Monday, February 17, 2020

United Planets Superwatch: A Proto-Legion


Grant Morrison has been writing the sole Green Lantern title, specifically referred to as The Green Lantern. Morrison's take on the concept is full of his usual bizarre weirdness and continuity callbacks even most die-hard fans would be unfamiliar with. The title spends time focusing on the more alien Green Lanterns as well as the vastness of outer space in the DCU. So far, the book's been a significant change of pace after the last decade or so was built around everything Geoff Johns established.

The Green Lantern #9 , released in July 2019, was the first issue of the title I felt was interesting enough to buy. Why? Because it features a cavalcade of obscure, non-GL related Silver Age characters Morrison banded together as "The United Planets Superwatch."

On first glance, many of these characters are recognizable as heroes who appeared in the Silver Age Superman Family titles. The most prominent and recognizable are none other than Luma Lynai, the Superwoman of Staryl, and Halk Kar, Mon-El's precursor from the Golden Age!

Their appearance also causes a bit of a continuity problem. The Green Lantern #9 was released about a month before Superman #14 where we apparently saw the founding of the United Planets. If so, how did these guys already exist and does that simply mean the United Planets in Superman is a collective of planets who have no idea the name was already taken? That's gonna be awkward for the Legion and Jon Kent, isn't it?

Friday, February 14, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #18

The Legion #18 (May 2002)
title: "Revival of the Fittest, Part Two"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Alejandro Barrionuevo
inker: Andy Lanning & Simon Coleby
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kev Walker
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Atmos, Chuck Taine, Dr. Gym'll, Insect Queen, Kinetix, Shvaughn Erin; Legion World personnel, Science Police

Opponents: 
Ra's al Ghul

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #24

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #24 (February 1991)
title: "The Empire: Strikes Back!"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: Jeff Albrecht
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach 
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: The fate of the Durlan was finally revealed and we learned that when he disappeared he was transported to the 30th century. He found a universe no more welcoming to his people than it was in his own time, so he took a human disguise. After pondering his history as Brainiac's prisoner, and the somewhat twisted relationship he developed with Vril Dox after he was "freed" by Dox, the Durlan decided that his friend's dream of forming the L.E.G.I.O.N. was a noble one. In his guise of R.J. Brande, he planned to continue that dream by creating a Legion of his own in the 30th century. 

Back in the 20th Century, while the team dealt with the death of Lyrissa Mallor, Vril Dox decided that the team needed to turn its attention to another menace facing the universe, the Khundian Empire. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Karate Kid The Series Aftermath


commentary by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage
dedicated affectionately to Glenn "Continuity Kid" Walker

What happened to Karate Kid after his solo-series was cancelled? Let's find out!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #17

The Legion #17 (April 2002)
title: "Revival of the Fittest, Part One"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Alejandro Barrionuevo
inker: Andy Lanning
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kev Walker
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
Atmos, Cub Nah, Dr. Gym'll, Insect Queen, Kinetix, R.J. Brande, Shvaughn Erin, Terrorforms; Legion World personnel, Science Police

Opponents: 
Ra's al Ghul, Robotican drone

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #23

L.E.G.I.O.N. '91 #23 (January 1991)
title: "I, Durlan"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern and Richard Piers Rayner
inker: Kim DeMulder
letterer: Gaspar Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Richard Piers Rayner and Lovern Kindzierski 
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After Lyrissa Mallor was murdered by her brainwashed daughter, Bek and Marij'n travelled to Talk VIII seeking revenge against the Computer Tyrants. The Tyrants, still in the powerful body they created after fleeing their earlier battle with the L.E.G.I.O.N., had been trying to become the planet's new champion, Mr. Starr. The battle was not going well until the rest of the team arrived, and the combined power of Lady Quark, Bek and Marij'n was able to turn the tide against Mr. Starr. But in the aftermath of the battle, Bek and Marij'n are horrified to discover that the Emerald Eye, the source of their power, has disappeared. During this same time, Stealth has fled Cairn and found a distant planet to await the birth of her child.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

FW Team-Up: Legion of Super-Heroes and Bugs Bunny

Siskoid teams up with his Reboot writing partner in the Legion of Super-Bloggers, Shotgun, to cover the seminal - SEMINAL, WE SAY! - Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny team-up from 2017. We're not kidding around, but maybe the comic is. What a way to start the year, eh?

