Monday, May 22, 2017

Jimmy Olsen, Elastic Lad

Jimmy Olsen. Office boy. Cub reporter. Photographer. Superman's Pal. Man of Action. Honorary member of the Legion of Superheroes. Created at a time when youthful companions were common in superhero comics, Jimmy has never been just a sidekick. Rather than merely accompanying Superman on adventures, Jimmy has been both coworker and friend to Clark Kent. He is a member of that supporting cast at the Daily Planet that has followed Superman into cartoons, television shows, and films. In many ways, he may seem an anachronism to modern comic readers, even silly. But while he remains an important part of the Superman world, it is hard for modern readers to understand how important a character he used to be in his own right.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #301

Hello everyone! It's Anj and as usual, I am occupying the Friday post on the blog. Today is a special day because I will be beginning my set of reviews of the post-300 Legion issues by the superstar team of Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. For many, this run is the high water mark for these characters and I am in that camp. The team came out swinging with the Great Darkness Saga and that stands out as the best story in their run. But for me, it is this next year of issues that really shows how in control of these characters Levitz and Giffen were. This was a time when multiple plotlines were simmering in the background. Characters were changing and growing. And everything just seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Everyone mentions Great Darkness Saga, but I mention issues 304 and 305 as my overall faves as they showed just how deep the plots ran and just how vast the Legion mythos was.

Obviously, we will start with Legion of Super-Heroes #301, a story that focuses mainly on Chameleon Boy, his quest to regain his powers, and his somewhat turbulent relationship with his father RJ Brande. But the creators, as usual, give us a couple of pages to build up other plotlines and check in on other characters. No one is left untouched for too long.Everything feels smooth and planned out.

And, while Giffen has changed his art style many times over the years, this is the style I like the most, a very smooth, very organic feel with innovative panel layouts. While I loved the 5YL 9 panel grid for what it was, these pages really sing and allow Giffen to stretch his legs.

Okay, enough introduction to the run ... on to the issue itself.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Reboot: Showcase '96 #8

Showcase '96 #8 (September 1996)
title: "Assassination Agenda"
writer: Tom McCraw
penciller: Humberto Flores
inker: John Lowe
lettering: Chris Eliopoulos
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Gates, Leviathan, XS

D'Ned, High Chancellor Pen'Ta, Officer D'Rnn, Vice Chancellor T'Jark

Holdur, N'Cia, Quicksand

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Who's Who: Roxxas

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Kivun Roxxas
Super-Power(s): Frenzied state makes him impervious to pain

Planet of Origin: Murgador
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

JSA Classified #2

JSA Classified #2 (October 2005)
title: "Power Trip! Part 2"
writer: Geoff Johns
penciller: Amanda Conner
inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
letterer: Rob Leigh
colorist: Paul Mounts
asst editor: Harvey Richards
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti & Paul Mounts (signed)
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board:  
Power Girl/Andromeda, Superman, Supergirl, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy; appearances by Phantom Girl, Sun Boy, Karate Kid, Micro Lad, Dream Girl, Shadow Lass, Ultra Boy, Star boy, Chameleon, Brainiac 5

Jimmy Olsen, Mr. Terrific, The Flash, Dr. Mid-Nite, Mr. Bones

time-warping and/or dimensional hopping, the Psycho Pirate

Monday, May 15, 2017

Legion of Super Heroes S02 E02: The Man from the Edge of Tomorrow, Part 2

"The Man from the Edge of Tomorrow, Part 2" was written by Michael Jelenic and directed by Brandon Vietti, original airdate: September 29, 2007, review by Glenn 'Continuity Kid' Walker.

Mission Monitor Board: Lightning Lad, Brainiac 5, Triplicate Girl (now Duo Damsel), Chameleon Boy, Timber Wolf, Phantom Girl, Bouncing Boy, and Superman.

Opponents: Imperiex, the Fatal Five (Tharok, the Persuader, Validus, Mano, and the Emerald Empress), the Legion of Super Villains (formerly the Light Speed Vanguard: Esper, Tyr, Hunter, Ron-Karr, Wave), Alexis Luthor, the Dominators.

Guest-stars and cameos: Superman X, Colossal Boy, Saturn Girl, Matter-Eater Lad, Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, Blok, Star Boy, Element Lad, Dream Girl, Shrinking Violet (wearing green rather than purple), and Tyroc.

In the first episode of this second season of the "Legion of Super Heroes" animated series, we met Superman X, a clone of our Superman from the 41st Century. He came back in time to seek the Legion's help in fighting a menace from his time, Imperiex, unfortunately and ultimately this only led to the villain going back in time to the Legion's present to raise hell. When we last saw our heroes, they had returned to the 31st Century only to find their headquarters and New Metropolis a burning smoking ruin in Imperiex's wake.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #300

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #300 (June 1983)
title: "The Future Is Forever"
writer/co-plotter: Paul Levitz
penciller/co-plotter: Keith Giffen (framing sequence)
inker: Larry Mahlstedt (framing sequence) 
letterer: John Costanza
colorist: Carl Gafford
editor: Karen Berger
cover: see Tuesday's post for the list of cover artists

Mission Monitor Board:  
"All 24 active Legionnaires, plus a host of former Legionnaires, Honorary Legionnaires, Substitute Legionnaires, Guest Stars, and More!"

Editor's Note: 
Presenting the review of the fabulous 300th issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, with a special celebration-length 55 page story review featuring most members of the Legion of Super-Bloggers! 
Take it away, guys!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #42

Legionnaires #42 (November 1996)
title: "When Strikes the Sorceress!"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Jeffrey Moy and Philip Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Chameleon, Cosmic Boy (flashback), Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Shrinking Violet (flashback), Spark (flashback), Star Boy, Triad, XS

Azra Saugin, R.J. Brande, Thanot Saugin

Mysa, Tangleweb (flashback)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Who's Who: Prince Evillo

Prince Evillo
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Evillo
Super-Power(s): Magical bio-blasts, hypnotism
Planet of Origin: Tartarus
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LSH (v2) #300 Cover Who Drew It?!

This week we here at the Legion of Super-Bloggers are reviewing the 300th issue of The Legion of Super-Heroes!
As part of that celebration we are presenting today just the cover art for that issue....and reminding you of the "Name The Artist" contest that was mentioned in this issue!

Editor Karen Berger listed 34 artists and told us that each of the 28 characters above was drawn by a DIFFERENT artist/artistic team.

So who drew which character?
Take a good look and make some guesses.
The answers after the jump!