Issue #1 Review
What Happened That You Have To Know About:
Not much; most of it's pretty introductory. The Legion is established as a youth movement that exists to bring the conscience and vitality of twentieth/twenty-first century superheroics to the stagnant thirty-first century. They're at odds with the (adult) Science Police and United Planets because of this, although, interestingly, they also have a United Planets endorsement. There's trouble on the planet Lallor, and the authorities there try to crack down on the local Legion movement unsuccessfully.
Not entirely clear who's in the group and who's not, to start with; we're kind of thrown into the middle of things. Invisible Kid joins the Legion this issue.
A first issue has to do two things: it has to give the reader the basic premise of the series, and it has to interest the reader enough that he'll go out and pick up #2. It doesn't have to carry a big load of plot, and it doesn't have to provide much in the way of exposition and character origins. Legion #1 does what it has to do, very well, and doesn't do what it doesn't have to do.
Which makes this a better one-issue-long-so-far series than it is a single comic book. There's a lot of sizzle here, but not much steak. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series, but this will not be considered a classic issue of that series.
Rating: LLL (out of a possible five Ls)