Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 – Review

The Legion of Super-Heroes is officially back! Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 gives us the formal introduction of the 31st century’s premiere team of teenage super-heroes! Technically, that was back in Superman #14, but this is the lead-in to their new series. Legion fans have been waiting for this for years, so how does it stack up?

Oh, yeah! Spoilers!

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Nicola Scott, Jim Cheung, Jeff Dekal, Ryan Sook
Colorists: Tomeu Morey, Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook
Variant Cover: Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

Solicitation:

Get on board for a journey through the future like no other! A gallery of all-star artists join our mysterious guide as they continue their 1,000-year journey toward the 31st century, inspiring Booster Gold to time-travel, debating fighting tactics with O.M.A.C. and making their way to the front door of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The DC event of the future is here now!

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Review:

When we last left Rose and Thorn, she was dealing with immortality horribly. She was leading Science Police on a chase through Planeteer headquarters in a desperate bid to get off of Earth. This series takes us into the next stage where she tours the Space Museum and interacts with a custodian, just as he’s getting ready to launch on a career int he past as Booster Gold. This scene is written as one of the most Bendis-style exchanges in this two-issue story. Booster comes off as a huge fan of the 20th/21st century, Rose comes off as very tired of it all, and expresses fatigue with the pattern of rise and self-destruction.

The next segment with OMAC reinforces that pattern. The bright civilization that Booster Gold leaves gives way to a world of corporate greed run amok. This leads almost poetically to Rose leaving Earth entirely, and Thorn being the surprised passenger for once. Of course this doesn’t stop her from being a scourge on the underworld. This stays true to a trend in the science-fiction stories that DC has published. Those stories see humanity’s vices mirrored in alien cultures. It’s a nice touch and to me. It shows that Bendis isn’t rewriting history, just working it around the story that he wants to tell.

It’s in deep space that Rose decides to come back to Earth, to find that it’s being rebuilt after the last decline destroyed the planet completely. Bendis is drawing from the excellent Legion story where the Earth blew up due to past humanity’s lack of foresight in dealing with their problems. Here, he puts it in the Legion’s past and seems to be setting up the first mission for the super-teens to be helping rebuild Earth, now, little more than a collection of domed areas held together.  That Legion group shot seems to be just the Legion’s first group shot to commemorate the forming of the team. Their appearances in Superman leads us to believe that they had already formed before recruiting Superboy. I’ll overlook  this, because it might just be that until getting Superboy, they weren’t officially recognized by the United Planets. I’ll take that for an explanation.

Now for the art. Wow. Every story flows together nicely, with a clean shiny future reflected in Nicola Scott’s smooth style. OMAC’s deteroating future of corporate greed is grimier with the more textured style of Jim Cheung. Jeff Dekal really takes the art to another level as Rose leaves Earth, complete with the symbolic rose petals in her outer space scenes. The lettering even reflects this unearthly new environment for Rose. We end with Ryan Sook’s style which seemingly builds from that rough style going into something more open and inviting. The new Legion is about optimism, and Sook’s style has that appeal.

Overall, I loved this issue and Dekal’s pages just sing with beauty. I’m also happy to see the Legion back, and best of all, feeling like the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Final rating: 9.5 (out of 10)