Justice Society of America #29

Writer: Bill Willingham Artist: Jesus Merino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 29, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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A new era begins for the Justice Society of America as writers Bill Willingham (FABLES) and Matthew Sturges (BLUE BEETLE) take over the series with new artist Jesus Merino (SUPERMAN ANNUAL) just as two new recruits make their debut with the team! Strange happenings at the JSA Mansion are weird precursors to an all-out attack on all members of the team all but one! And what is the strange connection that new members King Chimera and All-American Kid might have with the turmoil?

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 3, 2009

    The same is true for the rest of the book. The JSA is loaded with potential, and so far the new creative team is doing a good job of carrying the torch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Aug 4, 2009

    It gets a B and even if this book wasn’t on my pull list, I’d still be back for the next issue to see where it goes from here. One issue in and the Willingham-Sturges-Merino team appear to be worthy successors to the throne. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jul 31, 2009

    Justice Society of America #29 was a fun debut issue for the new creative team. Obviously, Willingham and Sturges are going to bring their own style to this title; but they clearly are still going to respect Johns' run on this title and try and build off what he has done. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Aug 1, 2009

    I'll be sticking with this title. I love these characters and the story so far is good enough to keep me interested. I hope things pick up and maybe when James Robinson comes on the Justice League book in October, we can have an old-fashioned JSA/JLA team-up. I thought the last one DC did was a bit of a letdown. So pick this up if you're a hardcore JSAer like I am. I wouldn't recommend it if you were a casual reader. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 29, 2009

    Issue #29 is not a bad start for the new creative team. However, this series suffers from a few problems that, as of yet, aren't really being addressed. Hopefully the book will settle down and evolve into a leaner, meaner version of itself in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Alex C. Lupp Aug 6, 2009

    In conclusion, this was a so-so start, when it could have been much more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Aug 9, 2009

    There are still too many questions left unanswered in this book, like why the JSA would take a complete neophyte like All-American Kid or a pompous jerk like King Chimera as members when there is so little known about them. But at least the new creative team are not shying away from challenges. Right now, they have just laid the groundwork for two years worth of plotlines. Maybe they should pause to take a breath. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Jul 30, 2009

    Despite it's simplicity and some minor growing pains, it's a fun book. Geoff Johns fans need not panic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 29, 2009

    Set up as a perfect jumping on point for new readers, this issue is anything but. True, a new story starts here, but the only characters a new reader would learn much about are the two junior members. Perhaps the rest of this initial arc will play out as being more embracing to readers jumping onto "Justice Society of America" for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Aug 1, 2009

    To top off this debacle, Willingham and Sturges send a sloppy mash note to Geoff Johns with a scene of gruesome bloody violence. Of course, since it appears a male member of the Justice Society is crippled and killed, I am sure that he will be up and walking in the near future. So, it's nothing really to get upset about. It's not as if he'll be confined to a wheelchair for twenty years. I do object to the revel of gore. If this is the kind of crap I can expect, I will not be seeking out part two of this lousy debut. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 30, 2009

    When Geoff Johns wrote this title and the one that preceded it (JSA), there were those that criticized that he resorted to shock value too much and that his scripts were too immersed in past continuity (sometimes those complaints were merited, while at times, they weren't, in my view). The blurb on the cover for this new issue proclaims that "a new era begins" here, but that's really not the case. Maybe Willingham and Sturges are trying to ease their readership through a transition, opting to offer more Johns-like plots at first, but it doesn't seem that way. It was recently announced that the team will split in two, leading to two separate JSA titles, and we've already recently seen that team-schism approach during the "Thy Kingdom Come" story arc. Maintaining the same direction wouldn't normally be a problem, but the new writers charge ahead so quickly that there's little in the way of interplay among the heroes, leaving just bull-headed action. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jul 30, 2009

    I've developed a real lovehate relationship with this issue. There are moments of greatness with both the writing and the art that had me really pleased with the creative team. Unfortunately, there are also interchangeable characters, unimpressive new characters, and an uneven delivery with the art that do not instill much confidence in the title's new direction. I'm not saying you shouldn't pick it up, but I am saying that you've been warned if you do. Read Full Review

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