Thursday, August 17, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #88

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #88 (January 1997)
title: "Fast Times"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Lee Moder
inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Gates, Kinetix, Live Wire, Saturn Girl, Spark, Triad, Ultra Boy, XS

Guests: 
Impulse, Inferno, Kitty Faulkner, Koko, Max Mercury, Rep. Carl Mellor, Rond Vidar, Sen. Dottie Money, Shvaughn Erin, S.T.A.R. Labs staff; in flashback: Flash II, Iris West

Opponents: 
Lab accidents

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Who's Who: Bounty I

Bounty
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Jaeger Tallspirit
Super-Power(s): Tracking
Planet of Origin: Minerstown
Relationship to Legion: Pardoned villain

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #306

Adventure Comics #306 (March 1963)
title: "The Legion of Substitute Heroes!"
writer: Otto Binder
artist: John Forte
letterer: John Letterese
editor: Mort Weisinger
reviewer: Siskoid

Mission Monitor Board: 
Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Sun Boy

Guests: 
Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, Night Girl, Polar Boy, Stone Boy, Science Police, Stone Boy's family, Chlorophyll Kid's family, a news anchor

Opponents: 
Flying Crime City, Plant Men, sea monsters

Monday, August 14, 2017

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #62

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #62 (July 1962) 
title: Superman's Phantom Pal
writer: Leo Dorfman
artist: Curt Swan and George Klein
cover: Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff
editor: Mort Weisinger

Supporting Cast
Perry White, Lois Lane, Lucy Lane, Superman


Mission Monitor Board
Elastic Lad and Mon-El

Opponents
Jax-Ur, Professor Vox, and Dr. Xadu



Friday, August 11, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes v2 #312


Legion of Super-Heroes #312 is the penultimate issue of this particular run of the book; the Baxter Book is right around the corner. With the main title shifting and all major plotlines moving there, the creative team needed a neat little story to fill the last two issues here. And, in what I think is a brilliant move, this story is a more in-depth look at the Science Police.

One of the things that most Legion fans pride themselves on is their encyclopedic knowledge of the team's members and history. So, something like the Science Police, a presence in almost every issue but not really explored, is almost a frontier. It would be easy to just say the SciPo are just future cops. But this is the 30th Century. There has to be more.

And for fastidious readers, this issue is stuffed with Interlac. You could spend an hour translating all the screens and signage in this book. Perhaps that is why they gave us the alphabet last issue.

As usual, storytellers Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen infuse a crime procedural story with the usual subplots and character moments that this run is famous for. Giffen is on pencils but instead of usual inker Larry Mahlstedt, Giffen's art is finished by inker extraordinaire Karl Kesel.

It has been a while since I have revisited these issues and I know I only have one left. But I have been pleased as punch with reviewing these. Just wonderful.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Reboot: Impulse #21

Impulse #21 (January 1997)
title: "A Little Knowledge"
writer: Mark Waid
penciller: Craig Rousseau
inker: Wayne Faucher
lettering: Chris Eliopoulos
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt
editor: Paul Kupperberg
with thanks to: Otto Binder
cover: Humberto Ramos & Wayne Faucher
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Impulse, Koko, Max Mercury; statues of Flash I, II and III

Opponents: 
Velociraptors

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Who's Who: Blockade Boy

Blockade Boy
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Phyl Staad
Super-Power(s): Turn into a steel barricade
Planet of Origin: Amadus
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #305

Adventure Comics #305 (February 1963)
title: "The Secret of the Mystery Legionnaire"
writer: Jerry Siegel
artist: John Forte
editor: Mort Weisinger 
reviewer: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage

Mission Monitor Board:  
Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Sun Boy, Bouncing Boy, Invisible Kid, Shrinking Violet, Colossal Boy, Brainiac 5, Mon-El

Opponents: 
Sun-Eater, space pirates, the Phantom Zone

Synopsis: 
The Legion starts their day by mourning for Lightning Lad. They then hold new member try-outs to replace him.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #3


Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #3 (August 2007)
title: The Powers That Were
writer: Scott Beatty
penciller: Sanford Greene
inker: Nathan Massengell
letterer: Mike Sellers
colorist: Heroic Age
editor: Jeanine Schaefer
cover art: Steve Uy
reviewer: Mike "Nostalgic Kid" Lane


Mission Monitor Board: Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Superman, Timber Wolf, Infectious Lass.

