The Legion of Super-Heroes #295

The Legion of Super-Heroes #295

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Title: “The Origin of the Universe File –”
Synopsis: With a big decision to make, Timber Wolf turns to teammate Blok and the Legion archives for answers.

Writers (plot): Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen
Writer (script): Levitz
Pencilers: Giffen and Howard Bender
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt

Following their epic “Great Darkness Saga” (see reviews), it’s not surprising to see the creative team offer a low-key outing. But this issue – part Timber Wolf introspection, part Silver Age throwback – feels like filler. Writer Paul Levitz’s story isn’t bad; it offers fine character work and a clever backstory. But readers were surely eager to debrief from the cataclysmic battle with Darkseid. As for the art, Howard Bender does a nice job emulating the Legion’s Silver Age style, but it looks disjointed paired with Keith Giffen’s slick futurism. Collectively, this issue is a bit of a misstep.

Grade: B

Cool factor: We learn why there can no longer be Green Lanterns on Earth in the Legion’s era.
Not-so-cool factor: We don’t learn how the Legion is fairing in the aftermath of Darkseid.

Notable: “The Roll Call” wraps up on this issue’s “The Legion Outpost” letters page, with short bios on Legionnaires from Shadow Lass to the team’s honorary members.

Character Quotable
“Now I’m not alone – I have friends, I have work that’s important – and most of all, I’m part of a team – a family.”Timber Wolf, the Legionnaire formerly known as Lone Wolf
The Legion of Super-Heroes #295

Published and © by DC, January 1983
Cover by Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt

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