Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coming Attractions----!

Starting this week we'll have a slight schedule change here at Legion of Super-Bloggers! 

Starting October 4, Tuesdays will now be Gerry Conway Legion Day! We'll be reviewing the 1980 Legion title from its first issue without Superboy, i.e. Legion of Super-Heroes #260. We'll be picking up right where we left off with Superboy/Legion #259.

But don't fret, efffendi! The Reboot 1990s Legion & Legionnaires reviews that have been posting on Tuesdays aren't going away! They will move to Thursdays starting this week, September 29! Shotgun and Siskoid 5 will continue their series of posts on their new day without missing a beat.

So here's the revised schedule:

Anything and Everything Day!

The Legion (vol 2) by Gerry Conway! 

Who's Who, currently featuring Friends & Enemies of the Legion!

Shotgun and Siskoid 5 reviewing The Reboot Legion of the 90s

Anj's reviews of Threeboot Legion

Stay with us, and if there is any era or specials you would especially love to see, let us know!

Long Live the Legion!!

Happy Birthday, Jim Shooter!

Today is the birthday of extraordinary Legion writer Jim Shooter, born on this date in 1951. He is 65 years young!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Legion of Super Heroes S01 E011: Child's Play

"Child's Play" was written by Marty Isenberg and directed by Ben Jones, original airdate: February 24, 2007.

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

Opponents: Zyx, Comet and Cupid, and the Zarokian bureaucracy.

Guest-stars and cameos: Winema Wazzo, President of the United Planets.

Remember all those classic "Star Trek" episodes with children who had infinite power? You know, the templates for Q? Well, the show-runners at the animated "Legion of Super Heroes" have taken that concept a step further by introducing a super-powered kid who doesn't want to be a member, not that the Legion wants him, so he becomes a super-villain instead. Shades of Gene Roddenberry, what can the Legion do against a magical foe with the maturity and patience of a spoiled brat? We'll find out after the break with my thoughts on "Child's Play."

Friday, September 23, 2016

Threeboot: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #32

Review by Anj

Recap: The Dominator War is over. Cosmic Boy shunted the Dominion homeworld to the Phantom Zone but let everyone believe he destroyed the world, committing genocide. Afterwards, Cos, without telling anyone, slipped away into the future to be a hero there. With UP Prosecutor Tenzil Kem hunting Cos down for war crimes, the Legion (now led by newly elected leader Supergirl) sends three away teams to try to track down Cos. In the background, Brainiac 5 seems to be scheming and manipulating everyone and everything.

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #32 marked the second issue written by Tony Bedard. And with this issue, we get a glimpse into Bedard's style and his take on the Legion. One of the things that is very apparent is that Bedard is going to take advantage of the new continuity by writing his own. Last issue we saw a much more serious take on Tenzil Kem. This issue we get a very new take on Winath and the idea of Validus. I wonder if this might have been too much of a jump away the old continuity. Would old timers accept such deviation?

Bedard also does an interesting story-telling swerve in this issue. Last issue, we saw three away teams seem to head into danger. This issue, we stay with only one of the teams. We barely hear about the others. And that gives us some time to really dive deep into the one team we stay with.

The art on the book is now by Dennis Calero and I have to be frank. It has never worked for me. After the smooth clean look of Barry Kitson, Calero's is much muddier and rougher. It just isn't clean enough for a Legion book.

On to the book.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Birthday E. Nelson Bridwell

Today is the birthday of former Superman Group Titles Assistant Editor extraordinaire and prolific comic-book writer E. Nelson Bridwell. He was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma on September 22, 1931.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Who's Who: League of Super-Assassins

The League of Super-Assassins
by Russell & Siskoid

Members: Blok, Lazon, Mist Master, Neutrax, Silver Slasher, and Titania
Relationship to Legion: Minor annoyances 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Reboot: Legionnaires #26

Legionnaires #26 (June 1995)
title: "Authority"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy and W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Andromeda, Apparition, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Saturn Girl, Spark, Triad, XS

Aven (1st appearance), Bertor Ardeen (1st appearance), Evolvo, Inferno, Karate Kid, Live Wire, President Chu, Spider-Girl, Ultra Boy, Winema Wazzo, Science Police, Durlans, Chameleon's father (corpse), customs agents, doctors

Composite Man (flashback), Leland McCauley, White Triangle

Monday, September 19, 2016

Titans/LSH "Universe Ablaze!" #1

Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze! #1 
title: no specific title
writer/layouts: Dan Jurgens
finished art: Phil Jimenez
letterer: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
separator: Heroic Age
logo design: SJI Associates
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Dan Jurgens & Phil Jimenez, color separation by Richard & Tina Horie
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Friday, September 16, 2016

Threeboot: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #31

Review by Anj

Recap: The Dominator War is over. The Legion has returned to Earth as heroes, having spearheaded the attack on the Dominator home world which ended the conflict. But afterwards, Cosmic Boy was asked to head to the future and join a super-hero team. Unfortunately, Cos didn't tell anyone before he left. And so the Legion, while picking up the pieces of Earth, has a new mystery ... where is Cosmic Boy? Oh, and with Cos gone, who is their new leader?

The Mark Waid/Barry Kitson era of the Legion of Super-Heroes is over. After 2.5 years of trying to bring a fresh take on the team, Waid and Kitson are gone. Under their tenure, the team worked through two major plotlines - Praetor Lemnos secret war against the UP and then the Dominator War. Within those arcs, Supergirl was added. We met a new Wanderers, led by Mekt Ranzz. We saw Sun Boy leave the team to start his own. We got the idea that the Legion was a youth movement.

Was it successful? Could it ever be successful? Was the comic world and the Legion fandom ready for a completely new team? It seems like the answer was no. As for me, I was impressed, most during this review reread. While I thought the first arc was too long, Waid certainly understand super-hero comics and this team in particular.

But enough about the old. Tony Bedard comes on board as writer here and starts the 'Quest for Cosmic Boy' storyline in which the team strikes out to find their lost comrade. Bedard is one of the creators who I trust. I am always happy to see his name on the covers of properties I love - like Legion and Supergirl. And he had the even more unenviable task of following Waid on the book which seemed to be struggling for acceptance.

The art on this issue is by Kevin Sharpe who brings a Kitson-like look to the book with a dollop of sexiness on the female team members. The lines are crisp and the book looks clean, a nice style for the Legion.

But would this new team be able to do the Herculean task? Could they satisfy the old guard Legion fans while bringing in the new?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Legion of Super-Heroes (V2) #296

Legion of Super-Heroes #296
February 1983
"What Do You Do on the Day After Doomsday?"
Written by Paul Levitz
Pencilled by Keith Giffen
Inked by Larry Mahlstedt
Colored by Carl Gafford
Karen Berger Editor

Roll Call:
Blok, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Dream Girl, Duplicate Boy, Element Lad, Evolvo Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Lightning Lad, Lightning Lass, Magnetic Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Night Girl, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shvaughn Erin, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Ultra Boy, White Witch, Wildfire.

The Great Darkness Saga has ended, and the Legion has won! So just what does a team of super-powered teenagers do the day after doomsday? Let's dive in and find out!