Thursday, March 31, 2011

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #18

“Old Friends”

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

Synopsis

Power Girl has apprehended Captain Atom and is ranting at him about how he’s caused the deaths of thousands and turned against the world.  Atom realizes that she has been duped into thinking that he is Superman; he calls in the rest of the team for help, but Power Girl sees them as other Justice Leaguers who have declared war on humanity.  At the new Checkmate facility, Maxwell Lord and Professor Ivo continue their tests on Blue Beetle’s armor, while Lord justifies his actions to the young hero by reminding him that he is not the bad guy in this situation.  Meanwhile, Power Girl continues her assault on the overwhelmed J.L.I., and the battle seems lost until Rocket Red blasts her with high-frequency sound waves, overloading her super-hearing and incapacitating her.  Power Girl comes to her senses and, after recalling what Lord did to her, agrees to join her former teammates in taking him down…

Notes

Page 1:  I’m trying to figure out when this flashback occurs.  Power Girl joined the J.L.I. in Justice League International #24, and it must take place before she changed her costume to from the one shown here to the cape less-yellow and white unitard she began wearing in Justice League Europe #15. 

However, Booster Gold is mentioned as still being a member of the team, and he quit in Justice League America #37.  That issue is cover-dated April, 1990, as is Justice League Europe #13.  The two issues had a mini-crossover that month, involving a yellow cat and chaos on two continents (it was one of those things where you had to be there), so this scene must take place sometime before the events in those issues.

I have mentioned that the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League was my favorite comic book of all time, right?  Just checking…

Page 2:  Captain Atom and Power Girl last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #17.

The Tama River is a major river in the Yamanashi, Kanagawa and Tokyo Prefectures in Japan. 

“I didn’t kill Magog.”  Really, he didn’t.  Magog’s lance, tampered with by Maxwell Lord, exploded, thereby killing him, in Justice League: Generation Lost #13.

Page 4:  Max has used his mind control powers to convince Power Girl that Captain Atom is actually Superman.  A Superman that has killed Magog and caused an explosion that killed thousands. 

“Oh God.  This is bad.”  You said it, Captain Atom.  Your day could definitely be going better…

Page 5:  Ice, Booster Gold, Skeets, Fire and Rocket Red last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #17.

Pages 8-9:  Power Girl sees Fire, Captain Atom, Rocket Red, Booster Gold and Ice as Supergirl, Superman, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Batman and Starfire respectively.

Who does she see in place of Skeets?  And which Batman does she see, because neither Dick Grayson nor Bruce Wayne are dressing like that these days. 

Page 10:  Blue Beetle, Maxwell Lord and Professor Ivo last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #17.

“You killed Ted Kord.  You killed the Blue Beetle.”  Maxwell Lord killed the second Blue Beetle in Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1.

Page 11:  “My big ol’ brain can only open the floodgates so many times before it starts to take on water.”  Translation – Max really can’t mind wipe the entire world again because it will most likely fry his brain. 

Page 12:  “You keep thinking I’m the bad guy.”  A running theme of this series is that Max is doing the right thing.  Or, at least, Max believes that he’s doing the right thing. One of the hallmarks of a great villain is that he or she does not think that what they are doing is wrong, and that everyone else just needs to get onboard with their plans.

Page 13:  “We can’t run from her!  She’s too fast!”  Yes.  She’s a Kryptonian, Booster.  Kryptonians are fast.  They have super speed.  It’s kinda what they do. 

Page 14:  “You got Kryptonite or an enormous red sun tucked in your metal G-string?”  Not only do you need Kryptonite, but it needs to be Kryptonite from Earth-2, and I’d imagine that it’s a little hard to come by.

And I think that tucking a red sun into your g-string might hurt a bit, don’t you?

Page 17:  “No!  If we don’t rule over them – the world will die!”  It’s almost as if Max has converted Power Girl to his way of thinking; that Earth’s super humans are trying to take over the world from normal humans. 

Page 19:  “I think you have a job to do, don’t you?”  Max said this to Power Girl in Justice League: Generation Lost #17 and Power Girl #20.

Page 20:  I like Ice’s new costume.  It harkens back to her old look, but somehow looks a bit more functional.  I still think that Fire needs a new costume though; I can’t stand her Checkmate-era outfit.

