Quote:For me, the problem started back in the "Thy Kingdom Come" story, when several characters, Hawkman most prominently, started acting out of character. Instead of the tragic hero he should have been, Magog quickly turned into a Punisher-wanna-be. Why did Courtney and Maxine, hardly the "hard justice" types, join the All-Stars, which, combined with other departures, pretty much reduced the JSA to a men's club.
I also think the writing suffered with Johns taking on more responsibility then departing.
I copied my response to a thread down below, because it fit here. First off, what sense did it make to split off Cyclone and Stargirl into a team where the purpose was to be a proactive team? Cyclone's grandmother is the JSA's headquarters major domo and Courtney has reconciled with Pat Dugan. The others, save Power Girl and Hourman, are more questionable in their fit with the older team.
Between departures and this split, the purpose for reviving this JSA team (the old heroes serving as the example for all younger heroes/guiding the future)has been lost. A lot of young heroes whose "destiny" is to be vaporized at the end of Kingdom Come could have been salvaged for this title or a new Infinity Inc. with the surviving founders (why was there such a desire to screw with/kill off the original II members? Hector was salvaged nicely as Dr. Fate, only to be replaced by the less interesting current one) as members. Oh well, once Geoff Johns left to virtually run DC Editorial to be replaced by Bill Willingham (great on characters he created, not so hot on characters he didn't), things went downhill.
For me it was more like they spread the whole concept too thin, dragged the stories out too long for the content, and then I became apathetic. I love the Golden Age heroes plain and simple but even I don;t like the JSA being crammed full of characters and split into two books when characters they have had from day one like Sand and JJ Thunder were already not being developed. When they started adding completely unconnected characters like Lightening it really stopped making sense and seemed more about cramming in as many as they could. So now we have two books where interesting characters are not being developed, great. Then, as if the stories aren't being dragged out badly enough they add a back up story to All Stars. Remember that whole JSA: Classified book that got canceled DC? It might have worked if you had done one shots showcasing a different member each week but drawn out solo stories have already proven not to work. Sorry for the rant but you asked and at least it's a new post!
Don't be sorry. I too genuinely love these characters and one day look forward to once again reading interesting stories about them. It just looks like that won't be any time soon.