After the embarrassingly sexist “Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires” a few years ago, one could be sure that this version, by Jim Shooter and Curt Swan, would be much better, right? After all, this is May of 1968. But nope, Adventure 368 is just as bad as the earlier version.
Thora, an ambassador from the matriarchal world of Taltar comes to Earth, supposedly to meet with Kandro Boltax but really to increase the powers of the female Legionnaires, and get them to turn against their male teammates.
At first the power increase seems to just be a plus all around. Duo Damsel can make hundreds of bodies, Shrinking Violet can grow or shrink, Phantom Girl can make others intangible, Supergirl is immune to kryptonite, and so on.
Brainiac 5 is suspicious of the situation, and acting on his advice, Invisible Kid orders the women quarantined. They take that as jealousy, and, fanned by the effect of Thora’s power charge, rebel and battle the boys.
There has been no element of the romances on the team through much of this story, but when Shadow Lass starts expressing her disdain for Brainiac 5, whom she feels rejected her, Supergirl’s love for him causes the “spell” on her to break. She figures out that Thora is behind it, and causes her bracelet, the source of the power charge, to break. Thora kills herself, and we hear that the matriarchy on her planet has been overthrown, and men returned to their rightful place of dominance.
OK, just as bad as before.