DC Comics has unleashed its own version of the Legends of Tomorrow in the Generations: Shattered one-shot – can they save time itself?
DC Comics has assembled its own version of the Legends of Tomorrow. The CW has never been too concerned with comic book accuracy, and in 2016 they introduced a superhero team called the Legends of Tomorrow. No comic book equivalent had ever existed, and that meant viewers had absolutely no idea what to expect.
What they got was one of the zaniest, trippiest superhero stories of all time. The basic concept is a fairly simple one; the Legends of Tomorrow are a mismatched bunch of heroes plucked from different points in the timestream, and their job is to ensure history runs on track. The roster is constantly shifting, and the enemies range from time travelers to mystics to demons, meaning this is one show that can literally go anywhere and anywhen. Legends of Tomorrow can drift from futuristic sci-fi to supernatural near-horror in the space of a few minutes, taking full advantage of its time travel plot device. And now, in DC’s Generations: Shattered, the comic book publisher has assembled its own version of The CW’s team.
Written by Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt and Robert Venditti, and featuring art from a whole host of top talents, the book sees an unwitting time traveler named Kamandi leap through history attempting to recruit the necessary heroes to prevent all time and space from being destroyed. His mission goes terribly wrong, and as a result he winds up with a completely mismatched crew who are frankly ill-suited to the task. He saves Superboy from the Legion of Super Heroes when he was meant to pick up Brainiac-5 for his intelligence. Kamandi recruits Steel and Doctor Light in his place, though he misses Superman and winds up with Booster Gold instead. Starfire is picked up for raw power, Sinestro is collected from the days when he was a Green Lantern, and an alternate-universe Batman rounds out the team. It’s every bit as mismatched as any of Legends of Tomorrow’s crews. Unfortunately, however, their mission looks as though it could well be beyond their capabilities.
Time itself is breaking apart, and in truth none of these heroes possess the requisite skills and abilities to put matters right. But, to be fair, that is exactly what one would expect from the comic book equivalent of Legends of Tomorrow, because The CW’s show is always a sort of “David and Goliath” tale of an unlikely bunch somehow succeeding against all the odds.
It’s currently unclear how Generations: Shattered ties in to DC Comics’ Future State initiative, although the publisher has insisted it will somehow be intertwined. Hopefully Kamandi’s amusing team will become a permanent fixture once the dust has settled from whatever is going on – as the comic book version of the Legends of Tomorrow.
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