The Justice Society of America still exists in the DCnU, and they will get a book. But they’ve been shunted off to Earth-2.
I’ll admit that I’m conflicted on this. On the one hand, I love the JSA. I’m glad that they’ll still exist. I’m also glad that it means that DC will actually be using one of its alternate universes. If the JSA exist in Earth-2, it’s possible that Earth-2 will be a lot like DC pre-Reboot. It’s also possible that it will be nothing like previous stories. It’s too early to tell.
But since it’s not in the main Earth – aside from the rare crossover – the JSA won’t be able to interact with the rest of DC. They won’t be able to have an effect on the rest of the universe.
Also, James Robinson is writing it.
I can’t help but think of Frank Miller when I see Robinson’s recent work.
Both are legendary for books they’ve done in the past (The Dark Knight Strikes and Starman), but have recent work that is so inferior to their previous work that it’s like they were written by entirely different people (All-Star Batman & Robin and Cry for Justice).
Robinson’s recent work has ranged from mediocre to awful. Even while writing Starman, he had a tendency to use characters as cannon fodder and have Mary Sues as villains. Now, these flaws have grown and his work has deteriorated as a result.
Oh, well. At least Justice Society will have a good artist (Nicola Scott).
At midnight, the DCnU begins. However, I won’t be buying the reboot books. At least not at first. Not because DC is RUINED FOREVAR! Even though I am critical of the reboot, I’m not quitting DC over it. Even though I disagree with the reboot and many of the creative decisions, I still believe good books will be written in the DCnU. But I have no way of knowing which of the 52 titles will be good and which will belong at the bottom of bird cages. It’s too soon to tell.
That’s why I’m just waiting for the trades.
This isn’t anything new to me. Individual issues are a pain to store and organize. Few books interest me enough for me to buy them twice (as an individual issue and as a TPB), so I tend to wait for the TPB to come out. For over a year now, most of my purchases have been TPBs or hardcover compilations.
Since I won’t be reading the DCnU for a while, in September I’ll be celebrating the reboot in my own way. Instead of celebrating the new universe, I’ll be celebrating the beginning of the DCU. And that means looking at Golden Age comics.
Up first: Jay Garrick, the original fastest man alive.
My first reaction to this cover: why is Batman posing with a Playboy bunny?
My second reaction: would it kill DC to have a villainess that isn’t a wardrobe-malfunction waiting to happen? Seriously. Skimpy clothing is impractical, and I’m tired of every villainess being played for sex appeal. I want some evil women who are smart, dress practically and look threatening. There is nothing threatening about White Rabbit’s outfit. (Or the freaking heart on the cover.) It looks like Bats and White Rabbit are posing before doing something kinky rather than Batman being in any real danger.
Although compared to Harley’s new outfit, White Rabbit’s costume is subtle and conservative.