Wednesday, February 24, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #70

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #70 (September 1994) 
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Arnie Jorgenson & Derec Aucoin
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After discovering that Bek stowed away aboard their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but was attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission. She arrived and demanded Bek's return. Although they agreed, she lost patience with how slowly they were moving and ended up in battle with Comet, which appeared to end with his death in a cave-in.

Telepath discovered that Lady Quark has been replaced but the new "Dark" Lady Quark threatened his life so he agreed to keep her secret. Marij'n tried to convince everyone that Lady Quark murdered Comet, but no one believed her and Telepath avoided her so she could not ask him to probe Quark's mind. Although they held a funeral for Comet, he was still alive and dug his way out of the cave-in, although no one is aware of that yet.

Dox revealed his infant son's super intelligence to everyone and named him as Bek's replacement as Chief Administrator. The child, who took the name Lyrl, assumed Bek's duties and began to act suspiciously. He exerted some sort of mind control over Lydia Mallor and slowly started to undermine his father's command.  After the L.E.G.I.O.N. rescued the natives of Argo-Prime, the government of Cairn agreed to let them resettle on their world. Unfortunately, tension quickly developed between the new immigrants and the native population. Dox's son, Lyrl, exploited this tension and caused a riot. He also ordered L.E.G.I.O.N. troops to shoot to kill the Argites and arranged for them to be blamed in the press. When Dox learned what happened, he immediately knew his son was responsible. Before he could take action, Lyrl used a broadcast to place most of L.E.G.I.O.N. under his control, including most of the newer recruits. 

Meanwhile, Jo Nah, also known as Ultra Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes, appeared to take Phase back to the future. He initially thought she was Phantom Girl, but discovered that she was actually her cousin, Enya Wazzo. He still invited her to return with him so that they can learn the fate of her cousin together.

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Last League of Infinity story

Supreme #55 (November 1997)
“Silence at Gettysburg”
Written by: Alan Moore
Art: Chris Sprouse, Gil Kane, Al Gordon
 
This is the final story review in the “League of Infinity” series.  Unlike the earlier three, which were short, light tales, this story is a full book-length story in a far, far more serious vein.  

For those of us who are just joining us, the “League of Infinity” was (were?) the “Supreme” universe's answer to the Legion of Super-Heroes and were recruited from different times rather than different planets.  

To check out their three earlier appearances,  click on the Alan Moore label below this post. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #69

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #69 (August 1994) 
writer: Tom Peter
penciller: Arnie Jorgenson
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Arnie Jorgensen & James Pascoe

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After discovering that Bek stowed away aboard their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but was attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission. She arrived and demanded Bek's return. Although they agreed, she lost patience with how slowly they were moving and ended up in battle with Comet, which appeared to end in his death in a cave-in.

Telepath discovered that Lady Quark has been replaced but the new "Dark" Lady Quark threatened his life and he agreed to keep her secret. Marij'n tried to convince everyone that Lady Quark murdered Comet, but no one believed her and Telepath avoided her so she could not ask him to probe Quark's mind. Although they held a funeral for Comet, he was still alive and dug his way out of the cave-in, although they do not know yet.

Dox finally revealed his infant son's super intelligence to everyone and named him as Bek's replacement as Chief Administrator. Everyone was shocked by both revelations, and seemed to be weirded out at the prospect of following a baby's orders. The child, who took the name Lyrl, assumed Bek's duties and began to act suspiciously. He appeared to exert some sort of mind control over Lydia Mallor and slowly started to undermine his father's command.

After the L.E.G.I.O.N. rescued the natives of Argo-Prime, the government of Cairn agreed to let them resettle on their world. Unfortunately, tension quickly developed between the new immigrants and the native population. Dox's son, Lyrl, exploited this tension and caused a riot. He also ordered L.E.G.I.O.N. troops to shoot to kill the Argites and arranged for them to be blamed in the press. When Dox learned what happened, he immediately knew his son was responsible.

