Friday, March 14, 2008

Week of 12 March 2008

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

COUNTDOWN #7 (3/12/08)
"Gone Tomorrow"
ROLL CALL: Karate Kid, Una (Lightning Saga Legion)

The folks have been sent to an Earth on which they never existed (echoes of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #11, when various heroes found that they had been erased from history). Meanwhile, Una starts to regrow a backbone, but quickly lapses back to being Whiny Woman. Karate Kid dies (again!).

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: Karate Kid has died a couple of times before, both times because of a fusion powersphere. In the Classic Legion, he threw himself into a powersphere to protect Orando from the Legion of Super-Villains; the SW6 Karate Kid died in the explosion of a fusion powersphere in Metropolis.


"Lone Wolf"
ROLL CALL: Bouncing Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Sun Boy, Phantom Girl, Shrinking Violet, Timber Wolf, Tyroc (Animated Legion)

While the rest of the Legion goes to be feted at a Legion Day ceremony, Timber Wolf goes off on his own and foils a bomb threat directed at the ceremony.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: This comic came out on a Wednesday; the Saturday before, the Legion TV show also dealt with a Legion Day ceremony. Based on the Legionnaires in attendance, it looks like these are two different ceremonies.


SUPERMAN #674 (5/08)
"Shadows Linger Part One: Bright Tomorrows"
ROLL CALL: Mon-El (Lightning Saga Legion)(?)

Conversing with Mon-El via Phantom Zone communicator, Superman learns more of Lar's history. On Daxam, Lar found an ancient starship and flew away from Daxam, an act which was prohibited ("PROHIBITED! PROHIBITED! PROHIBITED!") by the tyrannical Priest-Elders. At the end of the issues, the Priest-Elders show up on Earth demanding that Superman turn Lar over to them for punishment.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: Okay, Lar Gand's story here is substantially different from the one in the Classic Legion...or other subsequent versions of the LSH. To my mind, more than anything else, this establishes the Lightning Saga Legion as yet another distinct version...albeit one whose history hews pretty close to the Classic Legion's.

Lar Gand has been in the Phantom Zone for, what, fifteen or twenty years by now? And Superman is just now getting around to asking him about his past? Okay, I know Superman is a busy person, but sheesh!

I wonder if Chris Kent is being groomed to be the next Superboy (once DC recovers the right to use the name "Superboy"). If so, I predict that we'll eventually see Chris Kent/Superboy hook up with the Legion. You read it here first!


WONDER WOMAN #18 (5/08)
"Expatriate Part 1: That Which Wears the Crown"

No Legion appearances as such, but Wonder Woman begins an adventure with the present-day Khunds (aka Klingons), in which she is taken to the Khund homeworld to help defend them from an invasion. The story is continued in next issue. Fantatical completists will want this issue, and probably the next few.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: The Khunds originally appeared in the chronicles of the Legion. As far as I know, they became part of present-day DC Continuity duing the INVASION miniseries...which introduced many elements of the Legion universe into the present.

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