It was good, but not great.
Published by D.C. Comics in 2004.
I am not the biggest comic book fan. I have never even set foot in a
real comic book shop so I don't even know if the 'Comic Book Guy' on
'The Simpsons' is realistic or not. Continuity means nothing to me.
Being a history teacher, I was more intrigued by the history part of the
story. (Speaking of continuity, I know for a fact that Superman was
fighting Nazis during WWII, just like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck - I've
seen the movies!)
However, I've read some of the big stuff (Dark
Knight I and II, Red Son and a few more). I was dimly aware of some of
the heroes featured in this one, which makes sense since JSA was
originally intended to promote the lesser known heroes). This one was
interesting, but in the end, not as good as I had hoped.
the new characters was fairly easy, but telling them apart in their
street clothes was darn near impossible with the exception of "Clark
Kent", thanks to the trademark cowlick. Also, even though it was a JSA
book, the focus seemed to be Batman. Batman vs. "Jack the Grin" (Joker).
Batman vs. Scarecrow. Batman making his teammates mad. Batman's
introspection. And, finally, Batman vs. 'Superman'. The last one has
been done umpteen times, I know, even though I am, as already stated, a
casual fan. Heck, I've seen it done in Frank Miller's "Dark Knight I"
and Mark Millar's "Red Son", and to be honest, they both did it better
An interesting observation - I appreciated
the fact that at the WWII Battle of El Alamein, the artists included two
well-known fictional characters of this time period in the two page
spread (pp. 116-117): Sgt. Rock and PFC Ryan (from "Saving Private Ryan").
So, while not a waste of my time, it certainly did not do the job as well as others.
I give this one 3 stars out of 5.
Reviewed on June 17, 2007.
"We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read." - Jules Verne
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