Legion fans found reason to celebrate this week as the Legion of Super-Heroes returned to regular publication as a co-feature in Adventure Comics. Only one problem . . .
The identification captions on Night Girl and Shadow Lass are switched. Night Girl is the white-skinned powerhouse and love interest of Cosmic Boy; Shadow Lass is the blue-skinned caster of darkness and love interest of Mon-El. Got that?
Also, Mon-El himself is missing from the big group shot, and that shouldn’t be because Mon-El is currently starring in Superman. See, that’s Mon-El in the 21st century, hundreds of years before he joins the Legion. Got that, as well?
Actually, this brings me to a point I wanted to make about the Legion . . .
People have often said that the reboots have made the book and characters too confusing to follow. Granted, I could see how you might have gotten lost in Legion of Three Worlds, even with terrific art by George Perez.
Still, Geoff Johns has done a really smart thing in his Legion writing: the ongoing insertion of briefing captions that lets you know who the character is and what they do. It’s a simple, effective tool, one that even Matt Fraction has adopted for the expansive Uncanny X-Men cast. Sure, it might not be quite as helpful when/if the “three Legions” appear together, but for one, main ongoing Legion, it’s a huge boon to new and/or interested readers.
Frankly, I think that the Legion is probably now in its easiest to follow incarnation in years, mainly because the work of Johns and others has acknowledged that there are several Legions. The Legion now appearing in the co-feature, the Legion of Starman from JSA, the Legion of the “Superman and the Legion” arc from Action . . . they’re all one and the same, and are the Legion that appeared from their creation in 1958 on up until 1989. Yes, Superman was pulled from their backstory for a time, and yes, they were in the ’89 relaunch, BUT, Superman is clearly back in the backstory, and the ’89 Five Year Gap Legion is now its own thing, as seen in the climax of “Legion of Three Worlds”. There is, for all intents and purposes, one main, easy-to-follow Legion.
So, let’s talk. In Adventure Comics going forward, which characters do you wish to see featured? And what do you make of the Black Witch? Let us know.