Review: Justice League United #10

The big storyline that re-introduces the Legion of Super-Heroes to readers arrived in shops today. For a story that started off very rocky, it seems to have wrapped up nicely, especially for Legion fans. It’s not perfect but what comics today are? Oh yeah.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by NEIL EDWARDS and JAY LEISTEN
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON
MOVIE POSTER Variant cover by MARCO D’ALFONSO
1:25 Variant cover by DAN HIPP
On sale MARCH 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Solicitation:
“The Infinitus Saga” reaches its stunning conclusion! The combined might of the JLU, the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Rannian War Fleet and the Thanagarians learn the true meaning of sacrifice as events unfold that will change the DC Universe forever!

Review:

This is an issue of the Legion of Super-Heroes guest starring the Justice League. The conflict in this issue is because Brainiac 5 created a black hole to deal with Infinitus, not knowing that J’onn J’onnz had a backup plan that involved wiping Ultra’s mind before he could complete his transformation. While Stargirl, Supergirl, and Equinox take care of Byth, but the Legion does the real heavy work of moving Thanagar out of the pull of the Black Hole. Just take the last half of that sentence for what it is, I don’t know how it survived the gravitational forces long enough for the Legion to do it. In the end we get great Legion moments with the Legion Lost members getting to finally go home, Dawnstar finally getting a moment to meet her childhood hero, and Brainiac 5 meeting Supergirl for the first time (for her). He even admits that Dream Girl should be Legion Leader instead of him. They leave for their own time, with no explanation of the unexplained members that just showed up a couple of issues ago, or what exactly  effect they had on the 31st century. Alanna and Adam Strange get resolution in their juxtaposition subplot and the Justice League goes home, to tell the JLA that there’s a new junior team in Canada.

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The art is good, although some details are inconsistent, especially in the Legionnaires’ costumes. I never thought of White Witch’s costume as being so modest, but in looking it up, found it it wasn’t. Aside from being shaded inconsistently, a jewel on her throat is missing and her sleeves meet her upper torso costume, instead of being separate articles. I know that sounds like nitpicking, but when there’s a splash page of her, a simple Google search would have been nice. However, the storytelling is well done, and the high tension points of the story are depicted in a way that they stand out. For the more mundane storytelling, a traditional panel-to-panel layout is used.