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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401227147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401227142
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes Coventry and The Sandman Presents. Matthew Sturges is the co-writer of Jack of Fables and House of Mystery. His other DC Universe works include Shadowpact, Blue Beetle and Justice Society of America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bill Willingham never fought a desperate and losing battle in a good cause, never contributed to society in a meaningful way, and hasn't lived a life of adventure, but he's had a few moments of near adventure. At some point in his life Bill learned how to get paid for telling scurrilous lies to good people, and he's been doing it ever since. He lives in the wild and frosty woods of Minnesota.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2010
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With the coming of the new JSA spin-off title, JSA ALL-STARS, we all knew which way the wind was blowing. And I guess it was an obvious move, what with the JSA ranks having risen to such ridiculous numbers that even Legionnaires are now passing judgment. Factor in too that new scribes Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges want to make an instant mark, and so we get the splintering.

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: THE BAD SEED collects issues #29-33 of the series, and this is a run in which I choose to give Willingham and Sturges a pass while they get their feet wet. The Bad Seed arc starts out innocently enough as the JSAers learn that Obsidian, who handles security of the JSA's brownstone headquarters, has been compressed into this egg-shaped thing and thus nullified. Then the JSA-ers go out in the field on what they believe to be a routine mission. But they walk into an ambush and fall prey to a mass meta-villain attack. Things spiral way out of control from that point. Cue the betrayal from within and the vicious death of a Justice Society member.

It's a toss-up between Brian Michael Bendis's the Hood and Mark Waid's (as filtered thru Geoff Johns) Magog as to whom I despise more. It might be Magog, and it's killing me that this arrogant twerp has got his own series going. Magog's jarhead background asserts itself as Magog begins to hoo-ha about the JSA being more of a social club than it is a disciplined paramilitary unit. Too, he's never been shy about tossing around commands, even though he's still one of the new kids on the block. It turns out, though, that several other JSA-ers share his philosophy, and so what we get - and this so soon after the Kingdom Come debacle - is a team divided AGAIN. It's hard to believe I can loathe Magog even more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 6, 2010
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New writers Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges embark on what appears to be an extended sequence of which this book is only the first part. The plot is fairly engaging with three separate threads. The first involves a traitor in the JSA. The second has a new villain group paid by an as yet unrevealed person to destroy the JSA *except* for Stargirl. The third has another mysterious entity stealing Obsidian. Only the first is resolved in this book. During all the mayhem the team becomes badly fractured over philosophical differences about how the team is run.

It's a good example of what is now known as writing for the trade. The plot moves at a fairly leisurely pace but the reader stays engaged with lots of action, characterization, and gorgeous artwork by Jesus Merino. The story has just begun but already I'm liking it much better than Johns' Thy Kingdom Come mega arc. I fear the climax might not live up to the buildup but so far so good. The attention being heaped on Magog leads me to believe that he is being set up as one focus of a future mega crossover event.

Complaints are few. One thing I did miss was the thumbnail sketches of all the JSA members that appeared in previous collections. With the JSA rivaling the Legion in numbers of members it was certainly handy. At 128 pages this was a bit thin for the asking price but still a better deal than the individual issues.

In short, highly recommended for JSA fans. Newcomers might want to start earlier with either "The Next Age" or even "Justice Be Done".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on May 26, 2010
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This book collects some recent issues of the Justice Society of America. The writers recognized that the group had grown too large, too unwieldy and character development was suffering. While there is an interesting battle between the JSA and a host of villains, the main tension here is how the JSA shatters--with veteran leaders like Flash, Green Lantern and Wildcat pulling the group one way while Magog and Power Girl leading it another. There is also a traitor working inside the JSA in this story in a predictable subplot that makes no sense whatsoever since the JSA apparently does the most incompetent background screenings in human history when potential members apply. I was expecting the shattering of the JSA to be more emotional but the plot seems too rushed for the impact to be felt. Not a bad work by any means but it is not memorable.
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By Joseph Valenzuela on October 15, 2013
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Book was in great shape. Great price too. I had individual comics but Trade is better to have. Happy I got this. TY
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lieder on November 19, 2010
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I am going to preface this by saying that I'm not the target audience for this book. I am an adult. I read Watchmen. Just as The Wire: The Complete Series ruined me for other cop shows, good comics ruined me for the run of the mill superhero comics. And a comic story about old WWII superheroes teaming up with the newer models is just going to be too much like Moore's classic NOT to make the unfair comparisons. Recently, I told a date that criticizing the opera for being overblown and melodramatic is like criticizing romantic comedies for being formulaic. However, sometimes the genre produces some great stuff despite the limitations. I quite liked Identity Crisis (DC Comics) for example and I love Bill Willingham's Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile titles and I grabbed this particular book from the library expecting that he would bring the same talent to the superhero genre.

I really wish that he stuck with Fables.

This storyline isn't just full of the tired cliches that surround most superhero comics, but it renders them even sadder than usual. Sure, you read superhero comics and expect your fair share of idiots in tights beating each other up, but this one is 90% idiots in tights beating each other up. Even worse, they are idiots in tights getting beat up and trapped in obvious ambushes. Most of the JSA people are terrible in fights to the point where you wonder why they ever decided to do this for a living.
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