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Justice League Generation Lost Hc Vol 02 (Justice League (DC Comics)) Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011
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However, don't let that price put you off, or the fact that these are a JL that you won't find in New 52. This is just excellent storytelling by a team at the top of their game and who love the characters they have to work with.
Get it or regret it- but get Vol 1 first.
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This story stars the team of underdogs: Booster Gold, Fire, Ice, Rocket Red, Captain Atom, and Blue Beetle -- the only characters in the DC universe to remember Max Lord -- and focuses on their quest to stop him. The early issues of the book bring Captain Atom to the forefront (like other characters were brought the the forefront in volume 1), before it shifts back into team mode. This book also features more cameos from the Justice League, with three (Batman, Wonder Woman, and Power Girl) playing more significant roles in the story.
I loved this book. I loved volume one just slightly more, but this book was a more than satisfying conclusion to the story arc. It's got almost everything I look for in stories, after all: underdogs, action, and a team who you can really root for. Highly recommended!
Give it a shot.
It's really recommended you read volume 1 first but here's the skinny: Having been ressurected in "Blackest Night," Lord escapes the international manhunt for him by using his mind-control powers to make everyone in the world forget he ever existed. The only ones who remember are former Justice League International members Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire and Ice. Each of them soon find themselves ostracized from the metahuman community as others think they're crazy raving about some powerful man no one remembers. The four soon hook up with the Blue Beetle and a new Rocket Red to try and stop Max's ultimate plan.
The series is great using DC history, especially a controversial recent storyline: As he prepares to hunt down Wonder Woman for revenge, Max suddenly discovers that except for himself and the four JLIers, no one on Earth remembers Wonder Woman. The scene of Lord hit with a delicious dose of irony is great and deepens the mystery for the JLI. A standout issue is one that explore Lord's past, finally explaining why he thinks superhumans are such a threat and going to such lengths. It makes you understand him even as you despise his hypocrisy, killing thousands if it means "saving humanity."
The JLI are perfectly captured, Booster finally rising to be a hero despite himself, Fire and Ice dealing with their mutal dark pasts, Atom with a warning of the future and Beetle gets a standout issue fighting Lord. The twists and turns are great as Max's ultimate plan comes to life and we see the way the series has nicely set it all up. The finale is a great battle that ends with a nice turn by a couple characters.
There are a couple of quibbles. The use of Power Girl in the story is good as Max sets her against the JLI before she gets her sense back. But it suffers as we lose the cool issue of her own mag where she tries to get Dick Grayson to face the truth about the murder of Ted Kord at Max's hands and a major DC face offers help. I know a seperate collection of the mag has that issue but still a loss to this story. There's also the fact that the entire story seems to now be lost in the wake of DC's recent reboot, a shame considering how the ending sets up a major follow-up to come.
Still, put together, this is one of the best maxi-stories DC has done in quite a while and a thrilling ride for JLI fans old and new and so deserves a place on the shelf.
In this book, the plan of Max Lord is finally revealed. The readers get to know the reason behind his actions in the first volume and how he's exploited the JLI to meet his own twisted needs. The world has forgotten Max Lord, courtesy : Max Lord himself. Now Max is free to do what he wants unless the only people who still remember him Booster, Fire, Ice and Captain Atom) can stop him.The JLI do more wrongs than rights but in the end , manage to set things right , as all heroes do!
Apart from the JLI, there are appearances from a few other DC-Stalwarts,towards the last issues of this collection, who I'll not mention and spoil the fun :) The excitement just builds with each issue and reaches a appropriate and suitable conclusion.
The story is simply brilliant! It's fast-paced, exciting, with LOTS of twists and turns. Once you start reading , just can't stop till the last page! Some of the sub-plots seemed a bit weak but you don't mind it just because the book is simply superb. And it's even BETTER than ALL the "Brightest-Day" tie-ins INCLUDING "Brightest Day" itself!! The combination of action and humour is near-perfect. Very few story-tellers can achieve this but Winnick has mastered this! I must admit though that the humour in this Volume is pretty less compared to the first one but its understandable.... as this book has more serious outlook, which has required to bring the story to conclusion. Speaking of conclusion, I wasn't very happy with the climax (which I can't reveal without giving a spoiler) but I guess it was required so as to set the foundation for the launch of DC's new JLI series.
The characterization is just brilliant.Max Lord is at his ruthless best, going to any extent to fulfill his evil plans. Booster is the usual bumbling wannabe-superhero leading his team into one mis-adventure after the other. Rocket Red is the most hilarious of the pack. Fire and Ice are Hot and cool, but somehow not as appealing as the other characters.Anyway, guess their role is not as important as the others; they're just eye-candy :). Winnick has understood each of the JLI to the core and portrayed them in a war eveyone can relate to and sympthaize with.I was typically impressed with what Winnick has done with Captain Atom. Though I have read a bit of stories involving Captain Atom, but he has NEVER been this impressive, thanks to Winnick.And for some reasons, the ideals and principles of Captain Atom reminded me of Superman and Flash (Barry Allen). I think this character has a lot of potential, maybe that's the reason that now Captain Atom has his own series, as part of the recent DC reobot!The next-best character I liked is Blue Beetle. Another winner from Winnick. Beetle, still in his teens, is trying his best to be a super-hero and still not in full knopwledge of his alien-body armour.He is confused at first when he is unwittingly forced to team up with Beetle and Co but over a period of time, proves to be one of the hard-hitters of the team. He has lot of emotional appeal too.
Regarding the artwork , it's pretty amazing! There are three pencillers among which I felt Benett is neat, Dagnino OK, Lopresiti not so good but tolerable. The cover pages, especially by Dustin Nguyen is outstanding (he's made them like water-colour paintings!!). The variant covers by Maguire is a bit of let-down.
This book is a non-stop action packed, thrill of a ride! So just fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride! :)