The Golden Age

The Golden Age Some of the greatest heroes of the s including the original Green Lantern Atom Hawkman Starman and others return in this spectacular tale The story follows their postwar adventures as they b

  • Title: The Golden Age
  • Author: Paul Smith James Robinson
  • ISBN: 9781563892035
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some of the greatest heroes of the 1940s, including the original Green Lantern, Atom, Hawkman, Starman, and others, return in this spectacular tale The story follows their postwar adventures as they battle evil in a world they fear may no longer need them And as their importance wanes, a new hero, Dynaman, rallies the nation behind his fascist agenda.

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    1. There are a ton of characters in this thing, and as someone who has never read any golden age DC stuff, it took me a little while to understand who they all were. But once I got it, I enjoyed it immensely. There are some leaps in logic here and there and a couple of utterly boneheaded mistakes by the villain that no self-respecting evil genius would have made, but the thematic and character aspects of the story more than make up for those missteps. The way Robinson uses post-WWII Communist paran [...]

    2. Highly regarded early ‘90s series JSA: The Golden Age is back in a new deluxe edition. It’s a saga worth revisiting.This Elseworlds tale picks up shortly after World War II with many costumed heroes abandoning their masked personas for civilian life. Tex Thompson, once an unremarkable hero known as Mr. America, returns to the US a war hero. He embraces red-baiting and manipulative populism as his political fortunes rise. Tex recruits Dan Dunbar, once a teen sidekick known as Dan the Dyna-Mit [...]

    3. I've had this on my kindle for awhile and finally got around to reading it. It's a decent self contained story about some of DC's golden age superheroes. Not part of the main continuity.

    4. James Robinson's and Paul Smith's Elseworlds tale involving JSA and the heroes of the Golden Age is a well told tale and successfully reflects the post-WWII era in a fascinating manner. Robinson is a good writer and Smith is delivering some of his finest work in this volume.However, while I enjoyed the story, I could not help feeling, on more than one occasion, that I was somehow reading a Watchmen light. Several of the themes that seems to interest Robinson as a writer, are themes that Moore co [...]

    5. A very good story about what happened to the Golden Age heroes after the end of WWII. As an Elseworld's story, Robinson is allowed a bit more play with backstory and outcome. Overlaid with the story is the socio/political climate of the time, with the beginning of the Red Scare.Given that I am less familiar with the JSA characters, I found I had less emotional involvement in the story than I had with New Frontier, which visits similar themes. This gave the book less of an impact for me and, over [...]

    6. wow. musch better the second time around. especially when you think it's going to get all preachy about social problems and history, and then the supervillians are unmasked and the battle royale kicks in!this is an "Elseworlds" title, so don't expect everyone you know to show, or history to unfold as it should. nevertheless, I found it quite exciting -- stayed up and read it by flashlight, like I was 12 again!

    7. I'd give this more than 1 star, but less than 2. It's ripping off Watchmen HARD. Also like a bad version of Darwyn Cooke's JLA New Frontier books. Oh and the reveal near the end is like they just gave up and jumped the shark into ridiculous. Too bad, since the characters are all interesting enough when done properly, but this just fails on many levels. Avoid unless you like derivative work with far-fetched (even for comics) ideas.

    8. Hitler's brain?Recycled plot, which isn't necessarily a bad thing since so much of comics (and fiction) is about recycling, re-envisioning, re-presenting - but ultimately this graphic novel is boring and mired in the liberal promise of post-War America that pretends to be a critique of the fascistic undertones of the American superhero genre and the anti-communist fervor of the 1950s, but ends up just reinforcing an over-simplistic ideological vision of "the American spirit."

    9. Elseworlds is DC Comics' answer to Marvel's What If? It gives an opportunity to cast established characters in a different light, and it's usually quite enjoyable. This was no exception.The Golden Age is a somewhat darker look at "mystery men" after World War II ended. As in the DC mainstream, the men and women of the Justice Society and the All Star Squadron were unable to go overseas and end the war by defeating Hitler, Tojo and Mussolina themselves. Here though, instead of the most powerful a [...]

    10. I've had this book for ages, but just picked it up this morning and read it. The DC of my youth were the Silver/Bronze Age heroes, but I always loved the characters from the Golden Age: the Justice Society, the All-Star Squadron, etc. This book is an Elseworlds tale but tracks pretty close to what happened to the JSA on DC's Earth-Prime. In some ways, it's a morality tale on the advantages and disadvantages of being a hero. Writer Robinson portrays his heroes, most of whom are second-tier, as pe [...]

    11. I mainlined this graphic novel right up until the final 20 pages. I want to tell myself it's because I wanted to prolong the ending of a story I was enjoying, honestly, though, I probably got busy playing video games, or reading a novel or non-fiction title. So this month I've been organizing my graphic novels and comics (long overdue) and I finally finished JSA: The Golden Age. It has one of the most dynamic climatic fight scene that closes out the book; it actually provoked public audible excl [...]

    12. A good graphic novel that could have been better. It's excellent as a period piece - "Watchmen meets post-WWII Americana" - but it's marred by a multitude of unsympathetic point of view characters and way too much "head-hopping" between them. As a result the narrative through-line in the first half of the book is really weak. The reveal of the villain(s) is a nice, satisfying a-ha moment to anyone versed in Golden Age lore, and the final battle is a gripping slam-fest in the best comic book fash [...]

