Calling all who have childhood or grown up memories of the mid-90s, we’re serving up a heaping yummy bowl of Legion / Legionnaires goodness from the end of 1994 to the crack of dawn of 1995!! You can still see the effects of the recent Zero Hour event in the horizon. Where were you in 1995??? What comics were you purchasing back then? Was Legion among the pull list? (Comics Published January 1995)
June 4 – 16 2020: LEGIONNAIRES (1993-) # 21-23, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1989-) #65-66
LEGIONNAIRES (1993-) # 21 (11/94) LEGIONNAIRES 21 Tom Peyer The Legion faces its greatest challenge yet when a rival team reveals itself, composed of an ultra-powered boy, a master of many ancient fighting arts, a wielder of tremendous heat, and a rampaging beast. Hmmm….sounds very familiar…could it be???
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1989-) #65 LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES 89 #65 Mark Waid A mass jailbreak occurs on a vast maximum-security prison planet. In the thick of the ensuing riot, nine stranded Legionnaires struggle to survive against thousands of the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy.
LEGIONNAIRES (1993-) # 22 (12/94) LEGIONNAIRES 22 Tom Peyer The Legion of Super-Heroes is captured and incarcerated on the prison planet.
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (1989-) #66 LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES 89 #66 Mark Waid The United Planets government forces new and more powerful heroes into the Legion, among them a bitter young teenager from the planet Daxam—who may turn out to be the Legion’s biggest nightmare.
LEGIONNAIRES (1993-) # 23 (1/95) LEGIONNAIRES 23 Tom Peyer The Legionnaires face their greatest challenge: a Saturday night with nothing to do!
Questions to Ponder (spoilers ahead!)
After Zero Hour, Mark Waid and Tom Peyer attempted to basically write the same series about the same cast of characters using two Legion titles published at the same time. How smooth does this work for you as you read through these issues? Do the characters seem the same between the two writers?
Once again, Andromeda / Lauren Gand is introduced, this time post Zero Hour. What seems to be the same and what is different about who she is this time? Which “Andromeda” did you prefer, the clone in earlier pre Zero Hour Legionnaire issues or this more complex one?
Which scene was your favorite in the “Girls Night Out” issue 23 of Legionnaires?
Which of the two writers of this period of Legion stories is better in your opinion in 1994-5: Peyer or Waid? Why?
Next time: we dare to go visit the pre-Giffen early 80s again!