The JSA is Returning to the DCU. Yay?

The Justice Society of America as seen on the cover of “Justice League” No. 31.

After a couple years of teasers and with “Doomsday Clock” reaching its last ticks – it only feels as if the miniseries began in 1941 – DC finally announced that the Justice Society of America will be returning to continuity.

And it’s a case of be careful for what you wish for, for the creative mastermind behind the JSA’s long-awaited return will be …

Scott Snyder.

Jesus H. (expletive, tosses rock, tosses another rock, expletive) Christ.

DC announced that Snyder will be “introducing” the Justice Society in “Justice League” No. 31, on sale in September.

This is your classic good news/catastrophic news situation.

The past could be the key to saving the future in 'DC Universe: Rebirth.'
DC first teased the JSA returning back in 2016. Took them long enough.

Snyder is the kind of guy who takes 11 issues to tell a three-part story, who retcons characters as if they are his personal blackboards, and always manages to finds the weakest way to wrap a story.

Reading his stories is like rubbing a scrap of sandpaper on your brain. But, hey, let’s hear from the man himself.

In an interview with Newsarama, Snyder said, “I can’t tell you how honored and thrilled I am to be able to reintroduce them to mainline continuity. I’ve been waiting to do it for months and months and months and months and months – really, since we did Metal. I have really big plans for them. I mean, they play a really crucial role in this story.”

It appears as if the League encounters the JSA when they journey back to the 1940s. The JSA has been absent from DC books after the godawful “Flashpoint” in 2011 – with the notable exception of the original Flash, Jay Garrick, dropping in on Batman and the Flash and an elderly, mad Johnny Thunder blaming himself for the JSA’s disappearance. Wonder if and how DC will address Johnny.

Snyder says that he has plans for the JSA beyond this one storyline.

“They’re characters that I’ve been dying to use for a very long time. I’m a big fan of what Geoff Johns did with them, and what James Robinson did with them.”

Given how he later references Robinson’s work, questions what it must have been like for the first generation of Mystery Men in the 1940s, and talks about his own family’s history of military service, it’s easy to infer that he’s thinking about some sort of thematic sequel – or “side-quel” – to Robinson’s now classic “The Golden Age.”

And given Snyder’s track record, it’s even easier to imagine him turning a couple of our heroes into Nazi sympathizers.

Jakeem Thunder from "JSA" No. 29.
Jakeem Thunder from “JSA” No. 29.

If Snyder truly is a fan of Johns’ run on the team, then he must acknowledge Johns gave them an unshakeable purpose that should have (and yet did not) establish them firmly in the DCU – as the heroes who guide the next generation of champions.

I fear we will never see Cyclone or Jakeem Thunder or even Power Girl again.

Snyder is one of the few writers whose work I make a point to avoid. I’ve been burned too much by his stories.

It could be worse, I suppose.

DC could have given the assignment to Dan Jurgens.

 

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