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
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?
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.