Monday, September 16, 2019

Legion of Superheroes S02 E11: In Your Dreams

"In Your Dreams" was directed by Brandon Vietti and written by Stan Berkowitz.

Original airdate: March 22, 2008.

Mission Monitor Board: Brainiac 5, Dream Girl, Lightning Lad, Star Boy, and Timber Wolf.

Opponents: The Dark Circle

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Friday, September 13, 2019

Just For The Grell Of It

While cleaning up my study I came across my old collection of The Amazing World of DC Comics from the early 1970s. There is an awful lot of general nostalgia there, but we're here to talk about issue #12 (July/Aug 1976) in particular.

As you can see from the cover, this issue spotlights DC sci-fi comics. For fans of the Legion of Super-Heroes, this issue includes a four page interview with then-Legion artist Mike Grell.

t the time of this interview Mike had been on Superboy/Legion for approximately two years, and was soon to be leaving it. (There is an ad in the issue for Superboy/Legion #221, which is two issues away from Grell's last story). He had just started his stint on Green Lantern/Green Arrow and The Warlord was on issue #5.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #2

Legion Worlds #2 (July 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Winath"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Enrique Breccia
lettering: Comicraft
title: "A Change in Climate"
writer: Dan Abnett
art and lettering: Darwyn Cooke
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Spark; flashback elements: Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Kinetix, Live Wire, Saturn Girl

Guests: 
Begz family, Blane and Syra Gulz, Kirth and Dalya Ranzz, Lylia Ranzz, Mekt Ranzz; Science Police, Slo-boat crew

Opponents: 
Millhaven Farming Collective (named: Kalin Gulz and his brother)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Who's Who: Tseln

Tseln
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Tseln
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Thaun
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #6

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #6 (July 1989)
title: "Heroes...and Villains!"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

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

Their Opponent: Kanis-Biz

Recap: Upon learning that Vril has sent Lobo to kill Kanis-Biz, drug lord and father to Garryn Bek, the team travels to Cairn to stop him. Vril has mislead his companions though, and actually travels with Lobo to Cairn to take over the corrupt police force of Zalman City.

Monday, September 9, 2019

LSH: Millenium 1



Ever since it was announced that DC was going to publish a NEW Legion of Super-Heroes book (its eighth, by our count) we here at the Legion of Super-Bloggers have dealt with several conflicting emotions. Happiness, of course, that our favorite future group was returning. Trepidation, of course, wondering who/what would be THIS particular Legion. Anxiety, of course, on whether DC would or could do the Legion "right."

With the recent publication of Superman #14, Supergirl #33, and Legion of Super-Heroes Millenium #1, *some* of the answers to our questions are being answered. Join us today as we take a quick Triplicate Girl-level look of these three comics!

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Road to Legion

As a special preview of The Legion of Super-Heroes: Millenium #1 (on sale now) the LSB presents the back-pages of that comic, seven pages of text and behind-the-scenes art to help whet your whistle for the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #1

Legion Worlds #1 (June 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Earth"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Yvel Guichet
inker: Dexter Vines
title: "The Earth Spins"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Yvel Guichet
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Kinetix, M'Onel, Triad; memorial statues and/or news footage: Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, ERG-1, Ferro, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Thunder, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, XS

Guests: 
Dewar, Dr. Gale, Publind Gdook, Shvaughn Erin, Trudy Trusoe, Vigo Toosalembli; Science Police, news footage: Abyss, Brainstorm, Repulse

Opponents: 
Leland McCauley, Mr. Venge, Robotica, Tharok; news footage: Blight, Emerald Eye, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Validus

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Who's Who: Teachers of Sorcerers' World

Teachers of Sorcerers' World
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Master Star, no others named
Super-Power(s): Magic
Planet of Origin: Various, base of operations on Zerox
Relationship to Legion: Mentors to White Witch

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #5

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #5 (June 1989)
title: "The Secret Diary of Garryn Bek"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

