Friday, April 3, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #25

The Legion #25 (December 2003)
title: "Foundations"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
pencillers: Chris Batista, Eric Wight, Tony Harris, Dave Cockrum, Al Milgrom, Paul Rivoche
inkers: Robin Riggs, Chip Wallace, Doug Hazelwood
lettering: Comicraft
colorists: Jason Wright, Eric Wight, Tom Feister, Paul Rivoche
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon (flashback), Cosmic Boy, Element Lad (memorial), Gear, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, M'Onel (cover only), Monstress (flashback), Saturn Girl, Sensor (cover only), Shikari, Spark, Star Boy (cover only), Triad, Violet (flashback), Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Clark Kent, Lana Lang, Legion Cadets (21, most unnamed except for Amp Girl, Babbage, and Retro; also recognizable are Kent Shakespeare and Comet Queen, possibly Stone Boy and Color Kid), Mekt Ranzz, Mekt's prison psychologist (flashback), Pete Ross, Wimena Wazzo; Presidential yacht's crew, Science Police

Opponents: 
Convict in the cell next to Mekt's (flashback), Lightning Beasts (flashback), Servants of Darkness, Warp Phantoms

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Imperial Guard #14

The Imperial Guard #14 (October, 1977)
title: "Where No X-Man Has Gone Before!"
writer: Chris Claremont
penciller: Dave Cockrum
inker: Dan Green
colorist: Andy Yanchus
letterer: Joe Rosen
editor: Archie Goodwin
covers: Dave Cockrum, Art Adams (variant)

reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Astra, Electron, Fang, Gladiator, Hobgoblin, Impulse, Midget, Nightside, Magique, Mentor, Oracle, Quasar, Starbolt, Smasher, Tempest, Titan

Guest Star(s):
Majestor D'Ken, Eric the Red

Opponent:
Majestrix Lilandra, alien groups The Ex-Men and the Fatal Four

Monday, March 30, 2020

Who Drew It Better? Tales vs. Baxter #16-19



By Siskoid and Russell
Continuing our comparison of the covers to the Baxter version of The Legion (volume 3) and their reprints approximately one year later in Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The stories were exactly the same, but each issue had a brand new cover. So we go back to the age-old question: Who drew the better cover?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #24

The Legion #24 (November 2003)
title: "After Dark"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Steve Lightle
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Kid Quantum II, Umbra

Guests: 
Kwai guide, Science Police, Shadow Maven

Opponents: 
Grev Mallor/The Shadow

Recap: 
While lost in another galaxy, Umbra mysteriously lost her powers. When the Legion returned, she left for her homeworld of Talok VIII to deal with the issue...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #30

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #30 (August 1991)
title: "Welcome to the War!"
plot: Alan Grant & Barry Kitson
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Barry Kitson
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Adam Kubert
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The L.E.G.I.O.N. successfully captured a doomsday device being built by the Khunds to use in their war against the Dominion. It turned out that there was a flaw in the device, but Dox kept that to himself and used it to force the Dominion and Khunds to stop using free worlds in their war. Stealth continued her exile and gave birth to a son, but the experience almost killed her. Dox sent Lobo to deal with some smugglers and freed Lydea Mallor from the brainwashing that led her to kill her mother, Lyrissa Mallor. He then asked Phase to take over for Lyrissa as his second-in-command. She was shocked at the offer since she believed Dox resented her for the Durlan's disappearance, but she did accept.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #9: The Return of ----!?!

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber has been consistently considered one of the funniest comics DC's released in years and it's a much needed breath of fresh air among the company's deluge of dour books.

I, unfortunately, haven't paid much attention to the Jimmy Olsen maxi-series despite my friend Alec's approval of how hilarious it's supposed to be. It simply hasn't flown onto my radar lately and my store's frequently selling out of the new issues.

I recently pulled the ninth issue upon remembering it boasted the surprise return of a beloved minor Legion character who hasn't been seen in over a decade.

Not Rainbow Girl.

Not Miss Terious.

Certainly not Unknown Boy.

