Final Crisis tie-in Legion of 3 Worlds #1 came out this week. Most of the reviews that I found were overwhelmingly positive, but there were still some nay-sayers.
Scott Cederland enjoyed the issue with only a bit of disappointment:
While the title is Legion of 3 Worlds, it’s obvious after this issue that there’s only going to be one Legion really focused on–the current Johns written Legion. The other Legions are relegated to single images on the last pages of this book. Personally, I’m kind of surprised at the joy I have at seeing the Zero Hour Legion pictured again. Both Johns’s Legion and the current Shooter-written Legion are so morose, heavy and self important that it’s great to see a Legion that used to actually look and act like kids. What can I say, I like seeing Andromeda in costume again.
If there’s any great disappointment in Legion of 3 Worlds it’s that the creators didn’t really pull out any surprises during the book, other than a promising last panel that hopefully defines the nature of the miniseries. Everything leading up to those last panels are fairly standard and what you would expect out of this book. In Johns’s Legion story in Action Comics, there was a fun sense of discovery or maybe even rediscovery as he introduced the Legion, familiar yet long missing characters. In this new book, there are few surprises or discoveries amid a collection of now familiar characters and familiar art.
Kev on the F Bombcast dislikes the Legion but enjoyed the issue:
What can I say Johns is a good writer he clearly loves the DCU and that comes through in everything he writes. This issue also does not exhibit a problem that Johns had been evidencing in JSA which is trying to cram too many charcaers into a single issue at the expense of any plot progression. The A and B plots involving the Legion’s turmoils and Prime’s arrival fit together nicely. That being said this is a wholly unnecessary issue in terms of the Crisis. I am a Superboy Prime fan hence my purchase of this issue but if you don’t like the Legion but are torn beacuse you are reading FC and don’t want to be lost don’t bother with this. It is a good issue though and I for one will stick around and see how it plays out. One last thing. A personal appeal for Dan Didio. For the love of God Dan please give this man a Legion ongoing to write so I can ignore it and maybe Johns will stop having them show up constantly in the fifty other DC titles he writes that I do read. Bottom line Legion fans will love it. If you are a Legion fan the final scene will make you very happy.
Matthew of A Lay of the Land was primarily confused:
Some stuff happens, revelations that mean nothing to me, and some character bits that don’t do anything for me happen. I don’t know who any of these people are. Near the end of the issue, Superman of the 20th century is brought to the future (thank heavens – somebody I recognize) and he’s briefed on the insanity of Superboy-Prime. He says to bring the other two Legions from alternate worlds to help and kick butt.
What other Legions? When did Superman ever deal with 3 different Legions? If each Legion is a different continuity, then shouldn’t the past also be a different continuity – specifically, how does the same Superman know of 3 different Legions?
I don’t understand at all.
So what did you think?