Justice Society of America #23

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jerry Ordway Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 28, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
6.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

"Black Adam and Isis"part 1 and a "Faces of Evil"issue! The new Justice Society regroups just in time to face one of their greatest and most personal enemies Black Adam! The sorcerer Felix Faust has imprisoned the soul of Isis, Black Adam's deceased wife. But the Black Marvel just figured that out, and nothing will save Faust from his wrath nothing except maybe the Justice Society of America. And everybody will be in for a surprise when they discover how Isis has changed since her death at the hands of the Four Horsemen. Will she be a friend to the world or will she be its destruction?

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 31, 2009

    DC's lucky to have Johns, who has worked so hard (and so successfully) to correct the sins visited upon the JSA, then Green Lantern, and soon the Flash. Hopefully he can keep his streak going and get Capt. Marvel back where he belongs - at the top of his game. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Jan 30, 2009

    The art makes the story easy to follow from panel to panel. The fight scene between Adam and Billy especially stands out as you can actually see how tje antagonists move from one action to another. While the art in this issue isn't as detailed as other books onthe stands, it has a humanizing effect that makes all the characters easier to relate to. If there is any shortcoming, it is the fact that some of the more god-like characters, like Isis or Billy, look a bit too mundane.... too human, rather than the ethereal beings they are suppose to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Feb 10, 2009

    This comic felt like it was setting a lot of future events into motion, and as such wasn't nearly as good as Geoff's work usually is. With that said though, I'm sure once this story gets moving along, it will wind up being great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jan 28, 2009

    In the end, the only thing that really saved this issue for me was the major development involving Billy Batson's relationship with the JSA, which will come as a big pay-off for fans of the previous volume of this series. Other than that, nearly every facet of this issue is under-whelming, and makes you wonder whether Johns' run on this title might end up limping to the finish line. I sure hope not. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Feb 2, 2009

    Justice Society of America #23 was a solid set-up issue for the Black Adam story arc. However, this issue was not quite as exciting as I was expecting and the inclusion of Black Mary into the story killed much of my interest in this story. Having said that, JSA fans should enjoy this issue and I still have faith that Johns will exit this title on a high note. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Feb 14, 2009

    I wanted to love this issue, as Black Adam has become one of my favourite characters over the years, but everything he did and said just felt wrong for some reason. The flow of the issue greatly impacted the readability and I just hope the storyline picks up over the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 14, 2009

    This issue is a pretty good one, but it's oddly placed soming after the 18 years of Goggery. In a way, this issue feels more like a continuation of the earlier JSA series, of 52 and of Power of Shazam than it does of this JSA volume, and that's not a bad thing. The art of Jerry Ordway is always a treat to see, even when it doesn't feel as detailed as it normall does, and Johns and Ordway turn in an interesting script here. The developments with Isis and Adamfeelvery natural (butI'm a little amazed to realize that 52 was almost four years ago) and it's good to see Billy being Billy Batson again, rather than being the wizard Shazam stuck on a rock. I'm kind of hoping to see some redemption of Mary Marvel after her pervy S&M turn in F' Continuity Final Crisis. Still, even with creators, characters, and a continuation of stories I like, this issue has a strange edge to it, something that doesn't quite sit right with me. Maybe it's the thing with Hawkman, or perhaps th Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 1, 2009

    I'm hoping by the end of this story that Johns and Ordway will have brought at least some level of closure to the character of Black Adam, but I'll certainly settle for it just being a strong re-focusing of his goals and central character. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing things pick up in the remaining installments. As strange as it may sound, it feels almost like the character has come home again. Read Full Review

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