Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Justice Society of America #20 Review

Written by Geoff Johns and Alex Ross
Art by Dale Eaglesham

I'm really not feeling the whole Earth-2 JSA nor the sidetracking of the Gog storyline by throwing a random misunderstanding / fight sequence into what amounts to 22 pages of filler.

To be honest, I don't even see the point, storywise, of this entire issue. There's that one or two panel scene of Mr Terrific and Alan Scott interacting with their dead wife and daughter, respectively, and the final panel with Scott asking Terrific if Gog might be able to revive their loved ones and that's the only progression we got out of the entire issue.

Oh, I suppose there's the whole Silver Age pandering aspect for people that are clamouring for more of that. However, for the rest of us, we don't know nor care about any of them and just want to get back to the Gog stuff. Well, that's not completely true. I'd care a little if they didn't waste an Annual and this issue on them simply to write them back out of the story and send them back to their own Earth after the mandatory fight sequence.

One thing that puzzled me about the issue, though, was the Earth-2 Power Girl being completely pyscho and unaffected by Kryptonite, which she was standing right next to as the Earth-2 JSA tortured our Power Girl with it. Shouldn't that PG be in agony as well? I take it she's a doppleganger / imposter of some sort and this will be picked up on in the Power Girl series they hint at in this issue (or maybe that's a hint at a future return to the pages of JSA for the Earth-2 versions?).

Verdict - Avoid It. While nothing glaring or overly wrong with the art or writing, this is just filler and side tracks the Gog story so they can have some one-shot specials and a mini-event next month. Skip this and you won't even notice next month when the actual story continues.

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