Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #10

Writer: 
Paul Levitz
Pencils: 
Francis Portela
Pencils: 
Andres Guinaldo
Inks: 
Francis Portela
Inks: 
Dan Green
Colors: 
Javier Mena
Letterer: 
Dezi Sienty
Cover: 
Steve Lightle, Guy Magor
Publisher: 
DC Comics
Price: 
$2.99
Release Date: 
June 20, 2012

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When I was young, Legion of Super-Heroes was a great find for me: They had innumerable heroes, including Bouncing Boy who looked much like me at a younger age (lol); the heroes were cosmic so the villains were big; and things actually happened (Ferro Lad and one of Triplicate Girl’s IDs died).

 

I was in early DCUreaders’ heaven.

 

I have tried and tried again to capture that love through the year-ago launch of LOSH #1 and then the reboot launch in September of the same title, both by Legion scribe extraordinaire Paul Levitz.

 

Sorry, Paul, but it just ain’t happenin’.

 

I return to the book in #10 to see what is going on and it is the same mish-mash as before.

 

The vaunted Dominators have come to Earth and, with the covert squad unenviable, Cosmic Boy is deep undercover checking out how these aliens got here, no less than in the heart of Metropolis!

 

Brainiac 5 sure has changed from yesteryear as he and Dream Girl are easily kidnapped. And instead of a rescue mission, Rokk Krinn is looking for evidence to get one going.

 

What is this? NCIS?

 

The competent but ho-hum art here of Francis Portela, Andres Guinaldo and my old fave, Dan Green, just fails to capture the covert mood that is needed. It looks more like a Sunday morning newspaper strip, and there is nothing wrong with that.

 

But these cosmic JLAers deserve better, and I wish DC could find a new creative team for their adventures before the Next Wave washes over the New 52 shores.

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