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This essay collection, from fans and scholars alike, is as diverse as Legion history. Essays examine significant runs (by Jim Shooter, Paul Levitz, and Keith Giffen); the Legion's science, future architecture, and fashion; the role of women, homosexuality, and race; the early Legion's classical adaptations, its teenage cruelty, and its relation to the early Justice League; This essay collection, from fans and scholars alike, is as diverse as Legion history. Essays examine significant runs (by Jim Shooter, Paul Levitz, and Keith Giffen); the Legion's science, future architecture, and fashion; the role of women, homosexuality, and race; the early Legion's classical adaptations, its teenage cruelty, and its relation to the early Justice League; Lightning Lad's death and resurrection; whether the Legion should be allowed to age; the Amethyst saga; the themes of the reboot Legion; and the so-called Threeboot's relationship to adult adolescence and generational theory. From Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. More info at http: //Sequart.org


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This essay collection, from fans and scholars alike, is as diverse as Legion history. Essays examine significant runs (by Jim Shooter, Paul Levitz, and Keith Giffen); the Legion's science, future architecture, and fashion; the role of women, homosexuality, and race; the early Legion's classical adaptations, its teenage cruelty, and its relation to the early Justice League; This essay collection, from fans and scholars alike, is as diverse as Legion history. Essays examine significant runs (by Jim Shooter, Paul Levitz, and Keith Giffen); the Legion's science, future architecture, and fashion; the role of women, homosexuality, and race; the early Legion's classical adaptations, its teenage cruelty, and its relation to the early Justice League; Lightning Lad's death and resurrection; whether the Legion should be allowed to age; the Amethyst saga; the themes of the reboot Legion; and the so-called Threeboot's relationship to adult adolescence and generational theory. From Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. More info at http: //Sequart.org

53 review for Teenagers from the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    I've been a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes for roughly 30 years. Original. Reboot. Threeboot. You name it, if it has "LSH" attached to it, the odds are better than even that I'm interested in it. This book features essays about the Legion, their world(s), how happenings in "the real world" has influenced the title's writers and how the characters have influenced others. And it's fun, to boot. If you're a Legion fan, I recommend this book. I've been a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes for roughly 30 years. Original. Reboot. Threeboot. You name it, if it has "LSH" attached to it, the odds are better than even that I'm interested in it. This book features essays about the Legion, their world(s), how happenings in "the real world" has influenced the title's writers and how the characters have influenced others. And it's fun, to boot. If you're a Legion fan, I recommend this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne Langston

    The Legion of Superheroes is only a few months older than I am--both of us made our debut in 1958. And I've been a fan of the group for all but seven of those years (as I discovered the book when I was between seven and eight). There are other groups, even teen groups, that I enjoy a great deal--Doom Patrol, Chris Claremont's run on the X-men, the Teen Titans--but the Legion and its world holds a special place in my heart. So when I heard this book mentioned on the LoSP podcast, I knew that at s The Legion of Superheroes is only a few months older than I am--both of us made our debut in 1958. And I've been a fan of the group for all but seven of those years (as I discovered the book when I was between seven and eight). There are other groups, even teen groups, that I enjoy a great deal--Doom Patrol, Chris Claremont's run on the X-men, the Teen Titans--but the Legion and its world holds a special place in my heart. So when I heard this book mentioned on the LoSP podcast, I knew that at some point I'd have to read it. And now, I have. As is true of any book of essays, some are better than others. The essay on female roles in the sixties version of the Legion was stellar, as was the essay on diversity in the Legion. The essay on fashion was a hoot and a half, if unabashedly fluff. There were no bad essays in the bunch, though a few seemed to be a little redundant, or get facts just a bit off. The essays cover up to the Threeboot, with a mention of the Retroboot's appearances in the Lightning Saga and Superman and the Legion, but came out before the current series written by Paul Levitz. (In fact, my only wish for the book would be an updating! And, um, more about the Legion of Substitute heroes, a group I just adore.) For a Legion fan, this is well worth a look.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jasmin

