I love this comic. Other than one complaint (which I’ll get to in a second) I’m totally on board for Keith Giffen‘s tale. Maxwell Lord has made the world forget his existence. Not only that, he’s disgraced the few heroes who remember him in the eyes of the rest of the DCU. Ice is seen as unstable, Fire was let go from Checkmate, Captain Atom is now a renegade, and Booster Gold…well, he’s still Booster Gold. Booster’s reputation was so tarnished Max didn’t even need to worry about him. Though the change Max makes to Ted Kord‘s death is perhaps the deepest cut of all.
Max Lord is free to start anew and the only ones who might stand in his way are seen as lunatics at best and unstable loose canons at worse. This has all the makings of a comic I will gladly pick up every two weeks! Now for my one complaint – Guy Gardner. I had assumed that Guy would be introduced sometime during the series, as he is here, but that he would be part of the original team who would remember Max. Sadly that’s not the case. I know Gardner’s gone through some changes since Giffen has had his hooks in him, but I was really hoping Guy would help round out this team (I’m also holding out hope for J’onn, Mister Miracle and Oberon). Of course if he hits his head on something… Just a suggestion, Mr. Giffen. Must-read.