Listen to the Legion/Bugs Bunny FW Team-Up by clicking HERE!

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Shazam and Superboy-Prime

He's back.

God help us all, he's back.

Shazam #10 featured the surprising return of a DC villain who hasn't really been seen in over a decade, and that's how most of us preferred it! The solicits for the release of Shazam #13 even had Superboy Prime on the cover having decimated the main cast (as shown above). Surprisingly none of them are missing limbs, implying that he must've held back. Of course he'd be on the cover for unlucky #13.

Prime's appearance deserves a mention on Super-Bloggers since he's ostensibly a Legion villain, whether we like it or not. Below I'll be offering a refresher on Prime's history, why he's connected to the Legion, and how his appearance in Shazam #10 went down.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #16

The Legion #16 (March 2003)
title: "Five Reasons to Call in Sick"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Kev Walker
inkers: Andy Lanning and Al Milgrom
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kilian Plunkett and Tanya Horie
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Kid Quantum II, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Violet, Wildfire, XS

Guests: 
None

Opponents: 
Fatal Five (Emerald Eye of Ekron, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)

Recap: 
While trying to move Tharok to a prison world, the Legion is waylaid by the Fatal Five, and it's Timber Wolf's first mission...

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #22

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #22 (December 1990)
title: "Starrdoom"
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: Lyrissa Malor is dead. The heart of the team has been murdered by her own daughter. The one person who could temper Vril Dox's dark side and keep the team united in the face of his more cold-blooded tendencies is gone. Brainwashed by the Computer Tyrants of Colu, her daughter Lydea was convinced her mother was evil and had to be destroyed. The last issue ended with a vision of Lyrissa passing away, but some readers likely hoped it was misleading and she would recover. That was not to be.


Monday, January 27, 2020

LEGION TOYS: DC Multiverse (Bizarro)



Goodbye Readers! Me Bizarro am special guest Legion of Super-Blogger for today and me flew in all the way from Bizarro World and boy are Bizarro's arms wide awake! But unseriously, me am not reviewing Walgreens Exclusive version of me Bizarro, causing solutions for Legion of Super-Heroes way back inside pages of Adventure Comics!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Reboot: The Legion #15

The Legion #15 (February 2003)
title: "Legion Rookie Blues"
writers: Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
penciller: Kev Walker
inkers: Andy Lanning and Simon Coleby
lettering: Comicraft
colorist: Jason Wright
seps: Digital Chameleon
editor: Stephen Wacker
cover: Kilian Plunkett and Tanya Horie
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Gear, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum II, Live Wire II/Spark, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Violet, Wildfire, XS; memorials: Element Lad, Kid Quantum I, Live Wire I, Monstress

Guests: 
Chuck Taine, Coluan delegates, Cub Nah, R.J. Brande, Trudy Trusoe, Wimena Wazzo, Xanthu delegate; Kwai, Science Police

Opponents: 
Fatal Five (Emerald Eye of Ekron, Empress, Mano, Persuader, Tharok, Validus)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #21

L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #21 (November 1990)
title: "Light and Shade"
writer: Alan Grant
penciller: Jim Fern
inker: Jeff Albrecht
letterer: Gasper Saladino
colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
editor: Art Young
cover art: Gary Leach and Lovern Kindzierski
review by: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Lyrissa Mallor's daughter arrived on Cairn intent on killing her mother because she had been brainwashed by the Computer Tyrants of Colu. A psychic flash alerted the team to their battle but by the time they arrived they were too late. They attacked Lydea but Phase inadvertently caused some sort of energy burst that knocked everyone unconscious. While everyone was in mourning over Lyrissa's death, Stealth stole a ship to get away from Dox because she was sick of how he has treated her during her pregnancy. Although the team believed Lyrissa to be dead, we learned that she had lived but was barely clinging to life. In a rare display of emotion, we also saw Dox watching over her in the medical bay, barely holding back tears.

Monday, January 20, 2020

LSH (v8) #3

Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (March 2020)
title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook and Travis Moore
inker: Wade Von Grawbadger and Travis Moore
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Alw's Troy Peteri
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Jim Cheung & Tomeu Morey (variant)

reviewed by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
Superboy (Jonathon Kent) goes back to his time and "recruits" Robin (Damien Wayne) to come with him and "join" the Legion of Super-Heroes. It doesn't turn out the way he hopes it would.

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....!