When this run of Legion of Super-Heroes first started, I wasn't really having it. Sure, I read every issue, but I just wasn't happy with it. The Legion of Super-Heroes had two series going. The main book featured the Legion and the second book, Legionnaires, featured younger clones of the original team. Then DC decided "fuck it, let's start over." And both books were rebooted and we started over at day one again. We got new adventures, new motivations, new characters. I wasn't happy because my team, a team I'd been reading since I was ten or eleven years old, was suddenly gone. They were replaced with these imposters.
But over time, this title really grew on me. It wasn't bad. It wasn't done half-assed like another reboot I've complained about a lot on this blog. And the characters slowly became old friends again. There were new characters whom I adored (XS!!! Monstress!!!!). There were reboots I didn't particularly care for (Projectra.... um, no.)
What's weird re-reading these stories, especially in this format, is seeing how quickly the basis of the Legion was thrown together. This volume reprints six or seven issues of each series and it's crazy how quickly they added and subtracted members in less than the first year of the series. Sure, it kind of makes sense they way they did it, but it was still pretty quick how many characters were introduced after the team was formed.
It's weird to me that Mark Waid was behind the reboot of the team into this AND the reboot of this team into the next iteration. This one worked. The one after this so did not. I'm anxious to see the next volume of this book.
Legionnaires Book One
Writer: Tom McCraw, Tom Peyer, Mark Waid
Artist: Stuart Immonen, Lee Moder, Jeffrey Moy, Brian Apthorp, Scott Benefiel, Yancey Labat, Chris Renaud, Ron Boyd, W.C. Carani, Philip Moy, Tom Simmons