Legion of Super-Heroes #10

It’s time for our monthly, LSH frivolity break, so let’s climb aboard our time cube once again and travel to the 31st Century for another LSH adventure in…

Legion of Super-Heroes #10: First Kiss
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils: Ryan Sook, Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger, Colors: Jordie Bellaire
DC Comics, October 27, 2020

5 Stars

Plot

Via vignettes on various planets, we see the Legion pick up the pieces after its long “Aquaman Trident” saga and the subsequent trial before the United Planets Council:

  • On Gotham Planet, Superboy and Saturn Girl become better acquainted while on a date and discuss the escape of Mordru with GP Police Commissioner, Sevenbergen. Dr. Fate is summoned and he determines Mordru is on the planet, Xanthu.
  • Gold Lantern, Brainiac 5, and Blok deliver prisoner, Crav the General Nah, to the Elders of Oa and we hear discussion once again of a looming Great Darkness.
  • The Legion contingent of Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Karate Kid, Phantom Girl, Shadow Lass, and Wildfire arrive on New Krypton in search of Mon-El and are greeted by Zod who takes them to their teammate. After the contingent learns from Mon-El that he has three daughters, he beats an angry retreat when he finds out his rival, Superboy, is still a member of the Legion.
  • Ultra Boy leads a team of Legionnaires (Bouncing Boy, Dawnstar, Lightning Lad, Monster Boy, and Timber Wolf) to Rimbor in an attempt to return his home world back to normalcy, only to be chosen as leader of the planet.
  • Back in Metropolis on Earth, Brainiac 5 attempts to encourage reluctant Legionnaire, Lightning Lass, to remain on the team.
  • On Xanthu, Mordru the fugitive meets up with…uh-oh…(gulp)…planet destroyer, Rogal Zaar!

Comments

Writer Bendis does a nice job of intermixing the various sub-plots in the march towards the ominous Great Darkness. Knowledgeable DC fans will appreciate all the ramifications and tie-ins involved with a 31st-Century New Krypton much more than I can. It’s a bit disconcerting to learn teenager Mon-El already has three children! Say what?!?!?! While it’s entertaining to see Bendis introduce new twists to the Legion’s lore, that’s definitely an over-step. I’m already looking forward to issue #11. The deadly tag-team of Mordru and Rogal Zaar will present a serious challenge for the Legion in the immediate future.

I enjoyed Bendis’ usual snappy dialogue and after the revolving-door, guest artistry of issues #s 8 & 9, it’s great to once again settle back and savor the masterful pencils and pens of the Legion’s regular artists, Sook and Von Grawbadger.

15 thoughts on “Legion of Super-Heroes #10

  1. You are right, Tom, I agree that the consistent art is very good! 👍 Here are my observations. Bendis has a way of reintroducing his DC created character of Rogol Zaar (also a Kryptonian but was brainwashed and deformed), the one who destroyed Krypton with the help of Jor-El (Superman’s biological dad) in Bendis’ reboot of Superman. The involvement of Jor-El is the only (convoluted) plot that I don’t like in Bendis’ writing, far shocking than that of Mon-El’s changes of being the grandson of General Zod. No wonder he hates Jon Kent. Going back to LSH, you are right again, Tom, some pages and conversations have a good tie up with the 21st C as if nothing super happened in a millennia. A recap between issues is a good thing and is a staple for front page. At first, I’m happy that penguins survived climate change and are performing in the 31st C, then again, with the arrival of a robot hologram of Alfred, all is just a Gotham themed planet with the commissioner looking like Talia Al Ghul. We now know that the lanterns and elders have a great role in 21st C but “dimension” what are they talking about; is this an alternate timeline/dimension again? My shock in New Krypton is that Zod is still alive and not surprisingly that he is a good person. Bendis has a way of reforming a villain and making someone good into a vallain. If for a 1000 years, Zod is alive? So in this century, where is Clark Kent? [Still making memes in the WP blog. 😄] The team in Rimbor might be working solo in the series as the next issues sees these exact teams, probably. This is indeed a good introduction to a [prelude series of the great darkness storyline] new storyline. Bendis probably has to hasten Jon Kent’s time here in the 31st C as the new DC timeline will have him replaced his dad who will be self exiled in space after this 2nd Metal crossover.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Kent! I appreciate your taking the time to fill me in on all of the DC Universe details that I’m absolutely clueless about.

      Here’s something you mentioned that clicked even with LSH-only me. In one of the preludes to the LSH relaunch, Superman #14, Zod started out in his-bad guy role as an ally of Rogol Zaar, but ended up helping Superman and Co. defeat Zaar. Yes, I get it. Since Mon-El is the grandson of Zod, then that explains his rivalry with Superboy.

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    1. There actually hasn’t been a lot of information about Gotham Planet yet. It’s one of the several orbs making up artificial New Earth. I thought it would be dark and ominous like Batman’s Gotham City, but in #3 the Legionnaires commented that it’s a much nicer place than their Metropolis orb.

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      1. 👍🏻
        I’m pretty pleased with the first ten issues. Bendis has avoided the “sad astronaut” misery and introspection of previous Legion permutations as he promised he would while still providing enough plot to keep it interesting for an old guy.

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