It's ARM-FALL-OFF BOY!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #23

The Legion #23 (October 2003)
title: "Dream Crime: Part Five"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Mark Farmer
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Aven, Cub Nah, Dr. Gym'll, Dreamer, Kinetix,Pasgassi-Master; visions: R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Tenzil Kem

Opponents: 
Universo

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #29

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #29 (July 1991)
title: "Traffic In, Traffic Out"
plot: Alan Grant & Barry Kitson
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Barry Kitson
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Barry Kitson & Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Dox turned his attention to the Khundian Empire and learned that they were using a captured scientist to build a Doomsday weapon. The team successfully captured both the design plans and the weapon, but the captured scientist was killed. Dox then staffed the doomsday device with a crew from the planet Ogen and placed it in a location where it could strike at either Khundia or the Dominion if they tried to involve any more free worlds in their war. Meanwhile, Stealth continued her self-imposed exile. The birth of her child virtually tore her body apart, but the remains formed a cocoon from which she emerged in a new body. We learned that her violent attack on Dox is the natural manner for her race to reproduce and the men usually do not survive. We also learned that the women usually do not survive giving birth, but Stealth is revealed to be a mutant of her species. The child she delivered is a son and his physical appearances matches his father, Vril Dox.


Monday, March 16, 2020

The Brave And The Bold #198

The Brave And The Bold #198 
"Terrorists of the Heart!"
written by Mike W. Barr
pencilled by Chuck Patton
inked by Rick Hoberg
lettered by Todd Klein
colored by Adrienne Roy
edited by Len Wein
cover by Jim Aparo
cover date: May 1983
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

The last time we saw Karate Kid in a solo adventure he was leaving 1978 to head back into the future. He was desperate to try to cure Iris Jacobs, who had been transformed by Major Disaster and the Lord of Time into Diamondeth.

As we saw in several issues of Legion of Super-Heroes, he was successful in not only reaching the future but also in curing Iris.

However, we did not ever see another solo Karate Kid adventure, or any Karate Kid-centric Legion story that wrapped up his "banished into the past" story-line. Specifically, the confrontation between him, Princess Projectra, and her father, King Voxv, was never shown; that would have been a hugely dramatic scene that all Legion fans at the time were hoping for! Therefore we have no choice but to  imagine how Karate Kid and Projectra must have convinced His Majesty that this Earthling "peasant" was somehow worthy of marrying his daughter. Unfortunately, none of the Legion writers between 1978 and 1983 deemed that family drama worth sharing.

Then, in the winter of 1983, Karate Kid suddenly showed up on the newsstands again! This time he was a co-star with Batman in The Brave and The Bold....the only Legionnaire besides Superboy and Supergirl so honored! This was the last time Val Armorr ever got co-star billing in pre-Crisis continuity. So...what kind of conclusion do we get for Karate Kid? Let's find out!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #22

The Legion #22 (September 2002)
title: "Dream Crime: Part Four"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Mark Farmer
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dreamer, Kinetix, Pasgassi-Master

Opponents: 
Universo

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #28

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #28 (June 1991)
title: "Mommy's Boy"
plot: Keith Giffen and Alan Grant
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Keith Giffen
inker: George Pratt
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Keith Giffen, Malcolm Jones III, & Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Dox turned his attention to the Khundian Empire and learned that they were using a captured scientist to build a Doomsday weapon. The team successfully captured both the design plans and the weapon, but the captured scientist was killed. Dox then staffed the doomsday device with a crew from the planet Ogen and placed it in a location where it could strike at either Khundia or the Dominion if they tried to involve any more free worlds in their war. Meanwhile, Stealth continued her self-imposed exile to await the birth of her child.


