Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4
by Timothy Callahan Mon, May 4th, 2009 at 7:02PM PST
Four issues and nearly one year (!) into "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" and there's nary a "Final Crisis" connection to be found. One might even begin to suspect -- since one has had plenty of time to think about such things -- that the words "Final" and "Crisis" which so prominently frame the cover image might be mere marketing tools, a not-so-secret code of sorts which compels its victims to buy a comic one might normally skip just because of some elusive promise of relevance to something more eventful.
If such a crass and misleading ploy is used in the service of promoting the Legion of Super-Heroes, and it is, then I can't really complain, especially when it's an old-school superhero spectacle like this.
And, yes, we do know that this series does connect to "Final Crisis" eventually, and the connection with Brainiac 5 and the Miracle Machine sets up Superman's final confrontation with Darkseid. We know that because "Final Crisis," even with all of its delays, wrapped up nearly six months before this spin-off will conclude. But if it's a matter of waiting a few (or six, or twelve) extra months to get George Perez to finish the art on this series, I'll take it. I can just imagine one of those "Countdown" journeymen coming in to pencil the last two issues of "Legion of 3 Worlds" instead. The horror on my face right now has nothing to do with the revelation at the end of this issue.
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