JSA #40

Writer: David Goyer, Geoff Johns Artist: Leonard Kirk Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 18, 2002 Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 2
7.0Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

The grandson of a super villain known as the Shadower has taken hostages in order to force Dr. Mid-Nite to perform surgery on his dying grandfather. If Mid-Nite isn't successful, the hostages will die. Only Captain Marvel and Stargirl have the slightest chance of stopping him.

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 24, 2002

    I can't say I cared much for the way this issue ended, as I've never been a fan of the Grinch style endings, where a villain discovers that they have a heart, and that they can't follow through of the evil act that they had planned on committing. Now I realize that the story wanted to focus on the tension of the situation, and it does a very nice job of it in this issue, but I wish that they had come up with an ending that didn't require the villain to back down. Still, I did like the focus on Doctor Mid-Nite & Captain Marvel, as they are two of my favorites in this current lineup, and both characters get a strong showing in this issue. On the other hand the issue could've done a better job of explaining the villain's power, and why Captain Marvel couldn't have pulled his punch, as I seriously doubt Captain Marvel stormed into that classroom intending to use murderous force. I mean sure knocking the villain out would've also have knocked the kid out, but given the guy had threaten to k Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 19, 2002

    Johns and Goyer take it upon themselves to unnecessarily relieve DC of yet another female personage. Right, like their doe population needs thinned. Be sure to check for Myra's name on the Women in Refrigerators site. Myra was the original Dr. Mid-Nite's nurse/companion. Her pertinence to the story escapes me. Are Johns and Goyer trying to make the patient on whom Dr. Mid-Nite and Mr. Terrific operate vile? They already did that when they said he was "a killer and Nazi collaborator." Since the new Dr. Mid-Nite shares no history with the original Dr. Mid-Nite, why would he even bring it up? The exchange makes no sense, says nothing about the characters and doesn't affect the plot. It's nasty padding. Read Full Review

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