Sometimes a short review is a good thing
I wasnâ€™t too keen on spinning the â€œKingdom Come has come to Earth Primeâ€ story line out of the JSA title and into one-shots and specials just to get more money out of readers.Â However, in the case of Kingdom Come Special: Magog, it was the best decision.
In a nutshell, this one-shot is a flashback story that tells the back story of Lance Corporal David Reid, where he came from, what motivates him, and more importantly, why his turning in Magog is a way of dealing with his past mistakes.Â Thatâ€™s it.Â Itâ€™s the origin story of the origin story.
And itâ€™s very powerful.Â From the moment the members of the JSA who are following Gog realize the river is being poisoned by rebels, to Magog becoming a vengeful hero to avenge his fallen army buddies, the horrors of war are seen through the eyes of an average Joe, who has been given the power of a god – granted itâ€™s a third world god, but a god nonetheless.
If you donâ€™t want to purchase this issue, you donâ€™t have to, as no important plot point about the Gog story in JSA is revealed. You probably will want to purchase the issue as there is a back up story featuring Starman as he begins to reveal the huge secret that caused him to go crazy.Â Letâ€™s just say there is a definite Legion of Three Worlds moment featuring all the Brainiacs building Starmanâ€™s suit, and Brainiac setting up the mission that sends them back in time during the Lightning Saga.Â Fortunately, the editors wisely decided not to name the issue Final Crisis: Justice Society of America: Kingdom Come Special: Magog One-Shot as that many colons would probably cause heads to explode.
Peter Tomasi does a great job of telling a story outside of the Johns JSA, and it reads quite well.Â The art by Fernando Pasarin is good too – although if you donâ€™t like blood and guts splattered about, consider this your warning.
Overall, this is a nice addition to everything going on in JSA.Â If this one-shot had been rolled into the JSA title, reviewers would have been grousing that the story was dragging the story out too long.Â As a one-shot, I liked it.Â The writing is solid, the art is good, and kept me entertained for 20 minutes.Â Iâ€™m giving Kingdom Come Special: Magog, 3 out of 5 Stars.