Sunday, May 23, 2010

Justice League: Generation Lost #1 - DC

My only question about this book was Booster Gold's role in it. I know that he was a big part of the Justice League International, but . . I thought that he was pretty much working behind the scenes right now. You know, with Rip Hunter and all. However, other than that one minor question . . I really enjoyed this book. This book basically brings our main group of characters together and shows us what Max Lord does to deserve this attention. The way it's setup, it seems like the rest of the world is surprised that Max is back. However, at the end of Blackest Night we see that he's one of the 12 people brought back from beyond. We saw it. So . . nobody else did? Anyways, they catch Max's visage on a security camera someplace and the whole meta-human community is brought up to red-alert. Basically there's a world-wide manhunt for this guy. The Justice League is coordinating the effort, and have people running all over the glove following up on whatever lead they can find. But it ends up being Booster Gold that uses his deductive reasoning to figure out that Max is hiding in plain sight. Max had shows himself in New York City because that's the first place he wanted everyone to look. But when they clear it, and move on to other points of interest around the world . . he strolls back in and sets up his base of operations in the old JLI headquarters. Making Booster the first on the scene. Max goes through this big speech about how he's attempting to make the world a better place. He's so impassioned that I almost believe him. But then I remember what's really going on. First of all, shortly before this confrontation Max made 2 police officers, that had stumbled upon him, shoot and kill each other. Add to that, while he's giving Michael his speech, he's also beating the crap out of him with a cement block. So, while Max may have himself convinced, I think he's going to have a hard time getting anyone else to buy his supposed altruism. Anyways, we don't know what Max's plans are, but . . it appears that he's having a hard time getting things rolling with all of this attention. So he uses his influence powers to basically cast a spell over the whole world. He makes everybody in the world forget about him. There's only one problem . . it appears that he was casting such a wide web of influence that it didn't affect the people in his immediate vicinity. This includes Fire, Ice, Captain Atom and Booster Gold. The energy wave did knock them out. So Max had time to escape. However, once they come to, they're ready to continue hunting him down. Which I don't think Max will anticipate. The problem for our heroes is, when someone finally answers their alert . . in this case, Superman . . he doesn't know what they're talking about . . or even remember who Max Lord is. The other question I have is . . from the beginning of the story it appears that Power Girl will also be a part of this unencumbered group. But when everything comes down, she's not there. That's to bad. I think she would've made a good addition to this group. Anyways . . I thought Keith Giffen and Judd Winick did a great job with this story. I know this was only the opening chapter, but . . I can't wait to see where we go from here. I think we have a great cast of characters here. Also Aaron Lopresti is doing the art. This issue we get covers from Tony Harris and Kevin Maguire. The only problem I ever had with the JLI was that sometimes I thought they were just a little to corny. Luckily, it doesn't appear that this series is going in that direction. It's a bit more serious, this time.

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