Ayla pulls herself together and blasts the Persuader (which Garth doesn't seem to be able to do). Imra shows what she's made of, with a great line: "I've faced Darkseid. You don't scare me."
Jacques and Brek return from the weird dimension, only to find out that the fifth member of the Fatal Five is the Promethean Giant that Tharok's been controlling. Okay, that was cool. And it recalls Tharok's mental control of Validus in the original Fatal Five.
Jeckie appears along with Val, who has mysteriously come back to life. This keeps happening; if I choose to believe that Jeckie's love is strong enough to bring him back from the dead, who's gonna tell me I'm wrong?
Anyway, Jeckie releases the Giant from Tharok's control -- another nice echo of the original Fatal Five, when it was Jeckie who released Validus from Tharok's control.
It falls to Brek (following Imra's suggestion) who finally defeats Tharok, by freezing him to absolute zero, "the temperature at which there's no energy for electrons to move." (Which makes comic-book sense, but is absolutely lousy science -- at absolute zero, matter becomes superconductive, which means electrons travel with zero resistance. Well, zero resistance would have rendered Tharok inoperative anyway, so I'll let it slide.)
Back on Earth, Luornu mourns another dead body ("Like a chunk of my soul has been ripped out") -- at least she has plenty more to spare. And a tearful Brainy confesses to the assembled Legionnaires that it's all his fault.
I can't help but hope that Levitz brought Karate Kid back to piss off Giffen (even though his return has been in the works since the Legion Academy in Adventure.)
It's nice to see the Legion coming back, although it's hard to see why they couldn't pull together like this earlier.
One more issue to go.
So how long do y'all think it will be before the Legion (in some form) is back? Put me down for around 9 months.
Now this is a Legion that works. And this is a Superman who's noble and compassionate, a Superman you believe could inspire heroes for a thousand years.
And the Legion! Great costumes, characterization spot on, these are heroes who see a problem and jump into action, doing what they can. A Legion that uses teamwork to accomplish the impossible.
I'm ready to see the Legion spinoff from this title...all-digital, if necessary. There are so many stories to be told, so much to find out. They've got Kara (Supergirl) for the Superman connection; they've got ten seasons of tv continuity to draw on for new stories. I'm ready.
Oh, there's also new Young Avengers and the long-awaited sixth issue of America's Got Powers, both comics filled with cute boys.
In the 26th century, three psi-gifted teenagers find themselves on the same flight to Earth. Thrown together by chance, the kids use their remarkable abilities to foil an assassination attempt against Colleen Artveldt, the galaxy's richest person. In response, Artveldt announces that she wants them to be founding members of a new organization, a corps of similarly-talented youths to be called the PsiScouts.
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