Thursday, October 17, 2019

Reboot: The Legion #1

The Legion #1 (December 2001)
title: "No Place Like Home"
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:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Element Lad (statue),  Gates (statue), Kid Quantum, Live Wire (statue), M'Onel, Monstress (statue), Saturn Girl, Shikari, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Guests: 
Abyss, Brainstorm, Repulse, Twine; citizens of Metropolis (named: Dnya Brynden, Tam Pammeer, Urla Doyal), media (named: Trudy, Vigo), Science Police

Opponents: 
Corvan IV terrorists (named: Izzard, Kreance, Vanquo), Leland McCauley, Mr. Venge

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Who's Who: U.P. Ambassador Jeryl

U.P. Ambassador Jeryl
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Aplynn Jeryl
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Arctoraan
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #11

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #11 (January 1990)
title: "Power Play"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it, Stealth began exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior that culminated in her raping and murdering Dox. Lyrissa stepped up to take over the army he had united to direct it to noble goals. She also had Garryn Bek and his estranged wife clone Dox, who awoke with his memories intact to find an angry Lobo. After a long battle, Dox is able to defeat Lobo


The Computer Tyrants of Colu stand before the sun of Talok VIII in their humanoid form, using the solar energy to restore themselves to full power. They return to the planet with every expectation that the people will eventually need them and bow before them. Meanwhile Garryh Beck is leading a mission to the planet Rishta, which has never had extracharasterial contact before. He fears they could damage it culturally but Dox thought such a planet could use their help more than any advanced world. Bek has discovered a mysterious ship above the planet Rishta and his crew go to investigate. Back on Cairn, Stealth is watching Phase exercise when Dox surprises her.

At the same time, Bek has had an interesting encounter on the abandoned ship with a strange eye that longtime Legion fans may recognize.



A Khunds ship orbits Talok VIII and is surprised to find they have been targeted by the Tyrants. They try evasive maneuvers but it does not work. Because they have a nonaggression pact, they do not expect the Computer Tyrants' attack.




The Tyrants return to Talok and their chief pawn is excited to see their planet had been defended. But the Tyrants tell him that the Khunds came in peace and that he murdered them. He finally realizes the Tyrants are not the hero he believed them to be.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Sarcasm Kid's NYCC 2019 Legion Sketches and Commissions


Another year, another New York Comic Con has come and gone. Only this time I actually have commissions to share with Super Bloggers. Last year I chose to do a DC hiatus at the end of the convention, simply because Heroes in Crisis #1 left me so disgusted I didn't have the energy to even look at anything DC related.

The first day of this year's con didn't start out well for me. It was miserable and raining, and one of my bags broke on the way to the Javits Center so I had to carry it around in my arms. I brought too much reference material with me so I had a hard time deciding which artist to visit first and got immediately overwhelmed. One highlight at least was me snagging a bunch of the new Legion flight rings they gave away at the Retailers Breakfast thing I had to attend for my boss at the comic store.

The second day was much more enjoyable and less stressful. I got plenty of signatures and was able to meet up with some people to talk and chat, including Colleen Doran and Gail Simone.

The last day was fun too, and I finally got to meet my friend Ariel from tumblr (though we only hung for a few minutes). The one downside was Joe Prado telling me my three commissions weren't finished yet, and I'll have to wait til January when he gets free time to work on them. However, Joe did offer to do something extra for me as a gift so that's cool.

With that said, let's finally move on to the commissions!

Friday, October 11, 2019

"The Alien Among Us!"

In the early Seventies DC Comics self-published a bi-monthly "fan magazine" called The Amazing World of DC Comics. It featured histories and interviews, similar to The Comics Journal or Wizard but with a distinct DC "house" slant. Issues were dedicated to the Justice League, Shazam, Wonder Woman, and perhaps most famously, the Legion of Super-Heroes. 

