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Legion Of Superheroes: The Complete Series Blu-ray Review


“Legion Of Superheroes” is an underrated DC animated series.

2006’s “Legion Of Superheroes” (which lasted 2 seasons with 26 total episodes) begins with the titular teen team from the 31st century traveling back to the 21st century to recruit the help of Clark Kent (before he became Superman) to stop the villainous Fatal Five. After that, the rest of season 1 spends time getting to know the core characters (such as Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, Lightning Lad, and so on), Legion auditions, the Legon helping one another and others, and the team encountering a deadly weapon known as the Sun Eater. In season 2, a Superman Clone from the 41st century is introduced, a new villain (Imperiex) wreaks havoc, a bad Brainiac emerges, other villains appear (such as the Dark Circle and Grimbor The Chainsman) and select characters get flashbacks to the past. 

When it comes to DC animated series, big named characters and teams like Batman, Superman, Justice League and Teen Titans tend to get all the attention so it’s refreshing to see a series devoted to lesser known characters like the members of the Legion of Superheroes. Granted, Clark Kent/Superman is essentially the viewer’s way into the series as he is the lone familiar face to the masses, but you quickly get to know the main cast along with other supporting characters like Chameleon Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, Karate Kid among others. The series is populated with a plethora of characters that you will enjoy getting to know (shoutout to Matter-Eater Lad).

What really struck me about this series is that it feels different from the rest. The superhero team dynamics differ from the likes of JL or the Titans, there’s a real sense of urgency through this series as there is great danger with characters in peril, the seasons come across as distinctly different from one another, and the storytelling involving everything from time travel to different eras of heroes feels fresh. Of course, there is plenty of explosive action throughout the series to keep the action junkies appeased as well.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a nice hi-def upgrade.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A pretty dynamic track. Unfortunately, you have to deal with a distractingly overpowering score though.

* “We Are Legion”- This extra is listed on disc 1 but it’s actually on disc 3. Anyway, this is a 9 minute featurette on the show and the comics.
* Commentary on “Dark Victory Parts 1 and 2” by DW Ferranti, Matt Patterson, Kari Wahlgren, James Tucker, and Brandon Vietti. Discussions range from creative choices to behind-the-scenes stories.

July 10, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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