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.

Friday, October 6, 2017

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #4

The Legion of Super-Bloggers continues its 'now and then' reviews of the New 52 Legion with my standard comments about the issue now as well as my actual review of the book from when it came out.

I have talked at length about how much I love the Legion. I like having a Legion book to read. And I am so loyal to the property that I think I tend to gloss over problems with a Legion book, seeing only the positive. 

In looking at this review of Legion of Super-Heroes #4, it is clear that I want to love this book. But even way back then, I could see that something wasn't quite right with this. This story ends rather quickly and with a few leaps in logic that would defy even longstanding Legion readers to figure out. I don't think it is very good.

Not this is all bad. One scene that I love in this book is Element Lad helping Chemical Kid defeat the rogue Daxamite Res-Vir. For one, their powers perfectly complement each other. They should be natural team partners. Second, Jan is an introvert, humble Legionnaire. Kid is brash and cocky. Jan should try to take this kid under his wing.

But the big draw to this book is Francis Portela's art. The art is just gorgeous. I love his Ayla. And that Dream Girl is dreamy. On to the old review.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #91

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #91 (April 1997)
title: "No Exit"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Lee Moder

inkers: Ron Boyd and Drew Geraci
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy & W.C. Carani
unindicated co-conspirator: Roger Stern
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Magno, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, XS

Guests: 
Andromeda, Ferro, Flash I, Flash II, Inferno, Kid-Flash, Koko, Lori Morning, Rond Vidar, Shvaughn Erin, hospital staff and patients, Space Museum staff and visitors

Opponents: 
Chronos, Hellspawn

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Who's Who: Dagon the Avenger

Dagon the Avenger
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Tech Master Emil Wezil Yondor
Super-Power(s): none; possessed highly-technical battle suit and weapons
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #313

Adventure Comics #313 is the first appearance of the character of Satan Girl. Satan Girl as a concept is one of the few enduring legacies for the character of Supergirl, who has been through multiple retcons and reimagings. Whether it is this story, her appearance in Peter David's Linda Danvers strip as a witch from the Salem trials, or as Sterling Gates' Hedonism Demon, Satan Girl has been a staple villain for the Maid of Might.

'The Condemned Legionnaires' is a classic story by writer Ed Hamilton and artist Curt Swan. I have to say I was pretty surprised at the ending the first time that I read this. Who is Satan Girl? And what does she have to do with the 'Crimson Virus' that is mysteriously afflicting the female Legion members?

It all gets revealed in one of the quintessential Supergirl stories that has the daffiness of the Silver Age oozing from its pores.

Monday, October 2, 2017

LEGION TOYS: Matter Eater Lad (Mattel 12-Pack)


Editor's Note: 
We are ecstatic to welcome our good buddy Derek to the Legion Of Super-Bloggers! Derek is a huuuge action figure fan and was more than happy to pick up the reviewing of the Mattel DC Universe Classic Legion of Super-Heroes 12-Pack where Duo David had left off. 
Derek will try to post a new profile every month until the set is done, and then he plans to get to the DC Direct figures, too! And we couldn't be happier. 
Just don't call him Doll Boy. 
Take it away,  Doll Boy Articulated Lad! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #3

Welcome back to throwback reviews of the New 52 Legion with some added commentary from the benefit of time. 

I will be honest that I thought for sure every issue would be looked down upon by me. The New 52 overall isn't a time I necessarily care to revisit. But this issue, aided mightily by the incredibly lush art of Francis Portela, is really a fun trip.

One thing that I definitely liked here in Legion of Super-Heroes #3 is the Levitz gave the members in the book the characterization that I had come to expect to see. A smug, confident Sun Boy. A smart and fun Phantom Girl. A powerful Mon-El. A cautious, cerebral Element Lad. A strategizing Cham. It was all there. And Portela's art, from panel construction to expressive work complemented everything wonderfully. This was a very good Legion book. So let's head back to 2011.

