01/01/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Titan Books/DC Comics. 296 page graphic novel. Price: GBP29.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-770-8).
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I have to confess from the start that I wasn’t quite sure which reality this version of the Legion Of Super-Heroes belonged to in ‘Legion Lost’. Several of the code-name monikers had changed. Shadow Lass was Umbra. Phantom Girl was Apparition. Lightning Lad was Live Wire and still had his mechanical arm. Wildfire was ERG-1. There was also two new Legionnaire girls in the form of Kid Quantum and Monstress. Others like Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Saturn Girl and Ultra Boy were pretty much the same. A little Internet research reveals this to be the Earth-247 reality. Still not exactly that wiser but the Legion does exist across several realities and the original mini-series where this was combined from came out in 2000-2001 and the story holds up well.
A Legion Outpost had been attacked and a chunk of it thrown through a rift across the galaxy with the aforementioned Legionnaires on-board. Element Lad encases his team-mates in tromium crystal to ensure their survival and is now missing. The Outpost is discovered by Shikari, a hunter/pathfinder from an alien race called the Kwai, who are forever under attack by the Progeny. The Legion helps them out and in turn they get come assistance from Shikari’s people, the Kwai, to propel their Outpost some fifteen light years. Oh and there’s a small matter of their flight rings not allowing flight so only those who can fly under their own power can do so.
A lot of this story ends the realm of spoiler but it allows writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning to demonstrate who is the most powerful Legionnaire and my comments in the SFC Forum are actually borne out here.
Some of the story elements on this mini-series kept making me think of ‘Star Trek’ done Legion style. Things like a world being an illusion for its inhabitant and being stuck half-way across the galaxy, let alone discovering a god of sorts have that Trek feeling about them. Then again, if you have a story where the cast is stuck in space, encountering new planets, etc that would be a little hard to avoid although I do suspect the writers did embrace it a little more than they could have. The Legionnaires characterisation in interesting though and Shikari brings a whole new perspective and every person viewpoint of the Legion. I’m not entirely sure if they should have been in as much despair at their predicament and do wonder why Saturn Girl didn’t reach out telepathically for help but I guess even she has her limitations.
An interesting graphic novel that takes more than a couple days to read properly and digest and I suspect you’ll read again to pick up on the details you missed the first time.
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