For our Week 21 [Legion Fan Club] Weekly Reader, we join Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen just AFTER the Great Darkness Saga, circa late 1982:
The Legion Club presents: Life After Darkseid!
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #295 DC Universe
Blok and Timber Wolf review the files of an early Legion adventure where they encountered the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians of the Universe (this is not a reprint, but for sure a “fill in” story)
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #296 DC Universe
After battling Darkseid, the Legionnaires must adjust to their normal lives.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #297 DC Universe
After Cosmic Boy’s mother dies from injuries sustained in a bombing, he goes after the men responsible.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #298 DC Universe
Kharlak the Khund returns to challenge a Legion team who are investigating a murder on a mining asteroid. (and don’t miss the Amethyst preview at the end, I’m surprised it’s in here)
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1980-) #299 DC Universe
While Kharlak continues to battle the Legion team, Wildfire and Invisible Kid have vanished into noher plane of existence.
Questions to ponder and discuss:
The Green Lantern Corp seem to according to this Issue #295 “historic file”, but in our other Legion iterations over the decades they really don’t. Should the full Green Lantern Corp exist when the Legion does?
Rate Giffen’s design of the various alien species in #296, “What do you Do the Day after Doomsday?” What is it about them you really like or really dislike?
Did the deep dive into Cosmic Boy’s grief over his family seem realistic in issue #297, or way over the top? Why?
With Issues #298-299, the concept of running three strong Legion stories at once per issue really takes off. How would you rate this era of Legion stories compared to the earlier Jim Shooter run or the 2010 Levitz’s “EarthMan” run?
Last question this time, honest: which of these 5 issues was the best experience to read?
Our “extra credit” reading this week:
Adventure Comics #340 (January 1966) DC Universe
Another Legionnaire falls when Brainiac 5’s new living computer goes on a rampage, deeming all humans inferior! (ok to skip the Superboy story)
Let us all know your thoughts please in the thread below!
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Next week, we revisit the 2010 run one last time!!!???!!! (as Nathan Payson says, “Maybe?”)