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Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes Paperback – November 28, 2011
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In 2005, Darius published the first scholarly book on Christopher Nolan's Batman films. In 2015, he released CLASSICS ON INFINITE EARTHS, a massive study of the Justice League and DC's shared universe. He has also published books on (among other subjects) BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, which elaborated a theory on the book's plot that was praised by Kevin Smith; Jack Kirby's comic-book continuation of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY; and MAI, THE PSYCHIC GIRL. He also co-authored, with Kevin Thurman, a book on Warren Ellis.
In 2011, Darius founded Martian Lit, which publishes creative work, including his comic MARTIAN COMICS. He currently lives in Illinois.
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There are big essays on Keith Giffen's run (Giffen even provides a quote on the back of the book) and on Paul Levitz's run. There's essays on Jim Shooter, the death and resurrection of Lightning Lad, on the architecture in the Legion, on science in the Legion, fashion in the Legion, women in the Legion, homosexuality in the Legion, race in the Legion, the early Legion's approrpriation of other material (from classics to popular movies), the Legion's teenage cruelty / superdickery, comparing the Legion to the revival of the Justice League, whether the Legion should age in their stories, the Amethyst saga and its importance in Legion history, the reboot Legion's themes, the role of adolescence in the Threeboot, and generational theory in the Threeboot. Only one author writes two essays, so there's 19 authors -- including Matt Fraction and Barry Lyga, who write the foreword and afterword, respectively.
The book is edited and has an introduction by Tim Callahan, who wrote Grant Morrison: The Early Years for the same publisher.
Yeah, it's pretty much a plethora of Legion, a celebration and analysis of the whole of Legion history. Whatever you like about Legion, there's something here for you, and you'll learn a lot along the way.
Ultimately though, this was a particularly interesting read for a comic-book newbie like me, introducing me to the various eras of comic books, various styles of the publications and artists, and of course to a fun gang of heroic teenagers!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a longtime fan of the Legion, I really enjoyed this collection of essays. They're from such varied viewpoints that they covered territory I hadn't even considered; I really... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zuriva
Fantastic Read. The Collection does a great job expressing the unique place the Legion of Superheroes holds in comics history, and this is by no means the only great showing from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Abraham Conjecture
If you're a Legion fan, this collection has thoughtful views on the various eras of the team. I wish there were even more critical analysis books like these for comic fans who take... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by John Siuntres
A very entertaining read. The Legion is a cult following. Very different from other comic book characters. A Bouncing Boy fan myself. Always loved the funky powered characters. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Gerard Rinaldi
My first memory of the Legion of Super-Heroes was reading the climax of the seminal "Earthwar" multi-part story, discussed here in "Thomas, Altman, Levitz, and the 30th Century" by... Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Erik Olson
I am a long time fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes going back to about 1963. It was with great interest that I picked up this book as I felt that the group has never quite... Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by Gas Mask Gus
The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of those rare works that people froth at the mouth over in love, but few have read. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by K. Thurman
The Legion of Superheroes remains one of the most ambitious ideas in comics. A team of young and idealistic heroes gathered from various planets, the Legion is often rife with... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Kevin M. Derby
The last few years have seen a growth in books containing essays on superheroes, with Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers all getting time in the spotlight. Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by MA Gray