Thursday, November 14, 2019

Reboot: The Legion #5

The Legion #5 (April 2002)
title: "Credo"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Peter Snejbjerg
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Invisible Kid, Saturn Girl, Spark, Wildfire

Guests: 
Enkenet, The Kwai (named: Leos), the Progeny and other refugees

Opponents: 
The Credo (named: Brek, Herros, Kusp, Ngangan, Nox, Rayl), Singularity

Recap: 
A small Legion team has gone to Kwai-Space (where the Legion was Lost for a year) to get help from Shikari's people the Kwai...

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Who's Who: Warden Tsaquin

Warden Tsaquin
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: J'ss Toor-Tsaquin
Super-Power(s): None, unless you count 360 vision
Planet of Origin: Kaffar
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #15

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #15 (May 1990)
title: "Nightmares"
co-plot: Alan Grant and Barry Kitson
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Garryn Beck was leading a mission into deep space when his crew encountered a strange emerald eye. The eye formed some sort of telepathic link to Bek and he was unable to gain control over the eye or his own thoughts. By the time he arrived back at L.E.G.I.O.N. headquaters, his mind had become unbalanced. He demanded to see Dox, apparently intending to kill him. The team was unable to stop Bek or the eye, but when he finally found Dox, Bek merely collapsed to his knees in tears and began begging him for help.

Monday, November 11, 2019

LSH (v8) #1

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (January 2020)
title: "The Legion of Super-Heroes!"
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook
inker: Ryan Sook and Wade Von Grawbadger
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Ryan Sook and Jim Cheung & Romulo Fajardo, Jr (variants)

reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage, with Jason "Anachronistic Kid" Knol and Siskoid

Mission Monitor Board: 
There is no "let's introduce ourselves" scene so we'll mention only the members who are clearly identifiable, or who identify themselves: Superboy, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Brainiac 5; Karate Kid, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, Star Boy (who doesn't introduce himself, but who is called out by name by Karate Kid); in the last "group shot", I count 31 members.

Opponents:
Mordru, the Horraz, time-travel overwhelmingness, badly plotted stories

Friday, November 8, 2019

Legion Cameos: Adventure Comics #205

Adventure Comics #205 (October 1954)
“The Journey of the Second Superboy”
Writer: Bill Finger
Penciller: Curt Swan
Inker: Sy Barry
Editor: Mort Weisinger
Cover: Curt Swan & Sy Barry
Reviewer: Emsley "Ultra Fan" Wyatt

Guests: Ma and Pa Kent, Kral from Titan

Opponent(s): Kral from Titan?

Editor's Note: Here is another installment of the series of reviews we call "Legion Cameos." These are stories were the Legion or certain Legionnaires play a small but usually significant role in the proceedings. This time out we're going waaay back to before the Legion was even created. Read on!

As everyone here knows (or at least should) the first Legion story “The Legion of Super Heroes” appeared in Adventure Comics #247 published in April 1958.  So why am I reviewing a story published almost four years earlier?  Well, I kind of think of this story as, to steal a word coined by Isaac Asimov, the “Zeroth” Legion story.  You’ll see why as the story develops.

First, the cover:
So the Kents find another space rocket with another boy inside.  Wow, what a coincidence!

The first page is a full page “splash panel” showing Superboy and the boy from the cover flying through the sky.  Also, there’s some dialog that echoes the “Look. Up in the sky” opening narration of the 50’s Superman television series.  There’s also a narrative box cleverly disguised as a billboard on the roof of a building.  “Is SUPERBOY the only youngster who can fly?  Is he the only one on Earth with super-powers?  The answer—NO.  For out of trackless space comes a rocket, bearing another youngster with amazing powers—a youngster who combines his powers with SUPERBOY’S and helps him battle crime!  How did this all come about?  Read…The JOURNEY of the SECOND SUPERBOY!”

