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Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Legion of Super-Heroes)

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Superstar Gary Frank joins writer Geoff Johns for a epic story teaming Superman with an adult version of the Legion of Super-Heroes. When he was a boy, Clark Kent was isolated and alone until he met this teen team from the 31st Century. Today, it's been years since Superman saw his childhood friends. Why haven't they returned to visit him? What's become of the symbol of Su ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by DC Comics (first published July 22nd 2008)
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Dan Schwent
Way back in the day, the only place I ever got comics was right off the rack in the drug store. A chance purchase in the second grade made me switch my super hero loyalties from Batman & Robin to the Legion of Super Heroes. I don't remember the number of the issue, but it was somewhere in the 320's or 330's of Tales, the one where they find out the Dark Circle is really a crap ton of clones. How could a kid not like a super hero team composed of kids in the future? From there, I grabbed the ...more
Anne
Johns does it again! This is my first time reading about the Legion, but I didn't feel lost at all. I think the best thing about his writing is the way he makes you care about all of the characters, even if you've never heard of them before.
Erik
It’s been decades since I last followed the exploits of the Man of Steel in Action Comics. And it would take a lot to get me interested in picking up this title. However, after checking out fan-boy favorite Geoff Johns’ 52 and having flipped through the art of Gary Frank – as well as several gushing reviews in both Wizard magazine and the manager of my favorite local comic book shop – I ponied-up and put this collected volume on hold at my local library.

Binding together six recent issues from Ac
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Derrick
Jul 08, 2012 Derrick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Superman or the Legion. People who like Silver Age comics.
I wanted to rate this one higher. It's a classic Silver Age style space opera. Superman has to go into the future to help the Legion save Earth, the LOSH, and the UFP. It's fast-paced, with twists and turns like a blockbuster movie. There's some amusing dialogue -- especially from the Legion of Substitute Heroes -- as well as a few touching moments, such as an early scene that has Clark once again being ignored by everyone in the office. And I won't lie: I got a bit teary-eyed in the climactic b ...more
Jacobi
The only thing in the DCU that I find more boring than the Green Lanterns, is the Legion. Whenever they're brought up, I instantly fall asleep. Yet, here goes Johns making me care about those characters. Not only that, but he goes and makes Superman interesting too?

I'm starting to begin to think that Johns can do no wrong.

Thelaurakremer
I'd give the story all the stars! But. The art killed me. Seriously, driving me insane! Frank's art is freaking my shit out! Every woman looks like a weird plastic person. They all have the same exact face. It's like he used a poorly embalmed corpse with a high cheekboned joker smile plastered on her face as a model and couldn't undo the creepy dead wide-eyed stare from their huge bug eyes. Creepiest fucking faces ever. I kinda want the Legion to get their faces beat off so I don't have to look ...more
Kyle
I really loved this one.

This adult, analog update of the original pre-Crisis Legion is totally turning my crank. Geoff Johns has done such an amazing job revisiting those characters and rebuilding their universe balancing intrigue with action, humour with tension, urgency with pace. Once again Johns proves that he is a master at managing a panoply of characters while retroactively styling the continuity of the DCU. The writing is simply pitch-perfect here. Flawless.

Normally I'm not a fan of Gary
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Brad
Geoff Johns makes the Legion of Superheroes comprehensible and entertaining. That is very, very impressive, and continues a strong, almost definitive run on Superman. I'm not sure how the continuity lines up with this story of Superman helping future heroes stop an anti-alien crusade that threatens Earth in the year 3008, but the tale is well-told. Johns eases audiences into the thick web of Legionnaires by constantly giving refreshers on each character's name and powers; I needed the reminders. ...more
Kathleen
Given only the scantest sketches of individual members--and rejects--of the Legion of Superheroes, the reader still can't help falling in love. With the rejects.

