With a new Legion of Super-Heroes series launching the week that I'm writing this, it seems like a perfect time to revisit one of my favorite Legion stories of all time, Legion Lost. I like it so much that it would be my pick for a Legion film adaptation. I'll come back to that. As the millennium came to a close, Legion of Super-Heroes was in dire need of a new direction. They were referred to as the "Archie Legion" due to the more light-hearted and innocent nature of the stories. Of course, this was stark contrast to the last major new direction for the Legion with the start of the "Five Years Later." This version kept up two series, which probably didn't help in the late 1990s when the tone of comics went darker and grimmer. As the series came to an end, the Legion faced a terrible threat that apparently killed several members.
In the mid-season finale, Supergirl was badly beaten by Reign, a new villain that is secretly her friend, Samantha. Reign's purpose is to be a sleeper agent of the Kryptonian Worldkillers. The beatdown was very public, and witnessed by her friends at the DEO, including her ex-boyfriend, Mon-El who has been living in the future as a member of the Legion Super-Heroes, with his wife, Saturn Girl. Four more Legionnaires remain in stasis pods on their trapped ship. In this episode, Mon-El awakens another Legionnaire to help Supergirl while Reign continues to wage destruction on National City. Oh, spoilers abound.
Wow. It's been a while, hasn't it? Let's skip the apologies and continue like nothing happened to keep me from reviewing old comics and sharing a love of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I even love the Legion when they shared their title with Superboy. I'm taking a break from reviewing every single issue put out in order and instead jumping to one that I remember getting at a discount store in a Whitman 3-Pack.
Lately, the urge to share some Legion of Super-Heroes love has been overwhelming. So far, the only Legionnaires to get Needless Character Analysis have been ladies, so it's time for one of the guys to get a chance. Whenever the Legion is described, one of the members that is instantly attached to it, probably more than the founders, is Brainiac 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.