01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: Dominator War by Mark Waid, Barry Kitson and Mick Grey. pub: DC Comics. 124 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $17.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-1442-5).
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Despite the lack of numbering, ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: Dominator War’ follows directly after ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: Adult Education’ and if you’re buying, you should treat this as a three parter and buy them all at the same time or you’ll be fretting for a few days waiting for later volumes to arrive.
Despite the title, Supergirl actually takes second place to the story as the Dominators are back after ten centuries and out to conqueror the United Planets. Interestingly, they felt they were provoked into doing so and in many respects they are actually right. As that is also spoiler territory, you’ll have to read the circumstances but it will make you think.
The Dominators are actually an interesting looking alien species although I would hate to be their dentist. It’s rather interesting seeing the younger Dominators with shorter teeth and their caste red spot at a smaller size. The Dominators believe themselves to be perfect and are quite brutal even to their own kind who think they have to change if they are to survive. The change that is ultimately brought about by one of the Dominators is likely to have severe repercussions for the rest of the galaxy and hence the entire dilemma of the storyline.
I’ve been very careful up to this point as to just what is going on. Obviously, there is the brink of war with the Dominators and leading at the front are the Legion Of Super-Heroes and an even bigger group called The Wanderers who have no compunction against killing, especially in this situation. The Legion has to find a fine line between the two, especially as the Dominators have a new breed amongst them that has created uber-soldiers.
Unlike the other DC wars I’ve been reading recently where it’s all-out war throughout, this storyline from ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes # 26-30’ includes several sub-plots and plenty of space for the characters to talk between each other giving a lot more depth. The ending is given a nice twist that shows how even someone like Brainiac 5 can be devious in resolving a problem that reduces bloodshed. A great story.
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