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Black Canary #1-4 (mini-series, 1991)

Sarah Byam and Trevor Von Eeden (with inker Dick Giordano) gave us this miniseries that was a better-than-average crime book. This comic seems a little ahead of its time with its racial message, but right in its time with the radio host's role in the story.

This is a great story, and if you've never read it, it is definitely a worthwhile download on Comixology. I hate that Sarah Byam isn't a bigger name today, and Von Eeden continues to turn in a fantastic piece of work.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1-10: This is from Giffen’s “Five Years Later” series. I don’t think it’s any surprise that I love this series. Looking back, I can see that this was also the introduction of characters such as Celeste Rockfish, Kono, and Laurel Gand (kind of). Laurel is the retconned version of Supergirl, and Lar Gand is the newish version of Superboy. It is easy for me to appreciate the slow rollout of the older versions of these characters, but then again my love for them didn’t come until I read this the first time around. Still, this series shows that Keith Giffen is a master storyteller, both visually and in his writing. This was experimental at the time, even though the "9-panel grid" isn't new. The overlay of the dialog on the pictures is very effective.

Batman #54: By Tom King and Matt Wagner, this was… okay. It was visually pretty nice, even if it would have been better had Wagner’s son Brendan’s work been given to us as originally planned. I had hoped the story would be extra-awesome, but it was just pretty good.

It’s an overview of the Dick Grayson/Bruce Wayne relationship, because of Bruce’s recent wedding crash by Catwoman. Dick is trying to get Bruce to open up about his hurt, but thus far, it’s not really going anywhere. I’m going to guess that it won’t, either, lest Bruce grow as a character.

Throw in some ha-has at the expense of Condiment King and Crazy Quilt, and that’s the issue.

Bully Wars #1: From Image, this came from writer Skottie Young and artist Aaron Conley. This was pretty good, but I don’t think I’ll be continuing with it. The art is pretty, and the writing is okay, but in all honesty, it felt like a more self-aware, toned-down “kid” episode of Bob’s Burgers. The characters so far are pretty one-dimensional at best and precious at worst. (The sniveling “bully’s little pal” is especially painful.)

This felt more like an after-school special, and not the edgy Nickelodeon kind--more like an ABC TGIF or Nick Jr. kind.

...LEVIATHAN #2
SNOT GIRL #11
The Lex/Porky crossover - which I liked a lit! More later.

I have this, but haven't read it yet. Looking forward to it.

Emerkeith Davyjack said:

...LEVIATHAN #2

Legion of Super-Heroes (5YL) Annual #1: This tells the story of Jo Nah and his initiation and early time in the Legion. It's a pretty tragic story in the end, but it is a section of Legion history that I didn't know about.

The villains in this story are Glorith and Mordru. I have always felt that these two villains, along with the Time Trapper, are just too powerful to be interesting. I thought they had come up with a way to ground these characters a little more, but that didn't last.

The art by Doug Braithwaite was pretty good, equal parts Curt Swan and Colleen Doran in its appearance.

On this rainy Sunday, I reorganized seven boxes of comics. I remember when that used to be fun!

But I did pull out the complete runs of Batman: White Knight and Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles and all issues of the new Green Hornet and X-Men Red so let's see how they hold up on the whole!

I'm looking forward to reading this one again soon, as I've just read a couple of the stories dealing with the death of Jo's ex-girlfriend An Ryd in the Superboy & the Legion of Superheroes hardcovers. I'd like to read LSH Annual volume one with those books somewhat fresh in my mind.

Wandering Sensei: Moderator Man said:

Legion of Super-Heroes (5YL) Annual #1: This tells the story of Jo Nah and his initiation and early time in the Legion. It's a pretty tragic story in the end, but it is a section of Legion history that I didn't know about.

The villains in this story are Glorith and Mordru. I have always felt that these two villains, along with the Time Trapper, are just too powerful to be interesting. I thought they had come up with a way to ground these characters a little more, but that didn't last.

The art by Doug Braithwaite was pretty good, equal parts Curt Swan and Colleen Doran in its appearance.

...An Ryd? That"s awfully close to Ayn Rand!!!!!!!!!!! Was Steve Ditko on the book at this time? Even "Jo Nah " sounds awfully close to the kind of names Steve Ditko would give his characters in his self-written stories!

I think she was named for Ayn Rand (for no reason I could discern), but the story where she was created (in S&LSH 239) was written and drawn by Jim Starlin, several years before Ditko's run on the book. 

When I read that annual, I noticed that too. And then I realized that Ayn Rand itself sounds very much like a Legionnaire's real name already.

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