 “Yeah.  Sign me up.”  I’ve been waiting for Power Girl to join up with the team since Justice League: Generation Lost #5.  Now all we need is a certain Dark Knight Detective to lend a helping hand and I’ll be a happy camper.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #18

“Easy Come Easy Go”

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
Inkers: Vicente Cifuentes & David Beaty
Editors: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

Captain Boomerang suffers a beating at the hands of Captain Cold while trying to explain to his fellow Rogue why he freed the Reverse-Flash from imprisonment…

Boston Brand is worried how the White Lantern power ring seems to be charging…

Mera enlists Aquagirl’s help…

Deathstorm and the Black Lantern JLA bring the White Lantern power battery to their master…

On Zamaron, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Carol Ferris battle against Queen Shrike, currently bonded to the Predator Entity.  Hawkman uses the Claw of Horus to expel the Predator out of Shrike, while the bones from Hath-Set’s inter-dimensional gateway come to life and drag Shrike into the Star Sapphire power battery.  Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s lives are returned, and Carol returns them to Earth…

The White Lantern power ring has fully charged, and transports Boston Brand to the Stonechat Museum, where he confronts Hawkman and Hawkgirl.  The Entity tells them that they must live apart so that they might live stronger, but they refuse.  The White Lantern power ring seemingly turns the Hawks to dust as Boston Brand powerlessly looks on…

Notes

Page 1:  Captain Boomerang last appeared in Brightest Day #7.

Captain Cold, real name Leonard Snart.  First appeared in Showcase #8.  Wields a freeze gun that allows him to freeze objects and others to absolute zero.  Appeared in Boston Brand’s future flash-forward vision in Brightest Day #0.

“Is that why you freed the Reverse-Flash from Iron Heights, you stupid son-of-a-bitch?”  This scene takes place immediately after the events of The Flash (third series) #7, in which Captain Boomerang freed Professor Zoom. 

Page 2:  “ – it told me ta throw me boomerang at Dove.”  The Entity of the White Light told Captain Boomerang this in Brightest Day #7 and The Flash (third series) #5.

Dove, Boston Brand and Mr. Brand last appeared in Brightest Day #17.

“In the middle of everything, the ring stopped talking and started charging.  It’s powering up.”  This took place in Brightest Day #17, as Boston was enjoying the time he spent with his grandfather. 

Mera last appeared in Brightest Day #16.

Aquagirl II, real name Lorena Marquez.  First appeared (as Lorena) in Aquaman (fourth series) #16 and (as Aquagirl II) in Aquaman (fourth series) #26.  Able to breathe underwater and resist deep-sea level pressures. 

Deathstorm last appeared in Brightest Day #16.  The Black Lantern JLA last appeared in Brightest Day #12.

Page 3:  Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Carol Ferris last appeared in Brightest Day #17.

Page 4:  The new Predator, which is actually Queen Shrike bonded to the Predator Entity, last appeared in Brightest Day #17.

“I’m still working my way through the Sapphire Queen manual --”  Carol Ferris became the Queen of the Star Sapphires in Green Lantern (fourth series) #57.

Page 7:  “And th-thanks to your curse, I’m used to pain.”  As revealed in Brightest Day #13, Queen Shrike was responsible for the deaths of Khufu and Chay-Ara and the curse that has plagued them through the centuries. 

“But the curse ended when you killed Hath-Set.”  Hawkgirl killed Hath-Set in Brightest Day #13.

Page 8:  Yowza.  Looks like forcibly expelling an entity of predatory love from one’s body hurts…a lot. 

Page 9:  In panel three, we see several of Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s past “selves” emerging from the gateway of bones.  Seen here are Prince Khufu, Nighthawk and Cinnamon.  The other two have yet to be identified. 

Page 10:  Oh boy, dead people coming back to life.  It’s Blackest Night all over again…

From left to right, we have the Silent Knight (kneeling and grasping a sword), Chay-Ara, Khufe (front and center), Captain John Smith (with the noose around his neck) and Nighthawk.

