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Get a First Look at Travis Moore’s Legion of Super-Heroes #3 Interiors

Legion of Super-Heroes #3

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ryan Sook and Travis Moore
Inks by Wade von Grawbadger and Travis Moore
Color by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Ryan Sook
Variant Cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Meet the new Legionnaires in Legion of Super-Heroes #3, on shelves January 15th, as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across the DC Universe for months to come! Also, you knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!)

And, while the mission on Planet Gotham is top-secret, here’s your first look at Travis Moore’s interior pages from Legion of Super-Heroes #3, set on Rimbor, home planet of Ultra Boy.

All this, and Monster Boy is on the loose! #LongLiveTheLegion

Legion of Super-Heroes #3

Get a First Look at Legion of Super-Heroes #2 and Cosmic Boy

Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ryan Sook
Inks by Wade von Grawbadger and Ryan Sook
Color by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Ryan Sook
Variant Cover by Jim Cheung
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99 (cardstock variant $4.99)

Welcome to the 31st Century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

In the second issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, on shelves December 18th, it’s been one thousand years since anyone has seen the oceans of the Earth, but with Aquaman’s original trident recently discovered, a chase to control Earth’s future tears across the galaxy. All this and the reunion you’d never thought you’d see! Another DC sci-fi epic into the far-flung future like you’ve never seen before!

Legion of Super-Heroes #2

Around the Tubes

La Voz de Mayo Tata Rambo

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Best Known Copy of Marvel Comics #1 Expected to Fetch $1 Million at Auction – Who wants to go in on this?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Punching up with The Blue Valkyrie – Free comics!

Reviews

Newsarama – Black Stars Above #1
IGN – Fallen Angels #1
Newsarama – Fallen Angels #1
By Why Tho Podcast – La Voz de Mayo Tata Rambo
Comic Attack – Legion of Super-Heroes #1
Talking Comics – New Mutants #1
Talking Comics – X-Force #1

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Legion of Super-Heroes #1

The weekend is almost here! We’ve got some comic reading to do. What geeky things will you all be checking out? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Newsarama – One Writer’s Struggle with Diabetes Led Him to Create Horror Comic Sweet Heart – This sounds really interesting.

Newsarama – DC Hiring a Publicity & Communications Director – Go work for DC!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Ghost Junk Sickness ratchets up the tension for an engaging, dynamic read – Free comics!

Reviews

Monkeys Fighting Robots – The Immortal Hulk #26
Monkeys Fighting Robots –
The Infected: King Shazam #1
Flickering Myth –
Legion of Super-Heroes #1
The Beat –
We are the Danger

Preview: Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

b.b. free #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A plague has devastated the world and b.b. free is the actual chose one on the run from her own family.

Bolivar Eats New York Discovery Adventure (BOOM! Studios) – A mix between an object finding book and a graphic novel, the story continues the adventure of Bolivar, a dinosaur living in New York City. Amazing art and adorable story.

Doctor Doom #2 (Marvel) – Doom has surrendered to the world authority after the horrific events of the first issue. That issue knocked it out of the park and we’re expecting no less from this one.

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1 (AHOY Comics) – The follow up to The Wrong Earth, the series follows two heroes who are stranded on each other’s Earth. One is gritty while the other the more innocent time of superheroes. It’s a love letter to superhero comics and a must for all fans of the genre.

Going to the Chapel #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The heist continues as the gang’s attempt to rob a wedding goes so off the rails. It’s a crime story that’s worthy of the big screen, keeps you on your toes, and gets you to laugh.

Heist, How to Steal a Planet #1 (Vault Comics) – It’s Ocean’s Eleven in space as a group attempts to steal a world.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (DC Comics) – The classic property is back and with DC having a renewed focus on its future timeline, this should be interesting.

New Mutants #1/X-Force #1 (Marvel) – More Dawn of X debuts and we’re intrigued how each series will stand out for itself.

Pandemica #2 (IDW Publishing) – Tailored diseases that get out of control. This is a political disaster film and frighteningly real.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Something fell from the sky behind the Berlin Wall. This is the Cold War with an alien twist.

