Wednesday, July 28, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. #4

R.E.B.E.L.S. #4 (July 2009)
title: "From Beyond"
writer: Tony Bedard
penciller: Claude St. Aubin
inker: Scott Hanna
colors: Jose Villarrubia 
letters: Steve Wands
editor: Brian Cunningham
cover: Andy Clarke

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox crash-landed on Earth while fleeing from a group of mercinaries, which included former L.E.G.I.O.N. recruit, Amon Haak. With Supergirl's assistance, he fled to a science station at the South Pole. There, he received a message through time from his descendant, Brainiac 5, who explained that there was no record in his era of Vril Dox after this day. To ensure his survival, Brainiac 5 provided him with the complete personnel files of the Legion of Super-Heroes to maximize his chances. Instead of recruiting Supergirl, as Brainiac 5 expected, Vril Dox stole a device from the mercenary Getorix that gave him control over the giant beast, Tribulus. He then travelled to Starhaven, home of the Anasazi Tribe of Earth, who had long ago been abducted by aliens and resettled. There, he recruited the outcast native, Wildstar, and used technology to awaken the latent tracking talents of her people.  Unfortunately, the effects of the process mean that she must now wear a special containment suit for the rest of her life.  They then travelled to the planet Cairn in hopes of recruiting former L.E.G.I.O.N. officer, Strata, and discover that she just survived an attack by L.E.G.I.O.N. robo-troops.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Who's Who in the Legion #1 EXTRAS


by Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Although we have already featured all of the characters that actually appeared in the mini-series Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes (1988), we here at Legion of Super-Bloggers realized that we never got around to featuring the extra-special features from each issue, such as the history of the Legion from issues 1 & 2, the Legion planet featurette from issue 3, the Legion HQ tour from issue 4, etcetera! So here we are in seven part min-series to rectify this mistake!  

We'll start off with the first part of "The History of the Legion" from Who's Who in the Legion #1. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. #3

R.E.B.E.L.S. #3 (June 2009)
title: "A World of Hurt"
writer: Tony Bedard
penciller: Andy Clarke
inker: Andy Clarke
colors: Jose Villarrubia 
letters: Steve Wands
editor: Brian Cunningham
cover: Andy Clarke

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox crash-landed on Earth while fleeing from a group of mercinaries, which included former L.E.G.I.O.N. recruit, Amon Haak. Supergirl stumbled upon their battle and Dox convinced her to help him. Elsewhere, the Omega Men were being pursued by L.E.G.I.O.N. peacekeeper robo-troops at the colony on Lunestus, and Tygor wondered why the L.E.G.I.O.N. would even be paying attention to such a small community. Then they received a L.E.G.I.O.N. broadcast announcing that all member worlds were now considered L.E.G.I.O.N. property and that a reward was being offered for the capture of Vril Dox. On Earth, Supergirl took Dox to a remove outpost at the South Pole, where he received a message from his descendant, Brainiac 5.

Brainiac 5 explained to his ancestor that there was no record of him after this day so he was providing him with the complete personnel files of the Legion of Super-Heroes to maximize his chances. Instead of recruiting Supergirl, as Brainiac 5 expected, Vril Dox stole a device from the mercenary Getorix that gave him control over the giant beast, Tribulus. He then travelled to Starhaven, home of the Anasazi Tribe of Earth, who had long ago been abducted and resettled. There, he recruited the outcast native, Wildstar, with the intent of awakening the latent talents of her people.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Silver Age Legion Writers


The Legion of Super Writers

by Emsley Wyatt

When the Legion of Super-Heroes were introduced in Adventure Comics #247 back in April 1958, it was intended to be your typical one-and-done kind of story. But if there was one thing that the DC writing staff was known for, it was recycling story elements as part of the Superman mythology. Indeed, they would recycle whole stories on occasion, as I have commented on here. So, once the Legion was established it was inevitable that they would return. But what was not inevitable was that they would, over time, develop a mythology of their own as broad and deep as the one that originated them. As the manifest of this page tells us, it takes a Legion to create it. A Legion of Super Writers, if you will...

