Back in Metropolis, Comet Queen and Harmonia Li are preparing to join the fire sub-team when Dream Girl, via holographic projection, tells them to get to the other emergency, Cham's flight ring having gone offline. And they don't arrive a minute too soon, as Cham has been lamped by one of the villains, and Dragonwing beaten down by force of numbers. Comet Queen shows that despite her bonkers slang ('Wow - some starburn, Legionnaire!') she's a force to be reckoned with, while the elemental Harmonia shows immense levels of power.
While this is happening, Dream Girl checks in with Chemical Kid and co, and finds the new Legionnaire growing an inferiority complex in the face of his more experienced colleagues; returning from a space mission, Mon-El decides to call a leadership election in the face of Brainiac 5's continuing attempts to snag the role; and the Dominators unveil hybrid Daxamite Dominators to use against the hated Legion.
It's a busy issue, with much in the way of incident, action and personalities at play. It's good to see Chemical Kid's ego dented a little, and even better to watch Sun Boy cut loose and Harmonia get out of the lab. Dragonwing's super-spit remains a particularly unappealing power, but she shows great Legion spirit, while Comet Queen is, as ever, a delight. There's not much I'd change in Paul Levitz's script; I'd make the scene transitions less filmic and more comic book-ish, and properly introduce the individual baddies attacking Dragonwing, but that's about it.
The cover's a tad dull, mind. I've seen far more imaginative work from penciller Chris Sprouse and inker Karl Story. Guy Major's colours are fine - there's not much for him to interpret here.
The Legion books remain a hard sell to younger fans, which is a shame, as the quality is always high. This series certainly deserves to be a big hit. I'd love to see a cheap digest of the first seven issues of this series, to give newcomers a chance to bask in the sheer scope of the 31st century, and get into the rhythm of the characters. How about it, DC?