Oh, this is a pure delight. The Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny special tells the same story twice. The first version, by Humphries, Grummett and Hanna, tells the tale from the perspective of the Legion, and is jam packed with allusions to the glory days of that book, from the 70s and 80s. Then Ortiz gives a second rendition of the events, from Bugs Bunny’s point of view, that feels just like a classic Looney Tunes cartoon.
The mere fact that it uses “cool up,” an attempt to give the Legion 21st century slang that was created in the 70s, is enough to make me love this book.
And as silly as it is, the special actually winds up telling a darn good story.
Brainiac 5 has created Computo 2. The other Legionnaires are dismayed, as Brainiac 5’s inventions do have a tendency to kill members of the team, or try to wipe out the entire universe. Computo 2 is ordered to retrieve Superboy from his time period, to help find a no longer existing element that will save Supergirl’s life. But Computo 2 has its own plans and desires, and intentionally screws this up, bringing Bugs Bunny, and some super powered carrots, back with him instead.
The Legion have to cope with the chaotic presence of the rascally rabbit, an attack by Validus, the treacherous computer, and their own omnipresent angst. The angst sequences are pricelessly funny, with Timber Wolf capping them off each time.
It seems like quite a challenge, telling a solid Legion story while at the same time evoking Bugs Bunny in a style true to the character. I suppose having two stories in the special is kind of insurance for that. If the Looney Tunes character just seems too out of place, or out of character, in the lead story, at least they have a back-up tale to shine in.
But in this case the two merge so much better than they have any right to.
I’ve been missing the Legion since they lost their own book during the New 52. A new series seems in the offing, from developments in Rebirth. Until that comes into being, this special has satisfied my cravings.