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CBR Reviews Legion of 3 Worlds #3

posted Feb 9, 2009, 8:19 PM by Vu Sleeper

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3
Mon, February 9th, 2009 at 4:44PM PST
by Timothy Callahan

Story byGeoff Johns
Art byGeorge Perez, Scott Koblish
Colors byHi-Fi
Letters byNick Napolitano
Cover byGeorge Perez, Dave McCaig
PublisherDC Comics
Cover Price$3.99 (USD)
Release DateFeb 4th, 2009

Here's what you won't find in "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" #3:

  • Subtle characterization
  • An explicit link to the actual "Final Crisis" series
  • Panels without meticulous detail
  • The 3 Legions of Super-Pets

And it's also about introducing the Legion of Super-Heroes to a generation of readers who may never have understood why a group of teenagers from the future with silly names has such a loyal fanbase. It's about making the Legion cool again, but not by adding cybernetic arms (Lightning Lad sported one of those before Cable was even in diapers, anyway) or tough guy language ("sprock" is about as hardcore as it gets) or ultra-violence (death and dismemberment has been part of this seemingly innocent team since the early days, too). Geoff Johns makes the Legion cool again by embracing the Legion concept, and then putting George Perez to work drawing it all in eye-popping detail.

Even with -- or perhaps because of -- Scott Koblish on inks, this is some of George Perez's best work ever. He absolutely packs each page with visual information, yet it's layered in such a way as to keep everything perfectly clear. Johns includes plenty of word balloons to slow the pacing a bit, allowing us to linger on Perez's panels a bit longer, but even with all of its intense visual detail, "Legion of 3 Worlds" #3 moves swiftly from panel to panel.