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Reviews Of Old Comics: Tales Of The Legion #315

TALES OF THE LEGION #315 September  1984 We're up to the next issue of the newsstand series Tales of the Legion. This is the second part of "The Trial Of Ontiir," the resolution of a story that appeared nearly a year before this. SYNOPSIS: Sun Boy, Supergirl and Brainiac 5 bust in on the Dark Circle's trial of Ontiir. They make handy work of the defenses, but when Supergirl tries to use her x-ray vision to see what the Dark Circle members actually look like, all of them teleport away, leaving empty robes. The second Invisible Kid is consulting with the Legion's physician about Lyle Norg's condition, but Dr. Gym'll refuses to help. Invisible Kid then goes to his predecessor and suggests that they go back to the dream-like realm that he first encountered Lyle Norg. The first Invisible Kid finds that funny.

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Review Of Old Comics: New Teen Titans #38

New Teen Titans #38 January  1984 There's a pattern here at Reviews Of Old Comics that I try to do DC one week, Marvel the next, an Independent comic the third, and then I repeat. Unfortunately, that pattern does not always hold when I go through my comics and find something that I remember as a comic that definitely needs to be remembered for what it was, an award-worthy comic book story. SYNOPSIS: Dick Grayson, aka Robin, starts recounting an investigation case that he has taken up regarding a friend and teammate in the Teen Titans, Donna Troy, aka Wonder Girl. Her fiancé, Terry Long, has hired him to uncover Donna Troy's past before she was found by Wonder Woman.

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Reviews Of Old Comics: Tales Of The Legion #314

TALES OF THE LEGION #314 August  1984 I was having trouble deciding which way to go with the reviews of old Legion comics, so thanks to a few people on the Legion of Substitute Podcasters Facebook page, I decided to go with the next issue of the newsstand series, which with this issue became Tales of the Legion. There will be links in this review to previous reviews since there's a lot of references to past Legion stories I've covered. SYNOPSIS: Ontiir is on trial for betraying the United Planets by helping the Emerald Empress and the Dark Circle take over Weber's World. He claims he was ordered to infiltrate the Dark Circle by the Science Police and his treason was part of that cover. Three Legionnaires that were there are present for the trial: Brainiac 5, Sun Boy and Supergirl. When Science Police Chief Zendak refutes the claim of Ontiir's orders, he signals for a Dark Circle escape ship, which helps him escape by keeping the Legionnaires busy keeping observers safe.

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Reviews Of Old Comics: Legion Of Super-Heroes #313

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #313 July  1984 Did you think I'd forgotten about my reviews of the Legion of Super-Heroes comics that made me fall in love with the Legion? Well, I didn't, I was just caught up in getting things up on the site. Nevertheless, we get to the end of the Legion's first series of its own, and the last stop before the launch of its own series in DC's deluxe line of books that bypassed the newsstand altogether! It also concludes a two part story that highlights the Science Police and SYNOPSIS: The Science Police and the Legion are providing security for Earth President Marte Allon whose life was threatened by a blackmailer. Science Police Chief Zendak embarrassingly explains that they believe the blackmailer is a traitor within the Science Police, which is why the Legion is helping.

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Reviews Of Old Comics: Legion Of Super-Heroes #312

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #312 June  1984 I know the frequency of Old Comics Reviews has been a little sparse in recent months, but my duties here at Needless Essentials generally keep me from going into my collection for something older that I can review. Because I go so into detail on the synopses for these comics, Reviews of  Old Comics takes a little longer to write than a normal review. However, a very lackluster Legion appearance this month got me in the mood to resume reviewing the old issues of the Legion, now with an issue that looked at the Science Police and how the Legion works with them. SYNOPSIS: Sun Boy is in Science Police Officer's GiGi Cusinamo's apartment, romancing her, when a call comes in for an emergency at Metropolis Stadium. Sun Boy flies her there. A bomb has exploded in the middle of a Moopsball game. Colossal Boy and Element Lad were in the crowd and are able to keep damage and panic contained until the Science Police arrive. Back at Legion HQ, the injured Blok volunteers to debug the new Mission Monitor Board.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Legion of Super-Heroes #311

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #311 May  1984 There's not been a return to my series reviewing the Legion comics as I started reading them for over a month, primarily because of our October Halloween celebration, although I was sorely tempted to do a review of the Ghost of Ferro Lad story from an old Adventure Comics, but I'm always hesitant to review a comic that old, but when Comixology exists, I probably shouldn't be. Nevertheless, now that the Omen/Prophet storyline is done, let's continue with the one Legionnaire that stayed behind, Brainiac 5. SYNOPSIS: Duo Damsel and Bouncing Boy are giving Legion fan Flynt Brojj a tour of Legion Headquarters when it falls apart, demolished from inside. When Bouncing Boy attempts to investigate, he discovers the shields are still up, preventing them from entering to assist Brainiac 5, the only active Legionnaire still at the Clubhouse when it collapsed.

