Monday, June 28, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY #4

“Thresholds”


Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Oclair Albert

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


In the Peruvian jungle, Hawkman and Hawkgirl find a dimensional doorway created from the bones of their past lives by Hath-Set. After a brief debate, they decide to cross the threshold to pursue their immortal foe. After experiencing their past deaths all over again, they emerge on another world, with Hath-Set no where in sight…


Boston Brand materializes in Dawn Granger’s Georgetown apartment late at night. She transforms into Dove, and they talk about Brand’s recent experiences with the White Ring. Hawk arrives and threatens Brand, but Dove calms him down. Brand reveals that the forest in Star City was created by either himself or the White Ring, which gives Hawk an idea…


In Silver City, NM, Jackson Hyde and his girlfriend Maria head out for a swim. It’s been getting hot in town ever since the White Lantern Power Battery appeared, and Maria’s about to melt. She prepares to jump into a pond, but Jackson catches her in time; all of the water is gone…


The United States Coast Guard locates the wreckage of a small plane brought down in the Bermuda Triangle; the two passengers’ bodies are severely dehydrated. Energy crackles in the water and a rift opens; a warrior woman and her soldiers emerge, all of whom can shape and manipulate water…


Ronnie Raymond has passed out from an evening of partying at Pittsburgh University, but is woken up by a ghostly apparition in the form of Gehenna. She explodes and coats him in salt. Elsewhere, Jason Rusch sleeps, but he still seems to have a connection to the power of Firestorm…


In Georgetown, Hawk, Dove and Boston Brand approach Don Hall’s grave. Hawk wants Brand to use the White Ring to raise his brother, the first Dove…


Notes


Page 1: Hawkman and Hawkgirl last appeared in Brightest Day #3.


“That’s why I’ve never been able to find the bones of our other bodies the curse claimed…” Is that what Carter does when he’s not breaking faces with his mace? Look for his former bodies? Creepy, man, really creepy…


“It’s a gateway – a door – but to where?” Dare I say…Hawkworld?


Page 2: “Khufu” and “Chay-Ara” were Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s original lives/identities/forms/bodies…whatever you want to call them.


Also, you’d think that Shiera would spell Chay-Ara’s name properly, given that she was once her and all…


Carter seems to be overwhelmed with his desire to kill Hath-Set, while Shiera just wants this whole endless cycle over and done with. But can the Hawks even eliminate their foe in the first place? Isn’t the point of this “curse” that Hath-Set will always kill them, prompting a new round of reincarnation, life and death once more?


Page 3: The Star Sapphire crystal which Miri Riam gave to Shiera Hall is, in fact, a piece of Chay-Ara’s skeleton. Khufu and Chay-Ara’s love took physical form and created the original Star Sapphire; their bodies were moved to Zamaron. When Khufu and Chay-Ara were transformed into Black Lanterns in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46, it did some damage to Zamaron and the Star Sapphires.


Pages 4-5: A tour of Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s past live – or, at least, their deaths – from the top left corner and moving clockwise…


Hath-Set, looming over Princess Chay-Ara and Prince Khufu of Ancient Egypt


The 12th century Bali rulers confronting Rangda the Demon Queen, as seen in Brightest Day #0…


I’d say these two lived during the Roman Empire, but I can’t be too sure…


The Silent Knight (Brian Kent) and Lady Celia Penbrook from 5th century Britain


Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders, right after Black Lantern Elongated Man and Sue Dibny killed them in Blackest Night #1…


Hannibal Hawkes and Katherine Manser, also known as Nighthawk and Cinnamon, heroes of the Old West…


Um…the Hawks as Musketeers? No idea..


Not quite sure they’re shot with arrows either, unless that’s Oliver Queen taking out his frustrations on Carter…


And Captain John Smith of the 16th century English colony of Virginia. Not sure who his lovely redheaded female companion is though.


And that’s Black Lantern Hawkman and Hawkgirl right smack dab in the center of it all…


Pages 6-7: “Guess we’re not in Peru anymore.” “Or Kansas for that matter.” Obviously, a play upon the line, “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.


Odd that Carter is making that joke; he’s not really the witty, knee-slapper kind of guy, you know?


Page 8: Dove last appeared in Brightest Day #0. When her appearances in Birds of Prey take place in relation to Brightest Day have yet to be revealed.


Deadman last appeared in Brightest Day #3.


“She smells like lilacs.” Kinda creepy, Boston. You go around sniffing all the ladies whose rooms you walk into late at night?


Page 9: “Dove.” I’m interested in how Dawn Granger can transform into Dove right now. Usually, Hank and Dawn can only become Hawk and Dove when there is danger nearby. Is there something “dangerous” about either Boston Brand or the White Ring?


