Thursday, January 27, 2011

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #14

“Tomorrow is Today”

Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Editor: Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham

Synopsis

In the aftermath of his battle with Magog, Captain Atom arrives in the future, the year 2123 to be exact, and finds himself attacked by a new breed of OMAC.  He hooks up with Power Girl and the remnants of the Justice League on the day that they attack the J.L.A.’s moon base to put an end to Max Lord’s OMAC Project once and for all.  Unfortunately, nanobytes infect the team and transform them into the robotic sentinels, leaving Captain Atom the only one who can save the day.  Before he is pulled back to the past, Power Girl warns him that it was the murder of Wonder Woman at the hands of Lord that began the war that destroyed the world.  Captain Atom returns to the present, armed with the information he thinks he needs to prevent the future from occurring…

Notes

Page 1:  “Magog.  Magog was trying to kill me.”  This occurred in Justice League: Generation Lost #13.

“Too much Japanese to be in…Am I in Tokyo?”  Why did Captain Atom, when leaping forward in time, go to Tokyo?  Is it because he needed to be there, to take part in the future-Justice League’s final adventure? 

Or, and I’m just brainstorming here, is there some connection to the fact that Captain Atom did one of his quantum leaps while in Tokyo way back in Superman/Batman #4?  (I know, I’m reaching, but I feel like there has to be some sort of connection there.)

Captain Atom last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #13.

Page 2:  Those are OMACs.  Giant OMACs.  Bad news.

Page 3:  “My powers are in shut-down mode until my body can metastasize the energy.”  This happened to Captain Atom the last time he leaped forward into the future, as seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #6.

Page 4:  The amped-up, armored Batman is Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne and the current Robin. 

The future Shazam is Sahar Shaheen. About whom I know absolutely nothing.  Nada.  Zip.  She’s a blank slate, but pretty cool looking, if you ask me.

“One hundred and twelve years.”  Thus, Captain Atom has leaped to the year 2123, if we assume that the “present day” is 2011. 

This is the amusing thing about comic book time:  the events occurring in Brightest Day and Justice League: Generation Lost take place, at most, only a few weeks after the Blackest Night, but Blackest Night #1 was published in 2009.  So the finale of Blackest Night “takes place” in 2010, but, flash forward a few weeks, and we’re already into 2011. 

Do I have a point?  Absolutely not…I just like to ponder these things when I have nothing else to do…

Page 5:  “97 Miles East.”  Allow me to preface this by saying that I have a lot of time on my hands today.  So O downloaded Google Earth and actually measured 97 miles east of Tokyo. 

At about 64.16 miles, I landed in water, which means that 97 miles would be more than thirty miles off the coast of Japan and in the Pacific Ocean. 

Which means that Captain Atom might not have arrived in Tokyo; it could have been another city in Japan.  Or Power Girl meets with Captain Atom somewhere other than “97 Miles East.”

We met the future-future Power Girl in Justice League: Generation Lost #6; she wasn’t doing too well.  The present day Power Girl last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #10.

In the future, Kara seems to have adopted Superman’s symbol as her own. 

Page 6:  “Nate…this world, our world, is very different from the one you left a hundred years ago…”  Does this mean that, according to Power Girl, Captain Atom left and never came back? 

Page 7:  In Panel One, from left to right, we have Darkseid, Wonder Woman, Giganta, Plastic Man, Superman, Green Lantern, Amazon, Donna Troy and Batman. 

Note that Wonder Woman is in her classic, original costume. 

In Panel Two, we have two OMACs, the Creeper, Green Arrow and Marvel.

Page 8:  I like scenes like this.  I’m pretty sure that this future Justice League will never appear again, but I wonder about their lives, their adventures and how they go to this point. 

The Creeper is a cybernetic-Jack Ryder.  Presumably his half-demon nature helped him survive all these years. 

The Red Hood is Thomas Grayson, a descendant of Dick Grayson, seemingly named after Bruce Wayne’s father. 

J’onn J’onzz has seen better days, to be perfectly honest.  When he calls Captain Atom “an old soldier who has served this world,” he could easily be talking about himself. 

The Blue Scarab looks as if he has a more insect-like appearance than the Blue Beetle ever did.  Perchance it is more alien than before?

Interesting that the new Black Canary is a descendant of Hawk and Dove; does she have their mystically-enhanced abilities?  And was Dinah Lance such an influence on the present-day Hawk and Dove’s lives that her influence was felt over a hundred years later?

Interesting that Plastic Man is a clone of the original, and not Eel O’Brian himself.  Supposedly, Plastic Man is nigh-immortal and indestructible; did something finally destroy him?

Page 9:  “He’s 131.  He uses the Lazarus Pit.”  By this math, that would mean that Damian was born in 1992, making him 19 in 2011.  However, he is depicted as being in the 10-11 year old range, making this comment an error.

The Lazarus Pit is a unique chemical blend that is usually found at the conjunction of ley lines on Earth.  They have the ability to rejuvenate the sick and injured and raise the dead.  Ra’s al Ghul, Damian’s grandfather, has used the pits for years, making him virtually immortal.

Page 10:  A Boom Tube is a form of teleportation, generated by a Mother Box, used by the New Gods.  It creates a tunnel in space through which individuals can travel. 

“Decades ago, Max Lord seized control of the J.L.A.’s moon base.”  In the present day, the Justice League of America has the Earth-based Hall of Justice and the Watchtower, a satellite orbiting the Earth.  The previous Watchtower was a moon-based headquarters; presumably, at some point in the future, it was rebuilt. 

Page 12:  “The rise of the Anti-Monitor.”  Which led to the Crisis on Infinite Earths. 

“The murder of Darkseid’s son.”  Which heralded the Final Crisis. 

Page 14:  “It’s a new OMAC project!”  A sly reference to The OMAC Project mini-series that served as a lead-in to Infinite Crisis, which featured normal humans transformed into superhuman-hunting OMACs.

Page 15:  Why do these new OMACs have creepy-looking eyes on their chests?  Look pretty damn weird, if you ask me…

“Kryptonite.”  Remember that, since Power Girl is technically from the pre-Crisis Earth-Two, only Kryptonite from that universe affects her.  Plain old New Earth/Earth-0 Kryptonite has no affect on her. 

Page 18:  “Diana.  He killed Wonder Woman.”  In retaliation for Diana killing Maxwell Lord back in Wonder Woman (second series) #219.

Page 21:  In Justice League: Generation Lost #6, we saw that, in the year 2351, the moon had been destroyed years before.  Now we know how that came to pass. 

Page 22:  “Just don’t think I won’t hit back.”  Especially Max.  He deserves a few hits.