Generations Shattered #1
Dan Jurgens gets to play with a fracturing DC timeline for the first time since the 1994 event Zero Hour with Generations Shattered. The opening chapter plays out similar to many Crisis events. A malevolent force is wrecking havoc with the time stream and a hero rallies a small army to stop them.
What makes Generations most intriguing is the mix of characters. Jurgens plucked some unique heroes through time including the Legion of Super Heroes Superboy, Green Lantern Sinestro, 1939 Batman, 1987 Dr. Light, New Teen Titans era Starfire and 1990s Steel. The unexpected collector of this army is Kamandi, who is equally out of his element in recruiting these time displaced heroes. Jurgens teases action during the Justice Society World War II era with heroes from various eras fighting outside of time.
Most of the characters sound correct although Jurgens makes Dr. Light less irritated than she was portrayed immediately after Crisis and his Booster Gold always seems written more for laughs than anything serious.
For this massive 80-page special, Jurgens teams up with a talented roster of artists including Ivan Reis, Fernando Pasarin, Emanuela Luppacchino and Rags Morales. The lineup is impressive although leading off with Reis and Pasarin makes for a tough double header to follow. The art is solid throughout although it’s hard not to wish some artists like Morales had more pages.
Hi-Fi handles the colors throughout to ensure a measure of visual consistency despite the relay artist approach.
This setup has potential and with Jurgens steering the way the event should make for another fun out of “continuity” epic while Future State is playing out.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Photo Credit: DC Comics