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. #2

R.E.B.E.L.S. #2 (May 2009)
title: "The First Recruit
writer: Tony Bedard
penciller: Andy Clarke
inker: Andy Clarke
colors: Jose Villarrubia 
letters: Steve Wands
editor: Brian Cunningham
cover: Andy Clarke

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox crash-landed on Earth while fleeing from a group of mercinaries, which included former L.E.G.I.O.N. recruit, Amon Haak. Supergirl stumbles on their battle and Dox convinces her to help him. Elsewhere, the Omega Men were being pursued by L.E.G.I.O.N. peacekeeper robo-troops at the colony on Lunestus, and Tygor wondered why the L.E.G.I.O.N. would even be paying attention to such a small community. Then they received a L.E.G.I.O.N. broadcast announcing that all member worlds were now considered L.E.G.I.O.N. property and that a reward was being offered for the capture of Vril Dox. On Earth, Supergirl took Dox to a remove outpost at the South Pole, where he received a message from his descendant, Brainiac 5.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Valor #16

Valor #16 (February 1994)

title: "DOA Part Five: World Enough....and Time"
writer: Mark Waid
penciller: Colleen Doran
inker: Mischa McDowell
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Dave Grafe
associate editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Kevin Maguire (signed)

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

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

Opponent(s):
Lori

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1

R.E.B.E.L.S. #1 (April 2009)
title: "The Future is Now"
writer: Tony Bedard
penciller: Andy Clarke
inker: Andy Clarke
colors: Jose Villarrubia 
letters: Travis Lanham
editor: Mike Marts
cover: Andy Clarke

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: In the prior series, Vril Dox, the super-intelligent founder of the interplanetary police agency L.E.G.I.O.N., became a fugitive from his own organization. His infant son, Lryl Dox, also possessed super-intelligent and created a brainwashing device to take over the organization. Eventually, with the help of fellow fugitives and former L.E.G.I.O.N. officers Stealth, Telepath, Phase, Borb Borbb, Strata, and Garv, Vril was able to free everyone from the brainwashing and regain leadership.

Vril retired from L.E.G.I.O.N. and settled on a small asteroid base with his son, who had been reverted to a normal child, and the boy's mother, Stealth. He handed leadership over to Captain Comet of Earth, who vowed to rebuild the galaxy's trust in L.E.G.I.O.N.

Monday, July 5, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Darkseid (DC Super-Heroes)


The most powerful being on Apokolips. A twisted mockery of a world shaped by the greatest evil the universe has ever known, Darkseid the Destroyer. His mad lust called for the total destruction of his enemies.

Some evil cannot be destroyed: Great Darkseid the Destroyer survived for centuries. His ultimate vanquishment has never been recorded. By the 30th Century, Darkseid is revealed to be the mastermind behind The Great Darkness Saga.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '96 #17

R.E.B.E.L.S. '96 #17 (March 1996)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Phyllis Novin
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & John Dell

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, along with Stealth, Telepath, Phase, Borb Borbb, Strata, and Garv, former L.E.G.I.O.N. officers. 

They set their ship's course for the planet Cairn, where they intended to mount a last-ditch assault against L.E.G.I.O.N. leader Lyrl Dox, Vril and Stealth's power mad son, who was cementing his rule by broadcasting a powerful mind-control wave throughout the galaxy. The assault failed and just as the wave was about to engulf them, Vril Dox pulled out a pistol and fired at Stealth.

Monday, June 28, 2021

The Legion in Australia


Have you ever wondered what Legion comics look like in other countries? Let's look at how the Legion has appeared in Australia.....

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '96 #16

R.E.B.E.L.S. '96 #16 (February 1996)
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: Vril Dox: Super-Intelligent founder of the interplanetary police agency L.E.G.I.O.N., now a fugitive from his own organization, along with Stealth, Telepath, Phase, Borb Borbb, Strata, and Garv, former L.E.G.I.O.N. officers. 

They have set their ship's course for the planet Cairn, where they intend to mount a last-ditch assault against L.E.G.I.O.N. leader Lyrl Dox, Vril and Stealths power mad son, who is cementing his rule by broadcasting a powerful mind-control wave throughout the galaxy.


