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Dan DiDio: DC Comics has ‘decided to rest’ the Justice Society

Justice Society of America #26, by Alex Ross

One of the many questions surrounding DC Comics’ line-wide renumbering centered on the absence of Justice Society of America, a title that in recent years had undergone its own high-profile reboot and spawned two spinoff series. The Justice Society, with a sprawling membership that includes Golden Age characters (or their namesakes) like The Flash, Hawkman, Green Lantern and Hourman, reached deep into DC, and comic-book, history, forming the very first team of superheroes.

But Justice Society wasn’t among the 52 books rolled out by the publisher last week. Neither, for that matter, was Power Girl, whose title character has been closely associated with the JSA since her debut in 1976. And the solicitation for Mister Terrific #1, featuring a new take on “the world’s third-smartest man” — and two-time chairman of the team — makes no mention of the group. Then came the unveiling on Friday of Action Comics #1 which, as Robot 6’s J.K. Parkin pointed out, refers to “a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.”

If all of that isn’t enough to signal the end, or non-existence, of the world’s first team of superheroes, official word came over the weekend from Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, who wrote on his Facebook page, “As for JSA, we have decided to rest this concept while we devote our attention on the launch of the three new Justice League series. As for other characters and series not part of the initial 52, there are plenty of stories to be told, and we’re just getting started.”

As with any demise in superhero comics, this one is probably only temporary (heck, the JSA itself has been put to “rest,” only to be resurrected, a handful of times over the past 60 years). However, when the publisher is pushing a “modern” and “contemporary” take on its superhero universe, grappling with graying characters so firmly rooted in World War II will undoubtedly prove problematic.

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My guess – the Justice Society (and Power Girl) is back on Earth-2, and we’ll see them again in next summer’s big crossover event.

It’s a shame DC is ignoring its history in pursuit of the ever-elusive (read: non-existent) new reader. I like a lot of what DC is trying to do, but think they are shooting themselves in the foot by being so single-mindedly focused on “new and improved” instead of just “improved.”

Ignoring the JSA as a DCU institution is almost as bad as renumbering Detective and Action.

It’s not nearly as bad as having Tony Daniel author your first Detective #1 starring Batman though . . . that’s just awful on so many levels.

Yes, DC should keep pleasing the ever decreasing fan base. That’s worked REAL WELL for the past 50 years, right? Kept a steady readership over the years, right? Tell me how right I am, please, because it MUST have worked out real well for you to suggest that DC shouldn’t try to appeal to new readers.

I’ve been a DC comics reader for almost twenty years now, and I personally can’t wait for the relaunch.

And, I mean, do people REALLY think the JSA will be away forever? As Boyd said, they’ll probably be back when DC realizes they need another summer crossover that everyone will bitch about, yet buy anyway.

In fact, I reckon half of the people complaining about this relaunch will still buy the new September titles.

Well, at least that’s the way to say it: “resting” characters means that they’re not committed to the idea of _not_ using them in comics. There’s no barrier at all to the return of the JSA! There’ll be JSA comics as soon as DC’s ready to write them. It’s happened before.

I know it’s small consolation to JSA fans, but things could be a lot worse. (I’m a fan of the 5YL, reboot, and threeboot Legions. How likely do you think it is I’ll ever see ‘em again?) Be patient.

The last couple of JSA story arcs have been truly bad. JSA All Stars was pointless. I sort of liked what Johns did with the JSA when it was restarted, but not so much that I’ll be broken up about their “retirement”. Basically it’s unwieldy and dated in its current form and no one can really figure out how to fix it.

This news has already sparked my non-comic book reading friends to want to know more, and they have all signed up for subscriptions in Spetember. i guess its working somewhere!

Ricardo Amaral

June 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

I’m with Boyd here: there are no JSA, Fawcett or most of the “legacy” heroes here – and now, more than ever, the Earth-2 concept would work (you can’t stretch the 2nd World War for that long). Not even Doom Patrol or related characters have shown up either. I bet something will be addressed later on – JSA is Geoff’s baby in a way. He won’t let it gone for too long.

@Joe:

decline in readership hasn’t been due to whether or not to appeal to new readers, it has to do with MONEY. 3-4 bucks for a comic is just too much. I started collecting in 1986 when they were 75 cents apiece. if they were still 75 cents, I’d still be collecting.

imo, DC should have waited a year or two to see how digital distribution panned out before piling on a reboot ontop of it. Marvel is number 1 and has never done a line wide reboot in the past 50 years, whereas DC has done it how many times? if their readership has declined steadily, then how are the reboots as “appeals to new readers” working out?

