I know I’ve yammered on about the Legion of Super-Heroes a lot here. The Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning Legion Lost was my first experience with the team, and it came right as I was getting back into comics, so it will always hold a fond place in my heart. I even hunted down the entire DnA run on the Legion, the only complete run of back issues I’ve got that I pieced together, rather than buying monthly.
So I assume that’s why, when DC had an exclusive preview of Electric Warriors #1, a comic advertised as taking place during the Great Disaster that wiped most records of the world from history for the Legion of the 31st century, they came here to send it to you. Because they know that I would be down for it. And guess what?
It helps that the creative team is top notch. Travel Foreman’s work on Ultimates 2 is great prep for this – there, he drew cosmic entities given physical embodiments. Here, he gets the Gil’Dishpani, a race of hunched over Nutri-Grain bars in force bubbles filled with water using violence (and di…plomacy? Looks like.) to fix the universe following the Great Disaster.
You also get Steve Orlando (Virgil). He knows his way around fight books, as we know from Midnighter, but we also know from his Atom story in Justice League America that he can find his way around the sublimely weird, too. And he goes right for it here, making Kamandi assault McGruff the Crime Dog.
This is kind of the beauty of the DC cosmos. Once you get off of Earth or into the future a bit, there’s so much weird stuff that is so meticulously interconnected that you feel the huge universe behind every panel. I know it’s a lot to take in for a new reader, but they usually have one of two reactions: they run screaming, or they grow enamored with it and eat up anything they can find.
This Foreman art is staggering. It feels just realistic enough, but the layouts and figures are appropriately askew whenever something weird needs to be added.
The colors are also just perfect. This book reads as aggressively weird, but everything about it strikes a nice balance between “unfamiliar” and “new and fun to look at!”
Check out what DC has to say about the book.
A new tale of the future DC Universe, set in a previously unexplored timeline—the Cosmic Dark Age!
Years after the Great Disaster, the Earth has started to rebuild and rejoin the universal coalition. In order to prevent a galactic war, different worlds throughout the known cosmos have created a new system of competitive combat to give each participating planet their own voice in the intergalactic struggle. Each world has one diplomatic gladiator, chosen to possess the Electric Seed and fight for their homeland as the Electric Warrior! Each fighter forsakes their personal life in the name of peace.
So what happens when Earth can’t choose a single combatant and sends two instead? The bruiser War Cry represents the humans of Earth, while Deep Dweller, a shape-shifter from the Octopus Tribe, represents the animal kingdom. Can they maintain one common goal, or will they tear Earth’s tenuous coexistence to shreds and destroy the rest of the universe with it? Oh, and War Cry also has a powerful relic from Earth’s past: Superman’s cape!
Electric Warriors #1 is in stores on Nov. 14.