[personal profile] arxh 2010-04-14 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Keep rubbing salt in the Ted wound DC

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2010-04-14 06:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Not enough blood.
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[personal profile] sherkahn 2010-04-14 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Unplug him.

[personal profile] mr_austin 2010-04-14 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Ok, so I know we're supposed to see him as all badass and latter-day grimdark and probably vampiric for being so committed to his plan, but he's a second-rate Dr. Psycho at this point and I could honestly not care less about him.

I know you want to retcon him into being a real big baddie DC. I know you do. It's written all over your comics since Countdown. But there ARE people who remember how Max Lord got started and we just aren't buying it.

It just doesn't make sense that he would lie in wait for 20 years before enacting his masterstroke and upon being reborn he IMMEDIATELY sets up shop again to perform a villain gambit stupid enough for a Saturday Morning Cartoon show?

You want a good mind-control villain? Use Dr. Psycho. Remember Infinite Crisis, remember Villains United? Remember how Gail Simone managed to make him seem like Peter Dinklage got squeezed too tight and decided to mindfuck everything that moved? That guy was a good villain the audience could actually buy pulling a cheap stunt like this.

I know that older fans aren't your target audience. We're wizened and no longer stupid enough to buy everything you slap a logo onto and as such you're banking on the 8-18 year-olds too young to remember there ever was a JLI.

But people do recognize you for the uncreative louts you are and if nothing else you're going to get called on it.

Put Max Lord to better use than this because if you're really serious about him doing a heel-face turn then have him do it on a slow burn punctuated by brief moments of power play.

Otherwise he comes across as cartoonish and stupid in a series in which rainbow-colored power rings care-bear-stare a skyscraper-sized zombie into nothingness with the power of a rainbow space zoo.

[personal profile] theanswer 2010-04-14 06:57 pm (UTC)(link)
He's not really portrayed as an outright villain here...

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[personal profile] lencannon 2010-04-14 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Doesn't his power make his BRAIN bleed? I don't think loss of blood is the real medical problem here.

[personal profile] theanswer 2010-04-14 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
His power post-Infinite Crisis isn't clearly defined.
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[personal profile] akodo_rokku 2010-04-14 07:13 pm (UTC)(link)
So the implication here, based on the Generation Lost ad at the end of the book, is that Max just removed memory of all his wrongdoings (or possibly even of his existence) from the world, and the JLI will be the only ones who remember what he did.
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[personal profile] deepspaceartist 2010-04-14 07:26 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree. Especially since the 'Help Them' page at the end has Jaime and Lord shaking hands. I'm pretty sure Jaime wouldn't be all smiles around Ted Kord's killer.
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[personal profile] mullon 2010-04-14 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
He would make a damn good Red Lantern. But I'm still hoping that it's mind control or possesion.
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[personal profile] thanekos 2010-04-14 07:28 pm (UTC)(link)
deadman should totally steal his kidneys
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[personal profile] thatnickguy 2010-04-14 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Wait, hang on. I'm confused.

Where'd Deadman, here? I don't see anyone "dead". =p

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[personal profile] darklorelei 2010-04-14 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
*sigh*
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[personal profile] thatnickguy 2010-04-14 07:35 pm (UTC)(link)
BWA-HA-HA-HA!!

That whole "gushing blood" bit? That's just downright hilarious, especially the second panel in the third scan. All it needs is a caption saying "Orgasm. You're doing it wrong."

Oh, sorry. Were we supposed to take this seriously?
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[personal profile] morgana006 2010-04-14 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Blackest Night and now Brightest Day?

Most. Hilarious. Crossover. Ever.

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2010-04-14 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
"Powers: Extreme Mind Control."

Umm, what? Max didn't see that powerful to me in OMAC Project. From what I understand, his control over Superman was because he spent years worming his way inside Clark's head. He didn't use his telepathy much otherwise.

...and if he deleted the memories of his crimes, what'd he do about all the physical records?
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[personal profile] nezchan 2010-04-14 09:15 pm (UTC)(link)
I assume it must be extreme if he was able to fool a natural telepath.