It will revert back to normal in time. A little shakeup to rattle cages and spur sales. If it works, there are more readers if not, they can always go back to the status quo.

“Well, at least that’s the way to say it: “resting” characters means that they’re not committed to the idea of _not_ using them in comics. There’s no barrier at all to the return of the JSA! There’ll be JSA comics as soon as DC’s ready to write them. It’s happened before.”

Obviously, the relaunch hasn’t happened yet, but it would seem like there are barriers, if Superman is being touted as the “first Super Hero.” In addition, there’s the weirdness of rolling out this New DCU only to reveal months later that, “Oh, by the way, there was this whole other generation of superheroes that we’ve never spoken about! Remember them? Well, here they are!”

publishing or not publishing JSA has nothing to do with line-wide decreasing comic sales. That’s an industry trend. You can influence sales a little bit, by making a good comic, getting a good creative team, promoting it, etc. But that’s only going to influence sales within a range of 0-40,000 books. The sales decline from the 1950s (when Superman regularly sold a million copies per issue) is due to the reliance on the direct market, the emergence of new forms of entertainment, the cost of comics, etc.

That being said, I see no harm in letting JSA rest a bit. It hasn’t been doing well, creatively or commercially, since Johns left. Since Johns is A) tied up with Aquaman, JLA, Green Lantern and his corporate duties and B) has become a crappier writer over the years, bringing him back into the JSA fold is not viable.

I’d wait until an on-the-rise or hot writer has a good ptich for JSA and bring it back then. Letting the team rest a bit won’t do them any harm, and if done right, could boost the title to higher-than-ever sales (see JMS on Thor or Goyer/Robinson/Johns on JSA about a decade ago).

I’d also give Legion and Hawkman a rest for a few years.

It was kind of easy to see this coming. Love the characters but they don’t really fit in with the relaunch concept. I’m sure we’ll see them again some day but I’m not panicked about them taking a little break here.

I’ve got more than enough titles to tide me for now.

I_Captain Blanco

June 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

I’m a big fan of the Justice Society, and considering how horrifically badly the JSA has been treated in recent years, this actually makes me very happy. I’d rather see the JSA rested than abused–and as many have pointed out, they’ll be back some day.

I didn’t say that reboots were the answer, I’m just saying “Stay the course” only appeals to the fanboys, which hasn’t been working too well.

DC should hsave just rebooted with pricing and brought it down to a harsh yet respectable $2. I want to know where ever piece of that $3 I’m paying for each book goes. Heck, Marvel – where is all of that $4/book going?

Rest in peace, JSA.

Sad to hear it, but I also dropped the title an issue or two into Guggenheim’s run. Willingham and Sturges were OK, but really, the title wasn’t the same after Geoff Johns left.

I will say this, though, I LOVED the JSA and Roy Thomas’ All-Star Squadron when I was a kid. Maybe that had something to do with World War II not feeling so much like ancient history back in the ’70s? I don’t know. But I see all this talk about DC trying to divorce itself from years of history and gray-haired characters in order to appeal to new readers, and it’s funny, that stuff was some of what hooked me as a new reader back in the day.

Ultimately, if the post-relaunch comics are good, I’ll be a happy man, and as others have noted, there’s no reason why these characters can’t come back someday. They’ve already survived a trip to limbo and a Zero Hour aging, so I wouldn’t count them out. And the old comics are still there to be reread. (A new JSA Showcase volume is on the way in September.)

Honestly, and perhaps quite sadly, this isn’t just because DC sales have been dwindling, it’s because sales across the boards for all comic companies has been in dire straights. Comics are a dying business. While they have successfully been turning to film to bring their characters to a larger audience it hasn’t helped sales. The target audience for those films largely isn’t interested to adopting comic collecting as a hobby, and long gone are the days when it was among the most common leisure activities for kids. Sorry nerds, you simply don’t keep companies like this afloat, and in an age where Newspapers can barely stay in business most people won’t spend four dollars for a monthly comic they can pirate online, or see in a theater. I would bet in ten years comics will be mostly a relic. With the Borders closing and the numbers comic sales have been having I expect comic stores to start closing, and the market for them to begin to dry up. The future of comics is multi-media devices and trade paperbacks (for those of us who still enjoy reading the old fashioned way). Fun while it lasted, eh?

