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 as....as....er....slinkies?

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)

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

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Who's Who: Queeg

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

Opponent:
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

Guests: 
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

Opponents: 
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

Opponent:
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!

Monday, March 4, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Sun Boy (DC Direct 2003)



When he's not busy recruiting new Legion members, this guy is out there luring Sun-Eaters with his solar heat in order to save the universe! He fends off Servants of Darkness with his Nova Blast! The last of the figures that could potentially serve as fill-ins for your Matty Legion figures, comes Dirk Morgna a.k.a. Sun Boy!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #5, Part 1


Well, it is the beginning of the end for me as I start the review for the final issue of Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #5.

This has been something of a wild ride for me. When it was solicited, I could remember being quite excited about this. I was a bit awash in Legion continuity as the Threeboot book was happening, Geoff Johns had brought back the original group, and I was coming off my decade away from the team.

I was hoping for a deep Legion continuity dive. I was hoping for an untangling of continuity. I was hoping for fun.

Instead I got this.

This book has a lot of Titans stuff going on. The Legion occasionally seem like guest stars in a Superboy Prime book. And the plot careens along hoping the reader can keep up. I was hoping for a breath of fresh air. Instead I felt like I was trying to breathe through a straw filled with oatmeal.

All that said, the art is about as glittery as George Perez can be, flitting between massive double page splashes and intricate tiny inset panels.

So will it all be tied up neatly in a bow? Will we get the finale we deserve?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #119

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #119 (September 1999)
title: "Eat the Poor"
writers: Tom McCraw and Tom Peyer
penciller: Scott Kolins

inker: Ray Kryssing
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Phil Jimenez
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition/Phase, Brainiac 5.1, Karate Kid, Live Wire, M'Onel/Valor, Triad, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Captain Comet, Gear, Koko, Lobo (cameo), Stealth, Strata (cameo), Vril Dox; game avatars (not true appearances): Batman, Deadman, Demon, Doctor Fate, Enchanteress, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Phantom Stranger, Sentinel, Spectre, Superman, Wonder Woman; cover only: Garryn Bek, Lady Quark, Lyrissa Mallor

Opponents: 
Bishop Lokke, Bishop Lode, demons (game avatars), Emerald Eye of Ekron (cover only)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Who's Who: Psycho-Warrior

Psycho-Warrior
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Rejik Thomak
Super-Power(s): Access to all sorts of technology
Planet of Origin: Bunyon's World
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #376

Adventure Comics #376 (January 1969)
title: "The Execution of Chameleon Boy!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
artist: Win Mortimer
letterer: Gasper Saladino
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan, Carmine Infantino, and Neal Adams
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Mission Monitor Board: Chameleon Boy. Cameos by Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Duo Damsel, Element Lad, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Superboy, Supergirl, and Ultra Boy.


Monday, February 25, 2019

The Write Stuff: Back To The Future Pt 1

By BITS BOY
In our series on comic magazines which featured articles on the Legion, one title was conspiciously absent: BACK ISSUE!, the fine fan publication produced by TwoMorrows and edited by fervent Legion fan Michael Eury. Starting with this post, we will review all the BACK ISSUE! issues that featured Legion content.




Friday, February 22, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #4 Part 2


Today I finish my review of the penultimate issue of Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds.

I am exhausted.

It has been hard for me to wrap my head around this series. And Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #4 showcases my problems. There is an awful lot of casual death and violence. There is a boatload of Superboy Prime. There is a ton of exposition which should explain just what the hell is going on but doesn't really. Writer Geoff Johns continues to pile more and more plot and reveals into this series making it a cumbersome read.

Perhaps worst of all, so much time is spent filling in this insane plot that we barely have gotten the 3 Legions working together. We have a lot of Teen Titans! We have some Green Lanterns! We have a lot of Brainiac 5 interactions. But most of the Legion stuff seems to be happening as skirmishes in the backgrounds. Maybe we get a couple of panels now and then showing some Threeboots working with some Reboots working with some Retroboots. But not enough. The draw here, for me, was wanting to see these Legions mingling.

Of course, the art by George Perez continues to be exemplary. Perez just shines. It is lovely. And it is a mix of minute panels overstuffed with action and sprawling double page spreads.

