I did not see any Legion content in comics this week.

I did get America's Got Powers #5 (of 6), which has been a long time coming but was worth waiting for. Cute teenage boys (some of them very large) with superpowers, government conspiracies, good vs. evil, not bad for a Legion off-week.

 

I did not see any Legion content this week.

There's a new issue of Kevin Keller that's just sweet beyond words. I think I finally get the appeal of Archie comics. I assume that Kevin Keller is about the same romance/comedy mix as the other Archie titles, except the formula is so much more meaningful to me when it's gay boys rather than straight boys and girls.

I did not see any Legion content in comics this week.

 

I did take the opportunity to re-read the entire run of  the recent Legion Lost title, and you know what? It's just as bad as I remember.

Okay, there are many reasons it was bad. There were too many ideas crammed into too few pages. Most of those ideas were obviously what I call "hey-wouldn't-it-be-cool" ideas, novelty for the sheer sake of novelty, without any thought of fitting into a larger narrative. Worse, most of these ideas were never followed up.

In addition, the title had two writers, who apparently never talked with one another about their conceptions of the series. The first guy at least seemed to have some idea of where he wanted to take the time-lost Legionnaires; the second guy just used the book as a companion title to Superboy and Ravagers, thus turning the Legionnaires into supporting characters in their own title.

All that aside, the most awful thing about this title is that everything constantly reset to zero. In the final analysis, nothing happened. The characters went through a series of apparent adventures -- at least three of them even died -- yet at the end, they were unscathed and unchanged. (All right, Gates was physically scarred and Tellus grew legs...but emotionally and psychologically, they were the same.) All the apparent sacrifices were pointless, because no one paid any cost.

As various critics have pointed out, the Legion is all about change. Characters grow, change, even die. There are real prices to be paid, and the characters are altered by their experiences. That's what makes the Hall of Heroes such a powerful image: the Legionnaires are aware of the prices they've all paid. That's what makes it worth while to follow convoluted Legion continuity: we understand the present Legionnaires by knowing what they've faced in the past.

In this day and age, a Legion series that goes 16 issues without anyone changing or paying a price is a series that's the opposite of everything the Legion means.

And that, in my opinion, is why Legion Lost was so bad.

 

Legion content this week:

Legion of Super-Heroes 16 (2013/03)

 

Cham and Vi go on an Espionage Squad mission, Validus is missing, Brainy discovers something about Glorith, and the results of the Leader Election are in. I'm not going to tell you who won, but if you click on the cover to the left there's a spoiler.

Let me just say that I'm happy with the results, perhaps happier than the winner is.

 

I'm less happy with the art. Cos looks downright homely, Tinya looks silly, and Vi just looks odd. The depiction of Cham is okay, it makes him look more alien, somehow.

I understand that Keith Giffen is coming back soon, so maybe they're trying to get us used to ugly-looking people. (Look at Saturn Girl in the viewscreen -- she has a very Giffen-esque look about her.)

 


Over in Marvel-land, I got Young Avengers #1 (2013/03). It features Hulkling and Wiccan, one of the most adorable gay male couples in comics today. The art is nice, the story is comprehensible, the dialogue isn't stilted, the cliffhanger ending is suspenseful...I had to keep looking at the cover to make sure it was a Marvel comic.

Definitely recommended for anyone who likes to see cute boys in love.

 

Legion content this week:

 

 Legion Lost #16 (2013/03)

 

 This is the last issue.

 

 Well, folks, apparently it's over. Nobody important died, most of the unimportant people lived, Nathaniel Adym has gone into the past -- and good riddance to him. Our time-lost Legionnaires are still in the 21st century.

 

 Now it's left up to Brainy and Paul Levitz to clean up the mess. I'm not worried, both of them are up to the task. Brainy's research on Glorith's time powers is certainly headed in that direction. And as for Paul Levitz...well, he's used to cleaning up the messes that the rest of DC makes of the Legion. He's done it so often.

I fully expect that the Lost crew will be reunited with the rest of the Legion in due time, that Gim will come back where he belongs, and that there will be much rejoicing.

As for the secret missions that half the Lost Legionnaires were on, as well as the mysterious Echo division of the Science Police -- I trust that we can forget all about that.

Phew!

LSH content this week:

Action 16 (2013/03) - has two Legion stories: The Second Death of Superman and Future Tense.

