Wednesday, June 24, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42 (July 1992)
title: "Revolution"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciller: Barry Kitson 
embellisher: Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Digital Chameleon
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Dan Bremerton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed his daughter, Ig'nea, among the L.E.G.I.O.N.'s new recruits, and she used her power of control to make Dox fall in love with her. Under her influence, Dox disbanded the entire organization. But the team knew something was amiss and fought back. Eventually Dox realized he had been manipulated and fought back. He regained control of the L.E.G.I.O.N., and declared the team reborn.

The L.E.G.I.O.N. has found itself amidst a rebellion and the new recruits are trying to hold the line. Meanwhile, Dox is meeting with the leaders of the planet. He is less than happy with the situation since he was told they were only expected to deal with a few insurgents.
Dox is not happy that they are expected to act as a private army. The recruits continue their battle and have gained the upper hand. The Khund is troubled because there is no honor in killing a retreating foe and notices that there is a child in the field of battle.
The other recruits have boarded escape ships with civilians but are not happy with the political situation. They are frustrated to be serving alongside the Grand Council's Elite Guard who are trained killers hated by the people

On Cairn, Phase pleas with Dox that the situation was not as they were told and that this was not just a case of minor civil unrest. Dox agrees but is fearful the situation could deteriorate more and blames Phase for letting half the core team go AWOL.

Elsewhere, Stealth introduces her teammates to her child and explains his situation.
Dox interrogates one of their captives with Telepath but confirms that not all is as they have been told. Dox and Phase agree that they were too quick too assume what they were told of the situation, but are interrupted by the rebels who have taken the Khund hostage.

They give Dox their demands and sign off but are not prepared to deal with a Khund prisoner.
He subdues his captors and is on the verge of escape when he is confronted by an army. Elsewhere, the planetary counsel discuss Dox and try to formulate a plan.
So the next issue has a lot of promise based on that last panel! In the meantime, I was very happy to see the new recruits step up and take the frontline. Especially the Khund, who has been my favorite of the new recruits. Khunds have generally been a point of mockery so it was refreshing to see one portrayed in a noble manner. And frankly, his rescuing the child was just touching.

This issue was really a return to form despite most of the cast being the new recruits. We have Dox playing, or trying to play, master manipulator with Phase beside him, and a refreshing drama among the new recruits with the Khund surprising readers by displaying some depth.

I cannot recall how this will end up but I am thankful to have the recruits in the forefront. After they were first introduced, it felt like they were immediately sidelined, and we only got the most superficial look at them. Check back with me next issue to see if they continue to play an important role!

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