But you need to remember this is issue 4 of 5. This book needs to be approaching a conclusion. Instead this book ends with a bombshell revelation. It also reminded me of one of my personal worst moments in Legion fandom. Johns is still adding story! How can he end this in one more issue?

And one more thing. I think it is somewhat damning that I had almost no recollection of this story as I reread for this review. Two major events happen in the back half of this issue, the portion I am reviewing today. I had completely forgotten them. I have to think that is a comment on how I feel about this book overall.

On to the review!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Reboot: Legionnaires #75

Legionnaires #75 (September 1999)
title: "Tyrants Three"
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Chris Sprouse and Al Gordon
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Spark

Guests: 
Sener Cul; Wellurians

Opponents: 
King Kradok; advisor and guards

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Who's Who: Prophet

Prophet
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Father Sven Kalikos
Super-Power(s): Invulnerability, flight, solar blasts
Planet of Origin: Trewsk
Relationship to Legion: Antagonist

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #375

Adventure Comics #375 (December 1968)
title: King of the Legion!
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
artist: Win Mortimer
letterer: Joe Letters
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Neal Adams
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: the twelve contestants:  Karate Kid, Ultra Boy, Sun Boy, Chemical King, Saturn Girl, Chameleon Boy, Superboy, Brainiac 5, Timber Wolf, Bouncing Boy, Mon-El, Element Lad; cameo appearances by Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Duo Damsel, Invisible Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Matter Eater Lad, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Starboy, and Supergirl

Opponents: The Wanderers - Celebrand, Elvo, Dartlag, Immorto, Ornitho, Psyche, and Quantum Queen.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Karate Kid #6

Karate Kid #6 
"Showdown With Commander Blud!"
script by David Michelinie writing as Barry Jameson
art by Ric Estrada and Joe Staton
edited by Denny O'Neil
cover by Ernie Chan (penciller) and Mike Grell (inker)
cover date: Feb/March 1977
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

Here we are again folks, slumming in 1977 New York City with a few members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. According to the cover (again by Ernie Chan and Mike Grell instead of Grell solo) Karate Kid has been "driven WILD, the Kid stalks friend and foe ALIKE!" It would have been nice if the Legion had appeared on the cover, too, cuz, you know, the Kid kicking Commander Blud in the face as illustrated here is just not that dynamic. Plus the lack of any background at all doesn't make this one of the better covers.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #4, Part 1


There is more behind us than in front of us when it comes to Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds! Here we are at Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #4! This issue is just as crazy as the prior ones. Lots of action! Lots of words! Some death! And finally the Time Trapper!

As has been the trend in this book, I feel more like I am riding the wave of this story. A lot is happening fast. I am on a shifting foundation, just trying to maintain my balance. And I am hoping not to fall. I am sure this all made perfect sense to writer Geoff Johns. But to me, it is like a series of quick interludes with not much solid story. Maybe it all comes together in the end.

The George Perez art has also been a constant on this book. His work here is as impressive as any book of his I have read. There is so much action. There are so many characters. The story is so bananas. I hope Perez got paid by the pen stroke. He'd be a millionaire! (Hmmm ... come to think of it, he is retiring!)

Still, this has been a bit too wild for me to say it is a great story. I wanted so much from this. But at times I feel lost. I suppose that makes perfect sense given it is linked to Final Crisis, the most inscrutable of the tent pole crossover events.

On to this half of the book.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019

Happy Gal-I MEAN Valentine's Day, Legion Bloggers... No Wait I Did Mean Galentine's Day!

It's February 14th, a day in which we come together to celebrate LUUUUUUUUUUUUUV. It shouldn't matter what kind of love, whether it be platonic, romantic, or familial.

Okay no there ARE some kinds of love that are not okay but they're not really love, are they?

Anyway, to celebrate this lovely love day I once again commissioned Denise Zhang to do a little gift for Super Bloggers, featuring one of the longest standing Legion couples of all time.

Ladies, gentlemen, and enbies, the original Space Lesbians, Lightning Lass and Shrinking Violet.


Boy those Ranzz Twins sure have good taste in girlfriends, don't they?


Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #118

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #118 (August, 1999)
title: "Shadow of the Sun"
writers: Tom McCraw and Tom Peyer
penciller: Scott Kolins

inker: Ray Kryssing
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, Ferro, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Spark, Thunder, Triad, Violet

Guests: 
Koko, Superintendent Javert and his wife

Opponents: 
Doctor Deacon, Doctor Savant, Lord Pernisius

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Who's Who: Professor Vultan

Professor Vultan
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Bothar Vultan
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Wildfire's mentor

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #374

Adventure Comics #374 (November 1968)
title: "Mission: Diabolical!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
artist: Win Mortimer
letterer: Milt Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & Mike Esposito
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Dream Girl, Element Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Supergirl, Ultra Boy; cameos by the majority of the other Legionnaires

Guest Stars: 
The Legion of Substitute Heroes (Polar Boy, Night Girl, Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, Stone Boy, Color Kid)

Opponent:
Scorpius, Taurus, the Taurus Gang (Black Mace, Mystelor, Quanto, Rogarth, Shagrek)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Action Comics #861

Action Comics #861
Title: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Part 4 of 6 - Chameleons
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Gary Frank
Inker: Jon Sibal
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Editors: Nachie Castro and Matt Idelson
Executive Editor: Dan Didio
Reviewer: Jude Deluca aka Sarcasm Kid

PREVIOUSLY: The Legionnaires rescued Polar Boy and discovered Brainiac 5 is on his home planet of Colu. Superman meets up with several Legionnaires underneath Metropolis, then are ambushed by the Justice League of Earth. Forced to retreat, Superman, Dawnstar, Wildfire, Colossal Boy, and Polar Boy crash-land on Colu, where they discover Brainiac 5 is now in total control and plans to have them terminated!

There isn’t a lot of action in this issue (despite the title), as we mainly learn about what Brainy has been going through on his home planet. Secrets and motivations of the individual Justice Leaguers are brought to light. We also learn there’s another Silver Age Legion Reject within the League’s ranks, and the status of two more Legionnaires gets revealed in the process.

The issue does have a number of references to "The Lightning Saga," the story that ran in Justice League of America and Justice Society of America establishing this Legion's return. For those who don't recall, a group of seven Legionnaires (Star Boy, Karate Kid, Dream Girl, Wildfire, Timber Wolf, Dawnstar, and Sensor Girl) were sent to 21st Century Earth to invoke an experiment involving lightning rods similar to the ones used to revive Lightning Lad. We never found out what the Legionnaires were specifically trying to do, but as a side effect they inadvertently brought Wally West and his family back to the main DCU. At the end of the story, Star Boy and Karate Kid did not return to the future. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #3, Part 2



Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #3 finally gives us readers what we were clamoring for ... three Legions fighting side by side against an army of super-villains. You think it would be a giddy romp, a visual smorgasbord for Legion fans. Well ... it partly succeeds.

One of the issues that I have had with this issue is that writer Geoff Johns is trying to stuff so much story and plot into these 5 issues that at times it becomes an ultra-dense mess of dialogue boxes and leaps of plot faith. In this half of this issue, there is a two page spread with a lot of information about a prior adventure that the Legions have already had together. I don't know about this story. Did it happen? Is this Johns filling in some prior mystery? Either way, I don't think I follow what he is trying to tell me. And remember that I am splitting these reviews up into 2 per issue. This is a big info dump in the back half of one issue. If this is key info, I wish it was explained more.

That said, Johns is probably meting out his exposition in big chunks like this to allow him the space to task artist George Perez with numerous splash pages and double splash pages. Perez goes from many inset small panels to large spreads of grand scale. I have heard rumors that this series was exhausting for Perez and I'm not surprised. I am also not surprised that it shipped on time ... a rarity these days when you get books like this. (That's right ... I'm looking at you Doomsday Clock! You too, Young Animal Doom Patrol!

And all of this is happening without the emergence of the Time Trapper as the puppet master in this miniseries. Will all this wrapped up in a pleasing way? Honestly, I don't remember. So I'm going in fresh.