Special Appearances: Chlorophyll Kid, Color Kid, Double-Header, Night Girl, Polar Boy, Porcupine Pete, Son of Vulcan, Stone Boy.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes v2 #311


It is hard to believe but I am almost done with my reviews of the pre-Baxter series Legion of Super-Heroes book. I just have a couple more issues to get through. At that point, the Legion books split into the Baxter run and the Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes newsstand book. Those have already been reviewed by Russell.

Legion of Super-Heroes #311 was something of a rest issue. Split into two stories, the issue ties up a couple of long-standing subplots which had been percolating in the background. After the somewhat muddled Omen and Prophet arc, these character-driven Legion stories were welcomed as something of a creative palate cleanser. And given that I was pretty invested in both stories - Danielle Foccart's possession by Computo and Dawnstar's vision quest - this issue is a big winner for me.

So on to these stories and the fun stuff!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Reboot(ish): Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #7

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) Annual #7 (1996)
title: "One Shot"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Mike Collins
inkers: Mark Farmer and Robin Riggs
lettering: Pat Prentice
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Argent, Lode-Stone, Graft, Lode-Stone, Magno-Boy, Metro, Membrain, Nervosa, Phase, Shape, Shift, Silver-Wing, Triad III, Triplicate, Wildfire; in flashback: Blok, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Live Wire, M'Onel, Projectra, Quislet, Saturn Girl, Spark, Star Boy, Tyroc, Umbra, XS

Guests: 
Gizi, Ziga, Space Museum guard; in flashback: Flash II, Martian Manhunter, Professor Vultan, Superman, Wonder Woman

Opponents: 
Durlans, ocean thieves, star cannon robots

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Who's Who: Blackout Boy

Blackout Boy
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Graah
Super-Power(s): Cast darkness; the power is temporary
Planet of Origin: Murra
Relationship to Legion: Villain; temporary Legionnaire

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #304 Group Review


featuring
The Legion of Super Bloggers Group Review on

Adventure Comics #304 (January, 1963)
title: The Stolen Super-Powers!
writer: Jerry Siegel
artist: John Forte
editor: Mort Weisinger

Mission Monitor Board: 
Saturn Girl, Chameleon Boy, Bouncing Boy, Cosmic Boy, Shrinking Violet, Triplicate Girl, Sun Boy, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad, Invisible Kid, Colossal Boy, Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl, Mon-El, Superboy, Supergirl

Guests:
Lori Lemaris

Opponents:
Zaryan the Conqueror

Synopsis:
Saturn Girl uses her telepathic abilities to cause the others to vote for her as Legion Leader in a misguided attempt to stop Zaryan the Conqueror from invading Earth.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Batman '66 Meets The Legion

Batman '66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (Sept 2017)
title: "Atomic Batteries to Power, Flight Rings to Speed"
storytellers: Lee Allred & Michael Allred
colorist: Laura Allred
letterer: Wes Abbott
asst. editor: Rob Levin
group editor: Jim Chadwick
cover: Michael & Laura Allred
reviewer: Jude Deluca

This was so much fun! I wasn't worried about this issue like I was with the Looney Tunes one-shot, and my faith paid off in the end. There are a bunch of Silver Age Legion references but nothing that serves as a detriment to the plot or would make it difficult for newbie readers to enjoy. The humor makes light of some of the continuity issues that have plagued the Legion but not to the extent it ruins the story. The plot is simple and doesn't utilize any convoluted time-travel nonsense like time loops or self-sustaining paradoxes. It's simply the Legion teaming up with Batman and Robin, and a simple story is a story Legion fans really need. I do think, however, there's an in-joke referencing Mike Allred's "Solo" issue from the 2000s. I'm pulling it out for this review.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Legion of Super-Heroes v2 #310


Legion of Super-Heroes #310 closed out the Omen and the Prophet storyline ... thankfully. I know this storyline is somewhat vilified. I have never really liked it. And yet, every few years I go back and reread this to see if there was something that I missed and basically every time I walk away saying 'nope'.

