Friday, September 21, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #9


Legion of Super-Heroes #9 showcases both the flaws and the strengths of this particular run.

The strengths should be well known to LSH fans. We have Paul Levitz leaning into Legion history. We have a hint at a long time foe behind the Durlan uprising. We have some nice character moments showing us how certain Legionnaires view the world. That is all great.

We also have the gas pedal on the Durlan conspiracy story-line, pushing through pretty rapidly with almost no pages spent on other simmering plotlines. What about Harmonia Li? Earth Man and Shadow Lass? Vi and Ayla? (Their story was in the annual; something I need to review, I know.)  What about the Ranzz family? Usually a page or two is devoted to peeking in on others. I didn't realize just how much I missed those diversions until it happened here.

And while the Durlan conspiracy is a good plot I just think it would have worked better as a slow burn. Have the readers wonder who has been replaced; build up tension in the team. Wouldn't Vi, who had been replaced by a Durlan, be particularly upset by this?

The art is by Yildiray Cinar and he does a fine job of it. I just feel he lacks some imagination in what Durlans would shapeshift into. We get Earth animals and dragons. That's about it.

We're at  the halfway point of this volume and I think the best is behind us.

On to the book.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reboot: Legionnaires #1,000,000

Legionnaires #1,000,000 (November 1998)
title: "Come Together"
writer: Tom Peyer
artist: Sean Phillips
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Sean Phillips
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 417, the Chameleon, Cosmicbot, the Dreamer, Implicate Girl, the M'Onelves, Titangirl, the Umbra, Wildflame; flashback (Reboot era): Chameleon, Ferro, Live Wire, Star Boy, Thunder, Wildfire; flashack (Legends of the Dead Earth): Argent, Magno-Boy, Membrain, Silverwing, Triplicate, Wildfire; flasback: a number of Superboys from across the centuries

Guests: 
Superboy (Cris Kend); Braalians, Carggites, Chameleons, Coluans-Bgtzilians, Cris Kend's classmates and robot teacher, Daxamites-Imskians, Science Asylum Professors, Talokians, Titanians and their caretakers

Opponents: 
Agent If, extinct mineral-eating animals

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Who's Who: Magnetic Kid I

Magnetic Kid I
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Xaxan
Super-Power(s): Ability to attract or repel organic life-forms; power was temporary
Planet of Origin: Murra
Relationship to Legion: Villain; temporary Legionnaire

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #357

Adventure Comics #357 (June 1967)
title: "The Ghost of Ferro Lad!"
writer & layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inkerGeorge Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage, Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane, and Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy, Princess Projectra, Sun Boy, Superboy, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl....and Ferro Lad?!?
Cameos by Mon-El, Duo Damsel, Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl, Lightning Lad, and Light Lass

Opponents: 
revenge-seeking ghost or......?!?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Variant Covers part 3



by Bits BoyThis third part of a discussion on Legion-related variants turns the spotlight on issues that were not specifically marketed as variants, but have been regarded as such by some collectors.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #8


Legion of Super-Heroes #8 continues the 'faster than usual' pace for the title. And that is something that I think is giving me pause.

For those reading these reviews, you know that my memory of the Retroboot has been less than stellar. And yet, on these review rereads, I have been enjoying the title more than I anticipated. I have been wondering when it would turn the corner. My recollection couldn't be that off, could it?

Well, in the last few issues, writer Paul Levitz has been rushing through plots and as a result I haven't been getting that full experience. The 'cult of Darkseid' plot where the Ranzz twins were kidnapped was wrapped up in one issue. Earth Man becoming more sympathetic of other races happened very quickly. Shadow Lass falling for Earth Man happened in a panel. For those who read Levitz in the '80s, his style was much more to keep things simmering. Here we go from still waters to boil.

In this issue, we see that a Durlan conspiracy to infiltrate the UP and honor RJ Brande which could have been played out over years is suddenly revealed and out in the open. Compare that to something like 'The Universo Project' where we got our first hint of it in the Baxter series #10, had mysteries sprinkled through, to ultimately reveal it in #32. That's nearly 2 years!

Art is by Yildiray Cinar and once again he does a great job. Much of this issue is Legionnaires fighting Durlans and Cinar shines in those sequences.