    13. An interesting look at post WWII America. It takes Golden Age heroes, that some modern readers may be unfamiliar with, and grounds them in reality so to speak. It makes them more human, and less god like than they were in the golden age. They are flawed people, trying to get along in an age where they seem to be becoming increasingly obsolete. Overall I loved it. I love these characters in all of there gaudy and flamboyant goodness. I did wish the Jay Garrick would be a bigger part, instead of j [...]

    14. It's the perfect companion piece to The New Frontier. I've always loved the 40s heroes in DC lore - to me, they are in many ways larger-than-life, more true to the concept of a hero than the heroes that would come later. I always see Alan Scott as the "Big Guy". Of course, it's James Robinson, so he puts a lot of heart into the small nuances of these characters' lives. No one makes me give a shit about guys like Johnny Quick more than Robinson.Rating: 96 out of 100

    15. Gorgeous artwork, a beautiful balance between superheroic nostalgia and historic paranoia, and plenty of over-the-top revelations that carry the whiff of the best of 1950s B-grade monster movies, all delivered with a straight face and a perfectly balanced respect for, and love of, the various elements. A wonderful volume for the geekiest of JSA fans, those with a memory of the-way-comics-used-to-be, and those who enjoy a finely balanced combination of artwork and narrative.

    16. I made it about halfway through this, and it is pretty much unreadable. The writing is just so bad, and the story is just, I don't know, it's just stupid. The illustrations are ok, not great. Flipping through the last half, it looks like it might get a bit better, but I'm not going to waste my time.

    17. Not as good as I remember, but way way way way more complicated and more dark than I remember, too. Some of the badness can be attributed to the heavy-handed symbolism, but I also didn't mind that as much when it was all over. It's clear that it's supposed to be that way. Robinson had a clear story, and a clear message, that he wanted to tell. The way it all goes down is quite good.

    18. As soon as I start I can hear the classic news reel announcer clearly in my head. If all the blonde men get in a room together I think I’ll get confused. The end of the mystery men isn’t a blackout, it’s a slow and painful fade to black. 1993… This was written in 1993 but they do a terribly good job of not making it feel like it. The art gives it away but still is an homage to an era. The sense of vaguely ominous is increasing… Bob ripping up the photo breaks my heart. So many lives cr [...]

    19. Very interesting take on these early heroes. Far from the simple 1 dimensional books of the 40s, this story adds depth to the characters

    20. This is what I would consider a classic series. Written by James Robinson who shows off his knowledge and love of the DC super heroes and Paul Smith - whose style seems to have changed for this series - he put in a lot more detail than I am used to seeing from him - loved it. And I don't normally give a shout out to the colourer but Richard Ory did an outstanding job of making the characters pop and the create the atmosphere. The basic story is - the war has ended and one of the heroes from it i [...]

    21. JSA: the Golden Age is an alternate reality tale that tries to update gaudy Golden age heroes by adding death and drugs. In short WW2 happens the heroes can’t do anything about it due to a villain with power canceling powers. The heroes retire after various hang ups with the war and the book explores them still trying to stay relevant in normal everyday living. Of course there is a big mystery of one hero trying to climb up the political ladder along some other Superman archetype. The twist is [...]

    22. This is straight-up one of the best comic books I have ever read, and I have read no small number. Somehow, it manages to be both mature and whimsical, capturing the innocence of the original stories while given Golden Age characters a veneer of weariness and adulthood that seems appropriate. It feels oddly prescient also, without being heavy-handed, and still manages, on top of all that, to inject some distinctly comic book-y plot points into the proceedings and make them seem legitimate. A sto [...]

    23. This one was a bit dark and could not sustain my interest really well, hence the 3-star rating. The ART also did not help. I think that having issues with both the story & the art was what ultimately hurt this book. OTOH, major props to DC for actually publishing something as dark as this. In this book, you will NOT find the idealised mystery men of yesteryear's comics (where they're all just one big happy family). No, here there are no giant typewriters or other such ridiculous death traps. [...]

    24. Most of my reviews, if I can only offer a book 2 stars that means I won't be keeping it in my library. It's time The Golden Age got the boot. If there's some way in which this book is NOT a Watchmen rip-off, I'd sure like to know it. As it stands, there are just too many parallels between the two books (e.g a disbanded/dishonoured superteam from the 40s; a nefarious and huge conspiracy bound to affect every level of life and implicating the aforementioned characters; old and new characters bandi [...]

    25. I found this book half-priced at a local bookstore and picked it up on whim, just because it was set in the 1940s and 50s, which is a comic book era I particularly enjoy. It turned out to be another "Elseworlds" story, which was a pleasant surprise, after just reading and thoroughly enjoying "JSA: The Liberty Files." This story is not as hard-boiled as "The Liberty Files," but it is just as entertaining, if more reverent to the "purity" of the era. I really enjoyed the political aspects of the s [...]

    26. One of my fave graphic novels, and one of the few that I've re-read with pleasure. A real novel, too, with a beginning, middle, and end, and not just part of an ongoing comic book series.In the aftermath of World War II, members and associates of the Justice Society of America attempt to return to civilian life, but have a hard time adjusting. Many are haunted by their war experiences, and some are hounded for alleged Communist sympathies.Features lots of characters you might not remember, like [...]

    27. Not quite as great as I'd been expecting - it's James Robinson, after all - but still pretty damn good. The HUAC hearing was the only part I'd heard about beforehand, which as it turns out is not just a small part of the story, but in fact comes from some Roy Thomas JSA comics from way back. In any case, though not up to the level of Robinson's Starman epic, it's still a pretty great tale of the Golden Age heroes in their days after WWII; in fact, some elements of that parallel the past sections [...]

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