Legion #8: “The Shape of Death”

Let’s board our time bubble once again and head to the 31st Century for another adventure with the Legion of Super-Heroes in…

Legion of Super-Heroes #8: The Shape of Death
Writer: Paul Levitz, Pencilers: Yildiray Cinar & Daniel HDR
DC Comics, February 2011

5 Stars

Plot

At the sprawling Brande Estate on Earth, Colossal Boy and Dream Girl console Pheebs, private secretary of R.J. Brande, who blames himself for the assassination of the philanthropist and Legion benefactor and the circumstances leading to the Durlan attack, when the trio is suddenly confronted by shapeshifters. The Durlans are determined to murder Pheebs who they view as a traitor. Earth-Man and Shadow Lass join the fray and an epic battle ensues. The heroes escape harm, but Pheebs is killed. Concurrently, Tellus and Wildfire assist an injured Dawnstar after a Durlan attack on Weber’s World. At Legion Headquarters, Legion leader, Cosmic Boy monitors the multi-site Durlan chaos as well as the…huh?…incoming votes for the new Legion leader. Cos meets with Zendek to discuss the Durlan attacks, but the Science Police Chief reveals he is a Durlan shapeshifter in disguise and is convinced CB was complicit in Brande’s death. A fight ensues, but Element Lad arrives and subdues the would-be assassin. During a short pause in the Durlan attack upon the United Planets, it’s revealed that the Legionnaires elected Mon-El as the next leader. Other Legionnaires playing small roles in this issue include Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid, and Phantom Girl. Brainy had advised Cosmic Boy to get his hands on a supply of “Cancelite” stored in the Legion’s lab prior to his encounter with the ersatz Zendeck, but Cos was prevented from doing so. Cancelite is a gas created by Supergirl and perfected by Brainy which can negate a Durlan’s ability to transform.

Comments

This was an excellent issue with lots of whiz-bang action as Levitz gets deeper into the Durlan assault. The panels at the end of the book illustrating the election results override my previous speculations and solidify the official 26-member Legion roster below:

  1. Brainiac 5
  2. Chameleon Boy
  3. Colossal Boy
  4. Cosmic Boy
  5. Dawnstar
  6. Dream Girl
  7. Earth-Man
  8. Element Lad
  9. Gates
  10. Invisible Kid
  11. Lightning Lad
  12. Lightning Lass
  13. Mon-El
  14. Phantom Girl
  15. Polar Boy
  16. Quislet
  17. Saturn Girl
  18. Sensor Girl
  19. Shadow Lass
  20. Shrinking Violet
  21. Sun Boy
  22. Tellus
  23. Timber Wolf
  24. Tyroc
  25. Ultra Boy
  26. Wildfire

It’s been just a little disconcerting juggling the 2010-2013 Legion roster with the Legion roster of the 2022 JL vs. LSH mini-series.

It did seem a bit silly for the Legion election to take place simultaneously with the deadly Durlan onslaught. How is Mon-El’s election as the Legion’s next leader going to work with his selection as the next Green Lantern?

JL vs. LSH #5

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, #5 of 6
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Penciller: Scott Godlewski
DC Comics, August 2022

4 Stars

Plot

The story opens with Ultra Boy, leader of the Legion, advising all inhabitants of New Earth to evacuate the planet because of the encroaching Great Darkness. The Legionnaires and Justice Leaguers huddle together in 21st Century Metropolis trying to figure out a solution to the Great Darkness crisis that’s happening in both time eras. The JL-ers repeat that they had been forewarned of a time-space continuum disaster linked to a Gold Lantern ring and Batman and the rest of the JL-ers demand Gold Lantern hand over his ring for examination. After much cajoling, GL reluctantly concedes. The Caped Crusader begins an investigation, gathering multiple clues. The tag-team collectively determines “someone” is attempting to manipulate the time-space continuum in order to “destroy the age of heroes,” past and future. In the final panels, that “someone” is revealed to be none other than…gulp, take a seat…mega-villain, Vandal Savage!