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

Their Opponent: 

Recap: After escaping from the Starlog prison, Vril Dox tricked his companions into helping to free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. Disgusted with Dox's manipulation, Lyrissa Mallor and Garryn Bek depart the planet, but Bek's poor piloting results in him striking and killing a space dolphin. Lyrissa realizes that the space dolphins share a special bond with the intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo, and is aware of the danger this places them in. They return to Colu to seek Vril Dox's help against Lobo. However, when Lobo arrives at Colu to seek revenge, he appears able to easily defeat our heroes. In fact, he is on the brink of defeating them when Vril makes him an offer.

Monday, September 2, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Cosmic Boy (DC Direct 2001)



We've finally made it to the final stretch! From here on out, we'll be looking at the earliest figures in the series, focusing on the founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes! To start, coming from the planet Braal, with the ability to generate magnetic fields, the magno-ball champion himself, rocking the pink like it's 1999 even though he's from the far-flung 31st Century, Rokk Krinn a.k.a. Cosmic Boy!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #520


I am sort of sad to see this run of Legion of Super-Heroes come to an end in Adventure Comics #520. I don't need a primer on the Legion but it certainly has been fun to see the Legionnaires in their youth, in their Silver Age costumes, and learning hard lessons on being heroes in the 30th century.

Much of this run has been focused on the Legion 'growing up' ... moving from curiosity, to questionable ally of the Science Police, to adjunct to the SciPo, to finally mourners as one of their own has fallen in battle. And, I have liked how we have seen those changes through the eyes of Saturn Girl who has had to do some growing of her own. She has gone from shy girl with low confidence to weary warrior in a short time and doing that while making some dubious decisions about the use of her powers. Imra has always been a rock in the foundation of the LSH, certainly a perfect counter-balance to Lightning Lad's irascible nature.

Paul Levitz shines here, building on definite moments in the Legion's history without leaving new readers behind. And Kevin Sharpe's art works well, showcasing a young Legion. Onwards!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #12

Legion Lost #12 (April 2001)
title: "First & Last"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
special thanks: Pascal Alixe and Martin Griffiths
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress (flashback), Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Opponents: 
Omniphagos, Progenitor (Element Lad), Progeny

Recap: 
The lost Legion has encountered the Progenitor and it is Element Lad, who has gone insane living through the birth of the universe and becoming an amoral god to a whole galaxy. He has a portal to get the Legion home, but plans to take the Omniphagos through and let it eat everything so he can start over. And he's just disintegrated Monstress...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Who's Who: Taurus Gang

Taurus Gang
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Group consisting of Black Mace, Mystelor, Quanto, Rogarth, and Shagrek
Super-Power(s): Power (see individual listings below)
Planets of Origin: Various 
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #4

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #4 (May 1989)
title: "How to Win Friends and Influence People!"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

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

Their Opponent: Lobo

Recap: After escaping from the Starlog prison, Vril Dox tricked his companions into helping free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. But now their society is in chaos as the Coluans experience free will for the first time. Disgusted with Dox's constant manipulation, Lyrissa Mallor and Garryn Bek depart the planet, but Bek's poor piloting results in him striking and killing a space dolphin. Lyrissa understands the danger this has placed them and the duo return to Colu to seek help from Dox. She realizes that the space dolphins share a special bond with the intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Legion Homages: "Hit Squad of Super-Teens"

Next on our round tour of Legion homages, parodies, and knock offs we'll be taking an in-depth look at the only time the old Wildstorm Comics imprint sought to feature their own Legion, way back in The Authority #27 by Mark Millar and Art Adams.


Don't hold your breath, because they appear for about all of three pages before they're totally decimated and killed off. In fact, their appearance was so brief that they aren't even mentioned in the online summaries, which makes sense since they aren't the main plot or subplot of the issue. They're just the opening act to showcase what the main villains are capable of.

