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Review – Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC Comics)

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Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Ryan Sook
Inks: Ryan Sook & Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 6, 2019

Jonathan Kent, AKA Superboy, officially joins the Legion of Super-Heroes and enters the 31st century. But he is not the only thing from the “age of heroes” to make an appearance!

 

 

Let’s Go Back to the Future in Legion of Super-Heroes #1

The classic Legion of Super-Heroes is officially back in Legion of Super-Heroes #1 from DC Comics! That is not all; they have a brand new member in Jonathan Kent, AKA Superboy. Superboy has just recently decided to join the team and this is his first time in the 31st century. Everyone in the Legion is excited to meet someone from the “age of heroes”. Superboy has a lot of things to get used to, as things are drastically different from his time. But Jonathan is not the only thing from the “age of heroes” popping up. Some members of the Legion find an artifact thought lost to the ages, which could also cause a lot of trouble!

Writing

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC Comics) Cover art by Ryan Sook
Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC Comics) Cover art by Ryan Sook

This is my first go-around with the Legion of Super-Heroes. They are a classic DC line that I have never gotten into, so Legion of Super-Heroes #1 seemed like a good enough jumping-on point. Now, I knew Jonathan Kent would be joining the team as Super Sons wrapped up, and his goodbye in Superman #15 and Lois Lane #3. Brian Michael Bendis pens Legion of Super-Heroes #1 and as much as I started not to like it, by the end I enjoyed myself.

Bendis throws us right into this world with a very dramatic and exciting opening few pages. It was a little shocking for me, not really knowing any of these characters and being thrust into this big battle and new world. I expected it to start a little slower, but Bendis makes it work and also pay off handsomely at the end of the issue.

Where Bendis gets going is when Superboy arrives in the 31st century with Saturn Girl. There he catches Superboy and the reader up with what is happening in the 31st century. The dialogue was a little jam-packed and at times I felt bad for penciller Ryan Sook and letterer Dave Sharpe in having to somehow fit all this in. But I guess you already know this if you are doing art for Bendis. It does get a little much at times. I felt myself being like “okay get on with it” a few times.

Though it was a little jam-packed, I did like the dialogue in Legion of Super-Heroes #1, for the most part. Bendis did a good job of conveying the sense of almost everyone talking over each other in this huge superhero group. It is a little annoying at times, but also plays into the idea that this is what it would be like with a massive group of teen heroes as well.

Story

The story itself in Legion of Super-Heroes #1 caught my interest toward the end. I was not all that interested in really caring about Legion of Super-Heroes. It seems like a lot of new characters, and just didn’t hold any interest for me. By the end, Bendis made the characters grow on me some. He also gave an interesting and mysterious plot point to move the story forward.

Obviously, I am not going to spoil what the major plot point is. But it involves something that Superboy is familiar with and brings up some interesting things about the 31st century and what has happened to Earth.

Art

I immensely enjoyed the art in Legion of Super-Heroes #1. Ryan Sook on pencils and inks with Wade von Grawbadger also on inks do a fantastic job. It has a great minimalist yet detailed type styling to the world and characters. There are not too many excessive lines and the inking has that nice, tight, thin look to it. 

Sook does some very fun panel layouts in Legion of Super-Heroes #1. He plays around with a lot of different looks. I like how on some two-page spreads he will use smaller circular panels to have close-ups on the characters. It is a good way to gaze at the great overall picture but also draw your attention to the characters as well. That being said, the characters’ faces do, at times, have odd, blank stares on them. He uses great circular motions throughout the issue to wonderful effect.

Jordie Bellaire is in top form in Legion of Super-Heroes #1. Her bright, flat colors look great and catch the tone of the series perfectly. It brings in this cheerfulness to the story that carries throughout the pages.

Conclusion

The more I read Legion of Super-Heroes #1 the more I enjoyed it. I am still not completely sold on it as a concept; Bendis’s story has me interested for now. I enjoyed the artwork throughout the issue and there are some fantastic pages in it. It also looks like if you are a Super Sons fan you may want to be reading this, as the cover of issue #3 has some interesting teases!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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