Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Brainiac and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Part 2 Review

Adventure Comics #10
Supergirl #52
Superman #699
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #3
Adventure Comics #11

What Happened That You Need to Know About:

The fighting against Brainiac continues. It's kind of hard to follow all the different parts and stages of the fight; you've got various groups of Legionnaires and Kryptonians, plus Luthor, all after different things. It turns out Supergirl does have some kind of relationship with the retroboot Legion. Unsurprisingly, Brainiac is defeated and Superman doesn't die. The Legionnaires seed various planets with the bottled cities Brainiac stole, return Mon-El to the Phantom Zone, and head back to the future.


I don't remember the last time I had this little to say in a comic book review.

I didn't like the second half as much as I liked the first. The art seemed less consistent and the story wasn't too much more than connecting some dots that we already knew were there. A lot of this story was setup for the new Legion series and for "War of the Supermen". You know what it's like? It's like DC has adopted Dr. Manhattan's philosophy with regard to their stories. "Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends."

Not that there were no decent moments; there were. I have no problems with the details. It's the broad strokes that put me off. I guess, from a Legion point of view, I wanted this story to do more than clear the decks for Paul Levitz. I dunno. What did you think of it? Maybe we can get some better analysis going in the comments.

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