Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Week of 27 October 2010

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

"Supergirl & the Legion of Super-Heroes"


Brianiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Sun Boy, Supergirl, Triplicate Girl, Satan Girl

CUTE BOYS: Brainy, Dirk, Garth, Gim, Rokk, assorted Metropolis citizens

A flaming satellite falls toward 30th century Metropolis. It's stopped by Supergirl and the Legion. We learn that the cause was one of Brainy's experiments, exposing an ancient Brocian statue to "chronon energy." The satellite blows up.

Flashback to Supergirl's arrival in the 30th century, a few months ago. She was flying along in a spaceship which malfunctioned, sending her to the 30th century (why not?) The Legionnaires begged her to stay, so she did.

Back to the main story, where Supergirl visits the Superman Museum and finds that "during one of the greatest battles in history, she was killed stopping the worst threat the Earth had ever known." She freaks out.

But wait, Brainy summons her for urgent help. Seems that his chronon energy has drawn an ancient Brocian evil goddess named Satan Girl, and she's out to enslave the Earth. Working together, Supergirl and Brainy defeat her and free the Legion from her nefarious influence.

The Legionnaires take Supergirl back to the 21st century, where Saturn Girl gives her a hypnotic treatment, similar to the one she gave Superboy, so that she won't remember details of what she learned in the future.

I was a little disappointed in this story. I was expecting a Levitz-like story that would fit the current Supergirl into Retro Legion continuity without too many alterations from Classic continuity, answering all sorts of knotty questions. Instead, we didn't really learn anything that we didn't know already.

Instead of being a constant (if irregular) presence in the early Legion, Supergirl visits the Legion for a few months. Instead of meeting and interacting with her cousin Superboy, she is told that the two of them can't be in the future at the same time.

I was rather hoping that they would establish that Supergirl was fated to die in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, in the past but at a later time in her own personal timeline. Well, they left the nature of her death unrevealed, but at least they didn't say anything that contradicts my theory.

All in all, it was a rather straightforward story that made some nods to classic continuity, but it just wasn't up to the high standard that Paul Levitz has set in his Adventure revisits of Legion history. I'd have preferred it if Satan Girl had somehow been an evil doppleganger of Supergirl. I'd have preferred it if they'd made more of an attempt to integrate some of the old stories. I'd have preferred it if they'd had the boy Cartar play more of a part, rather than dropping him after he got the Satan Girl plague.

Maybe Kara was actually visiting yet another alternate future, instead of the Retro Legion we know.

Oh, well. Mediocre Legion is better than no Legion at all.


Supergirl says that this 30th century "wasn't the 30th century I'd visited before, either." I believe she's speaking of the 31st century of the Earth-Prime Legion.

In classic Legion continuity, Supergirl and Brainiac 5 joined the Legion at the same time. Prior to that, Supergirl applied for membership (digging up a number of historic artifacts, including King Arthur's sword), but was rejected because Red Kryptonite had made her too old. When she and Brainy joined, Brainy gave her a force shield belt which protected her from a Green Kryptonite meteor, which she smashed to pieces.

The blue vaporlike creature at the bottom of page 18 is the Negative Man; in classic continuity Supergirl fought him in Action 287 (1962/04) "Supergirl's Greatest Challenge."

In classic continuity, Satan Girl was a Red-Kryptonite induced evil twin of Supergirl.

While criticizing Cosmic Boy's leadership skills, Sun Boy says "If he can't stand the heat, maybe we should vote in someone who can." The fact that a Leader election is on his mind shows that this story takes place in the same time frame as current stories in Adventure.

Interlac translations: 
On the Daily Planet globe: "daily planet" (the p is backwards)
On the falling satellite: "Time Institute"
On viewscreen inside the satellite: "DANGER"
In Brainy's telescope: "subject kryptonian...Subect [sic] Supergirl...Scanning"
Above the museum door: "Superman museum"
On Brainy's cellphone: "READY"

Lyle: Halfway through the story, Invisible He isn't seen again.

