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Review: Justice League: Generation Lost #5

One of the strongest character-driven books on shelves, right now.

The reformed Justice League International finally gets to confront Maxwell Lord, only to find that he might actually have good intentions for bringing them back together?

The Good

This is a character-driven... no, character propelled book. Every action, every transition, every surprise stems from these heroes's personalities. The scene where Captain Atom has to escort a doomed  Rocket Red  away to his death was powerful. The original Rocket Red's explanation to Ice of his motivations for rejoining the Justice League was both poignant and funny.  Booster Gold's reflections about his long history of getting duped by the likes of bookies and Max Lord was a great echo of the dilemmas in his own book - - how he's got a good heart,but he isn't the brightest. And I loved Lord's ambivalent relationship with how he wants this reformed team to sucede - - it reconciled a lot of lingering characterizations questions since his "heel turn" in INFINITE CRISIS. I'm quite impressed with the quality of work that Lopresti, Ryan and Hi-Fi are able to crank out on what must be such a grueling schedule. None of this looks rushed - - in fact, there are some downright gorgeous scenes.

The Bad

I wouldn't say that the pace has slowed down, neccessarily (because the book's still riveting,) but I would say that it's gotten a little more deliberate. Thinking about it, the plot hasn't advanced that much in five issues and I'm wondering how this story can sustained over 26 issues.

The Verdict - 4.5/5

Buy this book! The first four issues are probably still on the shelves -- hurry up and scoop them up. Along with Invincible Iron Man, this is a title I was eagerly looking forward to reading this week. I only read a few issues of the classic Justice League run that this is reassembling, so I really appreciate the impressive act that Winick pulls with this. He brings old storyline back around without retreading anything; he references the past while still pushing these characters into an exciting new direction.    

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Posted by Captain13

You've convinced me!

Posted by RedHurricane24

I've read it, and I concur, this issue was very character-propelled.  The scene with Captain Atom sealed it for me.

Posted by Black Lantern Mar-vell

I'm relly loving this Title!  Captain Atom is really cool.  He's what Superman SHOULD be.
Posted by ArtisticNeedham

This comic I had to stop getting.
It felt like a story I would enjoy more as a whole trade.  So when I had to choose comics to wait to get, to spend less money, this was one of them.

Posted by IronSpidy-Rooney

Which is better this book or brightest day

Posted by AtPhantom
@IronSpidy-Rooney said:
" Which is better this book or brightest day "
This. Definitely.
Posted by IronSpidy-Rooney
@AtPhantom: Good to know thanks
Edited by longbowhunter

Hands down best issue yet! I've read the entire Giffen & DeMatteis J.L.I. series and I can say with much confidence that this is a worthy successor. Judd Winick balances both humor and action here on a larger scale than I thought possible. Meaning the funny parts are hilarious, the sad parts are truly tragic and the action is pulse pounding. I love Booster as the proactive leader. When it comes to avenging Ted Kord, Booster isnt playing around! I'm sorry to gush, but as a true J.L.I. fan this is really cool for me. Anyone not buying this please shell out the $3. Its the best thing Brightest Day has given us.
Posted by doordoor123

I havent really liked this series so far, Maybe its because im not a fan of any of the characters (besides jaime reyes)  but its getting better in this issue.

Posted by NightFang

Gotta pick this up!