As a fan of the Justice Society of America, I just could not see them continuing outside of their time period. These guys are coming up on being a hundred years old – and that’s with Ian Karkull’s gift of youth.

I would hope that when the JSA comes back, they come back set between 1940 and 1956.

I would love to see the original Infinity, Inc back, too. (Hey, the original Doom Patrol came back from the dead – DC can resurrect Sylvester Pemberton – they’ve got a Resurrection Man…)

Joe H: First, why don’t you tell us all about how the industry’s traditional approaches to reach a new readership have been working out. Can’t wait to hear all the details! You must be right, right? You MUST be!

I am starting to believe the rumors I heard that Johns is going to establish the DCnuU with a history much like Smallville. There will have been a Justice Society, but it will be more of an urban legend than a group of legendary heroes. They will be the ‘Mystery Men’ of old, like the Pulp Heroes, and will have generated mistrust due to gaining political enemies. Superman will be the first ‘true’ super-powered hero. However, as my interest was pretty firmly planted the JSA world, I guess it is time to ‘rest’ DC.

I have been a DC comic fan as long as I can remember. I loved it when Batman & Robin beat up the Joker (or what ever villain, it was on the bi-weekly show) and the henchmen.
What I also loved, in the comic books was that if any two heroes met, it was a one-off in ‘The Brave and the Bold’, and it ended with the issue. Now, while I do like some heroes team up…I HATE CROSS-OVERS AND MINI-SERIES WITHIN VARIOUS SERIES. To me, it’s just a cash grab. I know continuity is essential in comics, but it’s sometimes ridiculous and as a consumer on a budget, really expensive. (Read: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Flashpoint, etc.)
I like to believe that this is not a ‘cash grab’ as much it is a re-structuring of a business, hoping to last longer, than some of it’s competitors. (Marvel has sold out to Disney, you can probably prepare for the next ‘Marvel Team-Up: Howard the Duck Meets Donald Duck and his Three Nephews’) and if sales are lagging, what better way is to cut the publishing to 52 issues a month, possibly keeping the pricing down (@ $2.99, if possible) and increase readership among real fans and collectors. While I will like to see how all of the issues will turn out, I cannot buy them all. As for CROSS-OVERS AND MINI-SERIES WITHIN VARIOUS SERIES, I hope that DC will create an additional series, that can keep the continuity within the series, without having to buy all of the comic and all of the series.
To misquote a famous saying, ‘ Make Mine DC’

So they are resting.

Then, rest in peace, dear JSA.

Even more reasons to dislike Dan Didio, grrr…. Power Girl is my 3rd all time favorite female DC character, with the first 2 being Barbara Gordon, and Huntress (Helena Wayne)…

Somebody tell Didio that the JSA don’t need a rest. They’re fictional characters. They just need an editor who recognizes the value of a super team as DIVERSE as the JSA!
Didio is just trying to impress Hollywood with how hip and DIVERSE 52 different comic books can be. Throw 52 pieces of crap at Hollywood and see what sticks.
If only ONE sticks, it’ll be worth his insane gamble.
But, he still alienates the people who buy the books. Even the ones who post here with positive statements about the relaunch. Inevitably, they don’t matter either.
Only the buck.
It might be a good business gamble, but, in the long run, it will fail BECAUSE it is a gamble.
I’m done with DC forever. As of August 31 (Johns and Lee’s ‘jumping on’ point), I’m jumping off. I leave it to the ‘new readers’ and the current ones to carry the load that I have hefted since 1966.
It’s time, I guess. DC hasn’t been good for a long time. They have an occasional pleasant read, but if you look at the big picture, it doesn’t even show up.
When you take on any job in comics, except maybe the publishing end, you have to expect a limited audience, numbers-wise. Trying to prop it up to seem more important to the mainstream reading public may be a valiant effort. It seems a waste, though, to alienate a large portion of your loyal fan base by taking 75 years of history and tossing it on the rubbish tip.
I’ll take the JSA if DC is done with it. I’d also suggest that Marvel Comics purchase Captain Marvel and Family for their own purposes.

Well I hate to point out that the only people on this site are CURRENT comic book fans. People who have never read a comic aren’t going to go,”Wow a different take on DC comics! I’ll buy them right now!” And if they did they would then have to find a comic book shop to buy them and guess what long running comic shops close every day. New readers? It’s going to take more than a new direction for them to get new readers.
We’re talking a blitz of advertising outside of current comic book related sites, etc.
Digital downloads may bring in some new readers, but that’s going to affect comic shop sales, which if sales lower shops close then what are they left with. NOTHING.

