Legends #5: Let Slip The Dogs Of War!

  • Plotter: John Ostrander
  • Scripter: Len Wein
  • Penciller: John Byrne
  • Inker: Karl Kesel
  • Colorist: Tom Ziuko
  • Letterer: Steve Haynie
  • Cover Artist: John Byrne
  • Editor: Mike Gold

Cover: Front and centre is Captain Marvel while surrounding him are the empty costumes of various heroes. Clockwise from the top right (just under Marvel’s cape) are the costumes of Changeling; Flash; Batman; Black Canary; Superman; Blue Beetle; and Green Lantern Guy Gardner.

Page 1 – Panel 1: This is Billy Batson, Captain Marvel’s alter ego.

Page 1 – Panels 2 to 7: Not much to mention here as these panels recap the appearance and death of Macro-Man from issue #1, a death for which Billy blames himself.

Page 1 – Panel 8: The silhouetted figure is . . .

Page 2 – Panel 1: . . . Lisa Sutton who had befriended Billy in previous issues; he left their house in issue #3 after her father was revealed as a vocal supporter of G Gordon Godfrey and his crusade against heroes.

Page 2 – Panel 3: An ongoing riot, complete with burning Superman effigy.

Page 2 – Panel 5: In her attempt to reason with the rioters, Lisa is struck unconscious.

Page 2 – Panels 7 and 8: This is the wake up call Billy needs to say the magic word and become . . .

Page 4 – Panel 1: Holy Moley!!

Page 3: . . . Captain Marvel once more.

Page 4 – Panel 1: And just like that, Captain Marvel realises he wasn’t responsible for the death of Macro-Man.

Page 4 – Panel 2: “But I can worry about that later.” And, presumably, he can worry about Lisa whom he has left unconscious in an alleyway later as well.

Page 4 – Panels 3 and 4: The Wisdom of Solomon allows him to realise he’s not a murdered, but doesn’t seem to make him consider whether charging into a rioting crowd is a good idea or not.

Page 4 – Panels 5 and 6: As the crowd are frozen, we see a yellow-gloved hand. This is Dr Fate who we last saw in the previous issue.

Page 5 – Panel 1: Over in Star City, we meet Black Canary who was last seen in the previous issue escaping from one policeman who wanted to arrest her while his partner wanted to let her go. The killing of the latter by the former was later blamed on Canary.

Page 5 – Panel 2: Despite Canary’s claim that the “Laser League must be on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list” it looks like this is their only appearance.

Page 5 – Panel 6: The yellow cloak belongs to Dr Fate who recruits her as he did Captain Marvel.

Page 6 – Panel 5: The one true Green Lantern. Apparently.

Page 6 – Panel 2: This is Sunspot, a new villain who seems to have been created just for LEGENDS (much like the Laser League from the previous page and Ms Magnificent from the previous issue.) The difference here, though, is that Sunspot is suspected of being a less than subtle dig at then-Editor in Chief of Marvel, Jim Shooter. For more information on this, check out this page over at CBR.

Page 6 – Panel 4: The green hand tapping him on the shoulder belongs to . . .

Page 6 – Panel 5: . . . Green Lantern Guy Gardner.

Page 7: There’s not much to say about the individual panels here – Gardner causes the oil tanker to spring a leak which Sunspot then blows up.

Page 8 – Panel 1: Gardner has protected himself within a ring-generated bubble. The table of drinks beside him is a nice touch.

Page 8 – Panel 2: The “sound and fury, signifying nothing” line comes from Macbeth.

Page 9 – Panels 3 and 4: In an attempt to free himself from Gardner’s clutches, Sunspot literally shoots himself in the foot.

Page 9 – Panels 5 and 6: Gardner puts Sunspot’s leg in stasis and seals off his hand as well as Dr Fate arrives to recruit him.

Page 10 – Panels 1 and 2: Blue Beetle reminisces about Chronos who, in the pages of his own book, has now been captured.

