DC Comics Reveals More About The New Legion of Super-Heroes
Details trickled out yesterday about Brian Michael Bendis’s Legion of Super-Heroes. It definitely appears that Superboy, Jonathan Kent will join this new Legion. Of course, fan reaction is mixed.
The cover for Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 shows Jonathan stretching out his hand to receive a Legion flight ring from Saturn Girl. She’s reflected in the ring itself. We still don’t know if the rings that DC is putting out with this new series launch will be metal or plastic. The Legionnaires are celebrating behind him. From the previous character designs and covers, we can recognize Cosmic Boy, Shadow Lass, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad, Shadow Lass, Wildfire, Chameleon Boy and apparently Colossal Boy in the back. We can infer Polar Boy and probably Karate Kid. New character designs released also show Blok, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, Matter-Eater Lad and Superboy.
The Character Designs
Blok is a slight departure from his previous incarnation, appearing more to be assembled out of stones, thus less humanoid in proportions. In Previews, a much smaller version of this character didn’t reveal the character’s face, which adds to the alien look of the character. Personally, this design reminds me of Monolith from Bill Willingham’s Elementals.
Dawnstar is not a huge departure at first glance. However, there is a big departure in her wings. This is the first of the character designs where Ryan Sook has used the right side of the page to explain the character’s powers and costume. Traditionally, Dawnstar’s Native American heritage has been reflected in tassels from her costume. These “tassels” are designs into her costume aesthetic, still reminiscent of that Native American culture. Her wings appear in the form of “spirit wings” that appear whenever she needs to use her powers. Also of note, that this is the first version of the character to be completely covered with her costume. No cleavage, no bare legs, and a high neck are featured in her costume.
Dream Girl is another departure from a historically sensualized female character. While her composition is unknown, it does look like a humanoid form that is not quite solid, almost ethereal. I really like this different take on the character. It, along with many of the other character designs, makes the Legion much less a Caucasian-ish humanoids-only club.
Matter_Eater Lad is a character that is near and dear to my heart. This new design is a departure from what everyone is used to with the character. However, the look on his face screams that this is Matter-Eater Lad. It retains a humanoid form, but being so overly muscular is a take that hasn’t been done before. It wouldn’t surprise me if this physique is from processing all of the calories and energy from various materials. This concept, while new to Matter-Eater Lad, isn’t new. In the 1970s, another character from the planet Bismoll named Calorie Queen, could channel that energy into super-strength. She resurfaced in the Five Years Later Legion stories.
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 hits stores on September 4, with the second issue following on October 2. In another month, we start getting a new Legion of Super-Heroes series where we can explore these characters.