Friday, October 20, 2017

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #6


Legion of Super-Heroes #6 from the New 52 release focused on Dragonwing, one of the newer Legionnaires and perhaps some fresh blood that DC was hoping would lure in new readers.

As I say in this review, it is a double-edged sword. Yes, if the new Legionnaires are going to be a big part of this book, we need to learn about them. If I am going to care about Dragonwing as much as I do Vi, I need to know her. So focusing on her is a good thing. 

That said, we know next to nothing about her. So to jump into a family plot and the gang wars of her home seemed rushed. I feel like if this was the 80s, Levitz would have this as a C-plot for a while. We'd get a page here and there, hinting at this stuff, giving us backstory, before immersing us in it. Instead, we are thrown in. I don't know enough about Dragonwing's history to understand this implications of this plot. As a result, this story made me shrug a bit.

The second plot, a look at the Dominator culture and their turning of Res-Vir, was more interesting mostly because it built on the Legion history. We know about the Dominion. This peek behind the curtain was more appealing.

And yet, this opening shows just the issue Levitz was dealing with. The new story didn't grab me. The old stuff did. But I am (or should be) an aging out fan. It should be the new stuff that lures me and others in. Unfortunately, my guess is Levitz wasn't afforded the time to slowly reveal these plots like in 'the old days'. It is the day of 'immediate gratification', of monthly sales reports, and limited resources. You can't build a Dragonwing subplot over a year anymore. Comics don't last that long anymore.


On to the book and the older review.

The 'renumbered but not rebooted' Legion of Super-Heroes, as a whole, has been a mixed bag for me. It has been somewhat a comfortable comic for a longtime Legion reader for me. I know these characters and all their history; I know what is going on and I am able to fill in some of the gaps in the story in my mind. But it hasn't been exciting. And it hasn't been spectacular. This isn't a new 52 that a new reader could easily pick up.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #92

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #92 (May 1997)
title: "Swan's Way"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Lee Moder

inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Curt Swan, 1958 Americans

Opponents: 
Time Trapper (behind the scenes, does not appear), U.S. Secret Service

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who's Who: Diamondeth

Diamondeth
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Iris Jacobs
Super-Power(s): Diamond-hard body
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: 20th-Century Karate Kid villain

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #315

"The Legionnaires' Super-Contest"
was written by Edmond Hamilton, drawn by John Forte, originally published in Adventure Comics #315 December 1963 (Oh what a night!), review by Glenn 'Continuity Kid' Walker

Mission Monitor Board: Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Sun Boy, Saturn Girl, Superboy, and Lightning Lad.

Opponents: Unnamed Space-Raiders, Sun Woman, her guards, and a Rantak. 

Guest-stars and cameos: Polar Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, and Stone Boy (teamed as the Legion of Substitute Heroes).

"The Legionnaires' Super-Contest" with the apostrophe in the right place for the cover but not the splash page, and the second chapter "The Winner of the Super-Tests," first appeared in Adventure Comics #315 in December of 1963.  Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons jokes aside. I had never encountered the story before reading it in the second volume of the Legion of Super-Heroes Archives, but I knew of its importance in Silver Age Legion legend and lore. Not only was it the revelation of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, but also the story where Stone Boy won Legion membership on what was basically a test/bet/prank.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bombshells United #2-3


Title: Bombshells Unleashed #2-3: American Soil Parts 3-6
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artists: Marguerite Sauvage, Marcelo DiChiara, Siya Oum, and Luciano Vecchio
Colorist: J. Nanjan
Letterer: Wes Abbot
Cover Artists: Stephanie Hans, Emanuele Luppachino & Tomeu Morey
Editor: Kristy Quinn & Jessica Chen

On Russell's behest I decided to combine the reviews for Bombshells United #2 and 3 since they came out so close together, and as of right now #4 should be coming out this upcoming Wednesday.

The issues follow right after the end of the second issue, and while Dawnstar is heavily featured in the first half of the second issue, she doesn't appear much in the second half or at all in the third, but her influence is felt in #3. Because the segments are done by different artists, the review is broken into four parts. I have to say I am EXTREMELY satisfied with Bennett's use of Dawnstar.

Friday, October 13, 2017

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #5


Well, here we are at Legion of Super-Heroes #5, an interesting issue to toss into the beginning of a new title hoping to grab new readers. And I have to say I am of two minds of this issue and would love to hear what people think.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #48

Legionnaires #48 (May 1997)
title: "Dawn of the Dark Lord"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Barrios
editor: KC Carlson
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
cover: Jeffrey Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Chameleon, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Magno, Sensor, Star Boy, Umbra, XS

Guests: 
Doctor Gym'll, Dragonmage, R.J. Brande, Science Police, Sklarians, the People of Anatac, Outpost Delta personnel

Opponents: 
Emerald Violet, Mordru, Mysa

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Who's Who: The Devil's Dozen

Devil's Dozen
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Prince Evillo, the Hag, Apollo, Sugyn, Wild Huntsman, Dr. Zan Orgal
Relationship to Legion: Villains

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #314

Adventure Comics #314 (November 1963)
title: "The Super Villains of All Ages!"
writer: Edmond Hamilton
artist: John Forte
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:  
Lightning Lad, Sun Boy, Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Saturn Girl, Superboy, Ultra Boy, Mon-El, Invisible Kid, Chameleon Boy, Shrinking Violet

Opponents: 
Alaktor, Nero, Dillinger, and Hitler (I'm not kidding)

Monday, October 9, 2017

The FWPodcast: Who's Who in the Legion (3)

The Fire and Water Podcast Presents…
Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes episode 3


The cross-over you thought would never finish----concludes!!!

The Irredeemable Shag teams-up with the Legion of Super-Bloggers to cover the galactic seven-issue mini-series! A three-episode podcast has its third and final episode on-line starting TODAY at the Fire & Water Podcast Network!

Our third and last (!) podcast episode features reviews of the fifth thru seventh issues of Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes, the seven issue mini-series from 1988. For Episode 3 of the podcast Shag welcomes a LEGION of special guests! To talk about issue #5 Shag is joined by Kyle Benning and Little Russell Burbage of Rimbor. Featured characters include Mordru, Phantom Girl, Polar Boy, and Saturn Girl! For the middle bridge of the episode Shag is joined by one-name entities Siskoid and Anj to talk about issue #6. Their characters includes Sensor Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, and Sun Boy, who was ecstatic to be in this company. And lastly, the entire she-bang is wrapped up when Shag is joined by Siskoid and Russell again to talk about issue 7, which features everyone's favorites, The Wanderers!

Split in two for your listening convenience, issues 5 and 6 are covered at http://fireandwaterpodcast.com/podcast/ww-legion3
And issue 7 at http://fireandwaterpodcast.com/podcast/ww-legion4

Slip on your Legion Flight Ring and fly over there RIGHT NOW and listen. Then leave Listener Feedback on their page as well as here on our page.