I’ve been holding off writing a review of this series until the whole thing was done. It’s been a long wait, but here we are. Was it worth the wait? Mostly.
There’s no getting around the fact that this mini-series was solicited as a Final Crisis tie-in. Like most of the FC tie-ins, this story had little if anything to do with Final Crisis. Ultimately, it’s irrelevant. But I wish they had left the words “Final Crisis” out of the title.
As is to be expected, the series was filled with characters. As someone who has come to tolerate the Legion of Superheroes, I sometimes found it difficult to know who was who. But I expect to see a big cast in a book like this – especially one drawn by George Perez. And the book did a pretty good job of narrowing its focus to specific characters when needed.
The story was a bit of a mess. Ultimately, we’ve got the culmination of all the Legion-related plot threads Johns has been sowing over the last several years. Mix that in with plot threads from Green Lantern, Infinite Crisis, Countdown and probably a half dozen other books and you’ve got a recipe for confusion. But again, the book manages to be accessible when it needs to be.
A lot of the plot just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Stuff happens. But there’s so many characters and so many plot threads, it can be tough to sort out. Plus, it’s nearly impossible to wrap your mind around the colliding alternate realities. And if either side can pull allies from alternate realities at will, shouldn’t there have been infinite heroes pairing off against infinite villains?
Well, if you think about any of this stuff too long, you’re going to go cross-eyed (thank you, Austin Powers). So it’s best just to turn your brain off and enjoy the ride. If you’re able to do that, Johns serves up the kind of fan-baiting moments he’s known for. Lots of cool stuff for fans of Superman, Superboy, Sodom Yat, Bart Allen, the Titans, the Legion and most anything else Geoff Johns has ever written.
And if you love to hate Superboy Prime, you get plenty of opportunities to do so. Honestly, Superboy Prime is my biggest gripe with this book. Johns has beaten this dead horse a bit too much for my liking. He’s a popular comic book writer. Does he really need to take so many swipes at fanboys? I hope Prime has been put out to pasture for a good, long while.
Little of substance really happened in this mini-series. If you’re planning to read Adventure Comics (as I am) I’m sure some of the plot threads will be followed up there. But otherwise, I think it’s enough to know that Conner and Bart are back.
If you were expecting a masterpiece (or a story remotely associated with Final Crisis) I don’t think this mini series delivered. But fans of Johns’ take on the Legion were well served.