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JSA: The Golden Age

(Robinsons' The Golden Age #1-4)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,650 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Some of the greatest heroes of the 1940s, including the original Green Lantern, Atom, Hawkman, Starman and others return in this spectacular Elseworlds 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.
Paperback, 199 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by DC Comics (first published 1994)
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Dan Schwent
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the aftermath of World War II, the mystery men have largely retired. One of them, Tex Thompson, is now a celebrity with an eye on the White House and is instrumental in the creation of America's newest super hero, Dyna-Man. But things are not as they seem. Can the former super heroes rally to stop the greatest threat to America and the world?

This one has been on my radar for years since I'm a fan of James Robinson and the Justice Society. I snapped it up at MightyCon for $5 and it was worth t
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Aaron
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Brian Poole
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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-Mite, t
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Stabbing
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
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.
Guilherme Smee
Quando eu li pela primeira vez esta minissérie pela editora Tudo em Quadrinhos, eu li com as revistas com os cadernos, ou a ordem das páginas, trocadas na gráfica. E ainda assim eu gostei. Lendo desta vez, no formato correto, eu adorei. É uma bela homenagem aos heróis da Era de Ouro, que hoje pertencem à DC Comics, embora originariamente muitos deles pertenceram a outras editoras. Ele aborda heróis mais conhecidos e mais desconhecidos e nos transporta para uma época em que a paranoia ainda não e ...more
John Siuntres
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Coda to WW2 Superheroes

Robinson Paul Smith and company created the most realistic take on what Happens to the World’s greatest heroes when they don’t need them anymore. How do you fit in the next Era? As the tears go by it’s harder to identify the new faces of Evil. A brilliant story that bridges the gap between the 40s and 60s DC heroes
The_Mad_Swede
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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Ondra Král
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
První polovina je skvělá. Sledujeme úpadek supráků po válce a jejich (ne)vyrovnávání se s novou společností. V závěru to bohužel nabírá úplně jiný směr, ale přesto tohle DCKK stojí za to.
Luiz Santiago
Baita exposição de um período da história dos quadrinhos através de um viés político.
Jared Millet
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 ...more
Ubalstecha
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
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Gonzalo Oyanedel
Soberbio rescate del escritor James Robinson, quien utiliza la excusa de las "historias alternativas" para tender un puente hacia la generación olvidada de justicieros del cómic-book y relatar su agridulce desenlace en los tumultuosos '50s. Incómodamente realista, la trama se pasea por los grandes temas de la década (el macarthismo, la Guerra Fría o el temor nuclear) para forjar el destino de personajes algunas vez queridos y rápidamente olvidados, mientras abre la puerta a su más conocido relev ...more
Mike
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-series
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!
Gavin
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
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.
Osvaldo
May 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
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."
Lee Battersby
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Joe
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as much fun as I wanted
Mark
Feb 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Started and stopped - blech. Warning: cynical & dark hero deconstruction ahead.
Maurice Jr.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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Joseph
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jamie
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Gabriell Anderson
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, cz, hardcover
Jedno z příjemných překvapení v rámci DiCKKu.
#nemámnačteno i tak ale musím říct, že mi tohle převyprávění zlatého věku hrdinů naprosto sedlo.
Robinson příběh zasadil do období po druhé světové válce, kdy se McCarthy teprve chystal napáchat svoje škody, ale HUAC (Výbor pro neamerickou činnost) už řádil a pročišťoval Ameriku od komunismu. A my můžeme sledovat, jak se s touhle dobou vyrovnávají hrdinové, kteří najednou po válce nejsou úplně potřeba a vlastně by sami rádi žili obyčejnými životy, tedy
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Ronald Koltnow
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
In a story that mirrors WATCHMEN somewhat, James Robinson recasts the superheroes, called mystery men (although some are women), into a narrative that reflects Cold War paranoia and demagoguery. Tex Thompson, Mr. America, returns from WWII a hero, which springs him into the senate. He begins a secret weapons program and calls upon his fellow mystery men to sign loyalty oaths. HUAC lurks in the background. Writer James Robinson, who would later reinvent Starman, has done tons of research into the ...more
Camilo Guerra
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lectura de una sentada.

Los héroes despsues de la segunda guerra mundial están retirados, ahora solo se piensa en cosas positivas y en cazar rojos,pero tanta maravilla no es tan simple, ya que alguien quiere a los héroes fuera de foco, los quiere muertos y si a eso le sumamos una de LAS MEJORES PELEAS de superheroes de todos los tiempos, pues es que estabamos retrasados, ya que aca todo es sangriento, sucio y doloroso, haciendo cada golpe mas y mas epico. Robinson construye una historia emotiva,d
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Robert A.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Tony Blanco
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
There's some beautiful throwback art that gets harrowing in places. I can dig some of the "grim and gritty" characterization but there's so many threads at the start by the end it all feels a little thin. I don't regret reading it but i think I'm good.

Probably the best thing about it is the set up for James Robinson's ongoing "starman" title.
Chris devine
May 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
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.
Michael Sanchez
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Stephanie Jobe
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 crumbling. N ...more
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James Robinson is a British writer, best known for his work in comic books and screenplays. He is well-known for his encyclopedic knowledge of comic book continuity, especially regarding the Golden Age of comic books. His earliest comic book work came in the late 1980s, but he became best known for his revitalization of the character Starman for DC comics in the 1990s. In addition, he has written ...more

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