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Legion of Super: Heroes Archives, Vol. 11 (DC Archive Editions) Hardcover – 23 Aug 2001

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (23 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563897306
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In volume 11 of DC's 12 volume run charting the Silver and early Bronze Age adventures of the Legion of Superheroes, the revival of the Legion in the mid-seventies under writer Cary Bates and fan favourite artist, Mike Grell was well under way. Now sharing billing as `Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes' rather than guesting in `Superboy', the Legion stars in some classic Bates mysteries involving villains old and new.

Indeed it is one of the older villains that kills a long time Legion member in the very first story in this archive. Elsewhere we get a look at the Legion of Supervillains, the Legion of Substitute Heroes and the romance between Brainiac 5 and Supergirl.

As seems prevalent in this transition period of the early to mid-seventies, the quality of the stories is a bit patchy and lack the epic nature of those that both preceded and followed it but nevertheless there is good to see the Legion once more stretching out to full book length after their shabby treatment in `Action' comics (Volume 9 of this series).
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Mike Grell at his finest 13 Sept. 2002
By E. Rausch - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This edition covers SUPERBOY (first series) #203-212 (c.1974-1975) with artwork by Mike Grell and scripts by Cary Bates, E. Nelson Bridwell and Jim Shooter. This book starts off with a bang with the death of a Legionnaire and follows up with appearances by the Legion of Super-Villians, Legion of Substitute Heroes, and the retirement of a Legionnaire. There are several fun back-up stories here, including the romance between Brainiac 5 and Supergirl and the story of how a normal fan got to be "Hero for a Day". Some stories are less interesting, but overall a worthwhile read for a Legion fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
enter mike grell 13 Jun. 2011
By aramirez25 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
i love dave cockrum's art but mike grell was a good replacement. his run started with the death of the first invisible kid and lead into many character developing moments for the legion. also great to see returning villains the legion of super-villains, universo, the origin of karate kid and him staying with the costume that i feel best suits him. even the subs were able to show they are not to be ignored. a great collection among all the other legion archive series.
Stories of Innocence in a Bygone Age 7 Mar. 2015
By Elvin Ortiz - Published on
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Reading these stories, and in some cases rereading them after so many years, was quite enjoyable. The stories were written by Cary Bates and Jim Shooter, and the artwork for these same stories was done by Mike Grell. These reprinted stories come from Superboy Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes #s 203-212 July/August 1974-October 1975.

During this period, Bates and Shooter highlighted the super-heroes' emotional and psychological makeup, making them more human, more like the pre-teens and teens who were expected to read comics these days. Therefore, readers will get to see Legionnaires making personal struggles more than in action. There are tales of self-sacrifice in Superboy 203 August 1974 (Invisible Kid) and 209 June 1975 (Karate Kid). Loving at times can be quite painful as readers witness in Superboy 204 October 1974 when Braniac 5 attempts to fulfill a romantic desire in marrying Supergirl by building a robot just like her. At other times, readers simply witness the male hero rescuing the woman he loves. Karate Kid rescues Princess Projectra twice in Superboy 206 and 209, February and June 1975, respectively; Cosmic Boy rescues Night Girl, a Legionnare Substitute in Superboy 212, October 1975. There are also tales that involve pain and hatred, as in the cases of Lightning Lad's eternal rivalry with his brother, Lightning Lord in Superboy 207 April 1975, and Element Lad's desire to revenge the death of his parents and people in Superboy 211, September 1975. A story of loyalty that endures the ages, Soljer's Private War in Superboy 210, August 1975, turns out to be quite sentimental, seeking reader's sympathy for a soldier who lives once more only to fulfill his incomplete mission, stopped centuries ago by his own death. In each of these stories, readers get to see these heroes deal with personal struggles that may mirror the concerns of the audience back then. The authors' choices in stressing on personal struggles shapes the way Mike Grell illustrates these stories, focusing more on the main character's facial responses rather than action-packed scenes that readers might be expecting in comics like these, where there are many heroes and villains. So readers get to see heroes crying, getting angry, and feeling emotional pain. At times, readers get to see heroes' weaknesses, too.

Other themes running through these issues are about how futuristic gadgets or inventions may contribute to a safer and better future. As a result readers witness characters tinker with technology in Superboy 204, October 1974, with a time machine, and a special-guest that travels from the 75th century to the 30th century to save Superboy's place in the Legion's history. In Superboy 206, February 1975, the Legion attempts to make clones of Ferro Lad and Invisible Kid.

Readers do get to see some action in Superboy 208 April 1975 and in Superboy 212 November 1975 as the Legion fights the Super-Villains and a group of rejects who share the Legionnaire's same powers.

Besides showing readers how these super-teens can be just like them, this volume also gives us a good sample of Mike Grell's realistic artwork, avoids the glossy paper, and reprints colors and texts faithfully to its originals. I don't regret making this purchase.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Well-made blast from the past 19 Dec. 2012
By M. Katz - Published on
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Solid hardcover book that holds up to repeated viewings. Good color reproduction. Takes me back to my early days of reading comics. I always loved the super-team books.
Solid Collection of Comics Shows the 30th Century as Seen in the Mid 70s 25 Nov. 2012
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on
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The eleventh volume of the archived edition of the Legion of Super-Heroes, DC's premier heroic team of the future, features comics originally published in 1974 and 1975. Mike Grell, who left a lasting impression on the team, is the main artist and he even takes a turn writing one of the comics and offers an interesting foreword. Cary Bates wrote most of the stories in this collection but there are also tales from E. Nelson Bidwell and Jim Shooter's return to the Legion.

These comics come from an odd period as the Legion tries to emerge out of the shadow of Superboy. There are some fun moments that offer a great deal of insight into the characters on the team. While one of the leading members of the Legion is killed and another leaves the team for other service in this collection, some of the comics simply fail to provide memorable plots. Besides Grell's art, the stories that focus on character development are what stands out in this collection which should appeal to most Legion fans but will probably not do as well beyond that audience.
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