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The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg

Written by Arion on Monday, September 08 2014 and posted in Blog
Under the ruling of Ra’s Al Ghul, the world has changed. Nobody has realized how serious the change is, after all, people still think their president is Leland McCauley. And now, posing as McCauley, the Head of the Demon and former Batman enemy is determined to terraform the Moon. The surprise is, I suppose, as big as the one experienced by readers in the 80s when it was revealed that Darkseid was the villain behind the Great Darkness Saga; so it makes perfect sense to choose another immortal and take him to the 31st century.
The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg

As president, Ra’s Al Ghul has violated the law and has stepped onto the rights of sentient beings. With a sinister purpose, he has endorsed illegal experimentations with former legionnaire Gates and other species from different planets. Declared missing in action and tortured for an entire year, Gates is finally rescued by Brainiac 5 and a small group of legionnaires. “I always knew the system stunk… but I had no idea it was this rotten and corrupt”, complains Gates. “It’s taken that monster a single year to turn the U.P. into an authoritarian regime that answers to no one”, explains Triad.

In “Moonrise” (The Legion # 4, March 2002), Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning delve deep into the horrors of a dictatorship disguised as a democracy. They are audacious enough to include a legionnaire as one of the victims. I think it makes sense to see men and women being corrupted so easily. And it’s also interesting to observe that the Legion of Super-Heroes, that beacon of hope, no longer exists. They’ve been disbanded, even outlawed by Earth’s government. Some of them have returned to their homeworlds, others are lost in distant galaxies. By underlining how necessary the Legion is, the writers also have the chance to prove how big the universe is, and how distant the legionnaires are from each other.
The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg
Ra's Al Ghul & M'Onel

While Legion World is attacked by a government fleet, Xs and Star Boy are trapped in Xanthu, witnessing the increasing menace of Robotica and M’Onel is cruelly injured by Ra’s Al Ghul, who has weakened him to the point that bullets can actually harm him. But perhaps the most interesting development takes place in the Kwai galaxy, where Saturn Girl and other legionnaires are searching for the Matriarch, the leader of Shikari’s wandering race.
The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg
Xs & Star Boy

“Credo” (The Legion # 5) is an extraordinary standalone adventure, focusing on the experiences of Saturn Girl, Invisible Kid, Wildfire and Spark. They have returned to the devastated solar system that once sheltered the Progenitor. And what they find there is quite shocking. Countless alien species are traveling in their spaceships, looking for worlds to settle in, in some cases only a few thousands remain after the extermination caused by the Progenitor.  

Abnett and Lanning immediately point out the contrast between Saturn Girl and Invisible Kid: she is still angry at the Progeny for their genocidal past, but he is willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. Now that the Progenitor is gone, the Progeny is under attack. Suffering the same fate as other species, the Progeny is no longer the hunter but the hunted. An interplanetary cult known as Credo has been targeting the Progeny. The leader of such cult is no other than Singularity, the superhuman creature who was in charge of protecting a ghost city in a planet that had been dead for eons.

Saturn Girl soon understands that she can retain her dignity through the other: it doesn’t matter if during the Legion Lost saga she and her comrades were reduced to a cruel struggle for survival, the Progeny must still be treated with dignity because that is the only way she can maintain a minimal link to humanity. Paradoxically, the Progeny has forgotten to struggle for their bare survival, as it’s been exterminated by Singularity and his Credo. Even the peaceful Kwai are now ready to join the ranks of the Credo. 

In only a handful of pages, Abnett and Lanning examine the concept of genocide, the roles of victims and victimizers and the notion that dignity and respect towards other species must always be a part of the Legion’s values. “Credo” also has Peter Snejbjerg as a guest artist, and his pages are amazing. With gloomy settings and thick lines, Snejbjerg creates an oppressive atmosphere that reflects the miserable living conditions of the Progeny.
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Bajo el gobierno de Ra’s Al Ghul, el mundo ha cambiado. Nadie se ha dado cuenta de lo serio que es el cambio, después de todo, la gente aún piensa que su presidente es Leland McCauley. Y ahora, enmascarado como McCauley, la Cabeza del Demonio y antiguo enemigo de Batman está determinado a terraformar la Luna. La sopresa es, supongo, tan grande como la experimentada por los lectores en los 80s, cuando se reveló que Darkseid era el villano de la Gran Saga de la Oscuridad; así que tiene perfecto sentido elegir otro inmortal para llevarlo al siglo XXXI.
The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg
Living conditions of the Progeny / las condiciones de vida de la Progenie