Page 10 – Panels 4 to 6: And just as he compares himself with other heroic outlaws, a woman fresh out of the shower calls him a Peeping Tom.

Page 10 – Panel 7: All we get here is Dr Fate’s dialogue before Beetle is recruited.

Page 11 – Panels 1 to 3: Batman in Gotham City, pondering the recent troubles.

Page 11 – Panel 4: He is suspicious of just how easily G Gordon Godfrey has stirred up the people against the heroes.

Page 11 – Panel 5: And with Dr Fate’s dialogue, Batman is recruited.

Page 12 – Panel 1: Picking up from the end of the previous issue, we’re back in New York where Changeling (as the green bird) along with Flash and Captain Boomerang in the top right of the panel face off against the angry mob and Darkseid’s War Hounds.

Page 12 – Panel 3: Flash uses his super speed to disarm the crowd.

Page 14 – Panel 4: Our main weapon is surprise. Surprise and fear. Our two main weapons…

Page 13 – Panels 1 and 2: Captain Boomerang’s bombs reveal that the War Hounds are piloted by civilians.

Page 13 – Panels 5 and 6: Regardless of the civilians, Boomerang attacks a second War Hound.

Page 14 – Panels 1 to 3: The rioters capture him and decide to take him to G Gordon Godfrey.

Page 14 – Panel 5: Dr Fate appears and recruits both Changeling and the Flash.

Page 15 – Panel 1: Seated at the White House, left to right, are an adviser; President Ronald Reagan; and Vice President George Bush. Standing with them is Superman.

Page 15 – Panel 2: The military defecting to Godfrey hasn’t been seen in any of the tie-ins or previous issues of the main series. The reports of heroes disappearing are the results of Dr Fate and his recruitment drive.

Page 15 – Panel 3: Superman mentions being abducted by Darkseid; this happened at the end of the previous issues and then in the various Superman titles dealt with in Crossovers Part 4. Behind Superman, Dr Fate materialises.

Page 15 – Panel 6: And just like the others, Superman is recruited.

Page 16 – Panel 1: Here we are with G Gordon Godfrey in Metropolis.

Page 16 – Panel 5: Captain Boomerang is dragged on stage.

Page 17 – Panels 1 and 2: Godfrey asks the crowd what to do with Boomerang and the unanimous decision is to kill him.

Page 17 – Panel 3: Boomerang makes a pointed reference to having friends who can save him from this situation.

Page 17 – Panel 4: In the meantime, Godfrey orders his followers to Washington to take on the government itself.

Page 17 – Panel 5: Boomerang’s friends, Amanda Waller on the left and Colonel Rick Flag on the right, are part of the Suicide Squad, the secret team run by the government.

Page 18 – Panel 2: The uncompromising Amanda Waller.

Page 18 – Panel 1: Left to right are Waller; Bronze Tiger; Flag; and the Enchantress.

Page 18 – Panel 2: Waller is willing to have Boomerang killed in order to protect the existence of the Suicide Squad, or Task Force X to give it it’s real title.

Page 19 – Panel 2: Godfrey and his followers have gathered at the Washington Mall, in the shadow of the statue of Abraham Lincoln.

Page 19 – Panel 3: Godfrey almost lets slip the authority under whose orders he has been working.

Page 19 – Panel 4: Dr Fate arrives but not to recruit Godfrey.

Page 20 – Panel 2: The heroes gathered by Dr Fate. Back row are Fate and Batman; the row in front of them are Blue Beetle; Flash; and Changeling; in the row in front of them are Captain Marvel; Black Canary; and Guy Gardner; and in the bottom right is Superman.

Page 21 – Panel 1: And here we are, heading back to Apokolips where Darkseid watches the events unfold.

Page 21 – Panel 2: The Phantom Stranger who still has faith in the heroes.

Page 22 – Panel 1: In a private Gotham City hospital, we find Robin, battered and bruised by the people back in issue #2.

Page 22 – Panels 3 to 6: Despite his injuries, Robin is determined to head out and make a stand with the rest of the heroes.