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Reviews Of Old(ish) Comics: Zatanna: Everyday Magic

ZATANNA: EVERYDAY MAGIC 2003 In honor of Halloween Month here at Needless Essentials, I chose to review an old comic that’s not quite as old as I would normally consider reviewing for this semi-regular feature. For this, we go back just 11 years, which for some of you may seem like a long time ago,

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Reviews of Old Comics: Legion of Super-Heroes #310

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #310 April  1984 It's been awhile since I continued these sequential reviews of old Legion comics from the 1980s. This was an especially hard storyline to get through, but let's save that for the review, shall we? SYNOPSIS: Omen has arrived on Khundia after the Legion has defeated his Prophet, but only with exceptional effort. Saturn Girl's telepathy is of no use in scanning either of them, and Omen reaches out with his power to draw the Prophet towards him, much to his dismay, and despite the Legion's efforts to keep them apart. Meanwhile, Element Lad is spending time with Shvaughn, who begins kissing him , but they are interrupted by Science Police Chief Zendak, who tells Elelment Lad about the battle on Khundia that is threatening to develop into a war. Once he convinces Element Lad that he was indeed elected leader of the Legion, Element Lad flies off to gather a team to go to Khundia.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Zero Hour #0

Zero Hour #0 September 1994 The 1990s was a boom time for the comics industry. Comics sales were regularly in the hundreds of thousands, spurred on by a speculator market that had come from the sports card market looking for cheap investments to turn into large returns. With high profits and a plethora of talent, the era should

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Reviews of Old Comics: Adventure Comics #342

Adventure Comics #342 March 1966 In Reviews of Old Comics, I've made a habit of reviewing comics from the 80's and 90's but I decided that I wanted to review an issue with more vintage, and decide to go with one I remember very fondly, where the Legion actually expels a member for SYNOPSIS: At Legion HQ, The Legionnaires not on missions are relaxing, playing games, dancing or seeing which members have the most fun kissing each other. When Star Boy refuses to join in, the others speculate that it's because he's still carrying a torch for Dream Girl, who left the Legion after joining under false pretenses. They test two new applicants, Calamity King and Color Kid, both of whom are rejected, and Star Boy goes to visit his parents on the remote planet Karak. When he arrives he finds that they have moved, leaving their observatory to Jan Barth, an explorer. A ship lands nearby and its pilot kills Jan Barth before he can fire his own gun. The assailant is Kenz Nuhor and he's arrived to kill Star Boy. His shield reflects Star Boy's power back at him, pinning him to the ground.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Batman and the Outsiders #32

Batman and the Outsiders #32 April 1986 SYNOPSIS: In Markovia, the new future Queen is being interviewed in a motorcade when it is attacked by the Masters of Disaster. As they apprehend the future Queen, the reporter that was interviewing her slinks away. In Gotham, the organized criminal element is taking advantage of Batman and the Outsiders being missing to pool their forces when the criminal Matches Malone, Batman in disguise with Geo-Force disguised as his bodyguard with the rest of the Outsiders listening on the rooftop. Batman gets the criminals to reveal where they have stored plasma that was stolen. Batman cues the Outsiders into action. Metamorpho and Halo fake Batman's silhouette while Black Lightning shorts out the power. Batman and the Outsiders take out the criminals.  As the police take away the criminals, Geo-Force reestablishes radio contact with Dr. Jace, against Batman's protests, and learns not only of the crisis in Markovia, but that Batman intentionally withheld it from the team.

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Reviews of Old Comics: Legion of Super-Heroes #309

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #309 March 1984 I'm picking back up my reviews of old Legion comics from the period that I started regularly buying Legion of Super-Heroes. I held off to avoid getting into a rut, but let's pick back up where we left off, in the middle of the Omen/Prophet story line, which had good intentions, but failed to have the impact of the Great Darkness Saga. SYNOPSIS: Ultra Boy issues an ultimatum to the Prophet, who continues his warnings about a great evil threatening everything. Timber Wolf attacks and is quickly rebuffed, leading the small group of Legionnaires, Ultra Boy, Phantom Girl, Shadow Lass and Invisible Kid to attack. Despite very valiant efforts, the attack is futile. Elsewhere, an old man approaches a castle delivering a message from his masters for them to surrender the castle or watch it fall. The slam the door in his face. At Legion HQ, Brainiac 5 is attempting once again to get Computo out of the body of Danielle Foccart, but fails again when Computo briefly awakens before Brainiac 5 can tranquilize him.

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