Quote:With the battle in dire straights and all but two members incopacitated, why does Flash seek out an untested quantity like Doctor Fate when he could get JJ and the Thunderbolt. At the very least, he has to waste time explaining the situation to Doctor Fate rather than just being able to tell JJ "the team is in trouble, let's go". The power level of the current Doctor Fate is unkown but the Thunderbolt could freeze the villians, turn them into butterflys, or whatever until they could be delt with.
This totally makes sense, but it's also why this is rarely done. Thunderbolt is a deux ex machina who can beat 99% of the villains the JSA faces by himself. That would make things pretty anticlimatic, especially for a team book, which is why I always found Thunderbolt being on the team problematic. And it gets pretty repetitive when JJ is conveniently knocked out or gagged every time to prevent the JSA from getting the quick win with Thunderbolt. Remember WWIII? Thunderbolt was there, but we didn't see him tangle with Black Adam at all because if he did, the story would be over. If Thunderbolt's on the team, use him like you said; otherwise, he just shouldn't be on the team.
I think Thunderbolt is best used when the writer keeps in mind the age of Jakem. A young teen should not have the experience needed to command such a powerful force. A good writer would keep this in mind, thus limiting how powerful the T-Bolt is.