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Reboot: The Legion #4

The Legion #4 (March 2002)
title: "Moon Rise"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Gear, Kid Quantum II, Invisible Kid, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Cill, Kinetix, the Kwai, R.J. Brande; Carggite, Winathian and Vyrgan prisoners

Opponents: 
Darren, Leland McCauley/Ra's al Ghul, Mr. Venge, Robotica; McCauley employees, Science Police

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Who's Who: Vibrex

Vibrex
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Dist Vetkoh
Super-Power(s): Vibration projection
Planet of Origin: Jupiter
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #14

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #14 (April 1990)
title: "The Sound of Silence"
co-plot: Alan Grant and Barry Kitson
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Garryn Beck was leading a mission into deep space when his crew encountered a strange emerald eye. The eye formed some sort of telepathic link to Bek and began reacting instinctively to his tiniest thought, even when Bek was sleeping. The situation quickly grew serious after the eye killed several of the crew. Bek was unable to gain control over the eye or his own thoughts and things continued to spiral out of control until everyone on board except him was dead. By the time he arrived back at L.E.G.I.O.N. headquaters, his mind had become unbalanced. He demanded to see Dox, apparently intending to kill him. The team was unable to stop Bek or the eye, but when he finally found Dox, Bek merely collapsed to his knees in tears and began begging him for help.

Monday, November 4, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Saturn Girl (DC Direct 2001)




The final founding member of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Hailing from the world of Titan, one of the most talented telepaths among a race of powerful mentalists, and ultimately the bride to be of fellow Legionnaire Lightning Lad, it's Imra Ardeen a.k.a. Saturn Girl!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Legion Cameos: Superman #165


SUPERMAN #165 
(Nov. 1963) “Beauty and the Super-Beast”
Writer: Robert Bernstein
Penciller: Curt Swan
Inker: George Klein
Editor: Mort Weisinger
Cover: Curt Swan & George Klein 
Reviewer: Emsley "Ultra Fan" Wyatt

Guests: Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Krypto

Opponents:  "Circe," Superman Revenge Squad

Editor's Note: Here is another installment of the series of reviews we call "Legion Cameos." These are stories were the Legion or certain Legionnaires play a small but usually significant role in the proceedings. This time out we're looking at the infamous "Lion-Head Superman" story. Did you know the Legion was involved in this adventure? 

First, the cover: 
Superman magically changed into a lion.  Pretty cool, eh?  And then you get the “splash” page where Circe is making Superman juggle balls while flying upside-down. What's not to like? 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Reboot: The Legion #3

The Legion #3 (February 2002)
title: "Legion World"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
seps for Guide: Richard and Tanya Horie
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gear, Kid Quantum, Invisible Kid, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire; in Guide to the DC Universe 2001-2002 Secret Files and Origins only: Star Boy, XS; cameos in both: Apparition, Ferro, Gates, Karate Kid

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, R.J. Brande; in Guide only: Trudy Trusoe

Opponents: 
Interdimensional wyrms, Leland McCauley/Ra's al Ghul, Lightning Lord, Mr. Venge; in Guide only: Abyss, Brainstorm, Repulse, Robotica, Twine

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Who's Who: Ambassador Yeasmir

Ambassador Yeasmir
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Yeasmir
Super-Power(s): Teleportation, Super-negotiations
Planet of Origin: Gil'Dishpan
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #13

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #13 (March 1990)
title: "Deceptions"
script: Alan Grant/Barry Kitson (Co-plot)
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: After being raped and murdered by Stealth, Vril Dox was successfully cloned with his original memories intact. Upon seeing how well Lyrissa had been doing in organizing and strengthening L.E.G.I.O.N., he told her he planned to let her maintain control. He was also confronted by Stealth, who had returned to normal and been accepted back on the team by everyone. When she told him that she was pregnant, he insisted that the only logical option was for her to have an abortion, which she angrily rejected. Meanwhile, Garryn Beck was leading a mission into deep space and encountered a strange emerald eye. It somehow imprinted itself onto Bek's mind and reacted instinctively to his thoughts, even when he was sleeping. The situation spiraled out of control until every crewman that had accompanied him was dead.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Karate Kid #13


Karate Kid #13 
"Tomorrow's Battle....Yesterday!"
script by Bob Rozakis
art by Juan Ortiz and Bob McLeod
lettered by Milt Snapinn
colored by Anthony Tollin
edited by Al Milgrom
cover by Rich Buckler (penciller) and Bob McLeod (inker)
cover date: Apr/May 1978
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

This issue picks up directly from where we ended last issue, which if you are paying attention means that poor old Karate Kid hasn't had a break in three issues! If you recall, *last* issue picked up directly from where #11 ended, and that was when Karate Kid time-bubbled himself back to 1977 and was promptly snatched up by Major Disaster and his secret ally! So Karate Kid's current adventure has been continuing for more than three issues without a break!