Monday, June 21, 2021

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #15

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #15 (August 2008)
title: "In a Flash!"
writer: Jake Black
pencils: Robert Atkins
inks: Rick Ketchum
letterer: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Heroic Age
editor: Jeanine Schaefer
cover art: Alexander Serra

Mission Monitor Board: Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, and Triplicate Girl

Guest Star: Impulse


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). 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #10

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #10 (August 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Propst


Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: The fugitive R.E.B.E.L.S. return to the outlaw world of Raxull, seeking a way to detach their old ally Garv from their ship's mysterious mind-siphon.

Meanwhile, their leader, Vril Dox, is presumed dead - and is secretly working for the Blood Circle, a thieve's guild. His mission, to destroy the powerful Worldbank, leads him into the clutches of a hated enemy.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Valor #14

Valor #14 (Dec 1993)
title: "DOA Part Three: Yesterday's Hero"
writer: Mark Waid
penciller: Colleen Doran
inker: Mischa McDowell
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Dave Grafe
associate editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Stuart Immonen & Karl Story (signed)

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

Guest-Star(s):
Lori (Valor's companion/girl friend); Triad, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, and Cosmic Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes; The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Maxima, and Superman from the Justice League

Opponent(s):
lead poisoning, time-displaced army, bad writing

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. ‘95 #9

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #9 (July 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Propst

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Presumed dead, fugitive Vril Dox throws in his lot with the Blood Circle, a secret guild populated by the sort of thieves and cutthroats he opposed in his days as top cop of L.E.G.I.O.N. A mission on Circle's behalf - an assault on the powerful Worldbank - results in his capture.

Meanwhile, the R.E.B.E.L.S. seeking to avenge Dox's "murder" escape a fleet of L.E.G.I.O.N. gunships only to face the wrath of an old friend and ally.

Monday, May 3, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Batman (DC Universe Classics)


When the cold wind howls and the wild wolf growls the light of day grows dim; From the Earth's dark bowel in a cape and cowl stalks a figure solemn and grim. His visage is awesome. It's sheer terror to cross him, the evilest men blanch with fear. But the innocent praise him, no villain can faze him, 'tis justice and law he reveres. The Batman. Classic Detective Batman that is.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #8

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #8 (June 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Propst


Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Vril Dox, the super-intelligent founder of the interplanetary security agency L.E.G.I.O.N., was deposed, branded a criminal, and apparently killed by agents of his power-mad infant child.

But as his comrades invade a L.E.G.I.O.N. stronghold seeking to avenge him, they remain unaware that Dox has survived and vanished into the galactic criminal underground known as the Blood Circle.


Monday, April 26, 2021

Who Drew It Better? Tales vs Baxter #25-29


By Siskoid and Russell
Completing our comparison of the covers of the Baxter version of The Legion (volume 3) and their reprints one year later in Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. This time we wrap up this series, as the reprints ended with Tales #29. The stories were exactly the same, but each issue had a brand new cover. So we go back to the age-old question: Who drew the better cover?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #7

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #7 (May 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Scott Eaton
inker: Pam Eklund
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Derec Aucoin & Mark Propst


Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Vril Dox, founder of the interplanetary security agency L.E.G.I.O.N., has been deposed and branded a criminal by his power-mad infant child.

Now it appears that the agents of the son have slain the father, removing a formidable obstacle to L.E.G.I.O.N.'s goal of interplanetary dominion and mind-control.




Monday, April 19, 2021

United Planets Superwatch Spotlight: Vidal

Adventure Comics #260 (May, 1959)
Title: "The Kents' Second Super-Son!"
Writer: Otto Binder
Penciller and Inker: John Sikela
Cover: Curt Swan & Stan Kaye
Editor: Mort Weisinger

I decided to follow up on my post about the United Planets Superwatch from The Green Lantern by doing reviews and analysis on the first appearances of every individual member. Unfortunately, none of them had features in the Legion's Who's Who series, so I thought this'd be a good way to talk about the UPS's line-up.

