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Reprinting classic tales of cosmic adventure that originally appeared in the 1960s, the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 8 continues the 30th century escapades of tomorrow's greatest heroes. Presenting the sixth year of the super-powered teenaged group, this exciting edition includes the origin of the Legion, Ultra Boy's election as leader, the first appearance of the Reprinting classic tales of cosmic adventure that originally appeared in the 1960s, the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 8 continues the 30th century escapades of tomorrow's greatest heroes. Presenting the sixth year of the super-powered teenaged group, this exciting edition includes the origin of the Legion, Ultra Boy's election as leader, the first appearance of the Flash's descendants, the Tornado Twins, the expulsion of Colossal Boy for treason, the addition of Timber Wolf and Chemical King to the team, the diabolical debut of the Legion of Super-Villains, Mordro the Merciless's devastating attack on Smallville, and the introduction of the Legion Academy.


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Reprinting classic tales of cosmic adventure that originally appeared in the 1960s, the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 8 continues the 30th century escapades of tomorrow's greatest heroes. Presenting the sixth year of the super-powered teenaged group, this exciting edition includes the origin of the Legion, Ultra Boy's election as leader, the first appearance of the Reprinting classic tales of cosmic adventure that originally appeared in the 1960s, the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ARCHIVES VOL. 8 continues the 30th century escapades of tomorrow's greatest heroes. Presenting the sixth year of the super-powered teenaged group, this exciting edition includes the origin of the Legion, Ultra Boy's election as leader, the first appearance of the Flash's descendants, the Tornado Twins, the expulsion of Colossal Boy for treason, the addition of Timber Wolf and Chemical King to the team, the diabolical debut of the Legion of Super-Villains, Mordro the Merciless's devastating attack on Smallville, and the introduction of the Legion Academy.