Or I guess we're just supposed to forget that happened. Either way.

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[personal profile] protogarrett 2010-04-14 08:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't understand what he is doing. Can someone explain?
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[personal profile] darklorelei 2010-04-14 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
He's erasing himself from everyone's memories.

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[personal profile] jelly_ace 2010-04-14 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
So he's erased all that happened post-IC? To each of the characters? To ALL of the DCU characters?

...Wow. That's a lot of work.

The grimdark and the EXTREEEEEEME mind control bits made we wonder if we're back to the 90s. Are we?
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[personal profile] autumn_lily 2010-04-15 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
Given the obnoxious amounts of blood? Maybe. Although, I'm not seeing enough terrible haircuts and outfits, so I can't be 100%.
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[personal profile] comicoz 2010-04-14 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
New from DC Comics - Brightest Day Pebbles! They turn your milk strawberry red!

It's just about as non-sensical as "Brightest Day" that has blood spurting all over.
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[personal profile] intertobamf 2010-04-14 09:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I find it kind of silly to criticize a book based on your own particular definition of the title, but what do I know?

Watchmen: Not actually about men with time-keeping device motifs! How nonsensical.

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[personal profile] busterella 2010-04-14 09:14 pm (UTC)(link)
...*sigh*
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[personal profile] autumn_lily 2010-04-15 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
I think your icon might the reason Mera has that pissed off look on the last page.
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[personal profile] crinos 2010-04-14 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
What a lightweight. Master Roshi loses that much blood every time he see's Bulma topless and it doesn't even phase him.

This guy would be dead in fifteen seconds in any given shonen anime.
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[personal profile] dimwit90 2010-04-14 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I LOL'ed

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[personal profile] flidgetjerome 2010-04-14 09:34 pm (UTC)(link)
The thing I hate about this is that DC is taking a character and moving them from "Interesting" to "Boring". That's never good writing.
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[personal profile] philippos42 2010-04-14 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think Johns understands how either Max's power or nosebleeds in general work.

But at least he's consistent. I ever see a Johns comic where science does work that way, that'll be surprising.

[personal profile] jlbarnett 2010-04-15 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
check out the blog Polite Dissent on the subject of psychic nosebleeds.
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[personal profile] sweettart1823 2010-04-14 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm confused what just happened.

Also for a second I thought Max was standing around naked because of where my screen scrolled down it stopped where his pants started xD
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[personal profile] autumn_lily 2010-04-15 12:06 am (UTC)(link)
If he were naked then at least something interesting would be going on.

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[personal profile] big_daddy_d 2010-04-14 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Maxwell Lord. Raging without the Red Lantern ring.
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[personal profile] nezchan 2010-04-15 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
Max with a red ring would be THE MOST POWERFUL TELEPATH IN THE WORLD!!!

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[personal profile] jaclynhyde 2010-04-14 10:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Max, why couldn't you hang around shirtless before your character assassination?
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[personal profile] autumn_lily 2010-04-15 12:08 am (UTC)(link)
Because that's the most definitive way to tell if a character has gone evil = a sudden lack of sufficient clothing coverage.

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[personal profile] goblinthebamf 2010-04-14 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
on one hand, "lolwut".
on another, "what... what the hell..."
on a third that I somehow acquired, "MAAAAX WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO YOU"

in conclusion, ;_;
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[personal profile] geoffsebesta 2010-04-15 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
This is bad writing but they might just be giving me what I want.....
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[personal profile] nezchan 2010-04-15 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
I don't see a pony in those scans...
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[personal profile] superfangirl1 2010-04-15 05:38 am (UTC)(link)
Why couldn't you stay dead and can't wait to see booster reaction to seeing you again.

(He suppose to be on of the few people to remember him right?)
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[personal profile] janegray 2010-04-15 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm still praying for a retcon or a Heel Face Turn.

Come on Max, I luv you ;_;