Johns excels here at what he does best--deep characterization--and the overall fight is personal enough to work for him.
Will Robinson Jr.
I have constantly heard that Geoff Johns run on Superman is one of the best. I pick this book up because this is listed as being one the best Superman stories. The story here was actually quite good. Geoff appears to have perfectly found an emotional point of reference for Superman. Superman is at heart a lonely soul. After all there is not quite any being like him and he had to spend most of his childhood hiding and learning to control his power. But it has always been an incredible and moving ...more
James
A decent Legion tale, but also a heavy-handed one. Superman is called through time to save the world of the future. Upon arriving, he finds that his powers have been neutralized (Earth's sun is now red) and his legend is inspiring a fascist anti-alien movement.

The Legion is acting as the resistance, of course, and they sweep in to save Supes and put things to right. A nice chase around the cosmos follows before evil is thwarted and order restored.

Writer Geoff Johns has a good sense of the Legion
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Tyler
This was only OK. This showcases Geoff Johns' ability to bring back characters from the annals of DC history and incorporate them into the current history. The Legion of Superheroes ran around with a young Clark Kent. Now they need his help.
In the year 3008, the world is overrun by a xenophobic government using the name of Superman and the Justice League to push their agenda. He needs to stop them, along with his old pals.
I like this premise, but this borders on old crises where we just have e
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Jason
This book took me back. Early on in the book, I had to flip through to the front and see what the date/time of publication was! I felt like a mid-80's super hero book that I read as a kid. I like the art. I liked that the book didn't at all shy from the over the top Legion of Super-Heroes. A good read!
Hannah Givens
Surprisingly awesome, although I shouldn't be surprised with Geoff Johns. The characters are interesting and easy to distinguish. I loved the character exploration with Superman, and how the whole story is about superheroes as inspiration. And it's a self-contained one-volume story, too!
Thomas Maluck
This is everything science-tastical about Superman stories and superhero stories in general. Superman goes to the future where his superhero buddies need him to fix a fractured timeline! Anything that happens within that premise is acceptable, especially when rendered through Gary Frank's facial expressions. It's a shame that the dress code of the future includes all of the "boob window" outfits for women that the present-day timeline ogles over, but I guess the battle for equality never ends... ...more
Luiz Fernando
I understand the value in this, as a Silver Age tribute. But, in the overall, it displays a weak and quite obviouslot. You have to make concessions for some silly premisses, otherwise the argument just fails.
Chad
This one gets extra points for Superman's outsider status and also for a plot to change the sun red to weaken Superman. Not sure if that has been done before, but I loved it. The image of Kal-El witha bullet hole through his hand is priceless. Frank's art is actually not too bad though I resisted at the beginning because of the thicket of lines he can create. Bonus points to for the little bulbs that accompany all the Legion and Justice League characters detailing names and powers each time they ...more
Steve
Another version of the Legion of Super-Heroes, this time with more of the feel of the originals from the late 50's through the 90's. One problem with the Legion is that their stories are set in the future and they were originally inspired by Superboy, changes in the Superman comics have lead to changes in their story too and required several reboots. I found this a well done re-introduction to the large membership of the Legion and their relationship to Superman/Superboy. Johhns obviously enjoys ...more
Federiken Masters
Mar 13, 2015 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Varios
Recommended to Federiken by: varios
Otro tomo de la supuestamente genial etapa de Johns en Action Comics y otro tomo que me deja... Satisfecho.
Esta edición recopila tanto la saga de Mundo Bizarro como la que le da nombre al recopilatorio y la verdad que son historietas entretenidas, medio cursis pero dentro de lo tolerable, y con un nivel promedio de dibujos muy bueno (Con Eric Powell dando cátedra de expresividad y grotesco en la saga bizarra y Gary Frank dando cátedra de corrección anatómica y prolijidad narrativo). Cuando los t
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Mark
