Legion of Super-Heroes
As a part of their 75th anniversary, DC Comics has recruited several artists to recreate covers from classic comics, which will be used as variant covers for several of their books this year.
Yesterday they revealed another one, this time by Joker artist Lee Bermejo, who draws the cover to the last chapter of my favorite Legion story, “The Great Darkness Saga.” You can find the original cover after the jump.
DC’s July solicitations include such high-profile titles as Brightest Day, Justice League: Generation Lost, three Grant Morrison Bat-books, Neal Adams’ Odyssey, and the 50th issues of Ex Machina and Green Lantern Corps. We’ll touch on some of those in this modest survey.
However, as usual, it was an eclectic group of books which caught my eye … starting with a feature I wasn’t expecting to see.
NIGHT AND DAY
I hate to dismiss a series which I’d like to read before it’s even seen the inside of a comics shop, but I think the Atom Special and its subsequent co-feature may do better in collected form than in single issues. I base this on the quite-possibly-irrational notion that a significant amount of DC readers want to read about the Atom, but don’t especially want to follow the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Yildiray Cinar, artist on the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes relaunch from DC Comics, has been sharing all sorts of Legion-related artwork on his blog, including this really nice Dawnstar piece. He’s got a lot of other cool stuff up there, too, such as Cloak & Dagger, Adam Strange and a Legion vs. Trigon piece, so go check’em out.
After the release of seven plastic promotional rings for Blackest Night and the announcement of three more for Brightest Day, some fans are hoping DC Comics will show the Legion of Super-Heroes a little love.
It seems only logical that a Legion flight ring should come next. After all, the Green Lantern Corps, the Flash Family and the teenagers from the future form a sprawling trinity of functional superhero jewelry. Plus, Legion of Super-Heroes is being relaunched with legendary series writer Paul Levitz at the helm.
But just in case DC needs a little convincing, fans have organized a grass-roots postcard campaign reminiscent of the one launched in September to return Wonder Woman to its original numbering. (Of course, that one originated with the publisher, not with readers.)
Blogger Sven Straatveit points out that DC already has a flight-ring mold — a ring was released with DC Direct action figures of Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl — so the company won’t have to shell out money for design or sculpting. Sound reasoning, that.
So how about it, DC?
Birds of Prey isn’t the only DC Comics series returning this spring. The publisher announced this morning that it will relaunch Legion of Super-Heroes with writer Paul Levitz and artist Yildiray Cinar at the helm.
Levitz, who recently stepped down as president and publisher of DC, wrote the series on and off between 1974 and 1989, creating landmark runs against which all later versions of the title are inevitably compared. Cinar is probably best known for his work on the Ravager co-feature in Teen Titans.
As previously announced, Levitz also will write the recently relaunched Adventure Comics, which also features the Legion of Super-Heroes.
“It’s such fun to be back in the future, blowing up planets, undoing Legion marriages, revealing unrevealed factoids, and starting improbable new relationships,” Levitz told the DC Universe blog. “If there’s a better job in comics than writing the Legion, with its vast cast and creative opportunities, I’ve never held it.”
Levitz talks more about Legion and Adventure with Graeme McMillan at io9.com.
We know that Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul are wrapping up their run on Adventure Comics with issue 6, which will be followed by a Blackest Night tie-in issue written by Tony Bedard. And we know that Paul Levitz, former president and publisher of DC Comics, is slated to start writing the book starting with the book’s first annual next year.
But what happens in between? Levitz hinted to CBR in October that the book would be used to wrap up the story of the Legion in the 20th century, and today DC released more details on that — and unless I missed something somewhere, confirmed the rumored Superman event that’ll run next summer.
First tings first … according to DC’s Source blog today, Adventure Comics #8 will kick off a four-issue story that also runs through several of their Superman titles called “Brainiac & The Legion of Super-Heroes.”
According to Assistant Editor Will Moss, James Robinson and Julian Lopez will provide a 10-page story about the Legion members who are in the 21st Century; Sterling Gates and Clayton Henry will provide a 10-pager about the Legion in the 31st Century; and Eric Trautmann and Pier Gallo will provide a 10-pager about General Lane’s Human Defense Corps. The story will also run in the Superman and Supergirl titles, as well as a fourth “mystery” title.
“Featuring Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, Mon-El and the Legion of Super-Heroes, it not only brings to a head all the Legion subplots that DC has been laying down since the JLA/JSA ‘Lightning Saga’ story, but also sets the stage for this summer’s blockbuster Superman event!” Moss said.
Jim Lee and the Wildstorm office collaborated on this wonderful Legion of Super-Heroes piece for Paul Levitz, the former president and publisher of DC Comics, as well as once and future writer of the Legion. The framed version, which looks like it has messages written on it from the Wildstorm folks, can be found at the link above.