First I'll comment on the art. It was great to have Jerry Ordway back from the original Infinity Inc. Wiacek's inks over Ordway's pencils made a good combination. The Earth-2 Huntress and Robin look just as they should. But Powergirl just doesn't look quite right to me. I guess I've grown accustomed to her Eaglesham/ Von Grawbadger look in the JSA mags where her facial expressions match her assertive attitude (I hope that makes sense). But in this story Powergirl just looked a little mousy to me. The JSA pinup was awesome. Another great "class photo" shot. The Alex Ross cover is beyond awesome.
Some characters who are deceased on New Earth still have living dopplegangers on this revised Earth-2. They include Jade, Dr. Midnight (Beth Chapel), Wildcat II (Yolanda Montez), the Star-Spangled Kid, and the original Atom (Al Pratt). Jim Corrigan and Kent Nelson are still the Spectre and Dr. Fate. Now if all these folks can still be alive, then why not the Golden Age Batman?!?!?! Bring him back! Throw his remains in the Lazarus Pit or something!
The Fury and Hector Hall are still active on Earth-2 after the apparent "physical" deaths of their New Earth counterparts in JSA# 80 (a subplot which ran now and then beginning in issue 74). I'm assuming that on Earth-2 the Fury is still Lyta Trevor, daughter of the original Wonder Woman.
Of course after the "attempt" of Crisis on Infinite Earths to make the DC Universe tidier and more manageable, the Golden Age Wonder Woman was retconned out of existence and a Golden Age Fury was created to be the mother of the modern Fury. But sometime between Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis, DC decided that a Golden Age Wonder Woman was a good idea after all. So on New Earth she is now Hippolyta, mother of the current Wonder Woman. Is that all clear as mud?
And on the revised Earth-2 Hector has never been Dr. Fate, but is still the Silver Scarab. And of course, in this altered reality, Robin and Huntress never died in the Crisis. So here the Earth-2 Justice Society is known as Justice Society Infinity, a conglomeration of members from both the original JSA and the original Infinity Inc.
1) Justice Society Infinity has had experience with parallel worlds before. Which parallel worlds?
2) Now who is it that Helena Wayne has been in love with her entire life? Is it Dick Grayson?
3) Is the Powergirl whose been hanging out with the JSA on New Earth indeed the Powergirl of Earth-2 or the lone survivor of a deceased Earth-Two? Does the appearance of yet another Powergirl indicate that the revised Earth-2 has had its own Powergirl all along? And if that's true, could this revised Earth-2's Superman and Lois still be alive?
This very important book is the culmination of over twenty years of DC history. It's also been at least three years in the making, picking up some threads from Infinite Crisis, JSA Classified, and the other JSA titles. I cannot wait to see the story continue in the pages of Justice Society of America.