Adventures of Superman #523

Writer: Paul Levitz Artist: Phil Jimenez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 22, 1995 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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Phil Jimenez (INFINITE CRISIS, Amazing Spider-Man) launches an arc starring the rookies as they learn to be heroes at Legion Academy! This gorgeous issue marks a perfect jumping-on point for any new reader curious to learn about the DC Universe of the 31st century!

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 11, 2011

    The new kids are intriguing, the use of Glorith (who was the main villain of the Volume Four Five-Year-Gap series) is interesting and alarming, and every one of the supporting character appearances made me smile. Blok and Mysa's absence from the team is more justified in just a few panels here than when they left the main LSH book, and seeing Chuck and Lu discussing the new young heroes reminds me of how old we've all gotten together. Seems like only yesterday they were getting married on Mars, or fighting imaginary yetis on Wondil IX. Night Girl's mysterious disappearance from the main team post-Action Comics is finally explained as well, and her six on one battle sequence shows what a fun character she can be. Levitz & Jiminez hit all the right notes here, and Phil's art is just beautiful. His future Metropolis is reminiscent of things we've seen before (Coruscant in the Star Wars prequel trilogy for one) without being cribbed, and the range of body language and expression in his art Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 14, 2011

    The allure of new characters strengthened by gorgeous art makes the debut of the Legion Academy a worthwhile read. I highly recommend giving it a shot. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 9, 2011

    As an introduction to "Legion Academy," "Adventure Comics" #523 is a solid first issue. And of course, the teaser for next month's issue promises more excitement to come. But for now, this is fun stuff. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Feb 17, 2011

    Personally, I like the book more as an anthology title than a second Legion book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Feb 11, 2011

    Levitzs work on the main Legion Title (and earlier Legion stories in this title) has been really great. If he can bring the excitement of that book to these characters, combined with Jimenezs artwork, this will be a first-class comic book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 10, 2011

    Nevertheless, I have a soft spot for the Legion, so this book has that going for it. But even with that nostalgic connection, I wasn't drawn in here. The reason: most of these young Legionnaires-to-be aren't all that likeable. Chemical Kid and Dragonwing act almost like villains, and their entitled attitudes just don't make for fun reading. And while Glorith seems like a pure soul, she's so naive and uninformed about the world that she's entered, it seems incredibly irresponsible for the adults who guide her to have sent her off without some kind of education. Read Full Review

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