I came to notice Gene Gonzales' work through a Facebook group centered around the Legion of Super-Heroes. Over the past year, Gene Gonzales has been doing commissions of the Legion, especially in obscure costumes. He brings a joy to drawing when you read his blog, and his work is crisp and clean. He draws characters with honor to their heritage, and does enough drawing to make almost any artist feel like they're slacking off.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2 September 1984 Let's continue with reviewing the Legion of Super-Heroes comics that helped hook me on comics. Here we continue with the five issue Legion of Super-Villains story. The super-villains are now a full-fledged Legion each with a sworn oath to kill a Legionnaire. The threat is much more dire than the last time that they showed up running a school for super-villains. Now, they have some really powerful and dangerous super-villains, some just recruited in the previous issue. While they have some Legion rejects, they have the power of Lightning Lord, Sun Emperor and the mad Daxamite Ol-Vir. Dream Girl has even had a vision of a Legionnaire dying, making this threat really foreboding.
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.
Because everyone loves Top 10 lists, I'm going to run down my list of my Top 10 limited series of all time. The rules are simple, when published, the series had to have a stated finite number of issues. One-shots are not eligible. I had to have read them, which means this is just my opinion. Everyone clear on the rules?
Dream Girl is one of those members of the Legion of Super-Heroes that becomes the center of almost every story she is involved in, no matter what version of the character it is. Of course, precognition is one of those powers that you almost have to write the story around, and it really wasn't until Paul Levitz came on as the writer of Legion stories that we got to see Nura used to her fullest. Of course, Mark Waid did very well with his version of the character in the "threeboot" Legion as well. For the purpose of this article, I am restricting my coverage of the version of Dream Girl that existed in the Pre-Crisis DC Universe, up until the end of the third Legion series, Legion of Super-Heroes #63.
THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 August 1984 My reviews of the Legion of Super-Heroes comics that helped hook me not only on the Legion, but on comics as a whole continues. Today, we have the first issue of their series that featured printing on better paper that was initially sold only to comics shops. Yes, back in 1984, this was a big deal. At Marvel, when a comic went direct sales only, it was usually the kiss of death, but DC bet that comic shops and the direct sales market was the future for the industry. We'll argue the ramifications of that another time, but in 1984, this was a big deal. Unfortunately for me at the time, I was only thirteen at the time and did not know of a comic shop that wasn't two hours away. It would be almost a year before I would read this issue, but I'm reviewing it roughly as it came out, so the narrative is preserved.
It never fails, that someone will decide to do a click bait article on the worst, dumbest, or lamest super-heroes or super-powers and near the top or at it is Matter-Eater Lad. Well, I'm sick of it. He is silly, but do comics always have to be serious, gritty, and dark? Of course not. This where a character like Matter-Eater Lad comes in, and really great writers have used him successfully in such a manner.
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.
After writing my last article on this subject, I started thinking about my favorite super-hero team, the Legion of Super-Heroes. Having been around for over 50 years, the Legion is unique in that it's members all join relatively young, and two of their members travel through time to participate.
Saturn Girl was one of the three founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Spend a little time in the comics section of our site and you'll notice some serious Legion love here. Inspired by an article on another web site about the Legion, I've decided to do another of our character analyses on one of the founders of the Legion, Saturn Girl.
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.