Gim: When Colossal Boy is enlarged, the lettering in his word balloons is huge. It's a nice effect.


The teenage Legion is explicitly stated to be in the 30th (not 31st) century. This sort of thing is going to keep happening.

Colossal Boy is missing his yellow shoulder-thingies.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Week of 20 October 2010

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

DCU: LEGACIES #6 (2010/12)


Cosmic Boy (standard cover only), Sun Boy (standard cover only), Supergirl (standard cover only), Ultra Boy

Aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earth and Legends. The only Legion appearances are cameos.

This issue came with two covers. The variant cover is a Legion-specific one, because DC knows that they can always milk the dependable Legion fans for extra bucks.


DCU: LEGACIES #6 (2010/12)
"Snapshot: Revision!"


Brainiac 5, Brainiac 5 (animated), Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Earth-Man, Gates, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Sensor Girl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy (Earth-Prime), Superboy/Clark Kent, Supergirl, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Wildfire, Proty, Mano, Tharok, Validus

CUTE BOYS: Are you kidding? With Keith Giffen drawing them? Giffen makes everyone look repulsive.

A not-in-continuity tale in which multiple versions of the Leigon appear to young Clark Kent, all asking him to join them. They bicker with one another until Clark finally tells them to get back to him when they can agree on what the Legion means.

This story reeks of Giffen. (I know he didn't write it, but his fingerprints are all over it.) I don't mind a humorous story, but this story isn't so much funny as it is mocking. Legionnaires of various eras and universes come together in the presence of someone they consider the greatest hero of all time, and all they do is snark and bicker at one another, leaving Clark (and the reader) disgusted. Not only does the Legion get no respect; in this story, they don't deserve respect. (And Keith Giffen has made it adequately clear over the years that he feels no respect for the Legion.)

At least the art is better than Giffen's work on the Legion in the past. It is actually possible to distinguish one character from another. With the exception of Superman, no one has their features utterly obscured by shadows. The panels are all laid out in precise (and boring) grids, but at least they aren't all nine-panel grids. Three pages are a six-panel grid, one nine-panel, one an astonishing twelve panels. The first two pages are inverted mirror-images based on the six-panel grid: one large two-column panel, one short two-column panel, and two square one-column panels. The one remaining page is based on the nine-panel grid: three panels along the top, one large panel filling the rest of the page, and...mirabile dictu! inset single panel that doesn't follow a grid.

So you see, an artist can grow and develop with time.

(I am reminded of a review I once read of a new John Updike book. The reviewer was sincerely ecstatic about what a wonderful, refreshingly new thing Updike had done, something so innovative that it would change the shape of literature forever. This wasn't Updike's usual book about a white male English professor suffering a midlife, this one featured a white male History professor suffering a midlife crisis. How innovative!)

I see that some fans are interpreting this story as a slap at the Legion's fabled difficulty for new readers, its large cast of characters and convoluted chronology. (And who had a big hand in convoluting that continuity, Mr. Giffen?) I invite those fans to pretend that they are new readers and pick up one of the Batman books (how many Robins are we up to now?) , or the endless Blackest Night/Brightest Day series (I cut my teeth on Legion continuity, et I bailed out of that train wreck because I couldn't understand what was going on). Or don't stick with DC: open an X-Men book or an issue of Spider-Man and try to imagine how lost a new reader would feel. Yet all of these are immensely popular.

For that matter, new readers seem to be flocking to the Leigon nowadays, despite the convoluted continuity.

It all comes down to the writer. In the hands of a good writer (i.e. Paul Levitz), the Legion's enormous cast and convoluted continuity become strengths. In the hands of a mediocre writer, they are an annoyance. And in the hands of bad writers (say, one whose initials are K.G. or T. & M. B.), they are a barrier to new and established readers alike.


