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

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,339 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
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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Great reading!

This TPB edition collects Action Comics #858-863, a 6-part event titled “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Gary Frank


I need this more than you, Superman! You were never rejected! You were nevera n outsider!

Don’t talk like you know me. You don’t.

I wanted to read this storyline since long ago, but until now I was able to buy it. And I loved it!

I am fan of Superman and I am fan of Legion of Super-Heroes, and a
Dan Schwent
Jun 14, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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.
Dec 11, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2012 Noetic_Hatter rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 17, 2015 Jacobi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trades-read
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.

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
Mar 16, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dcu
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
Nov 13, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
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
Jan 17, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Perhaps I am being a bit harsh with my rating. There is not really much bad about this book..the artwork is ok, the storyline is ok, etc. But that's really the gist. It is just ok. I know little about the Legion of Super Heroes. After reading this story of Superman heading to a 31st century where people of earth believe him to be an earthling and not a Kryptonian, the Legion has been banned (it is composed of many aliens) and a corrupt Justice League (humans only) now rules earth and a xenophobi ...more
Shaun Young
Jan 07, 2016 Shaun Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I am not the world's biggest fan of DC comics. It's not that I have anything against DC comics, it's just that when I was a kid growing up, I gravitated more towards Marvel, and even Image. I read a few Superman books, and honestly, I detested most of them. I know Geoff Johns is primarily a DC writer, with the exception of a few Marvel books, including Vision: Yesterday and Tomorrow. Now, I despised Yesterday and Tomorrow, I thought it was one of the worst books I have ever read; so with that be ...more
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
May 22, 2016 Arsénico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cómics
Me ha gustado MUCHO MUCHO. La historia principal de Bizarro no solo es interesante sino que también llega a resultar entrañable. Y ya metiéndonos en lo que es la Legión de superhéroes, he de decir que aunque tenía miedo de adentrarme en la historia porque no había leído nada sobre ellos anteriormente, el guionista te va aclarando todo lo que necesitas saber para que no te pierdas ante la inmensidad de datos y personajes. En ningún momento me he sentido perdida y me lo he pasado como una enana le ...more
Marcos Kopschitz
Aug 22, 2016 Marcos Kopschitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quadrinhos, americana
Quando os quadrinhos ainda eram publicados em preto e branco, entre as histórias de sucesso estavam as do Superboy. E entre essas, algumas das melhores eram as dele no futuro, na Legião dos Super-heróis!

O Superboy sumiu do cenário durante muitos anos e, mesmo no cinema e depois na TV, só dava Superman. Em certa época, talvez os leitores mais novos nem soubessem mais dele. Porém, a série Smallville resgatou o Superman quando jovem.

Agora, é o Superman que encontra a Legião, uma variante interess
Jul 15, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
Aug 08, 2016 Jair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superman
Realmente una muy buena historia, en especial si no sabes mucho de la Legión. Una historia con mucho corazón que logra interesarte en seguir a este equipo de heroes en otra aventura.

No llega a 5 estrellas por lo simple de su argumento, y porque Gary Franks, pese a ser un gran dibujante, tiene un problema para dibujar sonrisas en la cara de mujeres, siempre parecen plásticas y locas. Por otra parte, los trajes de las mujeres están tan sexualizados, y todas se ven parecidas, que hace difícil disti
Aug 11, 2016 Nate rated it it was amazing
I'm not that big a fan of the Legion of Super Heroes.
I tend not to love Superman.
This is a great, fun story. Goeff Johns is at the peak of his powers here telling a story on par with anything he did with Flash. The hard thing about Legion stories is that there are so darn many of them but this story does a great job of splitting up the teams while keeping individual characters relevant.
Nov 26, 2011 Tyler rated it it was ok
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
Sep 08, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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!
Jan 16, 2016 Norman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
the Legion of Superheroes was my favourite group as a kid. Teenagers who had teenage problems. Here we see SuperMAN (not Boy) meet them and interact in trying to save Earth from a fascist future under a red sun. Good story great art
Thomas Maluck
Sep 16, 2015 Thomas Maluck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc
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
Aug 10, 2014 Luiz Fernando rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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.
Sep 18, 2013 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feather Mista
Mar 13, 2015 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Varios
Recommended to Feather 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
Jun 26, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2014 Damián Vives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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.
Feb 09, 2016 Copie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read this for class, it was a cool book!
Mar 22, 2015 Devero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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