    I won this book as a Goodreads first-reads. I've been into comics for a few years now, but I had not picked up Legion of Super-Heroes yet. But half way through this book I went to the comic store and got a bunch of Legion comics ranging from the Waid's Threeboot to the New 52. And I plan on getting more of them over time. From there I started following along with the essays and which issues were being referenced by the authors. This book (or collecting of essays) was a really great way to get an I won this book as a Goodreads first-reads. I've been into comics for a few years now, but I had not picked up Legion of Super-Heroes yet. But half way through this book I went to the comic store and got a bunch of Legion comics ranging from the Waid's Threeboot to the New 52. And I plan on getting more of them over time. From there I started following along with the essays and which issues were being referenced by the authors. This book (or collecting of essays) was a really great way to get an introduction into this series and I can see why it has such a strong following. This book also acts as a guide for new readers so that we don't get overwhelmed with the vast history and large cast of the Legion. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great comic series to pick up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michel Siskoid Albert

    Sequart's collection of some 18 essays (20 if you count preface and epilogue) on the Legion of Super-Heroes. These range from studies of specific elements (fashion, utopian architecture, homosexuality) to literary criticism of the books' various eras, sometimes exposing some very interesting, and even surprising themes. One thing that does come through in the book taken as a whole is how the Legion was so often in the avant-garde of superhero comics, doing first what we would take for granted la Sequart's collection of some 18 essays (20 if you count preface and epilogue) on the Legion of Super-Heroes. These range from studies of specific elements (fashion, utopian architecture, homosexuality) to literary criticism of the books' various eras, sometimes exposing some very interesting, and even surprising themes. One thing that does come through in the book taken as a whole is how the Legion was so often in the avant-garde of superhero comics, doing first what we would take for granted later. A very interesting read which, while it could have withstood a little more proofreading in some essays, is nonetheless very well organized by editor Tim Callahan, disparate articles somehow fitting the Legion's actual publication history.

  5. 5 out of 5

    David Macpherson

    a decent if uneven selection about the Legion. I thought some of the essays were insightful but others felt repetitive.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sundararaman R

    Unlike most other reviewers here, I'm not much of a comic reader, except for a few Batman comics after seeing the Nolan films and a few linked from Cracked articles. However, I still loved most of this book and enjoyed reading it. The articles are of varying quality coming from different authors, and unfortunately some of the initial ones are tough to trudge through, which gives a pretty bad first impression. In particular, I almost gave this a 4 star feedback mainly due to the "Liberating the f Unlike most other reviewers here, I'm not much of a comic reader, except for a few Batman comics after seeing the Nolan films and a few linked from Cracked articles. However, I still loved most of this book and enjoyed reading it. The articles are of varying quality coming from different authors, and unfortunately some of the initial ones are tough to trudge through, which gives a pretty bad first impression. In particular, I almost gave this a 4 star feedback mainly due to the "Liberating the future" part which had so much potential, but ended up mostly using the English-major trick of "create and find controversy where there's none" and leaves a bad taste in your mouth at the end of it, ruining the mood of the book. A few of the later chapters address similar topics in a more mature, rational way without going too astray from the theme of the book itself, I feel the book would have been better off without this chapter. Ultimately though, this was a particularly interesting read for a comic-book newbie like me, introducing me to the various eras of comic books, various styles of the publications and artists, and of course to a fun gang of heroic teenagers!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dave Newton

    The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of those comic titles I just can't give up. I have followed every incarnation of it since first reading their adventures in the black & white Australian reprints of DCs comics in the 1970s. On the other hand, I'm not so deeply fanatical about the series that I can give chapter & verse on the dozens of main and supporting characters over the decades. The quality of essays in this collection is variable. Some are well written and accessible to the general comic-boo The Legion of Super-Heroes is one of those comic titles I just can't give up. I have followed every incarnation of it since first reading their adventures in the black & white Australian reprints of DCs comics in the 1970s. On the other hand, I'm not so deeply fanatical about the series that I can give chapter & verse on the dozens of main and supporting characters over the decades. The quality of essays in this collection is variable. Some are well written and accessible to the general comic-book fan who has a passing (or past) interest in the LSH or various DC eras. Others are are sometimes impenetrable and definitely only appeal to the Legion fanatic. A bit more editing of those might have gone a long way. Its a mixed bag, but I'm predisposed to like the subject. 3/5 seems fair.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)

