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Justice Society of America #41

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2010
By: Shawn Hill

James Robinson
Mark Bagley, Norm Rapmund (i)
DC Comics
“The Dark Things” (part 2)

Plot: This book is in the midst of a crossover with Justice League, and the story is so continuous I had to check the cover to realize which one I was reading. For all intents and purposes, the JLA has taken over both titles for the nonce.

Comments: Robinson's ongoing “Brightest Day” Green Lantern story continues across two titles, with Bagley keeping the visuals consistent. Parallax is somewhere in the shadows, and the darkness that has possessed Obsidian seems to have caught up Doctor Fate, too. Is there anything that makes this a Society issue rather than a League one? Well, I suppose that would be the screen time given to Society members. If only I knew who they were.

The issue opens with an interesting effect, a framing sequence of Miss Martian delivering a grim speech, and then jumps to Wildcat, Doc Midnite and the Flash paying a visit to the Shade in Opal City. But they're too late, as the Shade's own darkness seems to have proved no defense.

Around the world, elemental powered beings are going berserk, both friends and foes, and Batman tries to coordinate coping strategies across the two teams. They regroup in the "mainly demolished" moonbase of the League, and as there is no score card and I'm not a regular reader of the title, I'm not sure which Thunderbolt we're dealing with, whether Jesse Quick was recently Liberty Belle, et cetera. I do know why Jade feels guilty for starting all of this (though were I she I'd mostly feel grateful for being alive again), as she brought the Starheart to earth (or vice versa).

The neat twist is that Miss Martian's recitation is actually the dying speech of Starman, who has been fatally injured by Parallax, and of course she wigs out before breaking contact and becomes a White Martian to be subdued (it's a thing that happens with her).

Batman has the firepower he needs to stage a rescue mission, but they're still flying blind as they don't know what's going on. They gain an ally who figures out mysteries by the end, though, and as long as the story keeps looking this good I'll follow it to the end. Even though I know Robinson is capable of more nuanced work than this series of fight scenes. By the way, if you find the cover hard to track, it's part of a continuous wrap-around for each of part of the crossover, the final piece of which reveals their ultimate foe.

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