TAWoDCC #12, dated August 1976, was a follow-up to the Legion-centric issue, this time about all of DC's "future" and science fiction series. As part of the theme, an eleven paged sci-fi horror story by Mike Grell was published. In the interview with Grell in that same issue (which we re-published here) Mike says that the story was the second work assignment ever given him by DC (the first was an Aquaman back-up that appeared in Adventure Comics #435) and that this story was originally intended for Weird War Tales (a series that DC published from 1971 to 1983). No reason was given for why it was not published in that book at that time. Oddly enough, it was eventually published in that book two years later (!) in Weird War Tales #67 (Sept 1978). 

I recently found my copy of The Amazing World of DC Comics #12 and re-read this story. I thought other Mike Grell fans would get a kick out of it, so here it is in all its 1974 black and white goodness. Enjoy! 



Thursday, October 10, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #6

Legion Worlds #6 (November 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Rimbor"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Kilian Plunkett
title: "A Moment Here"
writers: Dan Abnet
penciller: Mike McKone
inker: Marlo Alquiza
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Cosmic Boy, Ferro, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kinetix, M'Onel, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Violet, XS; statue: Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Element Lad, ERG-1, Gates, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Ultra Boy (also as flashback/voice), Umbra

Guests: 
Apparition's child, Emerald Dragon Gang, Magno, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Timber Wolf, Wolf Gang (named: Crody, Hubble, Mash, Race, Rn'drr)

Opponents: 
Jinx-Dog, Jo Nah's mother, Kuga, Leland McCauley, Mr. Venge, Swool, Venom Gang, Wimena Wazzo, Xoth

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Who's Who: The Unkillables

The Unkillables
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Various; see below
Super-Power(s): Advanced strength
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #10

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #9 (December 1989)
title: "Internal Affairs"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it, but then Stealth began exhibiting increasingly bizarre behavior that culminated in her raping and murdering Dox. Lyrissa steps up to take over the army he had united and tries to direct it to noble goals. While Garryn Bek works with his estranged wife, Marij'n Bek, to clone Vril Dox, the Durlan disappears and is replaced by a mysterious woman who can phase through walls. Bek tries to capture her but he mistakenly frees Lobo, who then tries to destroy Dox's cloning chamber.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Millenium: Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millenium #2 (Dec 2019)
title: "...And Then"
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
credited on the cover (but not in the issue): 
Scott, Cheung, Dekal, Sook, Morey, Bellaire
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Ivan Reis/Joe Prado (variant)

reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board: 
Thirty-two members if I counted correctly (not counting the triplets individually). I didn't notice a Dr. Fate type character appearing before. And there is a Dr. Phosphorus type character in the rear on the left as well. And Invisible Kid seems to be a member, although we don't (ahem) see him.
Opponent:
Time-travel glitches, stupid human decisions that lead to Great Disasters, stupid corporate decisions that lead to $4.99 comic books not being worth the price of admission

Summary: 
Rose and the Thorn, a Bronze Age Superman Family character, is jumping through different time periods until she arrives on the day the Legion of Super-Heroes has formed. She asks for their help. The end. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #523


Adventure Comics #523 is a turning point in the Adventure Comics Legion relaunch. After months of New Krypton crossovers then months of flashbacks and then months of adjunct storytelling to the main book, the title morphs into a Legion Academy book. 

The Academy had always been, for me, an untapped Legion aspect. We occasionally would get an issue looking at the school (Legion of Super-Heroes #304 one of my favorite issues ever). But what happens on a day to day basis there? What classes do they take? Do they have down time? So having Adventure really scrutinize the Academy and the students thrilled me.

It also helps that writer Paul Levitz gets Phil Jimenez to come on board as a co-creator on the book. Jimenez is a well-known Legion fan so my guess is this was something of a dream project. I especially like that Jimenez got to play with some of the older Legion characters again, Night Girl, Duo Damsel, and Bouncing Boy.

But the draw here are the Academy students. These are, for the most part, new characters. Additions to the expansive Legion continuity is always welcomed!