    While I truly enjoyed this book, my main criticism is that someone with very little or no knowledge of the Legion might not be able to follow these essays. Some are clear enough that even the least knowledgeable would be fine, but there are a couple that would just lose those same people. Aside from that, every essay in this book is awesome. I love love love that there is an entire organization dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as legitimate sources of scholarship. Geeks have long While I truly enjoyed this book, my main criticism is that someone with very little or no knowledge of the Legion might not be able to follow these essays. Some are clear enough that even the least knowledgeable would be fine, but there are a couple that would just lose those same people. Aside from that, every essay in this book is awesome. I love love love that there is an entire organization dedicated to promoting comics and graphic novels as legitimate sources of scholarship. Geeks have long believed this was so, but many in the non-geeky world have scoffed. My hope is that many more books like this appear. Long live the Legion! And not to mix characters/creators, but Excelsior!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I read the entire book while waiting for an oil change. It's not a short book, and it was a long oil change. I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone who is completely unfamiliar with the Legion. Some essays will leave you lost. There are some winners in here, and some laugh-out-loud moments, for comics fans (and especially for hardcore Legion nerds like me). There are also some clunkers. I didn't get a lot of new information, but I was definitely entertained. I read the entire book while waiting for an oil change. It's not a short book, and it was a long oil change. I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone who is completely unfamiliar with the Legion. Some essays will leave you lost. There are some winners in here, and some laugh-out-loud moments, for comics fans (and especially for hardcore Legion nerds like me). There are also some clunkers. I didn't get a lot of new information, but I was definitely entertained.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alan

    The Legion of Super-Heroes from the beginnings. Essays dealing with multiple ideas, including some of the sociological issues of the time during which they were written. I remember reading them during the early years in Adventure Comics. Enjoyed reading about how those characters progressed in time.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Tower

    This was a GREAT book IF you have ever read the Legion. Just being a comic book fan will not be enough to sustain you through these essays, you must be a Legion of Superheroes FAN. If so, you will likely love it. I did. If only for the summarized plots of old stories I have not read in some time. GREAT book. Hope they do one on the Teen Titans next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eruwenn

    I think I'm a bit of an odd duck. I went into this knowing nothing about the subject matter at hand, but I still found it wildly interesting to read the varying takes on how comics can (and did) both reflect and change the world and the people who read them. I think I'm a bit of an odd duck. I went into this knowing nothing about the subject matter at hand, but I still found it wildly interesting to read the varying takes on how comics can (and did) both reflect and change the world and the people who read them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marcello Tarot

    Riassunti, NON saggi La grave pecca di questo libro è che i cosiddetti “saggi” che contiene sono più che altro dei riassunti, di cui uno proprio non si sente il bisogno. Le parti “saggio” sono ridotte all’osso, e non valgono l’acquisto del libro nella sua interezza.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    So much fun. Love the Legion, always have, and could talk/read about them all day. My only quibble is that the book wasn't long enough to go even more in-depth. So much fun. Love the Legion, always have, and could talk/read about them all day. My only quibble is that the book wasn't long enough to go even more in-depth.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julian Darius

    Glad to see this book finally on Kindle.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

  17. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

    Bufo Calvin

  22. 5 out of 5

    Simon Bucher-Jones

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Essl

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Price

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Daria Narkov

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 5 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  33. 5 out of 5

    Terminaljunkie3

  34. 5 out of 5

    Krista

  35. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  36. 5 out of 5

    Amin

  37. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

  38. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Rondon

  39. 5 out of 5

    MaGnUs Lehnsherr

  40. 4 out of 5

    vicki_girl

  41. 4 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  43. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  44. 4 out of 5

    Michael Malice

  45. 4 out of 5

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  46. 4 out of 5

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  47. 5 out of 5

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  48. 4 out of 5

    Brian Callahan

  49. 5 out of 5

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  50. 4 out of 5

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