(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comics.)
THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #34 (7/10)
"Out of Time Part One of Two"
Cosmic Boy, Lightning Ld, Saturn Girl
CUTE BOYS: Garth, Rokk with his shirt off, ooo baby!
When Earth is destroyed by a black hole, the founding Legionnaires go into the past to enlist the help of the early Doom Patrol. The team returns to the future before Earth is destroyed and, working together with lots of witty banter, eliminate the black hole in time to change the future and spare Earth.
Competent art, nice story, good characterization, plenty of appropriate humor: this one was fun. (And did I mention that Rokk strides around with his shirt off?) All in all, this is an excellent example of a Silver Age story, just written by one of the best of today's writers.
Plus, this is just Part One: Part Two comes next month, teams the Subs and the Inferior Five, and dovetails with this issue to tell the flip side of the story. It should be a real hoot.
BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS:
The original Legion clubhouse, classic costumes, and apparent age of the Legionnaires sets this story sometime in the early years of the Silver Age Legion. I'm not up on my Doom Patrol history, but I think this is early in that group's history as well -- Negative Man is there, and there are only four members.
The Legion's time machine is called a "Time Bubble," not the more recent "Time Sphere." We also see some previously-unshown TARDIS-like features of the Time Bubble, including a basement crammed with machinery. Saturn Girl, in a nice nod to her early science background (she did invent Serum XY-4, after all) says, "The power source and control systems exist in their own quantum space alongside the bubble, connected by a fourth-dimensional portal."
I recall at least one Legion story where Brainiac 5 had a lab aboard a time bubble; now we know where he was hiding it.
This story recalls many of the early Silver Age Legion crossovers: the Legionnaires (usually Cos, Garth, and Imra) bop back and forth to the Silver Age present at will, they are familiar with heroes of the present day, and everyone cooperates in a technobabble solution to a world-destroying problem. Imra even says, of time travel, "We do it all the time. We've got it down to a science."
This is the first story I've seen in a long, long time in which two disparate groups of super-heroes meet without immediately fighting with one another. It's refreshing.
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