Reviews of Old Comics: Legion of Super-Heroes #310

LOSHv2_31001LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #310
April  1984

It’s been awhile since I continued these sequential reviews of old Legion comics from the 1980s. This was an especially hard storyline to get through, but let’s save that for the review, shall we?

SYNOPSIS:

Omen has arrived on Khundia after the Legion has defeated his Prophet, but only with exceptional effort. Saturn Girl’s telepathy is of no use in scanning either of them, and Omen reaches out with his power to draw the Prophet towards him, much to his dismay, and despite the Legion’s efforts to keep them apart.

Meanwhile, Element Lad is spending time with Shvaughn, who begins kissing him , but they are interrupted by Science Police Chief Zendak, who tells Elelment Lad about the battle on Khundia that is threatening to develop into a war. Once he convinces Element Lad that he was indeed elected leader of the Legion, Element Lad flies off to gather a team to go to Khundia.

Back on Khundia, Ultra Boy defies Dream Girl’s efforts to form a plan to defeat Omen, and attacks him directly, with futile and disastrous results. As the Prophet pleads for the Legion to stop him, Dream Girl sends a joint attack after Omen that is equally futile. Ambassador Relnic appears before them via hologram and informs them that the Khunds have demanded that the Legion leave immediately.

At Legion HQ, Brainiac 5 is at a crossroads in ridding Invisible Kid’s sister of Computo and opts not to join the mission of the remaining Legionnaires to Khundia.

On Khundia Omen has discovered what it was that led him to Khundia, much to the dismay of the Prophet. Phantom Girl gets through Omen’s energy dome, but it has required too much effort and leaves her vulnerable to the Prophet’s power. Her screams bring the Legion running en masse , through the Khund army and into Omen’s energy dome via Cosmic Boy’s magnetic powers.

As the remaining Legionnaires on Earth, save Brainiac 5, set off with a United Planets fleet to Khundia, the Legionnaires on Khundia discover that Omen was brought to Khundia by a Negaton Bomb that the Khunds built to harness the power of a dimensional hole. The Prophet informs the Legion that they are too late, as Omen is absorbing his humanity. Mon-El flings him off planet but not before Omen incorporates Prophet’s human perceptions into his own god-like senses. He responds to Blok shielding the other Legionnaires by severly injuring him, leaving with a pitted and scarred appearance. He then swats the Legionnaires away like insects.

Dream Girl foresaw the attack and went into the control booth of the Negaton Bomb and as Omen states his attention to be the doom of the universe, Dream Girl activates the negaton bomb, opening the dimensional hole and sucking Omen out of our dimension. In the clearing smoke and rubble of the event they discover Lyle Norg, the original Invisible Kid lying there alive and well, despite having been killed years before.

In an Epilogue, the tentative detente between the U.P and the Khunds has been rocked by the Khunds building a secret weapon to use against the United Planets. Ambassador Relnic warns the Khunds that the next time the Khunds encounter the Legion, it will not be with them on the side of the Khunds.

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REVIEW:

LOSHv2_31017This issue brings the drawn-out story to a satisfying end. Omen is shown as a very serious threat, especially considering the weapon the Khunds are developing falling into his hands. It also as described near the end, shows that Dream Girl was a very effective Leader for the Legion, despite being written off for her flirty, aloof attitude that she wears on her exterior. The main flaw is at the end with the revelation of Lyle Norg alive. Many readers at this point may not have realized who Lyle Norg was, so it just looks like a guy in a headband showed up that the Legion knew.

Paul Levitz did add the right amount of humor surrounding the Legionnaires on Earth. Between Element finally accepting that he’s been elected leader and Wildfire’s reaction to being dismissedby Brainiac 5 are refreshing with such an intense climactic story. If there is one thing this issue has over the conclusion of the Great Darkness Saga, it’s that there is a great balance here, and the ratio for the humor is just right.

Keith Giffen’s art has made a full transformation and makes the action all the more exciting, His rendering of the action scenes makes this new style work very well. He still treats the softer scenes with restraint, and that shows his maturity as an artist, even at this earlier stage of his career.

NOTES:

This issue has been collected in Legion of Super-Heroes: The Curse (ISBN #1401230989). Like most comics in this series, it can be found in bargain boxes, so I definitely recommend not paying too much for it. You can get the curse through Comixology for just under $20 as I write this, so if finding the individual issue is a problem, you can go that route.

FINAL RATING: 8.5 (out of a possible 10) This conclusion to the Omen/Prophet story-line is a strong conclusion, and the balance between drama and comedy is nearly perfect. The artwork is fantastic, and carries the action very well, and carries the quieter moments with equal respect. Failing to identify Lyle Norg as a former Legionnaire really lessened the shock of the ending, which drags down a great comic.