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.