Page 10: “Doctor Fate described you once as a pale wrinkled corpse, but no one really knew what you looked like.” This is an interesting concept. Obviously, because he was a ghost, no one, other than mystics, could see Deadman. We, as readers, obviously could, but you just don’t think about the fact that no one has ever really seen Deadman in his true form. Food for thought…


“I would’ve gotten a glimpse in Coast City when everyone came back, but I was too busy trying to calm down Hawk.” This was in Blackest Night #8.


“Documentation so you can officially be back among the living.” The JLA has had years of experience with heroes dying and then coming back to life; they have the whole restoring the recently-resurrected to legal status thing down pat now.


Page 11: Hawk last appeared in Brightest Day #0. Like Dove, I am not sure when his appearances in Birds of Prey take place in relation to this story.


Hawk has some…rage issues.


Page 12: “I felt you change, Dove.” This is the first instance that I can recall in which either Hawk or Dove “knew” that the other had transformed.


“What the hell’s he doing in your bedroom at three in the morning?” Oh, you know, the usual. Girl talk. Pillow fights. Shots of peach schnapps.


Page 13: “Time doesn’t mean much to me.” I’m still trying to figure out how the various stories in Brightest Day line-up with one another. Are they taking place concurrent, or at their own pace? I guess we won’t know until they cross-over at some point in the future.


Boston’s little adventure with the White Ring, involving a dead bird, a journey across the universe, and the creation of the mysterious forest in Star City, took place in Brightest Day #0.


Page 14: This is Jackson Hyde, a mild-mannered teenager from Silver City, New Mexico. He’s going to be the new Aqualad, but he probably doesn’t know that yet, so let’s keep it a secret.


Also, I think that he’s the son of Mera and Black Manta, based on a really vague and strange scene from Blackest Night: Wonder Woman #3 that made no sense several months ago, but is starting to fall into place now. Check back in a few issues.


“I still don’t get why the whole town cares about a White Lantern.” The White Lantern Power Battery landed in Silver City in Blackest Night #8 and has been there ever since.


Page 15: “There was water. There was a lot of water.” So, it’s getting hot in Silver City and the water is vanishing. Does this have to do with the White Lantern with this new Aqualad…or something else?


Don’t tell Al Gore…he’ll go on a rant about global warming, and then it’s all over…


Page 16: That plane was destroyed by a mysterious bolt from the water in Brightest Day #3.


“They’re badly dehydrated.” Is what’s happening in the Bermuda Triangle connected to the heat wave in Silver City?


Naaah, probably just a really huge coincidence…


Page 17: Now, I might he mistaken, but I have a funny feeling that this lovely woman leaping out of a dimensional rift in the water is Hila, Mera’s twin sister. The flowing locks, the scaled bodysuit, the manipulation of hard-water and the unbridled rage are a dead giveaway…


Page 18: Ronnie Raymond last appeared in Brightest Day #3.


Ronnie likes his beer. And partying. He’s not much of a hero these days…


Page 19: That’s Gehenna, appearing in all her salty glory. Black Lantern Firestorm killed her in Blackest Night #3. As revealed in Brightest Day #3, Ronnie recalls killing her, even though he previously said that he had no memory of the event.


“Do you remember my name yet?” In Brightest Day #0, Ronnie offered condolences to Jason over Gehenna’s death, but Jason got made because Ronnie couldn’t even remember her name.


Page 20: “What’s with all the salt, dude. Black Lantern Firestorm transformed Gehenna into salt, killing her. Looks like Ronnie is haunted by her death, but was she really there, or was she just a figment of his imagination? And did he create the salt…


Or was it Jason, who is napping, but seems to have a connection to Firestorm’s powers even without being bonded to Ronnie?


Page 22: “A Black Ring couldn’t bring back my brother. Let’s see if a White Ring can.” In Blackest Night #2 and Blackest Night: Titans #1, the Black Lantern Power Rings attempted to revive Don Hall, the first Dove, but he was “at peace” and could not be transformed into a Black Lantern. We never did get a full explanation as to why Don couldn’t be raised, nor was it fully revealed how Dawn Granger could kill Black Lanterns with a touch. Maybe those answers are coming soon?


Monday, June 21, 2010

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #3

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”


Script: Judd Winick

Breakdowns: Keith Giffen

Penciller: Fernando Dagnino

Inker: Bit & Raul Fernandez

Editor: Michael Siglain


Synopsis


Fire flies to the Castle, Checkmate’s headquarters in the Swiss Alps, and learns that she has been relieved of duty because she failed her psychological exam. While she tries to explain her actions to the Black King, she sees Maxwell Lord and attacks him. After a frantic chase through the Castle, Fire captures Lord, only to see that it’s not really him at all. She flees, confused. Meanwhile, Booster Gold, Ice, Captain Atom and Skeets aid the new Blue Beetle against an army of OMACs. When the cyborgs teleport away, the former J.L.I.ers follow, arriving in Russia. As the heroes attempt to gather their wits, they find themselves under attack by the Rocket Red Brigade…


Notes


Page 1: Fire last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #2.


