The Legion Goes On Trial In ‘Legion of Super-Heroes’ #9

by Tony Thornley


The United Planets have found the Legion of Super-Heroes guilty of crimes against the galaxy, and it’s up to our young heroes to prove their innocence! Featuring an all-star cast of artists, this issue will feature a surprise 1,000 years in the making! Long live the Legion!


The Legion of Super-Heroes has been one of the DC Universe’s greatest forces for good. However, this incarnation of the Legion is still getting their footing, and that means they might need to face judgement for their actions.

In this second special issue, Brian Michael Bendis is joined by a cavalcade of superstar artists to tell this story, one page per artist. Its half origin, half foreshadowing, and it’s all danger for the Legion.

President RJ Brande has put the Legion on trial for their bungling actions of the first few issues. As they discuss the team’s origins, an important fact is revealed. A Great Darkness is coming… and the Legion is the only thing that can stop it.

Using the same narrative device as last issue, this is easily the much stronger of the two. This issue keeps the narrative thread of the trial much stronger, and it’s easier to see the progression of the story. The character beats are extremely strong also, as Bendis takes some time to establish several more Legionnaires and their motivations. He quickly slingshots the White Witch in particular forward in importance to the narrative. She’s a character I’d hardly encountered before this issue, and I really enjoyed getting a perspective on her character.

Just like the previous chapter, this issues’ art has some standouts, but all of them are good. Some are standouts for simply how gorgeous they are- such as Tula Lotay’s Dream Girl and Jenny Frisson’s White Witch. Others are a creative twist on the character depicted, such as Joe Quinones’s page from Invisible Kid’s perspective, with all of it taken from his earlier page but out of focus because he exists on a different visible spectrum. At a minimum, it’s enjoyable to see the mash-up, especially with a more cohesive story to accompany it.

I’m enjoying this series more and more by the issue. Bendis has gotten his footing on the Legion and it’s great for some interesting things.

This issue was created by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Joe Quinones, Mike Grell, Rod Reis, Joe Prado, Nick Derington, James Harren, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Nicola Scott, Arthur Adams, Jim Chueng, Gary Frank, Tula Lotay, Riley Rossmo, Gene Luen Yang, Kevin Nowlan, Michel Fiffe, Jenny Frisson, Ema Lupacchino, Mitch Gerads, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Sharpe.

Legion of Super-Heroes #9 is available now from DC Comics.

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