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.


Monday, January 6, 2020

LEGION TOYS: DC Direct Pocket Superheroes


DC Direct Pocket Superheroes isn't necessarily a line of figures I was interested in when they were initially released back in 2001. However, since it's rare for Legionnaires to get action figure representation at all, I decided to acquire them for review and display purposes. I figured not only would these be fun to display with their larger counterparts in photo shoots, but would make a worthwhile review for the LEGION TOYS segment here on the Legion of Super-Bloggers!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #12

The Legion #12 (November 2002)
title: "Choose Your Weapons!'
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel and Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Coluan group mind (behind the scenes), Cub Nah, Dreamer, Major Dkar, Orin Fex, Q'Bahl, R.J. Brande, Sharn Nux, Titanet adepts, Timber Wolf, Warworld operating system

Opponents: 
Computo, Holographic JLA (Atom, Batman, Flash III, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman), Robotica

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year 2020!

Welcome to the Future! 

Dream Girl stopped by to wish all of us here in the United Planets a very Happy New Year! Although she knows what is in store for us, she still hopes that we manage to have a safe and healthy 2020! 

While Dream Girl was in the 21st Century she also let us know a few things she sees happening on the Legion of Super-Bloggers in 2020. And as you know, Dream Girl's visions are never wrong....! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Who's Who: The Blight

The Blight
by Siskoid


Super-Power(s): Corruption
Planet of Origin: Unknown
Relationship to Legion: Enemies

Monday, December 30, 2019

Introducing....Soultaker!

It's the end of a decade, and the 2010s have... not been very kind to the Legion of Super-Heroes or its fans.

Actually, the 2010s haven't been good for anyone.

Following the end of The New 52 Legion in 2013, the Legion was in an extended period of getting pulled in and out of Comic Book Limbo several times. Delegated to guest appearances in other comics (Justice League United and Smallville), getting turned into an evil knock off of itself (Justice League 3001), and having its return teased throughout DC Rebirth (Batman and Supergirl), the Legion finally gained a new ongoing title this year by Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook.


From 2010 to 2019 there have been a handful of new Legionnaires joining the already plentiful ranks, including Chemical Kid, Dragonwing, Glorith II, Harmonia Li, Comet Queen, Monster Boy, Gold Lantern, and Superboy Jon Kent (whether he counts as Superboy III, IV, or V I haven't determined).

However, just before this decade comes to a close, Geoff Johns sneaked in one more new Legionnaire in the final issue of Doomsday Clock. While many are still working out the notion of Doomsday Clock finally ending after two years of delays, it was especially easy to miss the newbie. Oh, and she only appears shoulder up in ONE panel, so of course some (most?) missed her.

So, just before 2020 enters, let's take the time to look at SOULTAKER.