Monday, October 26, 2020

Suprema Joins The League of Infinity


“Suprema  The Has-Been Supreme”

Supreme #52A (September 1997)

Writer: Alan Moore

Art: Jim Mooney

Colors: Reuben Rude

review by Emsley "Ultra Fan" Wyatt

Suprema is the younger sister of Supreme, who obtained her powers, like Supreme, by exposure to a Supremium meteorite (shades of Colossal Boy, eh).  

Our story opens with your typical Silver Age style splash panel, which shows Suprema arm-wrestling with a pointy eared baby while four other folks look on, snickering at her apparent weakness.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

GREEN LANTERN #44

Green Lantern #44 (August 1993)
Urban Renewal
script: Gerard Jones
pencils: Gene Ha
inks: Romeo Tanghal
colors: Anthony Tollin
letters: Albert DeGuzman
editing: Kevin Dooley

Recap: Green Lantern Hal Jordan is called to an emergency on the planet Scylla, where he finds a giant being terrorizing the population. She calls herself Quarra, Goddess of Creation, and departs once she thinks she has buried Hal alive. When he later reports to his masters, the Guardians of Oa, they recognize the name, and reveal that she is one of three dieties from Maltus, their planet of origin. Eons ago, she and her bothers, Archor the Sustainer and Tzodar the Destroyer, killed their father and fled the planet, promising to one day return and lay waste. 

On the planet Elyrion, the Darkstars found themselves battling Archor the Destroyer, who killed several of their members before disappearing. On the planet Maltus, the L.E.G.I.O.N. were in the process of establishing a new base when it came under attack by Tzodar the Destroyer. The battle went poorly for the L.E.G.I.O.N., but Dox hoped to turn the tide once reinforcements arrived. Unfortunately, Tzodar was soon joined by his powerful siblings.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Valor #7

Valor #7 (May 1993)

title: "Unimaginable Consequences"
writer: Robert Loren Fleming
penciller: Jeffrey Moore
inker: Ray Kryssing
letterer: B.E.M. Pinaha
colorist: Eric Kachelhofer
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Howard Chaykin & Eric Kachelhofer

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

Guest-Star(s):
The Blasters (kinda), still-unnamed Green Lantern

Opponent(s):
The Unimaginable

Summary:
The Unimaginable is loose, and Valor must escape from Starlag II.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

TRINITY #1

Trinity #1 (August 1993)
Green Lantern
script: Gerard Jones
pencils: Gene Ha
inks: Romeo Tanghal
colors: Stuart Chaifetz
letters: Albert DeGuzman
editing: Kevin Dooley
Darkstars
script: Michael Freedman
pencils: Travis Charest
inks: Ken Branch, Steve George, Peter Gross, Andrew Pepoy, & Mike Sellers
colors: Stuart Chaifetz
letters: Bob Pinaha
editing: Brian Augustyn
L.E.G.I.O.N.
script: Mark Waid
co-plotting: Mark Waid & Barry Kitson
pencils: Barry Kitson
inks: John Stokes
colors: Stuart Chaifetz
letters: Albert DeGuzman
editing: Dan Raspler

Monday, October 12, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Ra's Al Ghul (DC Signature Collection aka Club Infinite Earths)


One of the Dark Knight Detective's greatest foes,  Ra's Al Ghul, The Demon's Head, has been revealed to be alive and well in the 31st Century of the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Disguising himself as the President of the United Planets, Al Ghul disbanded the Legion and replaced them with his Presidential Oversight Watch. Ultimately once discovered by M'Onel, Ra's al Ghul freely announced his plan to draw Earth's moon closer to Earth to supposedly accelerate the evolutionary abilities of humanity via Hypertaxis. Ra's plan almost came to fruition as he single-handedly defeats most of the Legion in hand-to-hand combat. Luckily, M'Onel and Triad were able to best the Demon's Head.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. #56

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #55 (July 1993)
title: "Passages"
writer: Mark Waid
penciler: Val Semieks
inker: Robin Smith
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: On Cairn, t
he team was forced to deal with an intruder that came to find Lydea. They presumed him to be a threat but once he was caught, he turned out to be Lydea's father, and the husband of their deceased teammate, Lyrissa Mallor. Her father told the tale of the Shadow cave on their homeworld from which her mother's family drew their power. A priest had recently arisen and demanded sacrifices, and Lydea's father fled to seek their help.