Checkmate is the United Nation’s official meta-human monitoring force. Their headquarters is a castle in the Swiss Alps known appropriately as “The Castle.”


Page 2: The Black King, real name Colonel Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr. First appeared in Checkmate (second series) #1.


Remember that, while he was in charge of Checkmate, Maxwell Lord was also known as “the Black King.”

While she was a member of Checkmate, Fire was the Black King’s Knight.


Page 3: The Blue Beetle, Booster Gold and the OMACs last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #2.


“OMACs have people inside them, Jaime!” OMACs are actually humans, invaded by a virus and transformed into cyborgs with the purpose of hunting down and killing meta-humans.


Jaime Reyes’ family includes his father Alberto, his mother Bianca, and his sister Milagro.


According to this story, the full-name for an OMAC is an “Observational Metahuman Activity Construct.”


Page 4: Ice, Captain Atom and Skeets last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #2.


“Only through great effort and sacrifice were they defeated.” Batman and a small group of heroes destroyed the Brother Eye satellite and eliminated the threat of the OMACs in Infinite Crisis #6.


Page 5: Alberto Reyes attempted to aid his former employee Luis, who had gotten into trouble with criminals, but was shot in the leg. Thus, he is forced to use a cane.


Page 8: “When you are doing wet-work for Amanda Waller here at Checkmate?” After Checkmate reformed in the aftermath of Infinite Crisis, Waller blackmailed Fire with evidence against her father and forced her to commit assassinations.


“Bea…Your father was a psychopath. A military monster who orchestrated a genocide.” Fire’s father was Ramon Corvalho, who, in the 1970s, ordered thousand of deaths as part of a South American anti-communist program involving assassinations, torture and disappearances.


Page 9: Max Lord last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #2. Whether or not Max is really there or he’s just a mental illusion, as with his appearance at the air force base to Captain Atom, has yet to be revealed.


Page 10: “She’s vapor in flame form!” Fire is able to transform into a being of pure plasma; as such she is intangible and unable to be affected physically.


Page 14: “Evaluating lethal maneuvers.” Blue Beetle’s Scarab really likes to calculate the number of lethal ways in which to attack and otherwise kill its targets. Jaime constantly has to tell the Scarab to seek out non-fatal ways to incapacitate his foes.


Page 16: Okay, look, I’m not calling Jaime Reyes stupid. By no means. He seems like a bright kid.


But how in the world did he know that 6,209.1225 is approximately 17 years? I mean, he’s right, but I used my calculator to figure that out. Is he a mathematical savant all of the sudden?


Page 17: “The hell we are! Get me out of this!” Ice really wants nothing to do with this situation; she’s the odd-woman out.


Page 18: “Something goes all to crap, then a pile of heroes shows up and zap me off to space! Or another dimension!” A blown-out-of-proportion, although somewhat accurate, interpretation of Infinite Crisis #5-6, and Blue Beetle (second series) #7, in which Jaime tags along with Batman and company to destroy Brother Eye.


By the way, Blue Beetle (second series) refers to the second series published by DC Comics. There seems to have been about seven other Blue Beetle series throughout the years, but I’m not about to touch those with a ten-foot pole. Trying to keep all of the Firestorm series straight in my head is difficult enough…


Page 20: Long story short, for some reason, a J.L.I. signal belonging to Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle, attempted to hack into Jaime’s armor. The Scarab bounced the signal away, and then Booster and then Skeets detected the signal.


So the question remains, who sent the signal in the first place? And what is their connection to Ted Kord?


Page 22: The Rocket Red Brigade, first appeared in Green Lantern Corps (first series) #208. They are enhanced humans outfitted with armored battle suits that allow them to fly, project energy blasts and give them mecha-empathy.


“He used to be on our team.” Technically, two Rocket Reds were a part of the J.L.I. The first was Rocket Red #7, Vladimir Mikoyan, who was revealed to be a Manhunter spy during Millennium. The second, Dmitri Pushkin, was killed in The OMAC Project #5.

