Monday, March 18, 2019

Karate Kid #7

Karate Kid #7 
"The Gyro-Master Strikes Twice!"
script by David Michelinie writing as Barry Jameson
art by Ric Estrada and Joe Staton
edited by Denny O'Neil
cover by Mike Grell
cover date: April 1977
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

I can't imagine being a kid in the spring of 1977 and seeing this cover and not wanting, nee, NEEDING to pick up this title. Just look at that cover! The Gyro Master is throwing toys at Karate Kid!! And they are twice as deadly

Also, point of order but we're about to find out that the Gyro Master actually does NOT strike twice. He actually strikes once and then just loiters around. So that's kind of a let-down, too. But really, who should be counting?

Let's get right to the action, shall we?

Friday, March 15, 2019

Fridays with Anj - Next Run

After reviewing Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, I felt a bit like our pal Tenzil Kem after he ate the Miracle Machine.

Not even a Legion blogger such as me could safely digest that book.

Not without madness.

Anyways, I realize I was a bit negative in my reviews of that book. Perhaps it that sensed the possibilities ... the potential ... of such a book only to have it fall far short of my hopes.

Hard to believe that we are approaching 5 years of my blogging on this sight. Pretty soon we'll be able to say 'Five Years Later ...' about my career here!

As for the future, I have sort of run out of specific runs to review having covered 5YL, the Threeboot, the post-Darkness saga main book, Legion Secret Origin, New 52 Legion Lost, New 52 Legion, and finally Final Crisis.

And given that I have started to begin my preparation for the summer's conventions, I thought a fun thing to do would be to share Legion books I have gotten autographed by Legion creators over the years.

I can talk a little about my con prep, how I choose issues to get signed, and any juicy info I got from creators at the time.

But first, a few more days to get the taste of 3 Worlds out of my system.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #120

Legion of Super-Heroes #120 (October 1999)
title: "The Fatal Four... Plus One!"
writers: Tom McCraw and Tom Peyer
penciller: Scott Kolins

inker: Scott Kolins
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Phil Jimenez
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5.1, Gates; in flashback: Apparition, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Ferro, Invisible Kid, Katate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Kinetix, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, XS (others hinted in shadow)

Ba Bwain (voice-over), Koko, R.J. Brande; Takron-Galtos guards/staff

Emerald Eye of Ekron, Fatal Five (Empress, Persuader, Tharok, Validus); Takron-Galtos inmates

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Who's Who: Queeg

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Gallur Es Queeg
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Rouspen
Relationship to Legion: Director of the Science Asteroid

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #378

Adventure Comics #378 (March 1969)
title: "Twelve Hours To Live!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Win Mortimer
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: Joe Letterese
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Neal Adams
reviewer:  Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Brainiac 5, Duo Damsel, Karate Kid, Princess Projectra, Superboy

Death, unknown would-be assassin; the Fatal Five

Monday, March 11, 2019

Legion of Superheroes S02 E08: In the Beginning

"In the Beginning" was directed by James Tucker and was written by Steven Melching.

Original airdate: March 8, 2008. Review by Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane.

Mission Monitor Board: Brainiac 5,  Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, and Superman X. Cameos by Blok, Bouncing Boy, Colossal Boy, Duo Damsel, Elemental Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy, and Tyroc.

Opponent: Roderick Doyle

Friday, March 8, 2019

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5, Part 2

Today I review Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5, part 2. This is the end of this mini-series.

Our national nightmare is over.

This mini-series has been like being on the Tea Cup ride at Disney World. It is dizzying. At times it is fun. At times it is nauseating. If you think about it too long, you wonder why it was ever made. And when it is over you say to yourself 'what was I thinking?'

Writer Geoff Johns, I am sure, had the best intentions. But the writing comes in fits and spurts. There are pages and pages of Titans and Superboy Prime. There are mega splash pages. Then there are pages with tiny panels and so much writing that they look like text pages. There is so much exposition to catch the reader up at plot points that have been glossed over. And in the end, there was very little Legion, and very little on page interaction of Legions working together.

George Perez is on art and, well, he is George Perez. The whole thing is beautiful.

I had little recollection of this series, perhaps a sign that my mind shut the whole thing out. I consider myself a savvy reader but at times I was lost. And most of all, I don't think this was what Legion fans were looking for at all. When I finished this book I literally asked myself 'what were you thinking agreeing to review this book?'

So on to this issue.

I may need a week off to recover from this.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Reboot: Legionnaires #76

Legionnaires #76 (October 1999)
title: "The Fire This Time"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
cover: Chris Sprouse and Al Gordon
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Element Lad, Gates, Saturn Girl, Umbra, XS

Atom'X, Blast-Off, Brika (memorial), Dirk Morgna, Dr. Mollie D'Ennum, ERG-1, Merk, Mysa, Prefect Lamar (flashback), R.J. Brande, Ryder, unnamed doctor; Medstation One staff

Emerald Eye of Ekron, Leland McCauley, Mordru, Phy'r (all in flashback)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Who's Who: Quake Kid

Quake Kid
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Shanen Dreyus
Super-Power(s): Create earthquakes
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Rejected applicant

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #377

Adventure Comics #377 (February, 1969)
title: "Heroes for Hire"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Win Mortimer
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
cover: Neal Adams
reviewer: Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board: 
Brainiac 5, Chemical King, Duo Damsel, Karate Kid, Princess Projectra, Superboy; cameo appearances by several other Legionnaires

Modulus and the living planet, Modo

If I asked Mark Waid to rattle off every time Superboy/Superman uttered the phrase "Relax, Pops" in the entirety of 80 years of publication it would more than likely begin and end here. The cover and splash page offer up such a cringeworthy version of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes that I knew it would be a struggle to read this story. On the plus-side, you can be spared that pain by reading this summary!