Review: The Legion of Super-Heroes #289

The Legion of Super-Heroes (1980) #289 cover
Cover by Keith Giffen

The Legion of Super-Heroes #289
Published and © by DC, July 1982

Title: “A Cold and Lonely Corner of Hell”
Synopsis: Legionnaires marooned on an icy asteroid wonder if rescue will come before supplies – and hope – run out!

Writer: Paul Levitz
Penciler: Keith Giffen
Inker: Bruce Patterson

Review: This lead feature offers rich characterization – the kind that would become a hallmark of writer Paul Levitz’s work on LoSH. Legionnaires trapped on an asteroid and the teammates searching for them all get well-executed character moments. Art wise, Bruce Patterson grows more comfortable with Keith Giffen’s pencils each issue.


Title: “Once Upon an Insanity”
Synopsis: Brainiac 5’s efforts to cure Matter-Eater Lad are interrupted by a psycho psycho-medic hellbent on revenge!

Writer: Paul Levitz
Penciler: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Larry Mahlstedt

Review: This backup is a silly as the lead story is strong. Where does that deus-ex-machina flower come from?

Grade (for the entire issue): B+

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition), 2003.

Cool factor: The lead feature :- )
Not-so-cool factor: The backup feature :- (

Character quotable: “I don’t think we have a chance of finding one shipwrecked Legion cruiser in a galaxyful of stars.” – Star Boy (aka Negative Nelly)

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Sequential Reaction (Vol. 1) on May 3, 2016.

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