Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #11

This Adventure Comics run I have been reviewing recently has been a sort of landing place for the peripheral plot threads from the (at that time) events of  Last Stand of New Krypton and the War of the Supermen. Adventure Comics #11 continues that trend. Starring the Legion and Mon-El, this issue effectively wraps up any non-War plotlines left hanging from Last Stand.

In some ways I feel a bit for James Robinson. After starring in Superman for about a year, Mon-El's conclusion is relegated to the back pages of Adventure Comics. I understand how it is all in the timing. You couldn't put this story out until Last Stand ended. Once War of the Supermen is over, DC is going to want to really jump-start the super-titles with new directions and new creative teams. With no super-titles coming out this month, Mon-El's story had to land somewhere else. Adventure Comics was an easy home. Still, it would have been nice if Mon-El and Robinson could have ended their run in the title they have starred on.

I also think that the Legion story is crunched into too few pages ... maybe because Mon-El's pages warrant so much space. I want more story than I am seeing. I guess that's a good thing. It means the writers have grabbed me.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #6

Legion Lost #6 (October 2000)
title: "Burnout"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Pascal Alixe
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
Singularity (unnamed), Umbra's ancestors

Opponents: 
The Progenitor, Progeny, shadow beast

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Who's Who: Shadow Kid

Shadow Kid
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Grev Mallor
Super-Power(s): Shadow casting
Planet of Origin: Talok VIII
Relationship to Legion: Brother or Cousin of Shadow Lass; Legion Academy member

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TOS: Action Comics #392

Action Comics #392 (Sept 1970)
title: "The Legionnaires Who Never Were!"
writer: Cary Bates
penciller: Win Mortimer
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: Ben Oda
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl; Karate Kid, Cosmic Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Shrinking Violet, Brainiac 5; cameos by Shadow Lass, Chameleon Boy, Sun Boy, Mon-El, Element Lad, and Ultra Boy

Opponents:
Pozr-Du, mistaken identities, over-enthusiastic trust in technology

Monday, July 15, 2019

Twenty Rare Legion Collectibles

If you're a die-hard Legion of Super-Heroes fan, you'll probably try and get your hands on any comic, magazine, publication or general paraphernalia related to your favorite group.
    While many collect only officially authorized stuff, others delve into esoterica like original art, bootlegged products, unlicensed material, or commissioned sketches.
    As a dedicated Legion follower, I have amassed a pretty complete collection of licensed product. I often get queries from followers of my Facebook page about the availability of some of the merchandise, which has provided the inspiration for me to compile a list of my top 20 hardest-to-find Legion-related items. 
    Note there is a difference between collectibles that are difficult to find, and those which are not rare and may simply be too expensive for the average collector. For example, copies of ADVENTURE COMICS #247 are easy enough to acquire if you have the funds. Likewise, the highly sought-after Mattel 12-pack of Legion figures, or copies of the ridiculously over-priced SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION #23 with the Adam Hughes cover, are not scarce, but will cost you quite a handful of Huopian energy money and Dracksler mirror coins to purchase.
    So let the drums roll. Here's my top 20, in ascending order of rarity. Every item pictured is from my collection. Some items were produced in limited quantities and distributed to only selected recipients, while others enjoyed greater circulation but are still difficult to acquire.  As with many lists of this nature, note that it's all subjective.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #10

Adventure Comics #10 continues to flesh out the entertaining Last Stand of New Krypton storyline. As with the last two issues, this issue pushes the main storyline forward while adding some depth to the ancillary characters.

As an amateur comic historian, I have really loved how Adventure Comics has felt during this run, how it has been rolled into the super-family of books. The last two issues have starred Superboy, the Legion, and Supergirl. These issues have had multiple stories.

And the original Adventure Comics? Well there were long and storied runs for Superboy, the Legion, and Supergirl. The original Adventure was often an anthology series with multiple stories in every issue. So the current make-up of the book is a nice (even if unintentional) homage.

Top off this issue with another great cover by Joe Quinones and you have another satisfying issue.

As with the prior reviews, you are being dropped into this company wide crossover, so buckle up!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #5

Legion Lost #5 (September 2000)
title: "Omniphagos"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
None

Opponents: 
Omniphagos, Progeny soldier

Recap: 
A team of Legionnaires is lost in uncharted space. Not long ago, the xenophobic Progeny boarded a pyramid floating in space, and freed... something.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Who's Who: Servants of Darkness

Servants of Darkness
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Guardian, Kalibak, Lydea Mallor, Orion, Superman (clones)
Relationship to Legion: Villains

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

TOS: Action Comics #391

Action Comics #391 (August 1970)
title: "The Ordeal of Element Lad!"
writer: E. Nelson Bridwell
penciller: Win Mortimer
inker: Jack Abel
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Element Lad, Karate Kid, Saturn Girl, Timber Wolf

Opponent:
President Peralla and his chemical humanoids, Diol Masrin and his Dark Circle providers

Monday, July 8, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Chameleon Boy (DC Direct 2003)



The son of Legion financier, R. J. Brande!  His detective skills are the best in the 31st Century!  His shape-shifting powers make him the ideal member of the Legion Espionage Squad! He is Reep Daggle, a.k.a. Chameleon Boy!