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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at a classic Legion of Super-Heroes tale from Adventure Comics #312 by Edmond Hamilton and John Forte showing how the Legion brought Lightning Lad back to life (Warning! This contains major spoilers for the story!)
Lightning Lad, one of the founding members of the Legion, died in Adventure Comics #304, and that was a major moment in Legion history, and they would refer to it every once in awhile over the next year. They also had a recurring sub-plot where the Legion would search for ways to bring him back to life.
Ultimately, in Adventure Comics #312, a way might have been found, but is the cost too great?
The issue opens with the Legion waiting to hear back from Mon-El, who suggested a number of issues earlier that he might know of a way…
The rest of the issue shows the other team members looking for other ways while Saturn Girl schemes to get to the bottom of why Mon-El is lying…
Wow, Edmond Hamilton sure knew how to set up some dramatic scenarios. You can say the ending is a cop-out, and yeah, it is, but hey, it’s the set-up that is memorable and that’s the important part. It’s why I was willing to spoil the story, as it has become such a classic tale that it’s really not worth hiding the ending (that and I used it in the DC Memorable Moments thing so it would be silly to now try to hide it).
John Forte does a great job on the artwork for this story.
A true Silver Age classic.
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