Comic Book Review: Justice League Generation Lost #19 – And the Lord Taketh Away

Cover Art for Justice League Generation Lost #19

Story: Judd Winick
Pencils: Fernando Dagnino
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Hi-Fi

In a Nutshell

In this issue of Justice League Generation Lost, we find Jaime Reyes in a flashback scene where he talks with his two best friends about the history and abilities of the Blue Beetle. In reality, Jaime is tied up in some secret laboratory that lies 2,000 feet under the Sea of Japan where Maxwell Lord and Doctor Ivo are trying to wrest control of the blue scarab and take Blue Beetle’s powers. In these scenes too, Max reveals that he used the Justice League International to get inside Checkmate, that everything that has happened in the past 18 issues were all part of a plan. But unknown to his captors, Jaime and his suit are planning a breakout by sending a distress signal to the JLI.

While the rest of the Justice League International are en route to rescue Jaime, the Blue Beetle frees himself, catches Max Lord by surprise and blasts him through a wall. At first it would seem that Jaime no longer needed rescuing, but Max Lord knows which buttons to press. And in an instant, the Blue Beetle is no more.

What's Cool

  • The Blue Beetle gets a lot of action scenes in this comicbook, he deserves it.
  • Jaime is finally able to control the full power of his alien space suit, allowing him to come up with various weapons.
  • Have you ever seen Maxwell Lord feel threatened lately? If not, get this issue.
  • Artist Fernando Dagnino creates amazing action scenes in this book. The rendering of Blue Beetle’s armor is simply electrifying. Overall art is full of energy.
  • The most shocking part of this comic book is the death of the Blue Beetle. Just like the two previous incarnations of the Blue Beetle, have we seen the last of Jaime Reyes?

What's Crap

  • For me, it’s just frustrating to see the spoiler for this issue right on the cover art. But I guess, it’s not every day that we see comicbook covers to actually relate to the story inside.
  • I can’t help but wonder why Doctor Ivo has suddenly become green and scaly.

The Bottom Line

This issue reveals how Maxwell Lord masterfully played his cards to penetrate Checkmate, all thanks to the JLI. Despite the fact that he has returned only after the Blackest Night saga, Max Lord has already brought down and gained full control of Checkmate. Generation Lost #19 gives readers some clues as to Max Lord’s ultimate plan. But the biggest shock in this comicbook is Blue Beetle’s demise. And DC Comics did it without much fanfare.

Comic Book Review – Justice League Generation Lost #14: Tomorrow is Today

If you’re a fan of Captain Atom, then this issue is definitely for you. After that incident with Magog last time, Nate Adam is once again (first time was in issue #6) hurled into the 24th century, in an alternate reality where a handful of new and old Justice Leaguers are waging a desperate war against the OMACs. Captain Atom has no choice but to join the other heroes in that time in a last ditch effort to destroy the OMAC moon base, which used to be Max Lord’s base of operation.

Cover Art for Justice League Generation Lost #14

Again, this very powerful superhero from DC Universe is given the opportunity to help save humanity and correct the things that have gone and will go wrong in the future. Question is, will he pull through? One thing is for sure, Captain Atom’s sub-plot is one of the strongest points in the Generation Lost series.

Writer Judd Winick pushes the storyline forward in each installment. The main characters have been brilliantly developed. And to me, that’s an important part of a good story. Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan provide the amazing artwork. I’m really impressed by the smooth clean lines and the fresh look of some of the classic characters in the DC Universe.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Oct. 13): Return of Bruce Wayne, Victorian Undead Special

Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne #5

Time-traveling Bruce Wayne comes closer to the present as he finds himself in a Gotham City that very much brings to mind classic Hollywood noir-era crime dramas in the 1940’s. This issue reminds me a lot of Batman: The Animated Series back in the 1990’s. But apart from the period setting, I really like the idea of Bruce investigating his mother’s death. Hired by Marsha Lamarr, a close friend of his mother’s, Bruce is about to find out if his father was indeed responsible for his mother’s murder. All the detective work that he does brings out the Batman in him, minus the cowl.Return Of Bruce Wayne #5

I would also like to mention that both Ryan Sook and Pere Pérez did a great job in the drawings. I’d go as far as saying that the art, in itself, can hook any die-hard DC Comics fanboy.

