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Quick Critiques – May 4, 2008

Action Comics #864 (DC Comics)
by Geoff Johns, Joe Prado & Jon Sibal

I was so impressed with the strength of the previous story arc, “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes,” I decided to add Action Comics to my regular pull list again. This issue is something of an epilogue, but not just to the previous Legion arc. This ties up loose ends (or purports to do so) from Countdown and “The Lightning Saga” from Justice League of America and Justice Society of America. Needless to say, the storytelling here is rather impenetrable, and the most inaccessible aspect is the villain of the piece. Unless you’re up on your Legion of Super-Heroes lore from the 1960s to ’80s, the significance of the embittered narrator will be elusive. But perhaps the most frustrating aspect of the book is that, well, nothing really happens. There’s no real conflict, just personality clashes and continuity maintenance. While this is an epilogue, it also serves as a prologue to the upcoming Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds. I’m looking forward to that book, as both a Legion and George Perez fan, but this comic book isn’t necessary reading for those of us who will delve into it. Also disappointing is the artwork. While before, readers were met with the crisp artwork of Gary Frank, Joe Prado’s work for this fill-in issue pales in comparison. The figures are inconsistently rendered. Frank’s vision of a cool, grittier Lightning Lad looks silly here. And Prado fails to convey the cavernous, immense quality of the Fortress of Solitude. His work on this issue seemed merely ordinary at its best, and it’s rarely at its best. It’s a shame that the creators and editors of this title have so quickly squandered the momentum they had going after the Legion story. 4/10

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