If I've read fairly little Superman, I've read even less Legion. This volume was enthusiastically recommended to me by The Guy at The Comic Shop and (unlike the dreadful THOR: FOR ASGARD) it was a great call: a perfect little stand-alone story that plays cleverly with comic conventions and time travel. If there were more comics like this being published these days, I'd be reading more comics. Overall I also quite liked Gary Frank's artwork, except that all of his characters have something a litt ...more
Damián Vives
Es notorio el cariño que Geoff Johns profesa por el universo DC clásico. Una saga nostalgiosa y bien narrada para los lectores de la generación post "crisis en las tierras infinitas" que se ve engalanada por el arte de Gary Frank.
Devero
Geoff Johnes è uno scrittore che mi piace parecchio, per diversi motivi. In questo ciclo di storie vediamo il suo amore per le vecchie storie di Superman (personaggio che non ho mai ne amato ne ammirato) e per la Legione dei Super Eroi originale, gruppo da me preferito nel cosmo DC. Era stata sostituita da versioni alternative comunque interessanti, ma Johnes sceglie di riportare quella originale sulla breccia, e lo fa con una grande storia, ottimamente disegnata da Gary Frank, qui forse un poco ...more
Christopher
I'm not a huge Legion fan. I don't have a problem with them, but I never really got into them. As for Superman, I haven't read him since after electric Superman. So this book surprised me. Johns' characterization of both the Legion and Superman is spot on. Everything about the legion is here. The Subs, the various married couples, even their attitudes just feel right. I had the Legion of Substitute Heroes from the eighties so I was happy to see them coming to the rescue. Very well done. It also ...more
Alan
In the forward former LSH writer/artist Keith Giffen writes that working on this title gets under your skin, and that after reading this he saw that it had gotten under Geoff Johns' skin. Johns plays to his strengths in this story. Respect for continuity while adding his own take on the characters (he does a very nice job with Brainy and Polar Boy). He gives us a rational evolution for Radiation Roy wnw you can see that she is tied into his current GL work). A very nice mix of sci-fi and super h ...more
Blake Adamson
this story is written as a love letter for those of us who ever felt alienated. we get to see Clark Kent's first (at least as he knows it) meeting with the Legion of Super-Heroes, as well as a critique on racism. such sentiments feel very familiar, but the excellent artwork and Geoff Johns' writing that makes us hate the villains of this story to no end and drums up plenty of witticisms helps to quell any boredom. if you're a superman fan, check it out. if not...well, nut to you, but we won't ho ...more
Sarah
A pretty involving and fun look at the Legion of Superheroes and Superman's place as an alien on Earth. Johns supplies some fantastic dissection of Clark at the Daily Planet to start the story, and artist Gary Frank delivers a slam-bang series of character introductions and fight scenes in a simple story about fitting in and the weird teams that pop in from DC's Silver Age to win over the heart of even the biggest Bronze Age fan. Come on, who couldn't love the basic names of the Legion?
Aaron
A thoroughly enjoyable cosmic adventure full of humanity and brilliant pacing. It's a thrilling read that just flies by. The first few chapters have to get a lot of exposition out there, but it doesn't feel overly forced or out of place. As someone who isn't a big fan of the nigh infinite power of Superman, I was impressed by how down to earth Johns managed to make a story set in the year 3008 about flying teenagers.
John Cook
This my favorite Superman story ever... and it features the Legion of Substitute Heroes! Geoff Johns is the greatest thing to happen to comics since Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Gary Frank's art is incredible... as always. He draws Superman as a normal looking guy, not a bulging muscle man, and the resemblance to Christopher Reeves is enough to bring a tear to my eye.

This is a must read for any Superman fan.
Kristen
Thought the end was the best. The art was a little odd to me so only 3 instead of 4 stars. (those creepy eyes)
John
The best artist in comics, a fun standalone Superman story (I know!), Geoff Johns writing like he hasn't gone off his rocker like Bendis. I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually loved. Time traveling, cosmic, DC Superman story. Never happens. Oh, and one more time: Gary Frank!
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990’s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more
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