There are those comic book readers who are hard-core fans of the Legion of Super-Heroes
And there are those comic book readers who haven’t picked up a LoSH book yet.
If you didn’t already know, the Legion is a group of superheroes living in in the far-flung future of DC Comics. Specifically, the science fiction, hero-trope stories take place way out there in the 30th and 31st centuries. It’s the perfect backdrop for stories that are completely unencumbered by, well, anything, really.
When you’ve got heroes named Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl alongside villains like the Dominators, Time Trapper and even the seemingly immortal Darkseid, the 31st century is fertile ground for whatever story a writer and artist may want to tell.
And superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis (Superman, Daredevil, Powers), following a career-defining stint at Marvel Comics, has taken over the the revamped LoSH monthly title since 2019. To some pretty great acclaim, I might add.
Here now, with Future State: The Legion of Super-Heroes #1, the first of a two-part tale, Bendis is tapping into the deep pool of his imagination again. This time it’s with fan-favourite illustrator, Riley Rossmo (Martian Manhunter, Constantine: the Hellblazer, Proof) on art.
Under DC’s two-month long banner of “Future State” stories, Bendis and Rossmo are tasked with revisiting and revising the LoSH for a fresh take that will entice new readers while keeping the heart of what makes the Legion so great: a youthful exuberance and a sense of togetherness that only family can imbue.
But this future state is a dark time for the Legion of Super-Heroes, a group that is no more. A traitor within the legendary family of heroes has put the United Planets in chaos and in two thrilling monthly issues, readers will discover the fates of all of their favourite futuristic characters, whether they be alive, missing, or dead.
Bendis and Rossmo play with long-standing mythology, while still revering the core values of the Legion. And as an added bonus, the shocking story has got room for the Legion of Substitute Heroes as well! Who could ever forget them in a time when heroes, true heroes, are needed!?!
In your immediate future, make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up Future State: The Legion of Super-Heroes #1. Find out what went wrong in the DC future. And how the remaining (and left behind) heroes plan to make that wrong right!