Story: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Andrea Sorrentino, Andre Lima Araujo, Scott Williams
Colors: Alex Sinclair, John Kalisz, Dave Stewart, Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
What They Say:
Brought to you by some of comics’ greatest talents, this epic story spans the course of 1,000 years and, for the very first time, connects all of DC’s future timelines! Starring the unlikeliest of DC heroes as she learns to cope with newfound immortality and roams through the disparate societies of Batman Beyond, Kamandi and Tommy Tomorrow, wrestling with her own inner demons and desperately trying to find her purpose in an ever-changing world. Do not miss this truly unique take on tomorrow’s DC Universe, all leading up to a special launch on the millennium!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
It’s hard to be a patient fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes. With the launch of this two-part project that will lead into the series proper, Brian Michael Bendis is extended the story from the current Superman books where the character is introduced that we follow here and will lead us into the future. It’s not exactly a bad thing because the intent is to draw readers through the thousand years with fan-favorite properties that may not always be top level. And while Legion has always had a following, it hasn’t been a huge following in forever. So leading other fans to it in this way is great, but it’s also drawn out and a bit pricey when you just want to get back to the Outpost and hang out with everyone again. That said, Bendis begins things well here and he’s got a great art team backing him up to handle the different periods, giving them unique life while utilizing Rose as its central thread.
Taking place at some undetermined point in the future, we’re introduced to the current president, Supergirl, who is in grandmother mode with looks but still quite powerful. She’s found herself in a meeting with Rose Thorn, a woman that Supergirl knew back in our present day works known just as Thorn, a villain of sorts that was very difficult at the time to deal with for a range of people. While that storyline is unfolding in other books, Rose has come to her for help in the future because the medication that she was using to suppress the multiple personality disorder that she has has been discontinued. And that means the other personality, the very angry Thorn, has been kept locked in for centuries and will be incredibly dangerous when out. It’s amusing to see the reasons for this as Rose has kept herself in the countryside of Canada away from people, apparently ageless at that. When Kara realizes who she is and then realizes that the disorder was wiped away from an at-birth perspective, it becomes clear. She really does need help but there are likely limitations in this.
With a promise to help, because Kara will always be Kara, the book then takes us through different periods of time to show us Rose’s journey. They aren’t clearly defined because that would be something they don’t want to do, but they are familiar periods and characters. The opening bit is the best as it focuses on Thorn as the dominant personality taking down the Batman Beyond version of Batman figuring that the Batman would be the best one to help her figure out what’s going on. Which is confusing to him for obvious reasons. We get an intriguing piece through the Kamandi years after that, showing us a grim future period and the prized possession of Superman’s outfit that Rose hopes contains something she can use. And then we get some other period where she’s trying to get offworld by joining the Planeteers. This is a group that for the most part has not been used in full for a long time, going back to 130-ish range of Action Comics and originating in Real Fact Comics 16 back in 1948. I love the deep dive and it’s a great way to tie into some classic DC history that might surface again.
I’ll admit it – there’s minor frustration here in that we didn’t actually get to the Legion side yet. I really do like the idea of taking the trip through the millennium because the future part of DC was always an area that I enjoyed, often more than the present day books, because of the disconnect. Rose is a good way to bridge things and I’m excited to see what comes but I can also understand why this issue may be frustrating for some people. Bendis keeps things moving well, touches on two familiar and one unfamiliar area, and delivers a great Supergirl that I want to know everything about. Rose is nicely established here and all the right hooks are in place. And what a great art team to dig into with each period getting treated strongly. My hopes continue to rise.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: September 4th, 2019