I can’t resist a ‘smashed logo’ cover and this is a spiffy spin on the concept from Yildiray Cinar, Wayne Faucher and Hi-Fi. There’s a real sense of power, of the momentum of the giant lizard as it lunges at Chameleon Boy.
You won’t recognise the lizard, but if you’ve been paying attention to this book you’ll likely have guessed it’s one of the Durlans who have been making so much trouble of late. It is, in fact, the Durlan Troublemaker-in-Chief, signalling the end of the storyline. And it wraps on several high notes, as writer Paul Levitz packs the pages to bursting with incident and character.
From Ultra Boy and Wildfire’s opening discussion of their girlfriends, to Brainiac 5’s hasty dismissal of a prophecy, via new Espionage Squad member Chameleon Girl’s career woes, this is pure pleasure. Add in outer space action and Earthbound antics and you have a classic tale of the Legion. Subplots include Mon-El’s reluctance to accept the leadership role, Brainy’s embracing of his status as acting leader and Dawnstar’s refusal to consider convalescing.
The plot is something to admire, and the dialogue is equally good. There are plenty of lines to relish here, one being Cham’s ‘…keep your antennae wobbling’, another, this exchange between Cosmic Boy and Brainy.
Hiding in Plain Sight is drawn by Yildiray Cinar, whose work gets better every issue – and it was gorgeous to start with. The nobility of the Legionnaires, their determination in the face of tough odds … Cinar nails it. And I doubt you’ll find a better dinosaur tussle in comics than the one presented here. What’s more, Dawnstar boosters should be very happy with her, likely temporary, new look.
Talking of new looks, Cinar could make me very happy by changing Ultra Boy’s Gary Frank-designed costume, a spin on Jo-Nah’s classic duds that makes him look like an inebriated court jester. Far better is Chameleon Girl’s look, with its cute Capri pants and slippers. Give her some pearls and bobby pins and Yera Allon will be the 31st century’s Doris Day.
Costume apart, Ultra Boy’s stopping of a potentially dangerous spacecraft is one of the visual highlights of this issue, along with a wonderful downshot of Brainy and Cosmic Boy in Legion HQ, and any panel featuring Phantom Girl. Inker Wayne Faucher ensures the pencils print with a pleasing slickness, while Hi-Fi offers us a blaze of colour, lending each scene the required mood. John J Hill letters with the neatness you’d expect of one of the comic industry’s steady Eddies.
Tightly written, beautifully illustrated, Legion of Super-Heroes #10 is a treat for fans of colourful, sci-fi superheroics.