Part two of the four-part Rebirth event, “The Button,” dropped this week in THE FLASH #21 and, unsurprisingly considering the titular hero, it hit the ground running...but maybe not where you’d expect.
It’s a Heywood family reunion this week! Just, you know, without all the barbeque and cake and awkward aunts and uncles...and…well, anyone but Nate and his grandpa. Do two people still constitute a family reunion? Is that the proper use of that phrase?
I don’t know about you guys, but this has been the moment I’ve been waiting for since the second episode of this season. The triumphant return of one of my favorite super teams in the DC Universe: the Justice Society of America.
...Okay, alright, maybe “triumphant” is a strong word, considering they’re currently time scattered all over the place and struggling to protect pieces of the Spear of Destiny, but you know what I mean.
Welcome back, Legends fans! This week, our heroes managed to avoid prolonging the Cold War, so that’s certainly something. Good work all around, especially considering a few rogue elements (I’m looking at YOU, Young Dr. Stein) who seemed to bend over backwards to try and bring about nuclear war.
Welcome back from beautiful scenic Feudal Japan, Legends fans. Congratulations all around for not accidentally starting an international incident before America was even a nation at all. That would have been a really weird edit to make in the history textbooks.
But more importantly—talk about a whole lot of status quo shifting going on in an unplanned detour. We’ve got major changes for both Ray and Nate, a new mission care of Amaya and the JSA, a lead about a big secret Rip had been hiding from the crew, and an ominous message from a future Barry Allen. Phew.
I’ll be totally honest with you guys: The introduction of the Justice Society of America was probably my most anticipated moment across all of the #DCTV shows. I’ve been on the edge of my seat for them since Rex introduced himself at the end of season 1. And now they’re here! They’re a real thing! A live action JSA! How crazy is that?
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone with even a passing knowledge of DC Comics who doesn’t feel at least a little familiar with the Justice League of America. They are, after all, one of the most iconic and widely recognized super hero teams of all time. Their similarly named ancestor, the Justice Society of America, however, does not share the same notoriety.
In fact, there’s a decent chance this season of #DCTV might be the first time that some of you have heard of the JSA at all.
Don’t worry. If that’s the case, you are far from alone.
Hey there, Legends fans! Come on in, make yourselves at home. Let’s chat.
Actually, hold on a second. Before we get down to the more pressing matters here, I want to just take a second to say... Holy crap, right? I mean, we all knew what we were getting into with our Legends after last season, so maybe it’s my own fault for not preparing myself well enough for this premiere, but there was A LOT going on tonight—nuclear (wait, I mean “atomic”) bombs, Nazi spies, kidnapping Einstein…a T-Rex?!
It’s not easy distilling an entire decade worth of history into one graphic novel, particularly when it also involves reintroducing dozens of classic DC characters at the same time. So perhaps it was inevitable that Darwyn Cooke’s DC: THE NEW FRONTIER grew to over 400 pages in length with the deluxe omnibus edition. It’s a dense, beautiful, thought-provoking book, and as a result, Amy Ratcliffe and I decided to split our joint readthrough into two separate posts.
I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m a Darwyn Cooke fan.