The Return of the Legion of Super-heroes

Issue #1 of the new Legion of Super-heroes has dropped and for those not familiar with the significance of this superhero team, the LSH were a unique group created in the early days of the silver age of comic books which was roughly the 1960s. They first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) and soon became a regular feature following Superboy in each issue. They then moved to the Superboy title. In the early 1970s, they took over what had been the Superboy title since 1949 when the title of the series became Superboy starring the Legion of Super-Heroes with #197 (August 1973). Then in 1976 the title was changed to Superboy and the Legion of the Super-Heroes and finally in 1980 Superboy’s name was dropped from the title. The series ended in the 1980s with the death of Superboy following Crisis on Infinite Earths. This is not the first time the LSH has been brought back to life, but it is significant because up until now the current DC multiverse which began in 2016 was missing two important book-end groups: The Justice Society of America – the original super-hero team from the golden age of comics and the Legion of Super-heroes – teen super-heroes of the 31st century. Now both are back!

Three cool things about this first issue of Legion of Super-heroes…

Cover art Ryan Sook

Saturn Girl is clearly in charge as well she should be – someone whose superpower is thought-casting and mind-control makes for a great leader.

Ryan Sook

The other cool thing is that they did not spend a lot time naming every member of the team. After all long-time readers should be able to identify them all just by their uniform.

There were a couple I was not sure of, but I recognized Ultra-boy, Starboy, Sunboy, Karate Kid, Wildfire, Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, Dawnstar, Bouncing Boy, Triplicate Girl, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad, Light Lass, Dream Girl, Chameleon Boy, Shadow Lass, Colossal Boy, and Bloq.

Ryan Sook

Finally, the third cool thing is the team of Ryan Sook (pencils) and Brian Michael Bendis (words). Absolutely fabulous!

From the solicitation: Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?