Monday, June 29, 2020

Superboy (v2) #50

The New Adventures of Superboy #50 (February 1984)
title: "Dial 'V' For Villain!"
writer: Paul Kupperberg
artist: Keith Giffen (pp 1-7, 39-40)
penciller: Kurt Schaffenberger (pp 8-38)
inker: Dave Hunt (pp 8-38)
letterer: John Costanza
colorist: Jerry Serpe
editor: Julius Schwartz
cover: Keith Giffen

reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Superboy; Chameleon Boy, Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, Element Lad, Star Boy, Wildfire

Guests:
Krypto; Pete Ross, Lana Lang, Bash, Lisa, Valerie; Ma and Pa Kent; Police Chief Parker

Opponents:
small-time hood with telekenesis powers named Nylor Truggs; Lex Luthor

Friday, June 26, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #36

The Legion #36 (Late September 2004)
title: "For No Better Reason, Part Two: Personality Conflict"
writer: Gail Simone
layouts: Dan Jurgens
finishes: Andy Smith
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kevin Maguire and Wayne Von Grawbadger

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Dreamer, Gear, Karate Kid, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Dr. Gym'll, Legion Academy (named: Nightwind), Lialla, Lt. Renslie, Trudy Trusoe, Wimena Wazzo; Metropolis citizens, Oasis One personnel, Upper Metropolis Advanced Med Center personnel

Opponents: 
Oasis One inmates, Organ thief, Persuader, Spike (Arrow, Canary, Devil)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #42 (July 1992)
title: "Revolution"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciller: Barry Kitson 
embellisher: Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Digital Chameleon
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Dan Bremerton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed his daughter, Ig'nea, among the L.E.G.I.O.N.'s new recruits, and she used her power of control to make Dox fall in love with her. Under her influence, Dox disbanded the entire organization. But the team knew something was amiss and fought back. Eventually Dox realized he had been manipulated and fought back. He regained control of the L.E.G.I.O.N., and declared the team reborn.

Monday, June 22, 2020

LSH (v8) #6

Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (March 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook
inker: Wade Von Grawbadger and Travis Moore
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Alex Garner (variant)

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

Overall Summary: 
The Legion confronts the Horraz Pirates, who are attacking in order to destroy New Earth and kill the Legionnaires. Guess who wins. 

Mission Monitor Board: 
Here are the characters who were identified or had speaking parts, in (kind of) order of their appearance: Brainiac 5, Monster Boy, White Witch, Element Lad, Chameleon Boy, Ultra Boy, Wildire, Dawnstar, Superboy, Saturn Girl, Colossal Boy, Gold Lantern, Bouncing Boy, Cosmic Boy, Shadow Lass, Dr. Fate, Lightning Lad, Light Lass, and various others who appear in the last scenes

Supporting Characters:
Rose Forrest, UP President RJ Brande, Crav Nah

Opponents:
Horraz Pirates and their leader Tortor, bad writer, worse editor

Friday, June 19, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #35

The Legion #35 (Early September 2004)
title: "For No Better Reason, Part One: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
writer: Gail Simone
breakdowns: Dan Jurgens
finishes: Andy Smith
lettering: Rob Leigh
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Adam Hughes

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy (hologram), Dreamer, Ferro (hologram), Gear, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum II (hologram), M'Onel (hologram), Spark (hologram), Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, Wildfire

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Lialla, Taan, Trudy Trusoe, Wimena Wazzo; Oasis One perosnnel (Lt. Renslie)

Opponents: 
Organ thief, Persuader, Spike (Arrow, Canary, Devil, Lantern)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #41

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #41 (July 1992)
title: "Caring"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciller: Barry Kitson 
embellisher: Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Dan Bremerton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed his daughter, Ig'nea, among the L.E.G.I.O.N.'s new recruits, and she used her power of control to make Dox fall in love with her. Under her influence, Dox disbanded the entire organization. Dox travelled with his new love Ig'nea to her father, G'odd's planet, and Dox began to suspect that he had been manipulated. The remains of the disbanded L.E.G.I.O.N. arrived on the planet and occupied G'odd's troops while Dox hunted him down. Instead of killing him, Dox left G'odd tied up so he would become food for his own pet bird. Dox also found Ig'nea but by the time Comet arrived on the scene, she was gone. Despite breaking her influence, Dox still harbored feelings for her and apparently let her escape. Once everyone was reunited, Dox declared the L.E.G.I.O.N. reborn. The team subsequently began to rebuild on Cairn but Lady Quark and Garv mysteriously disappeared.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Action Comics #568