Legion of Super-Heroes #3 was released last week and did a good job of moving the Dominator storyline forward in a hurry while allowing more of the Legionnaires to shine.

It has been something of an interesting arc to read from a metatextual point of view. This was the first arc of the DCnU, the jumping on point for new readers, the place for people who have been away from comics to come home to. And yet, this wasn't a reboot. And we are dropped into a pretty continuity heavy story involving new Legionnaires, Daxamites, the Dominion ... and most of it without in depth explanation. Could a new reader pick this book up and understand it?

For a lifelong Legion fan like me, this has actually been a fun read. It definitely started slowly but the last two issues have built up some momentum and this one in particular was a wild ride.

And, as I have said from the beginning, I love Francis Portela's art here. Just lovely stuff. He uses a nice mix of close-ups, distant shots, and points of perspective to add some dynamics to the battles here. Really slick stuff and perfect for this futuristic book. Old Legionnaires artist Chris Sprouse does a good cover here, the specter of the Dominion looming in the background.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #47

Legionnaires #47 (April 1997)
title: "Lost in Time"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
big fat help: Roger Stern
cover: Jeffrey Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Andromeda (cover only), Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Magno, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, XS

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dragonmage, Ferro, Inferno, Koko, Lori Morning, Marla Latham, Proty, Rond Vidar, Shvaughn Erin, Tenzil Kem, Science Police (Jim), hospital guards and staff, 20th-Century police

Opponents: 
Evisceratronic, Mordru

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Who's Who: Command Kid

Command Kid
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Jeem Rehtu
Super-Power(s): Illusion-casting
Planet of Origin: Pretzor
Relationship to Legion: Villain who joined the Legion with false intentions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #312 Group Review

featuring
The Legion of Super Bloggers Group Review on
Adventure Comics #312 (Sept, 1963)
title: The Super Sacrifice of the Legionnaires!
writer: Edmond Hamilton
penciller: John Forte
letterer: Milton Snapinn
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger

Mission Monitor Board: 
Superboy, Lightning Lass, Sun Boy, Chameleon Boy, Mon-El, Saturn Girl, cameo by Lightning Lad

Guests:
Proty

Opponents:
Death itself

Synopsis:
The Legion finds a way to possibly re-animate Lightning Lad, but the price is costly---the life of one other member! See if you can guess the identity of The Bravest Legionnaire.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Secret Origins #8

Secret Origins (v3) #8 (November 1986)
title: "The Shadow of the Past"
writer: Paul Levitz
artist: Tom Mandrake
letterer: John Workman
colorist: Carl Gafford
editor: Robert Greenberger
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage





Friday, September 22, 2017

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Welcome to the retro-review of the New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #2. For those not here last week, this review was originally posted on my Supergirl site the week it was released back in 2011. I am reposting here, exactly as it was then. But I am adding some added comments in blue. 

I think I was happy that the Legion survived the universe clearing of the New 52 and continued on its current course. But it is clear that, looking back at this, some of the warts that happen in this run were obvious even from the beginning. I wonder if writer Paul Levitz was caught betwixt and between. He needed this book to hit the ground running (remember how well all the New 52 #1s sold??) but he also was picking up on decades of history. It is the universal conundrum of the Legion. Blow it up and restart, irking long time fans (are there many of us left?). Or keep right on plodding along hoping to pick up new readers.

I'll comment on my specific issues now at the end of this review. For now, here is 2011 Anj's thoughts.


Legion of Super-Heroes #2 was released last week and continued the story of the attack on Panoptes, a UK watchworld. Remember, the DCnU is not a relaunch but instead a reboot. In the case of the Legion, it is more of a renumbering as the title picks up exactly where the last one left off. So without some inherent 'newness', it is up to writer Paul Levitz to reinvigorate the book, to bring in new readers and keep them.

