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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 741.5973
EAN: 9781563899614
ISBN: 1563899612
Label: DC Comics
Manufacturer: DC Comics
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2003-05-01
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 2003-05-01
Studio: DC Comics

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Editorial Reviews:

The 12th volume of the Legion of Super-Heroes' DC Archives series finds the 30th-century team still in a period of transition after being resurrected in the back pages of Superboy. Issues 213-223 of Superboy pit the Legion against some arch foes (the Time Trapper, a regrettably touchy-feely Fatal Five) as well as other random bad guys who only stand a chance against this mob of heroes by somehow turning their powers against them.The stories (usually a longer story balanced by a shorter "character" story focusing on a Legionnaire or two) are rather minor even despite the return of LSH legendary writer Jim Shooter, but a couple of the highlights are "The Charge of the Doomed Legionnaires," in which Braniac 5 tries to outwit a Khund general, and "The Trillion-Dollar Trophies," featuring Grimbor and the irresistible Charma.Mike Grell gets to show off his flashy artwork through the beauty of Charma and of a strange woman Superboy rescues from the path of a magnetic train.Also in this period was the introduction of Tyroc and the launch of Karate Kid's short-lived (15 issues) solo series, the first issue of which is included in this volume. --David Horiuchi


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Summary: Great Legion Collection
Comment: Some of the best Shooter stories during this period, with some excellent artwork by Mike Grell. I wish they would have included the very last issue of Grell's run (#224), Shooter's second Stargrave story and setup for a great character plot for Brainiac 5, that ended on a sour note when another writer took over in the middle of the multi-part storyline, for shame. However, this archive ends with #223, Jim Shooter's intro of Pulsar Stargrave. Both the Cary Bates and Jim Shooter stories are better than generally given credit for, particularly for this transitional time in all comic book stories, between self contained character oriented plots and latter day multi-part epics. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of Karate Kid #1 by Paul Levitz who would go on to become one the best Legion writers later. The extra cover galleries including the Tabloid size Grell cover for the Mordru reprint were nice to have. All in all an excellent volume of this archive series to have.

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Summary: Does DC plan to release any more Volumes in this series.???
Comment: It's been 3 years! Any more coming out?????

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Summary: Still a transition time for the Legion
Comment: Volume 12 of the Legion's DC Archives series includes Superboy 213-223 plus the first issue of Karate Kid's solo series. There are some good stories in here like Grimbor and Charma plus the introduction of Tyroc, but in general it's minor stuff. I hope they resume the LSH's archives series because the title soon picked up quite a bit with the Earthwar sequence among others. Another redeeming point about this period is the art of Mike Grell. Speaking of Grell, how about releasing his excellent Warlord series in a high-quality Archives edition?


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