I have to cut down on the CI5P, because of school. I will try to have a new CI5P ready every week, but lets be honest; CI5P wont last forever. First of all, I have told you the best jokes I have, and I will eventually end up repeating myself. Not to mention that I only have so and so many comics on my bookshelf, and I don't have a job, so buying new comics is something I do once a month or something.
But I can almost for sure promise a new Quest For Lost Comics review every week, that's better than nothing.
I LOVE the
Justice Society Of America. They are my favorite superhero team (well, them or the
New Warriors). The history of the team, the members, the most of the stories, I
just love the JSA. And the fact that my favorite superhero Power Girl is a
member of the team doesn’t make me like them less.
of you that do not have the slightest idea of who the JSA is, here is a quick
the president asked the heroes of America to unite against the forces of
Germany. After being caught in limbo for years, the JSA return to the world,
but now as old men. The few of the old generation, that can still be part of
the good fight now guide the new generation of the JSA that is made of their
talk about the first JSA comic series I read: JSA Classified.
It’s a JSA-spinoff
series. Instead of telling stories about the team, JSA Classified tells stories
about the members of the team. And it is the first comic book series, not
collected in TPB that I started to collect, even before I became a collector of
“lost stories”. Let’s take a look, shall we?
four issues of JSA Classified are collected in the TPB “Power Girl” that
collects not only JSA Classified, but also her origin in Showcase Presents
97-99 and her second origin (DC had a remake of their universe in the 80s, and
it were decided that Superman should be the only survivor of Krypton, so Power
Girl, who were his cousin, had no origin). I highly recommend this book, and it
seems to me that you can’t call yourself a Power Girl fan without it on your
TPB collects JSA Classified 5 to 9, and is named Honor Amongst Thieves. But
it’s actually not about any of the members of JSA, but about a team of
villains; the Injustice Society (I know, just go with it). The story is about a
bunch of bad guys, that may be rotten dirt bags, but they stick together, duo
to a combination of practical need, loyalty and (dare I say it?) friendship.
There is also an extra story about two of the senior members of JSA; the Flash and
Wildcat. Read it, you won’t regret it.
The rest of
the issues aren’t collected. I do not owe them all, but let’s take a look at
what I have.
Issue 10 to
13 is about the JSA oldest villain; Vandal Savage. He is an immortal caveman
who is just as smart as he is ruthless and evil. He is about to die, after
losing his lab with spar organs, and, in desperation and insanity, makes a
nonsensical vendetta against the JSA hero Green Lantern. I didn’t like the
story, though it was too long.
Issue 14 to
16 is about a fight club arranged by a couple of bad guys, with kidnaped JSA
members as the fighters. Stargirl, the youngest member of the team, must team
up with the two heroes Vixen and Gypsy (former Justice League members) to save
her team. I consider this story downright bad. And it doesn’t get better by the
fact that the story is more of a JLA story than a JSA.
Issue 17 to
18 futures the second generation Hourman. By injecting a pill called Miraclo,
he can be superhumanly strong for exactly 60 minutes. In this story, he gets
contacted by the villain Bane who is about to die and therefore needs Hourman’s
help to survive. Pretty good story, I enjoyed it.
have, in issue 19 to 20, a story about this eras Doctor Midnight, an extremely
talented doctor, who after losing his normal sight, gained the ability to see
perfectly in pitch-black darkness. And he is perfect for this story, that I
consider the third best JSA secret files story, about the mystery of stolen
body parts from super humans. I will make some Halloween recommendations in
August, but this might as well count as one. It may not be that “scary” but it
is flipping nasty!
tells you that Hawkman is just a guy with a pair of wings, slap him in the
face. Hawkman is BADASS, and issue 21-22 is one of the many proofs. But the
story is, sort of, a tie-in to the event comic Ran-Thanager War, so it would be
better if you read it first.
23 and 24
is the last issues I owe. Doctor Midnight is the main character again, where he
this time have to find a serial killer who operates with a vampire theme. The
story is… good, but not as good as the first story with Midnight, and the art
could be better.
You know, I’m
glad I reread these comics again. Some of them are better than I remembered.
Still, in my search after not-collected comics, it’s still the last name on my
list. You would probably enjoy the series more, if you know a little about the
JSA, but I would still highly recommend the TPB Honor Amongst Thieves. But if
you want a good place to start reading JSA, you should start with the TPB named
JSA: Justice Be Done.
Last time I
visited a comic-bookstore, I saw a new omnibus version of Infinite Crisis. I
thought for myself:
Underworld Unleashed hasn't been reprinted?
Unleashed is the story about a demonic like being named Neron, who claims to be
the devil himself (so does five other guys... You know what could be awesome? A
comic about the battle of the throne of hell!). He abducts all the bad guys of
the DCU and offers them a deal: their hearts desire in exchange of their soul
(good thing Mark Millar weren't the writer or it would have contained a lot of
animals). This give a lot of the baddies a serious upgrade and they start to run
amok. All part of Neron’s plan to make the world one hell of a place.
who wouldn't make a deal with a satanic looking guy with glaring green eyes and
a long cape to match? Sounds trustworthy, right?
that is one of the reasons I really like this story: Neron.
hide the fact that he is evil. He declares himself the devil and lord of hell.
In fact, THAT is the reason people want to make a deal with him. Even the
heroes are tempted. Neron has an aura of power, supported by the fact, that he
apparently has unlimited access to magic, and can beat up guys like Mongul with
his bare hands, as easy as I take of my shirt. If anyone can grant you your
heart’s desire, it’s this guy. Tell me, with full honesty, wouldn't you think
twice before you said; no thanks, to this one in a lifetime chance of getting
your heart’s desire?
And it did
make a few changes to the DCU. For example: Lex Luthor, who were dying, got a
healthy body at its prime. Gorilla Grodd, who had brain damage, got his mind
restored. And my favorite change; Blockbuster gained intelligence that matched
his strength, made himself a crime lord in the city Blüdhaven, and became a
resurrecting villain in the Nightwing comics.
Joker sold his soul in exchange of a box of cigars. God I love comics! XD
not often that we have a crossover event with a villain as one of the main
character. In this case: The Trickster.
If I have
to point fingers at anything, it must be the artwork, which I’m not a fan of,
but it is a minor problem and a question of taste. Some
complain about missing parts of the story, were you have to read the tie-ins,
but it has not been a problem for me. The main story is still told in the
actual tree issues of Underworld Unleashed.
is: Underworld Unleashed is awesome. It is one of my favorite Mark Waid comics,
and my favorite event comic. So go! Find it! Buy it!! READ IT!!! Sell your
soul, if necessary!
WARNING! THE AWESOMENESS OF THE 5 PANELS THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE, MIGHT BLOW UP YOUR BRAIN!
We are the Justice League, and we are fighting Eclipso on the moon! If it weren't for the fact that we are busy saving the world, we would properly realize how awesome that it is.
Hey, we are Domesday and Cyborg Superman. We are here to make you buy "Reign Of Doomsday." But why do that, when you could read THIS comic instead?
Being blue grants you unconditionally greatness.
I am Eclipso, and The Spectre is my bitch!
A size-changing golden gorilla with a human mind, shooting The Shade with a riffle made out of the blue energy of hope. AND the bullet contain the Atom and Starman. If you are not having nerdgasm right now, go to a doctor, NOW!
Its cancelled? WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN "ITS CANCELLED"?!?!?! (But seriously, The Rise Of Eclipso was pure awesomeness!!! And my favorite JLA story with my favorite JLA-team.)