One way of doing that is to bring in new members. And while we have learned a lot about DragonWing, Chemical Kid, Glorith, and Comet Queen from their Adventure Comics arc, they haven't had much time to shine here. One thing that I think will provide some grist for the mill will be the reaction of the older Legionnaires to these rookies and their inexperience.

Artist Francis Portela is the new artist on the book and his work suits the title well. His style is a clean, energized look, with maybe just a hint of anime, which works well on the book.

But the story itself is pretty standard fare so far with a probable Dominator plot to undermine the United Planets. There might be too much politics, too much back story to grab a truly new reader who might not know what a Dominator is.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reboot: Plus the Legion of Super-Heroes Specials

In 1996 and 1997, DC published a number of "Plus" specials that teamed up various characters. By virtue of being stranded in the 20th Century, the Legion was featured in TWO of those specials, though neither time the headliner, always the guest. Our fearless leader Russell covered the Superman + the Legion special some time ago, so while we will give our thoughts - we're Reboot completists - we will let his fine article stand as the only synopsis. On the other side of our comments, we will fully tackle Sovereign Seven + the Legion. May God have mercy on our souls...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Who's Who: Circadia Senius

Circadia Senius
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Circadia Senius
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Pax Colony
Relationship to Legion: Time Institute contact

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TOS: Adventures Comics #311

Adventure Comics #311 (August 1963)
title: "The War Between the Substitute Heroes and the Legionnaires!"
writer: Edmond Hamilton
artist: John Forte
letterer:Joe Letterese & Milton Snapinn 
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover:Curt Swan & George Klein 
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Sun Boy. Cameos by Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Lightning Lass, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Superboy, and Ultra Boy.


Guest Starring:
Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, Night Girl, Polar Boy, Stone Boy 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bombshells United #1


Title: Bombshells United #1 - American Soil
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artists: Terry and Rachel Dodson
Variant Artist: Babs Tarr
Editor: Jessica Chen

So the first thing you're probably wondering is, what's a DC Bombshells review doing here? Well if you've been on Legion World or paying attention to DC's variant cover solicits, you'd know this series features the unexpected appearance of a Legionnaire.

DC Bombshells started life as a series of statues designed by Ant Lucia, before becoming a variant cover theme and then gaining its own digital comic series. What could've been an excuse for DC to shill gratuitous cheesecake art with absolutely no plot turned out to be their most feminist and empowering comic to date, and considering this began when the New 52 was still going, that's really saying something.

Marguerite Bennett, plus a rotating cast of artists including Marguerite Sauvage, Mirka Andolfo, Laura Braga, and several others, has created an alternate take on the DCU during World War II, where the majority of the world's greatest heroes are all openly queer women. Wonder Woman, Batwoman, the Batgirls, Supergirl, Stargirl, and so many others are reimagined with a 1940 retro Bombshells design. The original series dealt mainly with the Nazi Party in Germany and Europe, but this new series, "Bombshells United," takes place in 1943 and examines the internment of Japanese-American citizens following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Considering what's been going on in the world for the past few years this is extremely relevant.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Hello all. It's Anj and I'll be "starting" my reviews of the New 52 Legion book on Fridays today. I put starting in quotes because I will be reposting my reviews of the book from when they first came out. Incredibly, that was 6 years ago. Given that I didn't want to completely re-review the books but not wanting to let these older comments stay untouched, I thought I would add new comments to the old post. Hence, 'Blue Ink Anj' will be the 2017 fan commenting on my own comments. 'Black Ink Anj' is the original post. 

