Writer: Paul Levitz
Artist: Francis Portela
Colourist: Javier Mena
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Plot: The Legion is back, with a few new members added to their rank. The thirty-first century is threatened by the evil Dominators. The United Planets-an umbrella body of peace-keepers and intergalactic police force-send the Legion to scope out the planet Panoptes. The planet is used as a base to monitor the Dominators but all contact between the base and the U.P. has ceased and it is up to the Legion to investigate.
The original Legion of Super-Heroes was created by Otto Binder and Al Pastino and first appeared in 1958’s Adventure Comics #247. The group is comprised of young super-beings from all over the universe, namely Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Phantom Girl, Ultra Boy, Mon-El and new members, Dragonwing and Chemical Kid. Superboy (Superman was the inspiration for the league) and Supergirl made numerous appearances in former issues.
This new reboot, while intriguing, was not the easiest book to follow. You’re bound to be as confused as I was when first reading it. New readers will have to do some digging into the Flashpoint saga and Levitz’s previous Legion work, to fully understand the story -not a welcomed endeavor for new comers who simply want a fresh, introductory title. The drama does become clearer and more satisfactory on repeated reading. The artwork is simple but not overtly so and the colour scheme is mid-to-bright with an added glossy finish to give it a youthful exuberance. Legion of Super-Heroes#1 is not the greatest first release but worth ‘checking out’ if you love space adventures, ensemble casts and interpersonal drama.