The L.E.G.I.O.N. split into two teams. Phase's team, including Lydia, headed to Talk VIII, while the recruits tracked down the planet Acheron in hopes of helping the cyborg Darrius, who had been gravely injured in their battle against Ig'nea. Lydea ultimately defeated the Shadow Beast that inhabited the cave and earned the mantle of Champion of Talok VIII.  At the same time, the new recruits find Acheron and a cybernetic population built by Mardock, a mad cybergeneticist. In the past, Darrius had tried to lead his people in rebellion but was cast out by Mardock. On this occasion, he successfully overthrew Mardock and although he did not wish it, became the new ruler of Acheron.

Meanwhile, on Cairn, a series of murders had occurred throughout the capital while at the same time a mysterious caped figure appeared.


Monday, October 5, 2020

LSH(v8) #9

Legion of Super-Heroes #9 (November 2020)

title: "The Trial of the Legion of Super-Heroes Part 2"
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artists: See list of artistic credits, shown below
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
cover: Various

reviewers: Jude "Sarcastic Kid" DeLuca and Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
The trial of the Legion continues at the United Planets head-quarters. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #55

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #55 (July 1993)
title: "Passages"
plot: Barry Kitson & Mark Waid
writer: Mark Waid
penciler: Barry Kitson
inker: John Stokes
colors: John Zukio
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: During the team's battle with Ig'nea, the body of the cyborg, Darrius, was de
stroyed. Fortunately, his head lived, and his fellow new recruits swore  to find his maker so he could be repaired. In examining the head, Vril Dox found evidence of technology more advanced than even that of his home planet of Colu. He believed that it might come from the planet Acheron, and granted the recruits permission to find their friend's creator. The team was also forced to deal with an intruder that came to find Lydea. They presumed him to be a threat but once he was caught, he turned out to be the husband of their deceased teammate, Lyrissa Mallor, and Lydea's father. Her father told the tale of the Shadow cave from which her mother's family drew their power. A priest had arisen and demanded sacrifices and he had tried to appease it by turning his wife over to the Alliance, but he had rebelled.

The L.E.G.I.O.N. split into two teams. Phase's team, including Lydia, headed to Talk VIII, while the recruits tracked down Alderon in hopes of helping Darrius. When Phase's team arrived, they discovered that the new priest was merely a pawn and that the beast in the Shadow cave had been demanding the sacrifices. While the team battled the beast, Lydea went deeper into the cave and eventually encountered all of the previous champions awaiting her.  At the same time, the new recruits find Acheron and a cybernetic population built by Mardock, a mad cybergeneticist. Darrius had tried to lead his people but was cast out by Mardock.

Monday, September 28, 2020

United Planets Superwatch Spotlight: Regor

Title: The Case of the Second Superman

Writer: William Woolfolk

Artist: Wayne Boring

Letterer: Stan Kaye

Reviewer: Jude Deluca, a.k.a. Sarcasm Kid

As a follow-up from my post about the United Planets Superwatch, the proto-Legion in the pages of The Green Lantern, I thought it would be fun to do posts about its individual members. These characters don’t have the luxury of being included in Who’s Who In The Legion Of Super-Heroes, and many of them only made one appearance before Grant Morrison brought them back. I figured doing reviews on the original appearances might be a decent way to educate readers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #54