On to the book.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #5

Legion Worlds #5 (October 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Steeple"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Steve Dillon
inkers: Klaus Janson & John Stanisei
title: "Executive Action"
writers: Dan Abnett
artist: Jamie Tolagson
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Ferro, Karate Kid, M'Onel

Guests: 
Abyss, Brainstorm, Pashassi-Master Sorcsis, Repulse, Twine; Halpashar, space-port crew

Opponents: 
Bronto, Cortex, Emerita, Gangster, Mr. Venge, Nadir, Pollen, Razorsoul

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Who's Who: Uli Algor

Uli Algor
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Uli Algor
Super-Power(s): None; advanced technological weapons
Planet of Origin: Skor
Relationship to Legion: Adversary

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #9

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #9 (October 1989)
title: "Second Chances"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Glenn Whitmore
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Phase, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Recap: Vril Dox successfully conquered the Planet Cairn, overthrowing the drug lords that ruled it and uniting its police force into his new Army. Stealth began exhibiting increasingly bizarre and violent behavior that culminated in her raping and murdering Dox. Strata convinces Lyrissa that despite their differences from Dox, his goal was a good one and his new army could be used for good. She steps up and assumes leadership in Dox's place. Meanwhile, she has Garryn Bek working with his estranged wife, Mari'n Bek, to clone Vril Dox.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Action Comics #863


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Action Comics #863
Title: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes Part 6 of 6 - Sun Rise
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Gary Frank
Inker: Jon Sibal
Colorist: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Editors: Nachie Castro and Matt Idelson
Executive Editor: Gary Frank
Reviewer: Jude Deluca a.k.a. Sarcasm Kid

PREVIOUSLY: With the universe on the brink of war and the Legion scrambling to stop the Justice League of Earth, the Legion of Substitute Heroes are finally called into action as the Legion's wild card. While the Subs invade the JLE's satellite looking to avenge their fallen comrades, Superman and the Legionnaires finally discover most of their missing team-mates held in Earth-Man's stasis chambers. Brainiac 5 tries to free Sun Boy, but Earth-Man gets the drop on Colossal Boy and Superman. It finally comes down to Superman and Earth-Man for the fate of the Legion, the Earth, the universe, and the 31st Century.

And so we finally reach the end of this arc. We finally get the big showdown between Superman and the wannabe Nazi who has usurped his symbol for a petty grudge against the Legionnaires.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #522


In late 2010, the Legion of Super-Heroes had 2 books on the shelves.

Adventure Comics had been resurrected into an interesting Legion side book. I recently reviewed the initial part of the run which was a sort of flashback book, updating some important pieces of the earliest days of the Legion. Coming up the book will become a Legion Academy book.

Adventure Comics #522 was, like last issue, an adjunct book for the main Legion title. So events there are bolstered or replayed here. It is interesting. While the main book was dealing with a Durlan secret invasion, here we are concentrating on Saturn Queen and her impending LSV.

Paul Levitz does a decent job of making this feel like its own book while referencing enough of the other events to make it feel like a unified property. Geraldo Borges is again on art and brings his solid work the the proceedings. The most striking art is the cover by Scott Clark, a cheesecake cover of some of the female Legionnaires. They all seem a bit too thin for bendy ... but I suppose that is what much of cheesecake is.

For me, this whole LSV plotline with the blue baby Dharma never really clicked. But this whole book around this time was pretty rough going.

Onto the book.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #4

Legion Worlds #4 (September 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Xanthu"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Duncan Rouleau
inker: Jaime Mendoza
lettering: Comicraft
title: "War Makes Us Weapons"
writers: Dan Abnett
penciller: Rick Leonardi

inker: Al Williamson
lettering: Kurt-Hathaway
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Star Boy, XS; flashback cameos: Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Atmos, Dreamer, Insect Queen, Jork, Q'Bahl, Sulis; Khunds, Xanthusians

Opponents: 
Robotica; flashback cameo: Progenitor

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Who's Who: Tusker

Tusker
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Horace Lafeaugh
Super-Power(s): Extending tusks
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Would-be Ally, now Adversary

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #8

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #8 (September 1989)
title: "Don't Look Back"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Opponents: Themselves

Recap: Vril Dox has used clones of Lobo to conquer the Planet Cairn and unite iys police force into his new Army. Meanwhile, Stealth exhibited increasingly bizarre and violent behavior. After killing two men, she severely beat Dox and appeared intent on raping him.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Superman #15

