Artist: Aaron Lopresti
Inker: Matt Ryan
Cover Artist: Dustin Nguyen
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Editor: Rex Ogle & Brian Cunningham
The Upsetting, Yet Satisfying Plot
OMAC Prime is on the rampage, copying the League’s powers and overtaking them. Even Wonder Woman has some difficulties bringing down the big blue meanie. Elsewhere, Max and Booster go tooth and nail in a knock-down, all-out fist fight, each showing a resilience and stamina that would make the initial fight between Doomsday and Superman look like child’s play. (Not really, but it was a good comparison nonetheless.)
So what’s the purpose behind this miniseries? I’m sure you can guess…
My Awe-Inspiring Opinion
Here I am, geeking out over a series which reminds me of my childhood. Growing up with the JLI took my life for a tale spin and changed it forever. It is with this team that my love for comics began. I hopped on board with Generation Lost half way through as my pocket book didn’t allow me to pick it up on a bi-weekly basis. And now it’s issue #24 and I can’t believe I wasn’t follow the series since it hit comic book stands one year ago. With issue #24, the conclusion of the best mini-series I’ve ever read from DC Comics has finally become reality, and the beginning of an exciting new revival series is just over the horizon. And all I can do it wait, tapping my fingers in contagion, and bouncing my right leg up and down anxiously.
From page one to the end, #24 grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. I was so into the story that I didn’t even hear my wife say “dinner is ready! Put down you comic hang out with me!” Yes, I have officially become a terrible husband…but it was worth it! (Love ya on!) Judd Winick’s masterful writing drives this issue into its successful conclusion, paying attention to the different personality traits of each individual character; Booster has never felt so determined, Blue Beetle continues to prove himself as one of the more competent youthful heroes in the DCU, and Rocket Red still maintains his goofy yet confident personality that causes me to laugh and cheer for him at the same time.
And like any good soap opera, this last issue leaves you wanting more. The story is left somewhat unfinished yet successfully ends its purpose, leaving so many questions to ponder upon. The difference with #24 however is this…The ending sucks! It takes a lot of balls for a writer in any field to piss his or her readers off with an ending they didn’t want. Max gets away. He wins! Just like the cover suggests. Seriously, after all that investment we, the readers, put into this series…the bad guy wins. This is a major literary blow to the head. And for a brief moment, I wanted to pay the Secret Six to find Winick and end his miserable life by way of torture and death. I was not happy.
Bu then it hit me, why am I allowing my preconceived notions about what I WANTED from this story to dictate what I think about its quality? Clearly, Winick had a very specific plan for this series and allowing Max to win was part of it. This wasn’t an ending that felt out of place nor did it feel unworthy of the great story that came before it…it was a good ending despite not getting to see Maxy brought to justice. If anything, I’m ecstatic from realizing that the JLI monthly title is so close that I can touch it!
I don’t like the OMACs, and OMAC Prime is no exception. I certainly wish Winick had chosen a different villain to bring in to fight the JLI. My fear is that this big blue dummy is going to rear its ugly head over and over, becoming just as overplayed as Doomsday. Oh well, Can’t have everything good I guess. I did find it refreshingly interesting that Prime not only inherited his opponents powers, but also adopted their superhero attire as well.
I was sadly disappointed in how weak Wonder Woman felt when fighting Prime. (It’s those leggings, they’re slowing her down!) it was such a poor representation of what Wonder Woman has become in Straczynski’s run, and it’s not that great of a story to begin with. However, the purpose with Wonder Woman’s inclusion in this story was met and utilized quite well…even if I don’t like it. (ggrrrr)
I loved the fight between Maxwell Lord and Booster Gold – it showed how much growth both characters have undergone in the duration of this series. I feel Max is being truly genuine in his actions and honestly does believe that what he is doing is the right thing to do. This, in turn, makes him and even more likable villain because fans will have trouble discerning if they should root against or condone his actions. Maxwell Lord has moved from being a character I despised to one of my favorite villains! And it’s only going to get better from here.
And of course, the icing on the cake is Aaron Lopresti sketching everything out. Hi-Fi is certainly a great colorist, but Lopresti is the force behind this visual masterpiece. Clean lines combined with rough edged artistry can never be underestimated. And it was nice to see him working on Wonder Woman again…even if it is the ill-favored one.
My Majestically Climactic Conclusion
I had to read this book three times. It called out to my nostalgia and reminded me of my childhood. This may not be everyone’s cup ‘O tea, but it served my comics needs SO MUCH MORE than I expected it to.
I raise my glass to you Judd and Aaron, you did great work! Best Mini-series of 2011, no contest!
10 out of 10 Stars
+ 3 Incentive Points.