On to the book.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Reboot: Legionnaires #74

Legionnaires #74 (August 1999)
title: "Aftershocks"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Jack Morelli
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
cover: Jeffrey Moy and W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Star Boy, Ultra Boy, Umbra

Guests: 
Brika, Chuck Taine, Derek Morgna, Dirk Morgna, Dragonmage, Dreamer, Dr. Gym'll, ERG-1, Flutter, General Hol, Mysa, Shvaughn Erin, Tenzil Kem, Warden Sur, Winema Wazzo, Zyzan guardian (flashback); Science Police

Opponents: 
Alux Cuspin, Ebb, Mordru (sleeping and unseen), Phy'r (flashback)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Who's Who: Professor Vndaar

Professor Vndaar
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Loar Vndaar
Super-Power(s): Telepathy
Planet of Origin: Titan
Relationship to Legion: Saturn Girl's mentor

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #373

Adventure Comics #374 (October 1968)
title: "The Tornado Twins!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
artist: Win Mortimer
letterer: Ben Oda
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Neal Adams
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Brainiac 5, Element Lad, Karate Kid, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Sun Boy, Superboy

Opponent:
The Tornado Twins


Monday, February 4, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Invisible Kid (DC Direct 2004)


I suppose you could say that the Matty Collector Set acknowledged this character by having an empty packing tray as a gag. While I think we'd have been happier with a translucent action figure instead, this turned my attention to the figure from the DC Direct Legion of Super-Heroes line. Although it's not easy to come by on the aftermarket, Lyle Norg a.k.a. Invisible Kid was in the set of figures sent to me by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage. Thanks again, Bilingual Boy!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #3, Part 1


Final Crisis Legion of  3 Worlds #3 is the halfway mark of the 5 issue series. And this review will cover the first half of this issue. That means when this review is over we are officially at the halfway mark of this story. And what a place to be at that fulcrum.

Like in the preceding two, writer Geoff Johns puts a lot into the issue. It is as dense as prior. But much of this piece is devoted to battle. Johns really does his best to showcase as many Legionnaires and as many villains as he can. As a result, artist George Perez is put through his paces, dealing with panels stuffed with characters as well as innumerable small inset panels focusing in on some one-on- one battles. If you thought Crisis on Infinite Earths was a heavy lift for Perez, imagine stuffing everything that happened in those 12 issues into 5. You catch my drift? Perez deserves a medal here.

Unfortunately, one thing that comes through in this review is that Johns is really playing as much in his own sandbox as he is in the Legion's. Certainly Superboy Prime, a Johns favorite, is playing a big role in this story. He isn't exactly part of classic Legion lore. But now we see that Sodam Yat, the Daxamite Green Lantern and another Johns fave, is also going to get serious screen time.

For me, I'd much rather have this be a series completely steeped in the Legion rather than looking outward to bring people in. Why not have three Mordrus combining their might? Or the Fatal Fifteen?

One last piece of intro is that this first half of the issue sort of reads like the back half of the last. There really isn't much plot progression here. I talk about the issues being stuffed. But much of that here is just sensory overload from the battles.

On to the book:

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #117

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #117 (July 1999)
title: "The Machine in the Ghost"
writers: Tom McCraw and Tom Peyer
penciller: Scott Kolins

inker: Ray Kryssing
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: Mike McAvennie
special thanks: Jeff Johnson
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5.1, Invisible Kid, Live Wire, M'Onel, Sensor, Spark, Thunder

Guests: 
Gear, Koko, Magno; Blackstar inmates

Opponents: 
Dr. Aywebn, Dr. Deacon, Kprkrn, Lord Pernisius, Shroud-troops

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Who's Who: Professor Huxton

Professor Huxton
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Ched Huxton
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #372

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Adventure Comics #372 (Sept 1968)
title: "The School For Super-Villains"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: Milt Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Neal Adams
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board: 
Colossal Boy, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Superboy, Ultra Boy; Timber Wolf and Chemical King; cameos by Cosmic Boy, Star Boy, Duo Damsel, and Phantom Girl

Opponents:
Tarik the Mute and his School For Super-Villains including such students as Nemesis Kid, Spider Girl, Radiation Roy, Lightning Lord, Ronn Kar

