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As DC's 30th century super-team, the Legion of Super-Heroes had always stood as a shining example of futuristic optimism but that changed in 1989 with a new Legion of Super-Heroes series that brought the timeline forward five years. In this even further future, the United Planets became a darker place, with familiar characters changed and the Earth overtaken by alien invad As DC's 30th century super-team, the Legion of Super-Heroes had always stood as a shining example of futuristic optimism but that changed in 1989 with a new Legion of Super-Heroes series that brought the timeline forward five years. In this even further future, the United Planets became a darker place, with familiar characters changed and the Earth overtaken by alien invaders and the team reunited to take on these dangerous new threats. Now this bold and controversial part of DC history is finally collected in an omnibus edition, from the creative team of DC legend Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum!


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As DC's 30th century super-team, the Legion of Super-Heroes had always stood as a shining example of futuristic optimism but that changed in 1989 with a new Legion of Super-Heroes series that brought the timeline forward five years. In this even further future, the United Planets became a darker place, with familiar characters changed and the Earth overtaken by alien invad As DC's 30th century super-team, the Legion of Super-Heroes had always stood as a shining example of futuristic optimism but that changed in 1989 with a new Legion of Super-Heroes series that brought the timeline forward five years. In this even further future, the United Planets became a darker place, with familiar characters changed and the Earth overtaken by alien invaders and the team reunited to take on these dangerous new threats. Now this bold and controversial part of DC history is finally collected in an omnibus edition, from the creative team of DC legend Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum!

33 review for Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later Omnibus Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    The late '80s brought a considerable maturation of the comic-book medium, with Watchmen and The Dark Knight being the best-known standouts, but Swamp Thing and The Sandman being no less important. But there's one other member of the club who's too often forgotten Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later. This is the dark-and-gritty story of the Legion with five years gone by and the club scattered and lost. The first years worth of issues, mostly with Giffen on plots and pencils, the Bierbaums on The late '80s brought a considerable maturation of the comic-book medium, with Watchmen and The Dark Knight being the best-known standouts, but Swamp Thing and The Sandman being no less important. But there's one other member of the club who's too often forgotten Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later. This is the dark-and-gritty story of the Legion with five years gone by and the club scattered and lost. The first years worth of issues, mostly with Giffen on plots and pencils, the Bierbaums on dialogue, and Al Gordon on inks, is one of the most pitch-perfect comic runs ever. Giffen does a brilliant job of using the time gap to both generate mystery and plot momentum. We the readers absolutely delight in what we learn about the future (and how it ain't what it used to be) and there are shockingly dramatic confrontations with Glorith and Roxxas. It's a getting-the-band-back together plot, and it soars. The other two years are still quite enjoyable, though they never reach the height of the first, in large part because Giffen steps back. So in year two we get a Khund War plot that should have been terrific, but the pacing is really awkward. That's by the Bierbaums. Then we get a battle with Darkseid over some genetic experiment, which is OK other than the fact that it places most of its focus on two little girls to the detriment of long-running plots. That's by Gordon. The Terra Mosaic takes up most of year three, and it's somewhat of a return to form, except it becomes increasingly scattered as time goes on. Part of that is due to the very questionable decision to introduce SW-6, young Legionnaires. It was clearly intended to reach out to fans who didn't like the darker, older Legion, but it muddied the storyline and made the cast so big that the plot slowed to a crawl. Still, it's an enjoyable and interesting read with more of the shocking drama that made year one great. In that last year are also the Bierbaum's weirdest retcons, involving Lighting Lad and Shvaughn Erin, neither of which felt true to the original stories. Unfortunately, the volume ends with Al Gordon's Timber Wolf mini-series, which is horrible in the worst '90s ways you could imagine. But, I suppose it's good DC put this in, and it can just be skipped. Despite complaints, Five Years Later is a wonderful storyline, particularly the first third of the volume, which is brilliant. I'm hoping for a volume 2, to complete this apocryphal run, even if those later stories never were as good as when Giffen was involved.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Palmieri