If you're just now joining us in the time stream, though, Karate Kid has somehow found himself back in Superboy's Smallville. Although he is confused about the whys and wherefores, he believes that he is facing off against a fake Superboy. As the victim of Major Disaster's manipulations more times than we care to count, the Kid thinks that the Superboy he faced last issue and is currently wrestling with when this issue opens is either a. a robot or b. a replica of some sort. (What, no thought that he might be an alternate universe Superboy?) Suddenly added to the mix: a Legion of Super-Heroes mission team who does not recognize Karate Kid as a member! He therefore thinks that they, too, are fakes. And that is all you need to know....!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Who Drew It Better: Tales vs Baxter 11-15


By Siskoid and Russell
Continuing our series comparing the covers of the Baxter version of The Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) and their reprints approximately one year later in Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The stories inside were exactly the same, but each issue had a unique cover.

So we bring up the age-old question: Who drew the better cover?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Reboot: The Legion #2

The Legion #2 (January 2002)
title: "Fight or Flight"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy (silhouette, presumably), Kid Quantum, Invisible Kid (behind the scenes), M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine (behind the scenes), Science Police

Opponents: 
Abyss, Amelia Crugg (corpse), Brainstorm, Leland McCauley (corpse and impostor), Mr. Venge, Repulse, Twine

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Who's Who: U.P. Ambassador Relnic

U.P. Ambassador Relnic
by Russell & Siskoid


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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #12

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #12 (February 1990)
title: "Alone Again, or..."
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it, and uniting the police force into his own army, before being murdered by Stealth. She was apparently "in heat" as is typical of her race. Meanwhile, Garryn Bek and his wife successfully cloned Dox and brought him back to life with his memories intact. After he defeated an angry Lobo, he resumed control of l.E.G.I.O.N. but left most of its day-to-day handling up to Lyrissa.

Monday, October 21, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Lightning Lad (DC Direct 2001)



One of the 3 founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, instrumental in helping two other super powered teenagers foil the assassination of philanthropist R.J. Brande! Born on the agricultural world of Winath! Empowered with the electrical energy of the lightning beasts of planet Korbal!  The man who fought the Super Moby-Dick of space and lived to tell the tale, Garth Ranzz a.k.a. Lightning Lad!

Friday, October 18, 2019

'Fridays With Anj' Sabbatical


Since the inception of this blog, I have manned Fridays.

From 5YL to the Threeboot to the New 52 titles to the later newsstand Levitz/Giffen issues to mini-series and now the rebooted Adventure Comics, I have been there doing my breakdowns and reviews.

And throughout I have had a truly fantastic time. It has been great to reread these books and put together critiques. It has been great to interact with so many Legion fans.

I truly believe, despite blogging for over ten years about comics, I honestly feel that my breakdowns of the 5YL issues is my high point of reviews.






Unfortunately, every so often, life comes at you hard and fast.

I am in a sort of tumultuous time in my life and I need to sort of pare down on stuff so I can concentrate on keeping myself together.

So, for the time being, I am going to have to step away from this blog for a little bit.

NOT FOREVER!

I have made too many friends and love doing this too much to walk away for good.

But until things calm down a bit, I'll be here as a reader and not a writer.

Thanks to everyone who read my long reviews and left a comment.

And with a new book around the corner, there is no better time to be a Legion fan.

Long Live The Legion!

Talk to you all soon!