Maybe this is the beginning of the downturn?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Reboot: Adventure Comics 80-Page Giant #1

Adventure Comics 80-Page Giant #1 (October 1998)
title: "Team Work"
writer: Tom McCraw
penciller: Kevin West

inker: Ray Kryssing
lettering: Kurt Hathaway
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: L.A. Williams
editor: Paul Kupperberg
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy, Ferro, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Star Boy

Guests: 
Lori Morning (Dialed identity: Blip)

Opponents: 
Alien blobs

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Who's Who: Luck Lords

Luck Lords
by Russell & Siskoid


Super-Power(s): Probability control
Planet of Origin: Ventura
Relationship to Legion: Villains

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #356

Adventure Comics #356 (May 1967)
title: "The Five Legion Orphans!"
writer: uncredited
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
letterer: Ira Schnappp
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Mon-El, Superboy

Opponents: 
The childless people of Baskh



I know what you're thinking: another Silver Age story where characters are turned into kids. Why was turning people into kids or monkeys the fallback idea from that era? Not sure, but stick with me because this installment of Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes packs a fantastically heartbreaking punch.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Legion Transuit


Editor's Note: Recently we sent out an A-1 Alert asking any long-time Legion fans to submit posts they would like to see us share here in United Planets space. Today we are happy to present this essay about the Legion transuit by Todd Ramsey. We hope you find it as interesting as we did! 
by Todd Ramsey 
Hello to everyone and thanks for having me.  The original version of this post appeared on my blog marvelboy74.blogspot.com. This post has been updated from that essay with a few more facts regarding the evolution of Legion space suits.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #7


Since beginning this review series of the Retroboot book, I have been wondering when it is going to go off the rails. I knew in my heart I overall didn't love this book. I knew I definitely didn't like the New 52 series which was basically a continuation. And yet in these early issues, I have been surprised by how much I liked what I was seeing.

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #7 might be the issue where the flaws are starting to show. It isn't as if the plots aren't moving forward. But there was a lot of padding here.  It isn't as if the characterization is too far off. But there are a couple of scenes here which just read odd for the characters I have grown up with. And it isn't as if the art isn't right. The book contains two stories, one by Yildiray Cinar and the other by Francis Portela. And both are lovely.

But this was the first issue where I felt I only needed 5 pages to get across what was said in 22.

Maybe the cracks are starting to show.

On to the book.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #109

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #109 (October 1998)
title: "Wish Fulfillment"
guest writer: KC Carlson
guest penciller: Lee Moder

guest inker: Dan Davis

lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Kinetix, Star Boy, Violet; flashback: Brainiac 5, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS; as statues: Kid Quantum 1, Leviathan

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dreamer, Metropolis Special Crimes Unit; Superman (statue)

Opponents: 
Emerald Eye of Ekron, Molecule Master

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Who's Who: Lucifer 7

Lucifer 7
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Lucifer 7
Super-Power(s): Creative Genius
Planet of Origin: Hasahl
Relationship to Legion: Villain (would-be world conqueror)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #355

Adventure Comics #355 (April 1967)
title: "The War of the Legions!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
letterer: Milton Snappin
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan, George Klein, and Ira Schnapp
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:
Brainiac 5, Cosmic Man, Element Man, Polar Man, Saturn Woman, Superman

Opponents:
The Legion of Super-Villains - Beauty Blaze, Cosmic King, Echo, Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen,


Monday, September 3, 2018

LEGION TOYS: Validus (DC Universe Classics Series 15)

by Derek William Crabbe
The first instance that I can recall where I personally "discovered" the awesome wonder of Fatal Five member extraordinaire, Validus, was on the epic all-villain cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #9. Here's my attempt to re-create that Crisis cover on a toy shelf. This Collect and Connect figure came as part of DC Universe Classics Series 15.


Friday, August 31, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #6


Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #6 is another of those issues that is surprising to me.

It has become something of a mantra of an introduction for these reviews but I find myself enjoying these issues more on this trip through them than when I first read them. I must have been generally displeased because I have never gone back and reread these. Nor do I have any specific memories of the run other than a general dislike. I keep waiting for the series to turn the corner and remind me why it is forgotten in my mind.

I thought for sure this was going to be the issue. I do remember strongly disliking the pairing of Shady and Earth Man. And this cover puts it front and center. Last issue we found them together in bed. Now we have this cover, presumably after that climax (pun intended).

