Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
Apropos of Nothing
Labels: Not Legion specific
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
All the Shining Stars Are Dead
Word is that DC is moving its offices out of New York to join the rest of the Time-Warner entertainment types in Los Angeles.
Many are lamenting this move as an end to the comic-book world that was. I imagine there's some truth to that, but honestly I don't really think it matters a lot.
If DC cares about making great comics, they will still care about it in Los Angeles, and they won't let a little thing like their location stop them.
If DC doesn't care about making great comics, they wouldn't care any more about it in New York, and they wouldn't let a little thing like their location make them care about it.
What was it that they did in the last couple of weeks that was annoying? There was something, I know that, that renewed my belief in my vacating of their comics. I forget exactly what it was, though.
But I'm not going to rake them over the coals for moving to California. It probably makes a lot of sense for them, and I think they should do things that make sense. As often as possible.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The Legionnaires: Laurel
So it's uh. It's been over a month since my last post. That's not too good. I'm going to try to have something up a little more often than that from now on. Ideally I'd like to average better than one post a month. That's reasonable, isn't it? For a blog that focuses on a comic book that isn't being published any more?
What shall we talk about this time? I know. We'll do another installation of The Legionnaires. Here's one of my favourites.
Laurel Gand of Ricklef II or Daxam, aka Andromeda, Sister Andromeda, Tiger Rose. Created by Keith Giffen, Tom and Mary Bierbaum, Al Gordon, James Ricklef, and Arnie Starkey.
Laurel was created for the Five Years Later run of the Legion when an editorial order came down that the Legion had to purge all traces of Supergirl from their history. So Laurel was a young woman of Daxamite ancestry who was retconned into Supergirl's role in all the Legion's past adventures. She had all the standard Kryptonian/Daxamite powers, she had a romance with Brainiac 5, she had blonde hair.
And she was wonderful. I don't know what alchemy Giffen and the Bierbaums used to turn what could have just been an anonymous placeholder into such a great character, but I'm glad they did. Laurel was formidable and fun and the heart of the 5YL Legion.
For some reason they killed her off just before the 5YL era was lost in the Zero Hour reboot. Looking back on this, I have no idea why the hell they thought this was a good idea, but since the comic book had less than a dozen issues to go before everything was swept off the table anyway, I guess it doesn't matter.
There were a couple of other versions of Laurel in Legion comics: the SW6 Laurel, a younger time-sliced clone of the regular one; and reboot Laurel, called Andromeda, a reformed xenophobe from an isolationist Daxam. Reboot Laurel wasn't as much fun (she was hateful, she held back with her powers, she eventually quit the Legion to become a space nun), although she was much improved the last couple of times we saw her.
A lot of Legion fans don't care for the Five Years Later run. I get that. But 5YL had Laurel Gand and the other versions didn't, and for that reason alone it's indispensable.
For her signature moment I have selected this sequence from late in the "Terra Mosaic" story, in which SW6 Laurel is escorting the defeated leader of the Dominator forces off of Earth. Pay attention to what I'm saying here: these panels work just fine for me as the signature moment of the entire Legion. If all comic books on Earth were to be destroyed and I could only save one page, I would save this page.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
A Slap in the Face
I've seen several reactions to the end of LSHv7. Some of them were written by people who felt personally offended by the way things turned out. "It was a slap in the face to all Legion fans!" Things like that.
Doesn't get us anywhere to think like that. I mean, of course you don't like it, and wish it had turned out some other way. But nobody is trying to provoke you or anything. Come on: Paul Levitz feels contempt for Legion fans? Unlikely.
So just take it easy. DC and its people are trying to figure their way through this just like we are, and as bumbling and obnoxious as they've been, there's no malice in the simple act of cancelling a low-selling comic, or in the diplomatic quadrilles that surround it. It's as simple as this: we want it to be one way. But it's the other way. (1)
Labels: Legion of Super-Heroes