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Legion Of Super-Heroes: Death Of A Dream

01/03/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Legion Of Super-Heroes: Death Of A Dream by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. pub: DC Comics. 200 page graphic novel softcover. Price: about GBP 4.80 (UK) if you know where to look . ISBN: 978-1-4012-0971-8.

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‘Death Of A Dream’ is the second volume of the Legion Of Super-Heroes Prime series reprinting ‘Legion Of Super-Heroes # 7-13’ and completes the loop into ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: Strange Visitor From Another Century’ graphic novel which I reviewed last month and so I’m not completely up to date with this new version of the LSH. It also looks like a record number of times for writing the LSH in a single sentence.

With Orlando destroyed, the planet Braal is sectioning itself away from the United Planets and if Cosmic Boy doesn’t go home, he risks not seeing his parents ever again. Things aren’t helped with Brainiac 5, having discovered that the people of his native planet Colu have been wasted, needing to re-organise and split the LSH into three teams to hit on the trouble spots. Brainy he might be, but he hasn’t allowed for a communications breakdown and the Legion HQ falling down around their ears with dire consequences for their Naltor precog. Gods, who would have thought I could give away a major spoiler by just using LSH members planet of origin and leave most of you unfamiliar with the Legion in the dark although the book title is self-explanatory. Seems just like yesterday that I can recall their planets by memory.

Saturn Girl might have conditioned the LSH members to recognise Lemnos, the villain whom no one can seem to remember but the rest of the Earth United Planets delegates can’t and everything hits the fan at once with dissent everywhere until the Legion starts bringing everything together in a demonstration of how to use such a large team effectively.

Picking out a favourite moment from this volume is tough but I love Brainiac 5’s dissertation of why he doesn’t get on well with either Light Lass or Star Boy because they have control of two of the most powerful forces in the universe and trivialise it as party tricks. There is also the first inkling of power combination with Saturn Girl and Princess Projectra as well although this could be seen as approaching deus ex machina in how powerful that could turn out to be.

Of all of DC Comics new versions, I think I’ve got hooked and it’s all relatively fresh so it means not many books to collect yet.

GF Willmetts

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