Who is Anna Fortune?

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JSA All-Stars #5
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams II
Co-Feature by Jen Van Meter
Art by Travis Moore

 

I think this was the best issue of this book to date. Sturges really ups the ante with the character interactions and crazy fun concepts. I love that this Anna Fortune – whoever she is – has spells contained in little capsules! The budding romance between Cyclone and King Chimera, as well as Stargirl and Atom Smasher (Although she is much younger then him it’s legal in my state), and a hint of something between Sand and Power Girl. The subtle realms are so strange and exciting I wonder what exactly is going on there. Good issue. The back-up with Liberty Belle and Hourman has them split into boy and girl teams with Icicle and Tigress which made for some amusing banter. I liked it a lot even though I have kind of forgotten what happened before this issue.

Name Changes

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JSA All-Stars #4
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams III

Co-Feature by Jen Van Meter
Art by Travis Moore

 

The main story was okay. This book is certainly not as good as the main JSA book and I still think Williams belongs on a different book. One thing I found to be annoying was that Power Girl would even send this team to fight the King of Tears. She is not that dumb and she could have called in the other JSA members, why are they acting like the other team hates them or soemthing? It seems strange out of the blue. That being said, I didn’t dislike the issue, the story has potential and I wonder what is really going on. Why is Atom Smasher in the subtle realms? Plus I liked the idea of Tom going by Tomcat instead of Wildcat. Now only if we could get Alan Scott to go by Sentinel again. The Liberty Belle/Hourman back-up was decent enough, nothing to praise or complain about there.

Power Girl Vs. The Douche With Horns

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JSA All-Stars #3
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams III

Co-Feature by Jen Van Meter
Art by Travis Moore

 

The main story is actually pretty good. It was nice to see Power Girl kick Magog’s annoying ass. This probably should have come out before the annual but oh well. I am getting used to Williams’s art, at least we had pupils this time around. I like that they are addressing Atom Smasher and Sandman, as well as we get to see quiet moments between the elder Hourman and his son. There are a lot of subplots in this book. People who stopped reading JSA books after Johns left really are missing out. The Liberty Belle and Hourman back-up was a decent read as well.

I Love Roxie!

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JSA All-Stars #2
Written by Matthew Sturges
Art by Freddie E. Williams II

Co-Feature by Jan Van Meter
Art by Travis Moore

 

In the second issue of this series, Stargirl is retrieved from Arthur Pemberton and the Injustice Society shows up. Williams’s art is barely tolerable with his ugly faces in this issue. Most of the time Cyclone was drawn without any pupils! What is she Batman! Williams is better then this! I am still enjoying this book and the co-feature starring Liberty Belle and Hourman was a nice addition. I love Roxie too! She reminds me of Indigo but with a great sense of humor.

Justice League 6 – 8

Justice League of America #6
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes and Sandra Hope

This is the conclusion to the overly-long first arc of Justice League of America. At first, I found this issue kinda dull. But I must admit it is much better on a second read. I caught things that I did not catch before and I understand what exactly happened a lot better. I am still annoyed that Meltzer insists on everyone calling everyone by their real name but I can deal with it. I am just glad this arc is finally over and we can get to the establishment of the new League. Oh and the part where Solomon Grundy rips off Red Tornado’s arm was just nasty. Great art though!


Justice League of America #7
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Ed Benes and Sandra Hope

Yes! This is what I have waited all along for! This is by far the best issue of the series to date. We finally get the formation of the new Justice League. The new members are Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batman, Black Canary, Vixen, Red Tornado, Black Lightning, Red Arrow, and Hawkgirl with Geo-Force to be join soon. I loved everything about this picture. The continuity porn, the cool picture, and the great cover. I am even diggin the new headquarters which is located in Washington DC with a portal door to a satellite in space. Awesome! At first I hated the idea of Arsenal changing his code name to Red Arrow, but I think I will get used to it. If only we had Martian Manhunter ):

Justice League of America #8
Written by Brad Meltzer
Art by Shane Davis

This is part one of a crossover with the Justice Society that looks to be a lot of fun with a lot of continuity porn. Apparently, there are some memory-erased members of the old Legion of Super-Heroes (the one no longer in continuity from the seventies and eighties) somewhere on earth and the Justice League and the Justice Society that have to work together to find them. This is an awesome concept. My favorite moment in this issue has to be when Batman is a little peeved that Superman listed Karate Kid as a better fighter than him and he certainly shows that Superman is wrong about that. Great moment. And this issue had great art. Davis is worthy of this arc. I am glad that they will be doing these JSA/JLA crossovers annually because well, it is just sooo geekishly (Is that a word?) cool to see these two teams together.