Page 12:  “Mission Accomplished.  Life Returned.”  Did Hawkman complete his mission?  The Entity of the White light told him, “Don’t let them leave this world.  Stop the Queen.”  Okay, Queen Shrike was stopped, but she and the Manhawks left Hawkworld.  Obviously, stopping Shriek was the more important of the two tasks.

As for Hawkgirl, she was told, “If your lover dies here, there is no more resurrection.  Save him from Hath-Set.”  Well, Hawkgirl clearly did that by killing Hath-Set, but why was her life not returned to her at that point? 

Also, and this is interesting, according to Shrike, since the curse has been broken, Hawkman and Hawkgirl are now on their last life.  But, according to the Entity, resurrection is possible, just as long as Hawkman doesn’t die on Hawkworld.  So which is true?  Will the Hawks continue to be reincarnated, or is this truly their final stab at life?

Page 13:  “A Star Sapphire gave it to Shiera as a gift after Nekron was defeated.  Miri Riam gave it to Shiera, as revealed in Brightest Day #0.

“She said it was an original shard from the crystallized bodies that once powered your battery.”  The crystallized bodies were those of Khufu and Chay-Ara, as seen in Green Lantern (fourth series) #46.

Page 14:  Say…where’d all the Manhawks go flying off to?

Page 15:  “When the Black Lantern charged to 100%, Nekron was teleported to Earth.”  This took place in Blackest Night #4.

Page 16:  “We’re back.  We’re home.”  Hawkman and Hawkgirl were last at the Stonechat Museum in Brightest Day #0.

“But we aren’t old yet.”  Shiera, you naughty girl you…

Page 17:  Some hot and heavy Hawk-love going on here…

Page 18:  Man, that Boston Brand is such a Peeping Tom…

Page 19:  “You must live life separately to live life stronger.”  Damn, this Entity is such a freaking kill-joy.  Haven’t these two been through enough? 

Page 20:  “So be it.”  Note to self…don’t piss off the Entity of the White Light.  It doesn’t life it when you talk back to it.

Page 22:  Whoops.  So much for the Hawks.

Boston Brand must be feeling really freaking proud of himself now…

Monday, March 28, 2011

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #17

“Code Blue”

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

Synopsis

Blue Beetle wakes up to find himself captive, unable to escape.  Maxwell Lord takes control of Power Girls’ mind and orders her to take down the J.L.I., who is busy with the aftermath of their battle with the Creature Commandoes.  Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council has revoked Checkmate’s charter, but White King Alton Janus isn’t worried.  He takes the Col. Khalid-Isr to the headquarters of the new Checkmate, which is under Max Lord’s control.  Lord transforms the Black King into an OMAC, much to Blue Beetle’s amazement.  The J.L.I. tracks Lord’s teleport signal to Tokyo, where Captain Atom is promptly attacked by Power Girl…

Notes

Page 1:  This scene is a flashback to several years ago, before Jaime became the third Blue Beetle.

Alberto Reyes is Jaime’s father; he was last seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #3.

Page 2:  Blue Beetle last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.

Page 3:  This scene takes place concurrent with events in Power Girl #20. 

Maxwell Lord last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.  Professor Ivo last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.

“She engaged the test subjects in combat.”  This occurred in Power Girl #19-20.

The mysterious young woman with the glowing eyes is, as well will learn by the end of this issue, Power Girl.  She last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.

Page 4:  Rocket Red, Warren Griffith, J.A.K.E. 83, Captain Atom and Booster Gold last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16. 

Skeets last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15…say, what’s the deal with Skeets anyway?  Does he go off on secret missions without telling anyone?  Is that why he misses issues every so often?  Where does he go when he skips issues like that? 

“Where is Beetle with Fire and Ice?”  In Justice League: Generation Lost #16, Booster Gold sent Blue Beetle to gather Fire and Ice so the team could evacuate.  Fire, however, was injured, and Maxwell Lord incapacitated and kidnapped Beetle before they could escape.

Page 5:  Pvt. Elliot “Lucky” Taylor last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.  He’s doing his best “Hulk smash!” impression here.
 
Page 6:  “…you okay there, Big Frankie?”  Taylor is, of course, homage to the Frankenstein’s Monster, hence Booster’s nickname for him. 

Page 7:  Col. Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.

