Thursday, June 27, 2013

Week of 19 June 2013

One Legion comic this week: Legion of Super-Heroes 21 (2013/08).
The remaining Legionnaires gather on Earth for a showdown with the Fatal Five Three. Element Lad resists the temptation to turn the oxygen in the villains' bodies into chlorine; Shrinking Violet resists the temptation to shrink inside the Eye and shatter it like she did before; Harmonia doesn't release the power of the winds, water, and rock against them; Lightning Lass doesn't short out Tharok's circutry; Cosmic Boy doesn't toss them around by the iron in their hemoglobin; and Dream Girl flat out refuses to use her power at all.
Instead, the Legionnaires bravely fall down continuously and scowl at the Fatal Five Three.
At the end of the issue, Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad show up...and somehow, it's a hopeful moment.
I have no doubt about Imra's ability to save the day. After all, she's the strongest telepath in the universe -- nothing with a mind can resist her. (As Universo once said to her, in fear, "The two most powerful beings in the universe -- you just looked at them, and they fell over.")
What really annoys me about this whole arc is how passive and whiny the Legionnaires have been. Yes, they've had bad things happen, and they're excused for being a bit demoralized...but honestly: Tinya fleeing to another dimension with the intention of never coming back? Dream Girl refusing to look into the future? Cosmic Boy doing nothing of consequence?
This isn't the Legion that defeated MordruDarkseid, the Leigon of Super-Villains, and the Time Trapper.
There's one last loose end, one that might be a red herring or a clue to the last issue. On page two, the following exchange takes place between Cos and Brainy:
Cos: Don't overthink it, yell for help.
Brainy: Obviously. The wuestion is from who...and where?
Cos: See if you can reach--
Brainy: As I said -- obviously...but maybe there's another possibility too -- before the quarks fade out again...
Who are they talking about? Garth and Imra, I suppose, are either "obviously" or "another possibility" -- but who's the other one?
When I read that, my frist thought was that Cos was going to say "Superman." But flashpoint barrier, time travel doesn't work, yadda yadda yadda.
So who else is there? XS? The Legions of the other Two Worlds? The Subs? ComputoMordru? The Infinite Man? Ronn Kar
I guess we'll see next issue.

Week of 26 June 2013

I did not see any Legion content in comics this week.
There's more news of justice Leave 3000. Apparently there will be no Legion connection. And it's being written by Keith Giffen, who in my opinion is every bit as good a writer as he is an artist...which is to say, not at all to my taste. I can't see any compelling reason to pick up this book.
While I'm at it, I think I'll drop World's Finest...I've been waiting a long time now for something to happen, and it hasn't.
That will leave Smallville Season Eleven as the only DC comic I'm buying. I have over six thousand comics in my collection, and I'd guess at least five thousand of those are DC titles...but there's really nothing at DC any more to keep me even mildly interested -- except, of course, Smallville Season Eleven. (Which I imagine they will cancel soon.)
For the last, oh, forty years I've been buying each new Legion comic (except for the Giffbaum years when I quit in disgust, and a few short hiatuses between titles) -- it's going to feel odd to go to the comic store month after month and spend money with no Legion to show for DC comics....
Unless...the Legion starts appearing as a backup feature in Smallville Season Eleven...then starts to push Clark out of the comic...until the name changes to Smallville: Legion of Super-Heroessmiley

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Week of 12 June 2013

One Legion comic this week: Smallville Season Eleven 14.
I've been late to this party: it turns out that Smallville Season Eleven started life as a digital comic published weekly at Each issue of the print version collects three "issues" of the digital version.
Instead of trying to keep up with the digital comic, I 'll continue to list the print version only here (I'll cross-reference to the digital comic when possible). If DC cancels the print comic but continues the digital one, and if they continue to feature Legion content...well, I'll put on my flight ring and fly across that bridge when we come to it.
This story continues the arc from last issue. For the first time we get to see more Legionnaires from this alternate universe, including some old familiar faces -- I've tried to identify them all, but with some of them we only see the backs of their heads. Anyway, I made my best guesses.
The existence of this digital comic raises an interesting question -- when if the next incarnation of the Legion crashes and burns, is it possible that DC would consider doing a digital-only Legion comic? What do y'all think?

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Week of 5 June 2013

I did not see any Legion content in comics this week. I also did not see any Legion content in books, video, or other media. I did have a dream that featured Brainiac 5, my old high school, and a speech contest. Brainy lost the contest because he gave his speech in Coluan; I think the winner was a purple camel but things are a little fuzzy...probably lingering effects of too much time travel.