Monday, January 28, 2019

Karate Kid #5

Karate Kid #5 
"The Tomorrow Thief"
script by David Michelinie writing as Barry Jameson
art by Ric Estrada and Joe Staton
color by Liz Berube
edited by Joe Orlando
cover by Ernie Chan (penciller) and Mike Grell (inker)
cover date: Nov/Dec 1976
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

Here we are again, it's Kung Fu Fighting time! Errr, I mean, Karate Kid reading time. This month we get an antagonist who seeks to take advantage of the fact that Karate Kid revealed that he was from the future..... something I'm not sure he should have done in the first place, but it's in the past now (see what I did there?). Fresh from being named a deputized police officer of the state of New York last issue, Karate Kid finds himself a minor celebrity this time around....in more ways than one.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds #2, part 2


Welcome to the second part of  Final Crisis Legion of Three Worlds #2. 

This mini-series from writer Geoff Johns and artist George Perez has proven to be a bit of a challenge for me to review as Johns has stuffed the book with action, dialogue, and plot. It feels like a very heavy read, some pages filled with so much text that it feels more like a book than a comic book. And yet, there is a balancing act with unbelievable double page spreads. Perez must have had a migraine drawing it.

The back half of this issue shows just how dire the situation is for the main Legion, the team brought back by Johns in Action Comics. With death and destruction basically around the corner, Brainiac 5 has to finally give us the promise of the title. We get three Legions.

This series was one of the first I knew that had each issue come with two different covers. I saved this version of #2 for this review given the scene unfolds in this section of the issue. But I love how we see the two 'other' Legions in the swirling smoke of the crystal ball White Witch is using.


It has to be some homage to Justice League of America #21, the first JLA/JSA crossover. There is that crystal ball. And there is the 'other team'.

On to the story.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Reboot: Legionnaires #73

Legionnaires #73 (July 1999)
title: "The Final Gathering"
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: Jeffrey Moy and W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Gates, Kid Quantum II, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Star Boy, Ultra Boy, Umbra

Guests: 
Dragonmage, Mysa; Science Police

Opponents: 
Elements of Disaster (A'rie, Ebb, Phy'r, Rrox), Mordru

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Who's Who: Power Boy

Power Boy
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Jedidiah Rikaine
Super-Power(s): Density control, giving him super strength and endurance
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Academy student

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #371

Adventure Comics #371 (August 1968)
title: "The Colossal Failure!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: Ben Oda
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Neal Adams
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Colossal Boy, Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Superboy, Ultra Boy; debut appearance of Condo Arlik, future Legionnaire Chemical King

Opponents:
Extortionists who turn Colossal Boy's parents into glass statues

Monday, January 21, 2019

TreasuryCast #31: Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes

This week the Legion of Super-Bloggers presents 
A Crossover Event for the Ages! 

The Fire and Water Podcast Network presents Treasury Cast! 
A podcast devoted to the greatest comic-book format of all time, the Treasury Edition!

In this episode, Treasury Lover Rob Kelly welcomes Legion Lover Russell Burbage to talk about Limited Collectors' Edition C-49, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of Three Worlds #2: Part One


Last week I began my review of Final Crisis Legion of 3 Worlds, a book I fear would break me. The first issue almost did. A dizzying array of inset panels, bulk text, uncertain continuity, and story bloat made it nearly impossible to cover in one review.

And then, like a wish from the Miracle Machine, an answer was provided to me by fellow Legion Blogger Siskoid. Why not take two posts to review one issue of this book? God knows, there is enough story stuffed into these pages to warrant at least that much.

So welcome to Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds # 2 review, part one. I'll finish this issue next Friday.

One of the interesting things for me to do, as I decipher this book, is to try and come to grips with the continuity speed bumps. I didn't read any of the Reboot Legion, the Abnett stuff. I had intimate knowledge of the Threeboot book, still fresh.

But it is the classic Legion, the one brought back by writer Geoff Johns that I struggle with the most. The assumption is that 5YL never happened. The Legion timeline progressed differently from the end of the Baxter Run and the Magic Wars.

Clearly 'stuff' happened between the end of the Magic Wars and the Action Comics storyline which just preceded this. So we are sort of dropped into a fresh, unknown, yet oddly classic timeline. Please get me some ibuprofen!

