Where do I even begin? What a great story! Now I remember why George Perez is my favorite artist of all time. Books with big team-ups have always been my thing and no one does the big team-ups like Perez. What I loved about the original Crisis on Infinite Earths was the consistent pencils of George Perez, unlike Infinite Crisis, which lacked such consistency. Perez draws my favorite artistic rendering of every DC comic hero.
This series has to be the best crisis series since the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. It is full of surprises and the ending is by no means what I would have expected. The new mission for the Legion from Earth 247, the home earth of the third Legion, and the fate of Superboy-Prime were all most surprising. I hope we can see more of these characters. Superboy-Prime, the ultimate fanboy parody, had to be a loads of fun to write. I once took this character way too seriously and was even offended by him. Now I get the joke. But like an old timer pining away over the younger generation, I can say with a sigh, "He used to be such a nice boy."
On the downside, it took DC about a year to get all five issues out. By the time I got the latest issue, I had to review past issues in order to connect all the dots. This past weekend I read the entire series from beginning to end in a couple of sittings. This is probably the best way to read this story and make sense of it, so the forthcoming trade reprint should be very welcome.
Long live the Legion! And long live the Multiverse!
For more on this series, see my previous review of the first issue. See also Mark Engblom's April 4, 2008 post over at Comic Coverage, anticipating the release of this series. Be sure to catch our dialog on Suberboy-Prime in the comments section.