Superman #15 (November 2019)
title: "The Unity Saga: The House of El: The Conclusion: Part Two"
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ivan Reis
inker: Joe Prado & Oclair Albert
colorist: Alex Sinclair
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Jessica Chen
editor: Mike Cotton
group editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ivan Reis/Joe Prado and Alex Sinclair (main); Adam Hughes (variant)

reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage, Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane, and Jude "Sarcasm Kid" Deluca

Mission Monitor Board: 
Twenty-eight members (not counting the triplets individually) appear in this issue, but the only ones specifically called out are Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5. Identified via earlier appearances in Legion: Millennium #1 are Lightning Lad, Princess Projectra, and Shrinking Violet. Based on the character designs shown, the following 18 members can be reasonably assumed to be this iteration's versions of Blok, Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Element Lad, Karate Kid, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy, and Wildfire. (see below for details). That leaves six characters unidentified.

Opponents:
Galactic animosity, time-travel glitches, stupid corporate decisions

Friday, September 20, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #521


Hey everyone!

After a couple of weeks away Fridays with Anj continues on what may be my last review run here on the site.

Adventure Comics #521 starts a new direction for the title. Prior issues presented a bit of revisionist history, looking back at the very early days of the Legion. Starting in this issue, the book becomes a adjunct book to the main retroboot Legion of Super-Heroes book which was just hitting the stands.

I suppose, in retrospect, I should have reviewed this book when I was reviewing that book. But the best laid plans. To put this in some chronological sense, this book hit the shelves when Legion of Super-Heroes #8 came out.

This is in the midst of Earth Man being on the team. Saturn Queen is just starting to form her Legion of Super-Villains, seduced by the blue dharma. Harmonia Li has just refused the Green Lantern ring, and the Oan spirit Dyogene is looking for a replacement.

Paul Levitz is on as writer and, not surprisingly, there are some nice character moments amidst the action. In particular, we get some nice Wildfire/Dawnstar moments. I love those two.

Artist Geraldo Borges is on art and works in what felt like the DC House Style back then. His female Legionnaires are some of the curviest and bustiest I have seen in the book. I usually don't comment on that stuff but it is too obvious not to mention.

But overall, much like the Retroboot, I don't think this is a memorable run. Let's dive in.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #3

Legion Worlds #3 (August 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Braal"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Paul Rivoche
title: "On the Net"
writer: Dan Abnett
artist: Rick Burchett
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Violet

Guests: 
Captain Doniger, Chuck Taine, Magno, Orin Fex, Orla Eidoor, Pol Krinn, Quenzla Turrish, Ruonos Mougo, Vin Kolkin, Wimena Wazzo; Braalians, Science Police, Titanians

Opponents: 
Dak Kroll, Nadir, Yantz, unnamed guy with Braal-blades, unnamed guys working for Wimena Wazzo

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Who's Who: Tornado Twins

Tornado Twins
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Don and Dawn Allen
Super-Power(s): Superspeed
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Allies/Precursors

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #7

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #7 (August 1989)
title: "The Nature of the Beast"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Warning: Given the contents of this issue, I feel I should preface this post with a warning. This issue and the next deal with the topic of rape. To be blunt, some pages in this story are quite brutal. Many people (very, very understandably) may find such a storyline difficult or even painful to read. I often have such difficulty myself with films and television shows. If that is the case for you, I strongly recommend for your own emotional well being skipping at least this issue and the next. Subsequent issues will continue to address the fallout, but these two deal most directly with the assault and its immediate aftermath. I will continue having recaps later, which will summarize events for those who choose to skip. For those who want to continue, lets do a recap of the story so far.

Recap: Vril has successfully taken over the drug world Cairn and killed the drug lord Kanis-Biz, who was also the father-in-law to Garryn Bek. While he turns his attention to the rest of the planet, and expanding his new police force, the rest of our cast grow increasingly frustrated with Dox's constant manipulation and growing power base.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Legion of Superheroes S02 E11: In Your Dreams

"In Your Dreams" was directed by Brandon Vietti and written by Stan Berkowitz.

