The concluding half of E Nelson Bridwell’s Legion epic brings in not only the entire line-up of the team, and the Substitute Legion, and the Super-Pets, but even former members of the team are a part of this. In a way, this reads as if the series was being concluded on a high note. A season finale, so to speak. Excellent art by Curt Swan helps make this ascend from silliness to a pure delight.
Invisible Kid is not keen on Ultra Boy using his vision powers to find out the identities of Sir Prize and Miss Terious,and knocks him out. I believe this is the first time we see someone taking advantage of his limitation of one-power-at-a-time.
Miss Terious accompanies the team who head to RJ Brande’s private planetoid, where they encounter the Hag, who threatens them with paintings! No, not art! This sequence is actually more effective than it seems at first, as Ferro Lad’s painting hints at his death, which happens only a few issues down the road. Miss Terious refuses to let Cosmic Boy see what future his painting shows. Nothing awful happens to Cos in the short term, or middle term, so I figure this must show his ultimate fate from End of an Era.
Miss Terious then puts the Legion to work gathering elements for a magic spell that will conteract the Hag’s hexes. This proves extremely complex, and both the Substitute Legion and the Super-Pets get involved in its creation. A lock of Mr Mxyzptlk’s hair is required, so the Legion head to Smallville and Element Lad changes the kryptonite implanted in Superboy, allowing him to remember the team, and aid them.
Meanwhile, both Chuck Taine and Matter-Eater have been captured by Evillo’s men, but Evillo is none too pleased with Sugyn, and we get to see their nifty powers. Sugyn can super-spit. Yup, wow. That’s a power. Evillo can grow little horns out of his head, which emits beams that banish Sugyn to “the realm of darkness.” This is not, in fact, a polite way of saying he is dead, but we do not see the realm of darkness, or Sugyn, or even Evillo for that matter, again until the 90s.
OK, time to start wrapping things up here. Sir Prize and Miss Terious are revealed to be Star Boy and Dream Girl, and the spell transforms the Hag into the White Witch, Dream Girl’s missing sister. Remember her? She appeared in…umm….well, she was mentioned in….ummm. Ok, she was missing and just take our word for it.
And holy crap, wouldn’t you know it EVERYONE is healed and back to the way their way, all thanks to Evillo’s doctor. Apparently that was the reason to kidnap the three Legionnaires. To heal them. Oh, what a nasty nasty man that Evillo is, having people cured. All right, I concede that Evillo supposedly didn’t know what his doctor was doing, but even still.
But does this actually bother me? Not at all, it’s such a joyous, all-encompassing ending you just want to cheer out loud for thin Matter-Eater Lad, fat Bouncing Boy and two-armed Lightning Lad.
Even Superboy and Supergirl get to rejoin the team, as Color Kid, now part of the Subs, has used his power to turn the green kryptonite dust into blue, which only kills Bizarros. And may explain why the Bizarro Legion never appeared again.
Love it, despite its flaws. A Legion epic.