- Posted by Johanna on October 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics; $3.99 US
DC Universe: Legacies #6
written by Len Wein; pencils by Jerry Ordway; inks by George Pérez and Scott Koblish; additional art by Scott Kolins
The cop narrator Paul copes with the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths (or the global crisis, as they have it in-story, since they don’t know what we do). As a series, this is really the story version of sitting around with other comic readers saying, “hey, remember that story? wasn’t that moment neat?” In this case, remember how exciting it was following Crisis and wondering who would live and who would die? And seeing all the heroes, all at once?
There’s a touching scene with Paul and his mentor, The Guardian, that calls back to earlier issues of this miniseries, and there are some very predictable moments of heroic redemption. The Guardian scene also blatantly explains the appeal of superheroes — as inspiration. This is not a subtly written comic but an unabashedly sentimental one. And who better than Pérez to lend his polish to those packed hero scenes once again?
Most fan readers will agree with Paul in the second half, set during the period of Legends, when he’s expressing disgust with a Justice League made up of third-stringers and unknowns. His wife tries to reassure him: “I’m sure they know what they’re doing.”
He responds, “Do they? For the first time in my life, I’m not so sure.” That’s an excellent summary of modern fandom, post-Crisis, when readers stopped considering creators anything special and started expressing their increasing dismay at ongoing changes. Finding out something you love has feet of clay — in this case, that your superheroes are liable to be changed in ways you don’t agree with, either for new creative directions or chasing better sales or stunts — that’s disappointing.
I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach at the last line, as Paul hears about what we know as The Killing Joke. “It was going to get a whole lot worse still!” Yes, we’re entering the 90s, land of jackets and big guns. I’m curious to see which storylines and events get a mention from here in.
written by Len Wein; pencils by Keith Giffen; inks by Al Milgrom
I’ve been enjoying thinking about what Legacies means as a series, but this was my favorite part of the run so far. It’s really just a long joke, but anyone who’s read any of the stories in which the clubby Legion of Super-Heroes goes back to meet Superboy as a teen will get a giggle out of the snark here on display. It’s not at all in keeping with the underlying reverence of the main story, which is what makes it a refreshing dessert. Plus, it catches readers up to relatively recent storylines in the title.
The 1-in-25 variant cover by Giffen, shown here, is cool because of its tribute to the old days of giant comics, but the regular cover, by George Pérez nicely connects up with issue #5 to make a two-issue panorama.