Instead, I found this to be another interesting issue. This one didn't have a true main plot, instead keeping all the subplot balls in the air with some progression. It actually is split into three short stories. The first, 'Acceptance', has full Francis Portela art and is just gorgeous. The second, 'Leadership', is something of a backdoor pilot for the Legion Academy run in the rebooted Adventure Comics. It has standard hyper-detailed Phil Jimenez art. And the last is a single pager with art by Yildiray Cinar announcing an old school Legion Leader election.

On all fronts, writing, art, and even Legion nostalgia, this was a winner.

On to the particulars.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Reboot: Science Police #1-4

In August of 2016, before we started reviewing the Reboot era, our fearless leader Little Russell Burbage reviewed the Legion: Science Police mini-series. So for the issue's recap and an alternative opinion, please follow THIS LINK back to the original review. No redundancies, Siskoid & Shotgun will only give their own impression of the story, in context with the rest of their Reboot reviews.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Who's Who: Leland McCauley

Leland McCauley
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Leland McCauley III
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #354

Adventure Comics #354 (March 1967)
title: "The Adult Legion!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
letterer: Milton Snappin
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan and George Klein
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:
Brainiac 5, Cosmic Man, Element Man, Lightning Man, Polar Man, Saturn Woman, Superman, Timber Wolf

Cameos:
Bouncing Boy, Colossal Man, Dream Girl, Duo Damsel, Duplicate Boy, Lightning Lady, Matter Eater Lad, Mon-El, Phantom Woman, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Ultra Man (and a host of cameos).

Opponents: Douglas Nolan and the Legion of Super-Villains.


Monday, August 27, 2018

DC Super-Stars #3


DC Super-Stars #3 was one of the first Legion comics I bought that wasn't the actual Superboy series. When this issue came out I was a huge fan of Mike Grell and Cary Bates' Superboy/Legion series. And I was one of those fans who was eager and willing to purchase MORE Legion stuff if DC would just get it out there. 1976 was a good time for Legion reprints; there was this issue and a few months later there was the Limited Collectors' Edition C-49 book which reprinted the classic Mordru saga. I bought them both, so I'm assuming they sold well....

I'm showcasing this issue today because over in our TOS Tuesday slot we are about to get to these actual stories. And I gotta tell ya, as a kid reading this Adult Legion story I was *totally* confused!! Old costumes. Old relationships. New members. Dead members. Favorite Legionnaires NOT featured. This story is quite a trip for a young fan of the mid-Seventies. But we'll get to the details of the stories tomorrow. 

I remain confused to this day, but not so much on the plot but on the story choice. Of all the great Legion stories that DC could have chosen to reprint to fill these 36 pages, they picked the controversial and slightly confusing "Adult Legion" stories. I wonder, Why?

Friday, August 24, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #5


Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #5 is another solid issue in the beginning of this new era of the team. At his peak, Paul Levitz was able to juggle a number of subplots in the LSH title, promoting ones to the A slot while keeping several B-plots percolating.

Last issue, we saw the mystery of the Ranzz Twins kidnapping essentially finished. So the Earth Man redemption arc takes the foreground here. In fact, I think Earth Man is basically the axle that this title has spun around so far. Even in scenes where he is absent, other members are talking about him or  the government is wooing him. Xenophobia is a powerful plot device. And now, maybe more than in 2010, it is good to read stories about it to inform opinion.

Unfortunately, we also get one of the weirder elements of the Earth Man story begun with a doozy of a closing panel.

But outside that, Levitz continues to enrich the mystery of Harmonia Li, the search for a new Green Lantern, and the Durlan conspiracy. All of these are slowly reaching a boil. This issue really nudged things along!

The art is still by the solid duo of Yildiray Cinar and Francis Portela. They split pages here but each covering a different locale so it doesn't seem to off-putting. Cinar does a good job with the battle sequences with a few panels worth looking at closely.