Still, one has to admire is how the artist, Art Adams, went out of his way to give the majority of these guys interesting and unique character designs instead of mainly rehashing the Legionnaires' looks.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #519


Adventure Comics #519 continued the title's retrospective love-fest of all things Legion. It has been a lot of fun to go back and read these stories and see a very young Legion in their earliest adventures. You can really sense how they are unsure of just who they are and what their role is in the galaxy. They are learning on the job as they jump into one dangerous situation after another; they are struggling a bit, stretching their capabilities as they try to do what's right. For someone who started reading these characters way back in the Grell days, it is refreshing to see them in these greener days. They haven't been scarred yet by death or deception or danger; they are fresh-faced.

One thing that I like about this title, and this issue, is the running theme on these young heroes making checklists of things they hope to accomplish. From (in this run of Adventure's earlier Superboy stories) Conner's 'what did Superman do?' list to Clark's list of things he never has been able to do like play baseball  without holding back to here - Brainiac 5's list of what to do in the 20th century. It is such a tradition ... adolescents making lists as they try to figure out who they are. To see that activity from the viewpoint of these young heroes is a nice little literary hook.

It is also pretty cool to be revisiting these 'early adventures' when a new Legion book is right around the corner.

On to the story by Paul Levitz and Eddie Pansica.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #11

Legion Lost #11 (March 2001)
title: "One Billion Years of Solitude"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Element Lad (flashback), Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Opponents: 
Omniphagos, Progenitor, Progeny

Recap: 
Several Legionnaires have been lost in a spatial rift, winding up in an unknown part of the universe. The first to wake up was Element Lad, but he had to leave his friends behind in stasis to find a way home. They woke up to find him gone. Now, captured by the xenophobic Progeny and brought before their leader, the Legionnaires are shocked to find the Progenitor is none other than Element Lad...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Who's Who: Starlight and Starbright

Starlight and Starbright
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Unknown
Super-Power(s): Both sisters can fly and are super-strong; Starlight shoots black light beams of destruction; Starbright drains the energy of her antagonist via her "star shield." 
Planet of Origin: Unknown; found by Starfinger II in the desert of Mars
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #3

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #3 (April 1989)
title: "How to Win Friends and Influence People!"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mike DeCarlo
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

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

Their Opponent: The Computer Tyrants of Colu

Recap: After escaping from the Starlag prison during the Invasion! series, Vril Dox manipulated his fellow escapees into helping him free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. While successful, Vril fears how the almost childlike Coluans will react to having free will for the first time in their lives.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Karate Kid #12


Karate Kid #12 
"The 'Time' of Your Death!"
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 Jack Abel (inker)
cover date: Feb/March 1978
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

Well even though this issue starts, literally one moment after the end of last issue, we are in a very different 1977 New York City, folks. Not only do we have a new cover logo (did you notice?) but we have a brand new creative team. New writer Bob Rozakis kicks the story off with a bang, and new artists Juan Ortiz and Bob McLeod hand in a more-than-capable job. The cover this time is by Rich Buckler, who was doing a lot of DC covers at around this time.

Clearly DC was trying to sell this book as a super-hero book and not as a karate or kung-fu tie-in. And you know what? It worked, because this is the first issue of Karate Kid that I actually bought off the stands!  I got it because of the Legion and because of the art inside.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #518


Adventure Comics #518, written by Paul Levitz with art by Kevin Sharpe, continues to turn back the clock and look at the earliest stories of  Superboy and the Legion.

As I have said in prior reviews of the title, it is an interesting concept for a number of reasons. I think one of the major problems with any Legion reboot is the fear of isolating or offending the continuity-rabid older fan base of the characters. This title's concept is probably heaven-sent for that crowd, allowing the more seasoned Legion lovers to enjoy a look backwards. But this title also allows Paul Levitz to further define and refine this early period of the team while, in essence, teaching any new Legion fans what the team was all about back in the day. We haven't seen any frank re-telling of Legion stories but we have danced around some of the big events in Legion Lore. And outside of, in my opinion, one major gaffe (having Saturn Girl sleep with Cos and then mind wipe him in #517), it has accomplished those goals nicely.

