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Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: Adult Education

01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: Adult Education by Mark Waid, Tony Bedard, Barry Kitson and Mick Grey. pub: DC Comics. 190 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $17.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-1244-5).

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Working my way through the DC Comics back catalogue, I’ve hit on the ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes’ run. Although it lacks a volume number, it is the second of these under the LSH Prime volumes as it features LSH # 11, 12 and 15 and ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes # 20-25’. Whichever and as I haven’t got the first two LSH-Prime volumes or the ones directly after this run, it would be a bit difficult to see if anything is run independently yet. Saying that, even if you’re new to the LSH, regardless of which generation, then you can probably jump in and figure out what is going on. Those who are familiar with LSH mythology will recognise acknowledgements to its lore even if it re-interpreted with this version. I think the only thing that has confused me a little is which with the opening roll-call is Brin Londo being the only Legionnaire to be listed without his code-name of Timber Wolf which is used in the story.

Essentially, Supergirl has arrived in the future with a memory loss and is a bit flaky and joins up with the Legion simply because, as they have super-powers, she can relate to them and join in their pursuits. As a blonde blue-eyed girl, she also sets some of the men’s hearts aflutter and a little touch of jealousy from some of the other girls. Some of the sub-plots also reveal that things aren’t always what they seem but it certainly dimensionalises the characters. All of this is mixed in with other storylines like Brainiac 5’s pursuit to resurrect the dead Dream Girl and a little matter of an assault on the Legion headquarters by other super-powered beings teamed as the Wanderers who have an agenda to take on the Dominators and will take any weak-willed Legionnaire under their control seeing the LSH as an ineffective organisation under the control of the United Worlds. Too much more than that for this volume will definitely be spoiler territory.

Having read a later volume, ‘Final Crisis: Legion Of 3 Worlds’, last month I can see where this might be leading but I’m currently having to fight back the urge to look at the earlier volumes until I at least catch up on these review copies. Once a LSH fan always a LSH fan I guess, even if it isn’t totally the one I was raised on. I suspect it’s largely because of the acknowledgements to the earlier versions that pique the interest as much as the differences. Take Colossal Boy as an example. Now he comes from a city of giants and has the ability to shrink to normal height than the other way around. Other Legionnaires abilities have also occasionally been subtly re-defined in a similar fashion. In some cases, it’s almost like a need to sort out the oddities of the past with modern day clarification which seems to work out quite well, mostly cos you’re carried along with the story. I like the portable transmitter gates to get Legionnaires to danger spots quickly where they are allowed on other planets and they are all actually speaking Interlac (although its neatly written in English). It’s also interesting seeing even Supergirl at a disadvantage and often without her powers showing she can use her brains to sort problems out.

If you’re breaking yourself in gently with the new Legion then this will definitely get you interested in reading more.

GF Willmetts

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