DCU: Legacies #9 (DC Comics)
by Len Wein, Jesus Saiz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Scott Kolins & Karl Story
When this series debuted last year, I was truly thrilled with the traditional approach to super-hero storytelling and the use of a grounded narrator, reminiscent of Kurt Busiek’s protagonist in Marvels. I’ve also enjoyed the use of different art teams for each issue. Unfortunately, the last couple of issues — which focused on the death of Superman and the “breaking of the Bat” storylines — stemmed from that event-driven, early ’90s kewl vibe that just doesn’t represent the best of what DC has had to offer over the years. Obviously, I knew it was coming, but I didn’t enjoy them. On the plus side, writer Len Wein does a good job of revisiting a couple of lesser-remembered events: Final Night and Day of Judgment. Connected by Hal Jordan’s quest for redemption, Wein’s recap here reminded me of the fun I had reading those comics more than a decade ago. Jesus Saiz’s art captures the doom-and-gloom atmosphere of Final Night nicely as well.