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Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Volume 7 by…

Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Volume 7 (1997)

by Jim Shooter, George Klein (Illustrator), Curt Swan (Illustrator)

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One of the oldest and most beloved super-teams in comics, the Legion ofSuper-Heroes has a complex and long history. These deluxe hardcover editionsreprint, in order, classic Legion appearances from the pages of AdventureComics, Superboy, Action Comics, and Superman, from their first appearance in1958, to their heyday in the Sixties… (more)



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For the 1960s Legion, this is actually pretty decent. You can see that Shooter is a fan, and it has a positive effect on his writing, in that he's interested in who the Legionnaires are as characters. This volume often delves into their backgrounds, with home planets and parents putting in appearances. We also get milestones like the first appearance of the Dominators; I was amused to notice they're introduced just like Star Trek's Cardassians, in that a never-before-mentioned war with them is just coming to an end. Pretty tough war if our heroes devoted to the United Planets literally have nothing to do with it. Jerks!

I mean, a lot of it is still silly and/or dumb. There's a story where they Legionnaires travel to another dimension as a shortcut to escort a peace mission (a technology never mentioned before or since) and get attacked by descendants of Lee Harvey Oswald, Brutus, Cassius, and John Wilkes Booth who have been given superpowers and altered to resemble their ancestors. Why is this considered a good plan by the bad guys? Who knows. Also 30th-century education must be pretty impressive, given the Legionnaires recognize all four historical assassins at a glance. Actually, flipping back through the book, a lot of the plots are silly and/or dumb. I could go the rest of my life without another Legion of Super-Pets story.

Also the Miracle Machine turns up for the first time, which shows up to wrap up an adventure, a never-before-mentioned piece of technology with the amazing power of doing literally anything! At least the Legion finally get their new, better HQ.
  Stevil2001 | Jul 5, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Shooter, Jimprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, GeorgeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Swan, CurtIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Moldoff, SheldonIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mooney, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peyer, TomForewordsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Costanza, PeteIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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