 

The first story is the Adult Legion that's appeared in Action before, but with more detail. The second one is, presumably, a story of the teenage years of that Legion.

Except, speaking as a demented fanboy, it's all a mess. The adult Legion is based on the Earth-247 Legion: Shadow Lass is "Umbra," Sensor is a giant snake with robot arms, and Chameleon Boy is just "Chameleon."

But the teen Legion in the second story are based on the original Leigon. It's "Colossal Boy" instead of "Leviathan," Chameleon is Chameleon Boy, and Chuck Taine is Bouncing Boy.

Yet the two storylines are obviously linked -- these are clearly supposed to be the same Legion at different points in time.

Needless to say, this Legion is incompatible with the New52 Legion that Paul Levitz has been writing about.

I'm calling this a legitimate alternate version, which I'm designating "Morrison New52" until a better name turns up.

 

I understand that creative teams need their freedom, and that there are many versions of the Legion to pick and choose from. But people, this is exactly why readers complain that the Legion is too complicated. A new reader who's been following the New52 Legion faithfully suddenly runs into an incompatible version..."Umbra, I thought her name was Shadow Lass?" "Sensor...is that the same person as Sensor Girl? Why is she disguised as a giant snake?"

Me, I don't care. Another alternate version of the Legion is fine with me. I've been reading the Legion for nearly 50 years, and am an obsessive fanboy. But wasn't the point of this whole New 52 thing to attract new readers?

I did not see any Legon content in DC comics this week. Nor did I see any outside of DC comics this week.

However, I'm happy because as of January 1 my home state, Maryland, has recognized my nearly 10-year-old marriage to my husband, Thomas Atkinson. In celebration, here's a picture of the Legion's resident male spouses, Gravity Kid and Power Boy.

 


I didn't see any LSH content in DC comics this week. Of course, the local comic store wasn't open, so that may have something to do with it.

In the spirit of the season, here's a shot of Supergirl reminding Cosmic Man of his identity and the identity of the woman standing next to him. She doesn't even talk to Phantom Woman.

Supergirl could be a little brat sometimes.

 

Legion comics this week:

Legion of Super-Heroes #15 (2013/02)

 

This story is pretty good. Some being of great power has an interest in Glorith, and there's a time storm...and some purplish-pinkish radiance...looks awfully Time Trapper-ish to me. (but maybe that's what we're supposed to think).

Salu seems to be rather bitchy to Reep -- maybe she still has a bug up her butt about Durlans.

(There's an interesting bit of reverse parallelism that I never really caught before. Colossal Boy and Shrinking Violet have powers that are opposite one another. And Gim loves Yera, while Vi hates her.) (Or did Vi and Yera have a tearful reconciliation? That was in the Giffbaum Legion, wasn't it? I must be getting old...)

 

Legion comics this week:

 

 Legion Lost 15 coverLegion Lost 15 (2013/02)

 

Wow. This comic wasn't half bad. The author actually made the effort to tell readers who all these people are and what's going on...which improved the story tremendously.

 

All this time, I've been thinking of Legion Lost as a comic about the Legion, and I've been disappointed with the title. This issue makes clear, in a way I hadn't caught before, that Legion Lost is really about this group called the Ravagers, who I assume have their own book. There's all kinds of backstory going on with these characters and their relationship to Superboy and to this Harvest dude.

 

All very well and good, except I don't care about the Ravegers or Superboy or Harvest. And in the process of following their story, the writers have made a hash of the Legion characters and their backstories. Suddenly there's this secret Science Police organization devoted to keeping the time stream safe (whatever that means), and they have their own time bubbles, and various Legionnaires are supposed to be agents of this organization. Suddenly, time travel works with no problem, Legionnaires are keeping deadly secrets from one another and behaving in all kinds of uncharacteristic ways.

 

Oh, and Wildfire died. Don't worry, he'll get better. After all, Gates and Chameleon Girl died, and they got better. Death isn't the handicap it used to be in the olden days.

 

On the cover, this is touted as "Wildfire's Last Stand?" and next month we're promised the lost Legionnaires' "Last Stand!" I'm hoping that soon after, we'll see "Last Issue on the Stands!!" (indeed, rumor has it that Legion Lost is on DC's chopping block).

 

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