Project Cadmus was a government project that specialized in genetic engineering, responsible for the creation of Dubbilex the DNAlien, the second generation Newsboy Legion, and Connor Kent, a.k.a. Superboy.  As The Black King explains here, it was formerly located in Metropolis.  It first appeared in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133.

The U.N. Security Council Competency Review mentions that four primary cells were activated by Checkmate, but I only count three.  The cybernetics research facility in China was seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #10-12, Project Cadmus in Vietnam appeared in this issue, and the anti-terrorism hub in Chicago was the focus of Justice League: Generation Lost #11-13.  What is the fourth cell and how will it fit into Max’s plans?

“In Chicago!  Which became a battleground for Magog and Captain Atom resulting in a most devastating loss of U.S. civilian life!”  As seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #13.

“Magog was duped.”  By Maxwell Lord, in Justice League: Generation Lost #10.

Page 8:  Alton Janus last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.

Page 9:  Fire and Ice last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.

Page 10:  Vincent Velcoro last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #16.

“And I should mention…none of us looked like this.  We’ve been…”  “Altered.”  Presumably, Professor Ivo experimented on and “altered” the Creature Commandos while they were at Project Cadmus. 

“Just like he promised…we come after him, he comes after us.”  Max warned the team against trying to find him in Justice League: Generation Lost #5.

“We are no closer to knowing what the hell he’s up to than that first night in the New York Embassy!”  As seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #1.

Page 11:  Man, Checkmate has some sweet new dogs, don’t you think?

Page 12:  “The J.L.I. attack on the Checkmate Castle – you said to leave the details unreported.”  This was in Justice League: Generation Lost #8.

Page 13:  This page is weird to me, mainly because we don’t see Alton Janus anywhere on it.  When I first read it, it almost looked like Max Lord revealed that he was masquerading as Alton Janus.  This is obviously not the case, but the depiction of the scene is just strange to me is all.  Perhaps Lord appearing behind Taleb as opposed to in front of him would have worked better, I’m not sure.

“And Talib, my friend, you actually know me quite well.”  If you two know each other so well, then why are you calling him “Talib” when his name is “Taleb”?

And how do they know each other so well?  I mean, apart from Checkmate being involved in the manhunt for Maxwell Lord in Justice League: Generation Lost #1?  They were not members of Checkmate at the same time, considering the Taleb joined long after Lord was killed.

Page 14:  Max’s nosebleed indicates that he’s using his mind control abilities.

Page 15:  It seems that Max can now use his abilities to transform others into OMACs.  He’s become a living, breathing Brother Eye.

Page 17:  “Transporter in Australian Embassy was repaired by original Rocket Red.”  I assume that, by “original,” Gavril means Rocket Red #4, a.k.a. Dmitri Pushkin.  He probably repaired the teleporter at the J.L.I.’s Australian Embassy after Earth’s heroes repelled the Dominion-led invasion, sometime after Justice League International #24.

Remember that the future Justice League’s battle against the OMACs seen in Justice League: Generation Lost #14 took place in Tokyo.  What importance, if any that this city has to Max’s plans remains to be seen. 

Page 19:  Ouch. That had to hurt.

“Gotta say…I’m getting a little tired of getting my can kicked.”  That’s what happens when you’re the most powerful guy in the room; you just get beaten-up and thrown around all the time.  Ask Superman.  He knows.

Page 20:  Oh good, a mind-controlled Power Girl…this won’t end well…

Saturday, March 26, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #17

“Homecoming”

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Ivan Reis, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
Inkers: Vicente Cifuentes & David Beaty
Editors: Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

Although they, at first, think that they have destroyed the universe, Ronnie and Jason realize that they have been transported to the Antimatter Universe.  Firestorm flies off towards Qward in search of the White Lantern power battery…

After being transported to Zamaron, Hawkman and Hawkgirl team-up with Carol Ferris to battle Shrike.  Hawkman handles the Manhawks while Hawkgirl confronts her mother, but the Predator entity is drawn to Shrike and chooses her as its next host…

Boston Brand visits his aged grandfather and reacquaints with the man, apologizing for his actions while alive.  In an effort to bond with him, Boston takes his grandfather out for a motorcycle ride.  Mysteriously, the White Lantern power ring begins to charge…

Notes

Page 1:  Firestorm last appeared in Brightest Day #16.

