The storyline by Geoff Johns takes advantage of DC Comics’ long history by having the current-generation JSA members travel back in time to 1951 to meet their first-generation counterparts…right as they’re disbanding. They’ll all have to work together to prevent a villain from wrecking the timeline, like villains tend to do. (Oh, and Rip Hunter is the one who gathers the present-day team and sends them back in time, which naturally reminded me of the TV show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.)
Issue #69 is the second part of the story, but the first with the modern team navigating the ‘50s. In classic team-book fashion, they split up and individually track down their counterparts, thereby putting each JSA member in a different scenario. Stargirl meets the original Starman in a mental hospital. The era’s horrible segregation laws interfere with Mr. Terrific’s pursuit of his predecessor. Sand finds not only Sandman, but also himself at a uniquely terrible point in his long life. And so on.
Good stuff indeed. The generational approach suits DC’s original super-team.
And the cover features painted art by Alex Ross, so there’s that, too. Alex Ross is always a plus.
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciler: Don Kramer
Inker: Keith Champagne
Publisher: DC Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in JSA vol. 10: Black Vengeance (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 13 and up