01/01/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Titan Books/DC Comics. 186 page graphic novel hardback. Price: GBP18.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-808-8).
check out websites:www.titanbooks.comand www.dccomics.com
‘Legion of Super-Heroes: The Choice’ compromises of ‘Legion Of Super-Heroes # 1-6’ and cover events before the ‘Consequences’ graphic novel also reviewed this month.
It is the aftermath of the xenophobia wave that brought the humans up in arms against all aliens on Earth and against the Legion. Getting things back together, the Legion are told that one of their previous enemies, Earth-Man, possessor of abilities akin to Duplicate Boy, has to join their number to ensure they can keep their headquarters on Earth. Neither of them are happy with this arrangement although Brainiac 5 modifies Earth-Man’s flight ring so he needs permission to absorb any Legionnaires abilities for use. Things get a little more complicated when he also finds himself given a Green Lantern power ring and has to save an alien planet but anything more on that subject is spoiler territory.
Meanwhile, Saturn Girl’s home moon of Titan is attacked and destroyed. Although the Legion rescued more of its inhabitants, her and Lighting Lad’s twin children are kidnapped and they and Lightning Lass initiate a rescue against followers of Darkseid.
Into this mix is finding another world for the Titan inhabitants to call their own and everywhere is suspicious of their telepathic abilities. If memory serves, they developed their telepathic abilities by being close to Saturn’s rings so I wonder how many generations before their lose that particular power. Mind you, considering what Saturn Queen does to some members of the Legion this time, it is a serious reminder of just how powerful they really are.
At the back of the book, there are the individual cover segments of the six issue covers by Jim Lee in the right order before showing them enlarged. Saturn Girl and Mon-El are especially good and it’s about time the former was allowed to have her hair long again.
This volume is a great build-up to events to come as well as sorting out other problems along the way and if you like team-books then you’ll be right at home here.
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