As I mentioned last time, I love the concept of an unlimited Multiverse. The exploration of alternate histories makes for a plethora of interesting stories. This installment of Exploring the Multiverse looks at one of my favorite stories from DC's Elseworlds series, Superboy's Legion.
Wow. It's been a while, hasn't it? Let's skip the apologies and continue like nothing happened to keep me from reviewing old comics and sharing a love of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I even love the Legion when they shared their title with Superboy. I'm taking a break from reviewing every single issue put out in order and instead jumping to one that I remember getting at a discount store in a Whitman 3-Pack.
I'm really enjoying Comicbookgirl19's Epic History of the X-Men video series, so I decided to something similar with the Legion of Super-Heroes. I have a love for the Legion that goes back to the point where I truly fell in love with comic books. I have tried to chronicle this through my Reviews of Old Comics, but I can only go so fast, and I try to only do a Legion comic once a month, if I'm updating once a week, which schedules just haven't been able to allow lately.
With next fall's television schedule packed with comic book shows, it seemed like the perfect time to break out a list of comics we'd love to see as a TV series. The rules are simple, the comic cannot have already been adapted for television, nor already be adapted from a television series. Sorry, Jem and the Holograms, but seriously bring that back with the tone of this current comic series. Also, animated adaptations are not included in being previously adapted. We're talking about live action television series here.
I got turned onto the art of Alexander Serra through of the various Legion of Super-Heroes groups that I follow on Facebook. In Googling this artist, I found precious little, but noticed that he has had some published work over the years, but his blog is a great repository for some fantastic artwork. He also produced a couple of great little comics for Saturday Morning Webtoons, Lopopo's Lost Sock and The Tried And Failed Gang which are both available to download FOR FREE.
Let's see if we can't get this tradition of reviewing old comics started again with an issue of the short-lived Legion spin-off, Valor. When DC editorial decrees necessitated the Legion of Super-Heroes writing Superboy out of their history, the inspiration for the Legion's founding shifted to Mon-El, but renamed him Valor. This series followed the crossover event Eclipso which ended with a young Lar Gand earning the name Valor from Superman.
I came to notice Gene Gonzales' work through a Facebook group centered around the Legion of Super-Heroes. Over the past year, Gene Gonzales has been doing commissions of the Legion, especially in obscure costumes. He brings a joy to drawing when you read his blog, and his work is crisp and clean. He draws characters with honor to their heritage, and does enough drawing to make almost any artist feel like they're slacking off.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2 September 1984 Let's continue with reviewing the Legion of Super-Heroes comics that helped hook me on comics. Here we continue with the five issue Legion of Super-Villains story. The super-villains are now a full-fledged Legion each with a sworn oath to kill a Legionnaire. The threat is much more dire than the last time that they showed up running a school for super-villains. Now, they have some really powerful and dangerous super-villains, some just recruited in the previous issue. While they have some Legion rejects, they have the power of Lightning Lord, Sun Emperor and the mad Daxamite Ol-Vir. Dream Girl has even had a vision of a Legionnaire dying, making this threat really foreboding.
Lately, the urge to share some Legion of Super-Heroes love has been overwhelming. So far, the only Legionnaires to get Needless Character Analysis have been ladies, so it's time for one of the guys to get a chance. Whenever the Legion is described, one of the members that is instantly attached to it, probably more than the founders, is Brainiac 5.
Because everyone loves Top 10 lists, I'm going to run down my list of my Top 10 limited series of all time. The rules are simple, when published, the series had to have a stated finite number of issues. One-shots are not eligible. I had to have read them, which means this is just my opinion. Everyone clear on the rules?
Dream Girl is one of those members of the Legion of Super-Heroes that becomes the center of almost every story she is involved in, no matter what version of the character it is. Of course, precognition is one of those powers that you almost have to write the story around, and it really wasn't until Paul Levitz came on as the writer of Legion stories that we got to see Nura used to her fullest. Of course, Mark Waid did very well with his version of the character in the "threeboot" Legion as well. For the purpose of this article, I am restricting my coverage of the version of Dream Girl that existed in the Pre-Crisis DC Universe, up until the end of the third Legion series, Legion of Super-Heroes #63.