"Everything Old is New Again"
Writer: Jason Hall
Artists: Carlo Barberi(p), Bob Petrecca(i), Heroic Age(c)
Finally! Now this is a story that's worthy to be in Justice League Unlimited. Given the story's quality and continuity, it appears that the writer and artists watched at least some of the episodes.
New writer Jason Hall keeps close to the history of the series. Crimson Avenger and Stargirl are members of the team. There was a nice moment between them in Metropolis in the second season episode "Patriot Act." This story could be slotted before or after that story. Mr. Terrific is even seen on the Watchtower deploying troops.
In addition to maintaining the integrity of the series, Hall develops fitting characterization for Stargirl, the Big Bad of the book and Crimson Avenger, who has never gotten a line on the series. Hall neatly conforms to the idea of the Crimson Avenger being an old hero, but he doesn't fall for old stereotypes. While the Avenger acts as the experienced voice of reason, he's still a hero and as such thinks beyond his generation and beyond his time.
Hall seems to use voice artist Giselle Loren's performance as a guide for Stargirl's dialogue. He brilliantly gives her spirited moments that suit her to a tee, and he also employs the story to show as on the series her maturing into an inspiring super-hero.
The Avenger's interaction with Stargirl is a nice tit-for-tat double-act that slowly evolves into a believable partnership within an amusing plot that alludes to Freaky Friday in a magically clever way. The pivotal moment occurs when the Avenger and Stargirl independently arrive at the same conclusion.
This issue of Justice League Unlimited also represents a welcome return to the animated lensed art of Carlo Barberi and Bob Petrecca. They make Crimson Avenger an impressive, dignified special-gun wielding vigilante, and their depiction of Stargirl's youth in panels bestows to her limber playfulness that works perfectly in conjunction with the writing. Barberi and Petrecca furthermore contribute to the panels a sense of timing that facilitates a snappy pace, and they not only accomplish animated accuracy but the illusion of movement in battle and in body language, whomever's body may be featured. This is a spectacular issue of Justice League Unlimited.
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