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STARGIRL AND THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Stargirl - PosterIn May, 2020, Stargirl was brought to the small screen by the executive producer, Geoff Johns, who originally created the character in July, 1999, within the pages of the ‘Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.’ comic book, issue zero, published by DC Comics. Since then, she has evolved as an individual and managed to change with the times. So much so, in fact, that she’s now being embraced by a brand new audience for her second season.


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Season One

In the first season of Stargirl, we’re all introduced to a kind, athletic, and intelligent high schooler, named Courtney Whitmore, who along with her mother, Barbara, moves from California to Nebraska so they can both live with her mum’s new husband, Pat Dugan. But soon enough, Courtney's life takes an even more dramatic turn when she discovers a super-powered ‘Cosmic Staff’ hidden in her new stepdad's basement! The same 'Cosmic Staff' that was originally wielded by Starman / the Star-Spangled Kid.

The Original JSA
Well, unbeknownst to Courtney, her stepdad, Pat, used to be Stripesy, the Star-Spangled Kid's technically competent sidekick, and he was entrusted to find a worthy successor after the Kid was mortally injured in a fight between his team, the Justice Society of Americaand their evil arch-enemies, the Injustice Society of America. 

So, who do you think receives this cosmically powered staff? Yes. That's correct. Courtney gets it, and what she does with it is rather spectacular, to say the least.




Who were the Justice Society of America?

The Justice Society of America, also known as the JSA, were a team of superheroes who first appeared in ‘All Star Comics’, issue three, circa 1940, and consisted of a roster that included Doctor Fate, Hour-Man, Spectre, Sandman, Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, Hawkman, and many, many more. Over the years, this timely team went through a number of changes, both personally and professionally, but were effectively wiped out by the Injustice Society of America in the same attack that killed the Star-Spangled Kid.

Stargirl and the new JSA
Well, that’s until Courtney decides to defy her stepfather’s wishes by stealing the deceased JSA members' memorabilia so she can find and recruit their successors. Most notably, the new Wildcat, the new Doctor Mid-Nite, and the new Hourman, who all spend the remainder of season one learning the ins and outs of being a superhero, courtesy of Stargirl's stepdad-turned-superhero-mentor, S.T.R.I.P.E., while fighting such vile villains as Brainwave, Icicle, Dragon King, and several others. 



So, what did you think of Stargirl, season one, and what do you think is going to happen in season two?  After all, most of the fans are already delighted with what they’ve seen so far, and with a little luck, the second season should go with the flow.

STARGIRL AND THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA STARGIRL AND THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA Reviewed by David Andrews on October 29, 2020 Rating: 5

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