Despite all the reboots and retcons, the Legion of Super-Heroes holds a certain appeal to its fans. Outside of that campaign awhile ago to bring back Hal Jordan, I don’t think I’ve met a more fervent superhero comic book reading subset like those who follow the Legion. And I don’t think a story arc is held in higher regard among Legion fans than the Great Darkness Saga. And I’ve never read a single issue.
From what I can understand, The Great Darkness Saga was a five-issue arc (Vol. 2, #290-294) written by Paul Levitz with art by Keith Giffen. Part of its appeal was the appearance of nearly every living Legionnaire at the time, in addition to most of their allies. After that it gets hazy for me.
Let me lift directly from DC:
[T]he godlike Darkseid emerges in the 30th Century with an ingenious plot to finally conquer the universe. Using his faithful minions to acquire all of the mystic artifacts of the time, the evil despot gains mental control over a race of three billion all-powerful beings. Now as their universe teeters on the edge of Armageddon, the Legion of Super-Heroes amass their own army of every champion who ever held the status of Legionnaire to stand against the Dark Lord and his invincible soldiers. But as the Legion suffers defeat after defeat, they realize that salvation and victory rest in the hands of a mysterious baby that has aged into adulthood before their very eyes.
Sounds great! But what you just read is a masterful exercise in editing and wordsmithing. Check out the Wikipedia entry and try to make sense of that. Or ask a Legion fan to explain it to you. It sounds like the most intricate and byzantine storyline. Could someone without significant prior knowledge of the characters or their histories enjoy this?
So, dear readers, tell me what have I missed? Is the Great Darkness Saga worth reading?