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Legion of Super-Heroes #10

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2005
By: Shawn Hill

Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Barry Kitson (p), Drew Geraci (i)

Publisher: DC Comics

Plot: After their battle with Terror Firma (which we see in flashback), the Legionnaires return with a prisoner. But will Elysion give up Lemnosís secrets in time to avoid further destruction and loss of life?

Comments: Kitsonís return is more than welcome. Nobody understands the new costumes as well as he does; the fill-ins havenít been awful, but this new and altered version of the LSH is too young; itís still greatly in need of its original creators to finish their necessary world-building.

This issue is action-packed and exciting. The Legionnaires have already suffered several losses, from within and outside their ranks. The anger directed at Elysion is justifiable, as is the Legionís plan to split up and cope with the growing threat to the system on several fronts.

Too bad their information is faulty, as splitting up the team is exactly what their foes desired. While this is a pretty standard team dynamic formula (even standard for the Legion themselves), itís very well executed here. The twists are surprising as tension rises, and suicide bomber teen sleeper agents give a real sense of doom.

The cover overstates the case against Lyle, who is more foolish and naÔve than he is devious. The power-struggle between Brainy and Cosmic Boy was ill-timed and counter-productive; they seem finally to be working together in this issue. Iím rather tired of Brainy being the bad cop; but co-leadership is actually a good idea for this team/youth movement.

Nuraís fate is especially poignant, as sheís been the voice of reason all-too-often for this incarnation of the team. Insightful and rational despite her psychic gifts, sheís proved a good foil to the dour Brainy and the angry Rokk. Here her information guides the team in saving lives, but suffers an unfortunate blind spot regarding her own future.

This Legion has amazing power and individual skill in using it; but they donít know each other very well (or at least we never got to see them meet), and they act in isolation from the rest of their world. More societal interference would do for the story what Kitson does for the art in his complicated future-city scenes. While the emotional interplay is strong in this issue, thereís still not enough of a sense of the generation gap that originally fueled
this incarnation. Nice to see some promised growth for Projectra, Lyle and even a possibly mellowing Brainy.

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