Legion of Super-Heroes #2 is published by DC Comics, written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Ryan Sook, inks by Wade von Grawbadger, colors by Jordie Bellaire, and letters by Dave Sharpe. With Aquaman’s trident having been discovered in the last issue, the Legion of Super-Heroes must keep it from falling into the wrong hands. But with the Legion occupied with the obvious threat before them, something more subtle may be approaching from their blindside.
Legion of Super-Heroes #2 continues the idyllic presentation that has been a hallmark of the Legion. Optimism, lots of smiles, and bright colors abound in the bulk of this issue. Bendis knows what the expectation is for this story and he doesn’t seem to be looking to reinvent the personalities in this classic roster. That being said, he does seem to have found a way to bring a bit more attitude and grit to the series. This stark contrasting personality comes in the form of one ageless 21st-century woman. I speak of course of Rose Forest.
While I adored the Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium limited series, it did leave me curious as to why Bendis chose to bring Rose from our day to the distant future of the Legion. Seeing her expanded presence in this issue begins to clarify this decision for me. Rose’s personality doesn’t just originate in the harder era that is our own but continued to be reformed over her many long years of travel. Her scenes, particularly a confrontation with Madam Honor President Brande, are standouts. I hope her part continues to grow through this series as the ongoing plot comes into view.
While I loved the scenes with Rose, the rest of Legion of Super-Heroes #2 is simply a solid entry. The heroes are given plenty to do, and it is certainly an enjoyable issue, but that is as far as it goes for me. A lot of setup is still occurring and I still have high expectations that this book’s story will only build up steam in the coming months.
The art in Legion of Super-Heroes #2 provides a solid visual presentation of the story. While many images come off as a bit flat to me, Sook still shows strong attention to detail. I am especially appreciative of the ID pop-ups still appearing over the various Legionaries shoulders. I expected that to be a one-and-done effect for the first issue. It speaks highly to the artistic attention to detail that it persists within the book. While also knowing when to omit it to not overly confuse an image.
All in all, Legion of Super-Heroes #2 continues to build upon the foundation begun in the first entry. The up-tempo brightness of this book is a pleasure to experience. I look forward to seeing the next issue, especially as it will be introducing another character whose attitude is sure to make waves within the Legion.
Legion of Super-Heroes #2 is available December 18th wherever comics are sold.
Legion of Super-Heroes #2
All in all, Legion of Super-Heroes #2 continues to build upon the foundation begun in the first entry.