For newer fans, this book also helps to build a foundation for the team which has a lot of history to cover. And it allows the reader the ability to look at a character closely from where they have been (in Adventure) and where they are now (in the Legion main book). Certainly the Saturn Girl in the main book is different than the one here, so contrasting those portrayals helps the reader see just how much these characters have grown.

My one concern as an older fan as I read this book is that I may not appreciate the context of the story if indeed it is meant to embellish a sliver of the Silver Age. I consider myself a huge Legion fan but my knowledge of their earliest history is okay ... not encyclopedic. And as a result, newer fans might be struggling more.

On to the story!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #10

Legion Lost #10 (February 2001)
title: "Rosette"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Element Lad (image), Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Opponents: 
Progenitor, Progeny

Recap: 
A team of Legionnaires is lost in a remote part of space, and perhaps time, having slept in stasis thanks to the intervention of the since-missing Element Lad. They've been on the run from the xenophobic Progeny ever since, but now the Progeny fleet has caught up to them...


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Who's Who: Starburst Bandits

Starburst Bandits
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: No individual names ever given
Super-Power(s): Bursts of stellar energy from their palms
Planet of Origin: Unknown
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #2

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #2 (March 1989)
title: "So You Want to be a Despot?"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mike DeCarlo
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

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

Their Opponent: The Computer Tyrants of Colu

Recap: After escaping from the Starlag prison during the Invasion! series, Vril Dox has tricked his fellow escapees into attempting to free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. Their attempt appears to have failed after they are seemingly killed in an explosion.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #12

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #12 
(April 2008
title: Lone Wolf
writer: Matthew K. Manning
artist: Ethen Beavers
letterer: Sol Cirpiano
colorist: Heroic Age
editor: Jeanine Shaefer
cover art: Alexandra Serra

Mission Monitor Board: Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl, and Timber Wolf

Cameos: Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, and Superman.


Villains: Random bad guys


Friday, August 9, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #517


I wish I had a better sense for the overall response to the Adventure Comics reboot back in 2010. The comic had become a sort of flashback title for the Legion, looking back at the earliest days of the team, trying to rebuild and refine the group's history.

Who was this title's demographic? Old timers like me, hoping to rekindle our passion for the team, while updating the early part of their timeline? New Legion readers, who may be having a hard time grasping the current title and might need this book to build up a back story? Both?

The comic market has barely been able to sustain any Legion book for the better part of 2 decades. Could it sustain 2 books? And did having two titles at two different points in time make it more confusing for new readers? I suppose there are a ton of X-books out there at different times so maybe I am overthinking things.

As for me, I am enjoying this reread more than I thought I would. I feared that this book might end up reading like straight reprints of stories I had already read. What Paul Levitz was doing was adding nuance to well traveled Legion stories and themes, bringing new perspective for the older Legion readers while building a history for the newer readers. In some ways it reminds me of Geoff Johns and his ability to reintroduce Silver Age elements to the Superman mythos while updating them enough to feel fresh.

Adventure Comics # 517 continues that 'best of both worlds' feel, bringing us one of the earliest Legion adventures back when the team consisted of only the original three, but adding some characterization to Saturn Girl.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #9

Legion Lost #9 (January 2001)
title: "Lost & Alone"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Pascale Alixe
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
The Barontyk, the Dr'pp'rr, the Sumal

Opponents: 
Progeny

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Who's Who: Sklarian Raiders

Sklarian Raiders
by Russell & Siskoid


Planet of Origin: Sklar
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #1

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #1 (February 1989)
title: "Homecoming"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mike DeCarlo
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

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

Their Opponent: The Computer Tyrants of Colu

Recap: During the three part Invasion! series, a coalition of alien races invaded Earth. Humanity was deemed too dangerous because of the meta-gene that gave them the propensity to develop superpowers. Dissenters and other aliens were being held by the coalition at Starlag, but the Coluan prisoner Vril Dox and the Omega Men led a revolt at the prison. As the first issue of L.E.G.I.O.N. opens a ship full of surviving escapees from Starlag has arrived at the planet Colu seemingly to return Vril Dox to his home.

