Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Blackest Night: JSA #1

“Lost Souls”


Writer: James Robinson

Penciller: Eddy Barrows & Marcos Marz

Inker: Julio Ferreira, Luciana Del Negro & Ruy Jose

Editor: Brian Cunningham & Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


While the JSA fends off an attack from a horse of Black Lanterns on the streets of Manhattan, Mister Terrific attempts to figure out the best way to defeat the undead menace. However, Black Lantern Mister Terrific knows what the team is up to, and has launched an attack on the unsuspecting team in their brownstone headquarters…


Notes


Pages 1-5, top tier: A recap of the early days, heroic careers, and deaths of the original Sandman, Doctor Mid-Nite and Mister Terrific.


The events of this issue take place after Blackest Night #5.


Page 1: Stargirl, real name Courtney Whitmore. First appeared in Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Wields both the Cosmic Converter Belt and the Cosmic Staff designed by Ted Knight, the original Starman.


Stargirl is feeling rage, fear and will.


Page 2: Lightning II, real name Jennifer Pierce. First appeared in Justice Society of America (second series) #12. Able to generate and manipulate electrical energy, as well as fly.


Lightning is feeling rage, love and fear.


Citizen Steel, real name Nathan “Buckeye” Heywood. First appeared in Justice Society of America (second series) #1. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Coated in organic metal skin that grants him superhuman strength and invulnerability.


Page 3: Wildcat III, real name Tom Bronson. First appeared (as Tom) in Justice Society of America (second series) #1 and (as Wildcat) in Justice Society of America (second series) #3. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Able to shift to a were-cat form with enhanced strength, speed, reflexes and senses, claws and a prehensile tail.


Wildcat is feeling rage, fear and will.


Page 4: Cyclone, real name Maxine Hunkel. First appeared in Justice Society of America (second series) #1. Able to manipulate air and wind to produce whirlwinds and cyclones, as well as fly on air currents.


Cyclone is feeling rage and will.


Page 5: Mister America III, real name Jeffrey Graves. First appeared (as Graves) in Justice Society of America (second series) #1, and (as Mister America) in Justice Society of America (second series) #4. A skilled fighter and acrobat armed with a modified bullwhip that delivers a kinetic shock.


Mister America is feeling will.


Pages 6-7: Sandman I, real name Wesley Dodds. First appeared in Adventure Comics #40. Killed in JSA: Secret Files and Origins #1. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. A brilliant criminologist and inventor who also experienced prophetic dreams due to an encounter with the entity known as Dream.


Maxwell “Max” Lord IV, former head of the Justice League International. First appeared in Justice League #1. Killed in Wonder Woman (second series) #219. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #1. Able to telepathically control the minds of others.


Doctor Mid-Nite I, real name Charles McNider. First appeared in All-American Comics #25. Killed in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #2. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. In addition to being a doctor and a skilled athlete, can also see in the dark as if it were day.


Hooty is Doctor Mid-Nite’s owl, seen perched on his shoulder. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the owl was created by the Black Lantern power ring, and isn’t actually at Black Lantern itself…but who knows?


Mister Terrific I, real name Terrence “Terry” Sloane. First appeared in Sensation Comics #1. Killed in Justice League of America (first series) #171. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Possessed a genius-level intellect, photographic memory and was an Olympic-level athlete.


The Cavalier I, real name Hudson Pyle. First appeared in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #32. Killed in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #34. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Technically, this Cavalier appeared second; the original Cavalier, Mortimer Drake, first appeared in Detective Comics #81. However, in DCU continuity (always a tricky thing, I agree with you) Pyle appeared sometime during Batman’s first year of activity, and may have inspired Drake’s identity. However, the Cavalier is erroneously depicted in Drake’s costume as opposed to Pyle’s. Either way, he’s an expert fencer and marksman.


Liberty Belle II, real name Jesse Chambers. First appeared (as Jesse Chambers) in Justice Society of America (first series) #1, (as Jesse Quick) in Justice Society of America (first series) #8, and (as Liberty Belle) in Justice Society of America (second series) #1. Possesses superhuman strength and, due to her connection to the Speed Force, the ability 6to move at superhuman speed.


Hourman II, real name Richard “Rick” Tyler. First appeared (as Rick) in Infinity Inc. (first series) #20 and (as Hourman) in Infinity Inc. (first series) #21. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Uses Miraclo to grant himself enhanced strength, stamina and reflexes for an hour at a time.


Baron Blitzkrieg, real name unrevealed. First appeared in World’s Finest Comics #246. Killed in Infinite Crisis #7. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Possesses superhuman strength, heat vision and flight.


Magog, real name David Reid. First appeared (as Reid) in Justice Society of America (second series) #12 and (as Magog) in Justice Society of America (second series) #18. Possesses superhuman strength, endurance, and the ability to release plasma energy through his staff.