Joe H said: Yes, DC should keep pleasing the ever decreasing fan base. That’s worked REAL WELL for the past 50 years, right? Kept a steady readership over the years, right? Tell me how right I am, please, because it MUST have worked out real well for you to suggest that DC shouldn’t try to appeal to new readers

Overreact much? I said I “like a lot of what DC was trying to do” with the relaunch, I just think that instead of making a balanced effort to maintain current readers AND gain new readers, they were acting more with blinders on thinking that just rebooting their comics will attract 1000s of new readers. Sure, there might be a few months spike from speculators and then a retention of some new readers, but the direct market and distribution system for comics (not to mention the price) is a BROKEN SYSTEM that works AGAINST getting and keeping “new” readers.

Historically, every reboot/relaunch has not succeeded in holding onto new readers over the long run and since this effort is so extreme and determined to put aside historically lasting concepts that are currently sub-par, the end result may be that DC LOSES readership overall.

I want this to succeed. I want these books and this new universe to be great. I plan on getting most of the new 52 titles. I just think that its extremely short-sighted to disregard some of the more historically key pieces of your publishing history in order to “test the waters” of this mythical “new audience.”

I love the JSA but they work better in their original context. I like Boyd’s idea that they’re on Earth II in the 50’s or something.

Superman works best when he’s the first super hero imo.

FWIW I’m not the same guy who responded to JoeH. I’m the guy who said the JSA has been bad lately. There are 2 different Pauls.

Besides that, I have to agree with the posters who are saying the direct market is collapsing. DC relaunch seems to be a response to that and a desire to expand into digital. How many potential comic buyers are out there is the question. I would guess that DC has done market studies of its target audiences and a group of elderly WWII heroes appeals to a small base of fans, most likely NOT the kids watching Green Lantern Corps and Teen Titans on Cartoon Network this fall. To them WWII might as well be the Civil War or the War of 1812. The JSA just doesn’t have a clear hook for them the way it did thirty years ago.

I do think that DC will sneak in a few JSAers in Mr. Terrific’s book for as long as it lasts. So I don’t think the JSA has been banished to Earth 2. Time will tell.

………………………………….God, I am really starting to hate the future being thrust upon us. Ever since Apple started selling the Ipod, we’ve become a people that has less patience for quality and a craving for more and more forms of convenience, and it sickens me how much it’s affected all aspects of the entertainment industry, comics included. It feels like instead of being a ways away, we’re definitely living up to the old cliche “the future is now.” While advancement is nice, couldn’t we at least give it a proper timetable? How about advancements in politico-socio-economics before advancements in technology? Would THAT have killed anyone, if we focused more on trying to keep people from killing one another before we implement the next tech/pop-cultural trend-setter? I do believe Brian and Stewie Griffin were right in that number they sang at the 2007 Emmys:
“So to sum up the philosophy on which we’re both agreed,
All the garbage on the airwaves is a vital thing indeed.
‘Cause without it then Americans would have to learn to read…”

It’s not fair. I’m sorry, it’s just not fair. Why is it that today’s kids are unable to pick up a book, yet they can pick up a game controller or a cellphone just fine? Isn’t there ANYTHING disturbing about that fact? If the kids of today could’ve retained at least 50% of their capacity for wanting to read, then our comic industry wouldn’t be suffering right now and DC wouldn’t have had to go ahead with this relaunch. This retiring of the JSA is just another nail in the coffin. Now I know this whole thing is a complete parallel to what DC was doing in the years leading up to and the year of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Both eras had the following:
-A Superman mythos with a Superboy, a Supergirl, and Krypto.
-A Batman mythos with a new Robin, and Batman THIS close to romancing Catwoman.
-A Justice League of America lineup that was not too well-liked by fans, which would later find itself undone.
-A universe-changing event storyline that results in the comics being redone for a new audience.
-The JSA being retired shortly after the event’s conclusion (being this announcement for today and the 1986 one-shot “The Last Days of the Justice Society” for the year after Crisis).

I love the JSA characters. Not so wild about boxing them all up in the JSA. As C-listers at best (not including Hawkman, who’s a solid B and getting his own book), I like them better floating around as free agents in other titles — either as legacy characters (like Jay Garrick in the Flash), or just odds-n-ends, like Dr. Fate or the Spectre showing up wherever weird magic is needed. Putting them all in the JSA feels like keeping “all the old foggies” corraled.

