DC Universe: Legacies 5 (November 2010)

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This one’s Crisis issue and easily the best writing Wein has done on the series. It’s hard to decide why it’s his best though. My first thought was because this period—late seventies to mid-eighties—is when Wein was writing comics and he’s able to work well in that period. My next thought had to do with his stupid narrator and his convict brother-in-law. This time, Wein gets it taken care of in the first few pages, so there’s no waiting for it to rear its ugly head.

But maybe it’s even more simple—the majority of the issue is a “new” Crisis sequence. Lots of disaster, lots of superheroes, George Perez drawing. It just works.

The backup, with Simonson art, is some nonsensical space hero team-up thing, but Simonson, even as disinterested as he appears, does a fine job.

Easily the best issue so far.

CREDITS

Crisis!; pencillers, Scott Kolins and George Perez; inkers, Kolins and Scott Koblish; colorists, Mike Atiyeh and Allen Passalaqua; letterer, Rob Leigh. Snapshot: Resistance!; artist, Walt Simonson; colorist, Passalaqua; letterer, John Workman. Writer, Len Wein; editors, Rachel Gluckstern, Simona Martore and Mike Carlin; publisher, DC Comics.

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