Monday, June 14, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY #3

“Revelations”


Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes, David Beaty, Mark Irwin

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


On the planet Qward in the Anti-Matter Universe, Boston Brand uses his White Lantern power ring to fend off the Anti-Monitor, but the nihilistic conqueror overwhelms him. Brand learns a lesson in thinking before leaping, and the ring teleports him to safety…


In Pittsburgh, Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch wake up after their separation, unharmed. Alvin Rusch wants his son to come home with him, but Jason stands up to his father. Martin Stein tries to explain to Ronnie that he and Jason can’t form Firestorm anymore, but doesn’t go into details. After Jason and Ronnie share an uncomfortable moment in the hallway, Ronnie remembers the moments that Black Lantern Firestorm killed Gehenna, something he claimed he had no recollection of. An angry Alvin tells Ronnie to stay away from Jason…


On a deserted island, Aquaman attempts to summon a sea creature, but all that responds is a decomposing killer whale. Aquaman fends off the beast, and then rejects Mera’s suggestion that Atlantean scientist can help him. She swears that she will always be by her side. He wonders if maybe her people can aid him, but she informs him that her dimension is sealed off from him. Mera reaffirms that she is home; they embrace, but she looks worried…


J’onn J’onzz’s investigation into the psychic flash he received brings him to a Pearl River morgue, where he studies the bodies of a family that was horribly butchered. Something about the way in which the people were killed is familiar to him. He rescues the family dog from the animal shelter and, in reading the pet’s mind, witnesses the killings first-hand. J’onzz recognizes the attacker, and steels himself for the confrontation that is to come…


In the Bermuda Triangle, something struggles to be free…


Meanwhile, in Silver City, the White Lantern power battery flashes with energy…


Hawkman and Hawkgirl battle Hath-Set’s minions in the jungles of Peru, while the Hawk’s immortal foe uses their bones to perform a ritual. Hawkman and Hawkgirl arrive too late to capture Hath-Set, but they realize that he has been using the bodies of all their past lives to open an inter-dimensional gate…but to where..?


Notes


Page 1: Boston Brand and the Anti-Monitor last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


“You think I can go toe-to-toe with a universe eater?” No. No I do not.


Pages 2-3: Brand uses his White Lantern power ring to create energy constructs of the other eleven heroes and villains resurrected in Blackest Night #8.


Page 4: While I’m interested in knowing why these twelve heroes and villains have been brought back to life…what I’m really intrigued by is that the Anti-Monitor returned as well. Why would the Entity of the White Light restore a nihilistic, universal annihilator? Is it because he’s such a witty conversationalist? Because he has a great chili recipe? Or is there a greater purpose, somewhere down the line?


Page 5: “Back off, big boy!” Brand really needs to work on his fight-scene banter.


Page 7: Ronnie Raymond, Martin Stein and Jason Rusch last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


“The Atom managed to separate you and Jason from the Firestorm matrix, but it caused a unique explosion.” This occurred in Brightest Day #2.


“The resultant detonation transmuted everything inside the vault into table salt.” Any connection between this event and Black Lantern Firestorm transmuting Gehenna Hewitt into table salt back in Blackest Night #3?


Alvin Rusch is Jason’s father. After losing his left arm in a work-related accident, he became angry and began taking his rage out of his family, causing his wife to leave him. He and Jason have a bit of a strained relationship.


Page 8: “I want to learn more from Professor Stein about my powers. That’s why I transferred here.” “Here” being Pittsburgh University. But in Blackest Night #3, which, in DC Universe time, only took place a few weeks ago, Jason was a student at Columbia University in New York City. He began college there after Infinite Crisis so that he could be closer to Professor Stein. How often does Stein move from college to college? And does Jason just follow him wherever he goes now?


“I didn’t tell you what to do when mom died, did I?” Last we saw Silvia Rusch, Jason’s mom, in Firestorm the Nuclear Man (second series) #32, she had reunited with Alvin and was spending New Year’s Eve with him. When did she die?


Page 9: “But I don’t even remember doing it because it wasn’t me!” Remember this line. It’s important in about, oh, a page or so.


“This is my life, Professor! I got another chance!” It might be unfair to call Ronnie selfish and irresponsible, even though that is exactly how he is acting. He’s just trying to live his life, and enjoy the second chance he has. He acted out this way before; back in Extreme Justice, he was dying of leukemia. Professor Stein, ad Firestorm, cured Ronnie and restored his powers, after which time Ronnie became a male model known as RonRay and started partying like there was no tomorrow.


Yes, RonRay. It wasn’t a good time for Firestorm.


Page 10: Ah ha! Ronnie does remember what he did as Black Lantern Firestorm!


Man, it sucks to be him, doesn’t it?


Page 11: Aquaman and Mera last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


Page 12: Aquaman began summoning dead sea life in Brightest Day #1.


Page 13: “NO. I’m not going back to Atlantis.” Aquaman has some “Atlantis-issues,” chief if which is that they don’t like his hair.


And, as funny as that sounds, it’s true. Atlanteans believe that those with blond hair possess the Curse of Kordax and are evil. Check out The Atlantis Chronicles for more information.


Page 14: “My people cannot help. And even if they could, the underwater dimension they inhabit is sealed off from ours.” Mera is from the kingdom of Xebel, located in what is called “Dimension Aqua.” Aquaman’s foe Thanatos also originated form there.


