Using a similar approach to Watchmen, James Robinson’s The Golden Age takes a nostalgic look back at the heroes from the '40s and '50s and gives a somber portrayal of their final days. Drugs, bitter divorces, and nervous breakdowns all play a part in the retirement of some of the Justice Society’s most unflappable heroes, and it’s shocking to see these once upstanding citizens succumb to the same temptations as the rest of us.

Characters such as the Hourman, Johnny Quick, Liberty Belle, and Starman are all portrayed as woefully human and tragic in this story, but no hero has it worse than the original Green Lantern, who is blacklisted during Joe McCarthy’s Senate hearings. The team eventually has to rally together to take down the threat of the Ultra-Humanite, who is masquerading in the body of former hero, Tex Thompson, a.k.a. The Americommando.

It may sound a little over-the-top, but The Golden Age is a unique blend of politics and superheroes that asks the question: What do these heroes do when their careers are over?

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