Monday, February 15, 2021

The Legion on Super-Team Family The Lost Issues

Imagine living in a world where all comic characters were “under one roof,” where you could walk into a comic store and find a book in which your favorite characters could team up or battle without regard for who owns what. 

Well, we don’t live in that world, but we can get a tantalizing peek at what it might look like thanks to Ross Pearsall over at https://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/.

He takes characters and situations from all of the major comic book companies, puts them in the blender and creates some pretty tasty concoctions, And he puts a new one up every freakin’ day!  Iron Man meets Green Lantern.  The Justice League battles Ultron. Adam Strange and Doctor Strange (Long-lost brothers).  And one of my personal faves, The Creeper versus The Green Goblin. 

And it isn’t just the “big boys” you’ll find here.  No character or book is too obscure to escape Ross’s treatment.  The X-Files and Swamp Thing.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Vampirella. Quantum Leap and Sliders.

Some of the covers are laugh-out-loud funny.  Others make you wish that you could actually read the darn story.  But this is, after all, a Legion of Super-Heroes site.  So let’s look at some of his Legion-related covers....starting with one from last March, which inspired this article: The Legion vs. The Avengers! I'd buy that for a dollar all right! 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #68

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #68 (July 1994) 
writer: Tom Peter
penciller: Deric Aucoin
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Arnie Jorgensen & James Pascoe

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After discovering that Bek stowed away aboard their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but was attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission. She arrived and demanded Bek's return. Although they agreed, she lost patience with how slowly they were moving and ended up in battle with Comet, which appeared to end in his death in a cave-in.

Telepath discovered that Lady Quark has been replaced but the new "Dark" Lady Quark threatened his life and he agreed to keep her secret. Marij'n tried to convince everyone that Lady Quark murdered Comet, but no one believed her and Telepath avoided her so she could not ask him to probe Quark's mind. Although they held a funeral for Comet, he was still alive and dug his way out of the cave-in, although they do not know yet.

Dox finally revealed his infant son's super intelligence to everyone and named him as Bek's replacement as Chief Administrator. Everyone was shocked by both revelations, and seemed to be weirded out at the prospect of following a baby's orders. The child, who took the name Lyrl, assumed Bek's duties and began to act suspiciously. He appeared to exert some sort of mind control over Lydia Mallor and slowly started to undermine his father's command.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Valor #11

Valor #11 (Sept 1993)
title: "Fight The Power"
writer: Mark Waid
penciller: Jeffrey Moore
inker: Mike Sellers
letterer: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Dave Grafe
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jason Pearson (signed)

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

Guest-Star(s):
Green Lantern Corps members Kilowog, Alia, and three unnamed recruits; Triad and Catspaw from the Legion of Super-Heroes

Opponent(s):
Valor's power surges, bad writing, bad art, bad editing; cameo of the Time Trapper

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 '#67

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #67 (June 1994) 
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Arnie Jorgensen
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Barry Kitson

Reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Recap: After discovering that Bek stowed away aboard their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but was attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission. She arrived and demanded Bek's return. Although they agreed, she lost patience with how slowly they were moving and ended up in battle with Comet, which appeared to end in his death in a cave-in.

On Cairn, Garv was fighting crime as a vigilante named the Masked Avenger. He attempted to capture some muggers but was knocked unconscious. Fortunately, Strata arrived to help, but in disguise as a masked hero named Leather Rose so he did not recognize her. Eventually, he succeeded in taking down the criminal gang and she mentioned that she was in search of a man named Garv. He finally realized it was Strata under the mask and hugged her. He was overjoyed to see her and immediately proposed marriage, which she appeared to accept.