Undiscovered Country #1 (Image Comics) – The United States has walled itself off from the world. This is the story of the people out to discover what awaits in the country beyond the wall.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1 Gets a First Look

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Written by Brian Michael Bendis 
Art by Ryan Sook
Inks by Ryan Sook and Wade von Grawbadger
Color by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Ryan Sook
Variant Covers by Ryan Sook and Jim Cheung
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
Final Orders Due: Oct 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Welcome to the 31st Century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

DC Reveals the Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 Cover. Long Live the Legion!

The buzz is strong for the upcoming Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium miniseries launching in September! DC has revealed new art from issue #1 by artist André Lima Araújo. Writer Brian Michael Bendis teams up with Araújo to introduce the still-mysterious central character to heroes from the future of the DC Universe, including her search for Tommy Tomorrow, OMAC, Booster Gold and others. 

In addition to this great art, check out the cover to issue #2 of Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium by Ryan Sook, where a certain “super” hero gets his Legion flight ring (Like he needs it)! But wait, there’s more! With the debut of an all-new Legion of Super-Heroes ongoing series by Bendis and Sook in November, here’s a look at more of the Legion membership in the form of new character designs by Ryan Sook.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2

Between these designs and the cover to Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2, there’s plenty to talk about – not just new costumes, but new characters, too? Let the speculation begin…

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Jim Lee, Andrea Sorrentino, André Lima Araújo, and Dustin Nguyen on-sale September 4, 2019. Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2, written by Bendis with art by Nicola Scott, Jim Cheung, Jeff Dekal and Ryan Sook, on sale October 2.

Booster Gold by Nicola Scott
OMAC by Jim Cheung

The Legion of Super-Heroes are Back

DC Comics is heading back to the future courtesy of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists Jim Lee, Jim Chueng, Nicola Scott, Ryan Sook, Dustin Nguyen and more. Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium is a two-part monthly comic that will lead into a new ongoing Legion of Super-Heroes series.

The two-part series will examine other “future” characters like Kamandi, OMAC, and Booster Gold and how they fit into the broader world of the Legion. The goal is a more unified future DC universe. The series will connect the DC future timelines for the first time.

The first issue introduces a near-future version of Supergirl, drawn by Jim Lee; Batman Beyond, drawn by Dustin Nguyen; Kamandi, drawn by Andrea Sorrentino; and Tommy Tomorrow, drawn by André Lima Araújo. Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 will bring Booster Gold, drawn by Nicola Scott; OMAC, drawn by Jim Cheung; A DC “off-world” chapter, drawn by Jeff Dekal; and finally the Legion of Super-Heroes, drawn by Sook.

Legion of Super-Heroes

Super-Articulate: Let’s Have the Legion

I want to circle back to something that I discussed in a video a few weeks ago, and that’s the idea of “unfinished teams” when it comes to toy lines. It’s a phenomenon that plagues a lot of collectors, and not just line completists. Often, fans of a particular team begin buying figures based on that group, only to see the figures stop without the basic, core team ever being finished. Sometimes, a line even gets several figures in before screeching to a halt; then, false hope comes when another line picks up the baton, only for that to fold, too. Today, I want to talk specifically about one of the most popular and, simultaneously, misunderstood teams of all time, and how they’re ripe for figure rehabilitation. I’m talking, of course, about the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino in 1958, the Legion became one of the most popular and longest-running DC Comics teams of all time. The group was in some form of continuous publication from 1958 through 2013; they first appeared as teen allies of Superboy from the future, and grew into a sprawling team whose membership came from more than two dozen planets. The Legion occupied Adventure Comics for several years before bouncing around as a back-up feature at the beginning of the ’70s; finding a home in the Superboy series, they eventually received co-billing by 1973 and completely evicted Superboy in 1980.