@Deco
And what’s great about them is that they hearken back to a more simpler (despite being not too politically-correct) time, when we all had a certainly evil foe to fight (Nazism and the Mob).

As others have mentioned, I too think the JSA characters work best when used in stories set during or shortly after WWII. I never liked having apparently immortal Alan Scott, Jay Garrick and Ted Grant around in the present as the infallible elder statesmen of the DCU, somehow tasked with guiding the next generation of superheroes because of their supposed moral superiority. Furthermore, due to its humongous cast a lot of potentially interesting (legacy) characters got short-shrifted, like my personal favorite Hourman, who could easily be reconceived as a solo headliner (without resorting to time-travelling robots).

Still, it surprises me that in a period when the JSA has arguably had its biggest exposure in a different medium in years if not decades, namely on Smallvile (wretched show that it was), DC editorial decides to shelve the characters again. Then again, I should probably have learned by now not to foolishly presume competence on the part of Dan Didio & Co.

I never understood the appeal of a team consisting of 33% spunky teenage girls, 33% bodybuilders in gimp masks, and 33% old men who look like they probably walk around naked in the gym locker room. And I’m not sure I ever WANTED to.

It’s a shame, really. The various incarnations of the JSA (specifically the All-Star Squadron and Infiniaty Inc.) are some of my favorite characters and series. I’ve always loved the ‘legacy’ and historical aspect of those stories. And Power Girl has always been one of my favorite second-tier characters. But, like others have said, nothing is permanent in the super-hero biz. Just ask Barry Allen. I’m sure the JSA, it’s characters or some revision thereof will be reintroduced into the DCU soon… Probably through Mr. Terrific’s book.

And I will continue to bang this drum, but the more I learn about the relaunched DCU, the more convinced I am that Earth-1, Earth-2 and the rest are tucked safely away in continuity, and that these new storiesnare taking place on one of the undefined realities… Perhaps more than one. The solicitation copy for Action #1 just reinforces that.

Chris Simpkins

June 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Kevin makes a good point, that this “rest” may be more permanent if the JSA is being wiped from continuity. (Who will be Jade’s father? Will Jade still be around?) Imagine the complications of shoehorning them into continuity again a few years from now. I agree with many of the others – restore them to an Earth-2-type reality where they can be the sole super-team. I would also make the point that JSA (even after some less-than-stellar years) currently out-sells Superboy, Supergirl, Batgirl, Teen Titans, etc. so it seems odd that this title should be put to pasture while the others are allowed to be reborn. It’s also ironic that it was just recently announced that the next wave of DC Universe Classics action figures is a JSA wave. :-)

I would also encourage the decision-makers at DC to avoid the mistakes made in the years immediately after Crisis on Infinite Earths. As a young reader, I remember being constantly confused as to how Wonder Woman, Hawkworld, etc. fit in with continuity; had Hawkworld been allowed to simply be a retelling of the events that led to Hawkman coming to Earth, then imagine the confusion and complications that would have been avoided over the next 20 years. Instead, an editorial choice to set Hawkworld in the present – meaning that the Thanagarian Hawkman had just arrived on Earth – led to the need to rewrite a significant chunk of continuity. Consider the long-range implications of your decisions, DC.

@Percane

“Marvel is number 1 and has never done a line wide reboot in the past 50 years, whereas DC has done it how many times?”

Heroes Reborn. and it sucked. and it was by many of the same creators running DCnU.

Heroes Reborn wasn’t *line wide*, but concerned only four books. The rest of the Marvel Universe (Earth-616) continued on in Spider-Man, X-Men, Heroes For Hire, Thunderbolts, et cetera, many of which actively dealt with the in-universe ‘demise’ of Cap, Iron Man, the other Avengers and the Fantastic Four.

What annoyed me most about Didio’s comment was the wording. “We are resting this concept”. Not “these characters”, not “the JSA”, just “this concept”, as though he’s talking to shareholders about a brand, not to fans who have an emotional investment in the characters> I don’t think he gets comics fans at all, or understands (or cares about) their concerns. He certainly has no respect for the history of DC Comics, which is a major thing for a lot of longtime readers. All I personally wanted was the answer to a simple question: are the JSA still in continuity and is their history intact? Because that’s what I’ll base my decision on when deciding whether to keep reading DC after the reboot. All he had to say was either yes, they are or no, they aren’t.

