Friday, January 19, 2018

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #17


How interesting the passing of 4 years can make a comic seem. 

I am here to discuss The New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #17, the first book of a reunited Levitz/Giffen creative team. It is something of a death knell. The book ends within the year. And only the low points stick in my head. I know things that happen that I really don't like. I don't have fond memories. 

That wasn't my feeling when I read this as you will see. I thought this was a shot of adrenaline in a book concentrating on minor threats and even more minor characters. Now it is Kirby Cosmic and a revitalized Fatal Five and even the death of a teammate. It starts with a bang, that's for sure.

The art is Giffen at his crudest Kirby-est. It is as far from Francis Portela as you can get.

We'll see if I think more of the end of the run as I finish re-reading it. But I don't think I will. Sun Boy dies here ... just because. What happens to Tinya in the near future is horrible. I expect a lot more from Levitz and Giffen together. I didn't get it here.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Reboot: Legionnaires #54

Legionnaires #54 (November 1997)
title: "A Golden Age"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey and Philip Moy
inker: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Frank Berrios
editor: KC Carlson
adult legionnaire: Carmela Merlo
cover: Jeffrey Moy
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac -1 (Brainiac 5), Chameleon Boy (Chameleon), Colossal Girl (Violet), Cosmic Boy, E-Lad (Element Lad), Invisible Kid, Lightning Lad (Live Wire), Saturn Girl, Triplicate Lady (Triad)

Guests: 
Biff, Fala, Officer Murphy, President Roosevelt, Proty, R.J. Brande, Runty Runterson, unnamed horticulture club member, police commissioner, policemen (all characters from alternate reality)

Opponents: 
Boss Zogg and his Nazi gang, Cavendish, Doctor Regulus, Fleetfoot Jones, Kommandant Roxxas, Tangleweb, a kamikaze pilot (all characters from alternate reality); the Time Trapper (behind the scenes)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Who's Who: Flynt Brojj

Flynt Brojj
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Flynt Brojj
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Superfan

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

TOS: Superboy #117

Superboy #117 (Dec 1964)
title: "Superboy and the Five Legion Traitors"
writer: Jerry Siegel
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & Sheldon Moldoff
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board:  
Superboy, Chameleon Boy, Ultra Boy, Invisible Kid, Brainiac 5, Element Lad (sort of)

Opponents: 
plot contrivances

Monday, January 15, 2018

Scooby-Doo Meets The Legion

Scooby-Doo Team Up #33 
"The Ghost of Ferro Lad"
Writer: Sholly Fisch
Penciller/Inker: Dario Brizuela
Colorist: Franco Riesco
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover Artist: Brizeula and Riesco
Editor: Kristy Quinn

Continuing the trend of Legion crossovers in 2017, DC paired up the Legion with none other than Mystery Incorporated in their “Scooby Team-Up” series. That particular series has seen the Scooby Gang teaming up with just about everybody DC could think of, as well as other Hanna-Barbera characters like Atom Ant and Hong Kong Phooey (Number One Super Guy). It was just a matter of time before they got to the Legion. But while this was a really fun issue, a small part of me is still disappointed.

Not to be nitpicky, but, I’d always hoped that if or when DC was gonna pair up Mystery Inc. with the Legion, they’d use the cartoon Legion. I mean COME ON, look at Garth.

Who here HASN’T made the Shaggy comparison? Back in 2008 I even tried to write a crossover story with Scooby Doo but, unfortunately, I never made it past the first couple of chapters.

That said, my dashed hope hasn’t stopped me from enjoying this story, which is utterly adorable and humorous in a way different from the Bugs Bunny crossover and the Batman 66 crossover.
This is a modernized take on a Silver Age Legion story, “The Ghost of Ferro Lad,” in Adventure Comics #357. Only, while the ghost of Ferro Lad is used as the main plot, the story doesn’t end anywhere similarly to the original tale.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #16

This is the end ...

The New 52 Legion of Super-Heroes #16 is the end of Paul Levitz writing the team. And it had been a very good run, several decades worth of excellent stories. It is a shame that Levitz's lend with the team came with a whimper and not a bang. And I wonder how Levitz would look back at this time. Clearly the run from Great Darkness through the Sensor Girl mystery was about as good a run as any. But then came the later Baxter run and then this retroboot.  I doubt he would hold the New 52 stuff as being his best material.

And in rereading this run, I have seen glimpses of the old excellence. But I don't know if what I like is what new fans are interested in. Take this issue for example. We have a Legion election. We have some interesting character moments, in particular Dreamy and Star Boy. But you have more hints about Glorith being something more than she is (which I think never bears fruit) and we have a clunky Validus scene. Perhaps worst of all, you get the hope of Phantom Girl having won the leader election. I say this is the worst because I know how she is treated moving forward.

Anyways, this was a good Legion issue and the character bits reinforced what I think is Levitz's best strength and therefore is an interesting end of his overall run. Scott Kolins is on art and he has a smoother look here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Reboot: Superboy #45

Superboy (v4) #45 (November 1997)
title: "Invaders from the Future!"
writer: Ron Marz
penciller: Georges Jeanty
inker: Doug Hazlewood
lettering: Richard Starkings
colorist: Buzz Setzer
assistant editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Tom Grummett and Doug Hazlewood
reviewers: Siskoid

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5 (flashback), Cosmic Boy, Ferro, Saturn Girl, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Dubbilex, Roxie Leech, Sam Makoa, Superboy, Tana Moon

Opponents: 
Silver Sword

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Who's Who: Fenton Pike

Fenton Pike
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Fenton Pike
Super-Power(s): None
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TOS: Adventure Comics #326

Adventure Comics #326 (November 1964)
title: "The Revolt of the Girl Legionnaires!" / "The Triumph of the Super-Heroines!"
writer: Jerry Siegel
penciller: John Forte
inker: John Forte
lettering: Milton Snapinn
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan and George Klein
reviewers: Siskoid

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy (figurine only), Superboy, Supergirl, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy

Guests: 
Proty II, men of Femnaz, Science Fair attendees, scientists, Space Police cadets, teaching assistant at Hall of Infinite Knowledge

Opponents: 
Queen Azura, a living lead robot, Gowampi Trigocerus Lympodiary, warriors of Femnaz

Monday, January 8, 2018

LEGION TOYS: Wildfire (Mattel 12-Pack)

by Derek William Crabbe

Drake Burroughs was an astro-engineer whose consciousness survived his physical form's disintegration by transforming into a pure anti-energy being. His snazzy looking containment suit keeps his energy form from dispersing and eventually joined the Legion of Super-Heroes with the code-name, Wildfire!