Mera doesn’t look too happy right there. Did she forget to turn off the stove before they left the lighthouse?


Page 15: J’onn J’onzz last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


“That psychic flash that hit me on Mars…” This transpired in Brightest Day #1.


“…to the cold bodies of this family, butchered for no apparent reason--” A mom went crazy psycho and killed her family in Brightest Day #2. Turns out she’s some Martian monster, but J’onn hasn’t figured that out yet, so don’t spoil the surprise.


Page 16: Awwww. I’m glad the doggie survived. It would’ve made me sad if he hadn’t.


“We need to go back to Colorado and I know an old woman who will enjoy your company, boy…” That old woman would be Melissa Erdel, Saul Erdel’s daughter, currently in a nursing home. And I’m sure that she loves doggies.


Note that the Martian-monster-posing-as-a-housewife tore her skin off her body in a way similar to how J’onn’s skin was seemingly torn off his body as seen by Boston Brand in Brightest Day #0.


Is that sentence even remotely grammatically correct?!?!


Page 17: Yay! It’s the return of Jerry and Russell, Silver City’s police department! They last appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #54.


I expect big things from Jerry and Russell. A one-shot special, at the very least, maybe even prestige format. Perhaps a mini-series, Streets of Silver City, or Silver City Central. Any takers?


So, what’s the connection between the White Lantern power battery and what is going on in the Bermuda Triangle?


Say…what is going on in the Bermuda Triangle?


Page 18: Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Hath-Set last appeared in Brightest Day #2.


Oh, you just know that Hath-Set is up to no good…


Page 19: “And I thought the death masks he made of us were twisted enough…” Hawkman and Hawkgirl discovered a collection of death masks that Hath-Set has made of them over the years in Brightest Day #3.


Pages 20-21: So Hath-Set has used the Hawk’s bones to create a doorway to…where?

Could it be…Hawkworld, whatever that is?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY in May

The Flash #2

The Flash battles the Renegades, 25th century versions of the Rogues, easily incapacitating them. As they are recalled to the future, their time platform results in the destruction of an apartment building; the Flash saves the residents and promptly rebuilds their home. Meanwhile, Captain Cold and Mirror Master pay a visit to Captain Boomerang in Iron Heights. They inform their fellow Rogue that he needs to prove that he is still one of them by breaking out of prison and making the Flash sweat. Back at the Central City Police Department, Barry has begun looking into a closed case when a DNA match comes back from the Mirror Monarch case. Apparently, his murderer was Barry Allen…



Titans: Villains for Hire Special #1

Deathstroke the Terminator has organized a team of mercenaries and lost souls for a secret mission, the details of which are known only to him. Their first mission is to kill Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom, whom they attack in his Ivy Town home. Although Choi holds his own, these new Titans overwhelm him, with Deathstroke himself delivering the killing blow. Their inaugural assignment complete, the Terminator tells his team that they need to work as a team, or not at all…


Birds of Prey #1

After Black Canary and Lady Blackhawk rescue a kidnapped girl in Iceland, they learn that Oracle needs their help. Oracle enlists the aid of the Huntress, and Lady Blackhawk goes to recruit the services of Hawk and Dove. Oracle informs Black Canary and Huntress that a mysterious individual is threatening the superhuman community; they have files about heroes, villains, friends and family, and is going to start killing these people unless the Birds play along. Black Canary and Huntress arrive at the rendezvous point, where their foe is confronting the Penguin. After a brief fight, the White Canary stands victorious over her foes, with the Penguin close to death…



Justice League of America #45

An angry Jade goes on the defensive when the German Rocket Elite wants to take her in for questioning because of her connection to the Starheart meteorite. Suddenly, a comatose Alan Scott and the Justice Society of America arrive on the scene, but their teammate Power Girl destroys the Star Rocket Racer, sending the JSA spiraling to the ground below. As Power Girl comes around for another attack, Supergirl, whose aid was enlisted by Congorilla, fends off the JSA’s powerhouse. A battle ensues, during which Donna Troy and Jade successfully subdue Power Girl. In the aftermath of the battle, Jade relates to the other heroes her father’s origin and the secrets of the Starheart. Batman and Mr. Terrific reveal that magical and elemental metas are being influenced by the chaos within the Starheart; storm patterns are also being affected. The Starheart, however, has taken control of Alan and his son Obsidian, and is preparing to end the world on its own terms…


