Friday, July 24, 2009

REVIEW :: Not Assessing Legion of Three Worlds

So, Legion of 3 Worlds is FINALLY over. And now that it’s over, it’s probably time to assess the general quality of the five-issue limited series.
I’ll say up front that I liked the LO3W — but for two specific reasons … which I’ll get to later.

Firstly, here’s what I didn’t like about the series:

Superboy Prime — The success of a blockbuster comic book rests on the shoulders of its villain, and Superboy Prime — though powerful — was just silly. Yeah, I sometimes found his dialogue freaking hilarious, but … err … that’s the problem. It’s hard to take a bad guy seriously when he’s cracking you up. (Except for the Joker and Superboy Prime ain’t nobody’s Joker.)

Too many characters — it seemed like a cool idea at first, but when you get hundreds of Legionnaires together it just seems like a big, anonymous mass of costumed dudes and dudettes. At the end of the day, only a few characters held the spotlight anyway.

Lateness — It’s bad when a book is so late, you know the ending before the last issue comes out.

OK, so that’s what I didn’t like. But, as I mentioned before, there are two reasons I think LO3W was actually an enjoyable tale: Conner Kent and Bart Allen.

Say what you want about the series and writer Geoff Johns and artist George Perez, but ultimately they brought two characters back from the dead who should never have died. So the ends justified every single page of the means.

And that’s it.

Can’t wait to read Adventure Comics!


Phil Southern said...

As always, your observations are cogent and trenchant. Frncis Manupul's stuff in Adventure looks fantastic!

Daniel Von Egidy said...

Gotta agree this thing got pretty messy at the end, but I agree that Adventure looks delicious and the Legion arc from Action was one of my favorites last year.