JL vs. LSH #2

In issue #1 of this 6-part series, the Legion traveled back to the 21st century to join with the Justice League in figuring out how to battle the onset of the Great Darkness in both centuries. A darkness tremor suddenly occurs, causing all of the heroes to disappear except for Gold Lantern. Let’s pick up the action in…

Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Gold Lantern Saga, #2 of 6
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Penciller: Scott Godlewski
DC Comics, March 2022

5 Stars

Plot

In a flashback to one-year prior to the founding of the Legion, Kala Lour is an admirable and self-sacrificing schoolteacher on an unnamed planet, where half of the population, including Lour, are sightless. The Elders of Oa have been observing Lour and his altruistic deeds and select him to be the Gold Lantern, protector of the galaxy. Lour reluctantly accepts.

[Flash backward to 21st century Metropolis]

Gold Lantern attempts to determine the whereabouts of the vanished JL and LSH heroes, but observes the Great Darkness ominously positioning itself over Metropolis.

[Flash forward to Legion Headquarters in the 31st Century]

The missing heroes were somehow transported by the darkness anomaly forward in time. They gradually regain their consciousness and strength in the Legion’s dormitory. The Justice Leaguers demand to be returned to the 21st century, but Brainiac 5 advises against any impulsive decisions given the circumstances. The Great Darkness suddenly arrives, looming over Metropolis.

Black Adam and Ultra Boy lead a team of Legionnaires – Bouncing Boy, Dr. Fate, Mon-El, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, White Witch, and Wildfire – to confront the Great Darkness while Gold Lantern simultaneously and single-handedly confronts the Great Darkness in the 21st Century. Black Adam delivers a powerful lightning bolt to the core of the darkness, which creates a rupture in the space-time continuum (allowing the Legionnaires to communicate with Gold Lantern). Batman asks, “What does it mean?” A shaken Brainiac 5 answers, “The end of all things.”

Comments

This was an enjoyable issue with a spotlight on the origin of Gold Lantern and the initial confrontation with the Great Darkness in both centuries. Additional Legionnaires I spotted: Blok, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, Karate Kid, Lightning Lad, Lightning Lass, Matter Eater Lad, Monster Boy, Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, and X-Ray Girl.

Is this…gulp…really the end of all things? Check back with me in a couple of months for a review of issue #3.

Legionnaires MIA: Element Lad, Ferro Lad, Invisible Kid, Princess Projectra, Rose Forrest, and Sun Boy.

10 thoughts on “JL vs. LSH #2

  1. Responding to your comment : Thanks for sharing about your day with shopping! For my day so far we did homeschool, hope to pick up a book on Russia under putin in a bit; the more I look into it the more I think Putin is very very problematic.

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    1. RE: shopping
      Argh. The new microwave is making a strange noise, so we need to return it back to Lowes.

      RE: Putin
      Looking forward to your book review. Many American evangelicals admired Putin because of his stand against the L*** steamroller by outlawing same sex marriages, gay pride parades, etc. Some prominent conservative American politicians favorably referenced Putin, which influenced many. This six-week old invasion of Ukraine reveals the real Putin.
      I was channel surfing two nights ago and happened upon the SBN channel (Jimmy Swaggart). Frances and Donnie Swaggart were commenting on the great volume of email they were receiving from “evangelicals” who claimed Putin was the good guy in this Russian “peacekeeping effort” and that the actual bad guys were Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian governmental “fascists” who were “staging” all of the atrocities and destruction, which were then being proliferated by the sympathetic MSM. To their credit (I don’t agree with the Swaggarts on much), Frances and Donnie were highly critical of the pro-Putinists.

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  2. I enjoyed reading this. love how you note the appearances of various characters and those that were “MIA” in the issue. Love the different time travels. And the characters to go confront great darkness.

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    1. Thanks, brother! I should have also mentioned that I enjoyed Bendis’ presentation of the awkward “interplay” between the JL and the LSH, both teams used to doing things their own way instead of working cooperatively with another team.

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      1. 🀜 πŸš€ πŸ¦‡ πŸ€›
        I’ve been mulling over but still haven’t written that post yet about the great appeal of “good vs. evil” stories/literature in all cultures. Maybe Thursday AM I’ll write the draft..

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