Johns again puts about three books worth of material into this issue. And that despite having not one but two double page splashes! Poor George Perez. If you thought Crisis On Infinite Earths was a great example of page layouts and panel variation, you ain't seen nothing yet. No surprise, Perez shines here. But I wonder how much wonderful art was covered by the massive dialogue balloons needed to convey the story?

I usually wail against decompression. But this is overstuffing. This would have been a great 9 part mini-series. I wonder if the time alloted was dictated by the main Final Crisis book. And yet, if I recall, the book was delayed badly meaning more actual time and issues could have been devoted here.

Ah well .. what might have been. Onto the half-review!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #116

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #115 (June 1999)
title: "Cold Irons Bound"
writers: Tom McCraw and Tom Peyer
penciller: Keron Grant

inker: Ray Kryssing
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, Invisible Kid, Live Wire, M'Onel, Sensor, Spark, Thunder

Guests: 
Koko, Magno, Thunder's father and mother (Superintendent Javert and his wife)

Opponents: 
Dr. Aywebn, Dr. Deacon, Lefty, Lord Pernisius, Scurrches, Zeek; Black Star nurse, Rimborian gang (named: gang admin Sara)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Who's Who: Polecat

Polecat
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Dafe Meron
Super-Power(s): Repellent scent
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Rejected applicant

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

TOS: Adventure Comics #370


Adventure Comics #370 (July 1968)
title: "The Devil's Jury!"
writer and layouts: Jim Shooter
artist: Curt Swan
inker: Jack Abel
letterers: Joe Letterese (splash page only) and Ben Oda
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan and George Roussos
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
reviewers: Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol

Mission Monitor Board: 
Duo Damsel, Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Superboy

Cameos:
Dream Girl, Insect Queen, Invisible Kid, Princes Projectra, 
Ultra Boy, The White Witch

Opponent:
Mordru the Merciless!


Monday, January 14, 2019

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #10

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #10 (March 2008)
title: House Arrest
writer: Matthew K. Manning
penciller: Alex Serra
inker: Jeff Albrecht
letterer: Sal Cipriano
colorist: Heroic Age
editor: Jeanine Shaefer
cover art: Matt Stewart

Mission Monitor Board: Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl.

Villains: The Fatal Five (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, and Validus)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Final Crisis Legion of Three Worlds #1


Settle in True Believers as I try to make my way through one of the denser issues I have had to review on this site. And remember, I reviewed the early 5YL issues back in the day.

Final Crisis:Legion of Three Worlds #1 was written by Geoff Johns and drawn by George Perez. It was released in late 2008 in conjunction with Grant Morrison's main Final Crisis mini-series and was meant to stabilize and streamline the recent Legion history. Earlier in the year, Johns and Gary Frank brought the original Legion back into continuity, showcasing a very Levitz/Giffen feeling team working with a Superman who was a Legion member in his past.

Now as comic fans, we are used to multiple realities and many universes. But Johns was taking a bit of a risk because that storyline in Action Comics took place while the Threeboot Legion still had a book on the shelves.

Which Legion was 'real'? And more importantly, which Legion was DC going to promote moving forward. It was clear, at least to me, that the Threeboot book was in a decaying orbit, having lost its way a bit. I also felt that giving us back the original Legion felt like  'bringing the band back together' for one more tour. It was doubtful the magic would be there again.

So I had high hopes when The Legion of Three Worlds was announced as I thought it would be a surgical Crisis on Infinite Earths style event, melding the disparate Legion histories into something new, stronger, and hopefully energized. And what better team to do that than Johns, riding on a recent high at DC comics and clearly a lover of the Legion, and Perez who drew COIE and shined when a billion characters needed to be in one series.

Was it a success?

To be honest, I can't say because I don't remember that much of it. What I can say is that reviewing this first issue made me remember that two villains I was and still am a bit fatigued with, The Time Trapper and Superboy Prime, are the main baddies. And that this was as packed an issue as I have read in a while. Between many small inset panels and significant dialogue, this felt like two issues in one. I wonder why DC didn't just make this a 6 issue mini instead of a 5. As such, I felt like Johns put so much into this set-up that I was frazzled at the end.

Enough prologue. Be prepared! Onto the book!