This story really gets going in this issue. Through teasers in “Brightest Day” as well as this title, we’ve seen that Magog and Max Lord have a future tied together somehow. This issue divulges a little bit about what that future might look like. That future shows up in the first few pages of this issue and it looks painfully like a reinterpretation of certain events from “Kingdom Come.”
By painfully, I’m referring to the similarities of the potential future brought about by the acts of “Kingdom Come,” moreso than the art by Joe Bennett. Bennett, honestly, stands no chance of replicating the splendor of Alex Ross’s painted masterpiece from 1996. Instead Bennett chooses to reinterpret the scene that depicts Magog’s Justice Brigade hunting down the Parasite from a different point of view. The result is a compelling retelling that propels this issue forward.
The Justice League survivors follow a trail expecting to find Max Lord, only to have it lead them to a cliffhanger that brings the start of this issue back full circle. This single issue is easily the high point of Winick’s work on this title. Winick does a good job blending the action and intrigue here, and he also teases a few new threads that are certain to blossom into future storylines.
“Justice League: Generation Lost” is the most frustrating of the “Brightest Day” titles that I read in that the plot is right there: get Max Lord. Lord doesn’t come across as a world-threatening menace, nor does he project as a kook. It seems to me that the six heroes left unwiped (Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Rocket Red, Fire, Ice, and Captain Atom) should be more than capable of tracking down Max Lord, especially since Ted Kord was able to all by himself. Sure, that visit ended badly for Ted, but I think this crew might be able to pull it together. With this in mind, the journey to the end of this story seems to be taking a painfully long time for me, which makes this title less than interesting. Issues like this one, however, fly in the face of that statement and offer a strong argument for this title to be a regular in my read pile. The story moves forward here, as we turn the corner towards the projected halfway point for this series.