On to the book.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Reboot: Legionnaires #65

Legionnaires #65 (October 1998)
title: "Days of Reckoning!"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Jeffrey Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy and W.C. Carani
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Element Lad, Ferro, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Umbra, Violet, XS

Guests: 
Andromeda, Chuck Taine, Condo Arlik, Dr. Ryk'rr (unseen), King Charlz, Koko, Leejah (Composite Girl), Lori Morning, Magno, Prefect Lamar, R.J. Brande, Tenzil Kem; Durlans, Metropolis citizens, Orandan servitors, Science Police, Winathians

Opponents: 
Amilia Crugg, Brainiac 4 (flashback), Dark Circle (flashback), Khunds, Leland McCauley, Zakk Arn

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Tarik the Mute

Tarik the Mute
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Benno Tarik
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #353

Adventure Comics #353 (February 1967)
title: "The Doomed Legionnaire!"
writer & layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inkerGeorge Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage, Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane, and Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy, Ferro Lad, Princess Projectra, Sun Boy, Superboy; cameos by Invisible Kid, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, Colossal Boy, Chameleon Boy

Opponents: 
The Sun Eater, The Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)

Monday, August 20, 2018

Variant Covers part 2



by Bits Boy

We continue our look at Legion-related variants, and we're up to the sixth volume of the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #4


Legion of Super-Heroes #4 was another fine issue in this forgotten run of the Legion properties. This is a forgotten volume for me, possibly because it unravels as it moves forward. But as of now, this title feels like classic Legion and I mean that in the best possible way.

Writer Paul Levitz was always able to juggle several plotlines within Legion books but usually one of them dominates. Here, the main plot is the Ranzz family saving their sons from a Darkseid cult. It all wraps up rather neatly. In fact, if Levitz doesn't come back to it (and I honestly don't remember if he does) I might think too neatly. If you are an Ayla Ranzz fan, like I am, than this is a particularly excellent issue.

Levitz also lets the predicament of the Titan refugees percolate a bit, both on Earth and on Naltor. The Harmonia Li mystery deepens. And the Earth Man subplot is nudged forward as well, including the one subplot which I do remember and definitely don't like.

The art is the mix of Yildiray Cinar pages and Francis Portela pages. The two have different styles. The more I read this book, the more I realize that their styles don't necessarily complement each other. Both are quite fine. The Ranzz pages are fantastic.

So overall, this was a surprisingly entertaining issue. And that made me happy. On to the book.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #108

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #108 (September 1998)
title: "The End"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jason Armstrong

inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Ferro, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, XS

Guests: 
Andromeda, Koko, R.J. Brande, Weeden; Coluans, Durlans, Science Police

Opponents: 
Brainiac 4, Composite Man (flashback and corpse), Dark Circle, Dominators, Evolvo (flashback), Gil'Dan (Brain Globes of Rambat, flashback and mention), Khunds, Leland McCauley (flashback), Luck Lords (flashback), Sclarian Raiders, Time Trapper, Tyrazzians

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Sun Emperor

Sun Emperor
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Nigal Douglous
Super-Power(s): Heat and flame projection
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #352

Adventure Comics #352 (January 1967)
title: "The Fatal Five!"
writer & layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inkerGeorge Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage, Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane, and Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy, Ferro Lad, Princess Projectra, Sun Boy, Superboy

Guests: 
Cameos of various other-worldly heroes whose names are not given and who are never shown again

Opponents: 
The Sun Eater, The Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Legion Cameos #1: Silver Age Superman


Welcome to a new series of posts that is going to focus on cameo appearances by the Legion: those stories in which they appear but for only for a page or two, or perhaps even only a panel or two. Roles that are notable but not significant enough to devote an entire post.

These will not necessarily be in chronological order, although each post will likely focus on a particular era or theme. There is no limit to how far afield the issues discussed may be from regular Legion continuity so long as a Legionnaire, or perhaps just a traditional Legion villain, makes an appearance. This one is for those completists out there who may enjoy knowing about every Legion appearance, no matter how small. So a big welcome from Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane, and let's get this one started with some Silver Age Superman fun!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #3


Legion of Super-Heroes #3 continued the trend of my liking the issues more on this reread than when I read them initially. I am a bit flummoxed. I know that this eventually dovetails into the New 52 series which I recently reviewed and semi-trashed. Maybe at some point it turns a corner.

Writer Paul Levitz with artists Yildiray Cinar and Francis Portela give us a standard wonderful Legion issue with three plots. Levitz was known for keeping a couple of subplots brewing in the background, completing one thread, promoting another, and adding something new. By doing this, Levitz was able to keep the large cast engaged and keep readers interested.

Here the main plot involves Earth Man. I haven't been a fan of this character and didn't/don't like him being in such a prominent role here. But you can see that Levitz is working towards a redemption arc here. We already see him being taught lessons by the Legion and his GL ring.

