I’ve always been a Legion fanboy, having first read the Legion of Super-Heroes back in the late 70s-early 80s. Having started relatively late, all that came before was compressed and presented to me by the Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes mini-series.
After writing last year’s Green Lantern Corps epic The Sinestro Corps War, Geoff Johns is back with veteran artist George Perez with something that knocked me unconscious for a minute…
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds.
Here’s a tidbit from the interview at Newsarama:
Newsarama: Let’s just start up front and say what people are probably thinking, Geoff. Three Legions! When someone starts reading Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, is there anything they have to read first? Maybe they should read your Action Comics story that included the Legion of Super-Heroes? Or study up on Legion history?
Geoff Johns: If you want, sure, but you don’t have to know anything before you read it. This is Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes vs. Superboy-Prime and the Legion of Super-Villains. Things explode from there, but I’m approaching it like the current Action Comics storyline: You didn’t have to read The Lightning Saga before reading that story, and the same kind of thing’s true here. So I highly suggest Gary [Frank] and my wonderful Action Comics [laughs], for anyone who hasn’t picked it up yet. But no, you don’t have to read anything to pick up and understand Legion of 3 Worlds.
NRAMA: But Geoff, you’re going to have all three Legions in this story? One Legion sounds overwhelming enough to a new Legion reader, but three??
GJ: But there’s a focus on a group of characters. Certain characters will really get the spotlight. A lot of other characters will be in the background. That’s what George does. When you have these big epics and you have dozens and dozens of characters, it can get overwhelming, but there’s a focus on a group of characters that have their goals and missions that really represent to me the heart of the Legion. And those characters will be getting most of the attention. But everybody will be in there. Just about everybody.
It’s like the Sinestro Corps had a lot going on, but it was focused.
NRAMA: So, just like it didn’t matter if you knew the name of every Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps member during Sinestro Corps War, you don’t need to know anything about the Legion going into this – is that what you’re saying?
GJ: If you do, cool, if not, if you’re a DC fan you’ll enjoy this.
OK, all three versions of the Legion will be featured! The two reboots which was done by DC Comics has been made part of the story! I am a happy Legion fanboy! And with Grant Morrison writing the main Final Crisis mini-series… I guess I’ll have to spare some cash monthly to pick these up as they get published.
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Wait! What are Jenni Ognatz, Lex Luthor and a GL battery doing behind the Time Trapper?