This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, Adriana and Kristen – The Super Future Friends – join the Major Spoilers Crew for an in-depth discussion of The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 by Paul Levitz that relaunched last week (May 19, 2010).

Fan-favorite LEGION writer Paul Levitz returns to the 31st century super team he made supreme with an all-new intergalactic era! This exciting series picks up on threads from Geoff Johns’s “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes” storyline and creates its own all-new ones, including a Green Lantern Corps tie-in and the destruction of a major planet! Rocket on board here as Levitz and rising star artist Yildiray Cinar (TEEN TITANS) revitalize one of DC’s most beloved franchises starting with an oversized first issue with a Variant cover by superstar artist Jim Lee!

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

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8 Comments

  1. Brian G.
    May 25, 2010 at 7:51 am — Reply

    I’ve never read Legion before and thought that this issue would be a great jump on point. I don’t really see this comic as a jump on point but rather a continuation of a prior story arc that they decided to renumber the series with. I have no idea what the story with Earth-man is and is Saturn-girl still in the Legion or is she off doing her own thing? What would you consider to be a good jump on point for Legion of Superheroes?

    P.s. – if you could, what is the Time Institute? Is that like S.T.A.R. Labs of the future?

  2. Mark
    May 25, 2010 at 8:55 am — Reply

    The Superman and the Legion of Superheroes trade, from the Johns’ penned Action Comics run is probably a good starting point for this current volume. The Earth-man story is from there, and it sets up this version of the Legion and the current state of the Legion “universe” pretty well.

    And yes, I agree that it wasn’t really a brand new start, like the last two Legion #1’s, but rather a continuation of the retro-boot Legion that John’s has been setting up for the last couple of years. I didn’t get the sense that one needed to be steeped in the history of the Silver Age/Bronze Age Legion to understand what was going on, though. It was a much better “jumping on” point that say Legion #1 from the Baxter run, which was heavily tied into 20 some years of continuity.

    • Brian G.
      May 25, 2010 at 9:46 am — Reply

      Thanks alot. I’m heading to WWPhilly soon so i’ll look for it there. I know this is kind of pathetic but a lot of my knowledge of Legion comes from Superman TAS, JLU and the Legion cartoon. Then from reading JLA: Lightning Saga.

  3. Brian G.
    May 25, 2010 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Also wanted to say. I wish I got the Jim Lee cover instead of the regular one. That is a beautiful picture.

    • Mark
      May 25, 2010 at 10:22 am — Reply

      Yeah, that Jim Lee cover is awesome.

      The Superman & LOSH trade will also clue you in as to why Sun Boy was so hostile to Earth-man.

      Regarding the book itself, I’d give it a solid 4 slices of meatloaf. The only real negatives for me was Brainy’s characterization (little too unstable for my tastes) and the way Cinar drew Ultra Boy.

      • Brian G.
        May 25, 2010 at 10:55 am — Reply

        Yeah. Is Brainy always that kind of jerk? From my other experiences with the character, i thought he’d be … less of a D-bag.

        • Mark
          May 25, 2010 at 11:33 am — Reply

          He can certainly be a condescending D-bag a lot of the time, but I don’t remember him ever being quite that hyper emotional. Some of that was certainly how he was drawn in some of those pannels.

          But there’s a lot of Legion I’ve never read, so that probably comes from somewhere.

  4. Ricco
    May 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm — Reply

    I read the 3-booted Legion(good until “mr.never was breastfed or something” came on board) and Legion of 3 worlds and sorta know what’s going on here, but I could have still used a page of “previously on THIS Legion”. Looking forward to the podcast so I get the whole history behind Earth-man. Plus hey, a girl/s other then Rodrigo on the podcast is always good ;-) *cyber cookie to anyone who gets the ref*

    P.S- In Crisis on Infinite Earths we see that the hand at begining of time is the Anti-Monitor trying to undo creation, is this still canon or not?

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