“Did we just blow up the universe?”  In Brightest Day #10, Professor Martin Stein revealed to Jason and Ronnie that, due to the instability of the Firestorm matrix, their arguing and bickering could lead to the triggering of a new Big Bang. 

Pages 2-3:  Shadow Demons were former Thunderers of Qward transformed by the Anti-Monitor into his personal warriors. 

Page 4:  Qward is a planet located in the very center of the Antimatter Universe; its analog in the positive-matter universe is Oa. 

Page 5:  Boston Brand and Dove last appeared in Brightest Day #14.

“Cheeseburgers for breakfast.  Again.”  Since returning to life, Boston Brand has indulged in his love for cheeseburgers every chance he can get. 

“I could tell from last night.”  Oooooooh, sexual innuendo. 

Page 6:  Boston’s wearing an apron with a dove on it.  How cute. 

Notice that there’s a huge hole in the wall from where Hawk barged into Dove’s apartment in Brightest Day #4.

Page 7:  Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Shrike and Carol Ferris last appeared in Brightest Day #13. 

“The curse is done.  Hath is dead.  We can’t die today.”  Hawkgirl killed Hath-Set in Brightest Day #13, thereby ending the curse that had plagued herself and Hawkman for millennia. 

Carol Ferris became queen of the Zamarons in Green Lantern (fourth series) #57.

Pages 8-9:  “The ancient hearts of Khufu and Chay-Ara.  You’ve come back to us.”  The crystallized corpses of Prince Khufu and Chay-Ara – Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s original lives – were housed within the Star Sapphire power battery and powered their rings.  In Green Lantern (fourth series) #46, they were revived as Black Lanterns and escaped, nearly destroying Zamaron.

Page 10:  Mr. Brand, Boston’s grandfather, was last seen, in flashback, in Brightest Day #14.

“My grandsons are dead.”  In addition to Boston, Mr. Brand also had a grandson named Cleveland. 

Page 11:  Awwww…cue the tears.

Page 12:  “You held the record for long distance jump on a Harley Davidson, right?”  Said record of 157 feet is held by Bubba Blackwell; it was set in 1999.  It was first benchmarked by Evel Knievel in 1975. 

Page 13:  The Predator is, as Carol explains, the entity of love that powers the Star Sapphires, similar to how Ion and Parallax power the Green Lanterns and the Sinestro Corps respectively.  It first appeared in Green Lantern (fourth series) #43.

Pages 14-15:  Ok, pay close attention.  See how Hawkgirl is going into battle without her helmet?  Not the best of moves, I agree, but considering that she hasn’t worn it since she arrived on Hawkworld back in Brightest Day #5,  what are you gonna do?  Fly back through an inter-dimensional portal to accessorize?

Page 16:  Yes, it seems like that’s exactly what she did, because, as she’s swatting at her long-lost mother with her mace, she’s once again wearing her helmet.  Where the bloody nass did that even come from?  Does she carry around a spare, collapsible helmet in her belt for these special occasions?

Page 17:  “Your bodies – are suddenly immune to my Nth metal control --”  Shrike used ability to control Nth metal to incapacitate Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Brightest Day #13.

Page 19:  Shrike’s full name is revealed to be Khea Taramaka. 

The Predator entity is easily attracted to and corrupted by its hosts, as seen here and in Green Lantern (fourth series) #57.  Unlike Parallax, which completely takes over and influences its host, the Predator becomes subservient to its host’s desires and needs. 

Page 20:  Shrike has become a female version of the Predator, who made its first appearance in Green Lantern (second series) #178.

Page 22:  Well, it’s about freaking time that White Lantern power ring did something other than look like fancy bling…

Friday, March 25, 2011

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #16

“Scary Monsters”

Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Fernando Dagnino
Inker: Raul Hernandez
Editor: Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham

Synopsis

While Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Rocket Red and Blue Beetle find themselves under attack from the Creature Commandoes outside the J.L.I.’s Australian Embassy, inside, Ice tries frantically to save Fire’s life.  Batman and Power Girl have a conference call with the heads of Checkmate that only arouses the Dark Knight’s suspicions of the group.  Sensing that they can’t hope to win against their foes, Booster tells the team to retreat.  Blue Beetle and Ice uses Aten’s healing bandages to save Fire, only to be attacked by Medusa and the G.I.Robots.  Maxwell Lord, masquerading as one of the robots, kidnaps Blue Beetle for the next phase of his scheme…

Notes

Page 1:  Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Rocket Red and Booster Gold last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.

