Thursday, October 27, 2005

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #11

This may be a little scattershot because I'm still dizzy from being beaten about the head by Mark Waid and the Big Stick of Meaning.

The first half of the issue had a couple of really, really great moments. On the drama front, Brainy's reacting to Nura's death was so powerful. The two of them have spent the first ten issues going at it hammer and tongs with the verbal combat, Brainy's intensity not winning against Nura's occasionally spacey calmness, and his reaction to finding Nura was just so very him. For me, that was the high point of the issue -- of course Brainy will fight death through superior intelligence.

Invisible Kid's rallying speech was also nicely done, a completing of the circle for the least trusted member of the Legion to be the one who has the most success connecting with the kids on the plaza. Again, in 'past lives', Lyle and Brainy have a history together and I think that made their panels together a bit more poignant.

This issue's "wait a second -- let me check the back issues" moment was the revelation of Imra (Saturn Girl) being mute. On the one hand, it makes perfect sense. On the other... dude. Imra's mute? Never noticed... which was obviously the point. Sure, the X-Men's Chamber is another mute telepath, but this was more interesting because Imra, unlike Jono, has never had to function without her telepathy before and has no coping skills. She looked terrified, like a disabled child suddenly separated from her parent at the mall at Christmas.

The second half of the issue, the pages and pages of montage comparing the heroic youth to their 'fictional' counterparts... completely slid by me without even a glimmer of warm fuzzy feelings. Especially with the dialogue that went with it. It didn't click -- showing the kids who'd lived in honor of those heroic funnybooks turn into the actual heroes... and then tearing down the importance of those books and ridiculing the guy who points it out. It was post-structuralist in all the wrong ways.

Overall: annoying second half not enough to dull the impact of the very strong first half.



7 Comments:

Anonymous Diana said...

Hey there! :) Just wanted to drop a line and tell you how much I love reading your reviews... I'm not much of a DC fan, but you give excellent commentary. Keep it up! :D

Sun Oct 30, 01:21:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Finn Sievwright said...

I thought the whole point of the second storey was to tell people to stop holding onto the past and look too the future. The series of Legion of Super Heroes being the case in point. There are soooo many fans still holding onto the past versions of the Legion, and not even considering that the newer versions just might have good, if not better stories to tell. And it doesn't stop with this series. That's how I read it. I thought it was Brilliant!!

Tue Nov 08, 01:11:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Diana said...

Well... the second story isn't entirely unproblematic. On the one hand, the message does seem to be "Let go of the past because it's not as important as the present"... and yet, even if they're not aware of it, the survivors of Elysium's attack are basically re-enacting scenes from "history" themselves (ie: acting out poses and scenes from the covers of the DC comics). Which means history is important, because it's informing everything that's happening now. And yet "it's just comics".

Tue Nov 08, 08:06:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

"stop holding onto the past and look to the future."

Which Mark Waid is CLEARLY doing, right?

Oh wait. No. He isn't. He's writing Legion of Super-Heroes and not his own damn comic.

Tue Nov 08, 08:05:00 PM EST  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where has Rose Vess gone?

Fri Dec 02, 07:38:00 PM EST  

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