Sunday, December 04, 2005

LSH(5) #12

(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comic.)

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (v. 5) #12 (1/06)
(L 2006-1)
(Untitled) (cover title: "Legion of Super-Heroes vs. Terror Firma")
ROLL CALL: Atom Girl, Brin Londo, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dream Girl (deceased), Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy.

The "Teenage Revolution" version of the Legion continues to revitalize old concepts and make a few in-jokes while telling a good story. The long-rumored Atom Girl appears, and immediately proves that this version of Salu Digby is no "Shrinking Violet." Projectra gains her powers, apparently inherited from her deceased father. As the bad guys attack across the galaxy, Cos gives a stirring speech to all teens everywhere. And Dream Girl is apparently dead, but Brainy has her in stasis...and as all long-time Legion readers (and Red Dwarf fans) know, death isn't the handicap it used to be in the olden days.

Projectra's powers resemble those of Sensor Girl: " long as I desire, whether to the naked eye or the most sophisticated receptors, those who watch see only what I wish them to see."

(L 2006-1a)
"A Decent Interval"
ROLL CALL: Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl

This story takes place during the events of LSH(5) #1, which lets us know why Garth and Imra were offstage in that issue. We see Vash, a planet of teenagers, where Garth and Imra are trying to obtain permission to set up an observation post. (We don't know if Vash is the "Rimworld 19" from which Garth reported in LSH(5) #3.)

This story recalls "Words Never Spoken" (L 1978-2b) in SUPERBOY & LEGION #236 (2/78), the story in which Garth and Imra became engaged. I'm particularly happy with the portrayal of Lightning Lad; he is no longer the impetuous, hot-headed "Live Wire" of earlier versions. This Lightning Lad has his head on right, and he speaks like a founding member of the Legion. (I'm sure he'll have his chance to go insane in future issues. Sooner or later, he always does...)

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Legion Alert: SOLO #7 (12/05)

(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comic.)

If you haven't yet seen SOLO #7 (12/05), take a look. It's all Silver Age characters, and Legionnaires have several cameos. Don't miss Ferro Lad on the back cover.

SOLO #7 (12/05)
(L 2005-12a) "Doom Patrol vs. Teen Titans"
Cameos by Mon-El, Proty, Supergirl, Streaky, Chameleon Boy, Lightning Lad, Duo Damsel, Saturn Girl, Shriking Violet, Brainiac 5, Sun Boy, Cosmic Boy, and Princess Projectra.

SOLO #7" (12/05)
(L 2005-12b) "Comic Book Clubhouse"
Cameos by Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet, Ferro Lad, Bouncing Boy, Karate Kid, and Lightning Lad.

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Welcome to my LSH blog.

I've been a Legion of Super-Heroes reader since 1966, and I have an obsessive LSH web page at I don't update the page as often as I'd like (lots of other things get in the way). So I figured that it might be a good idea to do a blog, and comment each month on Legion comics and whatnot.

As I said, I've been reading the Legion for nearly 40 years, and collecting for just about as long. My favorite version of the LSH was the Silver Age Legion; my favorite Legionnaire is Mon-El (actually it's hard to pick a favorite; these characters have been friends for most of my life). Among all the eras of the Legion, I think the one I liked best was the Paul Levitz Legion of 1984-1989.

I don't read a lot of comics besides the Legion, although I do try to keep up with Flash and (occasionally) Green Lantern. And of course, I've been following the Infinite Crisis and various lead-ins and spinoffs. I loved the Silver Age Superman and Superboy, and consider John Byrne's work to be desecration.

I guess that should do it for introductions. Now on to the Legion....