:jsa_book_club: :justice_league_book_club: Two Worlds, Two Teams, One Mission [February 2021 JSABC/JLBC EVENT]:jsa_book_club:

Well hello there JSA and Justice League Book Clubs. Tally-ho. :wave: :sunglasses:

Thank you @JasonTodd428 and @Vroom for putting this together for the month. :clark_hv_4:

For sure I’d say an exciting, historical meeting takes place. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

JLA #21+#22 Summary

It was fun reading about the JSA taking on The Fiddler, The Wizard, and The Icicle since it reminded me of the first season of Stargirl. :stargirl:

Also a pretty smart strategy in moving to another earth to enjoy their winnings from their crime exploits. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

I found Felix Faust’s incantations to be pretty amusing. :joy:

Reading about a great sphere of vibratory energy on the rim of twin earths is very interesting. It also made a lot of sense that the Fiddler would recognize the pitch needed to vibrate to different earths. :nerd_face:

Catching both Barry and Jay in vibratory prisons was a good plan. :flash_hv_5:

Hourman having a radio belt is very interesting. Nice counter to The Fiddler’s violin playing. :hourglass_flowing_sand: :violin:

Seeing Wonder Woman tunnel her and Batman out reminds me of the times that Superman has also tunneled his way out of a predicament. :wonderwoman: :batman: :superman:

I find that Superman with his time puns are funny. :superman_hv_4:

Not sure if the Crime Syndicate of Earth 3 would be very welcoming for these crime champions since they might think they would be stepping onto their turf. :eyes:

JLA #82-83 Summary

It’s funny that we learn what the cause of Superman’s “sickness” is before the heroes do and pointed out by this caption panel. I find it always fun reading captions like these. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Black Canary from Earth 2 coming to live on our earth is interesting considering from the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on the CW that is exactly what Black Siren did. :0_black_canary:

Her wanting to end herself because she thought she was the cause of the problems between the two worlds was tough since we knew she wasn’t the cause of it. :fearful:

Having The Spectre show up as one of the characters was nice since from our rewards program I started reading more about The Spectre. :ghost:

I like both stories as they had fun moments I could pick out from both. If I had to go with one though… I’d have to pick JLA #82-83 only by a small margin. :sweat_smile:

The story seemed to be on a much larger scale with the implications of the worlds colliding together rather than breaking out of the traps set by the Crime Champions in the first story. It also reminded me of parts of Crisis on Infinite Earths where the worlds did actually come together for a bit of time. :globe_with_meridians: :globe_with_meridians:

I would have to say it’s a tie between Felix Faust and his incantations and Jay. :mage: :flash_hv_3:

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Hello yourself and welcome to the party. :wave:

My pleasure. Nothing quite like a good ole club crossover.

It reminded me of that as well. :stargirl: Love that show.

So long as no heroes should happen to follow you anyway.

It amuses me every time I read these issues.

Who said music isn’t a useful skill set to have?

It reminded me of that as well. Gotta love the Trinity though. Always watching each other’s backs in a fight even if they all aren’t together. Also Batman at this point doesn’t mind having help out of tight situations.

I’m going to say they would not. Best not to even go to E3. Probably safer for everyone that way.

I’m not a big fan of those myself to be honest. :man_shrugging:

I can see why she would do so if E2 held to many sad memories for her and I think that probably Black Siren crossing over in the CW Crisis was an homage or reference to Black Canary having done the same in the comics. I love it when tv shows do that because then I feel like whomever is in charge of them knows the history of the property they are using.

The Spectre and the supernatural types are some of my favorite characters. I really got into Phantom Stranger a few months back.

As much as I love big scale, high stakes stories I do love a small scale, lower stakes ones more. A lot of modern comics are the first almost all the time in my opinion and it gets a bit exhausting at times to have every story be earth shattering.

Good choices. I loved those Jay panels in particular.

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It is nice to see the word “crisis” not mean that for once. It does throw me for a loop seeing it’s use here for a second though even though I know these stories are not that kind of “Crisis”.

I would have to agree with that.

:man_shrugging: Ya got me there, friend. It’s a real head scratcher.

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@TheCosmicMoth @JasonTodd428
Maybe the Batman/Dr. Mid-Nite connection is just a pun on the phrase “Blind as a bat.”

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Ugghhh… a pun!!! You may be right… but I hope not, lol!

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Thank you. I had meant to read more JSA books (as I have a nice stack in one of my lists) so glad to join the party. :tada: :partying_face: :tada:

Yes! Very much looking forward to season 2. Also because of reading a bit about the villain for season 2 here. :smiley:

Those episodes from Justice League the Animated Series were a lot of fun watching as well. :sunglasses: :+1:

Very true! :rofl:

So true. I very much enjoy listening to my playlists when reading. :musical_note: :musical_score:

That’s cool. Yeah, I could think of some reasons not to like them. Usually captions like those I tend to read them as an announcer or commentator at a game would. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Yes! :100:

Nice! Yeah from watching Swamp Thing I’ve also been meaning to dig into The Phantom Stranger stories as well. :tophat: :ghost:

Hmmm. Can’t say I’ve run into feeling like this yet. Still pretty new in reading comics and when I do I have been enjoying most of them when I do. :thinking:

Could definitely see though how if the whole world was at stake all the time how that would be exhausting and having a smaller story would be good to read to take a break from that. :clark_hv_4:

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Could be but I agree with @TheCosmicMoth in that I really hope it wasn’t.

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Come back any time or join up if you’d like. Either way you’d be welcome.

Me too. Can’t wait!

thinks the above caption with a local sports announcers voice

Ya know that might just work. I’ll have to try that whenever those types of captions come up again.

