Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: Legion Secret Origin #6

Recap: RJ Brande has formed the Legion. The United Planets was initially conflicted about the young team. However, the Legionnaires help thwart and attack from another dimension. Deputized and accepted, the team is ready to help. But everything isn't rosy. The wormhole the attackers came from is still there. A shadowy figure is trying to assassinate Brande. And the UP Security Directorate is still trying to manipulate things from the sidelines.

This is it, the last chapter of the Legion Secret Origin mini-series. Writer Paul Levitz does very good job linking all the plotlines in this story together and bringing them to a satisfying conclusion in this issue. I haven't always been on board with this mini-series given it's tangential look at the Legion's origin. It is a shame that this issue is the best issue. Had the whole mini been written like this, I might have enjoyed it much more.

Moreover, and this shouldn't be a spoiler given last issue, Levitz cements the Time Trapper as the Legion main villain. We had seen the Trapper ascend to a prominent status in the Baxter series and even the Five Years Later run. Now we know he has been there from the beginning.

But of all the things that happened in this story, the one that I think will stick out the most is the characterization of Phantom Girl. She is fun, adventurous, and very physical in her interactions, as though intangible people don't understand physical boundaries. It is interesting that she gets the deepest dive in characterization (although Brainiac 5 gets screen time too)!

On to the book!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #84

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #84 (September 1996)
title: "Emerald Legion"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Lee Moder

inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Leviathan (body), M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS

Guests: 
Inferno, Karate Kid, Lori Morning, Marla Latham, Nura Nal, R.J. Brande (cameo), Shvaungh Erin, Spider-Girl, Metropolis Necrological Institute android, Science police

Opponents: 
Emerald Eye of Ekron, Leland McCauley, two-bit crooks

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Who's Who: Durlans

 
Durlans
by Russell & Siskoid


Planet of Origin: Durla
Super-Power(s): Shape-shifting
Relationship to Legion: Withdrawn species that actually spawned one or more Legionnaires and its financial benefactor. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #298

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #298 (April 1983)
title: "The Edge of Nowhere"
writer/co-plotter: Paul Levitz
penciller/co-plotter: Keith Giffen
inker: Larry Mahlstedt
letterer: John Costanza
colorist: Carl Gafford
editor: Karen Berger
cover: Keith Giffen & Larry Mahlstedt
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board:  
Wildfire, Dawnstar, Blok, Invisible Kid, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Colossal Boy, Shrinking Violet, Element Lad, Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl, Chameleon Boy

Guests: 
Duplicate Boy, RJ Brande, SP Officer Shvaughn Erin

Opponents: 
Karlak of Khundia

Monday, April 24, 2017

Legion Magazines, Pt 3


Back in the pre-Internet dark days, comic fans got their dose of industry news by subscribing to or buying magazines devoted to their hobby. Today's blog continues our look at the various publications which featured content about the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Legion Secret Origin #5

Recap: The Legion is forming. Some elements in the United Planets support the team creation. Other parts fear this private army. The Directorate of Security, the shadowy trimuverate responsible for keeping the UP safe and running, also seem split. And, oh by the way, a wormhole to another dimension is opening with an invading army biding their time on the other side. This sounds like a job for Superman.

Legion Secret Origin #5 is the penultimate issue for the series and certainly pushes the plot forward as we rush to the ending. We get a glimpse of Superman. We see the team spring into intergalactic action. And we get a sense of who is behind all the assassination attempts on R.J. Brande.

But is it enough. This issue suffers a little bit in my knowing the series only has one more issue to go. I don't know if at the end of this issue that I feel the story has progressed enough to wrap up. I also don't know if I have been told enough story to make me happy.

As I have said in prior reviews, this is a tangential look at the Legion's origins. I have felt somewhat deflated after reading these issues because some things which have happened off panel would be more interesting to read than the things we are seeing. I wish I could remember how this was received at the time it came out.

Writer Paul Levitz continues to sprinkle in nice moments for the well-read Legion fan. And we see the team coming together somewhat. But this has felt lacking.

Thankfully, artist Chris Batista continues to shine with his crisp art.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #40

Legionnaires #40 (September 1996)
title: "Emerald/Violet"
writers: Roger Stern, Tom McCraw and Tom Peyer
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
special thanks: Mark Waid & Karl Kesel
cover: Jeffrey Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Leviathan (body), M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS

Guests: 
Evolvo (flasback), Inferno, Karate Kid, Shvaungh Erin, Sun Boy, an Al'Khaulyte, Metropolis Necrological Institute android

Opponents: 
Emerald Eye of Ekron; in flashback - Empress, Scavenger, Tharok

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Who's Who: Dominators

 

Dominators
by Russell & Siskoid


Planet of Origin: Dominion homeworld
Super-Power(s): High intelligence
Relationship to Legion: Villainous species

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #297

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #297 (March 1983)
title: untitled ("Mettle")
writer/co-plotter: Paul Levitz
penciller/co-plotter: Keith Giffen
inker: Larry Mahlstedt
letterer: John Costanza
colorist: Carl Gafford
editor: Karen Berger
cover: Keith Giffen & Larry Mahlstedt
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy; appearances by Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, Lightning Lad, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl

Guests: 
Night Girl, Matter-Eater Lad, Dr. Gym'll

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Legion My Way

Editor's Note:
This week we get a What If? essay from our newest member, Jude Deluca, aka Sarcasm Kid. Jude applied for membership in the Legion of Super-Bloggers with three fully-formed essays, which is the equivalent of Karate Kid throwing Superboy over his shoulder. Jude will be one of our regular essayists here on the Legion of Super-Bloggers. This time out he tells us how he would handle a new Legion series if it was up to him....