green Lantern and so on. If the last bullet point was the thing I hated the most about the story, this one is the one that made me saddest.
And can I say how much I think it sucks for this medium that the actual issues seem matter less than the trade paperback that will inevitably be collecting them six months from now?
I'm not a my-way-or-no-way type Fanboy...just one who cherrishs his childhood heroes like I think everyone else does. The positive thing about this story is we're finally going to learn I think what the whole "the multiverse is back" thing is really all about and what it means to our funny books...and I got to see...sort of...versions of my childhood heroes again.
> * And then...well...it's obvious you CAN'T go home again. Old Fanboys like me (who are older than the author) were probably looking forward to the revelation - hoping against hope - that indeed this was our Earth Two.
man don't lose the hope, finally this Comic, perhaps the situation chnges in the future..