Sunday, February 8, 2009

Rayboy's Review: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3 (DC Comics)

Legion of 3 Worlds #3 has finally arrived after a Final Crisis-induced, publishing hiatus, but writer Geoff Johns, artist George Perez & inker Scott Koblish have pulled out all of the stops upon their very welcome return, and given the high quality of this book, you will probably forgive their long absence.

Following a recap of the death of supporting character Rond Vidar, and how his loss has impacted the sole remaining Green Lantern (the Daxamite called Sodam Yat), we jump right into the fray, with a two page brawl in the skies over 31st century Metropolis, between Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes and Superboy Prime’s massive Legion of Super-Villains ensemble. Superman himself isn’t immune to punishment in this conflict, and the Man of Steel suffers a truly horrific injury at the hands of Superboy-Prime.

As the battle escalates, and with casualties mounting on both sides, things quickly come to a dramatic loggerhead when the members of two other, separate and distinct Legionnaires teams show up en masse to bolster Superman’s forces. This thing is called "Legion of 3 Worlds" after all!

Perez shows that he hasn’t lost any storytelling skills when drawing a cast of dozens (hundreds/?) on the same page, but the super-heroic action takes a backseat to the real plans of the "good" Legionnaires. It seems that the combat being waged is nothing more than a feint, meant to draw the LoS-V’s attention away from the Brainiac 5’s efforts to retrieve a long-lost ally from within what remains of the Speed Force (fabulously playing on aspects of the earlier Lightning Saga) to close out this month in true cliffhanging fashion.

Rayboy gives Legion of 3 Worlds #3 ***** out of *****. [Highly recommended]

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