Legion of Super-Heroes #3 Review


Reviewer: Mathan “I dig this book” Erhardt
Story Title: N/A

Written by: Mark Waid & Barry Kitson
Penciled by: Barry Kitson
Inked by: Barry Kitson & Art Thibert
Colored by: Chris Blythe
Lettered by: Phil Balsman
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Publisher: DC Comics

The issue begins with Triplicate Girl showing off her talents. She complains via flight ring that her flight ring doesn’t duplicate when she does. Back at headquarters Cosmic Boy and Brainiac 5 discuss the problem, and we get to see the tension between the two teammates.

Next we see Phantom Girl giving Element Lad tips on dating rituals, because he’s got a date with Triplicate Girl tonight. As they go on their date we get a glimpse at her life before the Legion. And needless to say her origin is a bit different this time around. We also learn some of the limitations for Element Lad’s powers.

Then we go back to Legion HQ and witness more tension between Cosmic Boy and Brainiac 5. There is a power struggle between the two heroes.

We then witness a date between Triplicate Girl and Sun Boy, as they role-play a 21st Century hero game, complete with secret identities and a hilarious role for Chameleon. We also see Colossal Boy, Light Lass and Invisible Lad get hassled by the cops.

Later we get to see Ultra Boy and Triplicate Girl’s date, and we get a glimpse into the rebellious mindset of the 31st century. Of course it all comes to a head when all three male heroes return to Triplicate Girl’s quarters with a Triplicate at the same time. But the end of the issue reveals that everything wasn’t really what it seemed to be.

Waid is really fleshing out the 31st Century. The tension within the team is a very nice touch. The new origin for Triplicate Girl is a nice addition and it leaves the door open for numerous possibilities. I also can’t wait to find out why Invisible Kid is so worried about being seen.

Kitson and Thibert did some fine work this issue. I like the new look for the Legionaires and how the world of the future looks. Kitson manages to create some very nice looking facial expressions and the action is never lacking.