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Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (Deluxe Edition) Hardcover – November 23, 2010
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Even with all the awesome extra material, the main story is the real diamond that, in my humble opinion, should be read by every comic book fan on the planet. Not only does it feature one of the most dangerous villains in the DC Universe (trust me, even newcomers to the Legion would know him), but it also contains in-depth character development of all the individual Legionnaires, no small feat when a writer has to juggle dozens of characters. Superboy, Supergirl, Karate Kid, Mon-El, Ultra Boy, Invisible Kid, Blok, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Wildfire, Dawnstar...all of them and many more become characters you care about once the stakes are raised and the universe threatens to go BOOM.Read more ›
In the far-flung future, in the 30th century, the United Planets have seen a time of great enlightenment and prosperity. But, even in this wondrous era, there are monsters. And so the Earth-based Legion of Super-Heroes, a group of youths endowed with incredible abilities, patrols the spaceways and planets, troubleshooting and working with the Science Police to keep the peace and safeguard the many alien inhabitants of the known universe.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: THE GREAT DARKNESS SAGA Deluxe Edition collects issues #284-296 and LoSH Annual #1 (featuring Computo). Note that issue #284 coincides with Levitz's return as series writer. The Great Darkness Saga itself takes place in issues #290-294, which means we get about 200 pages of lead-in stories. Bonus material consists of a new intro by Paul Levitz, a reprinting of Levitz's plot directions for Giffen for issues #290 (Chapter One of the Great Darkness Saga) and #294 (final chapter of the Great Darkness Saga), Keith Giffen & Larry Mahlstedt's cover to the original trade collection, Lee Bermejo's variant cover to ADVENTURE COMICS #12, Giffen's rough sketches of eight Legionnaires, and bonus art which served as a full-paged ad for the double-sized issue #294.
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Even when Kirby was writing the Fourth World comics, Darkseid was not the major player in the DC Universe that he is now. But Levitz showed the potential for the character, making him a cosmic villain of universal proportions. Like one of the other reviewers here, Darkseid was new to me simply because I was too young to know about the New Gods. But Levitz used him as a mythic character whose legend would have been known to those who read their Encyclopedia Galactica.
In this story, Darkseid takes a while to reveal himself, working through his "servants of darkness" to procure vessels of power, including living beings he sucks dry of their power. When he does this to Mordru, the Legion know they've got a problem bigger than any they've faced. In one mind-blowing subplot, Darkseid transposes Apokolips with Daxam, giving a yellow sun and the power of Superman to three billion Daxamites he mind-controls.
It's difficult to know whether this remains an official part of Legion continuity because the group has endured so many revamps and rewrites. But it remains an outstanding story. As for Darkseid, this is just one of many possible futures for DC's #1 villain. John Ostrander also did a superb job writing a climactic battle between the Martian Manhunter and Darkseid thousands of years from now.
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If you're a Legion fan or just like team books this edition has a massive slab of storyline under two covers- since that is the case it's a nice place for even new fans to start... Read morePublished 19 days ago by thirdtwin
Keith Giffen's artwork is magnificent and the pinnacle of his work and best run on the Legion of Super-Heroes was during his reign as the Artist under Paul Levitz's writing in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by AKA RICK
Its an amazing compilation, the book is well, soft cover and a easy to get wrinkles on it...but other than that is an amazing beautiful edition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Noah Nassir
So, apparently this is one of the best Legion Of Super-Heroes stories ever. Wow! That's a sad state of affairs for a book since this isn't good. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Penrose