JSA All-Stars #11

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

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Mon, October 11th, 2010 at 7:16PM (PDT)


The members that compose the team in these pages really don’t do a whole lot to spark my interest. The action is primarily split between Atom Smasher and Brainwave, with a bit of Cyclone thrown in for good measure. Sturges does give every character a bit of screen time and a few lines, but much of the issue feels prescribed. Sturges flirts with the team’s heavy connection to the Infinity Inc., but ultimately decides to let it go and asks the characters to do the same.

Williams’ art is extremely detailed and energized, but highly stylized, almost to the point of distraction in some cases, such as his rendering of Tomcat or Citizen Steel’s massive frame. Williams masterfully delivers a refreshing interpretation of Cyclone’s powers and his take should be referenced as the way to handle wind-based powers. Travis Moore’s artwork, by comparison is much more traditional and static, using straight-forward storytelling choices and panel arrangement. In both segments of this title, the coloring is beneficial, playing up the heroic characters in each segment, adding depth to the visuals, and celebrating the loud costumes of the more experienced members of the team.

In a series that derives its existence from the concept of legacy in the DCU, this installment of the Liberty Belle and Hourman backup story carries the most impactful line in the issue -- maybe even the series to date -- with Van Meter’s, “Our children are the messages we send to the future.” This line, delivered to Liberty Belle, leads Jesse to reflect back to her relationship with her father, a nice tribute to legacy.

The Justice Society brand, stretched over two titles, seems thin to me, despite the fact that there are a large number of characters between the two titles. Characters in this series that I have an interest in seem marginalized due to sheer numbers while newer characters, like King Chimera and Anna Fortune, either have no resonance or feel forced upon us. The JSA brand has a great deal of potential, but this issue certainly doesn’t do much to realize that potential.

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