Monday, August 5, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Brainiac 5 (DC Direct 2002)



Now we're coming full circle and getting to the characters who have had DC Universe Classics figures, but who I didn't actually review the first time around. Inventor of the Legion Flight Ring! The man who created the anti-lead serum that allowed Mon-El to leave the Phantom Zone! The guy who created a villainous Computo before Hank Pym ever thought about creating Ultron! And of course the creator of his own signature device, his Force Field Belt, we're talking about Querl Dox a.k.a. Brainiac 5!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #516

The year was 2010 and DC had just put out a new Legion of Super-Heroes title, one picking up on Geoff Johns' restructuring and reverting the team's history to the Baxter series continuity. No 5YL. No Archie book. No Threeboot. We were back to old times. And as such, it made sense that DC would want to put out a comic that would review some of the team's history ... something to get the new readers up to speed to the old timeline. Writer Paul Levitz said that he was picking up the team's continuity after his 'Magic Wars' arc from way back in 1989.That was 20 year old history he was dusting off.

Adventure Comics felt like that recap book, a way for Levitz to make sure key historical points were reviewed and retold.

Adventure Comics #516 tells R.J. Brande's story which intertwines with Legion history pretty closely. There is a lot of exposition here, Brande appearing after his death as a holographic story-teller, retelling his life story to the Legionnaires present. Of course, they all know this story or most of it.

In fact, that was one of my own selfish concerns here. I know most of this story too. Would this issue be worth my time? Luckily Levitz throws in some new flourishes that I enjoyed. And the overall theme, that Brande is as big a hero as any Legion because of the changes he brought to the universe, is a nice one.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #8

Legion Lost #8 (December 2000)
title: "Lost & Found"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire; psychic images: Apparition, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Spark, Violet

Guests: 
Singularity

Opponents: 
Lorcan psionic imagers

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Who's Who: Size Lad

Size Lad
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Aarl
Super-Power(s): Ability to make any object larger or smaller; the power is temporary
Planet of Origin: Murra
Relationship to Legion: Villain; temporary Legionnaire

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89! An Introduction


Welcome boys and girls to the newest series here at the Legion of Super Bloggers!  Yes, as you can see, I will be covering L.E.G.I.O.N., also known as the Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network, also known as an intergalactic police force led by the manipulative Vril Dox.

This will be a bit of a departure for the blog in that up until now, virtually every comic we have covered featured one or more official members of the classic Legion of Super-Heroes. But it is not a leap to see why L.E.G.I.O.N. warrants discussion here, and there are connections beyond just the obvious that we will explore as we go along.

On a bit of a personal note before we go further, there is something I wanted to mention about my own comic collecting history. I am probably unique among the Super Bloggers in that I started reading the L.E.G.I.O.N. long before I became a fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I started collecting Marvel comics around 1984, and did not begin reading DC for a couple years after that. By that time I had become aware of the LOSH, but I found them to be a bit intimidating. They had so many members and their history seemed so complicated, particularly with Superboy having been removed from their continuity. Of course, I eventually learned the error of my ways. But long before then, I became a fan of L.E.G.I.O.N. What did I love about the book? Well, lets take a step back and see where it all began...

Monday, July 29, 2019

Home-Made Time Bubble


Editors' Note: Today we here at the Legion of Super-Bloggers would like to present another "How To" lesson from Ultra Fan Emsley Wyatt. You may remember that he created a home-made Legion of Super-Heroes Club-House two years ago. This time, he's created a Legion Time Bubble! 

