Written by Paul Levitz, Art by Francis Portela, Cover by Karl Kershl
Solicitation Info (from Previews): The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild – but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!
Bias: The large cast of the Legion of Super Heroes has always been a daunting affair. Combine that with the fact that I haven’t read the most recent series (which was also written by Paul Levitz), and whether or not I collect this book will really depend on how introduction friendly this book is (not to mention, of course, whether it’s any good or not.)
What I liked: Though it was subtle, and mostly in the background, I enjoyed the political aspect of the comic. I’ve also always loved Vril Dox from the L.E.G.I.O.N. and R.E.B.E.L.S. comics, and Brainiac 5 seemed very similar (I’ve usually seen him portrayed as more altruistic in the past, whereas Vril Dox was more of a jerk.)
What I disliked: Too many characters. This has long been a problem for me with the Legion of Super Heroes, and nothing has been done to alleviate this concern in this issue (the blurb telling us who’s speaking does little to help, and there are a ton of characters in the background that we never see even this much about.) Also, this really felt like the continuation of a story rather than a jump on point.
Verdict: I’m dropping this title.
As always, SPOILERS in comments, including my favorite scene, thoughts on what happened, and questions about what’s to come.