JL vs. LSH #3

It’s time once again to board our time bubble and journey to the 31st century for another adventure with the Legion of Super-Heroes as they tag-team the formidable Great Darkness in tandem with the Justice League.

Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Gold Lantern Saga, #3 of 6
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Penciller: Scott Godlewski
DC Comics, May 2022

4 Stars

Plot

The Great Darkness settles in simultaneously over the Metropolis of the 21st century, where Gold Lantern stands sole guard, and the Metropolis of the 31st century where the combined Justice League and Legion of Super-Heroes observe the encroaching menace. Brainiac 5 cautions that the Great Darkness has opened a temporal time rift and a direct attack could lead to “the end of all things.”

Batman, always the detective, smells a rat and asks Computo (the Legion’s artificial intelligence member) to cross-reference criminals who have used/abused time travel in both eras. With that information, the Caped Crusader recalls it was a villain named Epoch who warned him of the Gold Lantern and his ring. Huh? Shortly afterwards, another darkness tremor catapults most of the other heroes to various time zones, but left-behind are Batman and Chameleon Boy who are arrested by the Science Police for tampering with science (see cover illustration). Brainiac 5, Mon-El, and Naomi are transported to the post-apocalyptic future and encounter Kamandi. Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl are conveyed to Neo-Gotham and confront the Joker and future Batman, Terry McGinnis. Aquaman and Ultra Boy are sent back to the era of dinosaurs. Gold Lantern finds himself back in time in what appears to be 1930s Metropolis (a bi-plane and a dirigible airship are visible) and discovers his Gold Lantern ring doesn’t work. What’s going on?

Comments

Well, after three installments I can say without reservation that this is a very slow moving series. We’re not all that much farther ahead than where we left off at the conclusion of issue #1. However, we’ve picked up a few major clues this time indicating that this Great Darkness calamity seems to be somehow connected to the Gold Lantern ring. I’m hoping the action picks up in the next three issues now that we have some preliminaries established.

Legionnaires making cameo appearances in this issue include Bouncing Boy, Element Lad, Monster Boy, Shadow Lass, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, White Witch, and Wildfire. Legionnaires missing in action include Blok, Colossal Boy, Dawnstar, Dr. Fate, Dream Girl, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Lightning Lass, Matter-Eater Lad, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy, and X-Ray Girl. Bendis-era Legionnaires, Ferro Lad and Rose Forrest/Thorn, have yet to make even a cameo appearance in this series.

10 thoughts on “JL vs. LSH #3

  1. Answering your question:Thanks for letting me McD gives extra charge with Big Mac sauce with other sandwhiches. I would have went and ordered without asking and gotten the extra charge lol. Wow you have a good memory if you remember that Big Mac guy was on the documentary Supersize me; I never watched it since I was scared that I’ll never eat food again lol. There was two years after Iraq I think i got a bad stomach bug where I would throw up and can’t keep any food down and bad appetite and Big Mac was theonly thing I can eat without gagging. Some other guys had the same thing with our unit. I was underweigh by Marines standards even though everyone couldn’t belive I ate almost a Big Mac a day. But that was the only thing I can eat. I think the one meal a day in 2003 when it was a chaotic warzone didn’t help with my appetite and anything more than one meal was too much for my body.

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    1. Well, it’s good that at least Big Macs agreed with you at that stressful time. With all of this discussion about Big Macs I might have to stop at McD’s tomorrow.

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  2. Wow there’s a lot of travel back into time in various time period with various teams in this issue; it might be harder for some to track. What a cool cover thought! I think a JL vs LSH seems a great idea!

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    1. RE: it might be harder for some to track

      Yeah, not being a DC regular, I had to google “Kamandi” when Bendis featured him in the prelude to the relaunch of Legion in 2019. With this issue I had to google “Neo-Gotham” to find out about Terry McGinnis/future Batman.

      It’s definitely been a slow-moving saga up to this point, but I’m enjoying this temporary resuscitation of the Legion and the teaming with the JL.

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      1. Great! I hope you and your family have a very enjoyable vacation! I’m looking forward to a vacation review and reviews of your lightweight reading material.

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