Monday, March 9, 2020

From Beyond the Unknown Giant #1

From Beyond the Unknown Giant #1 (March 2020)
title: "Stealth Mode"
writer: Dan Jurgens
art: Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund
lettering: Ryan Christy
colorist: Hi-Fi 
editor: Katie Kubert
cover: Jose Luis Garcia Lopez

A few years ago, DC began an initiative with Walmart to produce exclusive comics. Their format matched the 100-Page Super-Spectaculars of the 1970s. The general pattern was one new story with several reprints, and those reprints were generally from the Modern Age of comics, i.e., post-2000. In 2019, the deal was no longer exclusive and DC also produced them for the Direct Market. My understanding is that the issues would first be released at Walmart and then become available in the Direct Market with different covers. This issue is one of their recent releases and one of the original stories features the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #21

The Legion #21 (August 2002)
title: "Dream Crime: Part Three"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Mark Farmer
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Cub Nah, Dr. Dreamer; Legion World staff, Science Police

Opponents: 
Universo; illusion: Apokoliptian Stormtroopers, Darkseid, Parademons

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #27

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #27 (May 1991)
title: "Deals with the Devils"
plot: Barry Kitson and Alan Grant
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Barry Kitson
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Dan Brereton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Dox turned his attention to the Khundian Empire and learned that they were using a captured scientist to build a Doomsday weapon. The L.E.G.I.O.N. located the base where the Doomsday device was being built and split into groups. Lady Quark, Bek, Strata and Garv battled the Khunds, while Lobo searched for the captured scientist, and Phase and Telepath searched for the weapon. They successfully obtained both the design plans and the weapon, but Lobo failed at his mission because there was a bomb inside the scientist set to go off if he was taken away.


Monday, March 2, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Lego Mini-Figures


Released in 2015 and 2016 respectively, Lightning Lad and Cosmic Boy are DC Comics Super-Heroes Mini-Figures from Lego. While Lightning Lad was released at Target as part of a retailer exclusive boxed mini-figure gift set, Cosmic Boy came with the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the animated feature, Justice League: Cosmic Clash.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #20

The Legion #20 (July 2003)
title: "Dream Crime: Part Two"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Mark Farmer
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Saturn Girl; in visions: Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, M'Onel, Monstress, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
In visions: Dreamer, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Tenzil Kem

Opponents: 
Universo; in visions: Progenitor, Progeny (both unseen)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #26

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #26 (April 1991)
title: "Bangs and Whimpers"
plot: Barry Kitson and Alan Grant
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Barry Kitson
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Dan Brereton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Dox turned his attention to the menace of the Khundian Empire. The L.E.G.I.O.N. freed the planet Ogen from being terrorized by the Khunds and Telepath discovered from a prisoner that they were using a captured scientist to build a Doomsday weapon. The team tried to use a captured Khund craft to gain admittance to where the device was being built but the plan failed. Most of the team fled the craft using escape pods but Lady Quark and Bek remained behind in hopes that the pods would confuse Khundian radar.

Back on Cairn, Captain Comet and Marij'n have grown disturbed by the experiments that Dox is conducting on Lydia Mallor to deprogram her. Particularly worried that Dox will use the enhanced charisma mode that he used on the Coluans, they have gone to confront him.

Monday, February 24, 2020

LSH (v8) #4


Legion of Super-Heroes #4 (April 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook and Mikel Janin
inker: Wade Von Grawbadger and Mikel Janin
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Travis Moore and Alex Sinclair (main); Alex Garner (variant)

reviewer: Jason "Anachronistic Lad" Knol

Overall Summary: 
Superboy (Jonathon Kent) finally begins orientation and learns how the Founders met, but his session is interrupted when Brainiac 5 tells them that Aquaman's trident has been stolen, and the Science Police all but arrest the Legionnaires.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #19

The Legion #19 (June 2003)
title: "Dreamcrime: Part One"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Mark Farmer
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Ferro (image only), Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Star Boy, Violet

Guests: 
Aven, Cub Nah, Dr. Gym'll, Dreamer, Lena Erqol; a Kwai navigator, Titanians

Opponents: 
Darkseid (dream sequence), Universo (behind the scenes/voice)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #25

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #25 (March 1991)
title: "Doomsday"
plot: Barry Kitson and Alan Grant
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Kim DeMulder
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Dox used her memory to inspire the L.E.G.I.O.N. He also decided to direct their attention towards a new menace, the Khundian Empire, which is at war with the Dominion. He answered a call for help from the planet Ogen, which was being terrorized by the Khunds. They freed the planet but this was just a first step in confronting their empire. Meanwhile, Marij'n was horrified to discover the experiments that Dox was performing on Lydea Mallor to free her from the Computer Tyrant's brainwashing.