    Issues 1-12 and annual 1: This was one of the strangest, densest, most convoluted, least accessible superhero comics I've ever read. But it's also one of the most engaging, complex, rewarding comics I've ever read. It asks a lot of the reader, but I genuinely think it was worth it. By all means, this comic shouldn't work, and yet there's a specific collaborative magic with Giffen on plot and pencils, the Bierbaums on dialogue, Gordon on inks, and all four co-plotting to tell the best story they c Issues 1-12 and annual 1: This was one of the strangest, densest, most convoluted, least accessible superhero comics I've ever read. But it's also one of the most engaging, complex, rewarding comics I've ever read. It asks a lot of the reader, but I genuinely think it was worth it. By all means, this comic shouldn't work, and yet there's a specific collaborative magic with Giffen on plot and pencils, the Bierbaums on dialogue, Gordon on inks, and all four co-plotting to tell the best story they can. Each issue, it seems like a new editorial problem was thrown their way, and somehow they were able to turn each of those problems into story potential. Truly, this is the kind of story that could only exist as a comic book. The story itself probably doesn't deserve five stars. About half is a typical getting-the-band-back-together story, while the other half is a ridiculously convoluted series of retcons that might not even mean much in the long run. However, the execution and the experience as a reader are so unique that I had no hesitation giving it that rating (when I first reviewed these 12 issues). -- Issues 13-25 and annual 2: This block of issues was far less successful than the first dozen. It's pretty clear that the only great stories are the ones where Giffen is plotting, which was only four of these (13-14 and 19-20). The rest is basic sci-fi stuff that I don't care about. The four-part "Quiet Darkness," written by inker Al Gordon, was particularly mediocre, as his use of the 9-panel grid only showed how inexperienced a writer he was, especially compared to how much of a master Giffen was. -- Issues 26-39 and annual 3: Much better than the second year of this title, but still largely lacks the wild surprises of the first year. I had fun with it -- I read this entire group of issues in a little over 24 hours -- but at a certain point I felt bored. There are too many groups each inching their plans forward bit by bit, and the points where things come together are not executed as effectively as I would want. We end up having hundreds of pages of setup with a mildly anticlimactic payoff. Still, the Giffen-plotted issues are compulsively readable and there's some good character work along the way (even if it does focus too much on the SW6 and underground resistance characters). I had fun with the Legion, but I think I'm done with this version seeing as how the quality supposedly takes an even greater nosedive after this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Geddie

    I think the Giffen/Bierbaum run on the Legion is the best and most impactful one in comics. That's the hill I'm going to die on. Fight me. It's exciting and mature, even heart-breaking at times. It features older versions of the silver age classics coming together in a universe that isn't black and white. They see the conquest of Earth and later it's destruction. It dealt with PTSD, abuse and transgender issues in the early 90s. It's a great love letter to these characters. They managed to disti I think the Giffen/Bierbaum run on the Legion is the best and most impactful one in comics. That's the hill I'm going to die on. Fight me. It's exciting and mature, even heart-breaking at times. It features older versions of the silver age classics coming together in a universe that isn't black and white. They see the conquest of Earth and later it's destruction. It dealt with PTSD, abuse and transgender issues in the early 90s. It's a great love letter to these characters. They managed to distill and magnify the different members of the Legion, which is difficult when you consider the sheer number of characters. Every page has 20 Easter eggs for long-term fans. The only real caution is that the first few issues are a little dense for first-timers. It's worth the effort though

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

    This was my favorite series in my teens and reading it again now it’s even better than I remembered. Thoughtful characterization, realistic examinations of complex issues like war, politics and their resultant traumas. Emotionally mature. And the art? Keith Giffen, Jason Pearson, Joe Phillips, Brandon Peterson, Colleen Doran, Dusty Abell, Stuart Immonen, Chris Sprouse...it’s rather an embarrassment of riches how wonderfully drawn this volume is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Du4

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    Ty Keith

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    Rob

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    Sergio Freitas

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    Percy Bell

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    John Elbe

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    Omnibuster

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    Mr. Lonely

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