Legion of Super-Heroes #1
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Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Writer: Paul Levitz Artist: Francis Portela Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15
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The Legion of Super-Heroes has been decimated by the worst disaster in its history. Now, the students of the Legion Academy must rise to the challenge of helping the team rebuild but a threat of almost unstoppable power is rising at the edge of Dominator space, and if the new recruits fail, the Legion Espionage Squad may be the first casualties in a war that could split worlds in half!

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 23, 2011

    Francis Portela's art is wonderful. His ability to keep the work clean and bold allows for maximum detail, which is necessary for a comic like Legion. Portela also knows how to add subtle nuances to the faces and expressions of the Legionnaires in order to keep them different and interesting. Overall, the art has the same frenetic pace as the writing and together the synergy is quite refreshing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Sep 26, 2011

    I have to say that I liked this issue. I am a Legion fan and know all these characters so I am sure that helps. But the last story arc with the Blue Entity and Saturn Queen seemed to plod along, spinning its wheels a bit. This issue felt more energized. And Levitz is at his best juggling the large cast of the book, keeping tabs on everyone in a natural and unforced way. This issue showed that. And Portela is a great addition to the book. Just solid and slick stuff here, adding a wonderful sheen to the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew Atkinson Dec 30, 2011

    12 out of 15 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 24, 2011

    Fans of the Legion as it existed last month, fear not. Youve got just what you want. If you werent reading Legion of Super-Heroes in August well, I hope you can find something to enjoy as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Sep 26, 2011

    Colossal Boy quitting seems rather sudden. There's also a comment about "not having a telepath handy," which makes me wonder what's become of Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl. I'd also like some clarification on where Harmonia Li's powers suddenly came from, and for that matter, anything on her background. Shadow Lass is also MIA, possibly grieving after Earth-Man's death. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Phil Oldham Sep 28, 2011

    Legion of Super-Heroes #1 was a strong issue thats let down only by its inaccessibility to new readers. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Oct 1, 2011

    The story itself was very limited with a classic infiltration plot and some other bad guy breaking in at the end of the comic book. There was also a lot of grief about dead Legionnaires, but again Levitz failed to explain to those of us reading a Legion of Super Heroes book for the first time why we should care and why there were so many deaths. This was my first time reading Legion of Super Heroes, and will probably by my last time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 25, 2011

    Inside, Francis Portela does an excellent job with cleverly modernized new costumes, as Levitz combines the survivors from Legion Academy with the main team to begin a new adventure against the Dominators, apparently. There's an especially nice splash page that divides the current roster into a variety of sub-teams who might work for future missions. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Sep 21, 2011

    This is probably the most approachable jumping-on point for the Legion of Super-Heroes that you'll get, but it's unlikely to stir up much interest from new readers. Even longtime readers may have difficulty getting excited about this book, as it offers little more than an epilogue to Levitz' previous two series and a re-introduction to the team's characters. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 22, 2011

    I'm a fan of Levitz's writing and Francis Portela captures the busy, vibrant and detailed world of the future wonderfully here. But it's such a hard read, so inaccessible because it's dropping us into such an awkward place rather than a proper first issue, that it's near impossible to recommend unless you're able to get what came before. I'm in it for the long run and hope for the other issues to get released, but it's going to be the kind of book you have to work at. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 23, 2011

    In the end this might have been a good, or even a very good random issue of "Legion of Superheroes," but as a number one issue it's a mess. I was legitimately excited about the idea of jumping into a whole new super group I'd never tried before. Now was my chance! And I took it, but it was a colossal failure and I won't be signing up for a second chance. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 21, 2011

    It's not a bad book, but it's not great either. It's a little bit less than "down the middle." Legion isn't the most accessible comic, and this book doesn't really help at all. In fact, that's my major complaint. I've wanted to get into L.O.S.H. for a while, and every time I pick up an issue I'm utterly confused. The art style is great, and the actual dialogue is good, but this the story is so jump and it's a disappointing first issue. Let's just see how the next couple issues turn out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 26, 2011

    Levitz's story is guilty of the biggest sin as far as a Legion story goes: it's just not fun. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 23, 2011

    It may just be a transition pain, but it's a debilitating one. The Legion loyal will no doubt be happy that they haven't been subjected to another total reboot, but I can't see this earning the title any new fans. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Sep 23, 2011

    In the end, this book is just an impenetrable mess that shouldn't have happened if DC meant it when they rebooted everything. I don't see this book continuing for very long without rebooting its continuity entirely. Honestly, I just hope the book lasts long enough to get that Legion ring we were promised a couple months ago. But while we're waiting for that ring, Levitz just gives us a finger. Read Full Review

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