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…