There was a time that the Legion of Super-Heroes was DC Comics’ second-best selling franchise (even ahead of Superman and Batman). However in the last few years the franchise had fallen out of favor, with the last regular series starring the Legion ending quietly years ago. Naturally their return is a big deal, but is it worth picking up?
Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Sharpe take readers back to the Thirty-First Century.
A quartet of Legionnaires led by Ultra Boy find a routine mission transformed into something that could change the entire United Planets. Meanwhile, Jon Kent arrives in the Thirty-First Century, and immediately has to find his way in this strange new world. However, when Ultra Boy’s team interrupts Superboy’s orientation, the Legion may find themselves biting off more than they can chew!
There’s always been a certain element of chaos to Legion stories, given the sheer volume of the team’s membership and the types of threats they face. Bendis shows an immediate grasp of that, with an opening scene full of both science fiction and DC Universe tropes that feel unique to the Legion. It’s not a perfect issue, but it’s fun, and has a great grasp of the concept and characters.
Sook and Von Grawbadger’s line work is a major draw for the book. They infuse the world with so much life, and make it feel completely unlike any other book on the market. Their character work is also great, taking the personalities Bendis gives them in the script and adding depth with their expressive designs and how they move through the page. Bellaire uses bright colors to help establish the optimistic setting, and the exuberant enthusiasm of the characters.
The series definitely feels like it has a way to go, but it’s a great launch with tons of promise. Bendis shows that he understands the concept and characters, and the art team really brings it to life. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
Legion of Super-Heroes #1 is available now from DC Comics.