The Legion Project 2: Eye for an Eye pt. 2

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

In this episode, we introduce our theme song, relate some feedback, discuss issue 2, and offer trivia and more! Please leave comments below, send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com or peter@thedailyrios.com, or chat with us @longboxreview or @peterjrios on Twitter.

Thanks for listening!

Timestamps:

  • (00:44) Preamble, wildfires, naming the podcast and a new theme song!
  • (10:15) Feedback from episode 1
  • (14:57) Addendum: DC in the ‘80s and issue 1 original art
  • (25:01) Legion of Super-Heroes issue 2 synopsis, general thoughts, and discussion
  • (1:13:31) Final thoughts, trivia, and reader reactions
  • (1:48:45) Wrap-up and outro

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Intro theme: “Lost City” by RhoMusic

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The Legion Project 1: Eye for an Eye pt.1

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run” (starting with the “Eye for an Eye” story line). In this episode, Peter and I will explain what we’re doing and why, and then we’ll discuss the first of a five-part battle against the Legion of Super-Villains. Please let us know what you thought of our new project and send us any comments or questions that we can talk about on a future episode.

Please leave comments below, send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com or peter@thedailyrios.com, or chat with us @longboxreview or @peterjrios on Twitter.

Thanks for listening!

Timestamps:

  • (00:08) Preambles and Secret Origins
  • (05:54) What the Legion Project podcast is about
  • (10:59) Other podcasts spotlighting the Legion of Super-Heroes
  • (18:59) Issue 1 synopsis and general thoughts
  • (29:49) About the cover
  • (37:52) Issue 1 in-depth discussion begins
  • (1:38:35) Letter columns, reader reactions and final thoughts
  • (1:50:05) Speculating on a Jonathan Hickman written Legion title
  • (1:52:39) Wrap-up and outro

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LSH baxter run DC house ad from Back Issue! 68:

RandoMonday: Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #233

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #233. Cover by Mike Grell.

“The Infinite Man Who Conquered Time the Legion” by  Paul Levitz (writer), James Sherman and Bob Wiacek (artists), Ben Oda (letterer), and Liz Berube (colorist).

This is a one of those classic stories that introduce a villain of immense power, but who are ultimately defeated sort of easily. Rond Vidar has invented a hyper-time drive in order to test his theory that time is a circular flow. And how best to test such a theory than to jump to human test subjects? Enter Jaxon Rugarth, a volunteer from the Metropolis University Time Institute (why Vidar isn’t performing his experiment at the Time Institute isn’t made clear) who will enter the machine, travel into the past and circle around to the present, thus proving that time is circular (I’m not making this up, kids). Of course, the journey drives Rugarth mad and transforms him into the Infinite Man.

I don’t know who came up with the design, but it’s trippy. Regardless, the crazy Rugarth wants to kill Vidar for giving him such fantastic power, I guess, but the Legion step in to prevent that. Eventually, Brainiac 5 figures out a way to capture the Infinite Man and send him back into the circular time stream, with a warning that the Infinite Man may break free in the future.

This is not a bad Legion story, and Levitz brings a bit of prosaic weight to the narrative boxes (and a lot of unnecessary dialog, but that was common in the Bronze Age), plus how cool/dopey is a villain who shoots beams from his eyes (time vision!) to bring creatures (such as dinosaurs) and characters from the Earth’s past to fight the Legion (why Rugarth doesn’t bring something from the future instead escapes me). The art is a bit weird in places where perspective is used in small panels, but actually pretty good overall.

“The Final Illusion” by Paul Levitz (script, based on an idea by Mike Nasser), Mike Nasser and Bob Layton (art), Ben Oda (letters), and Liz Berube (colors).

This is a 10-page untold tale of the Legion where Princess Projectra has collapsed and fallen into a coma-like state after her boyfriend, Karate Kid, went to stay in the 20th century for a while (as detailed in his self-titled series). Some other Legionnaires try to figure out what is wrong with her and how to bring her out of this state. Saturn Girl discovers that Projectra is living in a fantasy world of her own creation and subconsciously doesn’t want to wake up. They try scaring her out of her illusory world, but that doesn’t work. So they try to nudge her along so that she gets what she wants (Karate Kid) and then take him away, thus proving that reality is better than fantasy, though, Karate Kid is still not with her. Hmm. Best leave the psychology to the experts, I say.

Wow, the blatant sexism in this story…. Not to mention that these teens are meddling with someone’s “fragile” mind and think they know better than the doctor. I enjoyed the art in this story more than the other, which probably has a lot to do with Bob Layton, perhaps, despite the fact that Chameleon Boy is drawn with really big ears and antennae, which I always disliked.

Snapshot … LSH Costumes

I found a fun blog that has a bunch of fan art (of a sort) featuring some of my favorite characters. As you can see, here are several costume evolutions of some of the Legion of Super-Heroes. If you want to see more LSH costumes over time, or many other DCU characters, head on over to BoyBlue’s DC Universe blog.

Let’s start with the grande dame of the Legion, Saturn Girl.

I think I like the Reboot version (4th from the right) the best, maybe followed by the one to the right of that from the Threeboot (2005, according to BoyBlue’s Saturn Girl page). How awful is the next one to the right (Threeboot 2008)?

Now for one of my favorite Legionnaires, Rokk Krin, aka Cosmic Boy.

Other than the pasty costume from the 70s, I pretty much like all of Cos’s costumes. If I had to choose, I’d probably go with the 80s version first, followed by the Threeboot black and blue suit, though the Reboot version (second from the left) is pretty cool too.

Back to the ladies, featuring again one of my favorites, and one of the longest serving Legionnaires, Phantom Girl.

Except for the original (with the large P on her chest), the 2nd and 3rd costumes from the right, and the sleeveless version, I pretty much like all of Tinya’s suits. My favorites though are the Reboot versions (at both ends).

The powerhouse of the group, Mon-El, hasn’t had too much variety in his suits, if you don’t count the Green Lantern recruit suit (blech).

The classic look is one of my favorites (3rd from the left), but I always wondered how he was able to pull off a skin-tight vest look. I also like the Reboot version (when he was known as M’Onel) with the starfield accents (but lose the gold armbands) and the New 52 version (on the right), though the blue patches on the forearms have to go.

Last, but not least, is one of the unluckiest Legionnaires, Luornu Durgo. She could split into three bodies (Triplicate Girl), then Computo killed off one of her selves. Later, another of her duplicates (when she was Duo Damsel) was killed off before the Legion was rebooted and she came back to the the traditional three (Triad, a much better name). (There was also the Mark Waid Threeboot Legion run where Cargg was actually populated by duplicates of Luornu, which was an interesting idea.)

Hmm, I think I like the first Reboot costume the best (3rd from the left), though the 80s duo-toned body suit (2nd from the left) is kind of neat.

So, it appears that I like the Reboot suits the most, which is interesting because I only spent about a year with the Reboot Legion (I’m sensing a back issue itch all of a sudden). I really wish BoyBlue had done an Ultra Boy collection. Or maybe I should go do that myself!

RandoMonday: Superboy #197

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

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