Friday, July 21, 2017

Legion of Super Heroes #309

Legion of Super-Heroes #309 is the penultimate chapter of the Omen and Prophet storyline and proceeds forward about as well as it could. The motivations of cosmic beings are often inscrutable and their heralds sometimes rave like lunatics. So why the Prophet and the Omen are doing what they are doing and why they are doing it now are questions I have always had when I have read this story.

The good news is that, per usual, the creative team of plotters Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen infuse enough Legion character moments into the messy melee to keep things interesting. Giffen's pencils continue to skew towards his rougher style and the epic nature of these fights make things a bit muddy. But this still reads like a fine Legion book, just loud. And, as usual, there are a bunch of subplots simmering to keep me thinking about the future.

Like the prior two issues, this one is split. The Omen story is the leading one. There is a back-up feature here focusing on the newly married Princess Projectra and Karate Kid. For me, knowing those characters future, this back-up story is powerful foreshadowing, reminding me that when Levitz was at the top of his game he was able to keep a ton of balls in the air. This one also has fine art by Pat Broderick and Mike DeCarlo.

On to the book!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reboot: Superman #119

Superman (v2) #119 (January 1997)
title: "Sunburned!"
writer: Dan Jurgens
penciller: Ron Frenz
inker: Joe Rubinstein
lettering: John Constanza
colorist: Glenn Whitmore
separations: Digital Chameleon
associate editor: Mike McAvennie
editor: Joey Cavalieri
cover: Ron Frenz & Joe Rubinstein
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Saturn Girl, Spark, Ultra Boy

Dr. Marx, Inferno, Johannsen, Perry White, Shvaughn Erin, Superman

Erica Alexandra del Portenza, Lex Luthor, Luthor's security

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Who's Who: Bacard Barley Circus

Bacard Barley Circus
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Bacard Barley Inter-Stellar Travelling Carnival and Sideshow
Super-Power(s): Varied
Planet of Origin: No fixed address
Relationship to Legion: Group victimized by villain from the inside

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics # 302 Point-Counterpoint

The Legion of Super Bloggers Point-Counterpoint Review of
Adventure Comics #302 (November 1962)
title: Sun Boy's Lost Power!
writer: Jerry Siegel
artist: John Forte
letterer: Milton Snapinn
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Superboy, Sun Boy, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Chameleon Boy, Phantom Girl, Ultra Boy

Opponents:Kranyak, his criminal gang, and a Kryptonian Flame-Beast.  

Sun Boy is being honored with a statue by the Mayor of Metropolis. The supports collapse and the statue topples, but Sun Boy is able to melt it before it strikes anyone. Later, during a city-wide blackout, he discovers that his powers are not working. The Legion attempts several methods of restoring them but none are successful. A criminal that had been put away by Sun Boy, Kranyak, hears of this and escapes to seek revenge. After being confronted by Kranyak, who vows to destroy the Legion, Sun Boy recalls that Kryponian Flame Beasts inhabited the planet Lurna from eggs deposited there. He travels there and purposely spurs one of the beasts to attack him. Like he hopes, the beast's flames restore his power. He returns to Earth and is able to defeat Kranyak before the villain can use his freeze ray projector to destroy the Legion.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Legion of Super Heroes S02 E03: Cry Wolf

"Cry Wolf" was written by J.M. DeMatteis and directed by James Tucker, original airdate: October 6, 2007, review by Glenn 'Continuity Kid' Walker

Mission Monitor Board: Timber Wolf, Cosmic Boy, Chameleon Boy, Superman X, Colossal Boy, Sun Boy, and Phantom Girl.

Opponents: Dr. Mar Londo, Dr. Yin Des Neerg, Biogolems. 

Guest-stars and cameos: Duo Damsel, Star Boy, Dream Girl, Blok, Shrinking Violet, Element Lad, Tyroc.

Just as the second story of the first season was Timber Wolf centric, so is the second story of the second season. We open on Dr. Mar Londo bringing his newest creations to the Interplanetary Federation of Scientists – biogolems, synthetic beings engineered to follow his slightest command. They kind of look like naked Chitauri from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before any demonstration can take place, Timber Wolf comes out of the crowd to confront his father, stating that he usually experiments on living beings, like his own son.

Dramatically the Legionnaire takes the stage and as he makes more accusations, Timber Wolf begins to mutate and become more vicious, even howling before lunging at his father. Just then the action stops, letting us know it's video of something that happened in the past. Timber Wolf is on trial by the Legion… for murder!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #308

Legion of Super-Heroes #308 was the middle chapter of the Omen/Prophet storyline, an arc which has typically been much maligned both at the time it was released as well as looking at with the passage of time. 

Does it deserve such vitriol? Reading it now, I will admit it isn't a great story. It probably isn't a good story. But it isn't a stinker. I think the reason it suffers is because it was released just after one of the highest points for these characters. It has to pale in comparison. Nothing gold can stay.

I also think it suffers because this is the first time we see Giffen's new style of art. It isn't polished. It doesn't have the organic lushness of his earlier issues. And it is new. After basically two years of brilliant style, readers had to get used to this new look.

And one more thing, the villain here ... the Prophet and the Omen ... they just don't have that personality that we Legion fans have come to expect. These were just powerful beings tromping through. I can't help but think of them as the poor man's Galactus and herald. 

This issue, in particular, suffers a bit from 'middle chapter syndrome'. Not much happens.

Still, I think if I read this story in an Outsiders book, I'd be satisfied. It just doesn't sparkle the way this book had.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reboot: Showcase '96 #12

Showcase '96 #12 (Winter 1997)
title: "Roots"
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin

inker: Ken Branch
lettering: Ken Bruzenak
colorist: Adrienne Roy
associate editor: Chris Duffy
editor: Frank Pittarese
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainiac 5, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Saturn Girl, Spark

Captain Comet, Inferno, Lyrl Dox, Shvaughn Erin, Stealth, Taptree, Vril Dox, Coluans


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Who's Who: Arma Getten

Arma Getten
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Arma Getten
Super-Power(s): Teleportation, a force-binding weapon that creates force fields
Planet of Origin: Youngen
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #301

Adventure Comics #301 (October 1962)
title: "The Secret Origin of Bouncing Boy!"
writer: Jerry Siegel
artist: John Forte
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board: 
Bouncing Boy, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy

The splash pages gives us a flashback to Bouncing Boy's first attempt to join the Legion. Beaming with pride, he shows off his power but Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl cruelly dismiss his abilities as useless. Looks like Chuck is in for some disappointment. But maybe not...for we are about to learn the "fascinating ordeal endured by a super-hero who made good the hard way."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sandy Jarrell's Legion

At last month's Heroes Con in Charlotte, North Carolina I had the privilege to meet artist Sandy Jarrell. You may have heard of him or seen his work on Black Canary, Batman '66, DC Bombshells, and Reggie and Me.

It turns out Mr. Jarrell is a long-time Legion lover. He had a Legion print of several Legion couples dancing for sale. I gladly bought it and promised him I would feature it here on our sight.

So if you happen to meet him at another comic-book convention, stop by and pick this beauty up for yourself. It's too big to do it justice as one piece, so I broke it down into eight pieces. The Chameleon Boy-Proty II and Bouncing Boy-Triplicate Girl cards were separate.

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