Original airdate: March 22, 2008.

Mission Monitor Board: Brainiac 5, Dream Girl, Lightning Lad, Star Boy, and Timber Wolf.

Opponents: The Dark Circle

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Friday, September 13, 2019

Just For The Grell Of It

While cleaning up my study I came across my old collection of The Amazing World of DC Comics from the early 1970s. There is an awful lot of general nostalgia there, but we're here to talk about issue #12 (July/Aug 1976) in particular.

As you can see from the cover, this issue spotlights DC sci-fi comics. For fans of the Legion of Super-Heroes, this issue includes a four page interview with then-Legion artist Mike Grell.

t the time of this interview Mike had been on Superboy/Legion for approximately two years, and was soon to be leaving it. (There is an ad in the issue for Superboy/Legion #221, which is two issues away from Grell's last story). He had just started his stint on Green Lantern/Green Arrow and The Warlord was on issue #5.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #2

Legion Worlds #2 (July 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Winath"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
artist: Enrique Breccia
lettering: Comicraft
title: "A Change in Climate"
writer: Dan Abnett
art and lettering: Darwyn Cooke
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Spark; flashback elements: Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Kinetix, Live Wire, Saturn Girl

Guests: 
Begz family, Blane and Syra Gulz, Kirth and Dalya Ranzz, Lylia Ranzz, Mekt Ranzz; Science Police, Slo-boat crew

Opponents: 
Millhaven Farming Collective (named: Kalin Gulz and his brother)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Who's Who: Tseln

Tseln
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Tseln
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Thaun
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #6

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #6 (July 1989)
title: "Heroes...and Villains!"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Future L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Their Opponent: Kanis-Biz

Recap: Upon learning that Vril has sent Lobo to kill Kanis-Biz, drug lord and father to Garryn Bek, the team travels to Cairn to stop him. Vril has mislead his companions though, and actually travels with Lobo to Cairn to take over the corrupt police force of Zalman City.

Monday, September 9, 2019

LSH: Millenium 1



Ever since it was announced that DC was going to publish a NEW Legion of Super-Heroes book (its eighth, by our count) we here at the Legion of Super-Bloggers have dealt with several conflicting emotions. Happiness, of course, that our favorite future group was returning. Trepidation, of course, wondering who/what would be THIS particular Legion. Anxiety, of course, on whether DC would or could do the Legion "right."

With the recent publication of Superman #14, Supergirl #33, and Legion of Super-Heroes Millenium #1, *some* of the answers to our questions are being answered. Join us today as we take a quick Triplicate Girl-level look of these three comics!

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Road to Legion

As a special preview of The Legion of Super-Heroes: Millenium #1 (on sale now) the LSB presents the back-pages of that comic, seven pages of text and behind-the-scenes art to help whet your whistle for the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Reboot: Legion Worlds #1

Legion Worlds #1 (June 2001)
title: "You Are Here: Earth"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Yvel Guichet
inker: Dexter Vines
title: "The Earth Spins"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: John Cassaday
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Kinetix, M'Onel, Triad; memorial statues and/or news footage: Apparition, Brainiac 5.1, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, ERG-1, Ferro, Gates, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Star Boy, Thunder, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Violet, XS

Guests: 
Dewar, Dr. Gale, Publind Gdook, Shvaughn Erin, Trudy Trusoe, Vigo Toosalembli; Science Police, news footage: Abyss, Brainstorm, Repulse

Opponents: 
Leland McCauley, Mr. Venge, Robotica, Tharok; news footage: Blight, Emerald Eye, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Validus

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Who's Who: Teachers of Sorcerers' World

Teachers of Sorcerers' World
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Master Star, no others named
Super-Power(s): Magic
Planet of Origin: Various, base of operations on Zerox
Relationship to Legion: Mentors to White Witch

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #5

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #5 (June 1989)
title: "The Secret Diary of Garryn Bek"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

Future L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lobo, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Their Opponent: 

Recap: After escaping from the Starlog prison, Vril Dox tricked his companions into helping to free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. Disgusted with Dox's manipulation, Lyrissa Mallor and Garryn Bek depart the planet, but Bek's poor piloting results in him striking and killing a space dolphin. Lyrissa realizes that the space dolphins share a special bond with the intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo, and is aware of the danger this places them in. They return to Colu to seek Vril Dox's help against Lobo. However, when Lobo arrives at Colu to seek revenge, he appears able to easily defeat our heroes. In fact, he is on the brink of defeating them when Vril makes him an offer.

