Oh, Allred clan, why are your books so much fun?
The talented trio of writer Lee, artist Mike and colourist Laura have been killing it on the Bug! The Adventures of Forager miniseries for the Young Animal imprint, and they brought their brilliance to this week’s cross-generational special.
The Legionnaires arrive in 1966 seeking Robin’s help. No, not Batman’s. Robin’s. It seems their enemy, Universo, has traveled back to the 20th century and they need the aid of the world’s greatest teenage hero to stop him. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin’s brainy nemesis Egghead has stolen one of the team’s time spheres and heads off into the future.
Time for a team-up! The half-dozen Legionnaires and the Dynamic Duo split into two teams of four and head off throughout the timestream to stop their enemies before any real damage can be done.
Batman partners up with Shadow Lass, Ferro Lad and Brainiac Five for a trip to the future. The Legionnaires bring Batman up to speed on their history as they travel, including Ferro Lad deadpanning about Time Trapper killing him, or how they once had a guy who could start fires. This is all presented without any rationalization, just as fact. For my money, it was brilliant.
Robin remains in the present with Saturn Girl, Chameleon Boy and Phantom Girl to stop Universo. With the greatest super-teen of them all on their side, they can’t possibly lose, right? Well…turns out they confused Robin with Jimmy Olsen. Yes, THAT Jimmy Olsen. This is just more of the zaniness the Allreds came up with for us to enjoy in this highly entertaining issue.
Fans of the Batman 66 books and fans of the classic Legion will love this book. If you’re looking for a book with clear structure, give it a pass. The irreverent storytelling isn’t for everyone, but it’s well worth a look.