Okay, this is going to get complicated. As near as I can tell, here's where all the Leigonnaires came from:

  • Brainiac 5: There are two: One from the Classic Legion, Postmodern (1980s) period; the other from the animated Superman epidose "New Kids in Town."
  • Chameleon Boy: Classic Legion, Classic (1960s) period
  • Cosmic Boy: Two: Classic Legion, Classic (1960s) period; Classic Legion, Modern (1970s) period
  • Dawnstar: Retro Legion, Adult period
  • Earth-Man: Retro Legion (hologram)
  • Gates: Difficult to tell, but I'd guess Retro Legion, Adult period
  • Light Lass: Classic Legion, Postmodern (1980s) period
  • Lightning Lad: Classic Legion, Classic (1960s) period
  • Saturn Girl: Two: Classic Legion, Classic (1960s) period; Retro Legion, Adult period
  • Sensor Girl: Classic Legion, Postmodern (1980s) period
  • Shadow Lass: Classic Legion, Postmodern (1980s) period
  • Star Boy: Earth-Prime Legion
  • Supergirl: Arrives with Postmodern Light Lass, but is dressed in Classic (1960s) costume
  • Timber Wolf: Classic Legion, Postmodern (1980s) period
  • Ultra Boy: Difficult to tell, but probably Classic Legion, Postmodern (1980s) period
  • Wildfire: Two: Retro Legion, Adult period; Classic Legion, Modern (1970s) or Postmodern (1980s) period




Brainiac 5, Chameleon Girl, Colossal Boy, Earth-Man, Lightning Lass, Phantom Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy, Marte Allon

CUTE BOYS: Brainy, Brin, Gim, Jo, Titanian Refugee kid in back seat, Xenophobic attacker

This issue has two covers; the variant one features Brainy and fits together with the last few variant covers to make a big panorama.

At the resquest of Marte Allon, member of the Earthgov Council, a Legion team prevents some Titanian refugees from visiting their ancestors' graves in the Himalayas. Tinya explains that the Tibetan plateau has been a closed zone for generations.

Gim and Yera go to dinner with Marte to find that Earth-Man has been pardoned. She encourages them to keep Earth-Man in the Legion and keep an eye on him, explaining that if he was locked up he would be a martyr, but this way he is a symbol of Earth's redemption.

Tinya and Shady make up after a tiff over Tinya finding Tasmia in bed with Earth-Man. Tasmia explains that her warrior side was attracted to Earth-Man's strength, and opines that his repentance is real. I don't buy either her attraction or his repentance.

As the last of the Titanian refugees leaves Arizona, a cute xenophobic boy attacks. Earth-Man tosses him aside, saying "What a waste."  I presume that he means it was a waste for him to sleep with Tasmia, when he could have been doing the nasty with this adorable kid. We learn from Brainy that Earth-Man's flight ring contains a "morality-enhancing feature" that may be behind his conversion.

Jo and Tinya start making out in the monitor room, but are interrupted by Ayla and Vi departing for the upcoming Annual Imsk for the holidays. Vi says she is going to get Ayla "back in condition." Euphemisms, always euphemisms.

Finally, Brainy is a work on his lifelong project to eliminate cockroaches, when Earth-man pays him a visit. The now-pardoned Earth-Man hands back his enhanced flight ring and demands one without mind-control features. He also says that while he is convinced that he has to work with offworlders, that doesn't mean he likes them...and he particularly dislikes Brainy. Twit.


Colossal Boy's father, Wynn Allon, is nowhere in evidence, nor is he mentioned. Since he was a high military officer with the Science Police (possibly an Admiral?), it's possible that he's away...or has he died? Dunno.

Shadow Lass and Phantom Girl, Shady says that Tinya will always be her best friend. I can't say I particularly noticed any special friendship between the two before, but it makes sense -- their powers could be said to have some similarities. In any case, it explains why Tinya was accustomed to bursting into Shady's room without knocking.

 Hmmm...if that's so, then one imagines that Tinya might have walked in on Shady and Mon in bed before this. Did Shady and Mon only do it in his room? Or is there more going on? Are the two couples (Mon/Shady and Tinya/Jo) better friends than we ever suspected? What a thought! Maybe those Jo/Mon fantasies weren't so far off the mark after all.

