Friday, May 29, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #32

The Legion #32 (June 2004)
title: "Notorious"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Chip Wallace and Jay Leisten
lettering: Jared K. Fletcher
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Eric Wight

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon (flashback), Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Ferro, Gates (flashback), Gear, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Kinetix (flashback), Live Wire, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dr. Gym'll, Kwai, Legion Academy Cadets (Babbage, Comet Queen), R.J. Brande (flashback)

Opponents: 
Credo, Jan Arrah (flashback), Singularity

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Legion by Luke Daab


The fantastic Luke Daab has done it again! 

Luke Daab at  www.daabcreative.com has created 15 of the most adorable Legion of Super-Heroes cards that you will ever see! 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #38

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #38 (April 1992)
title: "Welcome to the Palace of Pleasure"
plot: Alan Grant & Barry Kitson
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Lee Moder 
inker: Brad Vancata 
letterer: Janice Chiang
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Kevin Maguire & Karl Kesel
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed a mole in the L.E.G.I.O.N., and agents throughout the galaxy began to act more like villains than heroes, placing the team's reputation in jeopardy. Phase attempted to deal with the blowback from member planets with no help from Vril Dox, who was focused on his romance with Ig'nea, one of the new recruits. Amid the chaos, Dox announced that he was disbanding the L.E.G.I.O.N. While the new recruits vowed to form their own organization to carry on the spirit of L.E.G.I.O.N., several of the core members came under attack while returning to base. Garv, Stealth, Telepath, and Captain Comet appeared near defeat but Comet let loose a burst of energy that knocked both them and their attackers unconscious. When they awoke, Telepath scanned one of their attackers and learned that G'odd was responsible. Meanwhile, Lady Quark, Bek, Marij'n, and Phase fended off an attack on Cairn, while Lobo recovered from his own defeat at the hands of the assassin Ice Man. Meanwhile, Dox and Ig'nea travelled to meet her father, who turned out to be the villain G'odd.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Tale of Two Legions


Join us as two of the Legion of Super-Bloggers rant about what makes a good comic-book in general and a good Legion comic in particular.

We look at two very recent examples of TWO new Legion of Super-Heroes stories.

One is of course, LSH (volume 8) #5, which had been released during the same week that retail stores were ordered closed. The other was From Beyond The Unknown #1 (direct market version).

Although both series are called "Legion of Super-Heroes," it is no Sophie's Choice to tell you which one we would save in a fire.

Monday, May 25, 2020

LSH (v8) #5

Legion of Super-Heroes #5 (May 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artists: Ryan Sook, Scott Godlewski, and Wade Von Grawbadger
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Alex Garner (variant)

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

Overall Summary: 
As Brainiac 5 talks his way out of the Legion's conflict with the Science Police, Superboy (Jonathon Kent) continues his 31st Century orientation, including his review of the forming of the Legion.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #31

The Legion #31 (May 2004)
title: "Housekeeping"
storytellers: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Keith Giffen
inker: Al Milgrom
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Triad, Umbra

Guests: 
Ambush Bug (cameo), Chuck Taine, Cub Nah, Dr. Gym'll

Opponents: 
Nanite swarm

Recap: 
Between Ra's al Ghul, Universo, and Darkseid's servants, Legion World has seen better days. In fact, it's quite a mess...

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #37

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #37 (March 1992)
title: "The G'odd Squad!"
plot: Alan Grant & Barry Kitson
writer: Alan Grant
layouts: Barry Kitson 
finishes: Robin Smith
letterer: John Workman
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Kevin Maguire & Karl Kesel
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" 

Review: The gangster G'odd placed a mole in the L.E.G.I.O.N., and agents throughout the galaxy began to act more like villains than heroes, placing the team's reputation in jeopardy. Phase attempted to deal with the blowback from member planets with no help from Vril Dox, who was focused on his burgeoning relationship with Ig'nea, one of the new recruits. Lobo was on a mission attacking G'odd's smugglers and fell into a trap set by the assassin Ice Man, who leaves Lobo buried in a grave. Despite the team's troubles, everyone was still shocked when Dox gathered them to announce that he was disbanding the L.E.G.I.O.N. The new recruits vowed to form their own organization to carry on the spirit of L.E.G.I.O.N. while several of the core members came under attack while returning to base. Garv, Stealth, Telepath, and Captain Comet appeared to fall in defeat. On Cairn, Phase tried to deal with the fallout of Dox's decision, while Garryn Bek surprisingly stepped up and held the organization together amid the fallout. Lady Quark expressed her desire to leave since Dox was no longer a potential mate, but Phase and Bek convinced her to stay and fight for the team. Meanwhile, Dox and Ig'nea travelled to meet her father, who turned out to be the villain G'odd. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Everything You Wanted To Know About the Legion....!




I'VE been collecting publications related to the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES ever since I bought (with the help of my dad) Adventure Comics #247 off the stands.

Over the decades, that has extended to literally EVERYTHING ... comics which have Legion cameos, those with Legion-originated worlds (Durla, Daxam, Rimbor, etc), Legion-originated alien races (Khunds, Dominators, Controllers, etc), Legion artifacts (flight rings, time bubbles, etc), and even those which merely mention the group or its members. I have every magazine and coffee table book which contain Legion articles, as well as comics featuring Legion homages. 

There have been many so-called comprehensive lists produced over the years and I have seen them all. NONE of them list everything.

So I began this project, to provide pictorial guides to every Legion-related item known (at least to me, anyway). It originally began on my Facebook site Bits of Legionnaire Business, but it's now grown so much that it deserves a website of its own.

Here we have complete listings of every Legion-related issue and pictorial evidence of why it's connected to our favorite group. But there's much, much more!

