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Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2005
By: Shawn Hill



Writer: Mark Waid

Artist: Barry Kitson (p); Gray, Pascoe, Kitson (i)



Publisher: DC Comics



Plot: Another variation on the generation gap, as Dream Girl learns the elders of Naltor (the planet of seers) are keeping something from the minds of the youth.



Comments: Boy am I glad I’ve stayed subbed to this title. This is the way to do the Legion in this day and age. While the cover (which finally – yay! – hints that Saturn Girl hasn’t been forgotten) presents Star Boy and Shadow Lass in a way that proclaims their striking superiority, I don’t mind a bit, as I want to read the adventures of ideal heroes when I open this book.



Inside, there’s quite a fun rivalry set up between Nura/Dream Girl (“precognitive visions”) and Braniac 5 (“unparalleled intellect”). Seems all his careful deductions and ability to sort, analyze and select from myriad facts dwindle next to Nura’s equally effective (but much less rational) predictions. That’s an understandable conflict to have. It underlines their different gifts, while letting us know that these are (mostly) the same characters we knew.



Brainy is seldom in a good mood, never has been. And Nura seems here to be a combination of several of her previous iterations; sexy like the Levitz one, goofy like the Reboot one, physically aggressive like the DnA version. None of these elements is unreasonable for the; putting them all together requires finesse, which Waid has.



Kitson is clearly having a blast, too, and again that cover hints efficiently at things to come. There’s a careful balance here between a Silver Age feel and a sense of immediacy, but Superman-lore expert Waid seems intent to find it. Last issue had hints of flirting, this one has some intense scenes of hand-to-hand combat. This issue the interesting winkle in the concept is that the Naltorians aren’t just being controlling; they actually have a legitimate worry that is revealed by intrepid teens.



What entertains about this title is the established appeal of the concept; a bunch of talented, precocious teens has gathered from diverse, fantastic backgrounds. Each is optimistically determined to do their best, together. I picked up my first issue all those years ago because there was no where else to read the exploits of a green-skinned boy and the blue-skinned girl, who shared a harmonious culture with skins pink and brown, and dressed in futuristic gear to face sci-fi threats. This is the perfect title for a sense of wonder, and Waid is finding it all over again.



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