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #54 (June 1993)
title: "Passages"
plot: Barry Kitson & Mark Waid
writer: Mark Waid
penciler: Barry Kitson
inker: John Stokes
colors: Steve Mattsson
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: During the team's battle with Ig'nea, the body of the cyborg, Darrius, was de
stroyed. Fortunately, his head lived, and his fellow new recruits swore  to find his maker so he could be repaired. In examining the head, Vril Dox found evidence of technology more advanced than even that of his home planet of Colu. He believed that it might come from the planet Acheron, which was rumored to have incredibly advanced cybernetic technology. He granted the recruits permission to travel there in hopes of finding their friend's creator. The team was also forced to deal with an intruder that came to find Lydea. They presumed him to be a threat but once he was caught, he turned out to be the husband of their deceased teammate, Lyrissa Mallor, and Lydea's father. Her father told the tale of the Shadow cave from which her mother's family drew their power. A priest had arisen and demanded sacrifice and he had tried to appease it by turning his wife over to the Alliance, but he had rebelled.

The L.E.G.I.O.N. split into two teams, with Phase's team, including Lydia, heading to Talok VIII, while the recruits tracked down Acheron. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Mike Grell Legion Sketch Book



As one of the rewards for Mike Grell's recent MAGGIE the CAT Kick-Starter process, Master Stroke published a set of 30 individual Legion of Super-Heroes sketches.  They are from the collection of master Legion fan Michael Leib, who over several years' time commissioned Mike until he had accumulated 30 individual, stunning pieces.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #53

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #53 (June 1993)
title: "Shadows of the Past"
plot: Barry Kitson & Mark Waid
writer: Mark Waid
penciler: Barry Kitson
inker: John Stokes
colors: Lovern Kindzierski
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: During the team's battle with Ig'nea, the body of the cyborg, Darrius, was destroyed. Fortunately, his head lived, and his fellow new recruits swore  to find his maker so he could be repaired. In examining the head, Vril Dox found evidence of technology more advanced than even that of his home planet of Colu. He believed that it might come from the planet Acheron, which was rumored to have incredibly advanced cybernetic technology. He granted the recruits permission to travel there in hopes of finding their friend's creator. The team was also forced to deal with an intruder that came to find Lydea. They presumed him to be a threat but once he was caught, he turned out to be the husband of their deceased teammate, Lyrissa Mallor, and Lydea's father.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Valor #6

Valor #6 (April 1993)
title: "Blasters To The Rescue!"
writer: Robert Loren Fleming
penciller: Jeffrey Moore
inker: Trevor Scott
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Eric Kachelhofer
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Howard Chaykin (signed)

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

Guest-Star(s):
The Blasters
Opponent(s):
Kanjar Ru and the troops of Starlag II

Summary:
The Blasters arrive at Starlag II in order to break Lar Gand free, just as Babbage encounters another imprisoned alien named "the Unimaginable."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #52

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #52 (May 1993)
title: "Past Imperfect"
plot: Barry Kitson & Mark Waid
writer: Mark Waid
penciler: Scott Kolins
inker: Frank Percy
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Tim Harkins
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Ig'nea and Stealth travelled to Mother-Beast, the creature who was caring for Stealth's baby. After retrieving the child, Ig'nea contacted the L.E.G.I.O.N. and demanded that Dox turn himself over in exchange for the safety of his son. To convince him, she murdered Stealth in front of the team.

Dox accepted her demand and ordered the core team and new recruits to get ready to accompany him. On Batrok, the team attacked and eventually overcame Ig'nea's troops. Dox learned that Stealth was alive, although badly hurt. He found Ig'nea and she was about to unleash her pet beast on him when Stealth jumped in to fight it. The body of the cyborg, Darrius, was destroyed, but his head lived, and Amon swore they would find his maker so he could be repaired. Ignea surrounded Dox's child with flame and was flown away by one of her soldiers. Borbb was able to enter the flame and retrieve the child, which he gave to Dox. The team was fearful at first to see Dox with the boy, but he gave him over to his mother, Stealth, realizing it was for the best. Dox and Stealth appeared to finally achieve some sort of peace with one another.