Monday, February 17, 2020

United Planets Superwatch: A Proto-Legion


Grant Morrison has been writing the sole Green Lantern title, specifically referred to as The Green Lantern. Morrison's take on the concept is full of his usual bizarre weirdness and continuity callbacks even most die-hard fans would be unfamiliar with. The title spends time focusing on the more alien Green Lanterns as well as the vastness of outer space in the DCU. So far, the book's been a significant change of pace after the last decade or so was built around everything Geoff Johns established.

The Green Lantern #9 , released in July 2019, was the first issue of the title I felt was interesting enough to buy. Why? Because it features a cavalcade of obscure, non-GL related Silver Age characters Morrison banded together as "The United Planets Superwatch."

On first glance, many of these characters are recognizable as heroes who appeared in the Silver Age Superman Family titles. The most prominent and recognizable are none other than Luma Lynai, the Superwoman of Staryl, and Halk Kar, Mon-El's precursor from the Golden Age!

Their appearance also causes a bit of a continuity problem. The Green Lantern #9 was released about a month before Superman #14 where we apparently saw the founding of the United Planets. If so, how did these guys already exist and does that simply mean the United Planets in Superman is a collective of planets who have no idea the name was already taken? That's gonna be awkward for the Legion and Jon Kent, isn't it?

Friday, February 14, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #18

The Legion #18 (May 2002)
title: "Revival of the Fittest, Part Two"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Alejandro Barrionuevo
inker: Andy Lanning & Simon Coleby
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kev Walker
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Atmos, Chuck Taine, Dr. Gym'll, Insect Queen, Kinetix, Shvaughn Erin; Legion World personnel, Science Police

Opponents: 
Ra's al Ghul

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #24

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #24 (February 1991)
title: "The Empire: Strikes Back!"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: Jeff Albrecht
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach 
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The fate of the Durlan was finally revealed and we learned that when he disappeared he was transported to the 30th century. He found a universe no more welcoming to his people than it was in his own time, so he took a human disguise. After pondering his history as Brainiac's prisoner, and the somewhat twisted relationship he developed with Vril Dox after he was "freed" by Dox, the Durlan decided that his friend's dream of forming the L.E.G.I.O.N. was a noble one. In his guise of R.J. Brande, he planned to continue that dream by creating a Legion of his own in the 30th century. 

Back in the 20th Century, while the team dealt with the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Vril Dox decided that the team needed to turn its attention to another menace facing the universe, the Khundian Empire. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Karate Kid The Series Aftermath


commentary by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

What happened to Karate Kid after his solo-series was cancelled? Let's find out!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #17

The Legion #17 (April 2002)
title: "Revival of the Fittest, Part One"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Alejandro Barrionuevo
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kev Walker
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Atmos, Cub Nah, Dr. Gym'll, Insect Queen, Kinetix, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Terrorforms; Legion World personnel, Science Police

Opponents: 
Ra's al Ghul, Robotican drone

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #23

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #23 (January 1991)
title: "I, Durlan"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern and Richard Piers Rayner
inker: Kim DeMulder
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Richard Piers Rayner and Lovern Kindzierski 
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After Lyrissa Mallor was murdered by her brainwashed daughter, Bek and Marij'n travelled to Talk VIII seeking revenge against the Computer Tyrants. The Tyrants, still in the powerful body they created after fleeing their earlier battle with the L.E.G.I.O.N., had been trying to become the planet's new champion, Mr. Starr. The battle was not going well until the rest of the team arrived, and the combined power of Lady Quark, Bek and Marij'n was able to turn the tide against Mr. Starr. But in the aftermath of the battle, Bek and Marij'n are horrified to discover that the Emerald Eye, the source of their power, has disappeared. During this same time, Stealth has fled Cairn and found a distant planet to await the birth of her child.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

FW Team-Up: Legion of Super-Heroes and Bugs Bunny

Siskoid teams up with his Reboot writing partner in the Legion of Super-Bloggers, Shotgun, to cover the seminal - SEMINAL, WE SAY! - Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny team-up from 2017. We're not kidding around, but maybe the comic is. What a way to start the year, eh?