Incidentally, Shady is shown misting some potted cacti. We know that Talok VIII had vast desert areas; are these cacti a reminder of home? Nice touch.

What's up with Tibet? The ancestors of the Titanians (or at least this one Titanian family) were Tibertan. And Tibet has been a closed area for generations. Mark my words, this will reappear.




Cosmic Boy, Duplicate Damsel, Lightning Lad, Magnetic Kid, Saturn Girl, Sensor Girl, Timber Wolf, Ultra Boy; Computo, Gigi Cusimano, Ewa Krinn; Durlan (as Zendak)
Legion Academy: Chemical Kid, Comet Queen, Crystal Kid, Dragonwing, Gravity Kid, Karate Kid (unknown), Lamprey, Mandalla, Nightwind, Power Boy, Variable Lad, Visi-Lad, Westerner
Memorial Statues: Chemical King, Ferro Lad, Invisible Kid (Lyle), Karate Kid (Myg), Karate Kid (Val), Kid Psycho, Mentalla, Proty I, Reflecto, Triplicate Girl

CUTE BOYS: Brin, Chemical Kid, Garth, Gravity Kid, Jed Rikane (in bed with his shirt off, ooo baby!), Jo, the new Karate Kid, Pol, Rokk

Wow, what a story!

Cosmic Boy, who has been feeling the burden of leadership for a long time now, visits the Legion Academy to inspect the new class...and there's are some new trainees I'd certainly like to inspect closer. Chemical Kid, for one, preferably with Gravity Kid (and Jed Rikane for dessert). There are also some familiar faces that are good to see. And Comet Queen is back, hooray! (Does anyone else really, really want to see a Quislet/Comet Queen team-up?)

Ahem. The kids go on a mission, accompanied by Cos and Luornu (many of her). This gives them a chance to show off their powers and establish some mutual antagonisms. It's rumored that Adventure Comics will soon host a Legion Academy spinoff feature, so I assume we'll be seeing more of these kids in action.

An adorable curly-haired boy in Karate Kid outfit turns up, surveys the Academy, and then walks away -- all to mystical narration by Jeckie.

Back at HG, Garth and Imra take a leave of absence in order to bond with the boys. (I wish Cos would take leave to "bond with the boys" at the Academy, wink wink nudge nudge...) Timber Wolf shows up with news that the Science Police are waiting to see Cosmic Boy -- Cos finally decides to get the Leader Election process underway.

In the Hall of Dead Heroes, Gigi bears news that someone is trying to assassinate the United Planets Council, and asks the Legion's help. With her is the Durlan who is masquerading as Chief Zendak.

This story is jam-packed with plot developments, yet still it manages to give a window into Cosmic Boy's conflicted psyche. He blames himself for his mother's death and for Pol's death. He knows the price that other Legionnaires have paid (look at all the statues in the Hall)...and he is uneasy about involving any new kids in the Legion. At the same time, he knows that the Legion is important and the work they do is crucial, and he is duty-bound to keep going. Seeing the new recruits in action gives him hope, but his long experience with the Legion gives him equal cause to fear the future.

And all in fifteen pages!


Magnetic Kid's death is still part of Legion history. Since the Retro Legion showed up, there's been great speculation about just how much of the Classic Legion's history is shared with the Retro Legion. Geoff Johns talked about the Crisis on Infinite Earths as the departure point; yet at the same time, Sensor Girl and Quislet and Tellus were members (they joined after Crisis), and Superman made reference to the Magic Wars (which happened at the end of Levitz's previous run).

Now Paul Levitz gives us his answer: Pol died toward the end of the Magic Wars, so we can assume that the whole of Levitz's previous run is part of the Retro Legion's history.

So is it fair to call the Retro Legion a distinct alternate version, or should we just consider it the Classic Legion continued?

Whenever you're trying to analyze an alternate version of the Leigon, you want to pay special attention to Lar Gand. He's involved in most versions of the Legion, and the particulars of his own personal history can give you powerful clues about the Legion you're considering.

