Strap the heck in, because here comes adventure. One thousand years in the future, a fleet of interstellar pirates have seized the trident of Aquaman and intend to use it to destroy New Earth and its fledgling protectors, The Legion of Super-Heroes. The Legionnaires are freshly back from a visit to the path with inspiration and new recruit Jon Kent, the son of Superman called Superboy. Sound interesting? It sure as heck does. When you add to that the enticing cover which promises a new ring wielder in the future that's undoubtedly not a green recruit, a new multi-armed Doctor Fate and the accurately named Monster Boy, you'd expect Legion of Super-Heroes #6 to be all kinds of amazing.
In actuality, alas, this issue is a bit empty. If you like the dazzling visuals, well, you'll get no shortage of that from Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Sharpe. There's a space battle sequence of double-page spreads that's great at showing the speed and impact of characters like Cosmic Boy, Bouncing Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad while Brainiac 5 gets it all together back in the lab.
However, if you're looking for actual information, you're going to come up short. When Gold Lantern pops up, an off-panel voice says, "he has such an amazing story. Wait till you hear it!" Then he goes on to do something visually spectacular and never be heard from again. The aforementioned futuristic Doctor Fate is seen wordlessly waving their hands (gender identity is not noted) and blasting things hidden behind another character without another mention at all.
If you ever met someone that was all a rush of blood and passion and intensity, this is the comic book version of that. If you're like most people, you probably don't remember the name of whoever made you feel that way, because they weren't very heavy on details … and this is the comic book version of that. If that's your thing, hey … but this isn't meaty enough to nourish as a story and far too cursory to give Legion fans anything but sheer spectacle. RATING: HONORABLE MENTION.
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #6
written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
art and cover by RYAN SOOK
card stock variant cover by ALEX GARNER
Meet the latest crop of Legionnaires: Gold Lantern! Monster Boy! Doctor Fate! Each a new face in the DC Universe, each with dark secrets, and each with a reason to be part of the Legion's goal to bring the values of the Age of Heroes to the 31st century. And one of them has a surprising connection to Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy. All of this and the tensions between the United Planets and the Legion of Super-Heroes have gone public! The future of the DC Universe continues to unfold!