Legion of Super-Heroes

Legion of Super-Heroes 3 (January 2012)

This issue resolves way too cute. Levitz sets up a complicated, timed ending and then doesn’t deliver. The issue doesn’t even have a cliffhanger… it just has a happy, wink wink ending about Brainiac having to give Mon-El a compliment.

It’s too passive; it’s almost like a Saturday morning cartoon.

Otherwise, the issue is often a decent action issue. While some Legionnaires head to investigate the bad guy (who’s barely in the issue, since the aliens from Invasion! are here too), the others are fighting spaceships.

As usual, there are action problems from Portela. He never manages to convey the size of the battle and is much better suited for the Legionnaires investigation scenes. The close-ups are also odd this issue, with Portela’s faces looking far too amateurish and manga influenced for a mainstream sci-fi book.

It’s okay, but Levitz is definitely making some awkwardly bad choices.


Shadow War; writer, Paul Levitz; artist, Francis Portela; colorist, Javier Mena; letterer, Pat Brosseau; editor, Chris Conroy; publisher, DC Comics.

Legion Lost 3 (January 2012)

Nicieza keeps going with the Timber Wolf narration. Sure, he’s the only character doing much for this issue, but it doesn’t excuse the lousy narration. I wish third person exposition hadn’t gone out of style in mainstream comics. Writers were much better at it.

Otherwise, this inoffensive series continues to be inoffensive. Nicieza doesn’t concentrate on the “stranger in a strange world” possibilities (and why should he–the new DC has like six series of that type). Instead, it’s a mix of investigation and action. Timber Wolf doing both, of course. Nicieza positions him as the only Legionnaire who gets the gravity of the situation.

Nicieza is covering about a day per issue (this issue is day three and the third issue). If he keeps up that arrangement, Legion Lost might be really interesting. Not exactly real time, but close enough.

Once again, it’s harmless.

What else should one ask?


Red Rage; writer, Fabian Nicieza; artist, Pete Woods; colorist, Brad Anderson; letterer, Travis Lanham; editors, Darren Shan and Brian Cunningham; publisher, DC Comics.

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