The subplots are what grabbed me more here. Saturn Queen is really elevated to a major big bad, sadistic and insane. The Ranzz family is on the move to track down their lost sons and run into a new god. And Harmonia Li seems to have a history. Give me more of this!

The art by Cinar is solid in a sort of old school iconic look. But Portela continues to glitter in the Saturn Queen pages. I love Portela's shiny, slick style.

On to the book.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Reboot: Legionnaires #64

Legionnaires #64 (September 1998)
title: "Time Out!"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Jeffrey Moy and Philip Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy and W.C. Carani
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Ferro, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, XS

Guests: 
Admiral Everett, Andromeda, Chuck Taine, Composite Girl, Condo Arlik, Kono, Lori Morning, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Tenzil Kem, Wynema Wazzo; Durlans, Science Police

Opponents: 
Composite Man, Dark Circle, Evolvo, Gil'Dan (Brain Globes of Rambat), Gil'Dishpan, Khunds (Amilia Crugg), Leland McCauley, Sklarian Raiders, Time Trapper

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Ron-Karr

Ron-Karr
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Ron-Karr
Super-Power(s): Become two-dimensional
Planet of Origin: Neptune
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

TOS: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #99

Jimmy Olsen #99 (January 1967)
title: The One Man Legion 
writer: Jim Shooter
artist: Pete Costanza
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan and George Klein
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane 

Mission Monitor Board:
Honorary Legionnaire Jimmy Olsen in the identities of Element Lad, Lightning Lad, and Sun Boy.  Cameo by Superman

Opponents:
The Weapons Wizard

Synopsis:
Jimmy receives a special birthday present from the Legion of Super-Heroes. He is given costumes matching those of Lightning Lad, Element Lad, and Sun Boy which give their wearer the powers of each hero. Jimmy tries to use the super-powered costumes to battle the evil Weapons Wizard and his army but things do not go as planned. Before finally turning the tables on the villain, Jimmy gets beaten, shot, electrocuted, frozen, blown up, and almost drowned. If you hate Jimmy Olsen, this is the story for you! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

LEGION TOYS: Tyr (DC Universe Classics Series 14)

by Derek William Crabbe 
Named after the one-handed Norse God of War, Tyr is one of the few Legion of Super-Heroes villains to be immortalized in plastic form multiple times.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #2


I am rather amazed and quite thrilled to be reviewing the Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #2 issue. In some ways, there is a sort of cosmic serendipity to my going back to this series now. In my heart, I remembered being overall disappointed by this series. I would be much more likely to revisit the classic Levitz/Giffen books or the 5YL books than reading this run again. It was this blog assignment that led me here.

I don't want to make this a political blog but suffice it to say that America is pretty tense right now. Whether it is race or gender or sexuality or citizenship, the whole nation seems to be resting on a powder keg and the fuse has been lit.

And here, in the Legion, the main storyline revolves around immigration and culture wars. Some of the lines uttered by the mob here in the gleaming future sound remarkably familiar. And Earth Man, a fascist xenophobe, is both a villain the Legion is watching over but also a hero to those who agree with his opinions. It is eerie how much I see America today in this future world.

Writer Paul Levitz really ratchets things up here. Earth Man's regime has ended. The team has been re-instated. But things are hardly stable. As a team they are trying to figure out how to insert themselves into things again. And a more super-threat in the form of Saturn Queen is lurking on the edges.

The art is mostly done by Yildiray Cinar who continues to bring a very solid house style to the proceedings. Future Legion artist Francis Portela does a couple of pages in the middle, bringing his sleek style to one scene. I loved Portela's work.

On to the book!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #107

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #107 (August 1998)
title: "Brainspotting"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jason Armstrong

inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Gates, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, Spark, Triad, Violet

Guests: 
Coluans, Koko

Opponents: 
Brainiac 4, Composite Man, Dark Circle, Dominators, Evolvo, Gil'Dan (Brain Globes of Rambat), Khunds, Leland McCauley, Sklarian Raiders, Time Trapper (flashback)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Radiation Roy

Radiation Roy
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Roy Travich
Super-Power(s): Radioactive blasts
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #351