Untold Tales of Blackest Night

Untold Tales of Blackest NightIndeed, the Blackest Night series is just like the Black Lanterns – it just won’t die down. I know, you probably thought that this issue is a cheap shot at scraping the bottom of the Blackest Night mythos barrel. But reading the untold tales of the Ragman, Donna Troy, and Sinestro Corps member Karu-Sil only rekindled my fondness for last year’s biggest event from DC comics. The other tales in the issue may have been included only to serve as fillers, but the stories about the three characters I mentioned above make this comic book a worthy read.

Victorian Undead Special #1

Victorian Undead Special #1The hit series from Wildstorm Comics returns. Just as everyone is reeling from the recent attack of the undead (courtesy of the diabolical genius we all know as Prof. Moriarty), a new menace has been set loose in the streets of London. It’s up to Sherlock Holmes and his loyal associate, Dr. Watson, to uncover the one responsible for the grisly murders in the city. If you love Sherlock or you simply enjoy detective stories, this issue will surely give you a good fixing. If you love the classics like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, then this comic book written by Ian Edginton, with art by Horacio Domingues, will hit that little lover of literature inside you.

Justice League Generation Lost #11

Justice League Generation Lost #11It’s Justice League International versus the Metal Men. If you ask me, that’s reason enough to get hold of this comic book. The action packed panels make this a good ish. However, a number of my friends say that they find this issue a bit unexciting because the big skirmish against the Metal Men only involves Rocket Red, Fire and Ice spread across 90% of the comic book. If you’re wondering where he other JLI members are, well they sort of stumbled upon Maxwell Lord’s OMAC assembly area and they are only shown in a handful of panels. Still, all the punching, kicking, flying and throwing in this book provide a welcome relief to the series. Plus, someone in the Justice League will undergo a big change that will most probably affect that character’s storyline permanently.

Magnus Robot Fighter #2

Magnus Robot Fighter #2I just love comic book stories that are set in a future (specifically, 4000 AD) filled with things that may well be described as ‘retro’ in our current space-time continuum. Think of The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) or Star Trek: The Original Series. Magnus comes from that same retro-future where heroes wear nothing but boots and a really chunky belt over a very short shift dress…with scales(?). Oh, it is also a future where women are dressed in really skimpy clothes that Victoria’s Secret will truly be proud of. In this issue, our hero rescues Leeja and other humans from a black market empire that sells humans to aliens who have developed a taste for human flesh. Magnus Robot Fighter is old school sci-fi comics at its best.

5 Must-Read Comics for the Week (February 10, 2011)

I have a pretty straightforward must-read comics list for this week. First on my checklist is Wolverine #1000. I have to admit, I wasn’t aware that Wolvie has already reached this record number of issues or perhaps I have read all about this issue on Previews but I somehow forgot about the story behind the big number. At any rate, I hope that this issue will not be the start of odd comic book numbering system not only from Marvel Comics, but from all the other publishers as well.

Green Lantern Emerald Warriors and Justice League Generation Lost have very exciting stories this week. And Geoff Johns is at his best in The Flash. Rounding up my recommended titles this week is Victorian Undead II, Holmes vs. Dracula #4.

Here are the 5 comic book titles that make up my list this week:

1. Wolverine #1000
2. Green Lantern Emerald Warriors #7
3. Justice League Generation Lost #19
4. Flash #9
5. Victorian Undead II, Holmes vs. Dracula #4

If you have any comments, please let me know and they will be deeply appreciated.

Comic Book Review: Ultimate Comics Thor #3

Cover Art for Ultimate Thor #3

Story: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Carlos Pacheco
Inks: Dexter Vines
Colors: Edgar Delgado

In a Nutshell

The Nazi Army joins forces with Frost Giants to destroy Asgard. Before they attack, the Nazis are persuaded over by the giants to drink the blood of fallen Heimdall, supposedly to give the humans more strength and power. The young Loki murders Balder. Odin meets his doom. The end of the Asgardian gods is at hand. Again!

