After years away, The Legion of Super-Heroes are finally returning to DC's new universe. But now we know that these future heroes of tomorrow won't just be returning from the future to meet Superman... they'll likely be recruiting his son, Superboy, onto their new team.
At least, that's what is strongly implied by cover art for Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2, now officially released by DC Comics. For those who may not have met the Legion in their first incarnation, they hail from a future in which Superman is a hero looked up to by every child, whether they are born with superpowers, or not. When the Legion decided to travel back to Superman's youngest days and meet their idol, he was extended membership in the form of a Legionnaire Flight Ring--and so Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes was born.
Now it seems Brian Michael Bendis will be repeating that same story, but with membership offered to the Superboy otherwise known as Jonathan Kent, the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. But will Bendis be sending Jonathan into the future along with the Legion?
The actual story returning the team to DC continuity will be told in Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium starting in September, in a tale spanning 1,000 years of DC history. The two-part story will lay the groundwork for Bendis and Ryan Sook's new ongoing series, but the Legion will actually be making their return in the pages of Superman even earlier. Judging by the cover art and plot synopsis for Superman #15, at least. Have a look:
Legion of Super-Heroes! The greatest super heroes of the 32nd century have traveled back in time not just to meet the heroes who inspired them, but to make an offer…but to which hero? And why will that choice tear Superman’s life apart? Plus, the fallout from Lex Luthor’s conversation with Lois Lane escalates! What dark secret did Lex tell Lois?
The image, depicting the new Legion (redesigned by Ryan Sook, and illustrated here by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado) arriving to meet Superman and Superboy helps put the teases of the synopsis into some context. Typically, one would expect that a hero from the future returning to the pages of Superman would be seeking his help. But with the promise that the Legion's offer will "tear Superman's life apart," Superboy was a safe bet even before the second issue artwork of the Legion's Millennium relaunch was released, depicting Superboy in the process of accepting his own Legion Ring.
Those who have been following Bendis's changes to the Superman line of comics may have also been able to guess (perhaps cynically) that after turning Superboy from a child to a teenager, the Legion will now show up to remove him from Lois and Clark's world completely. That may be more extreme than what is actually planned, but either way, it's cause for celebration that Jonathan is going to earn such an honor when the issue arrives in October.
Superman #14 begins the Legion's return on August 14th, followed by Superman #15 on September 11th. The Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium begins just one week later, with the second part of the story (apparently adding Superboy to the team) coming the following month.