Last week's Reel focused on the funny, while this week's is All About the Awesome.
Occasionally, comic book storytelling is done so well it feels exactly like you're watching a movie, in this case the pyrotechnic climax of a blockbuster adventure movie (i.e. the Holy Judgement climax of Raiders of the Lost Ark).
JSA #9 (2000) is one of those rare cinematic experiences. From the writing team of David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns, along with amazing illustrator Stephen Sadowski, this sequence is taken from the dramatic resolution of the "Darkness Falls" story arc.
Set-Up: Obsidian, son of the original Green Lantern, succumbs to his personal demons and uses his immense power to plunge the world into darkness...and it's up to a recently re-constituted Justice Society of America to stop him and his cadre of villains. However, a number of JSA members fall under Obsidian's shadow and become his dark puppets. As one of the few remaining JSA'ers, Alan Scott has a face-to-face confrontation with Todd within a giant version of Obsidian's body, where things go from bad to worse (be sure to click on the panels for larger images)....
GL is then expelled from the giant Obsidian construct, as his son (in full god-complex mode) asserts his superior will. Big mistake....because when it comes to a Green Lantern and willpower....well, I'll let Alan take it from here.
Note: Be sure to click on the double-page spread below....your melted frontal lobe will thank you. Oh, and I dare you not to get goosebumps when you read the purple narration boxes...
See what I mean? Very cinematic in its look and feel...and just a dynamite example of how great superhero comics can still be with a creative team that obviously loves the characters and knows exactly what it's doing.
Do yourself a favor and pick up the JSA: Darkness Falls trade to enjoy the whole story!