Project M is a secret government organization that began in World War II.  It specialized in experimental biotechnology and necromancy; known creations of the Project include the Creature Commandos, Miss America and the G.I. Robot. 

“Why we keep being attacking from peoples who are said to be on ‘our side’?!”  This is a running theme with the J.L.I in this series.  Thus far, they have been attacked by the Rocket Red Brigade, Fire, Ice, the Metal Men, Magog and now the Creature Commandos. 

Page 2:  Pvt. Elliot “Lucky” Taylor, Sgt. Vincent Velcoro, Warren Griffith and the G.I. Robots last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.

Page 4:  Fire and Ice last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.  Fire was shot in that issue.

“My dad was a mass murderer, you know.”  As revealed in Checkmate #11-12, Fire’s father worked for a military dictatorship in the 1970s and had ordered the deaths of thousands. 

Page 5:  “I killed...a lot of people, too.  For…for Checkmate.”  As seen in the pages of Checkmate, Amanda Waller blackmailed Fire with evidence against her father and forced her to perform covert assassinations. 

It was revealed that Fire’s mother was bipolar and had a psychotic break in Justice League: Generation Lost #3.

Page 6:  Batman and Power Girl last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #10.

“And all caused by Captain Atom battling and killing Magog.”  This is how the world interprets the events of Justice League: Generation Lost #13.

Col. Taleb Beni Khalid-Isr and Alton Janus last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #8.

Page 7:  “Magog thought he was ordered by Checkmate to kill Captain Atom?”  Exactly!

Page 9:  Aten and Medusa last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.

Page 10:  Bogman last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.

Page 12:  “You think I’m a @#$$%?”  She can be.  She can so be a total @#$$%.

Page 13:  “Ola, Jaime.  Que o tem fazer hoje.”  I think that this roughly translates to, “Hello, Jaime.  What do you have to do today?”  Or something like that. 

“Eu estou tao frios.”  This one’s a bit clearer, “I’m so cold.”

Page 14:  I find it interesting that Aten’s healing bandages work on artificial life forms like the G.I. Robots as well as living beings. 

Page 18:  From what I can recall, Medusa didn’t have the abilities of a true Gorgon, just the hair of living snakes.  She must have been upgraded recently and given the ability to paralyze others with her gaze. 

Page 21:  Maxwell Lord last appeared in Justice League: Generation Lost #15.

Page 22:  “It’s okay, Bea.  I’ll take real good care of him.”  Max doesn’t have a great track record in his encounters with Blue Beetles over the past few years…

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #16

“Short Fuse”

Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Ivan Reis, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
Inkers: Dave Beaty & Oclair Albert
Editors: Eddie Berganza

Synopsis

After making sure that the Hyde’s are safe in the Aquacave, Aquaman takes Jackson Hyde to an undersea cavern so the teen can learn of his heritage and responsibility to the world.  Jackson lashes out in anger and just wants to be left alone, but Aquaman confides in the boy, telling him that he knows he how feels, and that he wouldn’t heap this pressure on him unless he knew that he could handle it.  Jackson accepts the costume left for him and adopts the mantle of Aqualad…

On the Watchtower, the JLA and JSA attempt to help Firestorm stabilize himself, but Ronnie and Jason can’t keep their emotions in check.  Their argument escalates, and everything around them erupts in flame, leading them to believe that they have destroyed the universe…

Notes

Page 1:  We open on the Aquacave, located at the bottom of the Atlantic.  It looks much cooler now than it ever has before. 

That’s an image of Aquaman, Mera, and Arthur, Jr., a.k.a. Aquababy, in happier times.  Happier, as in, before Black Manta killed the kid and Mera went a little crazy and fled back to her home dimension. 

Jackson Hyde last appeared in Brightest Day #11.

Pages 2-3:  Aquaman last appeared in Brightest Day #11.  An alternate-future/mental-illusion version of Aquaman appeared in Brightest Day #15.

