And Then I Read: ADVENTURE 516 & 517

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Paul Levitz is writing the Legion in both their own title and this one, with ADVENTURE the home of the Legion’s “Early Years.” It doesn’t work as well for me, partly I suspect because I don’t like the art as much, but also because it seems an uneasy hybrid, trying to marry a more youthful and innocent Legion with adult themes and a complex planetary society common in today’s superhero comics, but not in the true early years of the Legion, as told when the concept was new in the 1950s and 60s. So, in Legion 516 we have the assassinated founder of the group, R. J. Brande, speaking through a prerecorded message about his own origins as a Durlan shape-shifter, an idea I believe came along much later, and in 517 we have the budding romance between Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy leading right into the bedroom. Paul knows how to write interesting dialogue, and situations that put his characters through trials both physical and mental, not to mention effective action scenes. If you don’t have a long history with the group, it might work fine, but I can’t say I’m comfortable with it.

The art by Kevin Sharpe and Marlo Alquiza isn’t bad, but it’s not as convincing as it might be, with the facial features in particular a bit off here and there, seeming to float around on the ovoid of the head inconsistently, and postures are sometimes puppetlike. I know I’m being picky, and this might well have worked fine twenty years ago, but the artistic bar keeps going up, doesn’t it? Perhaps just more experience is needed in this case.

Mildly recommended, especially if you’ve been following the LSH for less than 20 years.

3 thoughts on “And Then I Read: ADVENTURE 516 & 517

  1. Sarah Perryman

    I came across your blog this morning and wanted to say that I really enjoy it. I am just starting out as a colorist and find your insights of the art very interesting. Thank you very much for taking the time to share.

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