Wednesday, June 09, 2010
JSA All-Stars #7 - DC
This issue the All-Stars deal with Grant's death . . Damage. But it's mostly told from Judomaster's point of view, because in the last few months Sonia and Grant had fallen in love. I thought it was a pretty touching story. Sonia has been driven for a while now to find her father's killer . . honor, justice, revenge . . all of that has been her motivation. But now . . now she seems to have amped up her search, because of her grief over Grant's passing. And with that anger, she can now punish her father's killer in a way she might not have been able to before. However, just before killing him . . with a rifle . . 'That's not very sporting. Is it?' . . King Chimera shows up with a message from Grant. Actually, she had already started viewing Grant's final message, but . . she didn't stick around until the end. Basically, Grant wanted to let Sonia know that if he should die in the coming battle with the Black Lanterns, as Sandy saw in one of his dreams, that she shouldn't waste her life being angry and bitter as he had. Finding her love made him realize just how much of his life he had wasted feeling sorry for himself. So she ends up taking down some villains who happen to have a briefcase full of cash. She then uses that money to go and help some of the victims of Grant's blast in Atlanta a few years ago. Something that Grant would've surely done, had he the opportunity. Like I said, it was a touching story. And it gave us a little more insight into both Grant's and Sonia's characters. At the end of the story, in one of the hospital's Sonia is visiting, we also see Arthur Pemberton talking to Professor Milo. His daughter Lorna is in a coma because of a fall she took as a result of their interaction with the All-Stars. Traditional doctors can treat her, but won't do surgery. And, of course, we all know that Milo is anything but traditional. It seems that Arthur wants to get her up and mobile so that they can exact their revenge against the young heroes. All in all I thought it was a pretty decent story by Matthew Sturges and Freddie Williams II. The back-up story should be wrapping up soon. In it Liberty Belle and Hourman have teamed up with Tigress and Icicle to search for an ancient staff. To me, the best part of the story is the interaction between characters because even though they're playing nice, they're still on opposite sides of the law. But the more the work together, they find out they're more alike than they car to admit. It's been an interesting story by Jen Van Meter and Travis Moore. I like this book, but I haven't been thrilled with it. I think it's because there really hasn't been a lot of character development in these first 7 issues. Until this one. And even though King Chimera wasn't a big part of it, I enjoyed his involvements. Hopefully this is a portent of things to come.