“My son.  He was murdered by your biological father.  Black Manta.”  This took place in Adventure Comics #452.

Mr. Hyde (no relation to Dr. Jekyll) last appeared in Brightest Day #11.  Mrs. Hyde last appeared in Brightest Day #10.

“Which world do you belong to?”  This seems to be a theme here in Brightest Day, that of heroes torn between worlds.  Aquaman, the Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Deadman (in a way) all straddle two worlds, never seeming completely comfortable in either one. 

Page 4:  Firestorm and Congorilla last appeared in Brightest Day #15.

The Atom last appeared in Brightest Day #2.

Mr. Terrific II, real name Michael Holt.  First appeared in The Spectre (third series) #54.  The third-smartest man on Earth, possesses a Genius-level intellect.  An Olympic-level athlete, aided by his T-Spheres that he can mentally control.  Invisible to all forms of technology. 

Doctor Mid-Nite II, real name Pieter Anton Cross.  First appeared in Doctor Mid-Nite #1.  A medical doctor who can see perfectly in the dark.  Wields blackout bombs and wears special ultrasonic lenses.

Supergirl, real name Kara Zor-El, also known as Linda Lang.  First appeared in Superman/Batman #8.  Possesses the standard Kryptonian powers of superhuman strength, speed, senses, invulnerability and flight. 

Jade, real name Jennifer-Lynn Hayden.  First appeared in All-Star Squadron #25.  Through a birthmark on her palm, able to channel the power of the Starheart, allowing her to create energy constructs and fly. 

Page 5:  Deathstorm, Martin Stein and Alvin Rusch last appeared in Brightest Day #12. 

Deathstorm stole the White Lantern and corrupted it, recreating the Black Lantern Corps in Brightest Day #11.

“I can transmute organics.”  As he did in Blackest Night #3 when he transformed Gehenna Hewitt into salt.  Firestorm is unable to use his molecular abilities on organic objects. 

Page 8:  Oooh, that Deathstorm is such a mean guy…

“Where is this “Elsewhere” that Deathstorm is hanging out in?  Looks like he’s on freaking Qward.

Page 10:  “I’m so sorry, Kaldur’ahm.”  As a fan of the Young Justice animated series, I was wondering when they were going to reveal Jackson’s real name. 

Page 11:  Why do the people of Xebel need Jackson as a key?  Obviously they could travel to Earth, because they came here to capture David’s parents in the first place, correct?  Or did they unwittingly travel to Xebel through the rift and were then taken prisoner?

Page 12:  “Osmosis” is the movement of water through a selectively-permeable membrane from an area of high water potential to an area of low water potential.  And I actually still remember that from high school Biology class.

Page 14:  Ah, Jackson’s decided to become a rebellious teenager.  They grow up so fast, don’t they?

Page 15:  Jeez, Arthur, you really think sending freaky-looking eels is really going to calm the kid down?  Have you been taking parenting lessons from Bruce Wayne lately?

Page 16:  “You d-don’t understand what I’m going through.”  Wah, wah, wah, I hate my life, no one gets me, I want to run away from my responsibilities. 

Deal with it, kid.  You’re in the DC Universe.  Grow a set and get ready to man up already. 

Page 17:  Aquaman gives a quick-little recap of his post-Infinite Crisis origin, for those who have arrived late to the show.  Now I’m thinking that an Aquaman: Secret Origin mini-series might be in order, hmmm?

Page 18:  Aqualad II, real name Kaldur’ahm, also known as Jackson Hyde.  First appeared in Brightest Day #4 (as Jackson) and Brightest Day #16 (as Aqualad).  Able to increase the density of water and manipulate its shape into weapons, as well as discharge bolts of electricity. 

Page 19:  “We’re waiting for Metamorpho?!  Why?!”  Yeah, really.  I mean, like, everyone knows that Metamorpho’s never on time for anything.  The dude’s always late.  Better off just starting without him…

Uh-oh, Martin said that Ronnie and Jason need to keep their cool…

Page 20:  Great.  Now they’ve done it. 

Page 21:  Universe go “Boom.”

Page 22:  “I think we just destroyed the universe.”  Well, I guess that’s one way to defeat Deathstorm…