Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Dumpster Diving: LotDCU 20 & 21

Legends of the DC Universe was a title that featured some mainstream characters, as well as some that were not necessarily household names. An example is a 2 issue story-arc featuring Green lantern Abin Sur.

Who is Abin Sur? If you are a Green Lantern fan and do not know the answer, shame on you, stab yourself in the eye with a pencil. For those that may not know, he was the GL for sector 2814 who died and passed his ring onto Hal Jordan.

In this story, Abin is headed to Earth in search of Intergalactic meanie-butt Devlos Ungol, also known as Traitor. Apparently, Mr. Ungol decided that he wanted to shack up on our planet and become the head of a criminal gang in the old west. Oh yeah, did I mention this story takes place in 1882? Sorry.

In a nutshell, this is a sci-fi meets western story. It should be pointed out that this was a fun read! It was brought to us (back in 1994...heh) by writer Steven Grant and artist Mike Zeck. It should be noted that this is the same creative team that brought The Punisher to us in the famous mid-eighties mini-series.

My only beef? Abin is saved and befriends a Marshall named...wait for it...Henry Lee JORDAN. As in probable ancestor of Hal Jordan. Oh yeah, Marshall Jordan worked in Smallville for Sheriff Nate KENT. We get it, everyone from the DCU knows each other somehow, whether or not it's modern-day heroes, or their old west ancestors. To get to the point, it's not a big beef, by any means, just kind of a groaner to me.

Bonus beef: oh yeah. The cover to issue 20. I won't even share it here.

The character of Marshall Jordan was pretty cool, forced relationship aside, and the story had great pacing.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars.

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