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reboot: The Legion #1

The Legion #1 (December 2001)
title: "No Place Like Home"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Element Lad (statue),  Gates (statue), Kid Quantum, Live Wire (statue), M'Onel, Monstress (statue), Saturn Girl, Shikari, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
Abyss, Brainstorm, Repulse, Twine; citizens of Metropolis (named: Dnya Brynden, Tam Pammeer, Urla Doyal), media (named: Trudy, Vigo), Science Police

Opponents: 
Corvan IV terrorists (named: Izzard, Kreance, Vanquo), Leland McCauley, Mr. Venge

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Who's Who: U.P. Ambassador Jeryl

U.P. Ambassador Jeryl
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Aplynn Jeryl
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Arctoraan
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #11

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #11 (January 1990)
title: "Power Play"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it, Stealth began exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior that culminated in her raping and murdering Dox. Lyrissa stepped up to take over the army he had united to direct it to noble goals. She also had Garryn Bek and his estranged wife clone Dox, who awoke with his memories intact to find an angry Lobo. After a long battle, Dox is able to defeat Lobo


The Computer Tyrants of Colu stand before the sun of Talok VIII in their humanoid form, using the solar energy to restore themselves to full power. They return to the planet with every expectation that the people will eventually need them and bow before them. Meanwhile Garryh Beck is leading a mission to the planet Rishta, which has never had extracharasterial contact before. He fears they could damage it culturally but Dox thought such a planet could use their help more than any advanced world. Bek has discovered a mysterious ship above the planet Rishta and his crew go to investigate. Back on Cairn, Stealth is watching Phase exercise when Dox surprises her.

At the same time, Bek has had an interesting encounter on the abandoned ship with a strange eye that longtime Legion fans may recognize.



A Khunds ship orbits Talok VIII and is surprised to find they have been targeted by the Tyrants. They try evasive maneuvers but it does not work. Because they have a nonaggression pact, they do not expect the Computer Tyrants' attack.




The Tyrants return to Talok and their chief pawn is excited to see their planet had been defended. But the Tyrants tell him that the Khunds came in peace and that he murdered them. He finally realizes the Tyrants are not the hero he believed them to be.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Sarcasm Kid's NYCC 2019 Legion Sketches and Commissions


Another year, another New York Comic Con has come and gone. Only this time I actually have commissions to share with Super Bloggers. Last year I chose to do a DC hiatus at the end of the convention, simply because Heroes in Crisis #1 left me so disgusted I didn't have the energy to even look at anything DC related.

The first day of this year's con didn't start out well for me. It was miserable and raining, and one of my bags broke on the way to the Javits Center so I had to carry it around in my arms. I brought too much reference material with me so I had a hard time deciding which artist to visit first and got immediately overwhelmed. One highlight at least was me snagging a bunch of the new Legion flight rings they gave away at the Retailers Breakfast thing I had to attend for my boss at the comic store.

The second day was much more enjoyable and less stressful. I got plenty of signatures and was able to meet up with some people to talk and chat, including Colleen Doran and Gail Simone.

The last day was fun too, and I finally got to meet my friend Ariel from tumblr (though we only hung for a few minutes). The one downside was Joe Prado telling me my three commissions weren't finished yet, and I'll have to wait til January when he gets free time to work on them. However, Joe did offer to do something extra for me as a gift so that's cool.

With that said, let's finally move on to the commissions!

Friday, October 11, 2019

"The Alien Among Us!"

In the early Seventies DC Comics self-published a bi-monthly "fan magazine" called The Amazing World of DC Comics. It featured histories and interviews, similar to The Comics Journal or Wizard but with a distinct DC "house" slant. Issues were dedicated to the Justice League, Shazam, Wonder Woman, and perhaps most famously, the Legion of Super-Heroes. 

TAWoDCC #12, dated August 1976, was a follow-up to the Legion-centric issue, this time about all of DC's "future" and science fiction series. As part of the theme, an eleven paged sci-fi horror story by Mike Grell was published. In the interview with Grell in that same issue (which we re-published here) Mike says that the story was the second work assignment ever given him by DC (the first was an Aquaman back-up that appeared in Adventure Comics #435) and that this story was originally intended for Weird War Tales (a series that DC published from 1971 to 1983). No reason was given for why it was not published in that book at that time. Oddly enough, it was eventually published in that book two years later (!) in Weird War Tales #67 (Sept 1978). 

I recently found my copy of The Amazing World of DC Comics #12 and re-read this story. I thought other Mike Grell fans would get a kick out of it, so here it is in all its 1974 black and white goodness. Enjoy! 