Como presidente, Ra’s Al Ghul ha violado la ley y ha pisoteado los derechos de todos los seres. Con un propósito siniestro, ha apoyado la experimentación ilegal con el ex legionario Gates y con otras especies de distintos planetas. Declarado como caído en batalla y torturado por un año entero, Gates es finalmente rescatado por Brainiac 5 y un pequeño grupo de legionarios. “Siempre supe que el sistema apestaba… pero no tenía idea de que fuera tan podrido y corrupto”, se queja Gates. “A ese monstruo le ha tomado un sólo año convertir a los Planetas Unidos en un régimen autoritario que no responde ante nadie”, explica Triad.

En “Luna elevada” (The Legion # 4, marzo de 2002), Dan Abnett y Andy Lanning se sumergen profundamente en los horrores de una dictadura disfrazada de democracia. Ellos son lo suficientemente audaces para incluir a un legionario como una de las víctimas. Creo que tiene sentido ver a hombres y mujeres siendo corrompidos tan fácilmente. Y también es interesante observar que la Legión de Súper-Héroes, esa luz de la esperanza, ya no existe. Han sido desbandados, incluso prohibidos por el gobierno de la Tierra. Algunos han regresado a sus mundos, otros están perdidos en galaxias distantes. Al subrayar lo necesaria que es la Legión, los escritores también tienen la oportunidad de demostrar lo grande que es el universo, y lo distantes que están los legionarios entre sí.

Mientras el Mundo Legión es atacado por una flota del gobierno, Xs y Star Boy están atrapados en Xanthu, cara a cara con la amenaza creciente de Robótica y M’Onel es cruelmente herido por Ra’s Al Ghul, quien lo ha debilitado al punto que las balas pueden hacerle daño. Pero tal vez lo más interesante sucede en la galaxia Kwai, donde Saturn Girl y otros legionarios están buscando a la Matriarca, la líder de la raza errante de Shikari.

“Credo” (The Legion # 5) es una extraordinaria aventura autoconclusiva, que se enfoca en las experiencias de Saturn Girl, Invisible Kid, Wildfire y Spark. Ellos han regresado al devastado sistema solar que alguna vez albergó al Progenitor. Y lo que encuentran allí es bastante impactante. Incontables especies alienígenas viajan en sus naves, buscando mundos en los que instalarse, en algunos sólo quedan algunos miles después de la exterminación causada por el Progenitor.  
The Legion # 4 5 - Abnett, Lanning, Coipel Snejbjerg
Saturn Girl, Karate Kid, Spark & Wildfire

Abnett y Lanning señalan de inmediato el contraste entre Saturn Girl e Invisible Kid: ella aún está furiosa con la Progenie por su pasado genocida, pero él está dispuesto a darles el beneficio de la duda. Ahora que el Progenitor ya no existe, la Progenie está bajo ataque. Sufriendo el mismo destino que otras especies, la Progenie ya no es la cazadora sino la cazada. Un culto interplanetario conocido como Credo está persiguiendo a la Progenie. El líder de semejante culto no es otro que Singularidad, la criatura superhumana que estaba a cargo de proteger una ciudad fantasma en un planeta que había estado muerto por eones. 

Saturn Girl pronto entiende que puede retener su dignidad a través del otro: no importa si durante la saga de la Legión Perdida ella y sus camaradas fueron reducidos a la cruel lucha por la supervivencia, la Progenie aun así debe ser tratada con dignidad porque esa es la única manera en la que ella puede mantener un mínimo vínculo con la humanidad. Paradójicamente, la Progenie ha olvidado luchar por su supervivencia, y está siendo exterminada por Singularidad y su Credo. Incluso los pacíficos Kwai ahora están listos para unirse a las filas del Credo. 

En sólo un puñado de páginas, Abnett y Lanning examinan el concepto del genocidio, los roles de las víctimas y los victimarios y la noción de que la dignidad y el respeto hacia otras especies deben ser siempre parte de los valores de la Legión. “Credo” también cuenta con Peter Snejbjerg como artista invitado, y sus páginas son asombrosas. Con escenarios sombríos y trazos gruesos, Snejbjerg crea una atmósfera opresiva que refleja las miserables condiciones de vida de la Progenie.

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-legion-4-5-abnett-lanning-coipel.html

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