Wednesday, June 16, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '96 #15

R.E.B.E.L.S. '96 #15 (January 1996)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Probst

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox: Super-Intelligent founder of the interplanetary police agency L.E.G.I.O.N. Now a fugitive from his own organization.

Lyrl Dox: Vril's power-mad son, who now runs L.E.G.I.O.N.- and is now cementing his rule by broadcasting a powerful mind-control wave throughout the galaxy.

Stealth, Telepath, Phase, Borbb, Strata, and Garv: Former L.E.G.I.O.N. officers, now Vril's fugitive comrades.

The Presidential Guardsman: Bodyguard to Dox's ally, the President of the L.E.G.I.O.N. planet Devan.

Now Lyrl Dox's mind-control wave hold Devan in its grip, along with a hundred other worlds...

Monday, June 14, 2021

Valor #15

Valor #15 (Jan 1994)

title: "DOA Part Four: Absolute Power"
writer: Mark Waid
penciller: Colleen Doran
inkers: Mark Farmer (pp 1-11) and Mischa McDowell (pp 12~23)
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Dave Grafe
associate editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Stuart Immonen & Bob Wiacek (signed)

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

Guest-Star(s):
Cosmic Boy, Triad, Dragonmage, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Ultra Boy, and Element Lad from the Legion of Super-Heroes

Opponent(s): Baaldurian war-lords, ego, ignorance

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #14

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #14 (December 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Probst

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox: Super-Intelligent founder of the interplanetary police agency L.E.G.I.O.N. Now a fugitive from his own organization.

Lyrl Dox: Vril's power-mad son, who wrested control of L.E.G.I.O.N.  by framing his parents for his own terrible crimes.

Stealth: Lyrl's mother, now wanted for assassinating 87 planetary leaders - all victims of Lyrl now.

Telepath, Phase, Borbb, Strata, and Garv: Former L.E.G.I.O.N. officers, now Vril's fugitive comrades.

Lydea Mallor and Gigantus: Two of Lyrl's core team of top lieutenants.

Captain Comet: Evolutionary Mutant from Earth, founder of the resistance movement on the L.E.G.I.O.N. homeworld of Cairn.

Monday, June 7, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Mantis (DC Universe Classics)


While not your atypical Legion of Super-Heroes nemesis, the  insect colony leader, Mantis, battles the Post-Zero Hour Legion during the DC Cosmic Event story titled Genesis! Emerging from his Power Pod, the second most-powerful being on Apokolips nearly defeats the Legion, if not for Ultra Boy punching Mantis away from his recharging apparatus.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #13

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #13 (November 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Probst


Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox: Super-Intelligent founder of the interplanetary police agency L.E.G.I.O.N. Now a fugitive from his own organization.

Lyrl Dox: Vril's power-mad son, who wrested control of L.E.G.I.O.N.  by framing his parents for his own terrible crimes.

Stealth: Lyrl's mother, now wanted for assasinating 87 planetary leaders - all victims of Lyrl Dox.

Telepath, Phase, Borb Borbb, Strata, and Garv: Former L.E.G.I.O.N. officers, now Vril's fugitive comrades.

The Iceman: A killer-for-hire sent to avenge the 87 leaders, his essence is now trapped in the R.E.B.E.L.S. ship's systems.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day 2021



In the United States, the last Monday in May is marked as Memorial Day. This is the day we Americans set aside to honor those who died while on active military duty. It started after the US Civil War, which ended in April 1865. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. 

The Legion of Super-Heroes has had more than their share of members fall in battle. Although they are a group of fictional characters, we believe that when they are done well they represent character traits we as real (?) people can aspire to. 

With that in mind, we honor Those Who Gave All...

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #12

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #12 (October 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Michael Dutkiewicz
inker: Michael Dutkiewicz
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Probst


Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Having been presumed dead, Vril Dox reunited with his fellow fugitives from L.E.G.I.O.N.'s tyranny in the haven of the lawless world of Raxull.

Dox's old ally, Captain Comet, returned to the L.E.G.I.O.N. homeworld and freed his love, Ig'nea, from Lyrl Dox's control. At the same time, the representatives of each L.E.G.I.O.N. world, still victim's of Lyrl's brainwashing, hired the powerful Iceman to hunt down Vril Dox.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Super-Pets!


Title: The Super Pets in The Super-Threats!

Writers: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Penciller/Inker: Chad Hardin

Colorist: Enrica Eren Angiolini

Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

Editor: Katie Kubert

Associate Editor: Liz Erickson

Cover Artist: Chris Burnham

Featuring: The Legion of Super-Pets (Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat, Comet the Super-Horse, Beppo the Super-Monkey, Ace the Bat-Hound, Nathan the Dachshund, Bat-Cow. No, Proty doesn't appear despite being on the cover)

I'm doing this apparently for the sake of no one else having to do it.

If anyone had any semblance of interest in DC's main books, they could not help but notice the main titles were recently dominated by Dark Nights Death Metal. Being the sequel to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Dark Nights Metal, Death Metal is... basically more of the same but ratcheted up to like 5 million.

No, that's not a good thing.

After being built up in Snyder's Justice League run and the overall Year Of The Villain banner that infested the DCU for 2018 and 2019, Death Metal featured the combined threats of The Batman Who Laughs and Perpetua ravaging the 52 Multiverse. While Perpetua is steadily destroying and subjecting the 52 Earths, BWL has led a cockroach-like swarm of Dark Multiverse Batmen in taking over the main DC Earth.

The Multiverse Who Laughs is an anthology (if you can call it that) narrated by the utterly obnoxious Robin King, about the Earths in the Last 52 Multiverse. Robin King is yet another evil Bruce Wayne, a sociopath from birth who killed his parents in Crime Alley and is a redux of the Batman Who Laughs as well as Damian Wayne at his absolute worst. I still don't understand the logic behind creating a Last 52 Multiverse, since they are worlds where evil triumphed, even though that's what the Dark Multiverse is.

The stories in this collection are barely worth commenting on, and none of them do a very good job at highlighting how "exciting" and "evil" this evil Multiverse is supposed to be. Body horror in Arkham Asylum, fascism with the Green Lantern Corps, some thing about Steel and Azrael, and this story about the Legion of Super-Pets. There's not even an epilogue by the Robin King to cap it off, the stories all... end.  

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #11

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #11 (September 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & John Dell


Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Having been presumed dead, Vril Dox reunites with his fellow fugitives from L.E.G.I.O.N.'s tyranny in the haven of the lawless world of Raxull.

Meanwhile, Dox's old ally, Captain Comet, returns to the L.E.G.I.O.N. homeworld of Cairn, unaware of the terrible changes that have occurred in his months long absence.



Monday, May 17, 2021

A Valorous Letter, Read but Unheeded

by Siskoid

My thanks to the Grand Poomba of the Legion of Super-Bloggers, Little Russell Burbage, for spotting a fan letter I'd completely forgotten about in Valor #14 (reacting to #10).