"The Origin of the Universe File--"
Written by Paul Levitz
Pencilled by Keith Giffen
Flashback Sequences Pencilled by Howard Bender
Inked by Dave Hunt
Colored by Carl Gafford
Lettered by John Constanza
Karen Berger Editor
Blok, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Lightning Lass, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl (flashback sequence of Duo Damsel before one of her bodies was destroyed by Computo in Adventure Comics #340).
With Darkseid finally defeated, the Legionnaires can take a deep breathe and enjoy some downtime without the fate of the universe hanging in the balance. So time to wrap up some of those dangling subplots, namely the future of Lightning Lass & Timber Wolf's relationship.
The story opens with Timber Wolf pondering Lightning Lass's ultimatum he was left with at the conclusion of the previous issue. She is leaving from the Legion, and it's up to Timber Wolf to join her in resignation, or lose her forever. He must choose between the only two things he cherishes in life, being a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes and his girlfriend Lightning Lass. So desperate for help with his decision, Timber Wolf goes to Blok for advice and an ear to vent to. Blok feels like the answer may lay in the past, so he pops in some old Archive Tapes of early Legion adventures to aid Timber Wolf in his decision.
Back in real-time, Timber Wolf is growing impatient and increasingly frustrated. He doesn't know why he let Blok talk him into watching the Holo-File, which he feels like has been nothing more than a waste of time thus far. Blok disregards Timber Wolf's complaints, and forces him to sit back down and enjoy the rest of the archived footage.
Howard Bender's work was amazing in the flashback sequences. His art is absolutely perfect for capturing that Silver Age Legion aesthetic. He manages to tell a very dynamic and exciting story, that captures the look and feel of DC's Silver Age, without being saddled with some of the art tropes from that era (like the stiff poses, bloated bodies, and dreaded 6 panel square-grid page composition). I absolutely love this story and the artwork. Well done by Bender, and great finishes by Dave Hunt.