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JSA #81

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2006
By: Dominic Davies



“My Heroes”

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Dale Eaglesham (p) Art Thibert (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


JSA is a title I am relativity new to. Well, I have been picking up the book for the last year or so but with such a large collection of characters and history, I felt that reviewing this book wouldn't be wise. This is simply me trying not to look like a fool by sounding like I haven't got a clue as to what I am talking about, and JSA is certainly a book that gives me a great chance to do just that. For instance, I know almost nothing about Stargirl except her powers and that she is a member. So it is much to my delight I have found an issue that deals directly with her and has a brilliant story to boot. Geoff Johns is a writer to me who is very on/off; some of his work is brilliant (Flash) and some of it is not so brilliant (Green Lantern). I should point out that it is never bad; it's simply that I believe when a writer takes on so many projects, it can potentially harm his work. This is a case where that has not happened. This issue presents a simple story discussing something most important to us, family. Stargirl's in particular. The issue presents her childhood, the fatherless child, the unwanted replacement, the coming of age and understanding and responsibility.

It's hard to fault Eaglesham's pencils and although he is relativity new to me when coupled with Alex Ross on covers (probably the reason I first started picking up this series) and Thibert's inks, it works just fine. He maintains the same feel as the previous artists and that's very important to an ongoing series. Kudos.

There's not much more for me to say except that in this issue, right up to the fantastic last page, Johns has succeeded in letting us know a little more about the character Stargirl and for those who already knew everything about her, it's simply a good story.



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