Set in the far-flung future of the 30th century, these are the adventures of tomorrow's greatest heroes. Representing planets throughout the cosmos, these young heroes must band together to protect the galaxy from space-born threats as great as the universe itself....
|Title||:||Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Vol. 2|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Vol. 2 Reviews
In the second volume of the Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, writer Ed Hamilton introduces, over just twelve issues, so many concepts that became the bedrock of the Legion for years to come. The density of ideas is amazing, compared with modern comics. One issue alone might give the reader ten separate, new concepts. Hamilton's imagination was really something, but not surprising considering his early days as a writer of pulp sci-fi stories.One of the most enduring ideas was the introduction of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, a group of rejected applicants to the Legion who formed their own Legion, with the purpose of taking the Legion's place on earth when the LSH was off world. Operating in secret at first, eventually they came to the attention of the main Legion, proving that the Subs were not mere rejects, but strong heroes in their own right. The Subs continued to be constant presence in the Legion books for many years afterward, with a few of them eventually becoming members of the main Legion. Hamilton also began planting the seeds of future Legion romances: Lightning Lad/Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl/Ultra Boy, Cosmic Boy/Night Girl, and Star Boy/Dream Girl. Fortunately, mostly these are not super sappy, but fairly natural developments. This volume also saw the introduction of Lightning Lass, sister of Lightning Lad, who is dead at the beginning of the book but is brought back to life later on; the loss of Lightning Lass's powers and her gaining of the power of making things super-light; the introduction of Dream Girl and her sultriness and the jealousy of the other female Legionnaires; new Legionnaire Element Lad; the first mention of the Time Trapper (who's not seen). So many ideas that were cornerstones for the Legion going forward.Hamilton tended to use only a few Legionnaires at a time, a core group of Saturn Girl, Bouncing Boy, Mon-El, Cosmic Boy, and Sun Boy. Few of the female members other than Saturn Girl have much to do here, and even when they do appear, they don't participate much in the adventure. Matter-Eater Lad and Star Boy only show up in the last story, and Colossal Boy is also underused. It's like he didn't know how to write stories that used more than just five or six Legionnaires, and this is unfortunate, because there was such a wide depth of possibilities here.Artist John Forte draws most of these stories, and his static style has a lot of fans, but not me. I have to say, though, because of his long association with the Legion, he helped give the Legion a certain style that later artists like Curt Swan adopted and incorporated into their own vision of the 30th century. Forte had his "era" just like Swan, Dave Cockrum, Mike Grell, Kieth Giffen, Steve Lightle, and Greg LaRoque would have later on. So I give the man great respect for that.I like this time of the Legion, and I can imagine that someone reading this series when they first came out in the early 1960s would have been excited just because anything seemed to happen, and each story brought something new. Although I don't think current comics would be so well served by most of the early stylistic hindrances of comics during the Silver Age, the current crop of comics writers could take some great lessons from these writers, who certainly knew how to pack a lot of story into just 12 pages. There are 13 volumes of the Legion archives, so I'll be looking forward to continuing this journey through the Silver Age Legion.
A few gems here: "Secret Power of the Mystery Super-Hero!", "Return of Lightning Lad!", "Legion of Super-Monsters!", "Doom of the Super-Heroes!", & "Super Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!".
1950's optimism 1000 years in the future.
Classic stories from the early days of the long-running space opera. A couple of dozen ideas per story with beautiful art by Curt Swan and the wonderful John Forte.
I am a huge LOSH fan. These collected volumes are prefect to be able to go back and read the older adventures of this Silver Age superhero team. Very recommended