“Ghost in the Castle”
Writer: Paul Levitz
Artists: Jerry Ordway, Luke Ross & Rags Morales (p), Jerry Ordway & Dave Meikis (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
So this is how it ends? Not with a bang, but with a broom? After a very promising beginning, the final story arc of JSA just peters out. Fading away like the ghosts within the story.
Is it entirely possible the rust that Paul Levitz was supposed to exhibit in the beginning of this story just waited until now to appear? Levitz began this story with high expectations, and it just didn't amount to much of anything. Yes, there were some fun sequences, some nice revelations along the way, but in the end it really didn't seem to matter. The expressed purpose was to end this fine series and give DC another new #1 in the upcoming months.
All right, that's probably a tad harsh, but the way this reads, it sure feels that way. The story itself was good, not great. The action flowed, the characters fought, the good guys won. We learn more about the Gentleman Ghost, learned more about Star Girl than I think we really want to know, the Ghost is beaten, and in the end it comes down to the members of the JSA, et al, to clean up the mess of what used to be the Brownstone.
As for the art, based on the talent involved, they really put for an solidly average effort. Normally I would be gushing praise upon those who drew these pages, but not this time. They did an adequate job. No more, no less. That, more than anything else, probably was the most disappointing this about this issue. All this talent and we get mediocrity.
Anyway, so it ends. 13 issues shy of #100. I'm not sure which is sadder: That it is ending so close to such a milestone or that it ends in such an average way. Either way, it's not a happy ending to say the least.
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