In the pages of The Legion Secret Files 3003 (January 2004), Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning use a simple but very effective narrative device. They tell the entire story from the point of view of Trudy Trusoe, a journalist who has the privilege of interviewing the legionnaires while making a documentary on everyday’s life on Legion World. In the process, we get to learn more about the Legion and its founding members: “three kids from different worlds, working together for the common good”, embodying “the basic doctrine of the United Planets”. The guest artists for this special one-shot are Leonard Kirk and Tony Harris. Some of Kirk’s pages are just wonderful, one of my favorites is the one that recaps the Legion’s history; Harris shares with us several spectacular double-page spreads, and I think the best one takes place in Brainiac 5’s laboratory, this is a majestic composition, full of grace and colorfulness.
I still have very fond memories of chapter 3 of “Foundations” (published in The Legion # 27, January 2004). The iconic cover of this issue, illustrated by Tony Harris, appeared briefly in an episode of the first season of The O.C. Allan Heinberg, executive producer of the series, was a big comics fan (and he would eventually create the Young Avengers for Marvel Comics), and he turned one of the show’s protagonists (Adam Brody) into a comic geek, which I absolutely loved. But there is something else about issue 27 that I find moving every time I re-read it. It might sound trivial, but the cold and rigid Brainiac 5 defies logic and embraces emotion, after rescuing his longtime companion Invisible Kid. When I first read this issue I immediately recognized what was going on. Brainiac 5 has always been portrayed as a lonely genius, and although some writers in the past have tried to make him fall in love with Supergirl, the truth is that he remained single. After finding out his friend is safe and sound, Brainy has a tremendously effusive reaction: a kiss in the cheek.
|Superboy versus Negative Superboy|
Por más de 30 años, la Legión de Súper-Héroes y Superboy fueron parte de la misma ecuación. Sin embargo, en los 80s, las Crisis en Tierras Infinitas causaron graves problemas a la continuidad de la Legión. En ese entonces John Byrne trató de arreglar esta situación de la mejor manera posible en las páginas de “Action Comics” y “Superman”, pero lo cierto es que en la versión de Byrne, Clark Kent nunca tuvo aventuras heroicas en su adolescencia, por lo tanto Superboy jamás había existido.
|The origin of the Legion / el origen de la Legión|
|Brainiac 5's lab / laboratorio de Brainiac 5|
|Superboy reverts to his classic look / Superboy revierte a su traje clásico|
|Brainiac 5 kisses Invisible Kid / Brainiac 5 besa a Invisible Kid|