Monday, September 2, 2019

LEGION TOYS: Cosmic Boy (DC Direct 2001)



We've finally made it to the final stretch! From here on out, we'll be looking at the earliest figures in the series, focusing on the founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes! To start, coming from the planet Braal, with the ability to generate magnetic fields, the magno-ball champion himself, rocking the pink like it's 1999 even though he's from the far-flung 31st Century, Rokk Krinn a.k.a. Cosmic Boy!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #520


I am sort of sad to see this run of Legion of Super-Heroes come to an end in Adventure Comics #520. I don't need a primer on the Legion but it certainly has been fun to see the Legionnaires in their youth, in their Silver Age costumes, and learning hard lessons on being heroes in the 30th century.

Much of this run has been focused on the Legion 'growing up' ... moving from curiosity, to questionable ally of the Science Police, to adjunct to the SciPo, to finally mourners as one of their own has fallen in battle. And, I have liked how we have seen those changes through the eyes of Saturn Girl who has had to do some growing of her own. She has gone from shy girl with low confidence to weary warrior in a short time and doing that while making some dubious decisions about the use of her powers. Imra has always been a rock in the foundation of the LSH, certainly a perfect counter-balance to Lightning Lad's irascible nature.

Paul Levitz shines here, building on definite moments in the Legion's history without leaving new readers behind. And Kevin Sharpe's art works well, showcasing a young Legion. Onwards!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #12

Legion Lost #12 (April 2001)
title: "First & Last"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
special thanks: Pascal Alixe and Martin Griffiths
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress (flashback), Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Opponents: 
Omniphagos, Progenitor (Element Lad), Progeny

Recap: 
The lost Legion has encountered the Progenitor and it is Element Lad, who has gone insane living through the birth of the universe and becoming an amoral god to a whole galaxy. He has a portal to get the Legion home, but plans to take the Omniphagos through and let it eat everything so he can start over. And he's just disintegrated Monstress...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Who's Who: Taurus Gang

Taurus Gang
by Russell & Siskoid


Members: Group consisting of Black Mace, Mystelor, Quanto, Rogarth, and Shagrek
Super-Power(s): Power (see individual listings below)
Planets of Origin: Various 
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #4

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #4 (May 1989)
title: "How to Win Friends and Influence People!"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mark McKenna
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

Future L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Their Opponent: Lobo

Recap: After escaping from the Starlog prison, Vril Dox tricked his companions into helping free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. But now their society is in chaos as the Coluans experience free will for the first time. Disgusted with Dox's constant manipulation, Lyrissa Mallor and Garryn Bek depart the planet, but Bek's poor piloting results in him striking and killing a space dolphin. Lyrissa understands the danger this has placed them and the duo return to Colu to seek help from Dox. She realizes that the space dolphins share a special bond with the intergalactic bounty hunter, Lobo.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Legion Homages: "Hit Squad of Super-Teens"

Next on our round tour of Legion homages, parodies, and knock offs we'll be taking an in-depth look at the only time the old Wildstorm Comics imprint sought to feature their own Legion, way back in The Authority #27 by Mark Millar and Art Adams.


Don't hold your breath, because they appear for about all of three pages before they're totally decimated and killed off. In fact, their appearance was so brief that they aren't even mentioned in the online summaries, which makes sense since they aren't the main plot or subplot of the issue. They're just the opening act to showcase what the main villains are capable of.

