“The Gang’s All Here”
Script: Judd Winick
Breakdowns: Keith Giffen
Penciller: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Editor: Michael Siglain
The newly-reformed J.L.I. learns that Maxwell Lord brought them all together so that they could protect the world, but he warns them against looking for him. Booster Gold declares that they will find him, prompting Max to scoff at the motion. He leaves them a parting gift – a booby-trapped Rocket Red whose armor is set to explode. Frozen with fear, the Leaguers don’t know what to do until Captain Atom flies the Russian soldier high into the sky to contain the explosion. Later, the team regroups at the old J.L.I. Embassy in
Page 1: The flashback on pages 1 & 2 are a re-telling of Booster Gold’s fall from grace as an acclaimed college football star. He began betting on his own games to make money to pay for his mother’s medical bills; he was eventually caught, which led to his disgrace.
Page 3: Ice, Fire, Rocket Red, Captain Atom, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle and Maxwell Lord last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #4.
“And he’s been yanking my chain for a week now.” The first indication of how much time has transpired in this series; thus, the events in Justice League Generation Lost #1 occurred about a week ago.
Page 4: “We thought we were on your tail, running after a random signal, then following that battalion of OMACs that came to kill Blue Beetle.” This occurred in Justice League: Generation Lost #2.
“No Green Lanterns on the squad…” Guy Gardner was the Green Lantern who was a member of the Justice League International.
Page 5: “I was right the first time, and I’m right now.” Max Lord took control of and manipulated the Justice League, positioning them to receive international status from the United Nations. He originally did this because he was under the influence of a computerized entity that wanted to take control of the world to bring about peace, and deduced that having a group of super-humans that he could command would make this easier.
Max has a skewed view on how to save the world. He took control of the Brother I satellite and developed the OMACs in an effort to protect the world from super-humans, but that didn’t go too well either.
“Even the Pinko Rocket.” “Pinko” is a term used to describe one who has communist sympathies, but is not a member of the Communist Party.
“When you said that you were beating me to death with a lead pipe.” As seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.
Page 6: “Tora…I can literally control people, I wiped my existence from the memories of everyone on Earth, and, oh yeah, I came back from the dead.” Max’s big mind wipe was seen in Brightest Day #0 and Justice League: Generation Lost #1. Max returned from the dead in Blackest Night #8.
Page 7: This Rocket Red in the booby-trapped armor is part of the squadron that was defeated by the recently reformed J.L.I. and the new Rocket Red, Gavril Ivanovich, in Justice League: Generation Lost #4.
Page 8: “We need to get out of here.” Ice has been acting uncharacteristically… unheroic lately. Obviously, her death and resurrection has left her with some emotional baggage.
Page 9: “I got him.” Captain Atom is a soldier. As such, he won’t let his friends die, but he won’t turn his back on another soldier and allow him to die alone.
Captain Atom has been used pretty poorly in the DC Universe for the past, oh, nineteen years or so, ever since Armageddon 2001 all but ruined him as a hero. Subsequent appearances never really restored him to being the powerful and important character he was when he was introduced to the
Page 11: Captain Atom can absorb energy, even from explosions. However, if he attempts to absorb too much energy, he can be propelled forward in time via a “quantum leap.”
Page 13: So here’s my question…why is the J.L.I.’s
I am so damn nitpicky, I disgust myself sometimes…
Page 14: Ah, yes…the Blue and the Gold, back together again for the first time.
“You saved us. Again.” Captain Atom rescued Ice from an explosion in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.
Page 15: “I died.” Ice was killed in Justice League Task Force #14.
“Then…I came back.” Ice came back to life in Birds of Prey (first series) #104.
Page 16: “I don’t want to die again. I want to live.” This seems like one of the overriding themes of Brightest Day; trying to move on with your life and not repeat the mistakes of the past. We shall see if Ice is successful in doing this.
Page 17: “Bah. That was just the flame of battle.” Good, more of the slandering of the English language by the Russian…
Page 18: “Gavril Ivanovich is a man who can look past our differences and see what we want most. To help those who need it.” Wait a second…is Rocket Red describing what it means to be a – gasp! – a hero? To put aside your own thoughts and needs to aid others? What’s the big idea here?
“And, it is too damn cool to be on the Justice League!” You know, I totally agree with this guy. It should be absolutely, one-hundred percent cool to be a member of the Justice League.
Page 19: “Maxwell Lord is in Checkmate.” Fire thought that she saw Lord at Checkmate’s Castle in Justice League: Generation Lost #3, but wasn’t sure if he was real or not.
Page 20: “The offices of Maxwell Lord. Some years ago…” This scene takes place during the events of Justice League #2, in which Lord recruits Booster Gold to be a member of the newly-formed Justice League.
Page 22: I am such a sucker for posed team shots, especially with this group…