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Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds


Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

written by Geoff Johns illustrated by George Perez and Scott Koblish

No series was more affected by DC’s mid-’80s Crisis on Infinite Earths than The Legion of Super-Heroes. Once one of DC’s most popular series, it meandered for more than two decades through reboot after reboot. Muddled, hard to follow, and pretty much cut off from its long-standing origins even though it takes place 1,000 years in the future, the LSH seemed to be a Crisis casualty that would never recover.

Not so. DC writer Geoff Johns --- who, perhaps more than any other current comics writer, has built a career by shrewdly adding on to the ’80s works that inspired him --- has combined the multiple Legion reboots into the sprawling series called Legion of 3 Worlds. It’s a broad tale in which the Time Trapper (a seemingly all-powerful being who controls time itself) has assembled every single villain in the Legion’s history into one mega Legion of Super-Villains. (You might think that a being who controls time and can do just about anything with it could figure out a way to eliminate his enemies on his own…then again, you might think Green Lantern would be all-powerful too, but that’s quite obviously not the case here as well.)

Those of us who have waited to see our old Legion friends and find out what they’ve been up to don’t get much satisfaction when it comes to personal details. The emphasis here is on action, and as such, it’s a nice example of a well-written slugfest. That is to say, character development and emotional connections take a backseat to the task at hand, which is saving the universe from the LSV and their plans for total domination. It makes sense, but still, it would have been nice to see a little more reaction to the large number of deaths that take place.

Those deaths and lots and lots of violence ensure this is definitely for older readers. Those who haven’t followed Legion history closely the past couple of decades may also find themselves a little out of touch with some of the story’s details; even if you did follow them, it’s hard to stay on top of it all. (A primer would have been very helpful, as would a foreword or afterword that would help solidify the Legion’s place in the DC universe and explain where the team will be headed next.)

A word must be said about the art, of course. George Pérez is a comics legend best known for his ’80s work on The New Teen Titans and the aforementioned Crisis. Back then, readers of the Titans and the Legion longed for a much-promised team-up that never actually came about. It’s wonderful to see Pérez stake his claim on the team now --- his work hasn’t missed a beat over the years. He is, in fact, as wonderful an artist as ever. If you want to see how visually impressive and exciting the art in a superhero comic book can really be, look no further than here.


Reviewed by John Hogan on October 18, 2011

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds
written by Geoff Johns illustrated by George Perez and Scott Koblish

  • Publication Date: October 27, 2009
  • Genres: Comic Books
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • ISBN-10: 1401223249
  • ISBN-13: 9781401223243