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‘Generations Shattered #1’ (review)

Written by Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, Robert Venditti
Art by Doug Braithwaite, Bernard Chang, Dan Jurgens,
Aaron Lopresti, Emanuela Lupacchino, Rags Morales,
Kevin Nowlan, Yanick Paquette, Fernando Pasarin,
Paul Pelletier, Mike Perkins, Ivan Reis, John Romita Jr.

Published by DC Comics


This book was supposed to be part of an event.

Now, it is being released, I believe, as a series of one-shot standalone stories. I couldn’t quite figure out why when I cracked open the book.

After reading it from start to finish, I have to say that I have even less of a clue why this has been released other than to salvage a few stories and try to shoehorn a connection to the upcoming Infinite Frontier story.

That doesn’t mean that the book is all bad! Far from it. This is an intriguing story, and I feel like they put the entire event that was planned into this issue.

We start off by seeing Kamandi dealing with a literal rip in reality. This opening sequence is drawn by Ivan Reis and it is extremely effective. He is really talented and we were off to a great start!

But man, it started to lose me quick.

We get to see Booster Gold appear but he is an older version of the character. Something happened to rip time open and now the universe must be saved! We get to see the ramifications of this and we get to see characters that I am sure that we all forgot about (Waverider anyone?).

So what does this all lead to? Well, it leads to various characters dealing with various scenarios. We get to see versions of our favorite characters from the past. It is good to see to some of them. But the plot is way too compressed and things happen so quickly, you hardly know where you are, never mind what is going on.

It is a nice attempt to save this story, I guess. But as a whole it doesn’t work. There are some truly talented people who worked on this.

Sadly, it will remain a curiosity rather than a fully fleshed out event. That is the biggest shame of all this.



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