Thursday, October 10, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #6

Legion Worlds #6 (November 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Rimbor"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Kilian Plunkett
title: "A Moment Here"
writers: Dan Abnet
penciller: Mike McKone
inker: Marlo Alquiza
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Cosmic Boy, Ferro, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kinetix, M'Onel, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Violet, XS; statue: Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Element Lad, ERG-1, Gates, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Ultra Boy (also as flashback/voice), Umbra

Guests: 
Apparition's child, Emerald Dragon Gang, Magno, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Timber Wolf, Wolf Gang (named: Crody, Hubble, Mash, Race, Rn'drr)

Opponents: 
Jinx-Dog, Jo Nah's mother, Kuga, Leland McCauley, Mr. Venge, Swool, Venom Gang, Wimena Wazzo, Xoth

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who's Who: The Unkillables

The Unkillables
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Various; see below
Super-Power(s): Advanced strength
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #10

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #9 (December 1989)
title: "Internal Affairs"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it, but then Stealth began exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior that culminated in her raping and murdering Dox. Lyrissa steps up to take over the army he had united and tries to direct it to noble goals. While Garryn Bek works with his estranged wife, Marij'n Bek, to clone Vril Dox, the Durlan disappears and is replaced by a mysterious woman who can phase through walls. Bek tries to capture her but he mistakenly frees Lobo, who then tries to destroy Dox's cloning chamber.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Millenium: Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millenium #2 (Dec 2019)
title: "...And Then"
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
credited on the cover (but not in the issue): 
Scott, Cheung, Dekal, Sook, Morey, Bellaire
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Ivan Reis/Joe Prado (variant)

reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Thirty-two members if I counted correctly (not counting the triplets individually). I didn't notice a Dr. Fate type character appearing before. And there is a Dr. Phosphorus type character in the rear on the left as well. And Invisible Kid seems to be a member, although we don't (ahem) see him.
Opponent:
Time-travel glitches, stupid human decisions that lead to Great Disasters, stupid corporate decisions that lead to $4.99 comic books not being worth the price of admission

Summary: 
Rose and the Thorn, a Bronze Age Superman Family character, is jumping through different time periods until she arrives on the day the Legion of Super-Heroes has formed. She asks for their help. The end. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #523


Adventure Comics #523 is a turning point in the Adventure Comics Legion relaunch. After months of New Krypton crossovers then months of flashbacks and then months of adjunct storytelling to the main book, the title morphs into a Legion Academy book. 

The Academy had always been, for me, an untapped Legion aspect. We occasionally would get an issue looking at the school (Legion of Super-Heroes #304 one of my favorite issues ever). But what happens on a day to day basis there? What classes do they take? Do they have down time? So having Adventure really scrutinize the Academy and the students thrilled me.

It also helps that writer Paul Levitz gets Phil Jimenez to come on board as a co-creator on the book. Jimenez is a well-known Legion fan so my guess is this was something of a dream project. I especially like that Jimenez got to play with some of the older Legion characters again, Night Girl, Duo Damsel, and Bouncing Boy.

But the draw here are the Academy students. These are, for the most part, new characters. Additions to the expansive Legion continuity is always welcomed!

On to the book.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #5

Legion Worlds #5 (October 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Steeple"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Steve Dillon
inkers: Klaus Janson & John Stanisei
title: "Executive Action"
writers: Dan Abnett
artist: Jamie Tolagson
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Ferro, Karate Kid, M'Onel

Guests: 
Abyss, Brainstorm, Pashassi-Master Sorcsis, Repulse, Twine; Halpashar, space-port crew

Opponents: 
Bronto, Cortex, Emerita, Gangster, Mr. Venge, Nadir, Pollen, Razorsoul

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Who's Who: Uli Algor

Uli Algor
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Uli Algor
Super-Power(s): None; advanced technological weapons
Planet of Origin: Skor
Relationship to Legion: Adversary

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #9

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #9 (October 1989)
title: "Second Chances"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Glenn Whitmore
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Phase, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Recap: Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it and uniting its police force into his new Army. Stealth began exhibiting increasingly bizarre and violent behavior that culminated in her raping and murdering Dox. Strata convinces Lyrissa that despite their differences from Dox, his goal was a good one and his new army could be used for good. She steps up and assumes leadership in Dox's place. Meanwhile, she has Garryn Bek working with his estranged wife, Mari'n Bek, to clone Vril Dox.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Action Comics #863


