Saturday, January 30, 2010

Housekeeping Updates

I edited the entries for 13 January 2010 and 20 January 2010 to include some stuff I hadn't seen before. Take a look.


Week of 27 January 2010

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

"Team History"
CUTE BOYS: Dan (Tomahawk's scout), Mon-El, Tomahawk, Wildcat

There are two covers to this issue. One features Mon-El's right leg and part of his cape; the other shows the rest of him.

Mon-El fights Atomic Skull, then Doctor Light invites him to join the Justice League. She appeals to Mon's desire to do everything that Superman did, saying "You want to to be like Superman? Superman was in the Justice League." Oh, good, now Mon can cross "Was in the Justice League" off his numbered list of things that Superman did.

Oh, wait, that's Conner Kent aka Superboy who has a list of things that Superman did, not Mon-El. Whoops.

Mon's dialog sounds rather pathetic, but he doesn't say much so I guess that doesn't really matter.

The very best thing about this issue, though, is that it includes a two-page recap of the ending of Justice League: Cry for Justice. This is a great public service: it means that when the last issue of Cry for Justice finally appears (sometime in the next few months, perhaps), nobody has to waste another $3.99 to find out how it ends. If the gods are kind, it might even mean that DC will be able to avoid publishing the last issue of Cry for Justice at all, thus saving enormous amounts of paper and ink that would otherwise be totally wasted.

(Of course, if the gods were truly kind, they would retcon Cry for Justice out of existence altogether, and return the money and hours that readers have already spent on that worthless series.)


"The Boxing Match Part Two of Two"
CUTE BOYS: Doctor Fate, Mister America (with his shirt ripped, and later with it entirely off, ooo baby)

A pretty neat story that rings new changes on the old storytelling method of splitting up the JSA and having each hero fight a different threat. The nature of Mordru's spell (pocket universes in cardboard boxes), and the ultimate solution, is pretty kewl -- an a nice twist on getting rid of Mordru by imprisoning him in an enclosed space. One almost expects to see Professor Farnsworth and the rest of the Futurama crew come popping through at some point.


SUPERMAN #696 (3/10
"Man of Valor Part Three"
ROLL CALL: Chameleon Boy or Chameleon Girl (?), Mon-El
CUTE BOYS: Chris Kent (aka Nightwing), Mon-El

So "Control" wasn't Duplicate Damsel at all...she was Yera all along. (Unless that's Cham...but the ear, eyebrow, and lips suggest Yera.) [Later addition: Check the comments. I'm now leaning to the "Cham" side of the argument.] [[Later later addition (2/22/2010): Yeah, it's definitely Chameleon Boy.]]

A really great bondage/S&M flashback to Major Lane's lab, where the gorilla surgeon is working on Mon: "I have long looked forward to medically experimenting on a male Daxamite's reproductive organs." Well, duh! Who hasn't?


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Week of 20 January 2010

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

I did not see any LSH content in DC comics this week. Pshaw!

(added 30 January 2010)

Thanks to Craigopher for pointing this one out. You might want to check out SUPERMAN/BATMAN #68 (3/10) "The Big Noise Part 1 Rumble Face" While examining a Kryptonian spaceship from the past, Batman finds evidence of a shape-shifter. While there are other shape-shifters in the DC universe, we might be dealing with a Durlan here. Stay tuned.

(This story apparently takes place during the "Our Worlds at War" crossover event, published in Summer 2001 -- unless somebody put the wrong banner on the cover. Since "Our Worlds at War" was several iterations of the DC Universe ago, it's unclear how much any of this has to do with current continuity. That confusion of continuity is another sign that the Legion might, ultimately, be involved.)


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Legion Title Coming

If you haven't heard the news yet, head over to Legion Omnicom to get the details. Apparently this summer the Legion is going to get a new LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES title, as well as continuing in ADVENTURE. Whoo-hoo!

The new LSH title is technically LSH v. 6, but that whole volume thing got confusing pretty quickly, so here I'll just continue to include the month and year with each comic and leave volumes to those who aren't as easily confused as me.

Two ongoing Legion titles, plus R.E.B.E.L.S. (which counts as far as I'm concerned), plus the upcoming "Brainiac and the LSH" series in the Superman books, plus Mon_El in the JLA: this is all a very good start. We still have a ways to go before we see the Legion featured in every DC title all the time, but...this'll do. For a while, anyhow.


Week of 13 January 2010

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

ACTION #885 (3/10)
"Divine Spark Part 3"
ROLL CALL: Mon-El, Sensor Girl (Wilcox)
CUTE BOYS: Chris Kent, Mon-El

I didn't quite notice this before, but Nightwing and Flamebird have strong Superman inspirations on their new costumes. The chest emblems on both are within the pentagonal S-shield, and they both have conventional S-emblems for belt buckles. Considering the relationship between Chris and Superman, as well as Thara and Supergirl, this seems quite fitting.

We find out that S.P. Officer Romundi is a Zod sleeper agent named Car-Vex, which sounds like that printout you're supposed to get when you buy a used car.


ACTION #885 (3/10)
"Captain Atom Chapter Seven"

Mon-El continues to act as a member of the Justice League as Captain Atom's dreary story continues. Anyone without an encyclopedic knowledge of the obscure history of the DC Universe(s) will be completely lost. When the Legion does this, it's gripping storytelling and intricate plotting; when anyone else does it, it's annoying incestuous crap. The moral? More Legion content makes any story better.


R.E.B.E.L.S. #12 (3/10)
"Secret Weapons"
ROLL CALL: Adam Strange, Amon Hakk, Bounder, Captain Comet, Ciji, Garv, Lyrl Dox, Rocky, Stealth (zombie), Strata, Tribulus, Vril Dox, Wildstar, Xylon
ROLL CALL (OMEGA MEN): Broot, Darkfire, Doc, Tigorr
CUTE BOYS: Adam Strange (maybe, if he took off that stupid helmet - plus his shirt for good measure), Captain Comet, Darkfire, Lyrl Dox

After a full year, R.E.B.E.L.S. has certainly lived up to its promise. Dox has put together a Legion-inspired team (I'm never sure whether to count Kanjar Ro or Despero as part of the team) and they've had an interesting, action-filled run so far. I hope it continues. Some interaction with the real Legion would be nice, and I gather that's coming with the "Brainiac and the Legion of Super-Heroes" storyline.


(edited 30 January 2010)

(no title)
ROLL CALL: not-Brainiac-5, not-Ferro-Lad, not-Lightning-Lad, not-Phantom-Girl, not-Saturn-Girl, not-Star-Boy, not-Sun-Boy, not-Superboy, not-Timber-Wolf, not-Tyr, not-Ultra-Boy

Some stuff happens. Things blow up. Some fighting, more explosions, more fighting, lots of angst, tons of menacing things looming over other things. On the planet Quar, not-Superboy is sitting in a chair, completely bored by what's going on.

I know just how he feels.


Week of 6 January 2010

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

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

In fact, I have not seen any Legion content in DC Comics this whole year.


Saturday, January 02, 2010

Action Boy Was There First...AND He's Cuter

Capatin Action #3, March 1969. Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, April 1985.

I'm just sayin'....