Legion of 3 Worlds (*****)
This was epic. I’ll start off my mentioning the biggest complaint I have about this comic. It didn’t really have much to do with Final Crisis. That’s all! This issue’s overall quality is more than enough for me to forgive that. Especially since it’s only the first issue and like all of the FC tie-ins, you don’t have to read FC to enjoy this. This could almost be its own event.
This was written by Geoff Johns and drawn by George Perez and they both bring their A-game. Yes Perez draws a lot of characters, but they all seem like they’re needed. Part of this is because of Johns. He definitely knows how to write for his artists. This issue features a Superman museum. So I’m sure you can imagine all the fun Perez had rendering that one. This issue is worth the price of admission simply to see an old master demonstrate why he’s considered a legend.
Speaking of price, this issue costs 4 bucks which is a bit steep in this American economy I live in. To say I got my money’s worth is an understatement. I read an interview with Johns and he said that the issue would take 30 minutes to read. I wasn’t bored at all while reading the issue so I didn’t look at the clock, but I think it may have taken a bit longer than half an hour. Over 30 minutes of entertainment for 4 bucks is pretty good with gas the price it is.
It’s true there are a lot of words in this book, but not in a bad way. Johns does give us some explanation, but he does so in clever ways like the aforementioned museum. The exposition also helps out new readers and even old ones. I didn’t know that much about the Legion nor did I care to until now. I’m also happy to report that this is a bit of a sequel to Johns’ Superman Legion arc that was recently featured in Action Comics. The villain behind the scenes within this issue also made a recent appearance in Action Comics. Did you need to read these stories to understand this issue? No, but it’s a little treat for Johns’ fans.
The art is astonishing. The writing is superb. You get your money’s worth and then some. You’re hungry for the next issue. What else could you ask from a comic?