Porcelain38 reviews Justice League: Generation Lost #1! Prepare to meet Maxwell Lord 2.0
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and JUDD WINICK
Art by AARON LOPRESTI
Cover by TONY HARRIS
Variant cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE
DC Universe/ 40pgs/ Color/ $2.99
Last week DC Comics officially kicked off its Brightest Day event with the release of its first bi-weekly series aptly named Brightest Day. This week DC released the first issue of its second bi-weekly series, Justice League: Generation Lost.
Before getting to the actual review of the issue itself, I must admit...I have no clue why I picked this up. In a week that had me picking up +$50 of comics (and then some left over for next week) I chose to pick this up. Aside from the Brightest Day banner I doubt I would've picked this book up in the first place. I never read any of Keith Giffen's Justice League International work (yes, go ahead and berate me, but it's on my list of things to read someday), so I don't have the fond memories like most people do of this League era. My only exposure to a majority of the characters started with 2005's Countdown to Infinite Crisis, which had Maxwell Lord putting a metal slug between the eyes of Ted Kord (the then Blue Beetle). From then on, Maxwell attempts to "save" the world with his Checkmate organization and the O.M.A.C project, but ultimately fails when his neck is snapped by Wonder Woman. Justice League: Generation Lost picks up on the idea of Maxwell Lord being a truly terrifying villain with means.
The book opens with an international manhunt being announced for Maxwell Lord and every hero searching the globe over for him. Quickly the reader is introduced to who will quickly become the heroes of the book: Booster Gold, Ice, Fire, and Captain Atom. It's nice to see the characterization of Booster carry over from his solo book onto this one, with him trying to heroic and everyone dismissing him. The only one that seemed out of place was Captain Atom who has been all over the place in the past ten years, ranging from a tour of duty in the Wildstorm Universe, a brief stint as the villainous Monarch, and then a team-up with the Shadowpact in Action Comics of all places. Needless to say, it's been a strange couple of years for Captain Atom, but it's nice to see him back in the line of duty, despite no questioning where he has been. It was strange seeing Guy Gardner not included in the book, based on his emotional ties to the characters included within the issue. Hopefully he'll be able to break away from his Emerald Warriors book and make an appearance in the next week.
Now here's the thing that will keep me coming back for the foreseeable future: Winnick and Giffen take the scary Maxwell Lord and make him into a truly horribly monster. Lord's beat down of Booster was heart wrenching when he brought up Ted Kord again. Not knowing that much about the characters (prior to 2005), a new reader like me could feel the emotional baggage that rested within that particular scene (especially the "I miss you" line). His logic is hard to find a flaw in, which is what makes him terrifying; when you can see yourself siding with the villain, that, my friends, is how you know a villain is justified in his actions. The ending, however, sets up the entire series and recalls the scene we saw from Brightest Day #0. Maxwell Lord mind-wipes the entire planet of his existence, save for our JLI heroes. The Charles Baudelaire quote at the end of the issue perfectly sums up the evil that Maxwell Lord is about to unleash upon the world.
This was a strong start to a series that I had minimal interest in. With a series that promises time travel, the Creature Commandos, high emotions and dastardly deeds, Justice League: Generation Lost may be the best Brightest Day tie-in yet.