Monday, February 06, 2006

Reviews: LSH v5 #13

The biggest problem with this new animated Legion stuff going on is that my other Legion blogging has fallen behind. So, kicking off my "back issues" is a look at reviews of LSH v5 #13, the end of the first long storyline. In no particular order:

  • Don "Get-a-Life Boy" Sakers says it's got "Some awfully nice touches here and there", and hopes that the real reason Sun Boy left to stay with Terror Firma is that "he has a crush on the cute blond guy with the dark shades...."

  • Matthew at the Legion Abstract:
    It was well done. Lots of nice touches in the fights. Most Legionnaires got at least a little bit of the spotlight. It didn’t hit the heights the way you’d like the climax of a thirteen-issue story to do, and the backup story didn’t add anything. But it was good.

  • Jeff Lester, at the Savage Critic:
    Weirdly, I like the little stuff in this title so much more than the big uber-epic stuff. That illustrated letter page, for example? Pure gold. Good.

  • Grant Baisley, on the Comixfan boards:
    With 13 issues he has taken a corny concept from the 50’s reworked, repackaged and remarketed it and turned it into one of the best series currently on the shelf. It never ceases to amaze me that this book is consistently not in the top 25 top selling books each month as every issue has delivered original twists, fresh ideas, intrigue and more action than a season of Smallville and he’s done it without the usual delays that seem to have hampered everybody else.

    The first twelve issues of Waid’s run have been typified by out standing characterisation and this has left the reader with a very real sense who the characters are. In this issue Waid begins to play with his characters as he takes them into new uncharted emotional areas. ...

    Mark Waid has spent a year proving why he is one of the few true masters of the comic medium. He has the recipe for the perfect cocktail of drama, action and comedy with a healthy topping of realism. A recipe he dishes out both regularly and generously. He plays with human emotion as others would a harp. While his work has a seemingly young and spontaneous feel to it, one cannot help but appreciate how well thought out each issue and the complete arc have been. Waid spent a year telling a single story by telling one small story at a time, creating subplot after subplot, left them seemingly abandoned and then weqving them into a larger picture and then refining it into one of the best self-contained stories I’ve ever read. Nothing is left unresolved and yet there are a few things that are...

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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