Legion of Super-Heroes

In the early ’80s, the team’s popularity was white-hot with the team of writer Paul Levitz and artist Keith Giffen; their “Great Darkness Saga” in 1982 is considered an all-time classic. They were so big that a second book was launched in 1984; Legion of Super-Heroes was sold only in comic shops, while Tales from the Legion of Super-Heroes was sold everywhere. After a year, Tales started reprinting the direct market title, but proved popular enough to run three more years. The 1984 LSH ran until 1989, when the book got a new number 1 and a story that picked up five years later. Known to some as the “Five Year Gap” Legion, the new series told challenging stories about an occupied Earth and the Legion fighting to free it.

In 1994, the old Legion was pushed aside for a new Legion in Zero Hour. The young Legion was fairly popular, but that continuity only lasted 10 years before a completely new one came in. Referred to as the “Threeboot,” this new angle only stuck around for five years. In 2007, the original Legion returned in the JLA/JSA “Lightning Saga” crossover. Every version of the Legion got to play together in the Final Crisis tie-in Legion of Three Worlds. When the “New 52” settled in in 2011, the Legion again had two books, but these were gone by 2013. Since then, there have only been teases and hints that the Legion was coming back, most recently in Doomsday Clock.

The core concept of the Legion (“teen heroes from the future!”) is pretty durable, and has proven pretty adaptable to other media. The Legion have appeared in episodes of Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, Smallville, The Flash, and Supergirl. Beginning in 2006, they had their own animated series for two seasons. The Legion has also popped up in direct-to-DVD films like JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, Lego DC Comics Super-Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash, and this year’s Justice League vs. The Fatal Five.

For all this, the Legion have had a relatively finite showing in action figure form. There’s been a lot of representation in HeroClix, and a handful of figures (Brainiac-5, Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, and Saturn Girl) made it in the DC Animated line offered online. In the DC Direct days, just over a dozen Legionnaires were made, along with villain Mordru; the Legion members were Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Brainiac-5, Star Boy, Chameleon Boy, Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg), Ultra Boy, Mon-El, Timber Wolf, Colossal Boy, Sun Boy, and Ferro Lad, as well as Superboy and Supergirl. These were well-made figures, but a consistent complaint was that the figures were made in their 1960s costumes, when their later 70s and 80s looks were by far the most popular versions of the characters.

Those looks were reflected in the online exclusive boxed set that DC Universe Classics offered through Mattel’s MattyCollector in 2011; that epic 12-figure boxed set included Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Matter-Eater Lad (YES.), Wildfire, Karate Kid, Superboy, Brainiac-5, Chameleon Boy, Ultra Boy, Timber Wolf, a super-sized Colossal Boy, and sidekick Proty. A figure of Star Boy/Starman Thom Kallor was also available that same year as an orderable figure through Matty’s Club Infinite Earths subscription series. Legion villain Validus made it into production as the Collect-n-Connect figure in one wave. DC Universe Classics was gone at retail by 2012, and the subs dried up by 2014. The DC Multiverse line became Mattel’s DC offering in 2016, but aside from the arguable inclusion of various Supergirl figures, no Legion members have hit shelves since.

So what have we learned, Charlie Brown? When McFarlane Toys takes over the line in 2020, it’s high time for some Legion. For one thing, outside of Saturn Girl and Supergirl, there have been ZERO other women produced as figures. And this is for a team with a huge number of female characters. Dawnstar would likely be the most popular, given her unique appearance, but fans have waited a long time for mainstays like Phantom Girl, Shadow Lass, White Witch, Duo Damsel, Sensor Girl, and many more. Likewise, we’ve been left hanging for years on visually interesting characters like Blok, Gates, and Tellus.

When the McFarlane line starts, it’s very likely that we’ll start with new versions of the big three and others right away. Such has always been the way of new DC lines. But I’d really like to see McFarlane embrace the idea of scale equilibrium and create some complementary, long-requested figures to make up the balance of those assortments. There are plenty of gaps in the JLA, the JSA, the Titans, the Outsiders, and more, but for a team that’s been around since the late 1950s, there needs to be some more respect given to the LSH. Long Live the Legion, kids.

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