In this episode, we take a look at Superman #147, and Action Comics #290. There is evil afoot, and only the Legion of Super-Heroes (with Superman and Superboy) can stop them!
Or – “Sometimes, You Just Need A Goofy Silver Age Tale…” When it comes to the Retro Review, there are times where I want to be topical, times where I want to be informative, times where I want to convince you of the awesome that nobody but me recognizes. And sometimes, Supergirl uses the computer at the Fortress of Solitude as her personal matchmaker, which is such a perfectly goofy comic book moment that we all need to KNOW about it, dammit!
Or – “The Heavy Legacy Of Condo Arlik…” Chemical Kid’s brand of ‘leadership’ has brought him and his teammates to his (hilariously named) home planet Phlon, where Chem’s illusions about home and dear old dad have been seriously tested. Their chances of making it through the Academy are getting slimmer all the time, but even if they do make it, there’s no guarantee that the Legion won’t treat them like they do poor Power Boy (not to mention how they treat their own seasoned veterans.) Not that I’m bitter, mind you…
Or – “Fast Times At Thirtieth Century High…” With one bad decision under their belts, it’s much simpler for the kids of the Legion Academy to make a few more bonehead plays… Is there any chance of them making it to their second year?
Or – “Hey, I Forgot About This!” One of the unpleasant side effects of working on the fringes of the comic industry is that, sometimes, you get caught up in solicitations and coming attractions and forget that a particular event hasn’t actually HAPPENED yet. I’ve been looking forward to the Legion Academy story and the return of Phil Jiminez to the 30th Century for some time now, but was pleasantly surprised when it arrived this week. It’s one of the most talented artists of our time, plus Bouncing Boy and Duplicate Damsel? SOLD!
Or – “I Think I’m All About The Big Picture…” Maybe it’s something strange about my bio-chemistry, but while I’m a big fan of the Legion of Super-Heroes in all it’s incarnations, I find myself incredibly harsh about individual issues featuring the team. My heydey with the LSH was during the Volume Four (Five-Year-Gap) stories of the Legion, and while I remember them fondly, I also remember being regularly enraged with the way the issues played out, especially when they blew up the Earth just to prove a point. My second realization while looking at this issue’s cover is that
Or – “Also Known As Adventure Comics #306 1/2.” One of the transformative moments in the history of the Legion of Super-Heroes came in the form of their first loss, the death of Lightning Lad at the hands of Zaryan the Conqueror. Far from destroying the LSH (as it reasonably could have), Garth’s sacrifice instead catalyzed the remaining members to rededicate themselves to taking down pirates and space-whales and such. Even though he got over it, it was really the moment that turned the Legion from Kal-El’s teenage social club into an honest-to-Klordny army against evil. It also set the precedent that, unlike MOST superhero
Or – “I Almost Forgot How To Do This With A CURRENT Book…” So, with the Legion having their own book again, the first-half (for now, at least) of Adventure Comics is dedicated to tales of the LSH when they were young. We’ve gotten a couple of real bombshells in the first few issues, and now the LSH is travelling to the PAST to see young Clark Kent in his natural habitat. Surely this will be an incredibly significant moment for them all, right?
Of all the super teams with long histories, The Legion of Super-Heroes has seen many reboots and retcons to the point where even those in the know may be scratching their heads in confusion. This week Matthew Peterson and Stephen Schleicher take a peek behind the covers of Adventure Comics #517 to see how the founding members’ histories have been tweaked… again.