Big Bang: Round Table of America

    (Image, 2004)
™ and © 2004 Chris Ecker and Gary Carlson

In its earliest incarnation, Big Bang Comics presented the evolution of a fictional comics company from the Golden Age, through the Silver, right up to grim and gritty. Since then, Big Bang has developed its own fairly cohesive corner of the Image universe. This issue apes a modern issue of JLA. Doing so is unnecessary.

There are no new Golden or Silver Age comics in the real world, so most issues of Big Bang fill a niche, but we get a new issue of JLA every month. Sure, the president looks like Reagan and the RTA’s headquarters is reminiscent of the Super Friends’ Hall of Justice, but just as many visual cues place the action in today. The moon-based plot and the logo in particular suggest the modern JLA.

It’s a perfectly fine comic book in other aspects. Color is back, which is nice. Thunder Girl’s new “trick” is especially enjoyable. But mimicking a currently running comic book (as opposed to parodying one) feels more like “rip-off” than “homage.” There’s also a text story, which is an anachronism, whether this story is supposed to be in the 1980s or the 2000s.

— Jack Abramowitz

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