legion of super-heroes

Supergirl – “Legion of Superheroes”

Supergirl returns from its mid-season with break with the episode “Legion of Superheroes.”  In the mid-season finale, Supergirl was savagely beaten by Reign, and left in a coma.  How would…wait, did that title say “Legion of Superheroes?”  Holy #%&@, there actually going full Legion already?  We don’t have to wait until near the end of the season for what they’ve been teasing?  Awesome.

The episode begins with the introduction of Brainiac-5.  A very hideous looking version of Brainiac-5.  Seriously, it’s pretty bad.  And Brainiac-5 has a pretty basic look to him.  Hopefully, they’ll transition to more of his traditional look.  The show needed to establish who Brainiac-5 was quickly.  It seems that they are not nearly done introducing new heroes and villains this season, so there is a small window to establish people before moving on.

Supergirl Brainiac-5

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New comic day hangover

Last week was pretty rough for me, and it was Friday before I actually picked up my comics. I also picked up my girlfriend’s so I have an extra issue to comment on this week. So bonus! Enough rambling – here’s this last week’s list!

Legion of Super-Heroes #2 in which I have decided to drop the book.

X-Factor #206 in which the tie-in to Second Coming ends.

X-Men Legacy #237 in which the X-Men actually start winning.

Avengers #2 in which I don’t see the point of so many Avengers books.

There will be SPOILERS within.  Ye have been warned!

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New Comic Day hangover

Eventually, I will buy my comics on Wednesday instead of Thursday and get this thing back to its correct day. Until then, though – he we are! This week is a light one:

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 in which the new old Legion kicks off with a follow-up to an earlier story and a tie-in.

X-Factor #205 in which the team starts coming back together during Second Coming.

And X-Men Legacy #236 in which a whole bunch of characters make porn faces while crap goes down.

Spoiler-laced looks after the jump.

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New Comic Day 11/27/06

I missed New Comic Day last week due to being home for Thanksgiving…as well as being tired, sick, and owning a hatred of city-style traffic. Long story short, I picked up my books today and here we go!

Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #24
by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson
The Legion comes back and defeats the imposters with the help of Supergirl’s ability to read Kryptonese. The Legion decides to help the figure they saw in the Phantom Zone, a being named Mon-El, but in the process also decide not to leave Supergirl on Rokyn, as had been the original plan. As Phantom Girl and Saturn Girl attempt to help Mon-El, they discover the villains they had been fighting are holed up in the Phantom Zone as well.
Jacob’s Grade: B+

The Walking Dead #32
by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
A guard moves forward with the plan to help Rick escape, and he finds that Glenn has stuck around to help out. They free Michone, but she has revenge on her mind and goes to find the Governor. The others, including the town’s doctor and nurse, move forward with their escape plan.
Jacob’s Grade: A

Ultimate Spider-Man #102
The girl in the spider suit frees Peter from Nick Fury’s custody and takes him to where she believes Mary Jane to be held, all while explaining the whole clone situation as she is aware of it. They arrive at the destroyed Oscorp Labs to find a transformed MJ rampaging, only changing back when Peter begins talking to her. As little is explained, a unexpected face shows up to add further mystery to the plot.
Jacob’s Grade: B

X-Factor #13
At Jamie’s request, X-Factor sits down for one-on-one visits with Doc Sampson to get a handle on recent occurances. Strong Guy talks about being forced to kill in cold blood, Siryn holds onto her denial of Banshee’s death, Layla talks about the burden of her abilities, Monet shares her fear of what her brother had done to her, Rictor laments over the loss of his powers, and Wolfsbane reflects on the vision she had in the fight against Singularity. And at Sampson’s request, Jamie tells Monet the truth about the “nighttime encounter” they had and subsequently gets thrown through a window.
Jacob’s Grade: A

Final Thoughts
A strong week for my books. Had I known they were going to be this good, I wouldn’t have waited to buy them. Legion did a good job of welcoming Supergirl into the ranks of the team, instead of just throwing her in and having everyone peachy keen on the idea. That, and the introduction of Mon-El is definitely exciting news. Walking Dead continues its excellent storytelling, with the build-up to the climactic encounter between Michone and the Governor leaving me going “Awwwww!” when the story ended. Ultimate Spidey turned it up a notch this month as they actually cleared up the zaniness that had been going on over the past few weeks. No menti0n of Ben Parker or Aunt May’s condition, but enough little bits to keep the book good for a change (as of late, that is). X-Factor’s rehash of the popular story from the early 90s run of the team was an excellent way to better characterize the team. It makes them much more likable, and much more human. Though none of them being exactly “A-list” characters (as one letter in the letters page bluntly puts it), they are old favorites and work together quite well in this setting.

Well, that’s it for today. In two short days we’ll be seeing Teen Titans #41 and X-Men #193. The jury’s still out on whether I will be buying Onslaught: Reborn #1, but with Rob Liefeld doing art, I’m leaning quite heavily towards no.