Still, one has to admire is how the artist, Art Adams, went out of his way to give the majority of these guys interesting and unique character designs instead of mainly rehashing the Legionnaires' looks.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Review: Adventure Comics #519


Adventure Comics #519 continued the title's retrospective love-fest of all things Legion. It has been a lot of fun to go back and read these stories and see a very young Legion in their earliest adventures. You can really sense how they are unsure of just who they are and what their role is in the galaxy. They are learning on the job as they jump into one dangerous situation after another; they are struggling a bit, stretching their capabilities as they try to do what's right. For someone who started reading these characters way back in the Grell days, it is refreshing to see them in these greener days. They haven't been scarred yet by death or deception or danger; they are fresh-faced.

One thing that I like about this title, and this issue, is the running theme on these young heroes making checklists of things they hope to accomplish. From (in this run of Adventure's earlier Superboy stories) Conner's 'what did Superman do?' list to Clark's list of things he never has been able to do like play baseball  without holding back to here - Brainiac 5's list of what to do in the 20th century. It is such a tradition ... adolescents making lists as they try to figure out who they are. To see that activity from the viewpoint of these young heroes is a nice little literary hook.

It is also pretty cool to be revisiting these 'early adventures' when a new Legion book is right around the corner.

On to the story by Paul Levitz and Eddie Pansica.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Reboot: Legion Lost #11

Legion Lost #11 (March 2001)
title: "One Billion Years of Solitude"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Olivier Coipel
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Tom McCraw
editor: Mike McAvennie
cover: Olivier Coipel & Andy Lanning
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Element Lad (flashback), Kid Quantum II, Live Wire, Monstress, Saturn Girl, Shikari, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire

Opponents: 
Omniphagos, Progenitor, Progeny

Recap: 
Several Legionnaires have been lost in a spatial rift, winding up in an unknown part of the universe. The first to wake up was Element Lad, but he had to leave his friends behind in stasis to find a way home. They woke up to find him gone. Now, captured by the xenophobic Progeny and brought before their leader, the Legionnaires are shocked to find the Progenitor is none other than Element Lad...

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Who's Who: Starlight and Starbright

Starlight and Starbright
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Unknown
Super-Power(s): Both sisters can fly and are super-strong; Starlight shoots black light beams of destruction; Starbright drains the energy of her antagonist via her "star shield." 
Planet of Origin: Unknown; found by Starfinger II in the desert of Mars
Relationship to Legion: Adversaries

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #3

L.E.G.I.O.N. '89 #3 (April 1989)
title: "How to Win Friends and Influence People!"
plot/breakdowns: Keith Giffen
script: Alan Grant
penciller: Barry Kitson
inker: Mike DeCarlo
letterer: Gaspar
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
assistant editor: Art Young
editor: Karen Berger
cover art: Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon

Future L.E.G.I.O.N.airres: The Durlan, Garryn Bek, Lyrissa Mallor, Stealth, Strata, Vril Dox.

Their Opponent: The Computer Tyrants of Colu

Recap: After escaping from the Starlag prison during the Invasion! series, Vril Dox manipulated his fellow escapees into helping him free his people from the Computer Tyrants of Colu. While successful, Vril fears how the almost childlike Coluans will react to having free will for the first time in their lives.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Karate Kid #12


Karate Kid #12 
"The 'Time' of Your Death!"
script by Bob Rozakis
art by Juan Ortiz and Bob McLeod
lettered by Milt Snapinn
colored by Anthony Tollin
edited by Al Milgrom
cover by Rich Buckler (penciller) and Jack Abel (inker)
cover date: Feb/March 1978
review by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

Well even though this issue starts, literally one moment after the end of last issue, we are in a very different 1977 New York City, folks. Not only do we have a new cover logo (did you notice?) but we have a brand new creative team. New writer Bob Rozakis kicks the story off with a bang, and new artists Juan Ortiz and Bob McLeod hand in a more-than-capable job. The cover this time is by Rich Buckler, who was doing a lot of DC covers at around this time.

Clearly DC was trying to sell this book as a super-hero book and not as a karate or kung-fu tie-in. And you know what? It worked, because this is the first issue of Karate Kid that I actually bought off the stands!  I got it because of the Legion and because of the art inside.