Dox finally revealed his infant son's super intelligence to everyone and named him as Bek's replacement as Chief Administrator. Everyone was shocked by both revelations, and seemed to be weirded out at the prospect of following a baby's orders.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes #1 
(March 2021)
title: Future State Part One
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
artist: Riley Rossmo
colorist: Ivan Plascencia
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Bixie Mathieu
editors: Brittany Holzherr & James S. Rich
covers: Riley Rossmo (main); Ian MacDonald (variant)

reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
The scattered Legionnaires come together to track down a threat. There appears to have been some cataclysmic event that broke up the United Planets AND the Legion.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #66

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #66 (May 1994)
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Arnie Jorgensen
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gaspar Saladino
editor: Dan Raspler
cover: Arnie Jorgensen & Barry Kitson

Recap: After discovering that Bek stowed away aboard their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. She became even more furious when Comet seemed to take the development in stride and made her anger clear by kissing Bek in front of him. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but got attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission. She arrived and demanded Bek's return. Although they agreed, she lost patience with how slowly they were moving and ended up in battle with Comet, which appeared to end in his death in a cave-in.

Several members of the core team were dispatched to the planet Nuhass to investigate a series of abductions. They themselves were taken captive and at first suspected the culprits were slavers. It turned out that those responsible, led by the Brain Bandit, were extracting chemicals from people to make drugs. The Bandit took a particular interest in Stealth because of her unusual physiology and ordered that the other prisoners be ejected into space.

Borbb teleported himself and Telepath back inside and they were able to return everyone who had been ejected to the ship. The Brain Bandit was tripping on the chemicals that he extracted from Stealth and his assistant, Doctor Kroker, used the situation to take over. When Kroker left him alone, the Brain Bandit freed Stealth, but what he did to her caused her body to transform into a monstrous creature. The team awakened Lobo, who had been sedated earlier so as not to jeapordize their undercover mission. With Lobo's help, they took over the based and returned Stealth to normal. Kroker tried to escape but did not realize that the escape pod had already been used by the Brain Bandit, and was ejected into space.

Monday, January 25, 2021

LSH(v8) #12

Legion of Super-Heroes #12 (March 2021)

title: (Untitled)
writer: Brian Michael Bendis
penciller: Ryan Sook
inkers: Wade Von Grawbadger and Ryan Sook
colorist: Jordie Bellaire
letterer: Dave Sharpe
associate editor: Brittany Holzherr
editor: Brian Cunningham
covers: Ryan Sook (main); Matt Taylor (variant)

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

Overall Summary: 
Superboy and Saturn Girl arrive on New Krypton to join the other members to stop Rogol Zaar, Mordru, and the Horraz from destroying the planet. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #65

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #65 (April 1994)
title: "Bad Medicine"
writer: Tom Peter
penciler: Arnie Jorgensen
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspier
cover: Barry Kitson

Recap: When Stealth observed Vril Dox with their child and witnessed the baby speaking like an adult, she assumed that Dox was responsible. After discovering that Bek stowed away about their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. She became even more furious when Comet seemed to take the development in stride and made her anger clear by kissing Bek in front of him. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but got attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission. She arrived and demanded Bek's return. Although they agreed, she lost patience with how slowly they were moving and ended up in battle with Comet, which appeared to end in his death in a cave-in.

The child eventually convinced Stealth that his father was not responsible for his intelligence, at least not through any sort of experimentation. Although he felt free to begin speaking at his normal level around his mother, the child continued to hide his intelligence from the rest of L.E.G.I.O.N. 

The core team was dispatched to the planet Nuhass to investigate a series of abductions. They themselves were taken captive and at first suspected the culprits were slavers. It turned out that those responsible, led by the Brain Bandit, were extracting chemicals from people to make drugs. The Bandit took a particular interest in Stealth because of her unusual physiology and ordered that the other prisoners be injected into space.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Valor #10

Valor #10 (Aug 1993)
title: "Power Struggle"
writer: Robert Loren Fleming
penciller: Jeffrey Moore
inker: Mike Sellers
letterer: Bob Pinaha
colorist: Eric Kachelhofer
associate editor: Eddie Berganza
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Adam Hughes

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

Guest-Star(s):
unnamed Green Lantern Corps member "Old Timer" 

Opponent(s):
The Unimaginable, bad writing, bad art, bad editing

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #64

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #64 (March 1994)
title: "The Doctor Will See You Now"
writer: Tom Peter
penciler: Arnie Jorgensen
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspier
cover: Barry Kitson

Recap: Stealth observed Vril Dox with their child and witnessed the baby speaking like an adult. She immediately assumed that Dox was responsible. After discovering that Bek stowed away about their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. She became even more furious when Comet seemed to take the development in stride and made her anger clear by kissing Bek in front of him. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but got attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission.

