Legion of Super-Heroes #11

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 #11: Heartbreak On New Krypton
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils: Ryan Sook, Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger, Colors: Jordie Bellaire
DC Comics, November 24, 2020

4 Stars

Plot

As in LSH #10, the reader bounces around the galaxy, from planet to planet…

  • On New Krypton, a small contingent of Legionnaires – Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Karate Kid, Phantom Girl, Shadow Lass, and Wildfire – await the return of Mon-El when Rogol Zaar and his deadly horde suddenly attack.
  • On Xanthu, Dr. Fate, Saturn Girl, and Superboy search for Mordru and stumble upon the tattered cape of Superman, Jon Kent’s father. As Dr. Fate attempts to examine the cape, he appears to, yikes, explode?!?!?!
  • On Rimbor, Bouncing Boy, Dawnstar, Lightning Lad, Monster Boy, and Timber Wolf look on as Ultra Boy accepts the position of Planet Leader from the War Council, only to dissolve the council and call for free elections.
  • On Earth, the three personas of Triplicate Girl interrupt a class given by Dream Girl, asking for clarification on the upcoming, “Great Darkness.”
  • Blok, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lass, and Rose Forrest arrive on Daxam to investigate the Horraz pirates, when they are attacked by Mordru and his minions. Blok is cast out into deep space. Rose Forrest’s loose-cannon “Thorn” persona emerges during the battle, but Mordru prevails, capturing Cosmic Boy.
  • Back on Earth, as Brainiac 5 and White Witch question Gold Lantern regarding the source of his powers, the emergency on Krypton is brought to light. In response, Brainy directs Saturn Girl and Superboy to immediately journey from Xanthu to Krypton and then assembles all available Legionnaires, including Element Lad, Ferro Lad, Invisible Kid, Matter-Eater Lad, Star Boy, Sun Boy and the as-of-yet-unidentified skeleton in a containment suit, to be teleported to that planet as well.
  • Superboy and Saturn Girl arrive on Krypton, only to find that Rogol Zaar has vanquished ALL of the other Legionnaires.

Comments

The dizzying array of planetary scenarios featuring almost the entire Legion roster (I didn’t spot Violet or Projectra) is a bit disconcerting. Some readers will walk away from this issue with the feeling that Bendis tried to force fit way too much plot into its twenty-three pages. Many questions remain regarding the discovery of Superman’s cape and the fate of Dr. Fate, Blok, and Cosmic Boy. The upcoming showdown between Superboy and Rogol Zaar will be epic.

Postscript #1: As happens quite often in comics, the cover art for issue #11 has nothing to do with the story inside.

Postscript #2: After eleven issues, we STILL don’t know the identity of the skeletal Legionnaire in the containment suit.

Postscript #3: There’s fleeting references to Kamandi and Darkseid in this issue that has Sheldon clones all atwitter.

14 thoughts on “Legion of Super-Heroes #11

  1. Before I’ll proceed with the fantasy, blessings to you and your wife, Tom! “To be concluded” and yet, Tom, with the “array of planetary scenarios” and “many questions remain,” we only have one (with maybe another 23-page) issue to go in this subseries. What will that issue be like with so many strings, subplots, and characters? My guess, it will just be an intro to the long road to the great darkness followed by another subseries on the great darkness plus an aftermath storyline. Well, we will give it to Bendis to entertain us. Rose was a team mate of Black Canary, and Poison Ivy during the New 52 run. As long as the helmet of Nabu is intact, there will be another sorcerer supreme (opps, that title is from a property of another comic company). Zod fallen that easily and so does the rest of the LHS, typical! Mon El will show this time as they might fight Rogol. Blok can breath at space! Triplicate Girl, Dream Girl, and Gold Lantern are the keys.

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    1. Thanks, Kent, and blessings to you and yours!

      I appreciate all of the good insights and predictions. Yes, so many possibilities going forward, but we certainly see all of these preliminaries inching towards a Great Darkness saga. Yes, seeing almost the entire Legion vanquished on pp. 22 & 23 is a bit much. It was my thought as well that it’s a perfect opportunity for the re-entry of Mon-El. I cut my teeth on the Legion back in the Silver Age when the stories were relatively simple and strictly linear so these multiple plotlines with regular references to the 21st Century DC multiverse is quite a change.

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    1. This was a single issue, 23 pages. Very similar to the previous issue, with soooo many sub-plots on different planets. I hope Bendis slows it down in upcoming issues because it’s jarring for the reader. I imagine LSH newbies are already a bit overwhelmed by the long roster, they don’t need an array of rapid-fire subplots.
      RE: Election
      Yeah, I wonder if Bendis planned that to parallel reality.

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      1. Yeah, the multiple storylines were overwhelming. One would think a DC editor would sit down with Bendis and say, Hey, most readers will already have a problem with the large cast of characters (34), so for the sake of the LSH’s survival, you need to keep the plots somewhat straightforward.

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      2. Whoops! Sorry, this comment got buried in my inbox. Yup, I sympathize with all the individuals who have been laid off the past 8 months. I see on the news that many families are struggling to make ends meet. It’s puzzling to me why the stock market is doing so well given that so many businesses have been impacted by C-19.

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