LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #12
One of the necessary coping mechanisms of reading Legion is an appreciation of Elseworlds-type stories. Because, as often as the Legion gets rebooted, part of the fun has to be in discovering the new interpretations of old characters. In this, Waid has been close to spectacular. Not every change may be considered for the better, but he's definitely got somewhere to go with all of the Legionnaires and they are all pleasantly multi-dimensional. *looking straight at you, Cos*
The plot and purpose of the story arc... Waid has been very good about distracting us from the fact that it's pretty pedestrian. Take away Praetor Lemnos's funky power and he's a stock megalomaniac aspiring to universal domination. His army of disaffected youth doesn't have any spin that the Brotherhood of Mutants or the Injustice Society hasn't tried first. The UP government utters such breathtakingly fresh lines as "But the Legion warned us! Why didn't we listen?!". And you know what? It totally doesn't matter.
Last issue's "Waid was showing us all along and we didn't see until he told us" moment was Imra's muteness, which was toyed with nicely this month. Brainy's stirring grief at Nura's death was also expanded upon to include the introduction of
All in all, the Legionnaires worked well together and played off each other without forgetting that they are only a couple of issues away from betrayal and infighting. And so the story worked, even if Elysion and actions and cronies remain largely irrelevant to the enjoyment of the issue.
Back to Nura for a second... the forcefield bubble is reminiscent of Lightning Lad's earlier-boot demise and Brainy's grief is certainly reminiscent of his pain at Kara's death. There's very little likelihood that Jeckie will be eligible for any Sensor Girl-type storyline, but... Nura?
And, since Waid is trying to keep himself to 'Lad/Lass/Kid/Boy/Girl' names for the Legionnaires... Does this mean Brin Londo will have to be Feral Lad instead of Timberwolf?