Monday, September 7, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Impulse (DC Direct)



He's no Kent Shakespeare, but Bartholomew Henry Allen II is totally way more crash. Hailing from the 30th Century of the Post-Zero Hour Legion of Super-Heroes comes DC Direct's Impulse!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #51

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #51 (April 1993)
title: "L.E.G.I.O.N. '67"
writer: Alan Grant
penciler: Quiqie Alcetena
inkers: Quiqie Alcetena
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Ig'nea and Stealth travelled to Mother-Beast, the creature who was caring for Stealth's baby. After retrieving the child, Ig'nea contacted L.E.G.I.O.N. and demanded that Dox turn himself over to her in exchange for the safety of his son. To convince him, she murdered Stealth in front of the team.

Dox accepted her demand and ordered the core team and new recruits to get ready to accompany him. On Batrok, the team attacked and eventually overcame Ig'nea's troops. Dox learned that Stealth was alive, although badly hurt. He found Ig'nea and she was about to unleash her pet beast on him when Stealth jumped in to fight it. The body of the cyborg, Darrius, was destroyed, but his head lived, and Amon swore they would find his maker so he could be repaired. Ignea surrounded Dox's child with flame and was flown away by one of her soldiers. Borbb was able to enter the flame and retrieve the child, which he gave to Dox. The team was fearful at first to see Dox with the boy, but he gave him over to his mother, Stealth, realizing it was for the best. Dox and Stealth appeared to finally achieve some sort of peace with one another.

Monday, August 31, 2020

LSH (v8) #8

Legion of Super-Heroes #8 (October 2020)
title: The Trial of the Legion of Super-Heroes part 1
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artists: see list of credits, shown below
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Dustin Nguyen (variant)

reviewers: Jude "Sarcastic Kid" DeLuca and Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
General Crav Nah and his forces attack the Legion of Super-Heroes. Newly elected Legion Leader (and the General's son) Ultra Boy leads the team against them. The fight continues until Ferro Lad lets loose with so much force that General Crav explodes. The Legion then surrenders to the United Planets. UP President RJ Brande calls her son, Chameleon Boy, to her so she can review "where the Legion went wrong," which includes viewing several Legionnaires' auditions. Meanwhile, Cosmic Boy begins to deal with having been voted out as Legion Leader.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #50 (Part 2)

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #50 (March 1993)
title: "L.E.G.I.O.N. '67"
writer: Alan Grant
penciler: Denis Rodier
inkers: Denis Rodier
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

(Last week, I covered the first half of this issue, which resolved our heroes fight against Vril Dox's former girlfriend, Ig'nea. We are now turning to the second story in this anniversary issue, which is a "What If?" style tale from Alan Grant and Denis Rodier. So lets skip the detailed recap of recent events and start off with the Forward to this story.)

Forward: It's not every day that monthly comic book science fiction adventures series reach their 50th issue. In honor of this auspicious event, we have dug through some of the DC Comics' archives and selected the following backup feature as a tale out of time.

It is unlikely that many current L.E.G.I.O.N. fans will recall this plucky, fun-loving group located somewhere between here and the Pre-Crisis DC Universe. In fact, some have said that such simple-hearted stories are not to the taste of today's sophisticated readers. To that we can only say, "Hey! You! Get offa my cloud!"

Monday, August 24, 2020

The League of Infinity Debuts


“The Hoaxers from Beyond History”
Supreme 42  (September 1997)
Writer: Alan Moore 
Art: Joe Bennett and Rick Veitch
Review: Emsley "Ultra Fan" Wyatt and "Sarcasm Kid"

The League of Infinity was a group that appeared in Supreme.  Before getting to them, however, we need to take a look at the greater universe that spawned them.  Supreme existed as a comic for a while, basically as one of many Superman knock-offs out there in comic-land.  But then, with issue 41, Alan Moore took over.  He took that knock-off status and embraced it, ramping it up to eleven.  
Supreme acquired a Supreme dog, Radar; a female counterpart, Suprema; and a raft of deja vu inducing supporting characters. Moore walked, no make that gleefully danced, on the line between tribute and satire, between parody and plagiarism, between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowle......whoops, wrong intro.  Retcons were acknowledged, even by characters themselves, as “reality revisions.” Many comic tropes were stood on their heads, turned inside out, and put through a meat grinder.  One interesting technique was that many tales were told with “framing stories,” done with modern-style comic art but in the flashbacks the art would revert to classic silver-age style, often with internal covers referencing past issues that were never published.  