Looking back, I was thrilled that the Legion was part of the New 52. Levitz was writing the book before this new number one, a retroboot based off of Geoff Johns' Legion story arc in Action. Despite it being a new continuity, the Legion wasn't being rebooted, instead picking up right where it left off. And Francis Portela was staying on art. Portela was the closest to Steve Lightle we had had on a Legion book since ...well ... Steve Lightle. Optimism was high even if I didn't agree with a company wide reboot. But here we are. Set the time bubble for 2011 and Legion of Super-Heroes #1.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #90

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #90 (March 1997)
title: "Face to Face"
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:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Saturn Girl, Spark, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Aven of Titan (mind construct), Ferro, Inferno, Koko, Shvaughn Erin, mental institution personnel

Opponents: 
Dr. Psycho

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Who's Who: Chemoids

Chemoids
by Russell & Siskoid


Super-Power(s): Counter Legionnaires' powers
Planet of Origin: N/A
Relationship to Legion: Villain's army of artificial henchmen

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TOS: Adventures Comics #310 Point-Counterpoint

featuring
The Legion of Super Bloggers Point-Counterpoint Review of
Adventure Comics #310 (July 1963)
title: The Doom of the Super-Heroes
writer: Edmond Hamilton
penciller: John Forte
letterer: Milton Shapinn
cover: Curt Swan and George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger

Mission Monitor Board: Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Lightning Lass, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Superboy, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy 

Opponents: Mask Man

Synposis: After the Legion undergo their annual re-dedication ceremony, they are attacked by a new villain, Mask Man. He can duplicate all of their powers and quickly decimates the team, killing several members. The Legionnaires track the villain to Doll World, but only lose more members. The team flees to a planet nearby to build a defensive citadel, but Mask Man continues to strike down more Legionnaires. Finally, the last surviving Legionnaire, Superboy, realizes his amazing powers must be due to magic and learns the secret of defeating the villain and restoring the Legion to life.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #4

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #4 (September 2007)
title: Higher Education
writer: Christine Boylan
art & cover: Steve Uy
letterer: Phil Blasman
editor: Jeanine Schaefer
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Superman, Triplicate Girl.


Villains: The Fatal Five - Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus. 




Friday, September 8, 2017

Fridays with Anj: Where We've Been and Where We're Going


Over the last several months, 'Fridays with Anj' have been spent reviewing the last of the newsprint books from the 80s titled Legion of Super-Heroes. The team was heading to the Baxter series and the Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes continued newsprint stories.

But it was these stories that neared the end of the Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen super-team of creators. And there is definitely something special about his particular run of the book. For me, this was a treat because you just get to see how deep Levitz and Giffen dove into the Legion mythos. There is action here. But mostly these stories are primarily about character. The action seems secondary. I just had to pause for a second to discuss some of the highlights.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #46

Legionnaires #46 (March 1997)
title: "Questions and Answers"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Jeffrey and Philip Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeff Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Chameleon, Invisible Kid, M'Onel, Sensor, Star Boy; in dreams/memories: Cosmic Boy, Kinetix, Saturn Girl, Spark, Triad

Guests: 
Andromeda, Dragonmage, Dreamer, Lori Morning, Rond Vidar, Durlans, Science Police, Legion fans, restaurant staff, boat accident victims (its owner, Piper); in dreams: Azra Saugin, Babbage, Superboy (Kon-El), Thanot Saugin

Opponents: 
Mordru, Mysa; in dreams/memories: Emerald Eye of Ekron, Emerald Violet, Knockout

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Who's Who: Charma

Charma
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Charma Drisden
Super-Power(s): Hypnotic aura makes men love her and women hate her
Planet of Origin: Turabeau
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #309


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

As i mentioned last time I posted Russell, our fearless leader, has tasked me with looking back at some of the Legion's Silver Age adventures. I love these goofy early adventures, so of course I said "Sign me up!" One day, I may regret that, but for now I'm going back to the future with Adventure Comics #309...and the story, "The Legion of Super-Monsters!" by Edmond Hamilton and John Forte!

Monday, September 4, 2017

The New Fatal Five: Who And What Are They???


In the pages of "Supergirl," writer Steve Orlando has been slowly establishing a brand new version of the Fatal Five dedicated to taking down the Girl of Steel. The only similarity this version has with any of the others is that the leader, or rather, the ringmaster, is none other than the Emerald Empress. This isn't the first time the Empress has put together the Fatal Five, but as of this incarnation she's now the only consistent member of every version, sort of like Robotman in the Doom Patrol.

