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Legion of Super-Heroes (2005 Series) #2

January 24, 2005

Quick Rating: Great

When the children of Dream Girl’s world lose the ability to sleep, the Legion of Super-Heroes sets out to investigate.

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

The second issue of the new Legion of Super-Heroes is just as strong as the first, and even better for the old-school Legion fans. While the first issue was very much an introduction, this issue gets much deeper into a few of the characters, particularly Brainiac 5 and Dream Girl, and furthermore, it sets up some events for the ongoing arcs that will underlie the single-issue storylines.

This issue, the young people of Naltor, a planet of precognitive telepaths, have lost their ability to sleep, and it is only in sleep that their powers are at their strongest. The Legion dispatches a team to investigate, including Naltor’s own daughter Dream Girl.

We get to play with clashing characterization here. While last issue showed us how the Legion is ideally, here we see how deep the characters can be when Brainiac 5 begins to Dream Girl’s powers, seeing precognition as a shortcut to what he tries to achieve through his vaunted intelligence. The mystery in and of itself isn’t that difficult to piece together, but what it heralds for the future of this title is very interesting.

This book, again, is extremely new-reader friendly. It’s a self-contained story,, and we get an updated version of the old-fashioned “Legion Roll Call” so that new readers get a quick primer on the main characters of this issue’s story and what their abilities are.

Barry Kitson’s artwork, again, is beautiful. He does a great job with the characters, and we get to see a few more this issue as well. It’s also nice to get off Earth for most of the issue – his vision of Naltor is quite entrancing. He also does some nice fight scenes, and he gives us a beautiful cover. It would be a bit hypocritical of me, however, if I didn’t deduct at least a fraction of a point for Irrelevant Cover Syndrome – Star Boy gets the cover treatment, along with Shadow Lass, but he doesn’t even appear in the issue. On the other hand, man that’s a great cover.

So let’s look at the checklist – two issues and two home runs from the new Legion of Super-Heroes team. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rating: 9/10

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