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Ed Love

Location: North Carolina
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Sweep Secondhand

Subj: Re: JSA roster issue #25
Posted: Mon May 18, 2009 at 03:03:29 pm EDT (Viewed 284 times)
Reply Subj: Re: JSA roster issue #25
Posted: Sun May 17, 2009 at 03:13:27 pm EDT (Viewed 31 times)

    Sure you CAN do a lot with these characters but Justice Society NEVER does. That's been one of their main problems all along. Look at characters like Sand and Jakeem who dissapear for several issues at a time and then reappear for two panels before dropping out again. They have been with the team since the begining of the new version and very little ever gets done with them. Adding all these other new characters just emphasizes how little they do with many characters they already have. Now the team is just unwieldy and you won't even be able to get everyone in the same room any more. This is a similar situation to what killed JSA: Classified. It was great that they had a title dedicated to showcasing individual members or small groupings but it got to be the same damn characters over and over again. Jakeem was in one single issue and Sand in none yet established, well developed characters like Wildcat and Green Lantern were turning up every other month. If Justice Society doesn't tighten up it's roster and story telling, it is going to be headed for cancelation city too.

Well, the less Jakeem the better to my way of thinking. But, I agree with the basic point. And, most of these characters don't really scream JSA to me, their connections tenuous at best and deserving to be more of just heroes-in-training and not part of the main team. Most of the time it feels more like reading some modern version of Infiniti Inc with a few JSA guest-starring. You don't see the New Mutants taking over the X-Men title.

The team needs to be re-centered, focusing on the actual experienced heroes and fleshing them out more as an actual first rate superteam against some super menaces that don't take 2 years to tell: Wildcat, Green Lantern, the Flash, Dr. Mid-nite, Mr. Terrific, Sand, Power Girl, Hourman I, S.T.R.I.P.E. Re-form the Super Squad branch headed up by Nuklon, Hourman II and Liberty Belle with Stargirl, Cyclone, Wildcat jr, Damage, Jakeem, Citizen Steel, Lightning, Judomaster. Maybe have Robin or Nightwing guest-star as a lark.

My problem with JSA Classified is that it wasn't ever about the JSA, it was about solo characters. A chance to tell some JSA stories and playing with 60 years of continuity and they completely blew it.

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