I had a Phantom Stranger discussion last October in one of my other clubs:

I would start with this Phantom Stranger book and work you way forward.

Yeah, I can see how you wouldn’t necessarily feel that way but I’ve been reading comics for decades at this point. :man_shrugging: I do still get excited about the “big” stories on occasion, especially if they are from other companies but I have a tendency these days of avoiding most of them in the Big Two and sticking to the more 'fringe" titles there.

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And here are Two Two’s questions.

  1. What did you think of the JLA Classifed story here?

  2. What about the JSA Classified story?
    Which one was the better story in your opinion?

  3. Did you have a favorite panel among these issues?

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  1. Just confusing and hard to follow.

  2. Too slow, but very good final issue. This shows how good Psycho Pirate can be. I definitely enjoyed this one more.


  3. I guess “Jeph” I mean Geoff got tired of people asking how to pronounce his name.

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  1. I didn’t really understand who the guys fighting Grodd in the beginning were, so that made it confusing for me. It was an ok story. The real JLA came back to save the day.
  2. I liked this story better, but I always liked Earth 2 before Crisis, so anything that references it touches a chord in me.
  3. No real favorite panel. I thought the art was good in both stories.
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Week 1

  1. The first crossover is fun and you get to see different villains together to stop the JLA/JSA.

  2. This crossover is also fun but I thought it odd that Dr.Midnight is Batman. Just an odd observation.

  3. I enjoyed the second one more because it’s the satellite era JLA. I feel like this is the first time The Spectre turns large to stop the world from collapsing on each other and it wouldn’t be the last.

  4. Well I would have to go with Spectre, Thunderbolt and Dr. Fate because they are the ones that stop the world’s from this crisis.

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Week 2

  1. As much as I like Grant Morrison, I was like what in the world is going on? I don’t remember if this spun off of JLA. It was a jumbled mess.

  2. I liked this story much better. It made you think about all her multiple origins. This story was the better of the two.

  3. My favorite panel

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I’m not a Morrison fan by any stretch but this was a complete mess to me as well.

I loved seeing PG struggling with having a set of memories that didn’t fit into the situation she finds herself in now. She’s a refugee from a dead world but is not fully aware that its why she feels so off kilter. I think the writer did a good job of getting into her head space. She’s confused and perhaps even frightened by all these fragments of memory from her time on Earth 2 and to further complicated things you have Psycho Pirate messing with her head.

I loved that too. Here’s another of my favorites from this round.

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Ah, nice! Thank you. :sunglasses: :+1:

Yes, I will have to see if I can stop by every once in a while depending on how my schedule works. :clark_hv_4:

Added that story to my reading lists and will also see about that discussion as well. Thank you again. :grin:

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This was… Well… A head scratcher for sure as to what really happened. :sweat_smile:

Also… In regards to reading about Grodd being hungry for humans…

That is the most horrifying and most likely stay the most horrifying thing I’ve read for a long time. :scream: :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

This was interesting as I’ve only seen a little about Power Girl before and thought she was from Earth-2. When the stories about her past kept changing, since it was a new story to me, I thought, oh that’s cool a different origin. Then it changed, and changed, and… Changed. So I was just as confused as Power Girl. Also in the last issue it reminded me to read Infinite Crisis again as that’s also in my reading lists. :sweat_smile:

Yeah I would have to go with JSA Classified. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

I thought Batman playing chess with robot versions of the League was cool. :00_justice_league:

And this one from the JSA Classified stories as Superman’s expression was my expression with Power Girl’s many story changes. :sweat_smile:

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was probably not one of Grant Morrison’s better stories. Or at least in my opinion it really isn’t. :man_shrugging:

I also agree with you about Grodd being hungry for people. So wrong on so many levels.

That’s the beauty of it. I think even the readers are supposed to be just as confused as she is.

That was pretty cool.

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Yeah I’ve read other discussions about different stories written by him that were better received, so maybe this was just one outlying case based on different circumstances where everything did not work out as intended. :thinking:

Oh yeah. Looking from a story perspective that made total sense. Although, having Psycho Pirate confuse Power Girl to get her to this breaking point…

That did not sit well with me at all. :pensive:

It did, as @MatthewHecht said, make Psycho Pirate be a formidable villain for sure though as well as taking out Jay and Mr. Terrific with his powers. I’ll probably also shuffle around some of my other readings I have to see how the rest of the story played out so I can see justice being served out to Psycho Pirate sooner… :smirk:

Oh… And all the other things that happened during Infinite Crisis. :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: :superman_hv_4:

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And here we go with the Lightning Saga folks. It was a pretty fun read with a guest appearance by another of DC’s great Super Teams: The Legion of Superheroes. I hope you all enjoy this one @JSABookClub And @JusticeLeagueBookClub.

Here are this weeks questions.

  1. Seems we have a three team crossover here. How many of you are familiar with the Legion of Superheroes?

  2. What did you think of the interactions between the three teams here?

  3. What did you think of the Lightning Saga overall?

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  1. Mostly from Smallville. I never cared for them in anything else other than Thom Kallor.
  2. I felt it was too Justice League focused with most of the inner team interactions being too simplistic. I am probably biased, but I thought the two JSA issues were better done.
  3. Highly overrated. I never saw the appeal in saying this is the best JSA/JL crossover when I much prefer Virtue and Vice, the CSA crossover, JSA 54…

To end a on a high note I love the Arkham scene, and I really loved the interactions between two of my favorite heroes, Batman and Sandman. Especially them fighting the hordes of Batmen who were designed after various Batman designs like DKR Batman.

This is my favorite panel.

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