Review: Legion of Super Heroes (Volume 3) (2008) Animation | My Reviews 28 JUN 2012

Legion of Super Heroes volume 3 wraps up the first season of this great kid’s super hero show, bringing it home with five episodes, namely “The Substitutes”, “Child’s Play”, “Chain of Command”, and finally “Sundown” parts 1 and 2.

Continuing where the first two volumes left off, volume 3 has a young Superman who is now quite comfortable with his position in the Legion, and the first two episodes are really two fun entries, the first playing around with a team of misfits who fail the Legion draft, but end up helping anyway, followed by a tale involving a magical imp child who causes headaches for everyone in his path.

The third episode starts picking up the intensity of the storytelling, dealing with the picking of a new leader for the Legion of Super Heroes, before ending off the season on an action-packed note by having the team call in just about all their members as they battle to deal with the ultimate weapon – a sun eater device capable of destroying any star it comes into contact with!

The writing is still aimed at the younger audience, think Teen Titans which is a similar target demographic, but despite this, I found the series to be an enjoyable, light-hearted (at times) super hero romp that is fun to watch (particularly if you are already a fan of the Legion), and thus the perfect title to catch with in the company of either your young son or daughter when they finally give you a break in order to catch your breath! :)

The animation is vibrant and fun, and suits the tone of the show perfectly. Simple designs and line work, but fluid animation, good choreography, and thus quite visually entertaining. Similarly, the voice cast all do a stellar job, making for an all round enjoyable viewing experience.

In summary, well worth watching if you can find it and are already a comic book fan with exposure to either Superman or Legion of Super Heroes. Lots of fun to watch with your kids, but enjoyable enough if you just want to sit down and take in some uncomplicated super hero fare when you get a chance.

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