Or – “85 Superhumans In A Crowded Room…”


Three Legions, no waiting!  Technically, four, if you count Superboy Prime uniting virtually every villain of the 30th Century in LSH-hating-fury…  There’s a storm brewing in Metropolis, and every living Legionnaire has been brought together by the machinations of Brainiac 5.  But, he still has that mysterious lightning rod, and a few tricks up his puffy purple sleeve.

L3W1.jpgPreviously, on Legion of 3 Worlds:  This is exactly why this title should have had nothing to do with Final Crisis.  For one thing, this book is almost coherent.  Last time, Brainiac 5 (with the help of Phantom Girl’s dimension warping powers and the crystal ball used in the DCU’s first breach of the multiverse) summoned the Legion of Earth 247 (Stephen’s “Archie Legion”) and the Legion of Earth W/KRP into their reality.  Superboy Prime found that,  just like the other Clark Kent, he was still remembered in the far-flung future, only by thieves, murderers, mother-stabbers, father-rapers, and telemarketers.  Brainiac 5 made the puzzling decision to send one of his most powerful memebers to Oa, in search of the Last Guardian, a Daxamite Green Lantern called Sodam Yat, while the real Superman led the remaining Legionnaires into battle against unbeateable odds…

We start this issue with a solemn moment: the funeral of Rond Vidar.  The last of the Green Lanterns is seemingly given a Viking funeral, bursting into flame and being consumed into the green power of which he was the final paladin.  “Ganthet be with you, Rond Vidar,” intones Sodam Yat, sending him off with an imporessive display of aerial fireworks, and the knowledge that this will be the last time that he has to bury a fellow Lantern.  Sodam and Mon discuss how hard it is to stand by and watch as everything you hold dear withers and dies, and Yat is amazed to find a kindred spirit (thanks to Mon’s millenium in the Phantom Zone.)  “I don’t think Brainy sent you because you were both Daxamites,” observes Shadow Lass wryly, as Yat rises into the air, recites his oath and begins channeling massive ammounts of emerald energy.  Back in Metropolis, the battle rages on, with Superman and Prime smashing through building after building, as the original Legion rallies against their greatest foes.  Prime actually hurts Superman badly when Superman tries to remind him that they were both young Clark Kent, growing up in Kansas.  Earth-Man, and the Justice League of Earth attack the United Planets Council, only to be attacked by the representative of Lythyl, the former Karate Kid II.  He is summarily annihilated.  The Super-Villains gain the upper hand, and are ready to deliver a killing blow when a cry rings out from above…

“Long Live The Legion!” yells Brainiac 5, leading the Rebooted and Threebooted teams into action, including the welcome addition of two Daxamites, a Wildfire, a couple of Element Lads, the Threeboot Colossal Boy, and Rebooted Star Boy.  The three Ultra Boys quickly leap into action together, bonding hilariously while three Phantom Girls watch them and sigh.  While the fighty fighty goes on, the Brainiacs gather various Lighting Lads and Lasses for something ominous, while Polar Boy, Wildfire, and Dawnstar undertake a secret mission back in time.  They find  a small home in Metropolis, and watch a teenager with a unique destiny before sneaking into his room to grab a souvenir…  but it’s not who you mighty expect.  “Today is an historic day, Wildfire,” says Polar Boy.  “Today is the day Lex Luthor starts losing his hair.”  At Legion headquarters, the Lightning-bearers unite and realize that there are more subtle differences in their worlds, including pronounciation of their home planet, and some of their powers.  Brainiac waves his magic wand and transforms the crystalline Element Lad Garth Ranzz back into Live Wire, and explains that XS isn’t from the rebooted Legion’s world, but indeed from the original continuity.  Man, this is a bit confusing…  Outside, the battle with Tom Welling Prime goes awry as the Threeboot Sun Boy is killed (causing the now-powerless original Sun Boy to nearly collapse in his home.)  Mon-El and Sodam Yat arrive just in time for the Fatal Five to attck Legion headquarters, as the five lightning Legionnaires power up the Cosmic Treadmill, with a little help from XS’ super-speed, and Light Lass gravity nullification powers.  The world breaks open, and we finally find out what Brainiac was doing with that lightning rod all those months ago, as we a greeted with the trimphant return of…   BART ALLEN AS KID FLASH!!