I thought the recent series Blackest Night was a success for DC. What is the purpose of this relaunch? Shouldn’t they build upon the success of the recent major events? …

*just dont get it*

DC fan

So instead of a JSA or Powergirl or Shazam or Zatana book or anything on Stephanie Brown or Cassandra Cain we get Batwing, two Wildcat characters that never shown they are popular enough on there own that can handle there own title, Frankstein, I Vampire, Blue Beatle (whose book was already cancled once and fans are screaming for Ted Kord), Jason being in the new Firestorm book just runing it, Liefield on Haw and Dove, Morrison’s horrible ideas for Superman unless they publish other ideas from him. Also superman in a superman colored Steel armor (minus the helmet), Damien still around, and on and on. I could go forever on the ugly costumes. There so much wrong with this reboot. By the way it isn’t just prices that is hurting comics or dying medium it’s the fans telling Marvel and DC that this sucks by stopping these moves. Not the ones who keep buying anything marvel and dc does but real fans who know it sucks who have been made to not care.

I’ve got to laugh. After several years of people complaining that all DC puts out are superhero books and the same thing over and over, now they’re trying something different — including more western characters, horror based books, war comics along with some revamped concepts for their superhero fare and the same people are appalled that some of their favorites (not all of them mind you, just some of them) are being changed or won’t be published for a while. Unbelievable.

I, for one, am really looking forward to September’s DC books. I won’t buy all of them, but many look like they’ll be pretty interesting and entertaining. And I commend Dan Didio for recognizing that the same old same old wasn’t working and deciding that now is the time for a new approach. It may not work (nothing is a sure thing), but it’s a bold move that has great potential.

And if the comic business want to increase sales back to something like what they were 40 years ago, this relaunch *may* help some. But if you really want to get kids into comics… spinner racks in every Walgreens and CVS in America will do it. Kids can’t/won’t buy comics if they can’t find them. It’s a special trip to a comic book store that a kid may never make. But a Walgreens or CVS? They’re in there with their parents all the time. How many of us over the age of 40 bought our first comics in drug stores and not comic shops? I’d bet a bunch.

I know nothing about sales practices in America (DC Comics are actually sold worldwide, y’know) but here in the UK that will never happen simply because of the switch from sale or return to firm sale, and I’d assume that’s the same in the States. High street stores and newsstands will not buy in comics firm sale because it’s a risk, they can be left with stacks of unsaleable copies, and in any case their potential income doesn’t justify clogging up their available display space with a niche product. Unless they’re offered sale or return and become a lot more popular, you’ll never see comics outside speciality stores again. The market has changed.

I don’t understand this. Why is it problematic to have characters rooted in WWII? It’s a comic book. It’s not real…just make the book for the fan’s of those character’s and be done with it. Conan is set in medieval times, it still has a place. Who says they have to integrate the JSA with the rest of the DC Universe? I read JSA for those characters, not to see guest shots from Batman and Superman all the time. I see enough of those charcters, I don’t want nor do I need them in my JSA stories.

If this announcement had any genuine weight to it, I might care. Remember Heroes Reborn? That lasted five minutes before everyone was back in the old duds.CoIE got rid of Superboy, the multiple Earths, and a lot of continuity, and it all came back. They said Stephanie Brown would never come back. She did. They promised Superman Blue would be there forever. It wasn’t. They said there was only one Green Lantern. There wasn’t. They got rid of the JSA once. They came back.
So even though I’m sad to see the JSA be gone, I don’t care. For in my heart, I know that, inch by inch, the old days will claw their way back up to the top, and then I’ll smile.
Then they’ll reboot it again, and I’ll sigh.
You know what would be a surprise? A big old Limbo Special. We can give all our old stories a proper goodbye, as they file into the barren haunt, waiting to be returned to their old glory. Of course, that would require a grasp of care and continuity, and DC is devoid of both.

Well, I went ahead and dropped all my DC books once I heard they were “resting” the JSA. They were pretty much the reason why I came back to comic books in the first place so it is pointless to keep buying. I hope the reboot is successful and I might return once they bring back the JSA in some form.

As a few here have already stated, I’m also pulling for the resurrection of the JSA on Earth 2. Having a JSA and JLA on the same world seemed a bit superfluous. Having a new JSA series on Earth 2 would provide a link to the past (read: REAL) DCU.

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