Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes, Volume 1

Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes, Volume 1

by Jerry Siegel, Curt Swann
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ISBN-13: 9781401213824
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 04/04/2007
Series: Showcase Presents Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 549
Product dimensions: 6.65(w) x 10.16(h) x 1.18(d)

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Showcase Presents: The Legion of Super-Heroes, Volume 1 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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ou should know right up front that these DC SHOWCASE reprints are in black and white. For long time fans this is seen as something of a sin, while new fans might find these collected issues incomplete - and they're both right - but, to keep the price down and the volumes bulging with material, a middle ground had to be reached and DC has gone out of their way to present these issues in the best possible light. The artwork is clear, clean and still fresh even without the color, but, I can't lie, the color really MADE some of these issues work. Superpowers are always on display with the LEGION and in black and white it loses some of its punch - so it's lucky that the stories make up for it. This is the launch of the LEGION, first as a one off issue with SUPERBOY being inducted into the club as a honorary member for all his heroic (and historical) deeds, and then as a full member on call (via a flashing lamp in his bedroom) when they need him. As the series rolls on, and as the Superboy/Superman mythology expanded new heroes and villians would be added to the roll call. Supergirl would become a member of the LEGION (after failing her first try due to some unexpected side effects brought on by red kryptonite and some close minded attitudes from the perfect people of the future, seriously, Supergirl is robbed by the LEGION in their first encounter), and every collected Superpet from Kypton and beyond would get their own LEGION as well as a LEGION of outcasts and casts off from the LEGION (proper) itself. Truly the LEGION of the 30th century (or the 21st, depending on the writer, year or need for the story - Supergirl would mostly see the LEGION in the 21st century, unless she was a guest star in the SUPERMAN series, then it would be the 30th... but, even in Superman, that would flip as well) became a very busy place for super-heroes. All the groundwork and what would become the 'classic' continuity for the LEGION is here. Mon El, the death of Lighting Lad, the creation of the Science Police, and every whacked out time travel adventure you could imagine, and more, more, more - it's all in here, and it's a mess. Continuity is contstantly being rewritten, or just plain forgotten for the sake of the story (Supergirl's first audition would be for the LEGION's heirs - the children of SATURN GIRL, LIGHTING BOY and COSMIC BOY, yet they would be forgotten completely by her next adventure). And sometimes when the series recounts origins or past adventures, writers mix up facts or outright alter them to, sometimes, greater effect, but in one case (found on page 253 - SHOWCASE numbering) to what amounts to murder on Superboy's part when trying to prove that Mon El did not come from Krypton. If you're looking for trivia, then this run of LEGION stories will give you tons of question to quiz people with. DC has done a good job, and these SHOWCASE editions are an excellent and cheap way of jumping on the bandwagon. While the loss of their original colors is a bump in the road, it does not ruin the ride. Highly recommended.