The Joe-Bob totals: shattered Sun Boy, disintegrated Karate Kid II, most of Metopolis squooshed, but we got a Teen Titan back…  The greater part of this issue isn’t actually about the Leigon, it seems, with the recruitment of Yat, and the return of Kid Flash taking up large portions of the issue.  It’s interesting to find that the death of Sun Boy version 3 seemed to have some sort of effect on Sun Boy version 1, and there’s some good stuff going on in here.  The literal “wave-a-magic-wand to-restore-Live-Wire” bit didn’t work for me at all, and a couple of moments with Superman and Tom Welling Prime made me think that Geoff Johns writes Superman as waaaaay too forgiving (this kid has killing hundreds, y’know?) Still, it’s a strong issue, and probably even more impressive if you’re a Legion fanboy like me.  The sight of dozens of Legionnaires flying down into Weisinger Plaza behind Brainiac 5 is goosebumpy, and the return of Gates, Ferro, Shikari and XS is well-worth any confusion that the multiple Phantom Girls might have caused.  Overall, this issue rates a not-bad-at-all 3.5 stars, suffering a little bit in terms of clarity and plotting, but delivering the goods in a way that Final Crisis did not.  Here’s hoping that the next two isues don’t blow it all with something ridiculous like Cosmic Boy in a cave…


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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Adam
    February 25, 2009 at 1:50 pm — Reply

    Hurray!!! Bart is back. That’s one Titan back, now all we need is one more and everything will be right again. *cough*KonWelling*cough*

  2. Ricco
    February 25, 2009 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    The best Blackest Night teaser: Sodam Yat’s oath, part Grenn Lantern’s oath, part Blackest Night reference and part Sinestro Corps oath.

    “In brightest day
    through Blackest Night
    no other Corps shall spread it’s light
    Let’s those who try to stop what’s right
    Burn like my power
    Green Lantern’s light!”

    That alone was awesome, the Ferro lad moment was nice too.

  3. eric
    February 25, 2009 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    This is what a Crisis Event should be like. Great story. Great writting. Great art work. George Perez can do no wrong. I will buy just about anything that has George Perez doing the pencils. Now if Brainy could just wave that wand one more time and make us all forget that other crisis s&^% that happned over the past few months, then more would be right in the world.

  4. Eye-Roller Lass
    February 25, 2009 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    “You do know that negativity is a sign of eleventh-level inteligence… ” Heh.

    As a drooling Legion fan, every page in this issue had something for me to enjoy. Specially the encounter of the 3 Phantom Girls and the Jo-Nahs. Who met, of course, protecting the Ultra Boy statue! More griping Brainies! Two surviving Karate Kids (shhhh. Don’t tell Keith Giffen!)

    Kind of liked that the Element Lad/Live Wire thing got resolved quickly. It’s been bothering me since god-knows-when!

    And Bart! YAY!

    Was that issue a giant self-pleasure device for Legion fans? Oh, yeah. Complete, with mandatory reminder of the next big DC event, in the shape of the ugliest Sodam Yat ever telling through his new oath that the many-colored lantern thing will have repercussions, and all. But it worked.
    I, for one, am a very happy customer. Bless you, Geoff Johns and George Perez!

  5. katie
    February 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    u know i read this like 2 weeks ago and i have been WAITING AND WAITING for you to write a review on it so YAY!!! thank you!
    i am so fricken happy bart is back as KID flash not some emo grown up flash. no all we need is the new nightwing to be kon and everything so be slowly getting back to normal…. or as normal as DC gets.
    and god! all those brainys! i love legion :)
    and how great was the fight scene page! thats just excellent drawing

  6. Slappy
    February 25, 2009 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    The series so far is going very welfor me. Now if only Roxxas would perform the magic he did in the 5YG Legion and recreate that famous puzzle he made for Lightning Lad’s son.

    I am not a huge fan of the Archie Legion but Gates is a wonderful character.

    Long Live the Legion!!!!

  7. Kirby
    February 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm — Reply

    One of the best comments about this issue from scans_daily was “a four-issue mini-series told in two pages, that’s like SILVER AGE level of explanation.”

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