Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Justice Society of America #2 Review


Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Mikel Janín, Jerry Ordway, Scott Kolins
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire, John Kalisz
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Mikel Janín
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 24. 2023

Justice Society of America #2 finds the Huntress waking up in 1940 under the care of the original JSA. However, when Dr. Fate uses magic to clear up the confusion, everything gets MORE confusing.

Is It Good? 

I know it's only the second issue, but Justice Society of America #2 is starting to lose me. Johns's's time-hopping adventure is spending a LOT of time hopping and only a little else, creating a narrative flow where bits and pieces of the story are randomly presented. Still, all the bits need to fit together (yet), so you're left with a comic that reads like a scattered pile of flashcards.

When last we left the Huntress, Degaton killed the JSA of the future, and Huntress's mother, Catwoman, tossed a time warp grenade in the form of a snowglobe at Huntress for a last-minute save. Now, Huntress wakes up in 1940 with the original JSA and asks for help.

That description is as straightforward as it gets. Once Dr. Fate steps up to view Huntress's timeline, he finds himself sliding back and forth through time, eventually causing him to jump to another time. Everything between the beginning and end is a collection of random moments that don't appear to have any purpose (yet). Because the issue feels so lucky, it all feels like a confusing jumble.

In fairness, Johns could be a secret genius, and every moment that flashes by could have a personal meaning that's pivotal to the story's future. But if readers are supposed to keep track, you've got a lot of notes to take.

The art, however, is first-rate. Despite a small squad of artists in this book, the quality is consistent. The flashing moments are visually interesting, and the action snaps with energy.

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Bits and Pieces:

Justice Society of America #2 continues Huntress's trippy adventure through time with an issue that's more confusing than satisfying. The art's first-rate, and the character cameos are interesting in their brief moments, but the constant jumping back and forth needs to be held together into a story you can follow.


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