For me, the real interest of this story is to witness the rapid change in Giffen's style, something which happened literally over the course of one issue. I am interested in eventually reading the letters column on these issues to see how much it is discussed.

Regardless, neither Omen nor Prophet are heard from again and I think that is a good thing. I don't think I understand any of the motivations of either being.

All that said, the subplots covered in these issues are big ones which impacted the team for years.

On to the book.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #44

Legionnaires #44 (January 1997)
title: "Taking a Licking"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeff Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor (licked the spoon): KC Carlson
cover: Jeff Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Brainaic 5, Chameleon, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, Magno, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Spark, Triad, Umbra, XS

Guests: 
Athramites, Chuck Taine, Commissioner Arolak, Koko, Lori Morning, Marla Latham, Rond Vidar, Tenzil Chem

Opponents: 
Legion of Super-Rejects (Cherry Bomb, Density, Phantom Lad, Tongue); Mordru (behind the scenes)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Who's Who: Benn Pares

Benn Pares
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Benn Pares
Super-Power(s): Levitation, turn into mist or light, teleportation, immunity to telepathy, possibly others
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TOS: Adventure Comics #303

Hey Fellow Legionnaires! It's your old pal Tim, aka Kord Kid, back again! 

This time it's a little different though. Russell, our fearless leader, has tasked me with looking back at some of the Legion's Silver Age adventures. And since I love these goofy early adventures I said "Sign me up!" One day, I may regret that, but for now I'm starting with Adventure Comics #303...the introduction of Matter-Eater Lad! But is he friend or foe? Let's find out in the story, "The Fantastic Spy" by Jerry Siegel and John Forte!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hero Clix Contest Winner!

Announcing the winner of our first 
Legion of Super-Bloggers Contest----

Marcus Dodds, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 

will soon be receiving a Legion of Super-Heroes Hero Clix Starter Game box. 
It includes these seven Legionnaires: 


Marcus' favourite Hero Clix was the invisible Shrinking Violet piece. 

Thanks to all for writing in. Long Live the Legion!

As a little extra, here are a few pictures I took of some of my favorite Hero Clix. I don't play....the game. I just play with the figurines. Look out, Legion, the Fatal Five is back!





I think MANO is my favorite. He just looks so cool. 

I also like the Time Trapper. I love how he's playing with a Legion Cube. 

Can't argue with the Founders! 

I bought three separate Triplicate Girls and combined them on one stand. 



Extra! Extra! Extra! Legion Guest Stars In Flash #26!


Do you know? Do you know? Have you heard the news?

Two characters connected to the Legion appeared in The Flash #26!

Admittedly, they aren't Legionnaires, but supporting characters who first appeared in a Legion comic. It's Don and Dawn Allen, the Tornado Twins.


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

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

Opponents: 
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

featuring
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.  




Synopsis: 
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

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

Opponents: 
Brainiac

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

Synopsis
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.

Visit him at www.sandyjarrell.com 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #307


Legion of Super-Heroes #307 is an interesting issue for a number of reasons, at least in my mind.

For one, this is the first issue that you begin to see the looser, more interpretive art by longtime penciler Keith Giffen. After having a precise, pristine, rather organic appearing style since coming on board, we start to see some of the rougher style that Giffen began to showcase in the late 80s.

Second, after hitting home run after home run for the last two plus years, the creative team of Giffen and writer Paul Levitz sort of stumble a bit here. The Omen and the Prophet has just never been embraced by the majority of Legion fans. We still have some subplot development as the team as a whole is handled nicely, but the main story here is a bit lackluster. And that is despite the fact that these villains are immensely powerful and give the team a run for their money.

