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JSA #78

Posted: Monday, October 10, 2005
By: John Hays

Writer: Keith Champagne
Artists: Don Kramer (p), Keith Champagne (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

The JSA members have been searching for Dr. Fate in hopes that he can lead them to their fellow member, Jakeem Thunder. However, when they finally find the good doctor, heís not exactly who they were expecting. Meanwhile, thereís trouble brewing in the fifth dimension, and Hector and Lyta arenít exactly having a picnic either.

This comic flowed smoothly in the JSA feel of storytelling even with a temporary change of writer in Keith Champagne. My only real criticism would be with the use of Mordru once again, since the JSA have many more potential adversaries waiting in the wings that could be used instead of the same one over and over again. However, I donít know if that was Champagneís call or not, so I wonít completely fault him on that.

The art was seemless as always. I swear, I have a hard time telling the difference between Sadowski, Kirk, and Kramer, and thatís a good thing. It keeps my mind focused on the story, and not having to be distracted by bad or vastly different art. While some comics are to be ogled at just for the art, a comic like JSA that has so many interesting plot twists needs art that is of excellent quality, but gets out of the way of the storytelling. I think Kramer does a great job of that.

Overall itís a good, solid story. I like the balance between the plot elements that are tied into Day of Vengeance, and the plot elements that are solely JSA, as opposed to the complete Donna Troy/Rann Thanagar War plot last issue. I think itís always a good idea not to focus too much on tie-ins at the expense of your own ongoing plot. I look forward to seeing how these plots resolve, and where the JSA goes from here.

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