By Geoff Johns, George Perez, Scott Koblish, Hi-Fi
I am incredibly impressed with this book. It’s not George Perez’s artwork, though it should be noted that this guy never ceases to awe and impress me. Geoff Johns has somehow taken one of the largest, most diverse superhero teams (bloated with a convoluted history) and made it completely accessible with just one issue. Some of the Legion faithful may be put off with all the exposition, but it’s this element that makes the book work for me. One Legion team is hard enough for me to grasp (I struggled getting to know the team when I picked up Jim Shooter’s latest run on the core book), but this book has THREE Legion teams! I expected to be overwhelmed.
Thankfully, Johns takes his time telling the story of Superboy Prime and the history of the Legion. Yes, bad things are afoot and the future of the Legion is in dangerously uncertain times, but Johns strikes a perfect balance in his presentation of the material for newer readers and unveiling some shocking developments for the DC veterans. These big plot twists will, granted, affect the long-time readers more profoundly, but the effects to anyone reading (not to mention the characters), all are undeniable. Johns also wisely focuses the plot on just one Legion team, giving us just a glimpse of the others and what’s to come.
Perez draws his butt off in this issue, and once again proves why he’s a comic book god. Really, this might be his best work since taking on the epic task of drawing the JLA/Avengers series. I’m flabbergasted by how much story he can squeeze into a page; each one is loaded with panels and so much detail (especially the Superman museum) that you’ll literally spend minutes combing over the finer details.
Out of all the Final Crisis spin-off books, this was the one I was most worried about. As it turns out, it’s the best read of the bunch. Shame on me for doubting the power of Geoff Johns. And George Perez? He’s the icing on the cake. This is a near-perfect comic if I ever saw one. (Grade: A+)
– J. Montes