Green Lantern #54

In the New York City subway system, Atrocitus and Dex-Starr brutally kill a train full of thieves and muggers. In Silver City, NM, Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris and Thaal Sinestro attempt to lift the White Lantern power battery, with no success. The Entity, however, implores them to help it live, and shows them images of those who have been brought back to life by its power. It wants Hal and the others to find the other entities, all of whom are somewhere on Earth. Meanwhile, the being that chained Parallax retrieves Ion from Sodam Yat, rescuing the Green Lantern from his imprisonment in Daxam’s sun and changing said sun back to red, thereby de-powering the Daxamites. The Entity teleports Hal and company to New York City, where they meet up with Atrocitus, who is attempting to locate the entities for his own purposes. Hal is ready to send the Red Lanterns back to Ysmault when an unexpected guest arrives – Lobo…


Green Lantern Corps #48


After making secret plans with Atrocitus and Guy Gardner, Ganthet finally relinquishes his Guardian status and becomes a member of the Green Lantern Corps. He forges his own ring and sets out to protect Space Sector Zero. Elsewhere, Alpha Lantern Varix recruits rookie Green Lantern Hrallkar to be a member of the Alpha Lanterns. Later, Ganthet joins Kyle Rayner and John Stewart on reconstruction detail, and they discuss restoring Oa to its original style. John is summoned to the Citadel, where he is asked to aid Alpha Lantern Boodikka in locating Stel who, after venturing to his home world, has been out of contact. Stewart and Boodikka leave Oa, even as Hrallkar’s partner, Glibberquip, is about to be “requisitioned” by the Alpha Lanterns…


Monday, June 7, 2010

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #2

“Part Two: Max’ed Out”


Script: Judd Winick

Breakdowns: Keith Giffen

Penciller: Joe Bennett

Inker: Jack Jadson

Editor: Michael Siglain


Synopsis


Captain Atom, Booster Gold, Skeets, Fire and Ice are the only heroes who remember Maxwell Lord, and they’re having a hard time having anyone else take them seriously about the threat that he poses. Slowly, each of them realizes that Lord has altered everyone’s memories to look upon them unfavorably, causing them to come into conflict with their allies; the former JLIers are on their own against Lord. Skeets traces a monitoring signal to El Paso Texas, the home of Jaime Reyes, the new Blue Beetle, who is under attack by a swarm of OMACs…


Notes


Page 1: Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Ice and Fire last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.


That shot of Wonder Woman holding her sword above her head is reminiscent of her pose on the cover of Wonder Woman (second series) #181.


Page 2: Skeets last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.


Wonder Woman snapped Maxwell Lord’s neck in Wonder Woman (second series) #219.


Page 4: “What’d he think? I bet myself up?” He might, but then he’d be wrong. Maxwell Lord kicked the living stuffing out of Booster in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.


“Maybe we should have just let you lie here for another two hours and bleed to death?” Cold, Ice, really cold.


“I was in the Middle East, absorbing a nuclear explosion impact and the fallout. Again, in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.


Page 5: “I’m sorry Booster, but they were obviously not in possession of their J.L.I. signals.” Well, considering that the J.L.I. has been defunct for years, why would they be?


Page 6: This Batman is, of course, Dick Grayson, since Bruce Wayne is still dead, lost in time, whatever he’s doing.


However, Grayson/Batman hasn’t been using the Batcave as his base of operations; he and Damian Wayne, the new Robin, utilize the Bat-bunker, located underneath the Wayne Tower in Gotham City. Perhaps Booster, who met quite frequently with Bruce Wayne in the Batcave, wanted to meet the new Dark Knight there.


Among the trophies seen in the background are the Giant Penny from “The Penny Plunderers” in World’s Finest Comics #30 and the Giant T-Rex from “Dinosaur Island” in Batman #35.


Not sure why Booster all of the sudden has a star on his back; he must be trying out a new costume design.

Depicted on the Batcave’s monitor screen are two shots of OMACs, the J.L.I., Maxwell Lord, and a member of the Dominator race.


“I’m not confused! Max Lord! He spear-headed reforming the Justice League!” Well, technically he didn’t, even in established continuity. The League had already reformed by the time Lord got his hands on them; he just manipulated events so that the team could attain United Nations sanctioning, that’s all.


“Max hijacked the OMAC project!” While Bruce Wayne designed the Brother I satellite, Lord took control of it to use it as a weapon for Checkmate.


Behind Batman and Booster we can see several old Batman costumes.


Page 7: In the extreme foreground is the Tumbler, the “Batmobile” from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.


“He came to all of us for help…and Max Lord murdered him.” Ted Kord discovered that Maxwell Lord was up to no good and tried to recruit others heroes to his cause, to no avail. Kord confronted Lord, and was shot in the head. This all happened in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1.


Page 8: I can’t tell if Fire and Wonder Woman are in either the Hall of Justice or the Watchtower…or someplace completely different.


“A man who’s now returned from the grave?” Yeah, like that never happens in the DC Universe…


Page 9: “You’ve been dismissed.” Since the events of Infinite Crisis, Fire has been working with Checkmate, most recently as the Black King’s Knight.


