Review: DC Universe: Legacies #2

Published on June 21st, 2010

Last month on one of our Pick of the Week (POW) podcasts, I made: DC Universe: Legacies #1 my pick of the week. A couple of days ago DC Universe: Legacies #2 came out and I wanted to a leap upon it. Have Len Wein and Andy and Joe Kubert kept some of the same magic that made me fall in love with the first issue?

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The answer is yes, and we are still in one of my favorite eras of American history, the 1940s. New York specifically. We get to see our main character , our ‘man-on-the-street’ Paul Lincoln one more time about how his life has been impacted since the Justice Society have come to play a big part in everyone’s lives  now. We get to see the Guardian, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s The Newsboy Legion. Did I have a fanboy nerd orgasmic once again? The answer is again, yes, when I saw The Newsboy Legion. We also get to see how the HUAC  (House Unamerican Affairs Committee) forced the JSA to retire completely. The end of the Golden Age ends in this book.

Wein uses the good kid (Paul)/bad kid (Jimmy) scenario one more time as he promotes good morals, as a lot of comics in that time were about teaching you values and good morals. Sure Paul wins Jimmy’s sister, who I think becomes his wife later on. I am sure we’re not done with seeing Jimmy.

The art team of the two Kubert’s is just what this book needs, a nice clean style which makes you feel like you are in the 1940’s! And who doesn’t love seeing Andy’s pencils inked by his dad, Joe.

I love how we get to see the ‘average Joe’ view of a world full of heroes. I know this is not a new technique but it’s still fun. When you think about it we all are ‘average Joe’s’, reading stories of gods and monsters in our comic books every week.

I know Comic Impact staff member Sheldon loves ‘The Marvel Projects’, and I guess DC Universe: Legacies is what DC have as their answer to ‘The Marvel Projects’.

Now, the co-feature with the Seven Soldiers of Victory. Wow, can I tell you how I fell in love this week with a page, and how I am going to ask it to marry me. Before I go on and tell you about this page, let me talk to you about the God that is J.H. WIlliams III. I was so in love with his work on Batwoman in the pages of Detective Comics and I was thinking to myself, how do they do a Seven Soldiers of Victory co-feature? But this is some of his best work ever. For each  character’s page he changes his art-style to match the character.

He is the most unique artist in comics right now. I would say he is one of my favorite comic book artists of all time. It’s an impressive page if you look how he uses the panels on this page with the number 7. I told myself if I had to buy a page from a comic that has come out this year so far, this would be the page I would love to own. After all, if you’re a fan of history or you’re looking for an enjoyable read about DC’s history, then you need to add DC Universe: Legacies to your pull list at your local  comic book store!

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com