THE NEW GOLDEN AGE CONTINUES!
Huntress has arrived in the present day, but the Justice Society of America are not what she remembers.
Can she get to the bottom of what’s happened to the world’s first superhero team?
Will the helmet of Fate hold the answers Huntress seeks?
Lyles Movie FilesAs worried as the first issue left me, my concerns have vanished. Johns, Janin and the rest of the creative team have a firm direction and a wide cast to draw from to deliver what could be the team book of 2023. This one definitely has my attention now.
The Comicbook DispatchWhether it’s John’s, the art, the story, the topic, or all of the above, Justice Society of America feels important. It feels like an event. And Justice Society of America #2 continues to push the series in that direction. Sometimes, a comic just gives off the vibe of importance. Many times, Event Comics feel that way. Now, I understand that Justice Society of America isn’t technically an event BUT it definitely should be. The pacing, the questions, the intricate plot threads, and the time manipulation make for amazing speculations and fan theories that should spark your interest for the next few weeks. I highly recommend giving Justice Society of America #2, as well as picking up issue one while you are at it.
Geek DadThis is an odd series, and it’s only made more unpredictable by the shifting art styles. I don’t think this is due to deadline issues—Mikel Janin can usually do a monthly book for at least one arc, and the art style shifts seem to reflect when the stories take place. Jerry Ordway takes over for the Dr. Fate segments, while Scott Kolins writes future-set segments focusing on Helena’s troubled relationship with her mother Selina. The styles don’t always mesh, but they’re not really supposed to—they reflect the different segments well. Johns has worked on the JSA so many times that it feels like he’s almost competing against himself here. That works in a meta version as well, as multiple versions of the JSA are coming together against an enemy seeking to erase their legacy. The Nazi time traveler Per Degaton makes an intriguing choice for a first villain, but I have a feeling the story goes far deeper than that. Hopefully this series hits its schedule from here and continues to deliver a great story.
DC Comics NewsThe world building continues as Johns, Janin, Ordway and Kolins deliver another great issue of this new series. The details bring out so much in the story as the nostalgia anchors the new elements. This book looks great, it’s fun and by having Helena on a journey of discovery, it allows readers to see things through her eyes. So if you don’t know what’s going on, neither does she and even a new reader can discover this corner of the DC Universe with her.
Dark Knight NewsIf you haven’t picked up the first issue of this series, do yourself a favor. Do it. Justice Society #2 carries with it the same bang as the first issue, but also brings the heart in to play. My only complaint would be spending so little time with the OG JS gang, but to be fair it is only the second issue and I really feel that there’s still so much more to come. This series feels very special and is a treat to fans new and old. I cannot wait to see what is waiting just around the corner.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: An entertaining follow up issue with some great moments within it. I liked the journey Fate takes in the issue and how it adds to the mystery. Huntress’ quest has a great level of tension to it and the story is engaging enough in its premise and mystery to make me interested in seeing where it goes next. The Art: All three artists deliver fantastic art in the issue. I love the different styles and how the not only complement each other, but also the period the story takes place in.
AIPTThe mystery of DC's New Golden Age continues as the Huntress faces the original JSA. Can they come together to face an enemy that can take on any time? We'll see the answer to that elongate as Huntress travels across the DC timeline to get help from heroes across other eras.
Get Your Comic OnThe mystery deepens as we follow Huntress on her time-hopping adventures. Whilst the changes in artwork can be jarring, the dedication to following different timelines makes Justice Society of America a brilliant exploration of DC’s legacy.
Graphic PolicyJustice Society of America #2 follows a pattern of Johns’ recent work where the whole tends to be stronger than the individual part. While this issue doesn’t excite, it has references DC fans will appreciate, you just need to know the history. Hopefully, it all comes together eventually in a way everyone can enjoy it, but as is, this is for the diehard fans.
Weird Science DC ComicsJustice Society of America #2 continues Huntress's trippy adventure through time with an issue that's more confusing than satisfying. The art's first-rate, and the character cameos are interesting in their brief moments, but the constant jumping back and forth needs to be held together into a story you can follow.
You Don't Read ComicsPeriodically over the years, DC has had a habit of looking back to the earliest era of superheroes with fresh eyes. It takes the right kind of writer to see it from a fresh perspective in a way that feels truly new. Between this and the new Stargirl mini-series, Johns is definitely taking a novel look at the old era. The art brings the reality of a bygone era to the page with a sharply stylish execution. This sort of thing has been done before, but Johns and company are bringing it to the page in a thoroughly enjoyable way.
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Batman-NewsI’m still on the fence about this book, particularly when it comes to overall continuity and the mess involved. We’ll see how this goes.
But Why Tho?Justice Society Of America #2 is as amazing as it is erratic. Janin, Kolins, and Ordway are killing it with the artwork, as are Bellaire and Kalisz on colors. Leigh’s lettering is perfect in position and pace. But the continual back-and-forth time jaunts have already grown tiresome. This new era of starting a series with the main characters not present, for they need to be ‘found,’ is also a nuisance.
ComicBook.comWhile there's plenty to pick at in Justice Society of America #2, the series appears to have found its footing and with some additional space may even find a substantial story hook.
Major SpoilersThat lack of development causes much of my dissatisfaction with Justice Society of America #2, adding more twists and turns to an already byzantine collection of characters, moments, and unconnected time periods, with well-done art from all three pencillers that just DOES NOT mesh well in the final product, making for a disjointed 2 out of 5 stars overall. No matter how much detail and brilliance you pack into your creative process, you also have to be able to convey those ideas in a satisfying manner, and three issues in feels like too far along to still be building our premise.