My Legion Time Bubble
by Emsley Wyatt
A while back I did an article on my scratch-built Legion clubhouse diorama.  You can find that post here. 
Well, I looked at the Club-House and Legionnaires recently and decided that it could use an additional touch: a Time Bubble! 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #12


Like many old school Legion fans, I was very excited to hear that Paul Levitz was coming back to the title after being away for so long. But I have to say that there was a tinge of trepidation mixed in as well. Any time a beloved creator comes back to a title that they starred on, I always fear that the outcome will be a pale shadow of the initial run. Throw out whatever platitude you want ... maybe 'you can't go home again'? But as excited I was to see Levitz writing these characters again, I wondered what sort of Legion we would see from him in 2010.

I have to say I had mixed emotions about Legion of Super-heroes #1, a comic I meant to review here but never got up to doing. That issue just felt heavy to me, heavy on drama, heavy on dialogue, heavy on angst. It seemed like so much time was spent on Earth-Man that I didn't get enough of the Legion. My reaction to that issue was 'meh'.

I had the exact opposite response to Adventure Comics #12 where Levitz goes way back in time to one of the first interactions between Superboy and the Legion. Yes it was nostalgic and hearkened back to a simpler time ... but at least it was the Legion. Much like the new Legion comic picked up from Johns' Legion story in Action Comics, this book picks up after Johns' Legion issue of Superman Secret Origin. Frankly, for a cranky old fan like me, it was great to see the Legionnaires in their classic early outfits acting like heroes and generally being happy. I know that a comic like this could never last long term in the current comic market, but for one month, it was like a breath of fresh air.

The cover by Scott Clark shows a nice group shot with the Legionnaires striking heroic poses that nicely highlight their personality. Cos with the classic hands on hips. Garth with his arms cockily crossed. Invisible Boy small and in the background. That said, Phantom Girl looks way too skinny, especially her legs. But I love that outfit with the big P.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #7

Legion Lost #7 (November 2000)
title: "Singularity"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Live Wire, Ultra Boy, Umbra; and apparently, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Spark, Violet

Guests: 
Lorcans (likely illusion)

Opponents: 
Shadow beast, Singularity

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Who's Who: Silver Sword

Silver Sword
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Trebia Rijleigh
Super-Power(s): Armed with mystical sword that grants her strength and endurance
Planet of Origin: Buenapar
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Action Comics Back-Ups


Before we close the Time Bubble door on the Silver Age Legion of Super-Heroes series, we here at the Legion of Super-Bloggers wanted to pause one last time to look back at the fourteen Action Comics stories. In this particular series there is a lot of foundation for where the series ended up going.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Karate Kid #11

Karate Kid #11
"Disasters of Yesteryear!"
story by Jack C. Harris
additional material by David Michelinie writing as Barry Jameson
art by Ric Estrada
edited by Denny O'Neil
cover by Al Milgrom (penciller) and Jack Abel (inker)
cover date: Dec/March 1977
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

This cover seems to be light-years away from the Mike Grell and Grell-inspired covers that used to wrap around this series. Has DC decided that the Legion fandom isn't going for this book, so there is no need to maintain Mike Grell's covers? (He was still doing the Legion covers at the time.) Or did DC think that Legion fans would buy this even without Mike Grell's covers? Either way, this cover seems like the Hero should be a bit more of the center of attention, don't you think?

Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #11

This Adventure Comics run I have been reviewing recently has been a sort of landing place for the peripheral plot threads from the (at that time) events of  Last Stand of New Krypton and the War of the Supermen. Adventure Comics #11 continues that trend. Starring the Legion and Mon-El, this issue effectively wraps up any non-War plotlines left hanging from Last Stand.

In some ways I feel a bit for James Robinson. After starring in Superman for about a year, Mon-El's conclusion is relegated to the back pages of Adventure Comics. I understand how it is all in the timing. You couldn't put this story out until Last Stand ended. Once War of the Supermen is over, DC is going to want to really jump-start the super-titles with new directions and new creative teams. With no super-titles coming out this month, Mon-El's story had to land somewhere else. Adventure Comics was an easy home. Still, it would have been nice if Mon-El and Robinson could have ended their run in the title they have starred on.

