In Review: Convergence Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1

I feel slapped by DC for the way this book turned out. An utter failure.

The covers: I’m a huge Legion fan, so I’m really serious about any of their appearances. I really do not like this Main cover. There hasn’t been a regular Legion book since Legion Lost was cancelled two years ago. This book could have been a good introduction to show new readers whom the Legion is comprised of, but instead artist Pia Guerra used the Legion headquarters and tiny images of the Legionnaires against the dome. It’s awful. Besides, their powers can’t be working while the dome is up, as has been pointed out in all the other Convergence books. Even the coloring makes this image blasé, as the title is the only thing not rendered in a boring, faded color. Extremely disappointing. The Variant cover is better. It’s designed by Chip Kidd and features art by Ernie Colon and Larry Mahlstedt. Saturn Girl looks into the yellow cloud that’s enveloping her. Her look is calm–Perhaps she’s misread what this effect represents? I had to get this Variant. Overall grades: Main D- and Variant A

The story: The Dome is up around Metropolis of the thirtieth century. It includes Legion Headquarters, where Superboy makes his daily broadcast to the citizens, telling them not to give up hope. Though the Legionnaires have lost their powers, they’re continuing to work on a solution to exit the dome. Once done filming, Lightning Lass speaks to Kal, flirting fairly heavily. The Boy of Steel is sad to be trapped in this future environment, and is only taken out of his despair when other Legionnaires request his assistance. The final panel on Page 5 renders Superboy’s inclusion as pointless, as one Legionnaire was sufficient enough to achieve the group’s goal. With the exception of Brainiac 5, who is his typical self-centered genius self, and Lightning Lass, the other Legionnaires don’t get much to do. There’s a nice bit with Colossal Boy’s plight, but he doesn’t contribute much save one line of insight. Written by Stuart Moore, this story doesn’t do much in showing the Legionnaires’ abilities or working relationship. They get their powers in the end, and the group they must battle is shown (and could there be a poorer choice for combatants?), but this is just not entertaining. Overall grade: D

The art: This is wince inducing visuals by penciller Gus Storms and inker Mark Farmer. Page 1 shows readers exactly what to expect. The first crowd scene in the second panel contains blobs for individuals with no faces and no details in their clothing. There are also no alien shapes, so evidently in this version of the Legion all the aliens left before the dome was dropped. Superboy looks terrible. His head is wide and squashed down, and his neck is as thick as his head. Things do not improve on Pages 2 and 3 which is a double-paged spread. Some Legionnaires are shown, but as sketches, with their faces missing or slits for eyes, nose, and mouth. This is Page 2 and Storms is already skimping on the visuals? Lightning Lass has big eyes that would make Margaret Keane stop and stare. Brianiac 5 has got a nose on his first page that would make you believe that Basil Rathbone has been resurrected. Sun Boy also has the Keane big eyed look. Superboy looks like a teen, but often morphs into an adult between panels and pages. Worse is the final page that introduces those that will fight the title characters. Again, sketchy individuals and a setting that is completely out of proportion to its inhabitants. Why was this allowed to happen? A visual fiasco. Overall grade: F

The colors: The colors give a calming pastel feel to the future with soft blues and violets domination. It made portions of the art bearable, but still have to exist under the taint of the pencils. John Rauch does what he can, but when the art is unfinished, how could he be expected to make his contributions excel? Overall grade: C+

The letters: Pat Brosseau has created scene settings, dialogue, opening title and credits, Computo speak, sounds, Telos’s proclamation, and next issue’s tease. What he does is fine, but it’s lessened by the art. Overall grade: B

The final line: I feel slapped by DC for the way this book turned out. Again, this company has shown they have no clue, or don’t care, about what to do with this team of heroes who are being killed by mediocre efforts. An utter failure. Overall grade: D

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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