Friday, February 20, 2009

Trade Marks: Legion of Super-Heroes - The More Things Change

I'm very happy that the 80s Legion is getting the TPB treatment. I've probably got 80% of the series between 1970 and 1984, but I my collection fizzles out after that. The is the 2nd volume of the Baxter Run collection, collecting issues #7-12. While I've always enjoyed this era, I feel that this Mega Legion suffers from too much of a good thing. At first glance, you'd think there are 75 members, and that's not counting those in training. This leads to a lot of concurrent plot lines which are often handled well, but some items slip through the cracks. At one point, the Invisible Kid accidentally kills a villain (due to some unexplained new power) and it seems that this will be a major plot point (Legion Code and all that stuff), but it's resolved off screen and we simply learned that he's been absolved. That kind of thing is necessary if you're going to try to move 8 or 9 story lines along, but it does beg the question of whether that many story lines are the best course of action. The Steve Lightle artwork is nice and tidy (which is necessary) but I was pretty hot and cold on the Ernie Colon issues. Not many extras here - the covers from the newsstand run don't really add much. Good stuff, but flawed- track down a discounted copy. Trade Mark: B


Infinity13307 said...

In fairness, this TPB collects stories from one Legion title during a time when two were being published, the newsprint Tales of the Legion being the other. While it's been a while, I think the Invisible Kid subplot to which you refer was handled primarily in the Tales of the Legion book.

mlm said...

"Good stuff, but flawed- track down a discounted copy"

Or, just pick up the whole series of 63 issues + annuals for around $40, and enjoy all the Legion-y goodness :)