Let me put it in a different way. I have reread Legion 285-305 many many times over. I have only read Legion 307-308 a couple of times. So after reading reviews where I have tended to gush a bit, prepare for something much more straightforward.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Reboot: Showcase '96 #11

Showcase '96 #11 (December 1996)
title: "Brain in Vain"
writer: Tom Peyer
penciller: Derec Aucoin

inker: Jason Martin
lettering: Ken Bruzenak
colorist: David Grafe
associate editor: Chris Duffy
editor: Frank Pittarese
cover: Steve Lightle
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Captain Comet, Director Thompson, Inferno, Shvaughn Erin, Vril Dox, S.T.A.R. Labs guards (one called Duffy)

Opponents: 
Brainiac

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Who's Who: Antonio Stefanacci

Antonio Stefanacci
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Antonio Stefanacci
Super-Power(s): Magic (allegedly, then eventually)
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Ally

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TOS: Jimmy Olsen #63 Point-Counterpoint

featuring
The Legion of Super Bloggers Group Review on
Jimmy Olsen #63 (September, 1962)
title: "The League of Fantastic Supermen!"
writer: Jerry Siegel
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein 
reviewers: Russell "Bilingual Boy" Burbage and Mike "Nostalic Kid" Lane

Mission Monitor Board:  
Honorary Legionnaire Jimmy Olsen, Supergirl

Guests: 
Lori Lemaris

Opponents: 
The Legion of Super-Villains (Lightning Lord, Cosmic King, Chameleon Chief, Sun Emperor)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dial H For Heroclix



Today we talk about Legion-related HeroClix figures, of which there is fittingly a whole legion of. Most Legion fans collect them just for those miniscule figurines, rather than to use in actual game warfare, this writer included. Legion fans who are also HeroClix players are thus twice-blessed, so to speak.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #306


I have talked a lot about how fantastic this particular time in the history of The Legion of Super-Heroes has been exemplary, a high water mark for the characters. Creators Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen were producing incredible stories and characterization. But one thing I think they had a great handle on was pacing. Since the end of the Great Darkness Saga, the book has had a number of plotlines open and close. And despite LSH #304 being mostly about the Legion Academy, it still introduced a new plotline. Incredible.

Last issue was the culmination of the 'imposter in the Legion' story, revealing that Shrinking Violet was actually a Durlan for over a year of issues. After a bombshell like that, the readers probably needed a chance to breathe before moving into the next arc. So Legion of Super-Heroes #306 was something of a rest issue, recapping the origin of Star Boy while showing us the latest election for Legion Leader. And this little tap of the brakes worked. I needed to cleanse my palate after the Vi reveal and this issue did just that.

Add to that a great mix of art by Giffen, inker Larry Mahlstedt, and legendary Curt Swan and this issue was a winner. On to the issue.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reboot: Legion of Super-Heroes #87

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #87 (December 1996)
title: "She's Not There"
writers: Tom Peyer and Tom McCraw
pencillers: Mike Collins, Lee Moder and Paul Pelletier
inker: Ron Boyd
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
assistant editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Alan Davis
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

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

Guests: 
Deadman, Inferno, Phase, Rama Kushna, Shvaughn Erin, Strata, Tiffany Cross, construction workers, policemen, Tiffany's client, people Deadman jumps into (a skater, a nun)

Opponents: 
Tommy the Swami/Gurubhanda/Poltergeist

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Who's Who: Antennae Boy

Antennae Boy
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Khfeurb Chee Bez
Super-Power(s): Hears radio transmissions across space and time

Planet of Origin: Grxyor
Relationship to Legion: Legion reject and member of the Legion of Substitute-Heroes

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TOS: Superboy #98

Superboy #98 (July, 1962)
title: The Boy With Ultra-Powers
writer: Jerry Siegel
penciller: Curt Swan
inker: George Klein
cover: Curt Swan & George Klein
editor: Mort Weisinger

Mission Monitor Board: 
Superboy, Ultra Boy

Guests:
Lana Lang, Pete Ross, Marla Latham, Krypto, Pa Kent, Ma Kent (sort of)