What's Cool

  • The Nazis and the Frost Giants breaking into Asgard’s walls.
  • The Final(?) Stand of the Warriors Three in 1939 – Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun.
  • The surprising fall of Odin during the attack of the Nazis and the Frost Giants.
  • A flashback to the younger days of our favorite Asgardians gives readers yet another look at Loki’s cunning, not to mention his murderous intents.
  • Loki as the man behind Baron Zemo’s hood – I still can’t get over this twist.
  • The artwork, particularly the colors, is impressive. I just do not like Thor’s and Fandral’s look in 1939.

What's Crap

  • Well, obviously this is another Thor storyline in preparation of his upcoming movie. Talk about milking the cow dry.
  • The story in each issue of Ultimate Comics Thor is split into three eras or ages – the present day, the Nazi Era in 1939, and the age when Thor and the boys were still young. The reader basically has to shift through these periods and risk muddling up the timelines. I think it would have been more convenient for the readers if the story ran on a straight timeline from the past to the present. I still don’t know if the constant time-shifting serves a bigger purpose, like in Justice League Generation Lost were time travel is actually a central theme of the storyline.

The Bottom Line

Ultimate Comics Thor #3 offers solid action scenes that comic book readers will surely enjoy. I particularly like the 1939 Nazi-era and the Ages Past portions of the storyline. For hardcore fans of the Thunder God, this issue, nay, this series is a must have.

6 Must-Read Comics for the Week (November 25, 2010)

Here’s my list of must-read comics for the week. These titles made it to my pull up list because I found them exciting and fun to read in terms of story, artwork, or both. You too can include any of these comic books in your buying list for this week or later on. If you have something to say about them, please feel free to add your comments and they will be deeply appreciated.

This week, my top selections include Detective Comics, where Scott Snyder debuts as the ongoing writer. I was also amazed by JT Krul’s latest issue of Green Arrow. Action Comics #895 and Star Wars Blood Ties also made my list.

Here are the 6 comic books that I recommend for this week:

1. Detective Comics #871: The Black Mirror, Part 1
2. Green Arrow #6: Siege Mentality
3. Action Comics #895: The Black Ring, Part 6
4. Justice League Generation Lost #14: Tomorrow is Today
5. Star Wars Blood Ties: Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #4
6. Astonishing Thor #1

Please don’t forget to tell me what you think about these titles.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Oct. 27): Action Comics#894, Green Arrow#5, Time Masters Vanishing Point#4

Action Comics #894

Lex Luthor and Death. This. Is Happening. Right now. In this issue. Many people say that Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman gracing the pages of Action Comics is just one big marketing ploy. Whether that’s true or not, I honestly don’t care. Apart from the cover, the crunchy storyline makes this issue a good read. Besides, who wouldn’t want to see Lex Luthor feeling vulnerable as he comes face to face with Death. I gotta tell you, the conversations—even if touching on the philosophical—are captivating, especially if you think like Luthor. The question is can Luthor talk his way out of Death’s grasp?

Action Comics #894

Green Arrow #5

Green Arrow #5This is one of the Brightest Day tie-ins that definitely hit the spot. Green Arrow faces off against a masked female assassin right on the streets of Star City which resulted in one of the bystanders getting killed. To save the man, our archer hero brings the dead body to the forest in an attempt to resurrect the man. But far from what Green Arrow expected, his noble act brought to life a horde of zombies, which include Oliver McQueen’s own father. Green Arrow fights side by side with Galahad to drive back the Black Lantern abomination. Again, I would also like to mention that the cover art by Mauro Cascioli for this issue is downright awesome!

Justice League Generation Lost #12

Justice League Generation Lost #12At first glance, you’d think that this issue is about a big clash between Fire and Ice. Well, no. It’s actually a retelling of the origin of Ice. Sure, there’s a lot of fight scenes between the two. But the meat of the issue is Tora Olafsdotter’s history and how her childhood experiences made her the Ice Goddess that we know today. The retcon portion makes this comic book issue enjoyable.

