Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Week of 24 June 2009

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

SUPERMAN #689 (8/09)
"The Tourist"
ROLL CALL: Mon-El, Tellus

Mon-El goes on a tour of the world, meets many superheroes, and gets his first kiss (what, it wasn't Kal-El? Or Mitch?)

Meanwhile, Tellus bids farewell to Harper and, presumably, the 21st century. He says, "Things need to be done. I must do them...for the good of everyone." Before he leaves, he zaps Harper with some pink energy to prepare him for "the battle you'll one day fight with your enemy the Assassin."

The remainder of the issue deals with the incomprehensible Major Lane subplot and a threat to Steel. Since none of this has any connection to the Legion, I'm trying to ignore as much of it as possible.


Also of interest: In JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #34 (8/09), the League is fighting Starbreaker. Vixen calls him "a second-rate sun-eater" and Starbreaker responds, "A sun eater is but the larval form of my species. You tremble at the thought of of the infant, and yet you dare to challenge the adult?"

Interesting. The League faced a sun eater in FINAL NIGHT. In classic LSH continuity, sun eaters were manufactured by renegade Controllers in another universe, then used as weapons in this universe. I suppose it's possible to reconcile that with this revelation by Starbreaker. Still, it does seem odd to think of Controllers releasing something that could row up to be as powerful...and as independently Starbreaker.


Okay, it has nothing to do with the Legion (so far), but I have to say it: I am totally lost by what's been going on in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. I get the feeling that there's a lot of information in between the lines; I just don't know what it is. I don't know if it's sloppy storytelling, or just that I'm not smart enough. Sigh.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Week of 17 June 2009

I did not see any Legion content in DC Comics this week.

There is one minor LSH connection. ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #12 (2009) tells the origin story of the new Nightwing and Flamebird, aka Christopher Kent (Lor-Zod) and Thara Ak-Var. One of the characters is a Kryptonian criminal named Dev-Em.

In classic Legion continuity, Dev-Em was a Kryptonian juvenile delinquent and Kal-El's on-again-off-again S&M buddy, before jumping forward to the 30th century to become entangled with the LSH. Dev-Em had a long and distinguished career as an agent of the Interstellar Counter-Intelligence Corps, then Giffen and the Bierbaums drove him insane with a terrible haircut and made him blow up the moon.

That was about it for Dev-Em. In current continuity he is a Kryptonian criminal incarcerated in the Phantom Zone. He has no connection to the Legion...yet.

I still have my eyes on Chris Kent/Lor-Zod/Nightwing. I'm willing to bet he hooks up with the Legion sometime.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Week of 10 June 2009

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

R.E.B.E.L.S. #5 (8/09)
"The Stars We Are"
ROLL CALL: Amon Hakk, Bounder, Ciji, Geotrix, Strata, Vril Dox, Wildstar
ROLL CALL (Omega Men): Broot, Darkfire, Doc, Elu, Tigorr

Lots going on this issue. Ciji reveals that she's on Dox's side. Amon Hakk goes on a mission to kill Dox. Astrild offers Dox a position as a favored lieutenant of Starro. The Dominators fight against Starro's invading troops. Dox sends Wildstar to retrieve the remnants of Silica. Dox and crew escape into hyperspace. And the Psions tell the Omega Men that their mission is to assassinate Starro.

I never thought I would be cheering for Dominators.

The blue-skinned woman with the crazy hair has a name now: Astrild Storm-daughter. She's still not very nice.


Elsewhere in DC Comics this week, there were no appearances or references to the Legion, Mon-El, or Tellus in ACTION #878. And in FLASH: REBIRTH #3, there was a virtual family reunion of speedsters and Allen Family members: Johnny Quick, Jesse Quick, Barry Allen, Wally West, Jay Garrick, Bart Allen, Iris West Allen, Max Mercury, even cameos of Barry's parents...but is there a single panel showing Jenni, or even a mention of her? No. Guess We know how she rates, eh?

Monday, June 08, 2009

Week of 3 June 2009

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

I did not see any Legion appearances in DC Comics this week.

However, Mon-El is mentioned in SUPERMAN: WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #4 (8/09). Sodam Yat is among the Green Lanterns sent to investigate New Krypton. Superman says, "You're not one for pleasantries, huh, Sodam?" Sodam Yat answers, "What can I say? I'm true to my people."

"I beg to differ," Superman says. "I'm friends with one of your people -- Mon-El. In fact, I left him in Metropolis to guard the city for me." Sodam Yat frowns enigmatically.

A little later, when Superman observes that Sodam Yat looks troubled, Sodam Yat answers, "Not by anything I'm seeing. I was thinking about the Daxamite yous aid was on Earth." Replies Supes, "Mon-El, yeah, is that a problem?" Sodam Yat grins. "No. I'm just surprised to learn he's there."

So let's read between the lines here. Sodam Yat has been away from Daxam for years, and has not seen another Daxamite boy in all that time. Now he finds out that there's an eligible Daxamite hunk on Earth...immediately he thinks to himself, "Let's finish up this stupid mission so I can go to Earth, find that other Daxamite, and have mad, passionate Daxamite sex."

Oh, well. R.E.B.E.L.S. is due out next week.