Whenever the Giffen/DeMatteis run of Justice League International got serious, it felt really serious because otherwise the book was packed full of jokes and general silliness. Justice League: Generation Lost is a serious comic book. How serious? Maxwell Lord nearly beats Booster Gold to death with a rock. And the final page has a quote from Baudelaire, and you know a comic book is serious business when you have a literary quote in it--even one so horribly cliché.
Granted, it’s a bit unfair to hold the book up to classic iterations, but when you see Keith Giffen’s name sharing space with characters like Maxwell Lord and Booster Gold on a comic book cover, you start making assumptions. But this purely average book reads more like one of those runs that followed Giffen & DeMatteis on Justice League America, where someone would beat Booster Gold with a rock.
You’d smash Booster’s head in with a rock too if you were the recently resurrected Maxwell Lord and being pursued by every superhero in the world. Lord manages to use his mind control powers to make the whole world forget about him. The only people who remember? Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, and Ice. Oh, and Skeets.
Judd Winick’s script is okay, assuming you’re really emotionally invested in seeing the last remnants of the JLI capture Maxwell Lord. Or superheroes communicating via headsets from different military transports. Or Ice being all angsty in her apartment. Or (say it with me) Maxwell Lord smashing a rock over Booster Gold’s head.
Just like the old days, Giffen does breakdowns, but this time around Aaron Lopresti does pencils that are a bit easier to look at than the script is to read. There’s a lot of teeth gritting, if you like that kind of thing. I don’t.
Obviously it would feel cheap to try to recreate the feel of the old JLI stories, especially without some of the major players (both creators and characters), but why bother with a reunion show otherwise? Clearly it’s only going to attract the nostalgic and people who are really, really invested in what happens to B-list characters between myriad death scenes. To everyone else, it will seem as outdated and incongruous as Ice’s costume. Seriously, nobody thought to redesign her?
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