DC’s New 52 hasn’t been kind to The Legion Of Superheroes. After launching two new Legion-centric titles at the very start of the New 52 reboot, DC canceled both books and left the characters floating in 31st-century limbo. They’ve recently returned in the current arc of Jeff Lemire’s Justice League United, teaming up with the heroes of the present day to put an end to a cosmic conflict that will have major repercussions in the future. The potential consequences of their failure are highlighted in this preview of next week’s issue #8.
Newcomers to the Legion can get a quick primer with this preview, which details the origin of DC’s future superteam and spotlights the expansive cast of colorful characters that make up the group. Artist Neil Edwards, inkers Jay Leisten and Keith Champagne, and colorist Jeremy Cox deliver some of this title’s most impressive visuals yet in these flashbacks, particular in the dramatic group shots. The art strikes just the right balance of realism in the linework with more sensational elements in the design and layouts, grounding the story without diminishing the more fantastic aspects. Significant changes to DC’s line are expected following this spring’s Convergence event, and with the current Justice League United plot ending just before Convergence, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see events from this current storyline lead to a new Legion Of Superheroes series.