I’m going to miss having “Adventure Comics” around, now that it has found its voice with its “Legion Academy” storyline. Reading this issue, it’s increasingly clear that if given the time and space, Paul Levitz could have continued to tell his “Legion Academy” stories for quite some time to come. On the bright side, some of the characters will be folded into “Legion of Super-Heroes” come September, so it’s not like we’ll never see them again, but the chances of them getting lost in the shuffle are high.
After all, even in “Adventure Comics” there’s a rotation of which characters get the spotlight. After their initial issues, Glorith and the new Chemical Kid have stepped aside to let others take the lead, and so on. Still, it’s a fun story, and it’s nice to get a reminder that just because you graduate the Legion Academy doesn’t mean that you’re automatically bound to actually join the Legion of Super-Heroes. Watching the senior class get their assignments is bittersweet in places, although it is nice to see Levitz finally give some long-time Legion readers a particular character development they’ve asked for.
As for the overall plot of the invasion of the Academy, it’s a character whose absence in the current “Legion of Super-Heroes” story has felt a bit notable, so it’s nice to see the Levitz hadn’t forgotten about him. It’s definitely of the, “This is how we’ll wrap up the series” variety of story-I doubt there would’ve been quite so much destruction otherwise-but it’s feeling so far like a satisfying way to do so.
Geraldo Borges and Ransom Getty split the pencils here and, while I like both of them as artists, their styles don’t quite match. Borges has a rounder, smooth line for his characters, while Getty gives us a more angular look, with severe hair flips and an almost sinister expression on faces. While pairing the two up isn’t exactly a smooth transition, each are solid artists and ultimately they both do their job well.
“Adventure Comics” was never going to break any barriers in storytelling (although those early Phil Jiminez pencils for “Legion Academy” were lovely), but it’s been a consistently fun comic. Like so many of the other titles going away after August, I’ll miss it. Here’s hoping to see a lot of its faces in the main title, come the fall.