30 review for Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, Vol. 8

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brandt

    By now, I think it's pretty obvious that I am pretty big Legion of Super-Heroes fan. As I discussed in my review of the first Legion Omnibus I was drawn to the teenage super-team from the far future as part of a post Crisis on Infinite Earths story arc by John Byrne and Paul Levitz that spanned through the direct sales Legion title that could only be found in specialty stores and on newsstands in Byrne's Superman and Action Comics. As a matter of fact, it was literally a decade before I was By now, I think it's pretty obvious that I am pretty big Legion of Super-Heroes fan. As I discussed in my review of the first Legion Omnibus I was drawn to the teenage super-team from the far future as part of a post Crisis on Infinite Earths story arc by John Byrne and Paul Levitz that spanned through the direct sales Legion title that could only be found in specialty stores and on newsstands in Byrne's Superman and Action Comics. As a matter of fact, it was literally a decade before I was able to track down the Legion bits of this arc and read the whole story, but by then I was more familiar with the Legion and their adversaries, having become a fan of the post-Crisis, pre-Zero Hour Legion and the "Five Years Later" reset. Comics were no longer for kids, and the young adult reader I had become was appreciative of the fact that an army of super-heroes could possibly have gay members and that sometimes relationships were complicated, while meanwhile the galaxy was still a horribly dangerous place, even in the year 3000. One of the things that was always great about Legion of Super-Heroes up to the publication of Zero Hour was how the people writing the book were hardcore fans of the team and so they always put their best foot forward when writing Legion of Super-Heroes As such, when a "classic" Legion villain makes their first appearance, it's something to celebrate. This volume contains the first appearance of Mordru, who is one of the most powerful Legion villains out there and who eventually showed up in the pages of JSA as well. Mordru is a major participant in the "Five Years Later" reset, so as such, reading Mordru's first appearance sets my heart aflutter a bit. However, this is pretty much the only highlight of this particular volume. One would expect more from an older Jim Shooter (I want to say Shooter was likely 18 when he wrote the stories in this volume) but for the most part these stories are bog standard super-hero fare. Apart from Mordru's first appearance I didn't see much that would have a future impact on the Legion. All of this said, you can notice that Shooter is one of the members of the DC "new wave" that began in the late 1960s. These stories don't have the edge of Denny O' Neil's work on Green Lantern/Green Arrow but O' Neil is also twelve years Shooter's senior and probably had a naivete that O' Neil didn't possess at 30. However, earlier volumes have stronger work from Shooter, in my opinion. Shortly after the stories in this collection were published, the Legion jumped to the Superboy title. Perhaps this was a function of lesser stories from Shooter, but the truth is usually more complicated than that. Still, the appearance of Mordru here is essential reading for Legion junkies like myself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    Gems include the fun but misogynist "Mutiny of the Super-Heroines!", "Mordru the Merciless!" 2-parter, "School for Super-Villains!" 2-parter, & "Tornado Twins!". Gems include the fun but misogynist "Mutiny of the Super-Heroines!", "Mordru the Merciless!" 2-parter, "School for Super-Villains!" 2-parter, & "Tornado Twins!".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    The very first Legion story I ever read was the classic tale that introduced Mordru the Merciless. Captured off panel years ago, Mordru escapes and drives four Legionnaires into the past, where they briefly forget they are Legionnaires and have to rely on Superboy's pals Pete Ross and Lana Lang to get them moving. This two parter was reprinted in one of DC's big, tabloid-sized comics that sold for $1 in the mid 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, it sill holds up, much to my delight. Writer Jim Shoote The very first Legion story I ever read was the classic tale that introduced Mordru the Merciless. Captured off panel years ago, Mordru escapes and drives four Legionnaires into the past, where they briefly forget they are Legionnaires and have to rely on Superboy's pals Pete Ross and Lana Lang to get them moving. This two parter was reprinted in one of DC's big, tabloid-sized comics that sold for $1 in the mid 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, it sill holds up, much to my delight. Writer Jim Shooter packs a lot of great characterization into this tale, and once again devises many traps for the Legionnaires to escape. Artists Curt Swan and Jack Abel do fantastic work, as usual, and although the number of Legionnaires is small, it was a great introduction to the team and made me a life-long fan. Another good story in this volume involves Colossal Boy, whose parents are kidnapped by criminals. Forced to capture the secrets of the Legion's new headquarters and the new Legion Academy, Colossal Boy has to fend off the Legion, the Science Police, and the United Planets as he makes every attempt to rescue his parents without calling on his Legion buddies for help. This tale also introduced doomed Legionnaire Chemical King, and brought the Lone Wolf into the Legion as Timber Wolf. It's also showcases the Legion of Super-Villains and many rejected Legion applicants who turned to crime once they lost their shot at being a Legionnaire. Surprisingly, the Legion didn't get an origin story for the first ten years or so of their existence. Over time, it was revealed that the richest man in the universe, R.J. Brande, was the Legion's financier, and that the Legion started because they saved Brande from assassins, but the story wasn't put together and fleshed out until a reprint issue from 1968. Writer E. Nelson Bridwell concocted the well-known story of how the three founding Legionnaires, the same ones who first appeared in that Superboy story ten years prior, were all traveling to Earth when they spotted the murder plot and prevented it from happening. Brande remarked how they should become super-heroes, modeled after Earth champions Superman and Supergirl. The trio (Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl) accept on the spot and the Legion was born. The rest of this volume has its share of fair-to-middling stories, like how an ambassador from a matriarchal society influences the female Legionnaires to turn against their male teammates; how, when meeting the briefly-influenced-to-commit-crimes Wanderers, the Legionnaires make up a March Madness bracket to determine who is the mightiest of them all; and how a set of twin heroes have a link to a certain 20th century Scarlet Speedster. These stories are entertaining, but a bit formulaic. Additionally, the art in the last few stories is done by Win Mortimer, who was more well-known for his romance and mystery art than super-heroes. His poses are not that active, but he did draw some pretty girls.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    I am a huge LOSH fan. These collected volumes are prefect to be able to go back and read the older adventures of this Silver Age superhero team. Very recommended

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gina Donahue

  6. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marcello Tarot

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg

  9. 4 out of 5

    Haizelmary

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sam Nerby

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charles

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steven Wilson

  14. 5 out of 5

    John

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karl Hickey

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wt

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jim

  19. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Callahan

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Webster

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rex

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tim Deforest

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doug Weir

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Gastinger

  26. 4 out of 5

    Xaanua

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Elmslie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rodney

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Hackett

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