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Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Quest For Cosmic Boy

01/03/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Quest For Cosmic Boy by Tony Bedard and Dennis Calero. pub: DC Comics. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: about GBP 4.50 (UK) if you know where to look. ISBN: 978-1-4012-1695-5.

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Although not numbered, this is the last volume of Supergirl’s time in the 31st century with the prime version of the Legion Of Super-Heroes from ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes # 31-36’. She’s doing rather well, too, as with their leader Cosmic Boy missing, Supergirl is elected to run the LSH. However, with the problems that are going on, she takes some advice from Brainiac 5 and three teams, including her, are sent to three destinations where he thinks Cosmic Boy might be. I should point out that the LSH also has teamed up with it the Wanderers and Terror Firma but of these only Mekt Ranzz is sent with Star Boy and Sun Boy to Winath, the former’s home planet to investigate a magnetic disturbance only to find something else going on. They also have Tenzil Kem of Bismol, a district attorney looking for evidence of Cosmic Boy’s war crimes for destroying the Dominators. Of course, no one knows what really happened outside of a few, mostly because it saved the Wanderers causing a bloodbath.

Meanwhile, on Lallor, Atom Girl, Shadow Lass and Timber Wolf find themselves having to save its President from an assassination by E.R.G.-1 aka Wildfire. It’s interesting his abridged origin is pretty much the same as his counter-parts in the alternate futures. I had to have a ponder on just which Legionnaires came from Lallor but the third part put together a bit of LSH history from long ago, although other members of that particular team are absent or saddled with the name ‘Legion Of Super-Outlaws’.

There’s too much of a spoiler with the third part which as Supergirl, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl but it does demonstrate how manipulative Brainiac 5 is in tying up loose ends.

This is one of the smallest ‘Supergirl And The Legion Of Super-Heroes’ volumes but it does give an opportunity for a different selection of characters to take the centre stage. The fact that Tony Bedard and Dennis Calero managed to pull some interesting twists into it, especially after the work of Mark Waid and Barry Kitson previously, shows no loss of pace. Don’t miss out on it.

GF Willmetts

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