Page 10: Guy Gardner and Ice used to date, a long, long time ago. They broke up right around the time Superman joined the J.L.I. and Guy got his yellow power ring. Then Ice died, and Guy became Warrior, but Guy soon became a Green Lantern again, and Ice returned from the dead, and they reunited, but they’re still not dating, because he’s on Oa and she’s on Earth and long-distance relationships are hard, you know?


“Guy, if you’re talking about Blackest Night, it wasn’t my fault.” Since technically Ice “died,” she fell under the influence of Nekron and his Black Lantern power rings in Blackest Night #5. She was freed from his power by a White Lantern power ring in Blackest Night #8.


Page 11: Making cameos here are the Flash (Barry Allen), Shazam (Freddy Freeman), Power Girl (Kara Zor-El/Karen Starr), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Plastic Man (Patrick “Ell” O’Brian), Black Lightning (Jefferson Pierce), Zatanna (Zatanna Zatara) and Mister Terrific (Michasel Holt).


“I think I’d know if he was resurrected with Shayera, me and the others.” Actually, it should be “Shiera,” not “Shayera.”


Page 12: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is located about five miles south-southeast of Tucson, Arizona.


Magog, real name David Reid. First appeared (historical) in Kingdom Come #1 and (current incarnation) in Justice Society of America (second series) #12. Possesses superhuman strength, durability and plasma energy channeled through his staff.


Page 13: Maxwell Lord last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.


“Hey airborne!’ As Nathaniel Adam, Captain Atom used to be a member of the United States Air Force, hence the nickname from Magog, a Marine.


Page 18: “I can only assume that the implication is that Booster’s life needs no discrediting.” Booster Gold has always been seen as an opportunist who is more concerned with making money and seeking fame than being a hero. Ever since the events of 52, in which he had a hand in saving the Multiverse, Booster has been “the greatest hero the world has never known,” because he puts up a front of being incompetent while protecting the time stream from threats. Only a select group of individuals, including Bruce Wayne, know about Booster’s true activities.


Yeah, I’m not digging the blue star on Booster’s back…


Page 19: “Ted didn’t kill himself.” This one line shows how much Booster has matured over the years. Once upon a time, Booster would have been pissed off if his own reputation was mildly sullied, but that doesn’t matter now. What bothers him is the idea that the memory of his best friend has been ruined, and that is the motivating factor for him.


Page 20: “No, I didn’t sign up for this.” Even though Ice has been back for a while, she really hasn’t been seen all that much. Hopefully, this series will explore her a bit more, and establish her character going forward, especially since she seems a whole lot harsher and more self-involved ever since her resurrection.


Page 22: Blue Beetle III, real name Jaime Reyes. First appeared in Infinite Crisis #3. Bonded to an alien scarab that creates a high-tech suit of armor with various offensive and defensive capabilities.


OMACs, also known as Omni-Mind And Community. First appeared in The OMAC Project #1. Cyborgs with protective armor and access to archives about Earth’s metahumans and their weaknesses.


Why is a J.L.I. signal belonging to Ted Kord coming from the Reyes home? Hmmm, very interesting, he said, stroking his beard and cackling madly…

Friday, June 4, 2010

BRIGHTEST DAY #2

“Nuclear Options”


Writer: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Penciller: Ivan Reis, Pat Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Joe Prado

Inker: Vicente Cifuentes, Tom Nguyen, Rebecca Buchman, David Beaty, Pat Gleason

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


At Pittsburgh University, Martin Stein and Ray Palmer inform Jason and Ronnie that they need to disarm the Firestorm matrix that has bound them together. Neither Stein nor Palmer knows why the young men can split into their individual selves, but the Atom needs to shrink to microscopic size to enter Firestorm and save them. While the Atom attempts to affect the transformation, a dark force begins to talk to and manipulate Ronnie, causing a massive explosion that tears through the lab…


In Pearl River, NY, a seemingly-ordinary housewife is unsettled by the fact that the Martian Manhunter has returned to life. She brutally butchers her family and tears off her skin, muttering, “J’onzzzzzzz.” Meanwhile, in Denver, CO, J’onn J’onzz visits the grave of Dr. Saul Erdel and learns that the man who brought him to Earth had a daughter…


Hawkman and Hawkgirl break into Hath-Set’s command post in the Peruvian jungle and learn that their immortal foe has returned. Enraged that they are not in control of their destinies, Hawkman lashes out, swearing that both he and Hawkgirl are going to make their own fate, starting with killing Hath-Set…


J’onn J’onzz, in the form of Saul Erdel, arrives at the Mount Hope Senior Home and visits Melissa, Erdel’s daughter, to find out what she knows. J’onn learns that Erdel and his daughter had brought a Martian menace to Earth before he arrived, and that Erdel saw J’onn as a hero, someone who could save him from his recklessness. J’onn returns Melissa to the senior home, knowing that there’s another Martian out there…


Boston Brand watches helplessly as Aquaman and Mera return to the sea, while the White Lantern power ring teleports him to parts unknown. He looks up, only to see the Anti-Monitor looming over him…


Notes


Page 1: Firestorm last appeared in Brightest Day #1.


