Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Story by
Art by
Francis Portela
Colors by
Javier Mena
Letters by
Pat Brosseau
Cover by
DC Comics

As a long-time "Legion of Super-Heroes" fan, I'll be the first to admit that last month's issue felt a bit scattered, and I've been reading the current series every month. So with this issue, it felt nice to see Paul Levitz deliver a slightly more focused script; the problem is, I fear it's already too late for any potential new readers.

While last month's issue was all over the place, Levitz focuses this issue solely on Res-Vir, the Daxamite who appeared at the previous cliffhanger. We're quickly reminded why a rogue Daxamite is so dangerous; never mind that he's up against five Legionnaires (Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl, Chameleon Boy, Chemical Kid, Dragonwing), it's a nice "show, don't tell" moment that lets him just tear through the team.

In general, it's a lot of act-and-react, mixed with little character moments (like Polar Boy and Comet Queen, or Shadow Lass still grieving over the loss of Earth-Man at the end of the previous series). It's the latter that I've come to expect from Levitz's scripts, giving lots of members of an admittedly quite-large cast a moment to get their moment in the spotlight, reminding us that they're still around and what they're all about.

Francis Portela is a good match for "Legion of Super-Heroes," with beautifully rounded character designs and an overall strong look to the characters. He's not afraid to draw the more powerful characters with rippling abs and biceps, and while it's a tiny bit over the top, these are supposed to be some of the most powerful characters in the galaxy. It's the little touches that I really like, though, like the careful attention to each of Dragonwing's dreadlocks, the seams on Phantom Girl's jumpsuit, or the lines on Mon-El's forehead as he takes off, worried.

"Legion of Super-Heroes" #2 is a fun comic, if certainly middle of the road, but I do wonder if it's truly new-reader friendly. It's definitely much more so than the previous issue, but with character moments carrying over from the previous series, plus such a large cast, it still might be daunting. (I suspect the references to the Flashpoint blocking them from the 21st century might grab a couple of readers' interest, though.) If there's a title that will almost certainly move back to its pre-"Flashpoint" sales numbers, this is it. That said, I read the title before the re-launch, and I'll keep reading it if it works this well. So far, so good, but perhaps not enough to grow the numbers just yet.

Marvel Comics' Complete Solicitations for August 2019

More in Comics