Friday, November 05, 2010

It's an idea both awesome, and stupid,

From Teen Titans/Legion Special #1, "Superboy and the Legion, part two" Written by Mark Waid and Geoff Johns, pencils by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, inks by Mark Campos. Superboy has spent five months with the Legion of Super-Heroes, only this time it's Kon-El, the cloned Superboy (from Reign of the Supermen and on) who's been plucked from time. The Fatal Five's Persuader, using his Atomic Axe, discovers how to slice into alternate realities, and bring alternate Fatal Fives for reinforcements. Now facing the Fatal Five Hundred, Kon-El's old team, the Teen Titans, are brought in to help, and Kon-El has to decide which team he belongs to.

The Fatal Five Hundred is too neat of an idea not to run with, even if it's incredibly stupid. Even if Persuader's Axe could cut into alternate realities with enough precision to find that universe's Fatal Five--let's say by vibrations, because that's how DC usually does that sort of alternate reality thing--why would they be onboard with being this Five's monkeys? (The Wildstorm Star Trek story "All of Me" explores that idea pretty well.)

This would be the last hurrah for the post-Zero Hour Legion: this issue had a preview for the "Threeboot" from Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. I liked their version, but it would only last fifty issues, and they wouldn't be there for a lot of them. Honestly, I haven't read a lot of Legion since: I got fed up with the seemingly arbitrary return to a mostly seventies-version of continuity.

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