Pages 8-9: I have no idea who that is that Liberty Belle and Hourman are fighting. It kind of looks like Black Lantern Alexander Luthor, but he’s off on Earth-Prime being an annoyance to Superboy-Prime in Adventure Comics #4 & 5. His costume doesn’t really correspond to anyone else. Oh, well, another nameless Black Lantern. No big whoop.


“Don’t think about Damage…” Damage was killed by Black Lantern Jean Loring in Blackest Night #4 and transformed into a Black Lantern.


Pages 10-11: The Flash I, real name Jay Garrick. First appeared in Flash Comics #1. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Able to run at superhuman speed due to his connection to the Speed Force.


Green Lantern I, real name Alan Scott. First appeared in All-American Comics #16. Last appeared in Blackest Night #5. Controls the mystical power of the Starheart, which allows him to fly, generate energy constructs, and keeps him young, along with a host of other abilities.


“I convinced him to come back to all this, Alan. I convinced him to join the JSA.” Back in Justice Society of America (second series) #1, Liberty Belle convinced a jaded Damage to join the JSA. Since then, she and Hourman have mentored him.


Solomon Grundy, real name Cyrus Gold. First appeared in All-American Comics #61. Has died and returned to life many, many times, the most recent of which was seen in Solomon Grundy #7. Last seen in Superman/Batman #66. Possesses superhuman strength and endurance, and is nearly indestructible.


Pages 12-13: Power Girl, real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr. First appeared in All-Star Comics #58. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Possesses standard Kryptonian power set.


Wildcat I, real name Ted Grant. First appeared in Sensation Comics #1. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. An expert fighter in peak physical condition, despite his age.


Mr. Terrific II, real name Michael Holt. First appeared in The Spectre (third series) #54. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. An Olympic-level athlete with a genius-level intellect who cannot be detected by electronic equipment; armed with his T-Spheres.


Superman of Earth-Two, real name Kal-L. First appeared in Action Comics #1. Killed in Infinite Crisis #7. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #3. Possesses standard Kryptonian power set.


Psycho-Pirate II, real name Roger Hayden. First appeared in Showcase #56. Killed in Infinite Crisis #7. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #3. Able to manipulate the emotions of others using his Medusa Mask.


“No, no, my uncle was dead. He was at peace.” Kal-L is Kara’s cousin, not uncle. In fact, Kara just said, “Wildcat, in Rao’s name, that’s my cousin!” How quickly they forget…


Page 15: Liberty Belle is feeling fear, hope and love; but she is mis-colored. “Hope” should be blue, not green.


Johnny Quick, real name Johnny Chambers. First appeared in More Fun Comics #71. Killed in Impulse #11. Possesses a connection to the Speed Force due to a mathematical equation which allows him to move at superhuman speed.


“3X2(9YZ)4A” is Johnny Quick’s speed formula; by speaking it aloud, he “turns on” his super-speed.


Page 16: Abigail Mathilda “Ma” Hunkel, formerly known as the Red Tornado. First appeared (as Ma Hunkel) in All-American Comics #3 and (as the Red Tornado) in All-American Comics #20. She’s a wonderful cook.


Ma Hunkel is feeling rage, hope and will.


Power Girl is feeling love.


Lois Lane Kent of Earth-Two, wife of Clark Kent. First appeared in Action Comics #1. Died in Infinite Crisis #5. Last appeared in Blackest Night: Superman #3. A skilled writer and journalist.


Page 17: Atom-Smasher, real name Albert Rothstein. First appeared (as Nuklon) in All-Star Squadron #25 and (as Atom-Smasher) in JSA: Secret Files and Origins #1. Last appeared in Blackest Night #4. Able to grow to nearly 60 feet in height, with an increase in strength and endurance.


Judomaster III, real name Sonia Sato. First appeared in Birds of Prey #100. A master martial artist who generates an aversion field that prevents her from being hit by attacks directed at her.


Atom-Smasher is feeling rage, compassion, love and fear; Judomaster is feeling fear and love.


Damage, real name Grant Emerson. First appeared in Damage #1. Killed in Blackest Night #4. Last appeared in Blackest Night #5. Able to absorb and generate energy that he can use to enhance his physical attributes, as well as release power blasts or explode like a bomb.


Pages 18-19: Doctor Fate VI, real name Kent V. Nelson. First appeared in Countdown to Mystery #1. An accomplished sorcerer who possesses a variety of mystical powers.


“I just realized…Terry Sloane…he’ll work out what I’m doing.” Terry Sloane, the original Mister Terrific, was brilliant. If the Black Lantern Mister Terrific has his intellect, then he’d be able to deduce what the JSA is up to in no time.


Page 20: Yep, he figured it out…