Legion of 3 Worlds No. 3
Published by DC Comics. Written by Geoff Johns. Pencils by George Perez. Inks by Scott Koblish.
The Deal: It's part three of DC's futuristic Final Crisis tie-in that brings together three alternate versions of the Legion of Super Heroes and pits them against Superboy Prime and his Legion of Super Villains. Honestly, I'm not sure why this is billed as a Final Crisis tie-in because, so far, no elements from Grant Morrison's epic limited series have appeared in this five-issue series.
The Good: I'll be the first to admit that I usually focus more on a comic book's story when I'm churning out these reviews. And that's because, for me, a good story will carry bad art. But the art in Legion of 3 Worlds, by the legendary George Perez, really does deserve lots of attention. It's amazing to think that after more than 30 years in the business, Perez still manages to create exciting, awe-inspiring work. And when you think about comics like this, which feature hundreds of characters, Perez is one of the few guys in the industry who can provide fitting visuals. Now, when we do talk about the story, I have nothing but good things to say regarding writer Geoff Johns' efforts. I sing Johns' praises all the time, but in searching for adjectives to describe what he's done this time, one word comes to mind: satisfying. So many comics being published these days leave you thinking, "That's it?" But when you get through a comic penned by Johns -- filled with tons of big action and significant character development -- you really feel like you got your money's worth.
The Bad: I've always looked at Superboy Prime as a rather silly super villain and not much has changed. This issue's inclusion of the Legion of Super Villains, however, provides a great pool of bad guys to make up for Prime's wackness.
The Verdict: Great art. Great story. What more could you want?
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