I'd forgotten how good this one was, until I reread it recently.
Gerry Conway's plot doesn't stand up to too much scrutiny, The Mad Thinker getting involved for no real reason, and Gil Kane ( or maybe Mike Esposito ) haven't quite got Ben on model as yet, but none of that matters. What this story is really about is The Puppet Master & Alicia.
For the first time, we properly learn their story, and see him as the weak man he sees himself, knowing that, no matter how much he may want to, he's incapable of changing.
It's a great bit of writing and characterization, and elevates what would've been just an average punch em' up issue.
Apparently The Legion are coming back with a new series from Bendis. Well, it's about damn time. What were DC waiting for, the actual 31st century?
To celebrate, here's the whole of the Legion's 2nd treasury / limited edition, an original story that I don't think has ever been reprinted.
It should've been a masterpiece, this one, and it isn't, sad to say. Paul Levitz' story is all over the place, Mike Grell's anatomy is as shaky as it often was, and if Vince Colletta spent more than a weekend inking the thing, I'll be astonished.
BUT, it is the wedding of Lightning Lad & Saturn Girl, with all the complications that always ensue at superhero weddings, plus it's the only long-form Legion story attempted at the time, so I've always had an affection for this one.
There's also a nice guide to the gang by Jim Sherman, who I kind of wish had drawn the main story too.
Mind you, he was so slow, he'd probably still be working on it now...
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