Sunday, October 19, 2008

Week of 15 October 2008

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

"One World, Under Gog Part IV: Out of Place"
ROLL CALL (Lightning Saga Legion): Starman/Star Boy

A now-sane Thom remembers the mission on which he was sent to the 21st century...but he's not sure if he can carry it out while sane. After a while, he becomes a black-hole conduit from Earth-2, through which Power Girl returns, pursued by the Justice Society Infinity.

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: In an earlier issue of JUSTICE SOCIETY, Thom used his mass-induction power to create a black hole -- apparently that means that he is the master of anything involving black holes.


LEGION OF 3 WORLDS #2 (11/2008)
"Legion of 3 Worlds Book Two"

ROLL CALL (Classic/Lightning Saga Legion): Blok, Bariniac 5, Chameleon Girl, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Invisible Kid (Jacques), Lightning Lad, Lightning Lass, Mon-El, Night Girl, Phantom Girl, Polar Boy, Rond Vidar (dies), Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Sun Boy, Superman, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, White Witch

ROLL CALL (Earth-Zero Legion): Andromeda, Apparition, Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dreamer, Ferro, Gates, Gear, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Kid Quantum, Kinetix, LeVIathan, Live Wire, M'Onel, Saturn Girl, Sensor, Shikari, Spark, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triad, Ultra Boy, Umbra, Wildfire, XS

ROLL CALL (Teenage Revolution Legion): Atom Girl, Brainiac 5, Chameleon, Colossal Boy, Element Lad, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy

ROLL CALL (Legion of Super-Villains): Beauty Blaze, Black Mace, Chameleon Chief, Cosmic King, Dr. Regulus, Earth-Man, Echo, Emerald Empress, Esper Lass, Golden Boy, Grimbor, Hunter, Lazon, Lightning Lord, Magno Lad, Mano, Micro Lad, Mist Master, Mordru, Neutrax, Ol-Vir, Persuader, Radiation Roy, Saturn Queen, Silver Slasher, Spider Girl, Storm Boy, Sun-Emperor, Superboy-Prime, Terrus, Tharok, Titania, Tusker, Tyr, Universo, Validus, Zymyr

ROLL CALL (Other): Dragonmage (deceased), Evillo (deceased), Glorith (deceased), Sodam Yat, Time Trapper

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: In the White Witch's visions, she sees "Saturn Queen with...Superboy?" She recognizes Superboy! This is the first hint we've had in recent memory that there was a Superboy.

Garth pooh-poohs the suggestion that Superboy-Prime will "apologize for ripping people in half, throw on a flight ring and become the Legion's new Superboy?" First, more confirmation that there was an old Superboy. Second, I've seen exactly this suggestion on various fan sites. Either this is foreshadowing, or it's a slapdown to those fans trying to second-guess the ending.

Saturn Queen and Esper Lass...Sun-Emperor, Beauty Blaze, and Dr. Regulus...apparently the LSV has no rule against members duplicating powers.

Refracting Lazon into component colors is brilliant.

About that lightning rod...everybody keeps saying it's Bart Allen (and I cant imagine who else it might be). Apparently Bart will have some essential part to play. But here's my question: what can Bart do that his cousin Jenni couldn't?

As far as that goes: the universes are all confused around the Allen family: Bart and Jenni (XS) now seem to belong to two different continuities...and while Mysa makes reference to the Tornado Twins (Bart & Jenni's respective parents), it's in connection with the other two Legions, so it's not certain what universe they came from.

Notice that most the Legionnaires wear nifty belts with L* buckles. Where can I get one? (Exceptions include Brainy, Dawnstar, Drake, Rond, Mysa, Brekk, Tasmia, Mon...and Tinya, whose belt buckle bears a "P".)

Sodam Yat calls himself "the last of the Guardians of the Universe," not "the last Green Lantern." No doubt all will be explained.

Next issue, we are promised "Lightning vs. Thunder." "Lightning," of course, is traditionally linked not only with the Ranzz kids, but with the Flashes; can "Thunder" refer to the Shazams, particularly the Earth-Zero Legionnaire code-named Thunder?

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