Adventure Comics #351 (December 1966)
title: "The Forgotten Legion!"
writer: E. Nelson Bridwell
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:  
active: Cosmic Boy, Ferro Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Invisible Kid, Ultra Boy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Princess Projectra, Element Lad, Colossal Boy, Mon-El, Superboy, Supergirl, Sir Prize, Miss Terious
inactive: Phantom Girl, Brainiac 5, Karate Kid, Shrinking Violet


Guests: 
RJ Brande, Legion of Substitute Heroes (Polar Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, Stone Boy, Color Kid), Legion of Super-Pets (Krypto, Streaky, Beppo, Comet), Bouncing Boy, the White Witch

Opponents: 
Evillo and his Devil's Dozen (the Hag, the Wild Huntsman, Sugyn, and Apolllo)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Superboy's Legion #2

Superboy's Legion #2 (2001)
writer: Mark Farmer
penciller: Alan Davis
inker: Mark Farmer
letterer: Pat Prentice
colors/separatists: Richard & Tanya Horie
logo design: John Roshell
editor: Michael McAvennie
cover: Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Roll Call (in order of membership): Superboy, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, Colossal Boy, Element Lad, Shrinking Violet, Bouncing Boy, Shadow Lass, Brainiac 5, Invisible Kid, Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl, Chameleon Boy, Star Boy, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Princess Projectra, Ferro Lad, Karate Kid

Cameo or Supporting Appearances: RJ Brande

Villains: The Fatal Five, Lex Luthor, and......?

I saw this fantastic cover at a comic convention and grabbed it up without a moment's hesitation. Unfortunately, this scene does not appear in this story. Was it worth it anyway? Read on and find out---!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes #1


In 2008, Geoff Johns wrote Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, an arc in Action Comics which brought back the classic incarnation of the Legion, picking up where Paul Levitz had left the team off in the Baxter series. It was tagged a 'retroboot', a reboot to an earlier continuity. Everything that had happened after the Magic Wars were sort of scrubbed away. No 5YL. No Archie Legion. No Threeboot. Instead we had Superman as a historic member of the Legion, fighting Earth Man.

For a Legion fan who prides himself on knowledge and continuity, it was a head scratcher. Was this *the* Legion? What about everything else? And was I ready to take a step back if it meant taking steps forward?

Then in 2009, Grant Morrison wrote Final Crisis, a wild, some might say incomprehensible, epic about the nature of story itself. Part of this crossover were a number of mini-series, spun out of Final Crisis but also separate. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds was written by Geoff Johns with art by George Perez and was aimed at answering the continuity question: which Legion is 'real' or is it all of them?

About a year after Legion of 3 Worlds, DC finally put a new Legion book on the shelf. Legion of Super-Heroes #1 basically picked up right where the Action Comics story-line ended. A key character in this title is Earth-Man, the racist and xenophobic fascist. The story opens up with the fallout of his ouster as leader of Earth.

I was thrilled. Having Levitz back on scripts seemed reassuring to me. I thought we might be able to 'get the band back together' and recapture some of the magic of the '80s. But I don't know if we ever really get there.

We do get very solid art by Yildiray Cinar at the beginning of the title. Cinar brings a very solid approach to the proceedings. Nothing too flashy or stylized. But it works.

So welcome to the Retroboot!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Reboot: Legionnaires #63

Legionnaires #63 (August 1998)
title: "Winds of War?"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy and W.C. Carani
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Kinetix, M'Onel, Monstress (on screen only), Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Violet

Guests: 
Admiral Everett, Andromeda, Composite Girl, Koko, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Wimena Wazzo, Zakk and Feg Arn (Feg on playback only); an A.P. councilor, Durlans, Science police

Opponents: 
Ar'by, Ar'dn, Composite Man, Dark Circle, Dominators, Evolvo, Khunds (Amilia Crugg), Kono, Leland McCauley, Spider-Girl, Tyrazzians

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Ol-Vir

Ol-Vir
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Ol-Vir
Super-Power(s): Super-strength, invulnerability, super-speed, enhanced senses, heat vision, super breath, flight
Planet of Origin: Daxam
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #350

Adventure Comics #350 (November 1966)
title: "The Outcast Super-Heroes!"
writer: E. Nelson Bridwell
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:  
active: Invisible Kid, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Sun Boy, Element Lad, Ultra Boy, Shrinking Violet, Chameleon Boy, Saturn Girl, Colossal Boy
inactive: Superboy, Supergirl, Light Lass, Duo Damsel, Karate Kid, Ferro Lad, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Matter-Eater Lad
new members: Sir Prize, Miss Terious

Guests: 
RJ Brande

Opponents: 
Evillo and his Devil's Dozen (the Hag, the Wild Huntsman, Sugyn, and Apolllo)

Monday, July 23, 2018

Variant Covers part 1


by Bits Boy

Today we take a look at Legion-related variant covers. 

