Daily Archives: February 10, 2011

Failing Grade

Adventure Comics #523
“First Night”
Writer: Paul Levitz
Pencils/Cover artist: Phil Jimenez
Inks: Andy Lanning
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letters: Swands
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 U.S.

I absolutely love the fact that DC has turned its revived Adventure Comics title into a Legion of Super-Heroes vehicle again. While I wasn’t around when the Legion first graced the title’s pages in the 1960s, I did read a lot of reprints of those stories in various DC digests in the 1980s — many of them the Adventure digests, in fact. Longtime Legion writer Paul Levitz didn’t really draw me in with his efforts on this book last year, but again, I liked that he focused on the Silver Age incarnations of the Legion characters. This new direction — featuring the students at the “Legion Academy” — is a nice fresh start; I’m guessing DC hoped the combination of a new Legion-related feature and the arrival of a popular artist on the book would drive up sales. Unfortunately, the cast of new characters to which the audience is introduced isn’t all that enjoyable, and while the meticulous detail that Phil Jimenez brings to his work is usually quite impressive, here, it overwhelms the eye.

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