In the Classic Legion, Lar Gand was a traveler from Daxam who landed on pre-explosion Krypton. Encouraged by Jor-El, he went to Earth...but fell into suspended animation and arrived more than a decade later. He briefly befriended Kal-El/Superboy, who named him "Mon-E;." He took on the identity of Bob Cobb, Clark Kent's cousin. Succumbing to lead poisoning after a few days, Lar was put into the Phantom Zone by Kal_El, to be released only a thousand years later by the Legion. He went on to have a glorious Legion career as Mon-El.

Now let's look at the Retro Leigon's Lar Gand. A traveler from Daxam, he landed on Earth and briefly befriended a young Clark Kent, who named him "Mon-El." Succumbing to lead poisoning in a few hours, he was placed in the Phantom Zone by Kal-El. In Superman's time, he escaped the Phantom Zone just before it ceased to exist. With the aid of an anti-lead serum provided by the Legion Espionage Squad, he had an illustrious 21st century career as Mon-El. He pinch-hit for Superman for a year when Supes went off to live on New Krypton; he seeded various worlds with cities stolen by Brainiac, laying the foundations for the United Planets. He was then returned to the Phantom Zone, to be released a little less than a thousand years later by the Leigon. He went on to have a glorious Legion career as Mon-El.

Two different Lar Gands, two different histories, two different careers. Q.E.D. E.M.D.W. The Retro Legion is a distinct alternate Legion, albeit one whose history hews very, very closely to the Classic Legion's.

The biggest differences between Classic and Retro Legions involve Superboy and Supergirl. We can expect some of the Supergirl issues to be addressed in next week's Supergirl Annual. The Superboy issues -- revolving around the Pocket Universe, the death of Superboy, and the Conspiracy against the Time Trapper -- are not yet resolved...but I have faith that Paul Levitz will address them sooner or later.

It's worth noting that the Hall of Dead Heroes no longer has statues of Superboy or Supergirl (unless one or both are conveniently outside the frame).

At the Academy are three creatures who have been around for a long time: the little grey critter and the two floating fish. As far as I know, none of them have been given an official name or an official status. It's assumed that they are trainees, but they might just as well be teachers, pets, neutral observers, sexual playmates, or vermin.

Karate Kid. Ever since Val appeared in the Lightning Saga, people have been wondering how he came back from the dead. Now Jeckie gives us as much of an explanation as (I fear) we're ever going to get: "It can't be Val, not again...and yet, it was last time...pulled from some parallel world...or from my dreams?" We know that Jeckie's Sensor Girl powers are able to affect reality itself -- was the Karate Kid in Lightning Saga/Countdown a result of those powers? Was he Projectra's ultimate illusion, a dream given life?

I am reminded of the Earth-247 Legion's Saturn Girl, who during Legion Lost created a real-seeming thought projection of Apparition.

And what about this new Karate Kid? Is he yet another version of Val, brought into being by Sensor Girl's reality-bending powers and the force of Projectra's love? Or is he Myg's unnamed apprentice from Lythyl, briefly mentioned in Legion of 3 Worlds?

Here are the appropriate panels from L3W and LSH #6:

Same guy, or not? Answer cloudy...try again later.

Comet Queen's enthusiastic greeting for Cosmic Boy stems from the time they spent together as the second Legion of Substitute Heroes in Legion of Super-Heroes Annual 3 (1987).

Chemical Kid has the same powers as Condo Arlik, Chemical King. He also hails from the same planet, Phlon. Thing is, Condo was a mutant...he was the only one on Phlon with those powers. Is Hadru Jamik (Chemical Kid) a result of the same mutation? Or is there more to his story? I guess we'll find out eventually.

The much more important question, though, is what else he has in common with Condo. It's been pretty well established, without being said in so many words, that Condo was gay and that he and Lyle Norg were lovers. Is Hadru Jamik gay? Is he going to be getting it on with any Legionnaires? Jacques? Brainy?  (I assume that he's already getting it on with Jed, Gravity Kid, and anybody else he can at the Academy.)

