You thought DC's Announcement of preview pages for Legion of Super-Heroes #1 was going to go unnoticed over here? Straight from DC Comics, we've got preview art for the arrival of Jonathan Kent into the 31st century.
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?
Part of being a comic lover’s wife involves having long, detailed conversations about comic book related characters. As most people who read this site or know us in person are aware, my hub is a giant Legion of Super-Heroes collector. This does tend to be the topic of many of our conversations. Especially now that they are re-booting the Legion and there are new books out.
Because I'm drawing a blank on what old comic to read next, let's get back to covering the Legion of Super-Heroes stories that hooked me in the 1980's. When last we left the Legion of this Era, Shadow Lass and Mon-El thwarted Lady Memory on Talok VIII. Five Legionnaires are missing in Limbo and Lightning Lass and Lightning Lord got inadvertently abducted by Zymyr. Like with most of the Baxter series, I read this issue after the fact, probably years after it first came out. I'm also thinking about if I want to stop this around issue twelve, which is about where I took a sabbatical from the Legion. I did that because it was at this point that I couldn't regularly get to a comic shop. I tried to place it where it fell chronologically with Tales of the Legion. While Dream Girl is talking about returning to Earth, Lightning Lass isn't at the group meeting in Tales of the Legion #318. I guess that there was a long sabbatical on Winath at the end of this story.
Lightning Lass has been one of my favorite members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. She started as a replacement for her brother, with not much more development than that. Eventually, she found herself relegated to being one of the weakest Legionnaires, with what many considered a useless power. In that role, she was defined by her relationship to a stronger male character. However, when her original powers were returned, she found herself once again among the more powerful Legionnaires. She also became one of the first openly gay Legionnaires in a same sex relationship with fellow Legionnaire Shrinking Violet. For the purpose of this article, I am restricting my coverage of the version of Lightning Lass that existed up until the end of the fourth Legion series, Legion of Super-Heroes #61.
So, after a long wait Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium is here! This is where the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes begins. Yes, I know that they showed up last week in Superman #14. This, however, is what gets us us from here to there. I do need to warn you before you go on, that there are going to be spoilers.
On Late Night With Seth Myers, Brian Michael Bendis shared a group shot of the new Legion of Super-Heroes by artist Ryan Sook. We've gotten some definite character designs in the past few weeks, so we can definitely identify some of the members, but there are some in here that raise some questions.
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.
I was at HeroesCon last weekend and got to sit in on a great panel discussion about the Legion of Super-Heroes with three artists that worked on the Legion, Joe Staton, Greg LaRocque and Keith Giffen. I got the opportunity to pose a brief question to the three of them. So, I asked, "Other than your own work, what's your favorite Legion story?" LaRocque and Staton both answered with classic Silver Age Legion stories. Staton liked The Moby Dick of Space and LaRocque loved the story where Star Boy was expelled for killing. Giffen responded with the time they made Element Lad crazy and into a villain. I'm paraphrasing, but he was referencing the Legion Lost twist where the all-powerful Progenitor was revealed to be their lost teammate Element Lad. I can agree with the first two, but the mention of the Legion Lost story really impressed me. It was a great time when the writers did something uniquely different with the Legion. It shouldn't have surprised me to come from Keith Giffen, who was one of the architects of one of those times.
It was just yesterday that we highlighted the DC Millennium teases put out by Brian Michael Bendis. Today word came down that DC Millennium will be a two-issue prelude to put various well-known DC futures into a cohesive, continuous timeline. It will all culminate with a new, ongoing Legion of Super-Heroes.
All week on Instagram, Brian Michael Bendis has been teasing something called DC Millennium. Early in the week, it started with some teasing images for Legion of Super-Heroes and OMAC.
It's time to get back to covering the Legion of Super-Heroes stories that hooked me in the 1980's. When last we left the Legion of this Era, Tales of the Legion was focusing on Shadow Lass and Mon-El returning to Talok VIII. There, they ran afoul of Lady Memory, the inheritor of a legacy of hatred of the Mallor family. As I recall, this came out when I was in eighth grade. The cover made an impact on me, and when it came time to decorate a field trip journal for school, I did the Legion, copying this cover and adding the rest of the Legion. My classmates were impressed, but my teachers really hated that I didn't illustrate the theme of the field trip, Washington, DC. They expected me to draw something really nice on my journal cover, but super-heroes wasn't it. It was beautifully colored, though, a rarity for the journals my class had. Enough of that , though, let's get onto the comic.