The child eventually convinced Stealth that his father was not responsible for his intelligence, at least not through any sort of experimentation. Although he felt free to begin speaking at his normal level around his mother, the child continued to hide his intelligence from the rest of L.E.G.I.O.N. 

The being disguised as Lady Quark interrupted Comet and Marij'n's weekend to take Bek into custody for desertion. Quark quickly grew impatient and lashed out at Marij'n, which led to a battle with Comet. We learned that the being who replaced Quark was the alien creature that possessed a biomass created from her DNA on Argo'Prime in L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 #45-47. Both Comet and Quark got caught in a cave-in and only Quark emerged alive. Assuming Comet to be dead, she returned to Cairn with Marij'n and Bek.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Generations Shattered #1

Generations Shattered #1 (March 2021)
writers: Dan Jurgens, Andy Schmidt, & Robert Venditti
artists: Fernando Pasarin & Oclair Albert; John Romita Jr. & Danny Miki; Rags Morales (Legion related pages only)
colorist: Hi-Fi
letterer: Tom Napolitano
editors: Brian Cunningham & Andrea Shea
cover: Ivan Reis & Joe Prado

reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Overall Summary: 
Kamandi is rescued by Booster Gold and Skeets as something very similar to the anti-matter fields that wreaked havoc during the Crisis begins to destroy all of their Earth After The Great Disaster. When Booster is injured, Kamandi is then tasked by Skeets to take over for him. Their mission: to collect various champions from various time-zones to create an army to defeat the villain behind "the Goneness." One of those selected for this Task Force is Legion of Super-Heroes member Superboy! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #63

L.E.G.I.O.N. '94 #63 (February 1994)
title: "We Fight and Fight and Fight"
writer: Tom Peter
penciler: Arnie Jorgensen
inker: James Pascoe
colors: Gene D'Angelo
letters: Gasper Saladino
editor: Dan Raspier
cover: Barry Kitson

Note: Okay, I lied. Last week I said I would be covering two Superman comics because Lobo appeared in them and they would lead into Superman's appearance in this issue. But after looking at them again, it was clear that those comics have no connection to the L.E.G.I.O.N. beyond Lobo's presence. For this reason, I decided not to cover them and to just move on to the next issue of L.E.G.I.O.N. My apologies for the change in direction!

Recap: Dox welcomed their newest recruit, Gigantus, and  promoted Borb to the core team. Later, Stealth observed him with their child and witnessed the baby speaking like an adult. She immediately assumed that Dox was responsible. After discovering that Bek stowed away about their ship, Marij'n was furious that he ruined her romantic trip with Comet. She became even more furious when Comet seemed to take the development in stride and made her anger clear by kissing Bek in front of him. Lady Quark was dispatched by Dox to retrieve Bek but she is attacked by a powerful duplicate of herself. The being appeared to kill Lady Quark and leave her body floating in space as it departed for Ith'kaa to complete her mission.

Monday, January 4, 2021

LEGION TOYS: Supergirl (DC Universe Classics)



A thousand years from now, a team of teenagers - - all from vastly different worlds, all with different abilities - - have been inspired by ancient legends to create a "Super-Hero Team." Together as the Legion of Super-Heroes, they represent the single most fervent hope and dream of underagers galaxywide - - a chance to show the adults who's boss.

Sent in a rocket from the remains of Krypton as a teenager, Kara Zor-El was trapped in suspended animation before she arrived on Earth years after her cousin, Superman. Now living in the 31 Century with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Kara fights for truth, justice and the Kryptonian Way as Supergirl!