The League of Infinity, in case you were wondering when I'd get around to them, played prominent roles in at least five stories, and did cameos in a few more.  They were introduced in Supreme # 42. Note the styling: at once reminiscent of the classic DC Annuals but with a hint of Adventure #300.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #50 (Part 1)

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #50 (March 1993)
title: "Showdown"
plot: Barry Kitson
dialogue: Mark Waid
penciler: Barry Kitson
inkers: John Stokes & Robin Smith
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Stealth went undercover as a slave, with new recruit Haak posing as a trader, in an attempt to bust a slavery ring. Lobo had already arrived at the Buyer's Club before them and was enjoying the debauchery, while Garv and Telepath hid nearby with an army of L.E.G.I.O.N. troops. Dox was monitoring the situation and encouraged Haak to accept when a buyer offered a price to purchase Stealth. Garv and Telepath led an attack on the Buyer's Club, but not before Stealth and her "buyer" got away. Stealth soon found herself aboard a ship and she attempted to comfort a young girl who had also been enslaved. Once the ship arrived at its destination, she learned that her new owner was really Ig'nea, escaped criminal and former lover of Vril Dox. 

Ig'nea and Stealth travelled to Mother-Beast, the creature who was caring for Stealth's baby. After retrieving the child, Ig'nea contacted L.E.G.I.O.N. and demanded that Dox turn himself over to her in exchange for the safety of his son. To convince him, she murdered Stealth in front of the team.


Dox accepts Ig'nea's demand that he surrender himself in exchange for his son but he realizes that she does not expect him to really come alone. He orders the core team and the new recruits to assemble in the space dock in thirty minutes.

Ig'nea has gathered her army that she assembled from the remains of her father's criminal empire. She warns them that Dox is not coming alone, and that while she will handle him, it is their job to take care of the others.
As the new recruits gather supplies, Zena wishes she could have the confidence of Amon in regards to their mission. Strata reassures her that she and the new recruits will all do fine, and while Garv agrees, it seems that he himself may be losing faith in the L.E.G.I.O.N. Almost everyone is soon aboard, except for Captain Comet, who has stopped to get his new costume.
On their way to Bartok, Bek provides a briefing on the planet. He explains that it is one-point-three the gravity of Cairn so the anti-gravs, especially Davroth and Tashana, will have to compensate. He also explains that swamps and marshes dot the planet, making the atmosphere high in methane, which means their respiration may be strained. As they approach, Dox expects for them to be fired on by Ig'nea and he is right as always.

After crash landing, the team heads out with Dox reminding Borbb and Telepath to stay by him and remember their cue. They soon come under attack and Ig'nea's troops prove to be quite formidable.
Dox finds one of Ig'nea's soldiers, the spider-like Wreeth, and surrenders. Wreeth is suspicious but Dox drops his weapons and declares that he is still in love with Ig'nea. Once Wreeth escorts him inside, where Dox sees Stealth's body, he ensures that Telepath has relayed his location and Borbb teleports in with two grenades. Dox shoves one down Wreeth's throat and attempts to revive Stealth.
The team has started to turn the tide against Ig'nea's troops, and Zena gains the confidence she needed by proving herself in battle. Borbb had left his friend Darius hanging mid-fight to assist Dox but quickly returns to help. 
Dox locates Ig'nea but fails to sneak up on her before she notices. She uses her powers to light up his remaining grenade and he is unable to throw it away in time before it explodes.
Ig'nea's speech is interrupted by Stealth, who is alive but not exactly doing well. Ig'nea sicks her pet, Rebel, on Stealth and tries to flee. Dox follows and Stealth remains to take care of the beast.
In the swamp, Borbb finds the head of Darius, who is alive but loosing consciousness. He tells his friends that he can be rebuilt by his maker if they can find, which Amon, the Khund, swears they will.

