Sunday, August 22, 2010

Justice Society of America #42

I've said it before and I'll say it again: what happened to James Robinson?

He was once near the top of my list of comic book writers, thanks to work like The Golden Age and Starman - but his recent work, while professional, doesn't have that old spark of ingenuity or character development.

Instead he's cranking out generic superhero fare, like the ongoing crossover between the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America.

The story has the Starheart coming to Earth and taking control of the original Green Lantern and his children Obsidian and Jade. It's causing chaos all over the Earth, which results in the JSA and the JLA working together.

There's a big battle on the moon, where not all is as it seems - but it's just a big fight that spills all over the place. Artists Mark Bagley and Norm Rapmund turn in stellar work as always, but sadly, that's the only good reason to pick up this issue.

In fact, if you read the last chapter, skipped this issue and read the final chapter in JLA #48, you'd probably think you didn't miss a thing.

It's a shame - when a writer as good as Robinson tackles a comic, I expect much more than just the same old thing. But that's all you'll find here.

Grade: C


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