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If Morrison is writing tomorrow comics, Geoff Johns is very much writing yesterday’s future comics, today. There is really nothing post-modern, fractured, twisted, or bizarre about this story. But it’s a good old romp in the world of the Legion of Superheroes. The only thing that can get confusing is the number of heroes, especially since the three most common versions of the Legion have converged here to battle Superboy Prime and his Legion of Super Villains. Which makes for some fun moments, like the arguing among the three Braniac-5s.

It also makes for a great showcase of the talented George Perez, who is doing as good a job as ever. He’s a master at fitting a huge number of characters into very small panels. He’s also great at showing action, moving story forward, and clean, bright faces. Clearly this is a project that Perez loves and he’s pouring energy onto these pages.

So if you’re getting confused by the three different versions of Lightning Lad? Just relax and read on. Here’s a clue: the good guys are the ones doing good and the bad guys are the ones doing bad. Isn’t that refreshing?

Ok, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this comic also marks the return of two major heroes from “our” time who passed away over the course of the last few years. One of these wasn’t surprising at all (technically Kid Flash came back at the end of the last issue) and the other one was handled well and I’m curious about the ramifications of it.

I don’t know whether to deduct or add points to Johns for having Impulse quote Robin Williams’ “Genie.” It kind of goes with his character (especially as he’s de-aged to a teen again). But I do think Perez drew him a little twerpy-looking. Oh well. I have hope.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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