It’s been a long, long road for we suffering Legion of Super-Heroes fans. After the cancellation of their most recent title in the New 52, there had been a real drought in appearances for our favorite far future super-teens. A key role in the short-lived Justice League United here, Saturn Girl cameos during DC Rebirth and her role in Doomsday Clock there…but otherwise, it’s pretty much been famine…but as of this September that all changes; after weeks and really months of teasing, it can finally be revealed: Brian Michael Bendis, the current Superman architect is teaming with Ryan Sook, Jim Lee, Nicola Scott and more for the book that finally brings back the LSH into DC continuity – get ready for Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium.
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium is a two part series, starting in September, that will then pave the way for a new ongoing (!!) Legion comic by Bendis and Sook. This all-star series will feature a surprising tour guide leading readers through a very long journey to the 31st Century, as she finds herself suddenly immortal and embarking on a 1,000 year odyssey connecting all of DC’s future timelines officially for the very first time. She’ll encounter quite an array of DC characters and settings both dystopian and utopian, each drawn by a different artist of renown.
The first issue will feature:
- Supergirl, drawn by Jim Lee
- Batman Beyond, drawn by Dustin Nguyen
- Kamandi, drawn by Andrea Sorrentino
- Tommy Tomorrow, drawn by André Lima Araújo
While the second issue, out in October, keeps the mysterious immortal’s road toward the 31st century going with the following stops:
- Booster Gold, drawn by Nicola Scott
- OMAC, drawn by Jim Cheung
- A DC “off-world” chapter, drawn by Jeff Dekal
- Legion of Super-Heroes, drawn by Ryan Sook
One heck of a line-up, and it provides a terrific on-ramp for the Bendis/Sook Legion ongoing that will hopefully follow immediately thereafter (though no date has been announced for that new series as of yet). I wouldn’t have pieced together that OMAC would follow so far after Kamandi, but the story of how the Global Peace Agency gives way to the United Planets sounds like a fascinating tale to be told. What a way to kick this long-awaited series off, and the first issue is out on September 18th.
Here’s Bendis on this momentous occasion from DC’s PR:
“Since its Silver Age origin, the Legion of Super-Heroes has been the cornerstone of the future DC Universe,” said Bendis. “Over time, a wealth of future characters and stories have emerged since the Legion’s beginnings and connecting these threads to an updated version of the Legion is a story Ryan and I can’t wait to tell.”
Take a look at some preview art for each issue, but don’t go too far…because there’s something even better down below….we promise!
From Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1, here’s a quick peek at Batman Beyond by Dustin Nguyen and Kamandi by Andrea Sorrentino, along with the first issue’s cover:
And from Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2, your first look at Booster Gold by Nicola Scott and OMAC by Jim Cheung:
Are you still with us? How could you not be after all this excitement. Well there’s one more very special treat…take a look at the new designs for the Legion of Super-Heroes by Ryan Sook, including a new modernized logo:
Aren’t you glad you scrolled all the way down? Some really interesting changes here: Rokk has the same haircut as me now, Reep’s design is incredible, and the eerie look for Tasmia is such a great new take. The Legion has long needed a shot in the arm and a way to find a new audience, this is the perfect way to do it and the excitement in the lead up to the Fall is going to overtake me with joy. Given the history of reboots for this team and the complicated nature of its continuity (two reboots and one “deboot”, so basically three reboots), a slate cleaning and reinterpretation of the team for a new era looks to be the right approach.
The Legion of Super-Heroes are back this Fall. I’m so happy I get to type those words. Long Live The Legion!