The last of Ig'nea's troops bargain with Phase for their freedom, warning that they are in the gas swamps and one spark could blow them all to hell. Phase agrees to let them go because they need to find Dox and can always track them down later. Telepath says he has located Dox and is shocked to learn that Stealth is still alive.

Stealth and Dox track down Ig'nea, who offers their child in exchange for her life. She surrounds him with flame and is flown away by one of her soldiers. Dox sends Borbb to retrieve his son, and at first, everyone is concerned to see the child returned to Dox instead of Stealth.
In the aftermath, the new recruits ask Phase for a leave of absence to find Darius' maker, which she grants. Garv tells Strata that he is leaving because he is tired of Dox using the team to fulfill his own personal vendettas. He asks her to join him, but she cannot bring herself to leave her friends.

Stealth and Dox find a moment to finally make piece. She apologizes for hiding their child, and he acknowledges that she will make a much better mother than he will a father. The rest of the team are introduced to the baby, and (except for Strata and Lobo), they feel a new hope for the future of the L.E.G.I.O.N.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Valor #5

Valor #5 (March 1993)
title: "Go Directly To Jail"
writer: Robert Loren Fleming
artists: Jeffrey Moore & Trevor Scott
inker: Brad Vancata  (pp 17-22)
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Eric Kachelhofer
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moore (?)

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

Guest-Star(s):
The Blasters

Opponent(s):
Kanjar Ru, Vril Dox

Summary:
Valor is shanghaied by Vril Dox's pre-programmed warp drive system, which sends him to the Starlag II in its red sun solar system. Depowered and confused, Valor is thrown in jail with the only change of freedom being a group of inter-stellar roustabouts called the Blasters.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. #93 #49

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #49 (February 1993)
title: "Family Ties"
plot: Barry Kitson
dialogue: Mark Waid
penciler: Barry Kitson
inkers: Robin Smith
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Stealth went undercover as a slave, with new recruit Haak posing as a trader, in an attempt to bust a slavery ring. Lobo had already arrived at the Buyer's Club before them and was enjoying the debauchery, while Garv and Telepath hid nearby with an army of L.E.G.I.O.N. troops. Dox was monitoring the situation and encouraged Haak to accept when a buyer offered a price to purchase Stealth. Garv and Telepath led an attack on the Buyer's Club, but not before Stealth and her "buyer" got away. Stealth soon found herself aboard a ship and she attempted to comfort a young girl who had also been enslaved. Once the ship arrived at its destination, she learned that her new owner was really Ig'nea, escaped criminal and former lover of Vril Dox. 

Monday, August 10, 2020

DC Cybernetic Summer 2020

DC Cybernetic Summer 2020 (Sept 2020)
title: Summer Lovin'
writer: Liz Erickson
artist: Nik Virella
colorist: Romulo Fajardo, Jr
letterer: Ferran Delgado
editor: Katie Kubert
cover: Dan Mora & Tamra Bonvillain
reviewer: Sarcasm Kid

It’s been a weird time for Legion fans. The release of the Bendisboot has gotten mixed reactions from veteran Legion fans, who have complained about yet another continuity reboot starting everything over. DC seems to have recognized this, which would explain why they featured a Bronze Age-styled Legion tale in the From Beyond The Unknown 100-Page Giant, and this Silver Age-styled Legion story in DC Cybernetic Summer.

