Back to the “older Legion” storyline

Hmm. How can I explain this “reset” without writing a tome? Bullets always do it for me.

  • In 2010, DC Comics had two comic books with non-corresponding plots devoted to the Legion of Super-Heroes: “Adventure Comics” featuring the “young Legion” (based upon the Silver Age era) and the “Legion of Super-Heroes” featuring the “older Legion.”
  • We began our reviews of the Legion of Super-Heroes “older Legion” series in July 2021 and progressed to LSH #7 (January 2011) when I discovered that DC switched Adventure Comics from the “young Legion” storyline to the “older Legion” storyline beginning with issue #521 (February 2011).
  • I then backtracked and reviewed the six “young Legion” stories over the last six months.
  • With Adventure #521 below, we return to the “adult Legion” plotline where we left off last January with LSH #7 (see here if you need a refresher).

Phew! That was a mouthful. With all of that rigmarole out of the way, let’s now board our time bubble and travel to the 31st Century for another adventure with…

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “The Summons of the Ring”
Writer: Paul Levitz, Penciller: Geraldo Borges & Mario Alquiza
Adventure Comics #521, DC Comics, February 2011

5 Stars

Plot

A contingent of Legionnaires – Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Sun Boy, and Tellus – arrive in Kamapala, Uganda to help stabilize the city after a severe earthquake. Dawnstar and Wildfire are nearby and discover the cause of the quake, a strange force, which quickly departs into space. Dawny and Drake pursue, but the force sends out a bolt that stops them in their tracks.

Dyogene, an emissary of the Guardians of Oa (see cover), continues his search for the next Green Lantern after being rejected by Earth-Man and Professor Li. He enters Legion Headquarters and assembles the heroes – Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dream Girl, Earth-Man, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Lightning Lad, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Polar Boy, Quislet, Shadow Lass, Sun Boy, and Tellus – and ultimately chooses the powerful Mon-El, who accepts the role as the next Green Lantern. Shadow Lass visits her former boyfriend and tries to change his mind, but Mon-El is resolute and departs with Dyogene.

Comments

While I enjoyed the “young Legion” books, it was good to return to the “older Legion” storyline after an eight-month hiatus. What is that force that caused the devastating quake and nearly killed Dawnstar? In the final panel we’re told the Durlan assassins will strike in LSH #8 and Mon-El will embark on his first adventure as a Green Lantern in Adventure #522. Legionnaires missing in action in this installment include Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Gates, Lightning Lass, Saturn Girl, Sensor Girl, Shrinking Violet, Timber Wolf, Tyroc, and Ultra Boy.

11 thoughts on “Back to the “older Legion” storyline

  1. Since I’ve been lately reading more older Batman Comics, I feel you probably feel the same, a return to what the essence of good ol’ Comic book story lines!
    It seems with LSH with so many characters it is inevitable one cannot have everyone doing everything in one issue.

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    1. Yup, I like a good ol’ comic book storyline, which is somewhere between the naivete of the Silver Age era and the sad astronaut, navel gazing of today. The storyline of this 2010-2013 “older Legion” is pretty good.
      Yeah, juggling this unwieldy Legion roster is formidable for writer, artist, and reader.

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      1. The current JL vs. LSH series has been “okay.” Not much action, but not a lot of brooding, sad astronaut navel gazing either. I’m not a Batman reader, but I imagine the current writers and artists are heavy on the dark psychology?

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      2. It isn’t to me only the dark psychology but the weird political agenda and well they turned Batman into a two volume romance as if they want girls to read it but also then have things that are fillers and yes the dark psychology sometimes is too much

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      3. I think there’s a lot of pressure on editors and writers to be distinctly “edgy” in an era of proliferating entertainment sources and they end up alienating their core readership.

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