01/01/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Titan Books/DC Comics. 208 page graphic novel hardback. Price: GBP18.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-808-8).
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This volume of ‘Legion Of Super-Heroes’ covers their own title # 7-10, Adventure Comics 521-522 and LSH Annual # 1 and is after ‘The Choice’ graphic novel also reviewed this month. Considering that Quislet and Tellus are in their line-up, then this is still the first version although there are two new additional Legionnaires, Earth-Man, a Duplicate Boy variant, and Gates, a distance teleporter. Other than that, it’s business as usual and you can figure out who’s who or what’s what as you go along.
I didn’t realise that the original Emerald Empress, Sarya, was dead but a victim, Falyce, discovers the Emerald Eye and goes way over the top with the vengeance thing, ensnarling the vacating Lightning Lass and Shrinking Violet on Orlando, causing the return of Sensor Girl to her home planet and Sun Boy to get into the action and sort things out. Things aren’t that simple, although I’m not entirely sure if Violet’s solution is that viable or she would create havoc with any super-villain or device that way on a regular basis.
Much of this volume is spent in the aftermath of RJ Brande’s assassination and a squad of Durlans seeking their vengeance, killing members of the Council of Planets and the Legion getting in their way. In many respects, having the Legionnaires spread out and not designated as such, allows for a different combination of teams, especially as there is also an election of new leader also going on at the same time. However, it is Brainiac 5 and Chameleon Boy on the latter’s planet of Durla that sort out what is going on and bring things to a close.
I’m resisting bringing out a major change for Mon-El in all of this but you want some surprises in all of this. I’m not entirely sure if I go along with the Durlans being cold-blooded. I mean, as shape-shifters, they could be type they wanted to be unlike the moniker Reep Daggle uses. Their voting practice still harkens back to the 1960s where they all knew who voted for whom which I’ve always felt to be a little undemocratic.
Of all of DC Comics titles, the LSH has always had its local followers and writer Paul Levitz has swung these stories into something akin to the 80s with a smidgen of the modern century dashed into it. If I had to be critical, it’s a shame that there wasn’t more down-time to allow for more characterisation but has there’s a small war going on here, I guess that’s excusable. Don’t forget your legion ring. Can’t fly without it.
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