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Justice League: Generation Lost

“The Man Behind the Curtain”

Volume 1, Issue 20, Late April 2011
Released February 23, 2011

Cover Price: $2.99
Estimated Issue Sales: 30,040 Rating
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Justice League: Generation Lost, Vol. 1, #20. Image © DC Comics



Writer: Judd Winick
Penciller: Joe Bennett
Inkers: Jack Jadson, Ruy Jose
Colorist: Hi-Fi Designs
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Assistant Editor: Rex Ogle
Editor: Brian Cunningham

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Cover Description: There are two covers to this issue, neither of which features Booster Gold. (Standard edition: Max Lord appears in a Checkmate montage. Variant 1:10 edition: Max Lord sits beneath several computer monitors showing various historical moments in the history of the DC Universe.)

Brief Synopsis: Booster Gold and Max Lord discuss the destruction of Coast City.

Booster Gold's role in this story:
Featured (Booster Gold plays a prominent role)

Costume Worn: MARK I power-suit

Issue Notes: Tie-in to Brightest Day. The title of this story is an allusion to the Wizard of Oz.

This story has been reprinted in:
Justice League: Generation Lost Volume 2 (2011)

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Page 12, panel 2
Booster Gold and Maxwell Lord discuss the destruction of Coast City (as seen in Superman, Volume 2, #80). Booster is wearing his costume, though its usefulness was destroyed in the battle with Doomsday in Superman, Volume 2, #74. Although not explicitly stated, the pair are presumably meeting in the New York City headquarters of the Justice League International.

Page 13, panel 2
FASHION ALERT: Booster's costume has a star on the back. The star was last seen in Justice League America #51.

Image Copyright DC Comics

Page 14, panel 6
Using his metagene powers of persuasion, Maxwell Lord commands Booster to forget this conversation. So Booster does.

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Boosterrific Review: Despite several anacrhonisms and apparently conflicting continuity, this issue is a must read addressing for the first time Maxwell Lord's past and motivation without damaging to the series' quickening pace.

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KMD (Apr. 17, 2011, 07:54:41)
Well done. Max Lord has entered the pantheon of DC villains and this issue helps flesh him out.

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Harry (Mar. 2, 2011, 10:16:14)
I like this issue because Max Lord needed a more coherent history and what is presented here is a significant improvement. I don't understand why continuity was changed when it seems unnecessary (just use the establish names for his parents... sheesh) but it doesn't really bug me too much.

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