“Summer Lovin’” is written by DC editor Liz Erickson, with pencils and inks supplied by mah gurl Nik Virella. The Legion roster consists of Superboy, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, and Brainiac 5. Liz and Nik have provided us a tale set during the Silver Age in both tone and appearance (beyond just the costumes).

Admittedly the story’s shorter and goes in a different direction than I expected, but it’s still charming and rather bittersweet in a way that is easy to swallow. I can’t say much more than that because I don’t want to spoil anything.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #48

L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #48 (January 1993)
title: "Prices"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciler: Dan Lawlis
inkers: Ande Parks
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Albert DeGuzman
editor: Dan Raspler
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Dox led the team to the planet Arga-Prime to deal with insurgents, but found the problem to be more complicated than expected. He learned that the planet's leaders had not been honest with him, and that the population was unhappy due to racial strife. The planet erupted in rebellion, and the Grand Council introduced a virus into the oceans that would be carried into the atmosphere, eventually releasing a deadly rainfall. Hal Jordan of the Green Lantern Corps arrived to help, and they successfully evacuated the planet. 

Meanwhile, Captain Comet succumbed to his seizures and lost control of his powers. It was revealed that he had been possessed by an alien entity and that it wanted Lady Quark. Dox used some of Lady Quark's DNA to create a biomass in hopes of attracting Comet, but the creature used it to build a new form. Much of the core team was incapacitated, leaving only Dox and Garv to confront the creature. Dox tried to reassure the creature that he was merely trying to protect Lady Quark and has done it no harm. The  creature slowly started to take a shape similar to that of Lady Quark's husband, who was killed in the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. It noticed an army of L.E.G.I.O.N. soldiers gathering behind Dox and fled the ship, promising to return for revenge when it is at full power.

Monday, August 3, 2020

LSH (v8) #7


Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (March 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artists: Ryan Sook and Wade Von Grawbadger (pg1)
artist: Stephen Byrne (pp 2-22)
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Alex Garner (variant)

reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
The Legion apologizes to the United Planets Council, which leads to an argument between members and an election for the role of Leader. Cosmic Boy loses to Ultra Boy, just as General Crav Nah attacks.

Friday, July 31, 2020

The Reboot: Final Thoughts


Siskoid: The Reboot era of the Legion lasted some 10 years and including multiple series, plenty of crossover action with other DC titles, and remains in fact the second-longest running Legion continuity. In May 2016, Shotgun and I took over the Legion Reboot reviews for the Legion of Super-Bloggers, in the wake of its original reviewer, Dave Sopko who only had time to do the first two issues before being taken from us much too soon. Our take was to look at the Reboot's twin missions. This new Legion had to appeal to veteran readers (that's me) who needed the book to show respect for what had gone before, but were still interested in seeing how the furniture was rearranged (much as Superman readers had after the Crisis). And it had to work for new readers (that's Shotgun) who, perhaps intimidated by the Legion's rich history, were happy to find a new starting point. Can you believe we've been at this, as the weekly article flies, for more than four years, SG?

Shotgun: I refuse to believe that we started this project in 2016. I knew it's been going on for a while but... Four years... Nah. Impossible!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #47

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #47 (December 1992)
title: "Transitions"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciler: Barry Kitson
inkers: Robin Smith
colors: Digital Chameleon
letters: Albert DeGuzman
editor: Dan Raspler

Recap: Dox led the team to the planet Arga-Prime to deal with insurgents, but found the problem to be more complicated than expected. He learned that the planet's leaders had not been honest with him, and that the population was unhappy due to racial strife. The planet erupted in rebellion, and although he initially resisted choosing sides, Dox offered to send a strike force to capture the Grand Council to avoid more bloodshed. They successfully captured the Council, but learned that they introduced a virus into the oceans that will be carried into the atmosphere, eventually releasing a deadly rainfall on the planet. Violence erupted among the population and the L.E.G.I.O.N. tried to contain it while searching for a cure. Fortunately, Hal Jordan of the Green Lantern Corps arrived to help. Meanwhile, Captain Comet succumbed to his recent seizures and lost control of his powers. It is revealed that he had been possessed by an alien entity and that it wanted Lady Quark. Dox uses some of Lady Quark's DNA to create a biomass in hopes of attracting Comet. The plan works but after the being possessed the biomass, it erupted from its holding tube in a new form.

