The Legion of Super-Heroes #291

The Legion of Super-Heroes #291

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Title: “… A Sign of Darkness Dawning”
Synopsis: The mysterious “Master” continues to gather power – from some of the Legion’s most formidable foes!

Writer: Paul Levitz
Penciler: Keith Giffen
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt

Palpable fear grows as the “Master” easily strips power from villainous Legion heavyweights including Mordru and the Time Trapper. Writer Paul Levitz expertly weaves together several plot threads, balancing emotional notes with well-choreographed action. The art is similarly detailed and acton packed. A superb chapter of a great story.


Title: “Leaders and Lovers”
Synopsis: Lightning Lad lays helpless as the original Legionnaires face off against a Servant of Darkness.

Writer: Paul Levitz
Penciler: Howard Bender
Inker: Rodin Rodriguez

Why is this a separate feature? Other than featuring inferior art, it could have been part of the lead story.

Grade: A

Cool factor: Seeing some of the Legion’s biggest bads drained of power and casually discarded is horrifying.
Not-so-cool factor: Backup artists? Who called in the backup artists?

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: In The Great Darkness Saga collected edition, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt redraw the “Leaders and Lovers” story. (Editor’s note: This would have made more sense if Giffen’s style hadn’t changed so radically since “The Great Darkness Saga” was originally published.)

Character Quotable
“Ddddddarkkkk … ssssooo ddarrkk … aaanddd cccollld … .”Mordru, suggesting the “Master” is a seriously big bad

Published and © by DC, September 1982
Cover by Keith Giffen and Romeo Tanghal

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