Legion of Super-Heroes #40

Writer: Jim Shooter Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 26, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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“ENEMY RISING!” Part one! To save her world, Shadow Lass battles alone against a Life-Eradicator. The mystery of their origin deepens as important evidence emerges. Meanwhile, conflict between Timber Wolf and Saturn Girl explodes!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Mar 31, 2008

    The ham-fisted creators of that bone-headed protocol would have passed out had they learned that the super-hero Light Lass spent the evening with the super-hero Karate Kid. Furthermore, she doesnt intend to pursue a full blown relationship; they remain friends, and the guilt-free sex was great. Needless to say any scene that will make fundamentalists cry is a bonus. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    IGN - Dan Phillips Mar 26, 2008

    Like any great writer, Shooter is first introducing us to his characters and their many flaws before tossing them into the fire, and it's why I've found his return to Legion to be so compulsively readable. Shooter's understated approach is even more remarkable when you realize he has such an action-oriented artist as Francis Manapul at his disposal. Whenever such a talent as Manapul is assigned to a book, a think the writer is tempted to provide them with dynamic action scenes, even when such scenes do their overall plot a disservice. To Manapul's credit, his art is just as beautiful to look at it when he's drawing a heated argument or quiet exchange as it is when he's drawing a superhero slugfest (well, almost). Either way, since both creators have come aboard, it's tough not to get the feeling that there are some great things in store for the Legion, both from a drama and excitement perspective. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Dykema Apr 7, 2008

    Art is well done with several character expressions that are priceless and unique. In some ways, it reminds me of Jeff Moys tongues sticking out from the Archie Legion, and I mean that in a good way. In every group shot someone is doing something interesting and teen-like, be it drinking a soda, glaring at an annoyance, or just hanging their heads in shame. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 2, 2008

    Legion of Super Heroes #40 was a solid read. Shooter continues to breathe new life into the Legion. If Shooter can tighten up his plotting and pacing then the Legion of Super Heroes will be an absolute gem of a title. Still, despite my complaints with this issue, this is still the best version of the Legion that we have gotten in many years and is definitely a step in the right direction for the future of the Legion. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Apr 3, 2008

    Despite all these distractions, the Legion is able to dispatch away teams to gather intel on the invaders, and Invisible Kid takes his own side mission to try and bond with the Tritonian girl who fought with them in Shooters first issue. These plots are ongoing, as is a possible dire development for Projectra. Shooter is following a common tactic of putting the team through a testing crucible in his initial run on the title, but hes doing it with subtlety and solid fiction construction skills that bode well for a long and intriguing new epoch of grittier realism and stability. Tension is building, and one feels that any major changes in plot or character direction will be well-earned, in fact probably foreshadowed and explored fully. When did good writing itself gain a nostalgic aspect? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Mar 26, 2008

    I'm not sure if this is a Must Read or just me being a kid with a new toy, but I really liked this issue. I'll leave it as a Check It for now, as older fans might hate this new take or this might just be the whole newness of jumping on this title for me. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Mar 28, 2008

    Shooter's "Legion" has the potential to become something special: a straight-ahead superhero action book, with compelling characters. It's a classic formula, and it has been proven to work in the past. Shooter just hasn't quite pulled it off here. Not yet. Read Full Review

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