Monday, July 27, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Super Friends! Superman (DC Multiverse)



Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tail buildings in a single bound! Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Reboot: Teen Titans/Legion of Superheroes Special #1

Teen Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes Special #1 (November 2004)
title: "Superboy and the Legion, Part Two" / "Teenage Wonderland"
writers: Mark Waid and Geoff Johns / Mark Waid
pencillers: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado / Barry Kitson
inkers: Marc Campos / Barry Kitson
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorists: Sno-Cone / Chris Blythe
assistant editor: Jeanine Schaefer
editors: Eddie Berganza and Stephen Wacker / Stephen Wacker
cover: Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Andromeda, Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Ferro, Gear, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire, XS / Threeboot Atom Girl, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass,  Star Boy, Sun Boy, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Aquawoman, Batman (Tim Drake), Beast Boy, Cyborg, Kid Flash II, Meloni Thawne Allen, Raven, Robin III, Science Police, Starfire II, Superman (Kon-El), Wonder Girl II; visions: Nightwing, Speedy (Mia Deardon) / Threeboot timeline kids and their parents, talk show host (Waru) and guest (a governor), Bilis and Thola, Invisible Kid's parents, Supergirl (poster), Superman (comic and poster)

Opponents: 
Fatal Five-Hundred (Emerald Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus); visions: Dr. Light I

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #46

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #46 (November 1992)
title: "Transitions"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciler: Barry Kitson
inkers: Robin Smith & Romeo Tanghal
colors: Bernie Mireault
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler

Recap: Dox led the team to the planet Arga-Prime to deal with insurgents, but found the problem to be more complicated than expected. He learned that the planet's leaders had not been honest with him, and that the population was unhappy due to racial strife. The planet erupted in rebellion, and although he initially resisted choosing sides, Dox offered to send a strike force to capture the Grand Council to avoid more bloodshed. They successfully captured the Council, but learned that they introduced a virus into the oceans that will be carried into the atmosphere, eventually releasing a deadly rainfall on the planet.  Violence erupted among the population and the L.E.G.I.O.N. tried to contain it while searching for a cure. Phase reached out to other planets for help in evacuating Arga-Prime but they resisted.  Fortunately, Hal Jordan of the Green Lantern Corps answered the call.  Meanwhile, Captain Comet succumbed to his recent seizures and lost control of his powers. Strata and Stealth were trying to evacuate the planet when there was a rain fall. They expected the worse, but Dox revealed that it was part of his plan to use the weather to hold off the poison for a while.  Meanwhile, Captain Comet revealed himself to be possessed by an alien entity and he captured Lady Quark.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Mike Grell Legion Cards


As part of Mike Grell's recent MAGGIE the CAT kick-starter, one of the additional "rewards" for supporting his project was a set of 30 Legionnaire cards. (6.5 cm x 9 cm; 2.5 x 3.5 inches).

These appear to be copies of pencils-only work. 

There was no information provided as to when or how these were drawn (at actual size, or shrunk to fit this format). But they are all quite nice, and in fact there are quite a few great portraits here! 

Enjoy! 

Friday, July 17, 2020

Reboot: Teen Titans #16

Teen Titans (v3) #16 (November 2004)
title: "Superboy and the Legion, Part One"
writer: Geoff Johns
penciller: Mike McKone
inker: Marlo Alquiza
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jeremy Cox
associate editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
editor: Eddie Berganza
cover: Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
Beast Boy, Chuck Taine (voice), Cyborg, Kid Flash II, Raven, Robin III, Starfire II, Wonder Girl II; Sea Lion Café waiter

Opponents: 
Fatal Five-Hundred (Emerald, Eye, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)