JSA #71 Review



Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: JSA/JSA chapter IV

Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Don Kramer
Inks: Keith Champagne
Color: John Kalisz
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Harvey Richards
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Publisher: DC Comics

From my Teen Titans #20 review: "Geoff Johns has almost single-handedly
made me love comics again. This book is one of the many reasons why."

That statements stands for JSA too. I have really dug the JSA/JSA storyline
so far. As a rule, time travel stories make the Baby Jesus cry, but I think
He’s giggling contentedly along with this book. To put it simply, this is time
travel done right.

In case you missed the first 3 parts of the story, the (extremely simplified)
premise is this: Degaton has gone back in time to cause the JSA not to get back
together, and thus severely alter history. For the past 3 issues, our modern-day
heroes have (understandably) had some trouble trying to convince their Golden
Age counterparts to once again fight the good fight. In this issue, however,
things finally start coming together, with Degaton’s dastardly plot finally
revealed.

Okay, look: Johns’s writing is fabulous, Kramer’s art and layouts are fabulous,
the rest of the art team does a fabulous job. If you like superhero books, you
should be reading this book, without question. It blazes the path ahead, while
still showing great respect and reverence for what came before.


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