Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 is a miniseries published by DC Comics, written by Brian Micheal Bendis, art by Nicola Scott, Jim Cheung, Jeff Dekal, and Ryan Sook, colors by Tomeu Morey and Jordie Bellaire, and letters by Dave Sharpe. As Rose Forest continues her journey through time and space she finds her struggles with self and purpose deepening. Due to the elusiveness of the answers she seeks she is soon finds herself reaching further and further afield for answers.
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 opens with Rose walking through a monument to the age of heroes that is the 20th century. This opening works perfectly. Brining the reader in with images that are familiar before launching them back across time with Rose and Thorn. It also serves to highlight how different eras can be viewed through the lens of time. Heroism and hope, or deceit and corruption are the arguments leveled against the age of heroes. And, as with most eras of history, all of it is probably true.
As time continues it’s eternal march Rose is caught in its current. Eternally changing, while impossibly staying the same. When she can no longer endure the cycle she takes her journey into the very depths of space. While traveling between the stars Rose’s quest comes to be more internalized. The majority of the story recedes to being completely within her. Only thought boxes present the story for this portion of Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2. The absence of external interaction brings a foreboding mood to the pages. This sequence end in a masterfully executed personal revelation for Rose. It feels truly organic. Capturing the feeling of when the entire world just comes together and life truly begins.
The art in Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 continues to shine through the various lenses of its team. Each era of time Rose passes through is striking and unique from each other. Furthermore, the issue is graced with a generous helping of double page spreads. These pages in particular had me stopping my reading to just take in all they had to say.
While all the art is worthy of praise there is a sequence with Rose as her journey takes her out into the depths of space that is completely stunning. The scale of these images is perfect. They manage to convey both the sense of insignificance of an individual, while simultaneously making it feel like she is the only thing that matters. This dual focus perfectly encapsulates Rose’s experiences as she struggles with the unending cycles of time, and whether she matters at all to it.
The final praise I will give to Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2’s art comes in the choice to omit it. Without the art this page gives the reader nothing but Rose’s thoughts. This creates a feeling of isolation. Like the universe has gone from the immensity it was just a page before to only Rose. It brings the building internal turmoil of Rose’s self to a screeching, yet harmonious, halt. It’s a perfect comic book page.
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 creates such atmosphere and weight in its narrative that it pains me to see it end. I only hope that what it leads to can pick up the groundwork it has laid down to create a story worthy of this series’ exceptional work.
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Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 creates such atmosphere and weight in its narrative that it pains me to see it end.