That doesn't mean this group has no similarities to the original.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes v2 #313

This is it ... the last newsprint issue of the Legion of Super-Heroes ... sort of.

Legion of Super-Heroes #313 was the last issue before the title transitioned to Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. It also meant that the 'main' storyline for the team was going to shift to the Baxter series.

I can only imagine how hard that continuity was for Paul Levitz to keep in his head. He needed to write a year's worth of stories in Tales that didn't impact or interact with the Baxter stories. Those stories were going to be reprinted in Tales a year hence. I can only imagine the headache. No one in Tales could mention the takeover of Orando, the missing Legionnaires after that fight, or deaths and people quitting. And yet, we also had to have stories that could be squeezed in continuity wise between this story and the beginning of the Baxter.

But enough about the future. This issue closed out the in-depth look at the Science Police and the terrorist bomber arc. It also gave us the usual nice character moments and subplot teases. For me, the best part of this was that look at the science police and its mechanics. This isn't an army.

On to the book.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #89

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #89 (February 1997)
title: "She's Electric!"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Jeffrey Moy
inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Ferro, Inferno, Koko, Oracle, Shvaughn Erin, a security guard (Rupert), mental institution personnel

Opponents: 
Dr. Psycho

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Who's Who: Captain Frake

Captain Frake
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Alisia Frake
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: New Tartuga
Relationship to Legion: Villain and romantic interest

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #308 Point-Counterpoint



Adventure Comics #308 (May 1963)
"The Return of Lightning Lad!"
written by Edmond Hamilton
drawn by John Forte
lettered by Joe Letterese
cover by Curt Swan & George Klein
review by Anj and Russell

Mission Monitor Board: Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad (?!) ; cameos by Saturn Girl, Mon-El, Shrinking Violet, Superboy, Supergirl, Invisible Kid, and Triplicate Girl

Hello everybody and welcome to Silver Age Tuesdays. It's Anj, from the Supergirl Comic Box Commentary site and this Legion blog. I usually hang out here on Fridays but Legion Leader Russell offered me the chance to review this Legion story and I jumped at the chance. As most know, I am also a huge Ayla Ranzz fan and so this review will be a special treat.

"The Return of Lightning Lad!" was written by Edmond Hamilton with art by John Forte and introduces two characters to the Legion mythos. One of them is my beloved Ayla, a character who I have comic crushed on for decades. As is my wont in life and on many levels, I wouldn't have a chance with her.

So settle in for a fun story with some standard Silver Age odd moments. We will run this as a Point-Counterpoint, with me starting off and then let's see if our Leader has anything different to add!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Legion of Super Heroes S02 E04: Chained Lightning

"Chained Lightning" was written by Matt Wayne and directed by Brandon Vietti, original airdate: October 13, 2007, review by Glenn 'Continuity Kid' Walker

Mission Monitor Board: Lightning Lad, Superman X, Brainiac 5, Shrinking Violet, Bouncing Boy.

Opponents: Lightning Lord, Imperiex, the Dominators, Validus, Destructo-Bots, and three Lightning Beasts of Korbal. 

Guest-stars and cameos: Ayla Ranzz (pre-Lightning Lass/Light Lass), Superman (mentioned).

After a brief interlude spotlighting Timber Wolf last episode from the ongoing season-long struggle against Imperiex, we're back in the business of that villain's war, but with a twist of Legion lore in the mix. We finally meet Ayla Ranzz officially, get a rerun of the Ranzz family's secret high voltage origin, and see the return of Lightning Lord. It's a very unorthodox family reunion for the Legion!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Terrificon and Keith Giffen


This last weekend I drove about an hour and forty-five minutes south to Uncasville Connecticut to partake in Terrificon, the Terrific Comic Con.

