Monday, February 8, 2010

Blackest Night: JSA #2

“Troubled Souls”

Writer: James Robinson & Tony Bedard

Penciller: Eddy Barrows & Marcos Marz

Inker: Julio Ferreira, Eber Ferreira & Luciana del Negro

Editor: Brian Cunningham & Eddie Berganza


As the members of the JSA attempt to hold the line while Mister Terrific searches for a way to defeat the Black Lanterns, more and more of them are being swayed by the undead menace. When Black Lantern Damage blows a hole in the JSA’s defenses, no one can stop the resurrection of Kal-L of Earth-Two…


Pages 1-3: A recap of the lives and deaths of Damage, Johnny Quick and Lois-Lane Kent of Earth-Two.

Note that, on Page 3, Lois is incorrectly identified as “Lois Lane.”

Pages 4-5: Green Lantern I, Doctor Fate VI, Stargirl, Mister Terrific II, Doctor Mid-Nite II, Mister America III, Lightning, Magog, Wildcat III and Black Lantern Solomon Grundy last appeared in Blackest Night: JSA #1.

Pages 6-7: Wildcat I, Power Girl, “Ma” Hunkel and Black Lantern Lois Lane-Kent last appeared in Blackest Night: JSA #1.

Power Girl is feeling love, compassion and hope.

“You were like a daughter to me, Kara.” Pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths, Power Girl was the cousin of the Superman of Earth-Two, who came to Earth from Krypton decades after Kal-L. Clark and Lois Lane-Kent took her in and treated her like she was their daughter.

Clark’s dead again, isn’t he?” The Superman of Earth-Two was killed in Infinite Crisis #7. He was raised as a Black Lantern in Blackest Night: Superman #1, but was rendered “inactive” by the Medusa Mask in Blackest Night: Superman #3. Mister Terrific is currently studying his body.

Pages 8-9: Liberty Belle II, Hourman II, and Black Lanterns Johnny Quick and Doctor Mid-Nite last appeared in Blackest Night: JSA #1.

Liberty Belle is feeling hope and love.

“But I have a costume like yours. I do, dad.” Jesse first wore her new, Johnny Quick-inspired costume in The Flash: Rebirth #5.

Anyone else creeped out by the fact that Jesse is changing costumes in front of her undead father? Sure, it’s at superspeed, but it still strikes me as a wee bit weird…

Page 10: “See? I’m Jesse Quick.” You were Jesse Quick back when your father was alive, Jesse, so why are you making such a big deal about it now?

Jeez, someone has some daddy issues to work through…

Pages 12-13: Judomaster III, Atom-Smasher and Black Lantern Damage last appeared in Blackest Night: JSA #1.

Judomaster is feeling love. Atom-Smasher is feeling fear and compassion.

“I used to think my face was the worst thing imaginable…” In Infinite Crisis #1, Zoom mangled Damage’s face by punching him at superspeed. Ever since, he has worn a full-face mask to hide his injuries.

“How many times did you end up on the wrong side of a fight? You stood with Black Adam! You killed for him!” Atom-Smasher does not have the best track-record when it comes to choosing right from wrong. After his mother was killed in a plane crash engineered by Kobra, he went back in time and replaced his mother with a weakened Extant, murdering the villain. He later left the JSA and joined forces with Black Adam and other rogue metahumans to take control of Khandaq. He battled his former friends in the JSA, but was eventually brought back to the U.S. to stand trial for his actions. He was eventually released, but not before he worked with the Suicide Squad. Quite a pedigree.

Pages 14-15: Cyclone, Citizen Steel and Black Lanterns Sandman and Mister Terrific last appeared in Blackest Night: JSA #1.

“Your wife loves you with all her heart, junkie!” Liberty Belle/Jesse Quick is Hourman’s wife. At one point, Hourman was addicted to Miraclo, the drug that gave him his abilities, hence the nickname “junkie.” He now uses a non-addictive form of Miraclo.

Pages 16-17: Black Lanterns Cavalier and Maxwell Lord last appeared in Blackest Night: JSA #1. Maxwell Lord, presumably, travels to Coast City shortly after this, so that the may confront Star Sapphire Wonder Woman in Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3.

Pages 18-19: “WHOOOOM” Man, that was a bit of overkill, don’t you think?

Pages 20-21: “Connection severed.” Black Lantern Lois Lane-Kent was merely the messenger. Someone else can do a lot more damage with a Black Lantern power ring than she…

“Kal-L of Krypton. Rise.” You can’t keep the world’s first super-hero down…