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Action Comics #863
Title: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Part 6 of 6 - Sun Rise
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Gary Frank
Inker: Jon Sibal
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Editors: Nachie Castro and Matt Idelson
Executive Editor: Gary Frank
Reviewer: Jude Deluca a.k.a. Sarcasm Kid

PREVIOUSLY: With the universe on the brink of war and the Legion scrambling to stop the Justice League of Earth, the Legion of Substitute Heroes are finally called into action as the Legion's wild card. While the Subs invade the JLE's satellite looking to avenge their fallen comrades, Superman and the Legionnaires finally discover most of their missing team-mates held in Earth-Man's stasis chambers. Brainiac 5 tries to free Sun Boy, but Earth-Man gets the drop on Colossal Boy and Superman. It finally comes down to Superman and Earth-Man for the fate of the Legion, the Earth, the universe, and the 31st Century.

And so we finally reach the end of this arc. We finally get the big showdown between Superman and the wannabe Nazi who has usurped his symbol for a petty grudge against the Legionnaires.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #522


In late 2010, the Legion of Super-Heroes had 2 books on the shelves.

Adventure Comics had been resurrected into an interesting Legion side book. I recently reviewed the initial part of the run which was a sort of flashback book, updating some important pieces of the earliest days of the Legion. Coming up the book will become a Legion Academy book.

Adventure Comics #522 was, like last issue, an adjunct book for the main Legion title. So events there are bolstered or replayed here. It is interesting. While the main book was dealing with a Durlan secret invasion, here we are concentrating on Saturn Queen and her impending LSV.

Paul Levitz does a decent job of making this feel like its own book while referencing enough of the other events to make it feel like a unified property. Geraldo Borges is again on art and brings his solid work the the proceedings. The most striking art is the cover by Scott Clark, a cheesecake cover of some of the female Legionnaires. They all seem a bit too thin for bendy ... but I suppose that is what much of cheesecake is.

For me, this whole LSV plotline with the blue baby Dharma never really clicked. But this whole book around this time was pretty rough going.

Onto the book.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #4

Legion Worlds #4 (September 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Xanthu"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Duncan Rouleau
inker: Jaime Mendoza
lettering: Comicraft
title: "War Makes Us Weapons"
writers: Dan Abnett
penciller: Rick Leonardi

inker: Al Williamson
lettering: Kurt-Hathaway
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Star Boy, XS; flashback cameos: Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Atmos, Dreamer, Insect Queen, Jork, Q'Bahl, Sulis; Khunds, Xanthusians

Opponents: 
Robotica; flashback cameo: Progenitor

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Who's Who: Tusker

Tusker
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Horace Lafeaugh
Super-Power(s): Extending tusks
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Would-be Ally, now Adversary

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #8

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #8 (September 1989)
title: "Don't Look Back"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Opponents: Themselves

Recap: Vril Dox has used clones of Lobo to conquer the Planet Cairn and unite iys police force into his new Army. Meanwhile, Stealth exhibited increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. After killing two men, she severely beat Dox and appeared intent on raping him.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Superman #15

Superman #15 (November 2019)
title: "The Unity Saga: The House of El: The Conclusion: Part Two"
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ivan Reis
inker: Joe Prado & Oclair Albert
colorist: Alex Sinclair
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Jessica Chen
editor: Mike Cotton
group editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ivan Reis/Joe Prado and Alex Sinclair (main); Adam Hughes (variant)

reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage, Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane, and Jude "Sarcasm Kid" Deluca

Mission Monitor Board: 
Twenty-eight members (not counting the triplets individually) appear in this issue, but the only ones specifically called out are Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5. Identified via earlier appearances in Legion: Millennium #1 are Lightning Lad, Princess Projectra, and Shrinking Violet. Based on the character designs shown, the following 18 members can be reasonably assumed to be this iteration's versions of Blok, Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Element Lad, Karate Kid, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy, and Wildfire. (see below for details). That leaves six characters unidentified.

Opponents:
Galactic animosity, time-travel glitches, stupid corporate decisions