Thursday, June 13, 2013

I should save this for the end of the year:


I have a smattering of Secret Society of Super-Villains issues--the late seventies series from DC, that's a lot like the more modern Secret Six. Except not as edgy. Or funny. Or readable...they weren't really much of a "Secret," either, now that I think about it. I think they had a "Sinister Citadel" somewhere...oh, yeah! Way back when, we saw Sinestro try to level it, pummel Hawkman down, then get beat by Captain Comet. Why, you ask? I don't know. Funky Flashman, maybe? (Crap, I shouldn't have mentioned that name, he'll probably get a 52-reboot next...)

Today, though, we've got "The Wizard's War of the Worlds!" (Written by Bob Rozakis, art by Mike Vosburg and Bob Smith.) Back in the pre-Crisis day, hopping back and forth from Earth-1 to Earth-2 was easier than me driving across town, and the Wizard has enlisted the Society's Plant Master (or Floronic Man, Jason Woodrue) Star Sapphire (not Carol Ferris, maybe?) Blockbuster (the one that gets killed in the Suicide Squad) and Professor Zoom (aka Reverse-Flash, etc.) to fight his foes, the Justice Society. The guys are mostly down with the plan, but Sapphire's had enough and wants to go home, but can't beat Wizard.

That is kind of a weird line, there...

The Wizard's plan is pretty simple: using a mystic summons to draw a hero into a trap, they'll beat the hell out of them one at a time, then gang up on Superman and Power Girl later. Blockbuster beats down the Atom, and Zoom and Plant Master take down Dr. Mid-Nite; with Captain Comet arriving too late to see the fight. Meanwhile, back on Earth-1, the Silver Ghost (who?) hires the Society, or rather thinks he does: Mirror Master and Copperhead tell him they're the Society to get the job! It's a simple gig: Kill the Freedom Fighters!

Will the Mirror Master's "Society" be a match for Uncle Sam and his team? Are the Atom and Dr. Mid-Nite done for? Will Star Sapphire turn on the Wizard? Can the Justice Society defeat the Secret Society of Super-Villains? All these questions and more will be answered...never. SSoSV #15 was the last issue! Per the GCD, "Continuation of this story presented in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2, and summarized in the follow-up story in Justice League of America #166-168."

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Yeah, that really is an odd line to use. Maybe DC made the wrong JSAer Gay, ha ha.