Time Masters Vanishing Point #4

I know what you’re going to say. You think that this story arc should have been titled Bonding Time with Rip Hunter and Booster Gold. Perhaps, somewhere in the series you even thought that Time Masters Vanishing Point is half-baked—no offense to Dan Jurgens—and has nothing to do at all with finding Batman who’s been lost in the time stream. But if you can only hang on to this issue for a bit longer, you’ll see the error of dismissing the whole series as rubbish.

Time Masters Vanishing Point #4

As for me, I say that this issue is the turning point of the Vanishing Point arc. There are a handful of revelations that will literally open your eyes to why Darkseid sent Batman to the past. You’re wondering why the Vanishing Point was destroyed? It’s right here in this ish. Want to know why the heroes who are trying to find the Dark Knight are themselves lost in time? Well, grab a copy now. Also, cover art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund is very impressive. It gives me that vertigo effect…in a good kind of way. Definitely, 10-over-10.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 23): Millar’s Nemesis plus GL Corps

Nemesis #3

You’d be crazy if you don’t like this series written by Mark Millar, with art by Steve McNiven. Think Batman/Bruce Wayne, except that Nemesis is on the other side of the law. Yep, a billionaire gadget-totting masked character who wants to destroy the status quo that we all have come to know. Nemesis #3 In this latest issue, we see Nemesis in a fantastic and bloody fight scene against prison guards—97 in all. His unbelievable escape is definitely one of a kind and a very expensive one at that. It shouldn’t to be missed. To top it all, McNiven also dishes out an awesome and very energetic art.

Thor #615

Thor #615In this issue, we find Agardians and Broxton citizens busy rebuilding their lives after the Siege. Thor is about to jump on a new course. Where would that lead him? We don’t know. If you have been a longtime fan of the series, this issue signals the turning of a new chapter in the life and adventures of the God of Thunder and his friends.

Green Lantern Corps #52

Green Lantern Corps #52Let’s face it. Blackest Night was one hell of a series. After that, it’s just hard to find another great story about the Green Lanterns. I have to admit, I am slowly getting bored with Brightest Day as a whole. But this latest issue of Green Lantern Corps has given me the jolt that I needed. Here, we find two great lanterns from our very own Space Sector 2814—Kyle Rayner and John Stewart—on center stage as they save the day in Planet Grenda. This issue is made more relevant as it shows us the sad end of Hank Henshaw (aka Cyborg Superman) in the hands of Lantern Boodikka. Moreover, Alpha Lanterns have been changed back and reinstated into the Corps. For many Green Lantern fans, the team pose at the end is reason enough to get this issue.

Flash #5

Flash #5Previously… Flash is being arrested by the time-traveling Renegades from the 25th century for a crime that our hero is supposed to have committed in the future.

Now…Flash gets support from Top, one of the Renegades from the 25th century. But any help from Top is offset by the fact that the other Renegades and both present and future Rogues are hot on our duo’s tails. The plot also thickens as the mirror containing the Mirror Lords is also about to crack. Will things get better or worse for the Flash? Well, writer Geoff Johns hangs us in suspense till the next issue.

Justice League Generation Lost #10

Justice League Generation Lost #10Magog and Maxwell Lord have joined hands and we see the kind of future that this alliance could bring. Make no mistake, Maxwell Lord simply wants to corrupt the future. That’s why it is imperative that our Justice League heroes uncover Max’s plans. This issue also features Batman and Power Girl inquiring about Max. Did these two finally break free of the global mind wipe performed by Max? If so, will they be able to join the Justice League in the hunt for Max? Let’s all stay tuned.

