JSA 10: Black Vengeance

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Fun for fans of the original Justice Society

Not a good jump-on point

Comic Info

Comic Name:  JSA

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Geoff Johns

Artist:  Don Kramer/Dave Gibbons/Leonard Kirk/Stephen Sadowski

# of Issues:  10

Release Date: 2006

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JSA #73

Reprints JSA #66-75 (December 2004-September 2005).  The JSA has faced tough times and now they must travel through time when Degaton threatens to destroy the Justice Society of America at its very core.  A trip to the 1950s leads the JSA to reteam with their disgraced member Atom-Smasher, but when the Spectre and Eclipso attack Kahndaq, Atom-Smasher must make a choice between Black Adam and the JSA.

Written by Geoff Johns, JSA Volume 10:  Black Vengeance follows JSA Volume 9:  Lost.  The story collected is two story arcs:  “JSA/JSA” running from JSA #68-72 and “Black Vengeance” running from JSA #73-75.  Also included in the collection are portions of JSA #66 and #67 which lead into the “JSA/JSA” storyline.  The issues in the volume were also collected in the JSA Omnibus—Volume 2.

I have always enjoyed the JSA more than JLA (or Justice League of America).  The reason is they have stories like the stories in this volume.  The JSA has such a rich history, and Geoff Johns does a great job exploring the JSA’s history and the connections between the characters.  This story deals with the past in “JSA/JSA”, parts of Crisis on Infinite Earths (Power Girl’s time traveling problems), and issues that have developed throughout the JSA’s series (aka the problematic Atom-Smasher story).

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JSA #74

The “JSA/JSA” storyline is fun for people who like the classic Justice Society.  It ties in to James Robinson’s Golden Age storyline which had the JSA under scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities.  It is fun to see these crossovers, and they kind of remind me of some of the classic Justice League crossovers with the Justice Society in early issues of the Justice League of America’s first volume.

The second story deals with issues that have been going on throughout the JSA’s run and Atom-Smasher’s fall from grace (along with crazy Jean Loring).  I’m not a fan of Identity Crisis and this is tied heavily to it.  I think that stories like Identity Crisis and other of massive DC crossovers kind of ruin good titles.  It is done well in this volume, but I still wish I didn’t have to read extra titles to enjoy a stand-alone title.

JSA is a fun series and even if it is an average collection, I still find it enjoyable.  This is the case of JSA 10:  Dark Vengeance.  It isn’t very accessible for non-regular readers who would do better to starting at the beginning.  JSA 10:  Dark Vengeance is followed by JSA 11:  Mixed Signals.

Related Links:

JSA 11:  Mixed Signals

JSA 12:  Ghost Stories

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