There are complete guides to every bit of official  Legion-related merchandise, poster, figure, apparel, style guide, stationery and anything else you can think of. The section on multimedia includes Legion appearances ion TV shows, in the movies, on DVD, in video games and in audio recordings.

I invite all fans to enjoy this site. It took many, many hours to create and I'm sure will provide many, many hours of interest as you pore through its contents. Hopefully, you will delight at finding one or more new collectibles you had never known existed.

The URL of the website is:








Monday, May 18, 2020

The First Girl of Steel

“Twice Told Tales” or “Haven’t I seen this character before?”
A "double-header" review by Emsley Wyatt

Superman #123  (August 1958)
"The Girl of Steel"
Writer: Otto Binder
Cover Artist: Curt Swan
Artists. Dick Sprang, Stan Kaye
Recently I’ve done a series called “Twice Told Tales” looking at recycled stories which, in their second incarnations, introduced the Legionnaires Mon-El and Star Boy.  But did you know that another Legionnaire had a precursor character?  None other than Kara Zor-El; that’s right, Supergirl herself.  The character of Kara Zor-El debuted in Action Comics #252 in the story “The Supergirl of Krypton” published in May 1959. However, nearly a year earlier a story was published about another “Supergirl.” It was called “The Girl of Steel” and was an attempt by DC management to see if a female super character would, err, fly.
As you can see, there’s a strong resemblance between her and her successor.

So where did this Supergirl come from?  Well, it begins, as so many stories do, with Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #30

The Legion #30 (April 2004)
title: "Foundations The Final Chapter"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Chip Wallace
lettering: Ken Lopez
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Ferro, Gear, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Big Barda, Clark Kent (pre-Superman), Firestorm, Lobo, Mister Miracle, Oberon

Opponents: 
Darkseid, Parademons, Servants of Darkness (Big Barda, Firestorm, Lobo, Martian Manhunter, Orion)

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #36

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #36 (February 1992)
title: "In the Name of L.O.V.E."
plot: Alan Grant & Barry Kitson
writer: Alan Grant
layouts: Barry Kitson 
finishes: Art Nichols
letterer: John Workman
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Kevin Maguire & Karl Kesel
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After the L.E.G.I.O.N. welcomed a group of new recruits, we learned that one of them was likely a mole planted by the gangster G'odd. Agents of L.E.G.I.O.N. throughout the galaxy began to act more like villains than heroes, placing the team's reputation in jeopardy. Phase attempted to deal with the blowback from member planets with no help from Vril Dox, who seemed only focused on his burgeoning relationship with Ig'nea, one of the new recruits. Lobo was on a mission attacking G'odd's smugglers and fell into a trap set by the assassin Ice Man, who leaves Lobo buried in a grave. Despite the team's troubles, everyone was still shocked when Dox gathered them to announce that he was disbanding the L.E.G.I.O.N. The new recruits vowed to form their own organization to carry on in the spirit of L.E.G.I.O.N. while several of the core members came under attack while returning to Cairn.


Monday, May 11, 2020

VALOR #2

Valor #2 (December 1992)
title: "Boy Meets Supergirl"
writer: Robert Loren Fleming
penciller: MD (Mark) Bright
inker: Al Gordon
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Eric Kachelhofer
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: Michael Eury and KC Carlson
cover: MD Bright & Al Gordon (signed)

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

Guest-Star(s):
Lex Luthor, Supergirl
Opponent(s):
Lex Luthor, Supergirl (?)

Summary:
Valor is minding his own business in South America when Supergirl shows up to "fetch" him back to Luthor. She doesn't have it easy.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #29

The Legion #29 (March 2004)
title: "Foundations Part Five"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Chip Wallace
lettering: Ken Lopez
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Ferro, Gear, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Amazons, Batman (alternative 2019), Bruce Wayne, Chuck Taine, Clark Kent (pre-Superman and corrupted by Apokolips), Demon Etrigan, Enemy Ace, Flash I, Flash II, Jonah Hex, Martha Wayne, Robin (alternative 2019), Sgt. Rock, Thomas Wayne, Wildman

Opponents: 
Anti-Monitor, Darkseid, Parademons, Servants of Darkness (Big Barda, Firestorm, Green Lantern, Orion)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. #35

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #35 (January 1992)
title: "Aftershocks"
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: Kevin Maguire & Karl Kesel
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Review: After the L.E.G.I.O.N. welcomed a group of new recruits, we learned that one of them was likely a mole planted by the gangster G'odd. Agents of L.E.G.I.O.N. throughout the galaxy began to act more like villains than heroes, placing the team's reputation in jeopardy. Phase attempted to deal with the blowback from member planets with no help from Vril Dox, who seemed only focused on his burgeoning relationship with Ig'nea, one of the new recruits. Despite the team's troubles, and Dox's increasing isolation, everyone was still shocked when he gathered them to announce that he was disbanding the L.E.G.I.O.N.

Monday, May 4, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Happy Meal Toys (Legion of Super-Heroes)



Released in 2007, McDonald’s created a series of Happy Meal Toys for the Legion of Super-Heroes animated series. There are eight figures in total. Superman (who could not be called Superboy due to legal shenanigans), Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Lightning Lad and Timber Wolf make up the Legionaries. Representing the villains of the show are Tharok, Validus and Mano of the Fatal Five.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #28

The Legion #28 (February 2004)
title: "Foundations Part Four"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Chip Wallace
lettering: Ken Lopez
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Tony Harris and Tom Feister

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Ferro, Gear, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Superboy II, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Clark Kent (pre-Superman and corrupted by Apokolips), Science Police, Trudy Trusoe (and staff, including an Athramite hair and make-up person); a farmer

Opponents: 
Catastrophists, Darkseid, Parademons, Servants of Darkness (Orion)