That disembodied voice talking to Firestorm belongs to Professor Martin Stein.


Page 2: Ray Palmer last appeared in Brightest Day #1.


Page 3: Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond have been stuck together as Firestorm since Brightest Day #0.


Page 4: “With Martian Manhunter not around, no one else can hear me but you!” Because he is a telepath, J’onn J’onzz can “hear” Jason as easily as Ronnie can.


Page 5: “The fire’s not just for show anymore.” I am pretty sure that it was established at some point that Firestorm’s hair wasn’t really on fire, that it was more for effect than anything else. However, I have no idea why I remember this, or from where, or if I’m even remembering it correctly. Sorry.


Martin Stein last appeared in Brightest Day #1.


Page 6: “Hey.” Great. Now Firestorm’s hearing voices.


Page 7: Hmmmm, black tendrils grasping at the Atom?


Page 8: “Our face!” And something going on with Firestorm’s face? Can’t be good.


Page 9: Pearl River, NY is a hamlet in the town of Orangetown, NY, on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland County. It’s actually about a twenty minute drive from my house. Given what seems to be happening there, I’ll steer clear of it, thank you very much…


Ah, a nice, quiet, normal suburban family…


Page 10: You just can’t trust those nice, quiet, normal suburban families, you know? One minute they’re playing a game of “Guitar Hero” before dinner, and the next mom is butchering the family and ripping the skin off her body.


“J’onzzzzzzz…” This must be that wacky ex-girlfriend that J’onn never talks about…


Page 11: J’onn J’onzz last appeared in Brightest Day #1.


Dr. Saul Erdel was the man who inadvertently snatched J’onn from Mars and teleported him to Earth.


Not to be morbid or anything, but Erdel’s been dead for a while. Long enough so that his daughter is now in a senior home. Shouldn’t his body be a bit more decomposed than it is?


Page 12: Hawkman and Hawkgirl last appeared in Brightest Day #1.


Page 13: “Hath-Set” is Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s immortal foe, who in reincarnated time and time again to plague them.


A death mask is a wax or plaster cast of one’s face made after their death. It can be used to make portraits of the dead, or, as in the case here, as a memento.


The death mask that Hawkman holds in his hands was of Nighthawk, the Old West gunslinger; this was one of Carter Hall’s past lives.


“The Sword of Damocles” refers to an anecdote from Greek culture. Damocles, a courtier, switches place with a wealthy tyrant, enjoying all that fortune could offer. During a bountiful dinner, Damocles looked up to see a sharpened sword hanging over his head, hanging only by a hair. Damocles immediately lost his appetite and asked to leave. This story conveys the idea that a great man lives in a state of constant fear.


Page 14: Whoa. Reminds me to not get Hawkman angry.


Page 15: Man, for a dead guy, Saul Erdel is looking pretty spry…


Page 16: I’m am not one hundred percent positive about this, but I think that the idea about the Martians coming to Earth to aid the Aztec civilization is new.


“ – And I was glad mom left – “ Will we meet this mysterious Mrs. Erdel sometime in the future?


Page 17: That’s the problem with teleporting creatures from across the solar system to Earth – sometimes they’re tall green guys in capes, and other times they’re rampaging, multi-armed beasts. You just don’t know.

So…anyone else think that this creature and the skin-ripping mom from Pearl River have some sort of connection? Anyone?


Page 18: “…along with a piece of the transporter console that left its mark on me forever.” Well, I’m sure that this is just a throwaway line and nothing will ever come of that.


Page 19: I know that this is nitpicky, but how does J’onn, a telepath, not sense that Erdel had a daughter? Wouldn’t the man be thinking about her as he died? Wouldn’t J’onn have picked up a stray thought as Erdel slipped away?


I know, she didn’t exist until this issue. I get it. I’m moving on…


Page 20: Aquaman, Mera and Boston Brand last appeared in Brightest Day #1.


Pages 22-23: The Anti-Monitor, also known as pretty much the Biggest Big Bad the DC Universe has ever known. First appeared (in shadow) in Crisis on Infinite Earths #2 and (fully seen) in Crisis on Infinite Earths #5. He manipulates anti-matter energy to destroy universe. Not people, not towns, not planets…whole universes. He’s pretty freaking powerful. Last appeared in Blackest Night #8.


Now, why the White Lantern power ring restored the Anti-Monitor to life is completely beyond me. Seems like a silly thing to do, to be honest…