Opponents:
Legion Initiation Test, heart attacks

Summary: 
Ultra Boy and Legion advisor Marla arrive in Smallville. Ultra Boy's initiation into the Legion hinges on his being able to find out Superboy's secret identity. At the same time, Pete Ross is concerned about the diary he keeps, where he admits that he knows Superboy's real identity. When Pete goes to the bank to lock up his diary in a safe deposit box, he is accidentally trapped in the vault. Ultra Boy reveals himself to Superboy and working together, they save Pete.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Legion Bugs Bunny Review


Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1
Title: The Impostor Superboy!
Writer: Sam Humphries
Penciller: Tom Grummett
Inker: Scott Hanna
Letterer: Josh Reed
Colorist: Steve Buccellato
Cover Artist: Tom Grummett
Variant Cover Artist: Ty Templeton
Assistant Editor: Michael McCalister
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Substitute Hero(?): Joey Cavalieri
(I have no idea what "Substitute Hero" is supposed to mean.)

Legion Roster: Brainiac 5, Lightning Lass, Dream Girl, Ultra Boy, Timber Wolf, Wildfire, Sun Boy, Chameleon Boy, Shadow Lass, Supergirl, Phantom Girl, plus many cameos

Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Legion of Super-Heroes #305


How do you critique a book that floored you when you read it as a kid?

Legion of Super-Heroes #305 shocked me back when I first read it off the rack and it still sort of shocks me to this day. This was the culmination of a storyline which had begun back in Legion of Super-Heroes #287, the abduction and replacement of Shrinking Violet. Once again, it showed just how far ahead Paul Levitz was thinking back then. In this day and age of rebooting, renumbering, and quick axes on creative teams, I cannot imagine this approach in comics today.

Moreover, at this point, the reveal wasn't an 'out of the blue' shock by this issue. Levitz was inserting clues and dropping hints, bringing the readers up to speed. I, of course, didn't pick up the clues back then. But now, rereading these issues, it is as all there. Still, stunning twist.

With the Projectra/Armorr wedding plot done, the Weber's World plot done, and now the Violet plot done, Levitz starts laying down track for the next set of stories. And once again, we see just how far ahead Levitz was plotting. We see the beginning of the LSH/LSV arc which opened the Baxter run here. And we see the continuation of the Dawnstar arc which will eventually be covered in the later issues of Tales of the Legion. Both of those arcs see completion in over a year.

As always, Keith Giffen brings great art to the proceedings. There are some places where it looks like it may have been inked by someone other than Larry Mahlstedt, but he is the only inker listed.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Reboot: Legionnaires #43

Legionnaires #43 (December 1996)
title: "New Blood"
writers: Roger Stern and Tom McCraw
penciller: Jeffrey Moy
inkers: W.C. Carani and Philip Moy
lettering: Pat Brosseau
colorist: Tom McCraw
associate editor: Ruben Diaz
editor: KC Carlson
cover: Jeffrey Moy & W.C. Carani
reviewers: Siskoid & Shotgun

Mission Monitor Board:  
Chameleon, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Kinetix, Live Wire, M'Onel, Magno, Sensor, Star Boy, Triad, Umbra, XS

Guests: 
Arachno, Athramites, Blast-Off, Brad Majors, Cannus, Cat-Claws, Chlorophyll Kid, Chuck Taine, Derek Morgna, Dirk Morgna, Dragonmage, Dreamer, Hectorrr Arroo, Keema Delf, Lori Morning, Macaw, Night Girl, Particon, Polar Boy, Radion, Spider-Girl, Splitter (Arm-Fall-Off Boy), Stone Boy, Tenzil Chem; Cameos for Blockade Boy, Charma, Color Kid, Comet Queen, Crystal Kid, Dev-Em, Fire Lad, Graffiti King, Kid Psycho, Infectious Lass, Ladybug, Monstress, Plant Lad, Sugar & Spike (as teenagers), Tellus, Weight Wizard; lots of would-be heroes

Opponents: 
Leland McCauley

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Who's Who: Animal Lad

Animal Lad
by Russell & Siskoid


Real Name: Ennis Janhson
Super-Power(s): Ability to turn people into animals, and animals into people

Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Legion reject