Legion of Super-Heroes #38

Writer: Jim Shooter Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 23, 2008 Critic Reviews: 6
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“EVIL ADVENTUS” part two. Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf and Star Boy’s mission on the moon of Triton goes awry as Invisible Kid leads them into a lethal predicament. Meanwhile, Lightning Lad’s duties as team leader aren’t getting any easier, as he’s forced to sit through a painful tryout session for new Legionnaires.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jan 26, 2008

    Shooter's second issue of The Legion of Super-Heroes is as good as his new first. Manapul continues to elegantly bring Shooter's ideas to life. Livesay continues to impress with a respectful line to Manapul's pencils, and the colors of Nathan Eyring help to create a future mosaic for arguably the second most important team in the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jan 27, 2008

    Legion of Super Heroes #38 was another strong read. I realize that I must sound like a total shill for the Legion of Super Heroes. You will have to forgive me for my exuberance about Shooter and Manapul's first two issues on this title. The fact is that this is the first time since Paul Levitz left the Legion that I have been this excited and pumped up about the Legion and the direction that it is headed. Shooter is finally giving us a Legion that is loyal and true to its roots while still being modern and new. Shooter certainly is not just giving us a re-hash of the original version of the Legion. Nor is Shooter simply bending the Legion to fit his own personal desires of what he wants to do with the various characters irrespective of their history. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jan 31, 2008

    In many ways this isnt a well written comic book. The story is jumpy, characterization is weak, the whole thing seems based on creating Claremont-esque conflicts, and theres no real compelling central plotline for the story. But in a whole different way, a way that Shooter probably didnt intend to show in this comic, its amazingly compelling. As Lightning Lad has his nervous breakdown, its easy to imagine Shooter going through many of the same experiences. Readers seldom get a chance to see this kind of autobiography in a Marvel or DC book, and its quite compelling here. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jan 23, 2008

    If there was one DC comic that revolutionized the way superhero stories are told over a long, extended run, it was Legion of Super Heroes, which stood as the company's first successful superhero soap opera. For that reason, Legionwriters will (and probably should) always be judged with one eye towards what they accomplish over an extended period of time. Shooter's first two issues since returning to the Legion have certainly been entertaining, but I'm still anxious to see where he takes things from here. From the looks of it, it'll probably involve Lightning Lad's leadership – or lack thereof. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill and Thom Young Jan 28, 2008

    Shawn: So am I. As weve examined this initial story, Ive come to realize just how much is packed into these two issues. I initially found an inept Garth and a crushing bureaucracy to be clichd aspects, but youve discussed several ways these elements could be deepened and expanded upon. I think Shooter is more than capable of doing that and much more besides. Perhaps hes quite wise to start off his run with solid-if-somewhat-conventional plot threads as a basis that will be expanded in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Jan 28, 2008

    It's got to be leading somewhere, but from what I've seen so far the plot is giving me no indication on what's gonna happen next. It's almost like Shooter's making this up as he goes along. The only thing I can surmise is Lightning Lad's inevitable breakdown. I can always count on Manapul's art to be good, but if I'm still confused by the end of next issue, I'm probably going to drop this book. Read Full Review

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