I planned to start the series with Vidal but due to the bugs after the blog was updated the draft kept freezing. Thankfully it seems to have gone back to normal so I can finish this uninterrupted. Vidal, alias Alan Greene, originated as one of many superpowered boy heroes who graced the pages of the Silver Age Superboy comics. While his debut (and only appearance) originated from Adventure Comics #260, I read about him in the reprinted version from Superboy #129 (which also featured Superboy meeting Mon-El and Supergirl).

The story initially sets up the idea of Vidal acting as Ma and Pa Kent's replacement for Superboy as their son. Actually, the story's a study in tension as the Kents fear Vidal's people have done something horrible to their boy!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #6

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #6 (April 1995)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Dave Johnson

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox, founder of the interplanetary security agency L.E.G.I.O.N., has been ousted and branded a criminal by his power mad son, Lyrl. Now he and a small band of loyalists flee their former comrades's bloody campaign of Imperial expansion.

Their first mission, to rescure the peaceful planet Ontaeus from a L.E.G.I.O.N. takeover, has ended in failure...a failure that has convinced Dox that his small group's struggle against the far-flun organization is futile.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Valor #13

Valor #13 (Sept 1993)
title: "DOA Part Two: Future Shock"
writer: Mark Waid
penciller: Jeffrey Moore
inker: Mike Sellers
letterer: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Dave Grafe
associate editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Stuart Immonen & Wade Von Grawbadger (signed)

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

Guest-Star(s):
Lori the Sidekick; Triad and Brainiac 5 from the Legion of Super-Heroes

Opponent(s):
lead poisoning, xenophobia, bad writing, bad art, bad editing

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #5

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #5 (March 1995) 
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst & Pam Eklund
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Dave Johnson

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox, founder of the interplanetary security agency L.E.G.I.O.N., has been ousted and branded a criminal by his power mad son, Lyrl. Now he and a small band of loyalists flee their former comrades in a mysterious alien spacecraft from another time. 

But while Dox has been preoccupied with studying the mysteries of the bizarre sip and motivating the team, his son has embarked on a bloody campaign to expand L.E.G.I.O.N.'s dark influence.


Monday, April 5, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Kamandi (DC Universe Classics)


His name is Kamandi! It may seem like a strange name to you - - but actually it is a sort of dramatic tribute to the people who once populated Command "D", the last section of a large underground bunker complex! Now there is only the last old man - - and his grandson - - who could well be - - The Last Boy On Earth!

When Karate Kid's Time Bubble is Time-Jacked by the Lord of Time, it sends him back to the 30th Century, only not the version he is familiar with, but an alternate future, a world populated with talking, anthropomorphic animals and Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #4

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #4 (February 1995) 
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Dave Johnson

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Recap: Vril Dox, founder of the interplanetary security agency L.E.G.I.O.N., has been ousted and branded a criminal by his power mad son, Lyrl. Now he and a small band of loyalists flee their former comrades in a mysterious alien spacecraft from another time. As four of their number strike out on their own after a falling out with Dox on the L.E.G.I.O.N. planet called Crell, three are arrested for rescuing an innocent from a brutal police assault.


Monday, March 29, 2021

Who Drew It Better? Tales vs Baxter #20-24


By Siskoid and Russell
Continuing our comparison of the covers of the Baxter version of The Legion (volume 3) and their reprints one year later in Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The stories were exactly the same, but each issue had a brand new cover. So we go back to the age-old question: Who drew the better cover?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #3

R.E.B.E.L.S. '95 #3 (January 1995) 
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin
inker: Mark Propst
colors: Stuart Chaifetz 
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Dave Johnson

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: Vril Dox, founder of the interplanetary security agency L.E.G.I.O.N., has been ousted and branded a criminal by his power mad son, Lyrl. Now he and a small band of loyalists flee their former comrades in a mysterious alien spacecraft from another time. But it appears their common struggle has ended. Angered by their refusal to follow his orders without question, Dox has bitterly severed all ties with his cohorts and embarked alone on a secret mission behind L.E.G.I.O.N. lines.