CREDITS: Written by Steve Vance; art by John Delaney and Ron Boyd.
REVIEW: In an issue that, but for only slightly more cartoony art, could have slotted into the regular series, Vance gives us two stories, really, but the second plays like a B-plot, not a back-up. And is a bit more interesting. But both are tied to the same theme - don't judge by appearances. In the A-plot, Legionnaires fight a losing battle against some kind of space antibody that sees them as a virus, but (spoiler) it turns out to be all an illusion broadcast by a wounded Sensor. Okay, but I wish it had more to do with her psychology. Instead, it's a bit of a runaround about an "unbeatable" amorphous foe. The Legionnaires get to show off their powers, but it's really to no avail.
The B-plot is less about the techno-thief who wants Brainiac 5's stuff and more about Ferro having a hard time fitting in as an exile from the 20th Century. And though disfigured, he's surprised the thoroughly alien Gates is accepted in the group. This serves as a platform for reiterating the Legion's basic tenets about different species collaborating in a positive way. And with "losers" like the characters formerly known as Bouncing Boy and Matter-Eater Lad helping with the bad guy, it really is about "IDIC". Everybody has a role to play and talents they can bring to the table.
Though in line with mainstream continuity of the time, the characters are just a touch more bantery, and Gates sheds a secret tear for the isolation he feels. Not that the Reboot Legion wasn't a happy place, but the characters seem just a little happier to be in the animated world. There's a lot of charm to the issue, regardless of its weaker plot elements.
REREADABILITY: Medium - Reads like a contemporary issue of Legionnaires, which is fine.