Or – “Further Adventures In A World Without Tom Welling…” Today’s Hero History marks a watershed in our examination of the history of the Legion.Â For the first time, we’re actually going to be looking at THREE different women, bound by a common origin and name, but who are NOT precisely the same character.Â Previous Hero Histories have dealt with Legionnaires who might as well have been different individuals between Legion incarnations (Element Lad and Triplicate Girl come to mind) but today’s entrant takes that to the extreme.Â In her tenure(s) with the LSH, she showed courage unparalleled, ingenuity without
Or – “Will Anything Ever Be As Awesome As The Things We Did When We Were 13?” When I was around that age, my favorite things included 1,000,000 Dollar Bars, Playboy Magazine, Choose Your Own Adventure Books, and the movie “The Black Hole.”Â Now, the chocolate is too sweet, the magazine not nearly as worldly and wise as I had thought, the books predictable and maudlin, and even the wonder that was “The Black Hole” is marred by my internal cinematographer ripping the scenes apart, critiquing the dialogue, and noticing the primitive pre-digital special effects.Â When Jim Shooter was 13,
Or – “Sometimes A Decision Makes Itself…” For some time now, I’ve been wavering back and forth on this title, sliding from casual optimism to hate-filled diatribes on the new New Warriors and the surprises contained therein.Â Kevin Grevioux started out strong, with some compelling mysteries, but the reveals we’ve seen thus far have been anti-climactic, and many of the story beats puzzling, to say the least.Â This issue is the sixth since I made my customary “Six Issues To Wow Me Or I’ll Have To Drop The Title” resolution…Â How will the chips fall?
Or – “An Ocean Is A Desert With Life Underground, And The Perfect Disguise Above…” Sometimes we set ourselves a challenge that we cannot easily overcome. With the heroes of the Legion, it’s generally a challenge of will, involving combat or the evil machinations of agents of chaos like the Fatal Five. In my case, it’s the realization that there are nearly 100 Legionnaires, and that some of them never actually got their defining moment in the spotlight. Some might consider this to be a liability and write off those particular LSHers as deadweight. Not on my watch, Faithful Spoilerites.
Or – “In Wrestling, They Call It ‘The Rub’… “ The Rub is that moment where an established star uses their credibility to build the popularity of a less-established character, such as when Mick Foley lost to Triple H in a ‘Hell In A Cell’ match,Â (a match that Foley himself pretty much made famous)Â making Triple H seem that much more impressive.Â In comics, you might recall Captain America stepping aside to let the Wasp be Avengers chairperson, or (more recently) Mr. Fantastic leaving The Black Panther in charge of the Fantastic Four.Â This issue is ostensibly about young Mary Sue
Or – “Bait?Â Meet Switch!” It’s no secret that I’ve been consistently underwhelmed by most of the current volume of Justice League.Â It seems that the creative teams have misunderstood hyperbole to mean action, and vague throwaway moments to mean character development.Â I had high hopes when Dwayne McDuffie was chosen to helm the title, given his brilliance on the animated Justice League series, but a scant three issues into his run, we’re already seeing the story hijacked by Alan Burnett for a story that promises to cross-over into “Salvation Run.”Â Can a big “Event Story” rekindle my faith in
Or – “Living Proof That The Powers Do Not Always Make The Hero…” In a very real way, to study the history ofÂ today’sÂ subjectÂ is to study the history of the Legion itself.Â Initially a smiling young teen with what I’ll charitably call “limited” superhuman abilities, she was at the center of one of the LSH’s first great tragedies.Â When the team began growing up and dealing with responsibility, she was the first Legionnaire to marry and take on an adult role.Â When the team began actively recruiting and training young heroes, she took on a leadership position, and was crucial (even
Or – “Never Trust A Shady GovernmentÂ Agent With Nigh-Limitless Power.” When comics were young, the heroes were firmly pro-establishment.Â Most were goverment agents of some stripe (you should excuse the expression) or another, but sometime in the mid-60’s the shift from “Kindly Government Supervision” to “Jack-Booted Thug Wrapped In The Flag” began.Â We went from Franklin Roosevelt convening the founding members of the Justice Society to H.P Gyrich firing Avengers to establish a team with the proper seven-person mix of diversity and powers.Â Even Nick Fury, that lastÂ bastion of red, white and blue lower-middle class honesty led several Marvel heroes
Or – “F! X!Â No Static At ALLLLLL…” Back in the early 80’s, when I started reading comics heavily, I would buy anything drawn by George Perez or John Byrne.Â At that time, Perez was working pretty much exclusively for DC, and Byrne was Marvel’s Golden Boy, which I contend led to my current love for and roughly encyclopedic knowledge of both universes.Â In recent years, though, work by either of them is becoming harder and harder to find, especially on a monthly basis.Â I don’t know if it was the familiarity of John’s art that drew me to this
Or – “Kree? Skrull? WAR!” The presence of Mar-Vell of the Kree in the present-day Marvel Universe has raised all sorts of questions…Â How can he be here?Â Why now?Â Who let that rhinocerous on this bus?Â Isn’t his costume awesome?Â How the hell did he manage to stay dead for more than half an hour in a Marvel comic, anyway?Â Now, as obscure clues which might, possibly, point to the answers come to light, even Marv can’t be sure he is who he thinks he is…Â Is he a Kree?Â Is he a Skrull infiltrator?Â Is he a dot?Â
Or – “Here He Comes, Here… Naah, Even I Can’t Do That With A Straight Face…” Oh, no!Â Speed Racer has returned to comics, whatever shall we do, HA HA!Â I think the only option is to talk reallyreally fast HA HA!Â If only we weren’t being poorly dubbed into English, HA HA!Â Chin Wa!Â Chin Wa!Â He will not let me get rice cakes… for FATHER!!!Â A ha ha haaaa!
Or -Â “My Initiative Is Simple:Â No Legionnaire Left Behind!” In the early 1980’s, Marvel Comics began printing up their “Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe,” an in-depth, encyclopedic examination of events, people and places in Marvel history.Â DC soon followed suit with their “Who’s Who In The DC Universe,” which took a different tack, essentially covering the high points of a character’s publishing history, as well as one-upping Marvel’s static costume shots with a full-size collage of the character’s history and heroic feats.Â It was here that I first encountered today’s Historical subject…Â As a Legion fan, I was
Or – “Zoe Washburn…Â Will You Marry Me?” Everybody wants to think that they’re cool, that they’re unique, that their contribution to the world is distinctive and unmistakable, that they are a beautiful snowflake.Â It’s only at certain times that we realize that every single person in the world turns into a walking cliche on occasion.Â For me,Â every timeÂ I encounter a smart, hot, @$$-kicking woman (especially one with dark eyes) I turn into the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons, trying to put Lucy Lawless in Mylar between Tom Baker and the Yellow Submarine.Â So, you can say what you