Fanboyninja Weekly Comics Review (Sept. 8): God of Thunder and The Dark Knight

Thor #614

Thor #614

This is the final issue on Kieron Gillen’s run on Thor. We find the God of Thunder finally drawing out the sword Eir-Gram, the only weapon that can defeat the Disir, the evil shield maidens cursed by Odin. Meanwhile, Fortress Hela and God of War Tyr are running out of time defending the souls of the Asgardian dead. Towards the end, Thor also discovers something about Kelda. And is Mephisto really not preoccupied by what is happening with the Asgardians? Blood, gore, and almighty-ness are the high points of this issue.   Also, the bold penciling makes the evil hordes of Hel and Hell look more terrifying.

Batman #703

This is the prelude to “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home”. We find Dick Grayson’s Batman, Damian Wayne’s Robin, and Tim Drake’s Red Robin on the trail of a master thief who turns out to be Getaway Genius. Damian will learn that his father Bruce is not always the uncompassionate caped crusader that we all know him to be, that Bruce actually has a heart.

Green Lantern #57

Green Lantern #57This issue of Green Lantern made me cry. You know how some long-running comics provide us fans with filler issues every now and then. Well, issue #57 is definitely not a filler. Thanks again to Geoff Johns’ craft. Here, Larfleeze—the wielder of the Light of Avarice—comes to Las Vegas (do I hear uh-ohs?). Readers will get a deeper insight into the world of the Star Sapphires and the nature of love. And did I mention that Carol Ferris will fill in the shoes of someone very important?

American Vampire #6

American Vampire #6I am beginning to hate Vampire stories. Nowadays, those bloodsuckers have become too commercialized and full of cr_p. But not American Vampire. Surprisingly, this series presents a fresh look at vampires. In this latest issue, the story shifts from Hollywood to Las Vegas circa 1935. The local Vegas police, headed by Chief Cash McCogan, are on their toes as prominent businessmen have turned out dead and drained of blood. If our main characters Skinner Sweet and Pearl come to Las Vegas, they will definitely find themselves in a darker, more violent place.

Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book #3

Comic Book Guy #3The death of Jeff Albertson, popularly known as Comic Book Guy and owner of The Android’s Dungeon (Springfield’s most popular comic book store), has brought upon a civil war of sorts. No, it’s not North versus South. It’s Geeks versus Nerds! Comic Book Guy’s death also forces Bart to look for an alternative hobby as Marge (who now owns The Android’s Dungeon) would only sell wholesome kids’ stuff. Meanwhile, Lisa takes it upon herself to find out what really happened to Comic Book Guy. ‘Nuff said.

Justice League Generation Lost #9

Justice League Generation Lost #9When I bought the first issue, I have to admit that I did it simply because I was curious. But as Generation Lost slowly comes to its ending, I am quite surprised about the twists and the cat and mouse game between the Justice League International (JLI) and Max Lord.

In this issue, JLI has finally found Max. Well, not just found–they actually had to fight it out inside the JLI headquarters. Aside from the fight scenes, a personal conflict between Ice and Captain Atom has also come up to the surface. Max’s mental powers allowed him to command Fire to fight her teammates against her will. But is Max really invulnerable? We’ll leave it to Booster Gold to handle the man who wiped out the world’s memory of him.

Doctor Solar #2

Doctor Solar #2You think having the power of the sun makes you a God? How about having the power to give life to entities that came straight out of your imagination? Whitmore Pickerel, the writer who can create living and breathing beings from the characters that he writes about, has become more selfish since the last issue. His first two creations, Leviathan and Glow, have left him to run their own lives. So, Pickerel decides to create more entities to pursue his own plans. The problem is that Pickerel’s creations are not always what we real world folks can consider as virtuous. And Doctor Solar may be the only one that can convince Pickerel to stop his foolish agenda. The dialogues are also worth sinking your teeth into.

Batman Odyssey #3

Batman Odyssey #3I’m a big Batman fan. But storywise, this series does not really impress me. In the previous issues, I even find some scenes to be comedic. The thing is that Odyssey is written by Neal Adams. And I thought that being known for the art that he did for Batman, he could also deliver a great storyline. Still, the completist in me has decided to, well, complete this series. Hey, the art is not at all that bad.