Review: ‘Legion Of Super-Heroes’ #10 Faces Great Darkness And Young Romance
by Tony Thornley
The Legion finally returns to form as things get complicated.
The Legion has been through so much in the last year. Now that chaos is settling down, it might be too late for them.
Now that we’re almost a year into this series, it finally feels like a classic Legion story with no reservations. Too bad for the Legion itself that means things are about to get dangerous. It comes to us by Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Sharpe.
The Legion is scattered across the United Planets to deal with their various crises. Superboy and Saturn Girl navigate infatuation while trying to track down Mordu. Ultra Boy is thrust into a responsibility greater than his new leadership role in the Legion. And the rest of the team is trying to discover exactly what the Great Darkness is, and whether the Legion can stop it… or cause it!
This series had been on the edge of being a great Legion story for a while now, and I definitely feel like Bendis found the right formula with this issue. We get superheroics, space opera, soap opera and just a little galactic politics, all in the right ratios that I felt like I was reading classic Legion. After this, I really want the series to get a significant extension so it can continue down this path and give the Legion its due.
One of the best things about the book is the soap opera by far. Bendis leans into his talent at writing strong characters for giving us this drama. However, without Sook, Von Grawbadger and Bellaire, it would fall short. The line art draws us into the character’s internal motivations. It’s solid work and wouldn’t be possible without the entire creative team.
Sook excels throughout the issue as well. His character acting is expressive, and has the right mix of pathos and humor. The only time it falls short is the reveal of New Krypton’s governor, which doesn’t have the right impact thanks to a bizarre redesign that rendered him unrecognizable.
The Legion is in the best position they’ve been in years, poised to return to greatness. I hope that they can make it there very soon.
Legion of Super-Heroes #10 is available now from DC Comics.