Those ID bubbles don't seem so useless and distracting when they appear on the new trainees, do they? Geez, people, can't you get it through your heads that they are an aid for new readers and those who aren't familiar with the intricacies of Legion continuity. (Come on, now, y'all wish they'd had one on Mandalla, don't you? Took you a while to figure out who she was, eh?) We wouldn't be calling them "the little grey critter"and "those two floating fish" if they'd had ID bubbles way back when, would we?


The Interlac at the end of the story is translated as "Legion Leader Election...Activate." It actually says "legion leader electio activate"

Duplicate Damsel is identified as "Duplicate Girl" in her ID bubble. I suspect an error in translation software.




Matter-Eater Lad, Polar Boy, Sun Boy

Matter-Eater Lad invites readers to vote for Legion Leader in the first open-to-readers Legion election since Paul Levitz left last time.


Open-to-readers Legion elections are an old tradition dating back the the Jim Shooter days of Adventure Comics in the 1960s. Long before readers called in to seal Jason Todd's fate, Legion creators were allowing fans to determine the identity of the Leader.

Voting will remain open until November 10, 2010 at Go there and vote for your choice and help determine who will lead the Legion next.

Me, I'm supporting the Legion Asbtract's campaign for Phantom Girl. I'd like to see Quislet, Tellus, or Gates as Legion Leader, but Tinya has never been Leader and she's certainly due her turn.

I have only one request: please don't vote for Cosmic Boy. Poor Rokk has had a hard time of it, and he deserves a rest.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Week of 13 October 2010

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

ADVENTURE #519 (2010/12)
"Playing Hooky II"


Brainiac 5, Chameleon Boy, Cosmic Boy, Invisible Kid (Lyle), Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Shrinking Violet, Superboy, Zaryan

CUTE BOYS: Brainy, Garth, Lyle, Rokk, Kal, Several Smallville Barn-Raising Boys, and a special mention of the Legion boys in Smallville drag...especially Brainy with his ball cap, so adorable that you just want to give him a big hug.

Two storylines this issue. First Cham, Lyle, and Vi go after one of Zaryan's supply ships -- the first mission for the Legion Espionage Squad. Although Zaryan uses his untried and imperfect freeze ray against them, the Espionage Squad manages to escape unharmed.

Meanwhile, Brainy takes Garth, Imra, and Rokk back to spend time in Smallville with Superboy. He tells them that it's imperative that they spend the next 14.4 hours in Smallville. The Legionnaires get a taste of natural weather, take part in an old-fashioned barn-raising, and meet Ma and Pa Kent. That night, one of Brainiac's probes arrives, having homed in on Kal's Kryptonian spaceship. With Brainy's help they destroy the probe, so it won't lead Brainiac to Earth (at least, not until Kal is grown up into Superman.)

A clever, enchanting story that both moves the Zaryan storyline ahead, and also sheds light on Superboy's place in Retro Legion continuity.


Zaryan commands is men to use a freeze ray on the Legionnaires. It misfires. Once perfected, this freeze ray will kill Lightning Lad.

The List. Brainy has a list of things to do in Superboy's time: Experience natural weather, Help a barn raising, Meet the Kents, and Save the world. This harkens back to the original "Playing Hooky" story in Adventure 12/515, which itself recalled Conner's list of things Superman did back in Adventure #1/504.


Saturn Girl's identification bubble gives her name as "Imra Ardeen-Ranzz." This is an anachronism -- at this time, she was just Imra Ardeen. This is going to be a recurring error. I don't know who adds the text to those bubbles -- the Letterer, maybe? -- but whoever it is, we can't expect them to be a hardcore Legion fan, or to be able to tell at a glance when Saturn Girl is "Ardeen" and when she's "Ardeen-Ranzz." We should just be happy that they're identifying the two Invisible Kids correctly.

