Any casual visitor to this site might guess that I have a deep affection for DC’s Justice Society of America, the first and greatest superteam.
Maybe it is because I talked about how the 1970 Justice League/Justice Society team-up pretty much got me addicted to comic books.
Or how I finally tracked down the elusive issue long missing from my collection.
Or how the Justice Society just lent themselves to the best holiday stories.
But I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d live to see the Justice Society star in a TV show.
That show is “Stargirl,” a series I looked forward to about as much as a marathon of C-Span’s greatest filibusters. While I love the JSA, I cared nothing for the character – until now.
The series opened with a horrific attack – the Injustice Society of America wiped out the Justice Society in their brownstone headquarters.
With his dying breath, Starman (Joel McHale) tells his sidekick Stripesy – also known as Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) – to keep the JSA alive.
Ten years later, teenager Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) gets it in her head that she’s Starman’s biological daughter (nope!) and assumes control of the cosmic staff.
She sets out to recruit new heroes to join her in the fight against the Injustice Society, and we soon have a new Hourman, Wildcat and Dr. Midnite – all comic book canon legacies on TV for the first time.
Not going to lie: I got chills the first time actor Cameron Gellman stepped out as Hourman. The detail for all the heroes is thrilling.
There are so many nods to classic stories and heroes (the Shining Knight has been revealed, and Jakeem has been name-checked, for example). The villains are beyond monstrous – Brainwave murdered his son Henry just because the teen aligned himself with the new JSA.
This series loves the Justice Society, and you would expect no less from executive producer and writer Geoff Johns, co-creator of Stargirl and the man who penned so many of the great JSA stories I have commented on here.
The two-part season finale begins Tuesday on CW, and it looks to be an epic showdown between the new Justice Society and the Injustice Society. I know what I’ll be watching – with all the wonder of that kid who first fell in love so many years ago.