Non-Dominating Coloring: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes: Dominator War

http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/224/106008_20071119074155_large.jpg This is what I'm reading at present. I've read very few Legion comics and I recall reading the first three or four issues of this series, before Supergirl joined, and I guess it didn't hold my attention enough then, nor am I sure it's doing so now, but I love Kitson's pencils and I absolutely love the coloring on this. It reminds me of the coloring on a Vertigo title. Great tones. They do the job, but they don't try to be too damn flashy. No over-exaggeration. I like it. I like it a lot.

I've always had difficulty with any Legion title. There always seems something inaccessible about them and I think Waid tried to counter this, as I believe this was a restart of the 31st Century without much baggage. I think Waid may have even slowly introduced readers to the cast, but having skipped two years worth of issues and jumping into this collection in preparation for reading Final Crisis, I'm a bit lost. Despite the three-page character "guide" at the start of the book, I still don't really know who is who. I keep forgetting the Cos is Cosmic Boy and what his powers are and the Lightning siblings, well... And then there're a plethora of other characters I can barely distinguish from each other, partially because they're referred to by their real names as opposed to their codenames, which are not given in the bios!

This makes me wonder why there weren't more aliens in the Legion. It'd be easier to tell most characters apart, kind of like the Green Lantern Corps, but perhaps the earlier writers were trying to avoid such a comparison, and hey, are there Green Lanterns in the 31st Century?

I think it was the third season of the animated series I began getting into because it had an overarching storyline, so perhaps that show can help me identify more of the Legionaires, therefore letting me care more about their fates. It's hard to give a crap about someone's arm getting blown off when you don't even know who they are...

An hour or so later...

OK. I'm back with the final chapter yet to be read. The second to last chapter is the exposition chapter. The "villain's" motives explained. So why did the Dominator species declare war on Earth and the United Planets? Because stupid ass Booster Gold couldn't keep his mouth shut while appropriating a weapon created by the Dominators? OK, this part works. But the real motivation: One Dominator scientist believes that the species will stagnate without an X-Factor in their genes? Why isn't Marvel suing for that? And for the fact that isn't this basically the same story as "Operation Galactic Storm" as told by Marvel in the early 90s, in which the Kree Supreme Intelligence realizes that the species was stagnating without some big war or something to push them to evolve? (I am not 100% on this as I have not yet read this other story, but will shortly as I plan on reading it prior to the "Annihilation" storyline all the way through "War of the Kings".)

And damn it if the artist and writer didn't change to Kevin Sharpe and Tony Bedard, respectively. Not that they aren't telling the story well, but I hate when big stories have creative changes midway through. This is a major story, right? At least it still has awesome coloring by Nathan Eyring, whose name should be splashed all over the cover! It's too bad most of the links on his site don't work. I'd love to email him to tell him how much I love the coloring. You can find a catalog of his work listed on the Grand Comics Database here.

See you all again in about twenty minutes...

About twenty minutes later...

Yeah. OK.

Thanks to the Comic Book Database for another great cover image.