The distinguished and greatly-renowned Legion of Super-Heroes Fan Club Book Club reading selection for this week is: Adventure Comics #354, 356, 357, 360.
This is right after the saga of teaming up with the Fatal Five to stop the Sun Eater that we read last month from Jim Shooter. Master Shooter continues at the writer’s helm, with the mightily talented Curt Swan illustrating these further tales of the 1960’s Legion!
#354 DC Universe What will the Legion of Super-Heroes be like when they grow up? Join Superman as he visits them in the future and find out. Learn who will marry and who will die!
#356 DC Universe The five Legion orphans are de-aged to toddlers and adopted by families who can’t have children (things are different in the 30th century…)
#357 DC Universe The Legionnaires are being haunted by the ghost of Ferro Lad!
#360 DC Universe The Legion breaks out their own from prison!
Here are questions (spoiler alert - if you want to wait to read the rest of this after you read the comics, you have now been warned) to use as a guide to your reflection on this story: (these could be spoilers, so maybe read this part after you are done with the 4 comics):
What was fun about seeing the Legion as older adults with kids and careers in issue #354? What did you like and not like about the concept (new code names etc)?
Did you buy into the explanation of why the 5 legionnaires suddenly became tots who needed to be adopted? Which tot’s story did you find most entertaining and why?
In issue 357, do you feel the story explored the guilt the other team member’s still were dealing with concerning Ferro Lad sacrificing himself to save Earth? What did you find most compelling in that part of the story?
In issue 360, long before Giffen blew up the happy times of the legion in late 1989, this story put our heroes on the ropes with the Legion being outlawed in a story from the ‘60s. Would you say that this story is the best of the bunch this time around? Why or why not?
Our “extra credit” reading this week: (just the stories about the Legion in each comic)
Adventure Comics #267 12/59 DC Universe
“PRISONER OF THE SUPER-HEROES!” Superboy is shocked that his friends from the Legion of Super-Heroes have appeared in 20th-century Smallville and are doing their best to upstage and beat Superboy in saving the day, solving crimes and stopping menaces!
Action Comics #267 8/60 DC Universe
A Legion of Super-Heroes tale featuring the first appearances of Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy and Invisible Kid! The Legion travels back in time once again—but this time they’re looking to recruit Superman’s cousin, Supergirl!
Adventure Comics #304 1/63 DC Universe
It’s Superboy versus Superman—and only one will remain! Plus, the death of a Legionnaire in “The Stolen Super-Powers!” Also contains pages reproduced in black and white.
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Next week we use the Time Bubble to go forward a decade for a light reading to go along with our monthly Watch a Long fun the evening of Wednesday August 7th!!