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Legion of Super-Heroes (2005 Series) #1

December 27, 2004

Quick Rating: Excellent
Title: And We Are Legion

In a future with no heroes, a group of young warriors return to the traditions of old!

Writer: Mark Waid
Pencils: Barry Kitson
Inks: Barry Kitson & Mick Gray
Colors: Chris Blythe
Letters: Phil Balsman
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover Art: Barry Kitson
Publisher: DC Comics

For those of you who have always wanted to try the Legion of Super-Heroes but didn’t know how to get into it because you were afraid it was too continuity-intensive, you no longer have any excuse. There are two things about this issue that say every fan of classic superhero comics should be reading it:

1. Mark Waid and Barry Kitson have crafted a new, innovative, energetic and totally continuity-free vision of the 31st Century.

2. This is one damn, damn good comic book.

It’s 1000 years in the future. The superheroes of the past succeeded in their mission. Evil was defeated. Earth was made safe. And now, it’s a boring, boring place. People have grown apart. Human contact is kept to a minimum. Even people in the same room with one another prefer to communicate through a viewscreen rather than face-to-face. So naturally, when a group of thousands of superpowered teenagers start wearing outlandish costumes, adopting ludicrous names and begin to imitate the legendary heroes of the 21st century, the grown-ups are put out.

This is a version of the Legion that does not adhere to any previous continuity – although many of the classic characters are present, one need never have read any other Legion title to understand what’s going on. For those who have read the Legion, though, those who do love the rich history and vibrant characters that have had a hardcore following since the late 1950s, you have nothing to worry about. This is a version that is smart, engaging and respectful to those tales of the past.

Barry Kitson, as I said in this week’s JSA: Strange Adventures review, is one of my favorite artists for sci-fi superhero comics, and this is him at his best. He has redesigned every member of the Legion, but beyond that, he’s redesigned their entire world and made it a place we can imagine our own world may turn into 1000 years in the future. Along with some fantastic coloring and effects by Chris Blythe, this may be the best the Legion has ever looked.

This is a fantastic comic. It’s got great heroes, great characters, and no ties to the past to hold you back. It has beautiful artwork. It has great writing. It has 40 pages of comics for the price of a standard 32. And for at least the first year, every issue is going to be a done-in-one story. You have no more excuses. Try the Legion of Super-Heroes. See what superheroes really can be.

Rating: 10/10

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