Review: The Legion of Super-Heroes #292

The Legion of Super-Heroes (1980) #292 cover
Cover by Keith Giffen

The Legion of Super-Heroes #292
Published and © by DC, October 1982

Title: “Darkness Transcendent”
Synopsis: The Legionnaires attempt to make a stand against the Servants of Darkness on the Sorcerers’ World.

Writer: Paul Levitz
Penciler: Keith Giffen
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt

Review: “The Great Darkness Saga” rolls on and The Legion creative team continues to deliver the goods. Writer Paul Levitz serves up a well-paced mix of mystery, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and superheroics. More importantly, he juggles the Legion’s vast cast without the book ever feeling crowded; it seems every cast member gets an authentic character moment. Read today, the Master’s identity is no great secret, but Little Me was spellbound waiting for the reveal back in ’82. Levitz has a perfect partner in Keith Giffen, who delivers splendid design work and masterful fight choreography. Simply an excellent superhero comic!

Grade: A

Second opinion: “3 out of 4 stars.” – Brent Frankenhoff, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1668, August 2010 … Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.

Cool factor: Didn’t you read that review? This whole issue is cool!

Notable: Also includes “The Roll Call,” a one-page text feature offering short bios on Legionnaires from Blok to Duo Damsel.
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 75¢ Canadian variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “Live – to witness the darkness transcendent … and your ultimate, undying doom.” – The “Master,” not yet revealed

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Sequential Reaction (Vol. 1) on Sept. 13, 2016.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.