I actually started an article some time ago about the various looks Superman villain Brainiac has sported over the years. It ultimately went nowhere because every design pales since Ed Hannigan designed a robotic version of Brainiac in 1983. It didn't hurt that in it's very first appearance, in Action Comics 544, it was drawn by Gil Kane.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter It was a surprising bit of casting news about CW's new addition to the Arrowverse, just days before the show debuts. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow will join the cast in a voice-only role as Gotham talk radio host Vesper Fairchild. Maddow, a comic book fan (source), had previously written the introduction to Greg Rucka's Batwoman collection Elegy.
A recent post on Twitter by Bryan Hitch sparked a comment from that got me thinking that Bryan Hitch's work on The Authority was really some influential stuff.
Part of being a comic lover’s wife involves having long, detailed conversations about comic book related characters. As most people who read this site or know us in person are aware, my hub is a giant Legion of Super-Heroes collector. This does tend to be the topic of many of our conversations. Especially now that they are re-booting the Legion and there are new books out.
Because I'm drawing a blank on what old comic to read next, let's get back to covering the Legion of Super-Heroes stories that hooked me in the 1980's. When last we left the Legion of this Era, Shadow Lass and Mon-El thwarted Lady Memory on Talok VIII. Five Legionnaires are missing in Limbo and Lightning Lass and Lightning Lord got inadvertently abducted by Zymyr. Like with most of the Baxter series, I read this issue after the fact, probably years after it first came out. I'm also thinking about if I want to stop this around issue twelve, which is about where I took a sabbatical from the Legion. I did that because it was at this point that I couldn't regularly get to a comic shop. I tried to place it where it fell chronologically with Tales of the Legion. While Dream Girl is talking about returning to Earth, Lightning Lass isn't at the group meeting in Tales of the Legion #318. I guess that there was a long sabbatical on Winath at the end of this story.
Doomsday Clock was reportedly going to signal the return of the JSA and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Both those teams returned elsewhere this month. That means the purpose of the series now remains to explain how the DC Universe was altered by Dr. Manhattan and essentially be a sequel for Watchmen.
So, after a long wait Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium is here! This is where the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes begins. Yes, I know that they showed up last week in Superman #14. This, however, is what gets us us from here to there. I do need to warn you before you go on, that there are going to be spoilers.
On Late Night With Seth Myers, Brian Michael Bendis shared a group shot of the new Legion of Super-Heroes by artist Ryan Sook. We've gotten some definite character designs in the past few weeks, so we can definitely identify some of the members, but there are some in here that raise some questions.
My fascination with a multiverse hasn't been to the forefront in a while. However, in going back over my coverage of the Multiversity Guidebook, I was really fond of Earth-38. That Earth is based entirely on the series of Elseworlds series Superman & Batman: Generations. The premise of the series is that Superman and Batman debuted in 1939 and aged in real time. Many of their adventures would mirror the stories as they were published. Of course, the fact that the characters and their supporting casts aged meant that some stories wouldn't be the same.
Details trickled out yesterday about Brian Michael Bendis's Legion of Super-Heroes. It definitely appears that Superboy, Jonathan Kent will join this new Legion. Of course, fan reaction is mixed.
The news hit this week that Mad Magazine will cease publishing new content outside of annuals. It will also remove its circulation form newsstands, making it only available through comic shops and existing subscriptions. Instantly, when the news broke, celebrities, artists and fans started expressing their remorse online. There are no expressed plans for DC Comics to cancel the publication. What does this mean?
I was at HeroesCon last weekend and got to sit in on a great panel discussion about the Legion of Super-Heroes with three artists that worked on the Legion, Joe Staton, Greg LaRocque and Keith Giffen. I got the opportunity to pose a brief question to the three of them. So, I asked, "Other than your own work, what's your favorite Legion story?" LaRocque and Staton both answered with classic Silver Age Legion stories. Staton liked The Moby Dick of Space and LaRocque loved the story where Star Boy was expelled for killing. Giffen responded with the time they made Element Lad crazy and into a villain. I'm paraphrasing, but he was referencing the Legion Lost twist where the all-powerful Progenitor was revealed to be their lost teammate Element Lad. I can agree with the first two, but the mention of the Legion Lost story really impressed me. It was a great time when the writers did something uniquely different with the Legion. It shouldn't have surprised me to come from Keith Giffen, who was one of the architects of one of those times.