Mon-El’s first outing as a Green Lantern doesn’t take him far from Legion of Super-Heroes business as he must prevent a new villain from rescuing an old enemy. The old foe is Saturn Queen, being transported across space, unconscious, to prison planet Takron-Galtos. The newcomer who wants to prove he’s worthy of membership in the Legion of Super-Villains is Sun Killer.
Sun Sumo might be a better name, as he’s a big boy and obviously styled on the famed wrestlers. He’s also a tricky soul, blasting power-sapping red sun energy at Mon-El who, being new to power ring-slinging, doesn’t manage to apply the willpower to compensate.
Still, he rallies the aid of of mentor cum sidekick Diogenes and wraps things up quickly so they can follow the trail of a weird blue baby who shows up briefly at the urging of Saturn Queen. For though in a sleep state, she’s broadcasting calls for aid, one of which brought Sun Killer to her. It seems Little Blue is the Adversary whose threat sparked Diogenes’ quest to recruit a new GL.
Mental marvel Tellus shows up afterwards to check on Saturn Queen, having been (relatively) nearby, standing by the injured Dawnstar on cosmic hospital Medicus One. And mysterious time expert Harmonia Li has a page or two in which to act mysterious.
‘Consequences’ rattles along at a fair old pace, giving us plenty of action-packed scenes while moving the large story along with questions aplenty. Will Mon-El’s apparent non-knack for power ring use motivate his speedily giving up the GL role and returning to the Legion as leader? How long before Saturn Queen shows that a girl in chains doesn’t have to be awake to get herself freed? Is the Adversary tot L’il Darkseid? How have humans, as Diogenes says, caused the coming crisis?
The story by Paul Levitz is a reminder of how formidable Saturn Queen is, with even Tellus creeped out by her mere presence – I can’t wait to see what happens in the coming LSV Special. New guy Sun Killer may be cuddly but he has a terrifying determination to him, and is even scarier in that he doesn’t seem to appreciate how deadly he is to ordinary sentients. Mon-El is on great form and really doesn’t need a power ring – I’m sure he’d have seen Sun Killer off sooner had he not been distracted by his new trinket.
Mind, I was surprised to see him fall briefly to red sun rays – last I remember, our guy was immune as a result of the serum that protects him from lead poisoning. And new Science Police office Lt Amadi has his hand seemingly shattered by heat on one page, only for it to be fine a few pages later. Either he has healing powers, it’s an artistic blip or – most likely – I’m misreading.
Speaking of art, Geraldo Borges is back on pencils and very good he is too. There’s excitement to the pages as he gives Sun Killer (who reminds me, visually, of old Legion foe Omega) a suitably murderous intensity. And his Mon-El has power and grace, though his hair’s a tad fluffy – Mon’s ‘do should be jet black and darned straight. I like that we’re shown just how protective transuits are activated, and Oan grub Diogene suddenly looks like a viable character. It’s sterling work, embellished with style by Marlo Alquiza, lettered by Sal Cipriano and coloured by Hi-Fi.
Kicking off the book is a DC Icons cover by Scott Clark and David Beaty featuring favourite ladies of the Legion. It’s generally splendid, though I hope they’re on their way to the Clubhouse cafe to feed themselves up … what a lot of skinny Minnies.