Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Justice Society Of America #7 Review


Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Marco Santucci
Colors by: Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Mikel Janín
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: November 21, 2023

Justice Society Of America #7 finds the team splitting up on a recruitment drive to find villains who Huntress knows can be rehabilitated into future heroes.
Is Justice Society Of America #7 Good?

After a very long delay, Justice Society Of America #7 picks up the adventure with a time-displaced Huntress and Power Girl working with the current JSA to recruit new members. Geoff Johns's latest chapter serves as a decent enough transition issue into whatever comes next, but after reading this issue, I have no idea what comes next. Eclipso? Maybe? Who knows.

When last we left the JSA, Huntress found herself stuck in the now (versus her home in the future) after she told Batman about their relationship, permanently altering the timeline. Meanwhile, Stargirl's adventures on the Island of Lost Sidekicks concluded with a slew of forgotten sidekicks returning to the now to mentors who had forgotten they ever existed, including the curmudgeonly Salem and the perennially upbeat Judy Garrick.

Now, Salem struggles to fit in with a new Dr. Fate, leading to a parting of ways after an uncontrolled spell fries Solomon Grundy. When Fate gives Salem the boot, he receives a visit from the Legion of Substitute Heroes. Dr. Mid-Nite seeks out the help of Jean Loring to learn more about Eclipso and his infectious hold on Wildcat. And Power Girl pays a recruitment visit to Icicle with an offer for early parole.

And that's it.

What's great about Justice Society Of America #7? More JSA is a good thing, so Geoff Johns gives you plenty of member appearances, new and old, to tickle your nostalgia bone. Mikel Janín's art looks great. And the script has momentum as Johns gathers the pieces for something on the horizon.

What's not so great about Justice Society Of America #7? Since Per Degaton's defeat, the series feels rudderless. Sure, the characters are making moves by recruiting new members, and the individual scenes are well done, but there's no sense of purpose. For many readers, this issue will feel like treading water.

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 #7 has cool art, cool character moments, and a prevailing sense that Geoff Johns is gathering the pieces for some larger purpose. However, this issue is all setup and transition without any clear sense of direction or purpose. Casual readers will feel like this issue is simply treading water.


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