Besides...we all know that due to various wars, disasters, and mischances of time across a thousand years, records of the 31st century are uncertain at best. :)

How Old Are They? Lyle and Vi look like they're in their mid-teens; Imra looks like maybe 15-16, Garth and Rokk maybe a little younger; When Brainy's green he looks to be 14-15, but when he's caucasian he looks positively prepubescent; Kal hovers around 12-13...except on the cover, where they all look older.

I don't see this as a problem. It's all artistic license. Even if the artists were given explicit ages for the various Legionnaires, it's pretty hard to draw teenagers at exact ages. (Take a look back at John Forte's Legion...or even Curt Swan's). I think what we should take away from this is that the Legionnaires were "very young" at this time.

Besides, we already know that ages are deceptive in the 31st century. If the Legionnaires are considered "boys" and "girls" in their 20s and 30s, then why couldn't they have looked 12 when they were in their mid-teens?

And Kryptonians...ell, they just age weirdly.


SMALLVILLE Season 10 Episode 4


Brainiac 5, Clark/Kal-El

CUTE BOYS: Clark, Oliver

Clark and Lois go to a Smallville High reunion. Brainiac 5 takes Clark on a series of time-trips in order to reveal secrets of his past and build confidence in his future.

It's interesting to have this episode air during the same week as Adventure 519, in which Brainy comes to Clark's time -- and which also involves the relationship between Brainy and his infamous ancestor.


In an earlier episode, three Legionnaires helped Clark defeat the original Brainiac. They took his essence into the 31st century with them. Brainiac 5 is the reincarnation of the original Brainiac (played by the same actor).

Brainiac 5 explains that he is the one who invented the Legion flight ring and their time-travel technology.



Last month I announced a contest, with the lucky winners to receive either the Legionnaires 3 miniseries or the Cosmic Boy miniseries. I've waded through all both answers, and here are the results:

The Legionnaires 3 series goes to Prof. Lemaris Lang. The Cosmic Boy series goes to Rob. To claim your prize, email me at donsakers at gmail dot com and tell me your mailing address. I'll get the comics in the mail in the next few days.

Thanks for playing!


Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Week of 6 October 2010

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

R.E.B.E.L.S. #21 (2010/12)
"To Be A R.E.B.E.L. Part 1"


CUTE BOYS: Adam Strange, Captain Comet, Lyrl Dox, Vril Dox

Dox pits L.E.G.I.O.N. against the Green Lantern Corps in a contest for customers, declaring them all to be R.E.B.E.L.S. According to Lobo, that stands for Regular Everyday Bastiches Endin' Lantern Supremacy. Much of the issue consists of a pointless battle between Lobo and an Okaaran Green Lantern. Lyrl looks a lot better with his hair tied back, but in the only good shot of Adam Strange and Captain Comet, both of them are unfortunately fully clothed. (Hey, Adam Strange, is that a holster, or are you just glad to see us?)

The story continues next issue; hopefully there will be more content and significantly more male nudity.


Friday, October 01, 2010

Week of 29 September 2010

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

"Passageway Part 3"


Brainiac 5

CUTE BOYS: Booster Gold, Brainy, Matthew Ryder, Rip Hunter, Young Rip

As the story opens, Booster Gold and his son, young Rip Hunter (it's a long story) are visiting Brainiac 5 in the 31st century. Booster apparently borrowed the Miracle Machine, and has now returned it. Young Rip flies around with a Legion flight ring, while Brainy upgrades Skeets with 31st century technology. When Rip asks if he can keep the ring, Brainy says "We've only ever allowed one to be used by a non-authorized Legionnaire. That's our limit." The "non-authorized Legionnaire," of course, is Booster himself.

It's apparent that Booster and young Rip are frequent visitors; Brainy says "My lab is always open to the Carter family."

The rest of the story has nothing to do with the Legion.


ALSO (supposedly) OUT THIS WEEK:


Collects ADVENTURE COMICS #369-380, ACTION COMICS #378-387, 389-392 and SUPERBOY #172, 173, 176, 183, 184, 188, 190 and 191.

This was supposed to be released this week, but I couldn't find it. Amazon says it's not due out until October 5; I guess it's possible that it was delayed a week.