Saturday, August 05, 2006

SLSH #20

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

(L 2006-9)
"Big Trouble"

ROLL CALL: Atom Girl, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Element Lad, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Supergirl, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy

The U.P. tries to co-opt the Legion, but the Legionnaires will have none of it. Meanwhile, giants of Colossal boy’s people are terrorizing the world, and it’s up to the Legion to stop them...and to find out why the giants were on the rampage. They don’t exactly find an answer, but there is an intriguing hint of some other group seeking to take the Legion’s mantle.

In an ancient L.E.G.I.O.N. cruiser, Brainiac 5 (assisted by Atom Girl, Element Lad, and Light Lass) continues his scheme to resurrect Dream Girl.

And we learn why Cos has been so hard on Supergirl lately....


The L.E.G.I.O.N. cruiser is a nice nod to previous continuity, and Brainiac 5’s characterization of Vril Dox (“He wasn’t the fastest chip on the motherboard”) is a hoot.

After the LSH clubhouse was destroyed, the United Planets foots the bill for a new, much larger headquarters. This is exactly what happened way back in ADVENTURE 367 (April 1968), but this time there’s a completely different spin on matters.

The explanation for the existence of Big City is wonderfully crazy: “...then, about two hundred years ago, Bizarro-Brainiac attacked McMurdo City....he figured if the original Brainiac shrunk the city of Kandor, then he’d do the opposite and -- ”

Is it just me, or does Brainy look particularly cute in the panel where he says, “Yes. Now, the same principle is also true for information...” ? And I’ve never really found Brainy all that cute (except maybe when Invisible Kid was kissing him).

And the final revelation in this issue is Cos might be in love with Kara? I wonder what the current incarnation of Night Girl is going to think of that?

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