The use of different covers for a single comic is pretty much commonplace these days, with at least two versions expected for big title or event launches.

But first, let's define the term “variant edition”. Strictly speaking, it refers to an issue of a comic book printed with multiple covers, each with different artwork. The “variants” are usually the covers printed in lesser print runs, although in some cases all the different covers share equal distribution. 

The first comic book marketed with a variant cover was the first issue of THE MAN OF STEEL, published in 1986, which featured two different frontispieces by writer/artist John Byrne. 

Variant covers shifted from being novelty to the norm during the speculator boom of the 1990s, when collectors hoarded comics with the goal of future financial gain, resulting in some books being printed in multiple variants.

Some fervent collectors also regard covers with different brand imprints as genuine variants, such as comics licensed to Whitman Comics, or those with different UPC boxes on covers to differentiate between direct and newsstand sales; while others search out comics which had advertising inserts. More on these in Part Three! 

So what was the first Legion-related variant cover? You'd be surprised!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fridays With Anj: Legion Lost and Legion found?


My re-reviews of the New 52 Legion Lost comic has come to an end which means it is time for some sort of wrap-up post as well as a look to the future.

 It is hard to believe that we haven't had a Legion book on the shelf since the New 52 titles went belly up. And I think that wish to see these characters again, that desire to hold a Legion book in my hand, may have colored my reviews a little bit.

Let's face it, this is a flawed book.

The initial writer, Fabian Nicieza, started out with a story of these 7 Legionnaires stuck in our present, here to try and stop a history-changing mutagenic plague from sweeping over the planet. It had a number of problems. Why wouldn't they approach the current super-heroes to explain their mission? Why leave Superman in the dark? How did they acclimate themselves so easily to our crude world when they were used to 31st century living?

The writing must have been on the wall because shortly after coming on the book, Nicieza was shown the door. The Hypertaxis Plague story basically disappeared. And the suddenly we had a new direction.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #106

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #106 (July 1998)
title: "High Crimes"
writers: Tom Peyer and Roger Stern
penciller: Jason Armstrong

inker: Ron Boyd and Prentis Rollins
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Cosmic Boy, Gates, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS

Guests: 
Andromeda, Koko, Marla Latham, R.J. Brande, Rond Vidar; Imskians (Bohb, Stasi), Science Police (Regs), Winathians (Dalya Ranzz, Kirth and Vaz Ranzz. Zakk and Feg Arn)

Opponents: 
Composite Man, Dark Circle, Kono, Leland McCauley, Sklarian Raiders, Tyrazzians

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Who's Who: LSV Micro Lad

Micro Lad
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Lalo Muldroon (sometimes Moldron)
Super-Power(s): Shrinking
Planet of Origin: Imsk
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #349


Adventure Comics #349 (October 1966)
title: "The Rogue Legionnaire!"
writer & layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inkerGeorge Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Superboy

Guests: 
winner of the Metropolis Students' Science Fair (Rond Vidar)

Opponents: 
Universo



Editor's Note: 
As of this review the LSB Applicant Review Board has completed our check on the Blogger known as Anachronistic Kid and hereby offer him membership in the Legion of Super-Bloggers! He will be helping out with the Silver Age "The Original Series" reviews, on his own (like this one) or on a mission team. Welcome to the blog, Kid; don't sell us out to the Khunds! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Legion Homages: Super Duper

A while ago I had an idea to do reviews and profiles about the different non-DC homages and parodies of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Sure there’s the Imperial Guard at MARVEL and some of the versions of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but what about the Pantheon of Heroes, the League of Infinity, Superduper, or even the Quantum League that’s set to appear from Dark Horse Comics this summer?

The first team I’ve chosen to focus on is Superduper, published in Dynamite Entertainment's The Boys, Garth Ennis' super dark, disturbing, and scathing deconstructive parody of superhero comics. And yet surprisingly, despite all that, Superduper as a team is legitimately endearing and gets off lightly as a superhero parody compared to a lot of the other teams Ennis mocks.