Sunday, April 16, 2006

Justice League Unlimited—Far From Home a.k.a. Supergirl & the Legion of Super Heroes

The upshot: Supergirl, Green Arrow and Green Lantern are abducted to the 31st century, home of the Legion of Super Heroes, where it is destined that the girl of steel will never return.

We’ve never been huge fans of the Legion but we enjoyed this episode.

The episode opens with Supergirl and Green Lantern in the training room battling Queen Bee and Dr. Cyber, then later Blockbuster (actually incredble simulations). She aces the test and GL says he’s taught her all he can.

The two of them and Green Arrow are engulfed in a bubble and materialize in the 31st Century to be greeted by Brainiac 5 and Bouncing Boy.

The Legion of Super Heroes has been captured by the Fatal Five and they’ve reached back into the past to retrieve Supergirl and the other heroes for help because history says Supergirl disappeared on the day they plucked her from the 21st century.

The Fatal Five attack and GL gets mind controlled and captured. Apparently Green Lanterns are scarce in the 31st Century galaxy so they take him along to use him with the rest of the mind-controlled Legion to attack the United Planets capital.

While Brainiac 5 and Green Arrow attempt to infiltrate the Fatal Five’s ship, Supergirl takes on GL and the Legion. It was a decent fight. We saw Lighting Lad, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, Wildfire, Ultra Boy and many others.

In the end they of course prevailed and Supergirl decided to stay in the 31st century and to chart her own path. As JLU comes to an end, it was a nice bit of closure for Kara Zor-El and not coincidently it dovetails nicely with the current Supergirl and the Legion of Super Heroes title.

The saddest part of all is that the Supergirl in JLU actually had a personality, which more than can be said for the Supergirl in the comics, but it was a nice send off for the character.

As we keep count, the Far From Home marked the 10th of the 13 remaining JLU episodes before the series goes dark. But in an amazing coincidence, Cartoon Network is warming up a brand new Legion of Super Heroes series coming soon.

Updated on April 17:

A recently posted article in Mile High Comics’ Newsarama by Michael San Giacomo has affirmed what I had suspected in Cartoon Network’s neglectful death of Justice League Unlimited.

My opinion here, but the people at Cartoon Network did not help the series by airing it 10:30 p.m. on a Saturday night. Could there be a crappier time to air a show? If they were going for a young audience it was on too late. If they were going for an old audience, it was the wrong night and time.” We couldn’t agree more.

The article also features an interview with JLU writer and editor Matt Wayne…check it out here.

As we noted above, we were never really into the Legion of Super Heroes. Our annoyance what we see as JLU’s forced demise may be coloring our thinking, but we’re not much excited to Cartoon Network’s upcoming Legion cartoon series.

If it’s anything like the comic, we can expect that LSU to restart the series from scratch ever 6-8 episodes.


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