Monday, June 18, 2018

Saturn Girl Watch: Doomsday Clock #4-5

There has not been a new Legion series since the New 52 volume (mercifully) ended. They’ve had guest appearances in other comics and received a small, lackluster “Convergence” miniseries, but nothing else.

Way back in 2016, DC started to sow the seeds for… something, involving the Legion, in “DC Universe Rebirth.” Among the many corners visited in the current-day DCU, we were briefly shown a blonde woman being held in police custody. The woman claimed she was looking for Superman, and she was making vague, odd comments about the future. The only thing she had with her was a Legion flight ring. Since the woman had no ID, she was classified as “Jane Doe” and sent to Arkham Asylum for psychiatric evaluation.

The woman was implied to be Saturn Girl, and while she hasn't had a very BIG role in the last couple of years, nor has she appeared very often, her rare appearances have been leading up to her role in Geoff Johns' and Gary Frank's "Doomsday Clock" twelve issue series.

So, for the good people of Super Bloggers I have taken it upon myself to bring us all up to date on what Saturn Girl's been up to and what she's been doing in the DCU.

Friday, June 15, 2018

New 52 Legion Lost #0

It's amazing what 6 years will do in revisiting a comic.

In the review below, from 2012, I bemoan the fact that Legion Lost #0 didn't have the impact that the Zero Month of the New 52 had otherwise brought. If you asked me now 'what impact did the Zero Month of the New 52 have?' I would reply none. It is funny, I remember the cape story of Action Comics. I remember the Supergirl/Robin adventure (with slick Maguire art) from Worlds' Finest. I even remember the revelations of Supergirl #0. But I don't think I would say that it was an event with merit.

In rereading this now, I like this issue very much as an updated Timber Wolf story. And that is what Zero Month was supposed to do, introduce readers who might be trying a book. Should it have been a look at the team as a whole to entice people to stay? Yes. Is the crime lord at the end of the book stupid? Yes. But to see Brin go from meek child to feral street fighter to hero in the span of one issue is pretty good. 

And, as always, Pete Woods brings it. On to the book. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #104

Legion of Super-Heroes #104 (May 1998)
title: "Heroes' Return"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jason Armstrong

inkers: Ray Kryssing and Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Kinetix, Live Wire/Lightning Lad, M'Onel, Spark/Light Lass, Ultra Boy, Umbra, XS

Andromeda, Chief Rapolchellack, Commodore Baraka, King Charlz, Kono, Magno, Nyurt Roz, R.J. Brande, Wimena Wazzo, Winathian Presidents Fegg; Durlans, Mellorusians, Nova Express crew and passengers, Science Police

Composite Man, Evolvo, Khunds (Amilia Crugg), Leland McCauley, Time Trapper (behind the scenes)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Who's Who: Legion of Super-Rejects

Legion of Super-Rejects
by Russell & Siskoid

Members: Calorie Queen, Chameleon Kid, Phantom Lad, Magno Lad, Esper Less, Micro Lad
Relationship to Legion: Villains

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #344

Adventure Comics #344 (May 1966)
title: "The Super Stalag of Space!"
writer: Edmond Hamilton 
penciller: Curt Swan
inkerGeorge Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Duo Damsel, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Light Lass, Matter-Eater Lad, Saturn Girl

Plant Lad, Shadow Kid, Blockade Boy, Weight Wizard, unnamed Durlan posing as Superboy

Nardo and his android security guards

Monday, June 11, 2018

Legion of Super Heroes S02 E06: Who Am I?

"Who Am I?" was directed by James Tucker and written by J.M. DeMatteis. Original airdate: November 3, 2007. Review by Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane.

Mission Monitor Board: Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Lightning Lad, Superman, and Timber Wolf.

Opponents: Imperiex, Persuader, Ron-Karr, and Validus.

Friday, June 8, 2018

New 52 Legion Lost #12

Legion Lost #12 ended the first year of the book and essentially ended the premise that opened the book. The Hypertaxis plague storyline is ended. Finally.

The book has been changing with Tom DeFalco now writing. He has been switching the main thrust from this plague to one of the Legionnaires each harboring a secret. This new theme finally bubbles over in this issue with many of the secrets revealed to the rest of the team. 

Things happen fast. And secrets are revealed in the midst of battle. You could sense this was DeFalco trying to put his stamp on the book while removing all the old bits. The end heroic team shot feels like the ending of something with a bold new beginning about to happen.

I will say, again, that Pete Woods on art elevates everything that happens in the book. How I would love to see Woods on a Chameleon Boy or Chameleon Girl mini-series! He definitely brings out the creature in these shape-shifters.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Reboot: Legends of the Legion #4

Legends of the Legion #4 (May 1998)
title: "Casualty: The Secret Origin of Star Boy"
writers: Barry Kitson and Tom Peyer
penciller: Todd Nauck
inker: Larry Stucker
lettering: Albert T. De Guzman
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Spark, Star Boy, Ultra Boy, Umbra; flashback: Kid Quantum I

Antennae Boy, Chuck Taine, Color Queen, Doro, Infectious Lass, Night Girl, Porcupine Pete; flashback: Atmos, Dr. Kvorkgian, Insect Queen, Kid Quantum II, Monstress, Radion; mechanics, Science Police

Flashback: Algamenon Raiders, Bone Spikes, High-Brow, Klamorr, Rimborians, Slopp, Violence Queen; asteroid miners

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Who's Who: Double-Header

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Dyvud/Frenk Retzun
Super-Power(s): Slowly splitting into two
Planet of Origin: Janus
Relationship to Legion: Member of the Legion of Substitute-Heroes (Auxiliary)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #343

Adventure Comics #343 (April 1966)
title: "The Evil Hand of the Luck Lords!"
writer: Edmond Hamilton
penciller: Curt Swan
inkerGeorge Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
special guest reviewer: Jason "Anacronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Sun Boy, Saturn Girl, Superboy, Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, Duo Damsel, Invisible Kid,  Shrinking Violet, Element Lad, Matter-Eater Lad

former Legionnaires Bouncing Boy and Star Boy; The Legion of Super-Pets (Beppo, Comet, Krypto, Proty II, Streaky)

The Luck Lords