Comments

Ah, after four tediously mundane installments, we’re finally getting to some resolution regarding the mysterious Great Darkness. My last experience with Vandal Savage was in the LSH-Star Trek crossover series (see my 2019 review here). Although Gold Lantern is featured prominently in this issue for his reluctance to surrender his ring, there’s still very little basis for sub-titling this series as “The Gold Lantern Saga.” Perhaps Bendis is saving that for the final issue?

Additional Legionnaires featured in this issue include Blok, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Doctor Fate, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Lightning Lass, Lightning Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Monster Boy, Princess Projectra, Rose Forrest, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, White Witch, Wildfire, and X-Ray Girl. I didn’t spot Phantom Girl, Star Boy, or Ferro Lad, who has yet to make an appearance in this limited series.

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.

JL vs. LSH #4

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, #4 of 6
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Penciller: Scott Godlewski
DC Comics, July 2022

4 Stars

Plot

We pick up the action with various groups of JL-ers and Legionnaires strewn about the time-space continuum by the last Great Darkness tremor:

  • Brainiac 5, Mon-El, and Naomi in the apocalyptic future with Kamandi.
  • Gold Lantern in 1930s Metropolis where he meets up with the original Green Lantern.
  • Colossal Boy, Dawnstar, and Wonder Woman in 1960s Metropolis.
  • Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl in Neo-Gotham with future Batman, Terry McGinnis.
  • Dream Girl, Wildfire, Black Adam, and Hawkgirl in an undisclosed time-space location .
  • Ultra Boy and Aquaman in the era of dinosaurs.

Another group of JL-ers and Legionnaires, not impacted by the tremor and remaining in 31st-century Metropolis, includes Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Karate Kid, Shadow Lass, Triplicate Girl, White Witch, Batman, and Black Canary. Rose Forrest emerges for the first time in this series, and as “special United Planets liaison for the LSH,” leads this combined group to the U.P. Council where they futilely petition Madam President R.J. Brande for assistance.

As Brainiac 5 attempts to jerry-rig an escape solution using Mon-El’s flight ring and Naomi’s smart phone, the Legion’s AI member, Computo, devises a “temporal group reversal using the flight rings as a tether.” All of the heroes are then successfully transported en masse to 21st-century Metropolis.

Comments

Over the course of the first four issues of this series, we’ve seen JL-ers and Legionnaires getting strewn about the time-space continuum by Great Darkness tremors and very little else. There wasn’t much in this issue that developed the “Gold Lantern Saga” thread in the storyline as was expected. It was interesting to see some of the “versus” rivalry advertised in the title of this series begin to emerge as the JL-ers angrily suspect the Great Darkness is linked to the Legion’s “abusing the time stream for selfish pursuits.” Bendis has two more installments to put some oomph into this series. I, of course, welcome any new Legion story, but I can imagine other readers are starting to become über frustrated. Our local comic shop stocked many copies of this series’ initial installments, including alternate covers, but that’s declined to just a few copies with this issue.

Blok, Monster Boy, and Green Arrow show up at the conclusion and I’m guessing they were teamed-up in some unspecified time-space zone. Legionnaires missing in action include Dr. Fate, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Lightning Lass, Matter-Eater Lad, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, and X-Ray Girl. It was good to see Rose Forrest finally make an appearance, which leaves Ferro Lad as the only Bendis-era Legionnaire who has yet to be featured in this series. JL-ers MIA were Flash and Superman.

Tragedy strikes the “young Legion”

It’s time once again to board our time bubble and travel to the future for another adventure with those crime-fighting heroes of the 31st Century…

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “Tragedy: The Death of Lightning Lad”
Writer: Paul Levitz, Penciller: Kevin Sharpe & Mario Alquiza
Adventure Comics #520, DC Comics, January 2011

5 Stars

Plot

The story opens with the Legion of Super-Heroes accompanying the body of Lightning Lad to a burial crypt beneath Legion headquarters. Huh? How did that happen? Saturn Girl relates how she had intercepted the message from Dream Girl of Naltor warning of a premonition of the death of a Legionnaire as a result of powerful space pirate Zaryan’s invasion of Earth. Saturn Girl decides to sacrifice herself and through her power of telepathy constrains the Legion to elect her as the new leader so that she is able to consummate her plan. It turns out that Mon-El was the “ghost” referred to in Adventure Comics #518. However, Mon-El isn’t a “ghost,” he resides in the Phantom Zone waiting for Brainiac 5 to create a permanent cure for lead poisoning. But Mon-El’s phantom existence enables him to secretly learn of Saturn Girl’s suicide mission and he subsequently warns her boyfriend, Lightning Lad. With this knowledge, Garth sacrifices himself by attacking Zaryan and is killed by the villain’s “freeze ray.”

