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Review: Justice Society of America #39

Can they stop the Fourth Reich?

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Justice League is in the middle of a pretty big story arc called "Fatherland" in which the Fourth Reich has de-powered and killed most of Earth's heroes, and only a few remain. This time, Mr Terrific leads a group of heroes with a final resistance in order to end the Fourth Reich's reign of terror.

The Good

In the years I've read comics, I can not remember a force of evil this powerful. Not the characters themselves per se, but the weaponry they use. There is little to no hope for these heroes, up until the end of the issue, and although, after reading the last issue, I felt there was no where for this story really to go, other than the bad guys winning, the bar was raised on the last few pages and this storyline has refreshed itself. I've been enjoying the artwork on this run quite a bit. It never takes away from the writing, which, to me, is the highlight of this run. It's nice, once in a while, to see heroes get the snot beat out of them.

The Bad

I didn't really feel that the sense of urgency towards the end that Willingham seemingly intended. Sure, heroes were dying left and right as the Fourth Reich closed in, but I knew by the last page that things would return to the way the were before all of this took place. That's it though, I think Willingham has done an amazing job with his run so far.

The Verdict - 4/5

This is not the best  place for a newcomer to step onto the JSA-Train. We're right in the middle of a big storyline, but nevertheless, this was a great issue and a lot of fun to read. Willingham's run has been great so far, and his stories have been incredibly interesting, so I'd suggest picking this book up or wait until this storyline is over.