Friday, December 14, 2012

Legion Lost #15 Review

What Happened That You Have to Know About:

The Legionnaires and their miscellaneous allies continue fighting against Daggor, Thraxx, and their minions. Gates claims knowledge that the way this plays out is that they all die. Wildfire takes on Daggor all by himself and his suit is destroyed; we're supposed to understand that he's basically dead. Captain Adym proposes a solution that will defeat the enemy but kill millions; Gates considers leaving his teammates in the lurch; the Legionnaires reject Adym's plan but Harvest betrays them and it looks like he's going to help Adym carry it out.


Well, it was better than last issue. Stuff happened. There's a situation where characters have to decide what to do. Some emotional moments, some character moments... It's all in the service of foolishness, of course, but at this stage I'll take what I can get.

I wonder at some of the character takes here. Have the DC writers decided Gates has a cowardly streak? In general, I mean; I'm not just reacting to his actions in this issue. What do they have in mind for Wildfire? Is he going to possess Dawnstar and give her energy powers and a Martin-Stein-like conscience? I'm curious to see just what DeFalco ends up handing over to Paul Levitz at the end of next issue, and what Levitz ends up doing with it. Is he going to use E.C.H.O. at all? (I bet he isn't.)

Be warned: there's some stuff going on with some of the other charlies brought in to fight alongside the Legionnaires. To me it is of no interest whatsoever. Do I want to see Kon-El shouting "Kill! Maim! Destroy!"? I do not.

Oh, wait, I know what's going to happen. Or one part of it, anyway: Gates is going to interfere with Adym's plan with the time bubble.

Why does this issue start off with an introduction of Timber Wolf? The rest of the issue isn't particularly about Timber Wolf. Seems pointless.

There are too many moving parts in this issue. They should all be moving at the same time, but we have to look at them one by one, and it seems like the story spins its wheels while this happens.

Anyway. It'll be over soon.

Art: 68 panels/20 pages = 3.4 panels/page. 3 splash pages, 1 double-page spread, 1 double-page spread of 7 panels. Art by Andres Guinaldo this time; he does okay. Reminiscent of Pete Woods but not quite as good.

And would you look at Tellus on page 14.

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Anonymous DavidS said...

Seems like an awful lot to get resolved with just one issue to go. Makes me think that DeFalco didn't know at the time of writing this issue that the book was being cancelled.

Maybe the next Legion annual could feature the reuniting of the teams and deal, as quickly and finally as possible, with all the hanging prophesies and secret agendas. Even if DeFalco has to be assigned the special to get it done.

I just don't see Levitz being interested in another writer's loose ends (ie Where's the Black Witch, XS, Mekt's twin and so on?)

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see Levitz being interested in his own loose ends:for example,where's the mystery Karate Kid?

12:42 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Really it's not that much. Or, rather, it is, but nothing that anybody cares about enough that DeFalco needs to spend a lot of time on it.

If we get another Legion Annual and it gets clogged up with Legion Lost stuff I'll be sorely disappointed.

Levitz does tend to let his loose threads lie unwoven for a long time. Danielle Foccart is probably the best example.

5:41 PM  

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