Friday, October 22, 2010

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #10

“The More You See, The Less You Know”

Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Joe Bennett
Inker: Jack Jadson & Ruy José
Editor: Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham

Synopsis

Spurred on by his vision of an apocalyptic future, Maxwell Lord recruits the aid of Magog to attack and terminate Captain Atom.  Meanwhile, Skeets informs the J.L.I. that he has the locations of four formerly-dormant Checkmate cells that Lord has been in contact with.  Later, Ice and Fire have a heart-to-heart and mend the bridge between them.  Power Girl visits Batman at the Bat-Bunker and the two nearly remember who Max is until Lord’s mental whammy causes them to forget him once more.  In China, Fire, Ice and Rocket Red break into one of Lord’s robotics labs, only to find themselves under attack by the Metal Men…

Notes

Page 1:  Pages one through four expand upon a scene originally depicted in Kingdom Come #1 page 27.  This is the vision that Maxwell Lord received from the Entity of the White Light in Justice League: Generation Lost #7.

Technically, the events of Kingdom Come occurred on Earth-22, but those same events could come to pass on New Earth, and this is what Lord must prevent from happening.

The Parasite, presumably Rudolph C. “Rudy” Jones.  First appeared in The Fury of Firestorm #58.  Able to absorb energy, superhuman abilities and intelligence from others through physical contact.

Page 2:  Seen here is the Justice Battalion, a more violent, uncompromising version of the Justice League, led by Magog.  The team and its members first appeared in Kingdom Come #1.

Here the team is called the Justice Brigade.  I am not sure if this is an error, or, because this is technically New Earth’s future, the team goes by a different name than the group on Earth-22.

Depicted here are Alloy (composed of all of the Metal Men fused into a single being), Nightshade, Captain Atom, Peacemaker, Thunderbolt and Judomaster.  Besides Captain Atom, the identities of these heroes have never been definitively revealed. 

Page 3:  After touching Magog, Parasite turns the anti-hero’s own energies against him. 

Page 4:  Parasite absorbs Captain Atom’s abilities, allowing him to pierce the hero’s skin and cause nuclear devastation in the middle of Kansas. 

Page 5:  The battle between Superman and Captain Marvel, with the rest of Earth’s heroes thrown in for good measure, was originally seen in Kingdom Come #4.  Needless to say, it didn’t end well.

“Stop the war.”  However…if you recall, in the aftermath of the battle, things got better, and Earth’s heroes realized that they had a responsibility to the world and to one another to make life better.  But this all happened on Earth-22; perhaps, here on New Earth, it doesn’t have such a happy ending?

Page 6:  Maxwell Lord and Magog last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #9.

“But it’s been my understanding that my lance is a tool of magic.”  Magog isn’t too sure about all that much about himself; his true origins and nature are still a bit vague, but hints have been dropped in the pages of the recently-canceled Magog series. 

Page 7:  Since Magog is pretty hardcore to begin with, I am pretty sure that Max didn’t need to use his mind control abilities to convince him to go after Captain Atom. 

Page 8: Rocket Red, Ice, Captain Atom, Fire, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold and Skeets last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #9.

 “On the day of Max Lord’s resurrection, and his mind-wipe of the world…”  I was under the impression that at least a day went by before the JLA and Earth’s heroes began their manhunt of Lord, but it seems like they began searching for him immediately after the events of Blackest Night #8.

“Yes sir.  During our illegal break-in to Checkmate.”  The J.L.I. attempted to sneak into the Checkmate Castle in Justice League: Generation Lost #7 & 8.  Needless to say, it didn’t go as planned.

Page 9:  “Most are still encrypted, but in the moments before Max Lord’s attack, I had just completed decoding the whereabouts and transmission of these activated cells.”  The ever-reliable Skeets did this in Justice League: Generation Lost #9.

Page 10:  For a J.L.I. embassy that was never used and was presumably decommissioned years ago, the German embassy has quite the souvenir room, don’t you think?

“He said Skeets found you a safe house in Portugal.”  Who runs this safe house?  Given that the J.L.I. are on the run from Checkmate and are persona non gratis with the rest of the world’s super-heroes, who exactly is going to take them in at this point?

Page 11:  “Max marched into a J.L.I. embassy, took control of you, and had you attack us…you begged Atom to kill you before you had a chance to hurt any of us.”  This transpired in Justice League: Generation Lost #8 & 9.

Just as a side note, as someone who grew up on Keith Giffen’s nine-panel grid page layouts in Legion of Super-Heroes, it’s nice to see artists use more than three panels per page. 

Page 13:  Batman last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #4.

Alfred, full name Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth, originally named Alfred Beagle.  First appeared in Batman #16.  If you need me to explain who Alfred is, then you need so much more help than I can provide. 

The images of Maxwell Lord on the computer screens are taken from various sources…

            Wonder Woman snapping Lord’s neck, from Wonder Woman (second series) #219;

            After Lord shot Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) in the head in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1;

            And, from happier times, Max with the newly-assembled Justice League International, from a poster designed by Kevin Maguire.

Page 14:  Power Girl last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #2.  Her future self made an appearance in Justice League: Generation Lost #6.

Power Girl’s appearance here occurs between pages 14 and 15 of Power Girl #16.

Page 15:  “Max Lord.  That’s the name Booster kept saying.  A Master criminal.”  In Justice League: Generation Lost #2, Power Girl asks, “Is this a joke?  Did Booster put you up to this?”  Apparently, Booster Gold tried to convince Power Girl of Max’s existence, with no success.

“I fought an android called C.R.A.S.H.  He was huge.  Really cleaned my clock.”  This took place in Power Girl #14-15.

“But then, a man came to claim him.  To teleport him out.”  Max Lord helped C.R.A.S.H. escape at the end of Power Girl #15.

Page 16:  I assume that this is supposed to be the new, current, Dick Grayson Batman.  If so, his belt and gloves are drawn incorrectly here. 

Page 17:  “I lost my train of thought.  What were we just talking about?”  As soon as someone gets close to the truth about Maxwell Lord, they seem to automatically forget what they were doing.  Even the Dark Knight is affected.

Which leads to an interesting idea…Since Bruce Wayne was trapped in the past when Max’s mental whammy hit, will he remember Lord when he returns to this time period?

“I was…um…I wanted help locating one of my former employees.”  One of Power Girl’s employees embezzled funds from her company, prompting her to seek out Batman’s help, as seen in Power Girl #16.

Page 19:  “My own design.  Rocket Red Battalion not have.”  If the mecha empathy was a part of the original design of the Rocket Red armors, why do the updated suits not have this ability? 

Page 21:  Wild theory – Max is using this lab to create duplicates of world leaders that he can use to replace them.  Then, with these robotic duplicates in power, Max can force world peace, just like Metron’s computer wanted to do years ago, as originally explained in Justice League International #12.

Page 22:  The Metal Men – Platinum, Iron, Tin, Mercury, Gold and Lead.  First appeared in Showcase #37.  They are artificially-intelligent robots created by Doctor William “Doc” Magnus that have characteristics commonly associated with their namesake metals.

They don’t seem to be too happy to see the J.L.I. right now, do they?

3 comments:

Tiago said...

There was a 7th member of the Metal Men called Copper. I wonder what happened to her.

Andrew Dowdell... said...

Copper didn't make her first appearance until Superman/Batman #34, decades after the rest of the team did. She starred in the 2006 Metal Men mini-series, as well as the Metal Men back-up in Doom Patrol,. but that's about...I didn't give her absence too much thought, to be honest...:)

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