Posted tagged ‘Legion of 3 Worlds’

Review: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

December 1, 2009

The Legion of 3 Worlds is a very strange book.  It serves as the culmination of various plot threads from Geoff Johns’ runs on Teen Titans, Superman, Green Lantern, and the Flash but has nothing whatsoever to do with Final Crisis, despite the title.  Then there’s its stated goal of redeeming Superboy Prime, the villain of two massive DC events (Infinite Crisis and the Sinestro Corps War) and a continuity headache in his own right thanks to his role in Crisis on Infinite Earths.  And then of course the book is actually supposed to be about the Legion of Superheroes, and is an attempt to straighten out the three different continuities that exist in the Legion canon.

Can you follow all that?  If so this is the book for you.  For the other 99% of the population who won’t have a chance of groking this story without a wikipedia IV I think this book will pose a substantial problem.  

But credit where its due, the story here holds together remarkably well despite just how much is going on here in so little space.  And much of that is due to the legendary George Perez turning in some amazing art work.  Throughout the series he has to draw a couple hundred characters, not to mention distinguishing between all the alternate versions of the Legionaires.  Its a pretty impressive tour de force and it makes this comic a must read, but really only for the hard core DC fans.

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Review: Showcase Presents Legion of Super-Heroes Vol.2

April 5, 2009

I never really understood the appeal of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  That might be because I grew up as a Marvel junkie, so by the time I got around to catching up on what DC had to offer the backstory was a little too daunting.  The 30th centry teenage super-heroes with the inane code-names number in the dozens and they always seemed to be a bit interchanageable.  Furthermore the three continuity reboots don’t exactly make them easier to follow.

But I am enjoying Geoff Johns Legion of 3 Worlds series (when an issue actually comes out) so I figured it was time to try picking up some of the older comics again, and I think I’m starting to get it now.  For a silver age comic an awful lot happens during the course of this volume.  There is no reset button present in these stories.  Legionnaires actually have to pay the consequences for their actions routinely, and that alone gives the stories much more weight than most of DC’s other output at the time.

The stories are often pretty clever too, which they have to be to take advantage of characters like Matter-Eater Lad and the Legion of Substitute Heroes (the less said about the Legion of Super-Pets the better).  The last three issues collected here are particularly good, featuring the first work by writer Jim Shooter (who was 14 at the time), and which introduce Karate Kid, Ferro Lad, and Princess Projectra (clearly maintaining the standard for stupid names).

I think I’m actually becoming a fan now, or the Pre-Crisis Legion at least.