Monday, May 24, 2010

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

It's the moment Legion of Super-Heroes fans have dreamed of - one of their favorite writers returning to the fold to guide the team from the future.

Paul Levitz wrote some of the most memorable stories from the Legion's history, and this issue indicates that he hasn't lost his touch.

Here we get a quick introduction to many of the the Legionnaires (and there are quite a few of them), and we're thrown right into a galactic incident with planetary implications, and lots of side stories and ground-level events.

I think any reader could pick up this issue and follow along (always a sign of a good writer) - we're quickly brought up to speed and the characters are clearly delineated. But longtime fans will find lots of bits in there to keep them entertained, too.

The art is by Yildiray Cinar and Wayne Faucher, and it's quite good, giving the future a clean, sleek look. There's room for improvement, but it's solid work on a challenging comic.

The only thing I don't like about the issue is the cover - which seems like it would have been a better fit for issue #2.

But that's a minor quibble. So far, the Legion is back to basics - and that's a great place to start.

Grade: A-

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