This was the first time I had been to this con and I was very happy with the whole thing. First off, this definitely seemed to be comic-centric in its approach. There were celebrities present but all had some connection to comic book entertainment. And the comic creator list was deep and filled with legends.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #45

Legionnaires #45 (February 1997)
title: "Things Change"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Philip Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor (Morlo wrangler): KC Carlson
cover: Jeff Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Dreamer, Lori Morning, Marla Latham, Proty, Bielans, Science Police (Lt. Webb, others), Vyrgans (Matriarch, Xxyx Kyzzhn, others)

Opponents: 
Emerald Violet, Mantis Morlo, Mordru, Proteans

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Who's Who: Captain Baktra

Captain Baktra
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Kamil Baktra
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Dromedania
Relationship to Legion: Victim

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #307

Adventure Comics #307 (April 1963)
"The Secret Power of the Mystery Super-Hero"
written by Edmond Hamilton
drawn by John Forte
lettered by Joe Letterese
cover by Curt Swan & George Klein
 review by Glenn 'Continuity Kid' Walker 

Mission Monitor Board: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Invisible Kid, Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, and introducing Mystery Lad/Element Lad

Opponents: Roxxas and his space pirates. 

Guest-stars and cameos: Superboy, Bizarro, 'Green Guy,' and 'Camera Eye Kid.'

"The Secret Power of the Mystery Super-Hero" is the first appearance of Element Lad and features the story in which he joins the Legion of Super-Heroes. Element Lad, who started his career as the now somewhat forgotten Mystery Lad, was always a favorite of mine. I always thought that he was seriously underused and had a frequently misunderstood superpower (though not as much as Chemical King). I never cared for the pink costume, but when Dave Cockrum gave him the drastically different and very dynamic green costume, I liked him even more. We'll get to my review in a moment, but first there's that pesky Superboy...

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Write Stuff, Pt 5


It's been a while, but we're back! And we continue our look at magazines which contain Legion-related articles and features.
When last we left our reviews, we had completed an alphabetical rundown up to "C". So now it's "D"-day and beyond ...

Friday, August 18, 2017

Terrificon and Keith Giffen


Hey all!

I know everyone is eager to read my review of Legion of Super-Heroes #313, the last issue before the commencement of the Baxter run. But life here is busy and I haven't had a chance to write that review because I have been prepping for TerrifiCon this weekend.

While I did go to Boston Comic Con this year, I am considering TerrifiCon my 'big' convention, going all three days and really stuffing by bag with issues to get signed.

If you peruse the guest list, you'll see a great mix of both current and legendary creators. Many of these creators I have never run into before at a convention and many are huge presences in my comic book life. Marty Pasko. Steve Englehart. Peter David. Paul Kupperberg. Jerry Ordway. Marv Wolfman. Roy Thomas. Etc etc. It is an amazing list.

Oh, and there is this creator...


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #88

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #88 (January 1997)
title: "Fast Times"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Lee Moder
inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Kinetix, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS

Guests: 
Impulse, Inferno, Kitty Faulkner, Koko, Max Mercury, Rep. Carl Mellor, Rond Vidar, Sen. Dottie Money, Shvaughn Erin, S.T.A.R. Labs staff; in flashback: Flash II, Iris West

Opponents: 
Lab accidents

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who's Who: Bounty I

Bounty
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Jaeger Tallspirit
Super-Power(s): Tracking
Planet of Origin: Minerstown
Relationship to Legion: Pardoned villain

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #306

Adventure Comics #306 (March 1963)
title: "The Legion of Substitute Heroes!"
writer: Otto Binder
artist: John Forte
letterer: John Letterese
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewer: Siskoid

Mission Monitor Board: 
Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy

Guests: 
Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, Night Girl, Polar Boy, Stone Boy, Science Police, Stone Boy's family, Chlorophyll Kid's family, a news anchor

Opponents: 
Flying Crime City, Plant Men, sea monsters