I read Justice Society #6 this week.
Apparently in #5, which I read but have already forgotten, the Villain Who Couldn't Be Stopped and Who Kicked All Our Asses Simultaneously was stopped by the Heroes Trying Harder All Together. But that's how EVERY Geoff John's plot (certainly those with the JSA) ends. It also ends the other way every (possible) Geoff Johns' story ends:
|with Courtney being right.|
Because Stargirl shits g-d marble, as we all know. Because it took Stargirl to come up with the radical idea of the JSA taking time-displaced Golden Age side-kicks under their wing. I'm sure that wouldn't have occurred to Mister Terrific, one of the DCU's three smartest humans, without her help. He was probably on the verge of sending them to Granny Goodness.
But that sort of thing aside, I enjoyed the issue (as follows).
The Stranding of The World's Phinest.
|Power Girl's in the mix, too, for different reasons, but I forget whether Johns did that, and, regardless, it didn't happen in the pages of this Justice Society story.|
When Geoff Johns wants A Baby, he is (unlike many writers) PERFECTLY capable of throwing out The Bathwater. And in this case the Baby is Helena Wayne (NOT Bertinelli). Johns does not shy away from the crux of a character, no matter how stupid or inconvenient it may be, he makes that crux his battle standard.
Geoff Johns knows darned well that the FUNCTION of the Huntress character is to be the daughter of Batman and Catwoman; if she is not THAT, she serves no purpose. So that's what the Huntress is. From a future she has now wiped out by her (heroic) actions in the present, and to which, therefore, she cannot return. Fin.
Johns' Bruce Wayne is sensible, calm, and supportive. Because of course he is. Batman is a Golden Age hero, after all, although we forget to think of him that way.
He's going to help this Helena lady, who is not his child at all (even though her father WAS Bruce Wayne), because it's the right thing to do. In a way that doesn't smother her and keeps her out of his hair, but, jeez, one unsolicited offspring whose creation he wasn't involved in is MORE than enough. Amusingly, Johns' even has Helena mention the current Batman storyline where he's running around like a basketcase fighting his own family, in stark contrast to His Normal Self we see here. Johns loves to troll that sort of thing.
GJ has just dumped a passel of Golden Age sidekicks into the present. Obviously lots of their stories will have to do with the difficulties of adjusting or making themselves part of current families and dynasties blah blah.
But Flash hasn't got time for that nonsense. Judy Garrick returns and when his dad remembers her, everyone else does, because it's Jay Garrick and that's just how it is.
|You're his great-uncle, numbskull. It's not exactly a "post-War" concept.|
This one is interesting to me. It's unique because it's kind of backwards. The sidekick isn't getting iconic oomph from a connection to a Golden Age hero; he's GIVING Golden Age oomph to a Modern Hero. John Henry "Steel" Irons has zero connection to the Golden Age. His roots go EXACTLY to the Death of Superman story, which Golden Age fan GJ knows is a weak point for any character. So he's inserting this fellow (he hardly looks as if calling him a "kid" is appropriate) into Steel's PAST as a way of connecting Steel to the Golden Age. Might as well; no one else has ever been able to figure out what to do with Steel, a literary conundrum that has stumped even the likes of Shaquille O'Neal.
There is little I hate more in comics than the Gratuitously Unpleasant Character. Like, well, any character being written by Roy Thomas. And the last place such a character should be is in the JSA or its derivatives.
|One of the many Things Roy Thomas Didn't Understand, since none of his characters can get through two sentences without being ****s.|
So obviously "Salem", the stupidly named and snide protégé of the Golden Age Dr. Fate, Kent Nelson, has been my least favorite of the rediscovered sidekicks. At least until GJ explained WHY she is like that.
|She's rude in order to keep people at a distance so THEY DON'T DIE BY HER CURSE. That's some Greek Tragedy stuff, right there.|
Simple. Elegant. Rooted in the character's origin. You don't have to always like WHAT Geoff Johns is doing to appreciate the sheer EFFICIENCY with which he does it.
|He COULD have tried to streamline Dr. Fate's history. But he didn't. Because it's messy and that's just now a core part of the character.|
The Red Bee's Legacy
|"As insane as it sounds" is Geoff Johns' credo.|
M I C H A E L.
GJ knows that Michael, THE ABSURDITY of Michael, is at the crux of the Red Bee. Johns doesn't shy away from that as a stupid embarrassment, he embraces it with the fervor of a post-War lover returning to his beloved.
So Michael, who apparently is not only hyperintelligent BUT AGELESS, is there to greet his sidekick in our time. Because all you need for the Red Bee is Superior City, a hero in a ridiculous costume (which this girl CERTAINLY qualifies as), and... Michael.
I like to imagine that Michael occasionally does lunch with Detective Chimp and Rex the Wonder Dog. Very quiet lunches. Until Robbie the Robot Dog shows up.