Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who's Who: Benn Pares

Benn Pares
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Benn Pares
Super-Power(s): Levitation, turn into mist or light, teleportation, immunity to telepathy, possibly others
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #303

Hey Fellow Legionnaires! It's your old pal Tim, aka Kord Kid, back again! 

This time it's a little different though. Russell, our fearless leader, has tasked me with looking back at some of the Legion's Silver Age adventures. And since I love these goofy early adventures I said "Sign me up!" One day, I may regret that, but for now I'm starting with Adventure Comics #303...the introduction of Matter-Eater Lad! But is he friend or foe? Let's find out in the story, "The Fantastic Spy" by Jerry Siegel and John Forte!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hero Clix Contest Winner!

Announcing the winner of our first 
Legion of Super-Bloggers Contest----

Marcus Dodds, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 

will soon be receiving a Legion of Super-Heroes Hero Clix Starter Game box. 
It includes these seven Legionnaires: 


Marcus' favourite Hero Clix was the invisible Shrinking Violet piece. 

Thanks to all for writing in. Long Live the Legion!

As a little extra, here are a few pictures I took of some of my favorite Hero Clix. I don't play....the game. I just play with the figurines. Look out, Legion, the Fatal Five is back!





I think MANO is my favorite. He just looks so cool. 

I also like the Time Trapper. I love how he's playing with a Legion Cube. 

Can't argue with the Founders! 

I bought three separate Triplicate Girls and combined them on one stand. 



Extra! Extra! Extra! Legion Guest Stars In Flash #26!


Do you know? Do you know? Have you heard the news?

Two characters connected to the Legion appeared in The Flash #26!

Admittedly, they aren't Legionnaires, but supporting characters who first appeared in a Legion comic. It's Don and Dawn Allen, the Tornado Twins.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Legion of Super Heroes #309


Legion of Super-Heroes #309 is the penultimate chapter of the Omen and Prophet storyline and proceeds forward about as well as it could. The motivations of cosmic beings are often inscrutable and their heralds sometimes rave like lunatics. So why the Prophet and the Omen are doing what they are doing and why they are doing it now are questions I have always had when I have read this story.

The good news is that, per usual, the creative team of plotters Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen infuse enough Legion character moments into the messy melee to keep things interesting. Giffen's pencils continue to skew towards his rougher style and the epic nature of these fights make things a bit muddy. But this still reads like a fine Legion book, just loud. And, as usual, there are a bunch of subplots simmering to keep me thinking about the future.

Like the prior two issues, this one is split. The Omen story is the leading one. There is a back-up feature here focusing on the newly married Princess Projectra and Karate Kid. For me, knowing those characters future, this back-up story is powerful foreshadowing, reminding me that when Levitz was at the top of his game he was able to keep a ton of balls in the air. This one also has fine art by Pat Broderick and Mike DeCarlo.

On to the book!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reboot: Superman #119

Superman (v2) #119 (January 1997)
title: "Sunburned!"
writer: Dan Jurgens
penciller: Ron Frenz
inker: Joe Rubinstein
lettering: John Constanza
colorist: Glenn Whitmore
separations: Digital Chameleon
associate editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: Joey Cavalieri
cover: Ron Frenz & Joe Rubinstein
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Saturn Girl, Spark, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Dr. Marx, Inferno, Johannsen, Perry White, Shvaughn Erin, Superman

Opponents: 
Erica Alexandra del Portenza, Lex Luthor, Luthor's security

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Who's Who: Bacard Barley Circus

Bacard Barley Circus
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Bacard Barley Inter-Stellar Travelling Carnival and Sideshow
Super-Power(s): Varied
Planet of Origin: No fixed address
Relationship to Legion: Group victimized by villain from the inside

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics # 302 Point-Counterpoint

featuring
The Legion of Super Bloggers Point-Counterpoint Review of
Adventure Comics #302 (November 1962)
title: Sun Boy's Lost Power!
writer: Jerry Siegel
artist: John Forte
letterer: Milton Snapinn
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Superboy, Sun Boy, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Chameleon Boy, Phantom Girl, Ultra Boy

Opponents:Kranyak, his criminal gang, and a Kryptonian Flame-Beast.  




Synopsis: 
Sun Boy is being honored with a statue by the Mayor of Metropolis. The supports collapse and the statue topples, but Sun Boy is able to melt it before it strikes anyone. Later, during a city-wide blackout, he discovers that his powers are not working. The Legion attempts several methods of restoring them but none are successful. A criminal that had been put away by Sun Boy, Kranyak, hears of this and escapes to seek revenge. After being confronted by Kranyak, who vows to destroy the Legion, Sun Boy recalls that Kryponian Flame Beasts inhabited the planet Lurna from eggs deposited there. He travels there and purposely spurs one of the beasts to attack him. Like he hopes, the beast's flames restore his power. He returns to Earth and is able to defeat Kranyak before the villain can use his freeze ray projector to destroy the Legion.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Legion of Super Heroes S02 E03: Cry Wolf

"Cry Wolf" was written by J.M. DeMatteis and directed by James Tucker, original airdate: October 6, 2007, review by Glenn 'Continuity Kid' Walker

Mission Monitor Board: Timber Wolf, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, Superman X, Colossal Boy, Sun Boy, and Phantom Girl.

Opponents: Dr. Mar Londo, Dr. Yin Des Neerg, Biogolems. 

Guest-stars and cameos: Duo Damsel, Star Boy, Dream Girl, Blok, Shrinking Violet, Element Lad, Tyroc.

Just as the second story of the first season was Timber Wolf centric, so is the second story of the second season. We open on Dr. Mar Londo bringing his newest creations to the Interplanetary Federation of Scientists – biogolems, synthetic beings engineered to follow his slightest command. They kind of look like naked Chitauri from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before any demonstration can take place, Timber Wolf comes out of the crowd to confront his father, stating that he usually experiments on living beings, like his own son.

Dramatically the Legionnaire takes the stage and as he makes more accusations, Timber Wolf begins to mutate and become more vicious, even howling before lunging at his father. Just then the action stops, letting us know it's video of something that happened in the past. Timber Wolf is on trial by the Legion… for murder!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #308


Legion of Super-Heroes #308 was the middle chapter of the Omen/Prophet storyline, an arc which has typically been much maligned both at the time it was released as well as looking at with the passage of time. 

Does it deserve such vitriol? Reading it now, I will admit it isn't a great story. It probably isn't a good story. But it isn't a stinker. I think the reason it suffers is because it was released just after one of the highest points for these characters. It has to pale in comparison. Nothing gold can stay.

I also think it suffers because this is the first time we see Giffen's new style of art. It isn't polished. It doesn't have the organic lushness of his earlier issues. And it is new. After basically two years of brilliant style, readers had to get used to this new look.

And one more thing, the villain here ... the Prophet and the Omen ... they just don't have that personality that we Legion fans have come to expect. These were just powerful beings tromping through. I can't help but think of them as the poor man's Galactus and herald. 

This issue, in particular, suffers a bit from 'middle chapter syndrome'. Not much happens.

Still, I think if I read this story in an Outsiders book, I'd be satisfied. It just doesn't sparkle the way this book had.