Friday, May 25, 2018

New 52 Legion Lost #10

Legion Lost #10 is an interesting turn in the road for the team. Fabian Nicieza is gone and his story with him. Tom DeFalco has tied all that off and is past The Culling crossover. So for me, this is DeFalco's first book when left to his own devices. And for that, it is a pretty decent issue. This team is lost both internally and temporally. The time bubble they stumbled on doesn't bring them home but to a new and sadder future. They all are dealing with secrets. And this includes Wildfire, someone I thought wasn't hiding anything. 

This issue is basically a 'done in one' cementing the idea that the team is going to remain stuck in the past. With so much secrecy, there could be enough plot to last several years ... had the book lasted.

One thing I do like, despite the fact it came out of The Culling, is the matching white color scheme of the team's uniforms, each unique but all linked. Gives the group a sort of team feel.

Onto the book.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #103

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #103 (April 1998)
title: "A Storm in Heaven"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jason Armstrong

inkers: Ron Boyd and Drew Geraci
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Monstress, Saturn Girl, Star Boy; cameos: Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Ferro, Gates, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy

Andromeda (cameo), Dreamer, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Lamar, Spider-Girl, Winema Wazzo

Evolvo, Gil'Dans, Khunds (Captain Takk), Leland McCauley, McCauley employees, Sklarian Raiders

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Who's Who: Laurel Kent

Laurel Kent
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Laurel Kent
Super-Power(s): Invulnerability; robotic super-strength, super-speed, computer intelligence
Planet of Origin: Manhunter Homeworld
Relationship to Legion: Legion cadet; infiltrator

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #341

Adventure Comics #341 (February, 1966)
title: "Colossal Boy's One-Man War!"
writer: Edmond Hamilton (plot by Jerry Siegel?)
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: Sheldon Moldoff
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Colossal Boy, Mon-El, Chameleon Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Shrinking Violet, Light Lass, Phantom Girl, Ultra Boy, Superboy, Sun Boy, Star Boy, and new Legionnaire Duo Damsel; cameos by Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid

Bouncing Boy, Proty II


Monday, May 21, 2018

Who Drew It Better? Tales vs. Baxter #1-5

By Siskoid and Russell
With the Baxter series, the Legion started telling stories for the direct market only. On the newsstand, the book changed its title to Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, and for about a year, continued to tell new stories. But after a year, the newsstand kids would no longer be denied and Tales would begin reprinting the Baxter series. And aside from the first of these issues (above), the reprint would feature a new cover. And so the question before us is... Who drew the better cover?

Friday, May 18, 2018

New 52 Legion Lost #9

Legion Lost #9 is the third part of the 4 part arc called 'The Culling' which wove through the Superboy and Teen Titans books at the time.

We were 3/4 of the way through the first year of The New 52 and the stench was already everywhere. As I have said, at the time I was perplexed by what I was seeing in the DCU. So many books were already being canceled, incredibly altered, or simply awful. It seemed like the foundation of a continuity rewrite was made of sand.

We already knew that DC had a hard time trying to figure out what to do with the Legion in general. Throw them into a New 52 universe which was a disaster and ...well ... you can guess the outcome.

I have to give writer Tom DeFalco some credit for trying to salvage this book. He turns Legion Lost from them being lost in time to being lost in team unity. Everyone has a secret backstory now. The team is lost. Only Wildfire and Dawnstar seem to have nothing to hide. That said, it wipes out the first arc of the story completely. The Hypertaxis arc is swept away, no longer a threat. And I don't know if I need to read a book where secret plots are simply hinted at month after month.

Pete Woods comes back as artist here and continues to shine. I like his work tremendously. I thought Caitlyn and Rose were two of the only redeeming characters in the lousy Superboy book of the time so I was glad to see them again here. 

But The Culling in general isn't a good story. And the Legion deserves better.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Reboot: Legends of the Legion #3

Legends of the Legion #3 (April 1998)
title: "Eclipsed - The Secret Origin of Umbra!"
writers: Barry Kitson and Tom Peyer
penciller: Kenny Martinez

inker: Larry Stucker
lettering: Albert De Guzman
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Spark, Star Boy, Ultra Boy, Umbra

Antennae Boy, Chuck Taine, Color Queen, Doro, Infectious Lass, Night Girl, Porcupine Pete; flashback: Ambassador Dao Ilbruct, R.J. Brande, Shadowfather, Talokians, United Planets diplomatic team, various past Champions of Talok VIII

Flashback: United Planets Elite Force

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Who's Who: Lamprey

by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Tayla Skott
Super-Power(s): Water-breathing, shoots static electricity
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Legion cadet

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #340

Adventure Comics #340 (January, 1966)
title: "Computo the Conqueror!"
writer: Jerry Siegel
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
letterer: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Star Boy, Element Lad, Chameleon Boy, Phantom Girl, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Superboy, Ultra Boy, Mon-El, Colossal Boy, Light Lass, Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, Triplicate Girl, Shrinking Violet


Monday, May 14, 2018

John Forte RIP (1918-1966)

John Forte (10/06/1918~5/20/1966) was the first "permanent" artist on the Legion of Super-Heroes.