Review: Convergence – Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #1

I was really underwhelmed by Convergence #0, which was meant to introduce all of this event to us, but looked forward to this one, being a huge fan of the Legion. Don’t believe me? Well, the thing I hate more than reading a bad comic is reading a bad comic that I really wanted to love.

CVLOSH1CONVERGENCE: SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1

Written by STUART MOORE
Art by GUS STORMS and MARK FARMER
Cover by PIA GUERRA
Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

Solicitation:

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS!! While Brainiac 5 struggles to break through the dome, Superboy tries to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes’ spirits up – until the Atomic Knights ride into town to cause mass destruction!

Review:

If you’re going to give me the Legion from around the Crisis, then give me that Legion. The members that you see on the cover are almost it. I’m not normally one for continuity errors, but I’m a die-hard Legion fan, as are most people that are going to pick up this book, and we can forgive a lot, but my patience is tested. Apparently Brainiac 5’s twelth-level intellect completely forgot that he’s Deputy Leader at this time in the Legion. Lightning Lass forgot that she was tortured by her brother before Karate Kid was killed. Everything is falling apart, but Ultra Boy and Sun Boy had time to get new costumes. I’m forgiving the minor inconsistencies in the coloring of the statues of deceased Legionnaires, Computo, and a couple of the costumes. I also don’t mind the missing Legionnaires, but if I try to pin down where in the Legion chronology this story falls to have those particular members away from Metropolis on missions, I will scream.

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The lined artwork is good, though. I liked Gus Storm’s renditions of the Legionnaires that Stuart Moore thought to put into the story. His Shadow Lass looks a little inconsistent at times, but is forgivable, as she resembles herself enough to keep the story going. He’s a little too sparce on the decorating of Legion HQ, but that’s minor. Overall, the art is above average, but nothing necessarily to write home about. John Rauch’s colors are the part that ruin that art for me, though, as it seems rushed, and is the source for most of the errors in the story’s own internal continuity. Ferro Lad’s statue changes color, Sun Boy’s costume changes colors within the story, and Superboy gets a mysterious red collar throughout the story that sometimes vanishes.

It’s lackluster, and if I wasn’t a Legion completist, I wouldn’t even bother with the next issue, and keep hoping that someone comes along with a clear vision of what to do with the Legion one day.