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posted Jul 27, 2009, 9:57 AM by Vu Sleeper



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Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by George Pérez & Scott Koblish
Published by DC Comics
Review by THE Rev. O.J. Flow

"I couldn't have been this stupid." -- Time Trapper
If you ever watched The Sopranos regularly, you may recall that a lot of the most bananas shit that went down on the show really happened on the episode before the season finale.  Not to get into key details, but some surprise whackings and revelations were known to happen on the penultimate episode of any given season.  After having taken in the anxiously awaited Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5, I was reminded of that concept from The Sopranos and applied it here.  While this finale was full of action, heart and suspense, I have to say things were infinitely more riveting and revelatory in issue #4.

Revealed last issue was the identity of the Time Trapper.  Having the Trapper turn out to be none other than a much older Superboy-Prime was an interesting way to go, I suppose.  Some readers, especially longtime Legion fans, wouldn't be blamed for calling shenanigans, but I don't think Geoff Johns undid anything from stories past.  As Brainiac 5 speculates, this scenario is simply a timeline possibility that could be subject for change.  What's an even more compelling shift in identity is taken by White Witch elsewhere.  Now referring to herself as the Black Witch, I have no doubt that her development will get much more coverage in the next great era of the Legion of Super-Heroes.  At least she still seems to be fighting on the side of the good guys.  For now.  The last sequence with her in this issue saw George Perez invoking just the right measure of dread.  Perez can always be counted for the lighter fare, so this dark direction was a nice surprise.