Sunday, December 04, 2005

LSH(5) #12

(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comic.)

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (v. 5) #12 (1/06)
(L 2006-1)
(Untitled) (cover title: "Legion of Super-Heroes vs. Terror Firma")
ROLL CALL: Atom Girl, Brin Londo, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dream Girl (deceased), Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy.

The "Teenage Revolution" version of the Legion continues to revitalize old concepts and make a few in-jokes while telling a good story. The long-rumored Atom Girl appears, and immediately proves that this version of Salu Digby is no "Shrinking Violet." Projectra gains her powers, apparently inherited from her deceased father. As the bad guys attack across the galaxy, Cos gives a stirring speech to all teens everywhere. And Dream Girl is apparently dead, but Brainy has her in stasis...and as all long-time Legion readers (and Red Dwarf fans) know, death isn't the handicap it used to be in the olden days.

Projectra's powers resemble those of Sensor Girl: " long as I desire, whether to the naked eye or the most sophisticated receptors, those who watch see only what I wish them to see."

(L 2006-1a)
"A Decent Interval"
ROLL CALL: Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl

This story takes place during the events of LSH(5) #1, which lets us know why Garth and Imra were offstage in that issue. We see Vash, a planet of teenagers, where Garth and Imra are trying to obtain permission to set up an observation post. (We don't know if Vash is the "Rimworld 19" from which Garth reported in LSH(5) #3.)

This story recalls "Words Never Spoken" (L 1978-2b) in SUPERBOY & LEGION #236 (2/78), the story in which Garth and Imra became engaged. I'm particularly happy with the portrayal of Lightning Lad; he is no longer the impetuous, hot-headed "Live Wire" of earlier versions. This Lightning Lad has his head on right, and he speaks like a founding member of the Legion. (I'm sure he'll have his chance to go insane in future issues. Sooner or later, he always does...)

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