“Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #2″

Last month, the re-formed, future-state Legion tracked down former-member, Element Lad, who was apparently responsible for raining-down destruction and chaos upon the entire galaxy. Let’s pick up the action in…

Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #2 [of 2]
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Pencils and Inks: Riley Rossmo, Colors: Ivan Plascencia
DC Comics, February 23, 2021

3 Stars

Plot

A large contingent of Legionnaires, including Blok, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 7, Chameleon Lad, Colossal Boy, Duo Damsel, Ferro Lad, Lightning Lass, Monster Boy, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Superboy, and Ultra Boy, arrives on Trom and captures Jan Arrah/Element Lad. Saturn Girl examines Arrah with her telepathic powers (as Brainiac 7, Gold Lantern, and Ultra Boy look on) and discovers that he was not responsible for the galactic onslaught after all. She sends Chameleon Boy to Daxam to persuade a bitter Cosmic Boy to return to New Earth to learn the truth and to lead the Legion in “avenging the entire galaxy.” With Cosmic Boy present, Imra reveals what she had discovered. The elders of Titan, Imra’s home planet (actually a moon of Saturn), used her to infiltrate the Legion and to eventually manipulate Element Lad and his fellow Tromites into attacking the entire United Planets. Their motive? The Titians viewed the galaxy’s other inhabitants as “impure of thought” and radically inferior.

Saturn Girl returns to Titan to inform her mother that the moon has been removed from its position in the galaxy and “encased in a prison sphere for the rest of time” as punishment. After returning to New Earth, Saturn Girl and the other Legionnaires resolve to continue the Legion and “make a new normal where all feel protected and safe.”

Comments

This Legion Future State two-issue series was a semi-entertaining ride, with Element Lad starting out as the bad guy, but ending up being merely a puppet of the malevolent Titians. A decent twist, but overall, this series was not compelling reading with far too much plot awkwardly squeezed into forty-four pages. Writer Bendis had previously hinted at a surprising development involving Jon Kent that never materialized. To go along with the ungainly storyline, Riley Rossmo’s pencils are nowhere near the caliber of those of regular LSH artist, Ryan Sook.

Many have conjectured that this Future State series would be the Legion’s last gasp, although Bendis promises more (see here). The reality is there’s no sign of the Legion in DC’s March, April, or, just checked, May solicitations. In DC’s frazzled state, it’s difficult to imagine the LSH franchise being resurrected after such a lengthy hiatus.

Postscript A: The Legion of Super-Heroes is supposed to be a team of 31st Century, crime-fighting TEENAGERS with unusual powers, however, following the Silver Age era, writers and artists tended to portray the characters as being much older. In this issue, Rossmo presents Cosmic “Boy” as bigger and thicker than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Jon “Superboy” Kent has a Zorro-like, manicured mustache. Ridiculous.

Postscript B: Uh-oh. The day after I wrote the above, I stumbled upon a review of “Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #2,” which describes how the entire Future State Legion was wiped out by something called, “the Undoing.” Of course, the end of the Future State Legion doesn’t mean Bendis & Co. couldn’t continue with tales from the pre-Future State Legion.

10 thoughts on ““Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #2″

  1. Well, Tom, looks like it is bright and sunny once again in this dystopian future as the not so old Legion is back in business (i.e. “going back to school?”); this before the dark creepy undoing will defeat the LSH (that the Immortal Wonder Woman saw). I knew somehow that Element Lad is innocent. It was Imra’s race all along; a good and convenient twist of Bendis (bend this), ending the story arc in just few pages. Jon Kent, as you pointed out, has a different “ridiculous Zorro-like mustache” in this series; comparing it with the other Future State series where he is part of, makes me think this is a different timeline at all. Maybe the entire Future State is just a completely different future like the (Marvel’s) “Age of Apocalypse” back then. Looking forward to your future reviews on (the state of) LSH, whenever DC will release a new issue! Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. Kent, thanks for your good comments and insights. Overall, I really enjoyed this 18-month-long Legion “rebirth.” I’m assuming the title didn’t draw enough readers for struggling DC to continue it, they don’t put bestsellers on hiatus. I might dip into the LSH archives at some point.
      Thank you and blessings to you and yours!

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  2. Nice cover! Thanks for this story. It’s hard to track all the names but I get the story gist. From the way the characters are involved and the twists and turn I can see it go on a long time but sad to hear it might be the last issue. I supposed team titles have more room to explore more stories than single character titles that get psychological fillers. I need to read comics, haven’t read anything for three months!

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    1. Thanks! The Legion’s future prospects don’t appear to be very promising at the moment, but it was a fun ride over the last 18 months. The previous Legion relaunch was from 2011 to 2013 as part of DC’s “The New 52.” I bought all 23 issues, but didn’t read most of them so I’ll probably start reviewing them in a month or two.

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