I do my very best to keep up with most of the DC television shows, with the exception of “Supergirl.” I absolutely love “Gotham” and “Arrow” and “The Flash” are quite entertaining as well. When it comes to just good old-fashioned geeky enjoyment, my favorite show right now is “Legends of Tomorrow.”
There’s an attitude of anything goes as we travel through time with the crew of the Waverider in “Legends of Tomorrow.” For one, showrunners aren’t afraid of the science fiction elements. They make the most out of visiting different eras in human history and using them to further the story and as devices for humorous bits.
When I saw that DC was starting a Legends of Tomorrow title, I was interested in seeing how they transitioned the TV series to comic book. I missed a memo along the way as the new monthly has absolutely nothing to do with it’s live-action namesake apparently. Instead, we get a medley of different tales starring Firestorm, Sugar and Spike, Metamorpho, and the Metal Men.
Issue #1 of Legends of Tomorrow is a 78-page spectacular which serves as the introduction to four separate ongoing stories that will unfold every month within its pages. The title will be a comic digest which will be over 80 to 90 pages. It’s an interesting concept, but I don’t know how far the characters will carry the book.
Firestorm’s tale is written by Gerry Conway with art by Eduardo Pansica and Rob Hunter. Although the inclusion of the character seems to be in sync with the TV show, the version used here isn’t the one featured in the series. To save Jason Rausch, Firestorm will need to retrieve Danton Black’s stolen research from Professor Stein’s lab. But if Jason can’t fuse with Ronnie by the Firestorm Protocol…who can?
Metamorpho’s adventure is brought to us by Aaron Lopestri and art is provided by Lopestri and Matt Banning. Metamorpho is a prisoner of millionaire industrialist Simon Stagg! Now, the only person who can save him is Stagg’s beautiful daughter, Sapphire!? But can they defeat Stagg’s prehistoric bodyguard, Java?
Writer Keith Giffen and artist Bilquis Evely give us the humorous Sugar and Spike. The last time we saw Sugar and Spike, they were still in diapers! Now, they’re grown up, and they’ve become private investigators who specialize in cleaning up embarrassing problems for the DCU’s greatest heroes. Sugar & Spike’s first assignment: retrieve a cache of Batman’s retired costumes that have been stolen by Killer Moth!
Len Wein brings my favorite entry to the table with artists Yildiray Cinar and Trevor Scott illustrating. Doctor Will Magnus’ Metal Men may be the next step in robotics technology, but when the mysterious cyber-terrorist known only as Nameless comes after them, they may have met their match!
Legends of Tomorrow #1 is rated T for Teen. It contains violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. I would compare this to the sort of content you would expect from a PG-13 movie.
The title of the Legends of Tomorrow comic book will be misleading to folks walking off the streets and seeing it on the shelf. I was quite disappointed when I found out it had no real ties to the series. I think that’s going to leave a bad taste in many readers’ mouths before they even flip open the pages. If you can get past that, the stories found inside really are entertaining for fans of the lesser known heroes highlighted within.
Legends of Tomorrow #1 is available now in print and digital editions.