The Science Police track down Zaryan’s mother ship, but are ordered to stand-down at the arrival of a contingent of Legionnaires – Colossal Boy, Phantom Girl, Star Boy, and Sun Boy – and the heroes vanquish the villains. As the remainder of Zaryan’s fleet attempts a retreat, the Legion’s most powerful members – Superboy, Supergirl, and Ultra Boy – arrive and subdue the criminals.

A sorrowful Saturn Girl decides to quit the Legion, but Cosmic Boy persuades her to stay.

Comments

This story is nearly identical to “The Stolen Super-Powers” featured 48 years earlier in Adventure Comics #304 (January, 1963). Legionnaires spotted in this story in addition to those already mentioned include Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid, Matter-Eater Lad, Shrinking Violet and Triplicate Girl, almost the exact roster used in Adventure #304, with the inclusion of Star Boy.

I appreciated this 6-issue tribute to the “young Legion” based upon the franchise’s Silver Age era with its simple Zaryan story. After this issue, the editors at DC jettisoned the “young Legion” storyline. Adventure Comics #521 will pick up the “older Legion” plotline at the point we left off with Legion of Super-Heroes #7 back in January.

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “Playing Hooky II”

It’s time once again to climb aboard our time bubble and travel to the future for another adventure with those crime-fighting heroes of the 31st Century.

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “Playing Hooky II”
Writer: Paul Levitz, Penciller: Eduardo Pansica
Adventure Comics #519, DC Comics, December 2010

4 Stars

Plot

Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid, and Shrinking Violet, the Legion’s “espionage squad,” sneak aboard Zaryan’s space cruiser as it orbits the planet Rimbor, hoping to apprehend the smuggler-villain. Invisible Kid inadvertently sets off an alarm and the team must fight off sentry robots. After overcoming the opposition, the team makes its way to the bridge and a battle ensues with Zaryan and his minions. Zaryan escapes once again and vows to defeat the Legion on Earth.

In the meantime, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl travel in a time bubble back to Smallville in the 20th century. Brainy won’t divulge the purpose of the mission, although he does have a checklist. Superboy joins the quartet and they set off to a) experience some old fashioned weather in a rainstorm and tornado, and b) while in disguise, participate in a barn-raising for Pa Kent with some of the young Smallville locals, culminating in some delicious apple pie baked by Ma Kent. That night, the quintet does some star-gazing, but the serenity is interrupted by a “Brainiac probe,” that had honed in on Superboy’s Kryptonian ship. From historical archives, Brainiac 5 had ascertained that the probe would be arriving at that precise time and he subsequently neutralizes the invader with his superior 31st-century technology. By destroying the probe, Brainiac 5 delays his arch-villain ancestor, Brainiac, from coming to Earth until Kal-El matures from Superboy to Superman and is suitably able to vanquish him.

Comments

It was refreshing to have just a small number Legionnaires to follow in this issue. The Zaryan storyline continues to be pretty simple, but I sense a tragedy coming up next issue with the story ominously titled, “Tragedy.” It was fun seeing the future kids dealing with 20th century bad weather and a rural barn-raising. Levitz did a nice job with that. The “Playing Hooky II” in the title refers to the similarly simple activities of Superboy and the Legion in Adventure Comics #12’s “Playing Hooky” that we reviewed in February. The ending of this issue involving the Brainiac probe was head-scratchingly convoluted for a non-DC regular. Where was Sheldon Cooper when I needed him? Instead, I had to google “Brainiac probe” and find out what that was all about. Pansica’s artwork is excellent in some panels and amateurish in others.

I’m enjoying these “young Legion” issues with their simpler plotlines. The next issue, Adventure #520, is the last in the young Legion series, and then we pick up the “older Legion” plotline where we left off back in January with LSH #7.