Listen to the Legion/Bugs Bunny FW Team-Up by clicking HERE!

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Shazam and Superboy-Prime

He's back.

God help us all, he's back.

Shazam #10 featured the surprising return of a DC villain who hasn't really been seen in over a decade, and that's how most of us preferred it! The solicits for the release of Shazam #13 even had Superboy Prime on the cover having decimated the main cast (as shown above). Surprisingly none of them are missing limbs, implying that he must've held back. Of course he'd be on the cover for unlucky #13.

Prime's appearance deserves a mention on Super-Bloggers since he's ostensibly a Legion villain, whether we like it or not. Below I'll be offering a refresher on Prime's history, why he's connected to the Legion, and how his appearance in Shazam #10 went down.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #16

The Legion #16 (March 2003)
title: "Five Reasons to Call in Sick"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Kev Walker
inkers: Andy Lanning and Al Milgrom
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kilian Plunkett and Tanya Horie
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
None

Opponents: 
Fatal Five (Emerald Eye of Ekron, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)

Recap: 
While trying to move Tharok to a prison world, the Legion is waylaid by the Fatal Five, and it's Timber Wolf's first mission...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #22

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #22 (December 1990)
title: "Starrdoom"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: John Nyberg
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach and Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Lyrissa Malor is dead. The heart of the team has been murdered by her own daughter. The one person who could temper Vril Dox's dark side and keep the team united in the face of his more cold-blooded tendencies is gone. Brainwashed by the Computer Tyrants of Colu, her daughter Lydea was convinced her mother was evil and had to be destroyed. The last issue ended with a vision of Lyrissa passing away, but some readers likely hoped it was misleading and she would recover. That was not to be.


Monday, January 27, 2020

LEGION TOYS: DC Multiverse (Bizarro)



Goodbye Readers! Me Bizarro am special guest Legion of Super-Blogger for today and me flew in all the way from Bizarro World and boy are Bizarro's arms wide awake! But unseriously, me am not reviewing Walgreens Exclusive version of me Bizarro, causing solutions for Legion of Super-Heroes way back inside pages of Adventure Comics!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #15

The Legion #15 (February 2003)
title: "Legion Rookie Blues"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Kev Walker
inkers: Andy Lanning and Simon Coleby
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kilian Plunkett and Tanya Horie
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire II/Spark, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Violet, Wildfire, XS; memorials: Element Lad, Kid Quantum I, Live Wire I, Monstress

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Coluan delegates, Cub Nah, R.J. Brande, Trudy Trusoe, Wimena Wazzo, Xanthu delegate; Kwai, Science Police

Opponents: 
Fatal Five (Emerald Eye of Ekron, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #21

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #21 (November 1990)
title: "Light and Shade"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: Jeff Albrecht
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach and Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Lyrissa Mallor's daughter arrived on Cairn intent on killing her mother because she had been brainwashed by the Computer Tyrants of Colu. A psychic flash alerted the team to their battle but by the time they arrived they were too late. They attacked Lydea but Phase inadvertently caused some sort of energy burst that knocked everyone unconscious. While everyone was in mourning over Lyrissa's death, Stealth stole a ship to get away from Dox because she was sick of how he has treated her during her pregnancy. Although the team believed Lyrissa to be dead, we learned that she had lived but was barely clinging to life. In a rare display of emotion, we also saw Dox watching over her in the medical bay, barely holding back tears.

