I have really enjoyed the writing of this series, and while the artwork is not in my preferred style it really does a remarkable job of matching the atmosphere created by the writer. The scope on this volume was very interesting, and it was nice seeing the team-up with other notable street brawler type characters. In the end though it concludes in a way that leads me to believe that this is the end of the series, and perhaps the return of the Daredevil series is imminent. Definitely worth the read.
First for the disclaimer: this series is meant for a mature audience!!! Ok, now that we have that out of the way we can get on with the review. The writing is superb, drawing the reader into the story with ease. Some of the jokes had me gasping for breath only to find myself gasping at something ludicrous a page later. Yes, the violence, language and adult situations are gratuitous, but somehow that is what makes the book and series so enjoyable. Set aside any expectations of this being a superhero story and simply enjoy it for what it truly is, a story about a group of people who keep the “capes” from getting too big for their britches, holding them accountable for their actions.
This story arc is what made me such a fan of the JSA series, and to this day I find myself returning and reading this story arc time and again, even more than I do my favorite Avengers stories under Busiek’s reign. The writing is really down to earth, and it puts a human face on the super heroes of the DC universe, doing so in a fashion that is very believable. This book made me a life-long fan of the series, constantly seeking out new stories in an effort to feed my addiction. If you haven’t already tried Justice Society I can’t encourage you enough to give it a try, and this is a great place to start.
This series just keeps getting better. If you thought Batman and his stories were dark and twisted just give this a shot and I swear you will think his stories are normal. My only real complaint about this volume is the time jumping in the story, and how it didn’t really seem necessary in many places. Aside from the jumping time perspective the story itself was very well crafted and extremely engaging. Well worth the read.
This novella was much better than his other one in this series. While I would have loved to have seen more of the primary character of this series, the look behind the scenes at the people who move her around on the chessboard was very interesting. Rather than feeling like a minor writing exercise by the author to appease the fans between books this one felt like he actually put some effort and work into it, and I appreciate that extra work. Rather than simply being filler that provides a little bit of back story, this one actually adds real value to the series, and I have never been happier with a purchase. This novella is a worthy addition to the series, and a welcome piece in my library.