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.

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “Whispers of Doom”

It’s time once again to climb aboard our time bubble and travel to the future for another adventure with those crime-fighting heroes of the 31st Century.

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “Whispers of Doom”
Writer: Paul Levitz, Penciller: Kevin Sharpe
Adventure Comics #518, DC Comics, November 2010

4 Stars

Plot

A contingent of the newly formed Legion of Super-Heroes – Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Sun Boy, and Ultra Boy – engages and subdues Zaryan’s pirates. They’re disappointed that arch-criminal Zaryan is not aboard the pirate cruiser, but obtain the coordinates of the next raid. Back in Metropolis, Phantom Girl and Superboy discuss a ghostly presence that’s been “haunting” the newly constructed Legion clubhouse. Uncomfortable with Phantom Girl’s flirtations, Superboy excuses himself to visit the Superman Museum.

Zaryan and his raiding party approach the planet Naltor, but are surprised that a combined force of Science Police and Legionnaires are awaiting them. After a brief engagement, Zaryan and the pirates realize they are overwhelmed and flee. The leader of Naltor, Beren Kah, praises young Nura Nal for her precognition, which helped thwart the raiders. Nura foresees herself as a Legionnaire (Dream Girl), but also has a disturbing vision of one of the heroes dying in a future engagement with Zaryan. Kah attempts to send a warning to the Legionnaires.

At the Superman Museum, Superboy learns his future, that he will be killed by Doomsday as an adult.* The aforementioned ghostly presence warns Superboy to immediately return to his own time. Brainiac 5 oversees the Boy of Steel’s return to 20th century Smallville via a time bubble.

Comments

The fledgling Legion picks up where it left off last issue, fighting Zaryan, but with the abrupt “out of the blue,” addition of new members Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl, Sun Boy, Superboy, and Ultra Boy. Perhaps Levitz could have provided a very brief summary of how the four additional members joined (excluding Superboy, whose recruitment was covered in Adventure #12). Who/what is this ghostly presence? Which Legionnaire will die?

*Unlike the linear and unalterable plotlines of the Silver Age, events presented as fact have zero meaning in DC’s ever-shifting universe.

Spotlight on Saturn Girl

It’s time again to board our time bubble and travel to the future for another adventure with the Legion of Super-Heroes of the 31st Century. In the previous installment of Adventure Comics’ “young Legion” storyline, we witnessed the origin of the Legion and its three founding members, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl. In this issue, we’ll follow the fledgling team on its first crime-fighting adventure.

The Legion of Super-Heroes in “Saturn Rising”
Writer: Paul Levitz, Pencillers: Kevin Sharpe and Marlo Alquiza
Adventure Comics 517, DC Comics, October 2010

4 Stars

Plot

Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) engages in a strenuous workout at the Science Police gymnasium while the Legion’s clubhouse is being constructed. The Titan native is hoping to bolster her physical fighting abilities to compensate for her less-flashy super power (mental telepathy). She’s soon joined by the Legion’s other founding members, Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) and Lightning Lad (Garth Ranzz). The trio accompanies Science Police Sergeant Esquivel on a training mission. We learn that offworlder Zaryan is raiding robot manufacturing sites and the Science Police are attempting to apprehend the criminal. The heroes stake out a facility and, sure enough, Zaryan’s robo-flunkies arrive at the scene. The novice heroes attempt to stop the heist, but are largely ineffective. The Science Police end up thwarting the robbery. Saturn Girl receives some additional training from Sgt. Esquivel and the two females and Cosmic Boy stake out the next suspected robbery site in Taiwan. One of Zaryan’s raider ships appears and the trio engages. The ship’s captain kills Esquivel when she is momentarily distracted by Saturn Girl. After the crime scene is secured, the Legion regroups. Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) of Colu (who’s not yet a Legionnaire) contacts the Legion and informs them that his experimental time bubble is operational and ready to transport the heroes to the 20th Century to attempt to recruit Superboy.

Comments

This was a decent tale of the fledgling Legion’s first crime-fighting adventure. Levitz did a good job of presenting the teens as well-meaning, but bumbling novices.

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.