Monday, January 20, 2020

LSH (v8) #3

Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (March 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook and Travis Moore
inker: Wade Von Grawbadger and Travis Moore
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Alw's Troy Peteri
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Jim Cheung & Tomeu Morey (variant)

reviewed by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
Superboy (Jonathon Kent) goes back to his time and "recruits" Robin (Damien Wayne) to come with him and "join" the Legion of Super-Heroes. It doesn't turn out the way he hopes it would.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #14

The Legion #14 (January 2003)
title: "Flesh Is Weak"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editors: Mike McAvennie and Stephen Wacker
associate editor: Tom Palmer Jr. 
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Gear (behind the scenes), Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire II, M'Onel (behind the scenes), Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Khunds, Kinetix, Shvaughn Erin, Timber Wolf, Warworld operating system

Opponents: 
Computo, Robotica, Sharn Nux

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #20

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #20 (October 1990)
title: "Girl Trouble"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: John Nyberg
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach and Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Thanks to their defeat of the pirate Dagon-Ra and the freeing of more than a thousand of his hostages, the team is greeted by a parade when they return to Cairn. Meanwhile, the Computer Tyrants of Colu have brainwashed Lyrissa Mallor"s daughter, Lydea, and she has arrived to take revenge on her mother.

Vril Dox has been alerted to a dangerous situation in their headqaaters and he rushes to find his teammates unconscious. Lobo laughs off the situation, but Vril Dox and Stealth are horrified.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Kamandi #58

Kamandi #58 
"Enter the Legionnaire"
script by Jack C. Harris
co-plotting with Bob Rozakis
art by Dick Ayers and Danny Bulanadi
lettered by Shelly Leferman
colored by Mario Sen
edited by Al Milgrom
cover by James Sherman (penciller) and Bob McLeod (inker)
cover date: Aug/Sept 1978
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

Are you ready for the weirdest team-up in Legion history? Here's a story that no one ever thought could happen, with DC's two major "futures" coming into contact for the first (and until the Crisis, only) time. Karate Kid was just trying to return to the 30th Century, but somehow he lands in the Great Disaster. Now he's involved with the Last Boy on Earth, as he and Kamandi are co-starring in a movie for a bunch of lobsters....!?! Read on, McDuff!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #13

The Legion #13 (December 2002)
title: "Meanwhile..."
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Kev Walker
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
associate editor: Tom Palmer Jr.
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Coluan group mind, Ial Gix, Khunds, Kinetix, Orn Fex, Psiclone, R.J. Brande, Sharn Nux, Shvaughn Erin, Superman (flashback), Timber Wolf, Titanet adepts, Warworld operating system

Opponents: 
Computo, Credo, Imperiex (flashback), Robotica, Singularity, Terrorforms

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #19

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #19 (September 1990)
title: "Bitter Victory"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: John Nyberg
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach and Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: In Adventures of Superman Annual #2, Vril Dox and Lar Gand travelled to Earth to find his father, the evil Brainiac. Due to faulty controls, they lost control of their ship and clipped an airliner on the way down. Superman saved the plane, but Dox's ship crashed into the ocean, and eventually, into an underground tunnel of Project Cadmus. The rest of L.E.G.I.O.N. followed in a separate ship, and were met by Superman. He was suspicious they were allied with Brainiac and offered to help them find their friends.  They found Lar Gand fighting the hero Guardian, who mistook Vril Dox for his father. While they fought, the telepathic director of Cadmus, Dubblix, was possessed by Brainiac and forced to sabotage the project's reactor. Superman and the L.E.G.I.O.N. realized that they should not be fighting, and Superman and Lar Gand got the reactor out just in time. In L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual #1, the team tracked Brainiac to Colu. The villain used ape-like beasts that were really mutated Coluans to defeat the L.E.G.I.O.N., and he placed Vril on trial with his teammates serving as the jury. After being forced to share their true thoughts about Dox, they judged him guilty, but Dox was able to free himself and his teammates from his father's control. Superman joined them in battle against Brainic but they soon discovered that they were merely fighting a mental projection and that he had escaped. Meanwhile, the team had also discovered that Vril used his enhanced charisma program on the Coluans, and neither Superman nor the L.E.G.I.O.N. were happy about it.