Thursday, November 01, 2007

Week of 31 October 2007

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

ACTION #858 (12/07)
"Superman & the Legion of Super-Heroes Chapter 1: Alien World"
ROLL CALL: Bouncing Boy (cameo), Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy (cameo), Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Dream Girl (cameo), Element Lad (cameo), Ferro Lad (cameo), Invisible Kid (cameo), Karate Kid (cameo), Light Lass (cameo), Lightning Lad, Matter-Eater Lad (cameo), Mon-El (cameo), Phantom Girl (cameo), Princess Projectra (cameo), Saturn Girl, Sensor Girl (cameo), Shadow Lass (cameo), Shrinking Violet (cameo), Star Boy/Starmn (cameo), Sun Boy (cameo), Superman, Timber Wolf (cameo), Triplicate Girl (cameo), Ultra Boy (cameo), Wildfire (All presumably Lightning Saga Legion)

Superman doesn't seem to remember the Legion until Brainiac 5, acting by remote control, restores his memory. (During the Lightning Saga, Superman seemed to have memories of the Legion...and he has Legion statues in his Fortress. So what's up with his sudden amnesia?)

Brainy brings Superman to the year 3008, where the Science Police attack him in Legion Headquarters, injuring him. Colossal Boy, Wildfire, and Dawnstar rescue him (Dawny has apparently gained the power to grow enormous boobs). In the last panel, we find out that Earth's sun is now red.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: A seven-page flashback very tenderly tells the story of how poor, lonely Clark Kent was visited by Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl, who whisked him away to the future to join the Legion. It's a really sweet retelling of the familiar myth, and shows how much the Legionnaires' friendships meant to young Kal-El. (Notice that the Legionnaires call him "Kel-El" or "Kal," not "Clark.")

The double-page center spread of the Legion is nice, if a little inaccurate (by the time Timber Wolf was a member, Luornu was Duo Damsel; Ferro Lad and Shadow Lass were never contemporaries, and Light Lass is missing her insignia)...but I read it as an idealized composite memory of Superman's

Gim, Dawny, and Drake have great new costumes -- but Drake's is easily the best. Parts of his containment suit seem to be transparent, so you can see his energy swirling within.

The Legion team who came to Headquarters were not expecting Superman -- apparently they were on some other mission. When he breaks in, Colossal Boy takes a packet from his belt and says, "I've got the rings." Flight rings, probably...but where were they taking them?

Curiouser and curiouser....


COUNTDOWN #26 (10/31/07)
"Halfway to Hell"
ROLL CALL: Karate Kid, Una (Lightning Saga Legion)

Firestorm joins Val and Luornu, and helps Val uncover "the secrets beneath the cratered city of Bludhaven...bringing him closer to his ultimate fate." Which, apparently, is the "inciting event" of the Great Disaster.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: Val has been involved with the Great Disaster before: at least, he once visited Kamandi (in KAMANDI #58 in July 1978).


"What a Wonderful World"
ROLL CALL: Star Boy/Starman

The Superman of Earth 22 (Kingdom Come) shows up at Justice Society headquarters, and Star Boy/Starman babbles on about his sojourn in that continuity. This is obviously a Star Boy/Starman, probably the Lightning Saga one, but I'll be damned if I can figure out exactly where he came from or where he belongs.


"E.R.G.onomics Part 2 of 2"
ROLL CALL: Atom Girl, Brainiac 5, Evolvo-Lad, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Supergirl, Timber Wolf, Wildfire

Great Krypton, the art in this book is awful.

For some reason, Colossal Boy and Light Lass are on the cover, even though they don't appear in this issue.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: The relationship between Drake and his brother Randall is a new (and interesting) twist on the character.

Atom Girl rides between telephones on a fiber-optic line, and credits the trick to her "twenty-first century namesake" -- the Atom. Not only a kewl bit, but it links Atom Girl to Ray Palmer's legacy...I think this is the first time there's been a parallel between Ray Palmer and Salu Digby.

Supergirl doesn't seem to distrust Brainy as much as the others do. In the old continuity, Supergirl and Brainiac 5 were an on-again, off-again couple.

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