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Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Volume 10…

Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Volume 10 (2000)

by Cary Bates, Dave Cockrum (Illustrator)

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In my jumping back and forth across the history of the original Legion, I now come to this, one of its periods of revitalization and rebirth. It sets the stage for volume 11-13, which I've already read, and found enjoyable, if inconsistent. They were clearly trying to hook in some new readers, because the volume opens with stylish new costumes being floated, as well as a map of Legion HQ and a brief recap of the origins of the Legion.

The new costumes are mostly fun. Sent in by fans, some would end up actually being used in the stories, like Duo Damsel's. Actually, there's one story (see below) where all the characters are in their new clothes, but these don't last-- most revert to their old outfits or get new new ones when Dave Cockrum takes over as regular artist. Others I wish had been used; Saturn Girl's winter outfit is a delightful alternative to her usual one-piece swimsuit, and I dig Shrinking Violet's very 1960s one. (Cockrum also debuts the new, Star Trek-influenced design for the Legion cruiser that would stick for the rest of the classic Legion's run.)

Most of the rest of the stories here are pretty generic Legion pablum. You've read worse (they've gotten out of their be-assholes-to-each-other-for-no-reason-other-than-to-drive-the-story-forwards phase), but you've also read better (Cary Bates writes most of them, and I don't think he was as interested in delving into the mythology as Jim Shooter was or Paul Levitz would, though he does use a pleasing amount of old villains instead of coming up with new, forgettable ones like many Legion writers).
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cary Batesprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cockrum, DaveIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, MurphyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andru, RossIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bridwell, E. NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Colletta, VinceIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Esposito, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grell, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tuska, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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