Four Colour Thoughts – Generations Shattered #1

The Creators – Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt and Robert Venditti – Writers; Ivan Reis, Fernando Pasarin, Aaron Lopresti, Emanuela Lupacchino, Bernard Chang, Yanick Paquette, Kevin Nowlan, Dan Jurgens, Paul Pelletier, John Romita, Jr., Doug Braithwaite, Rags Morales and Mike Perkins – Artists; Joe Prado, Scott Hanna, Oclair Albert, Matt Ryan, Wade Von Grawbadger, Bernard Chang, Yanick Paquette, Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Sandra Hope, Danny Miki, Doug Braithwaite, Rags Morales and Mike Perkins – Inkers; Hi-Fi Design – Colours, Tom Napolitano – Letters

The Players – Kamandi, Batman (Earth-Two), Booster Gold, Doctor Light, Sinestro, Skeets, Starfire, Steel, Superboy (Earth-One), Dominus, Linear Men

The Story – The Multiverse is not just in flux but is being consumed and it is up to Kamandi and Skeets to assemble a team to save some measure of reality.

The Take – For a book that was supposedly just going to be salvaged storylines and ideas or some such, Generations Shattered, while not groundbreaking, turned out to be a lot of fun and that is thanks to the trio of writers who took on the task in Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt and Robert Venditti. It all begins as Kamandi is running for his life with Prince Tuftan and when the latter falls and is consumed by the Goneness as they call it, the former is saved by a much older Booster Gold. What follows is a mission given to the boy by the man before he passes as well as being accompanied by Skeets who is now more of a gauntlet than a free-floating droid. Together, the two race through time, gathering specific heroes in order to put a stop to what is happening. It does not all go ahead as planned of course and the group they gather is not as bad as one might think but it will take a lot to defeat the villain who is revealed as Dominus, the one-time Superman baddie who seems to have powered up since his last appearance. Adding to the fact that he has some souped-up Linear Men who count OMAC, the Ultra-Humanite, Artemis and the Eradicator among their number and the heroes definitely have their hands full. Perhaps the best thing about this entire affair is that one does not have to have read Justice League or Death Metal to know what is going on. This book is essentially its own thing and is fairly contained and that, more than anything, works to its advantage. At eighty pages, the book flies by which is another plus and the team that put this together stuffs it full of characters and fan-favourites like Kamandi as well as some lesser-known heroes who some might not but all of it makes for a fun time even if it seems daunting. The only thing that might put people off is the ten-dollar price tag and some might say that this package is not worth it but considering how much people might have spent on the entirety of Death Metal, what is another ten bucks?  The writing is on point and the artwork despite the number of people contributing to the book is solid, making for an altogether good book that entertains from start to finish.

Worth It? – Yes.

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