I also think that the Legion story is crunched into too few pages ... maybe because Mon-El's pages warrant so much space. I want more story than I am seeing. I guess that's a good thing. It means the writers have grabbed me.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #6

Legion Lost #6 (October 2000)
title: "Burnout"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Pascal Alixe
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
Singularity (unnamed), Umbra's ancestors

Opponents: 
The Progenitor, Progeny, shadow beast

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Who's Who: Shadow Kid

Shadow Kid
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Grev Mallor
Super-Power(s): Shadow casting
Planet of Origin: Talok VIII
Relationship to Legion: Brother or Cousin of Shadow Lass; Legion Academy member

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TOS: Action Comics #392

Action Comics #392 (Sept 1970)
title: "The Legionnaires Who Never Were!"
writer: Cary Bates
penciller: Win Mortimer
inker: Jack Abel
letterer: Ben Oda
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl; Karate Kid, Cosmic Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Shrinking Violet, Brainiac 5; cameos by Shadow Lass, Chameleon Boy, Sun Boy, Mon-El, Element Lad, and Ultra Boy

Opponents:
Pozr-Du, mistaken identities, over-enthusiastic trust in technology

Monday, July 15, 2019

Twenty Rare Legion Collectibles

If you're a die-hard Legion of Super-Heroes fan, you'll probably try and get your hands on any comic, magazine, publication or general paraphernalia related to your favorite group.
    While many collect only officially authorized stuff, others delve into esoterica like original art, bootlegged products, unlicensed material, or commissioned sketches.
    As a dedicated Legion follower, I have amassed a pretty complete collection of licensed product. I often get queries from followers of my Facebook page about the availability of some of the merchandise, which has provided the inspiration for me to compile a list of my top 20 hardest-to-find Legion-related items. 
    Note there is a difference between collectibles that are difficult to find, and those which are not rare and may simply be too expensive for the average collector. For example, copies of ADVENTURE COMICS #247 are easy enough to acquire if you have the funds. Likewise, the highly sought-after Mattel 12-pack of Legion figures, or copies of the ridiculously over-priced SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION #23 with the Adam Hughes cover, are not scarce, but will cost you quite a handful of Huopian energy money and Dracksler mirror coins to purchase.
    So let the drums roll. Here's my top 20, in ascending order of rarity. Every item pictured is from my collection. Some items were produced in limited quantities and distributed to only selected recipients, while others enjoyed greater circulation but are still difficult to acquire.  As with many lists of this nature, note that it's all subjective.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #10

Adventure Comics #10 continues to flesh out the entertaining Last Stand of New Krypton storyline. As with the last two issues, this issue pushes the main storyline forward while adding some depth to the ancillary characters.

As an amateur comic historian, I have really loved how Adventure Comics has felt during this run, how it has been rolled into the super-family of books. The last two issues have starred Superboy, the Legion, and Supergirl. These issues have had multiple stories.

And the original Adventure Comics? Well there were long and storied runs for Superboy, the Legion, and Supergirl. The original Adventure was often an anthology series with multiple stories in every issue. So the current make-up of the book is a nice (even if unintentional) homage.

Top off this issue with another great cover by Joe Quinones and you have another satisfying issue.

As with the prior reviews, you are being dropped into this company wide crossover, so buckle up!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #5

Legion Lost #5 (September 2000)
title: "Omniphagos"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
None

Opponents: 
Omniphagos, Progeny soldier

Recap: 
A team of Legionnaires is lost in uncharted space. Not long ago, the xenophobic Progeny boarded a pyramid floating in space, and freed... something.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Who's Who: Servants of Darkness

Servants of Darkness
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Guardian, Kalibak, Lydea Mallor, Orion, Superman (clones)
Relationship to Legion: Villains