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 Post subject: JSA: Strange Adventures (TPB, 198 pgs.)
PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:14 pm 
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JSA: Strange Adventures
written by: Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by: Barry Kitson, and Gary Erskine (inker)

This trade paperback republishes the JSA mini-series 'Strange Adventures'. It is a great book! This book is why people read comics. An evil menace (Lord Dynamo) and his terrifying minions (Cyborg Nazi Zombies) attempt to hold the world ransom. Their price? Nothing less then Green Lantern's power ring, and Starman's Gravity Rod. The JSA, and their official historian Johnny Thunder, must not only defeat Lord Dynamo, but convince the world that the price is never worth paying to a super-villain.

The writing is superb, with much homage to the pulp era science fiction magazines. It helps that the story was set during the time pulp fiction magazines were popular. Johnny Thunder gets most of the spotlight, but the rest of the JSA get some panel time, too. Wildcat, Dr. Fate, Atom, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl, and of course Green Lantern, and Starman.

The artwork was decent enough. It had it's appeal here and there and the artists definitely had a sense for the dramatic and lighting. Overall, a passing grade. Nothing too spectacular, nor too shabby.

An interesting introduction written by Jack Williamson, president of the Science-Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), who appears as a central character in the story. Williamson wrote for the pulp fiction magazines, comics back in the day (for Julie Schwartz), and over 60 novels. His focus is on on how sci-fi writing and graphic interpretation (comics) were in the heydays of the Golden Age of Comics.

The cover price is listed as $15, and definitely worth it. If the comic world can steal Anderson away from those silly little New York Times Bestsellers he writes we'll have a new star.


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