The second story features yet another attack from Starro, which we've really had quite enough of, and more scheming from Brainiac 3, which same. There are some good 'look-who-got-Starro'd!' jump-scares (and oddly enough, these never get old), and the best brawlers in the series — Lobo, Smite, and Tribulus — get a decent amount of page space to go around punching, stabbing, and electrocuting both each other and everyone else. All good stuff.
But Vril Dox, everyone's favorite puppetmaster, gets relegated to a romantic B-plot, and Tony Bedard proves he's really just out of ideas when his one dangling plot thread — in which bad guys have started cloning Lobos — is yet another rehash from the original L.E.G.I.O.N run. (This new threat is now irrelevant, of course, as the New 52 has since steamrolled over the continuity of the series as a whole.)
R.E.B.E.L.S is, at best, a technicolor orgasm of sci-fi indulgence and debauchery, but there was never much to it that wasn't carbon-dated back to the 90's run of the same series. It's a great popcorn movie of a comic and had a lot of potential, but ran out of steam early on. I do wish DC could have seen fit to at least collect the entire series, as it's still a bunch of gorgeous comicbooking.
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