The Legion has just recovered from their struggles with the xenophobic Earth-Man when they are commanded to recruit their mortal enemy as one of their own. Things become more complicated when Earth-Man is given a Green Lantern Ring. Earth-Man stands at a cross roads; does he join the Legion or the Corps, does he choose to be a hero or the villain?
‘The Choice’ sees Levitz take the reins of his much beloved series once again. This story picks up after Geoff Johns’ acclaimed, ‘Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes’, wherein Earth-Man nearly destroyed the Legion. Levitz also ties ‘The Choice’ with events in ‘Green Lantern Corps’ and ‘Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds’. So, there are plenty of threads for Levitz to connect but does he succeed? One thing he does manage well is balance the plethora of characters in the series; a strength Levitz has always exhibited with the Legion. Levitz adeptly ties threads together, like the ‘Green Lantern Corps’ mythology and its link to the Legion. He also alludes to the ‘Great Darkness Saga’ via the kidnapping of Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad’s children by devotees of Darkseid. Where things don’t work so well would be Earth-Man’s confrontation with Brainiac 5 at the end. Was Earth-Man really regulated by the ring? And if so, it was not clearly explored. The kidnapping of the children happens so suddenly and out of the blue you’re quite taken aback by it. I thought they were zapped to death rather than kidnapped. The ending is anti-climactic as well, with no real push for what follows next in the series.
The artwork moves between really good and bland. The pencil work is detailed here and there but many times it’s too simplistic. Cindar’s sketches at the back of the novel show great detail but it seems the colouring obscured depth and fine line work at times.
I haven’t read the Legion’s sagas all that much but I could pick up this edition and follow the story quite easily, despite its many characters and allusions to other series. The political dramatic aspect did become a bit boring afterward and an important character like LI was too obscured throughout. Even so, Legion is an entertaining read that sees Levitz reveling in his greatest work.
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