Action Comics #568 (June 1985)
“The Amazing Matchmaker of Metropolis”
Cover Art: Howard Bender and Jerry Ordway (signed)
Writer: Craig Boldman
Art: Howard Bender and Alex Nino

Another "Jimmy Olsen tries to find Superman a girl-friend" story review by Emsley Wyatt

At the end of my review of “The Girl of Steel” I made mention of another story in which Jimmy Olsen attempts to play matchmaker.  This is that story. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #34

The Legion #34 (August 2004)
title: "Childhood's End"
writer: Keith Champagne
artist: Steve Lightle
lettering: Bill Oakley
colorist: Sno-Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Steve Lightle

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Shikari, Wildfire

Opponents: 
Lord Thalon, Thunderers of Qward, Weaponers of Qward, Vox

Synopsis: 
31st-Century Qward at the heart of the Anti-Matter Universe. A young man called Vox is in awe of his father, Lord Thalon, from whom he was cloned. This Savior of Qward is fated to bring the warring Weaponers and Thunderers together in a new age of glory, his designs set on the Multiverse itself. He has the power to do it and has recently brought the dying world back to life. They herald him a god. But old hatreds die hard and the two peoples of Qward are far from getting along. Thalon is generally disappointed with his son and thinks of getting rid of him and growing a new one, but when a Thunderer is ordered to do so and fails, he's the one at the wrong end of Thalon's energies. Except they misfire. He visits the battery that powers the planet to recharge, and we see a familiar helmet - Wildfire's - on a stand, suggesting his "god-like" powers are not really his own.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #40

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #40 (June 1992)
title: "Costs"
writer: Barry Kitson
penciller: Barry Kitson 
inker: Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Dan Raspler
cover art: Dan Brereton
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The gangster G'odd placed his daughter, Ig'nea, among the L.E.G.I.O.N.'s new recruits, and she used her power of control to make Dox fall in love with her. Under her influence, Dox disbanded the entire organization. While the other new recruits tried to form their own organization to carry on, Garv, Stealth, Telepath, and Captain Comet came under attack. They barely won the battle, but Telepath was able to learn from their new prisoners that G'odd was responsibleMeanwhile, Dox and Ig'nea travelled to meet her father. Dox observed Ig'nea murdering her gardner and began to suspect that things may not be as they seemed. He eventually realized that he had been manipulated and started to formulate a plan. The rest of L.E.G.I.O.N. arrived on the planet and occupied G'odd's troops while Dox hunted him down. Instead of killing him, Dox left G'odd tied up so he would become food for his own pet bird. Dox also found Ig'nea but by the time Comet arrived on the scene, she was gone. Despite breaking her influence, Dox still harbored feelings for her and apparently let her escape. Once everyone was reunited, Dox declared the L.E.G.I.O.N. reborn.

Monday, June 8, 2020

VALOR #3

Valor #3 (December 1992)
title: "She's The One!"
writer: Robert Loren Fleming
penciller: MD (Mark) Bright
inker: Trevor Scott
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Eric Kachelhofer
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: KC Carlson
cover: MD Bright & Al Gordon (signed)

reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Guest-Star(s):
Lex Luthor, Supergirl
Opponent(s):
White Spider, Lobo

Summary:
Valor flies away from Earth in his "worked-on" space-ship, Pilgrim One. He is enjoying the solitude of space until he is met by the White Spider Gang, who wants to steal the ship for themselves.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #33

The Legion #33 (July 2004)
title: "Notorious Part 2"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Chris Batista
inker: Jay Leisten
lettering: Jared K. Fletcher
colorist: Sno Cone
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Chris Batista

reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
R.J. Brande

Opponents: 
Credo, Singularity

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #39

L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 #39 (May 1992)
title: "Payback Time!"
plot: Alan Grant & Barry Kitson
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson 
inker: Barry Kitson & Robin Smith
letterer: Gasper Saladino
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 began to act more like villains than heroes. 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. Dox later observed Ig'nea murdering her gardner and began to suspect things may not be as they same. He eventually realized that he had been manipulated and started to formulate a plan.

Monday, June 1, 2020

LEGION TOYS: Composite Superman (DC Direct)



One night Superman Museum janitor Joseph Meach was struck by a wave of energy that came from a bolt of lighting having hit a collection of statuettes representing the Legion of Super-Heroes. He awoke with the combined abilities of each of the Legionnaires! With his newfound powers he became a one-man Legion of Super-Heroes! Introduced in action figure form in the DC Direct DC Comics First Appearances Series 3 line, here is the most hated character on all of the Who's Who Podcast:  Composite Superman!