Adventure Comics 80-Page Giant #1 (story #5)

Adventure Comics 80-Page Giant #1 cover

Date:

October 1998

Title:

“Team Work”

Credits:

T. [Tom] McCraw (Story / Colors) • Kevin West (Pencils) • Ray Kryssing (Inker) • Kurt Hathaway (Lettering) • Paul Kupperberg / L.A. Williams (Editorial) • Steve Lightle (Cover)

Plot:

Ferro tells Lori Morning about a recent Legion adventure, where he and several other Legionnaires faced a space blob that was able to counter each of their powers.  When an unknown heroine named Blip (actually Lori using the H-Dial) tried to help, she made a mistake which happened to actually help the Legion defeat the blob.  Lori resolves to do better the next time.


Character and Object Tracking

Analysis Notes


CHANGE HISTORY

Date of Change Content of Change

07/15/99
Posted

09/23/99
Tracking updates from Legionnaires #77

02/25/00
Name correction

Tinted cells and text indicate missing or incomplete information.


Character and Object Tracking

Heroes

Villains

Supporting Characters

Locations

Technology

Name

Previous Appearance

Next Appearance

Heroes

Kid Quantum II (Jazmin Cullen) < > <Legionnaires #68>
Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) < > <Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #110>
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) < > <Legionnaires #68>
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) < > <Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #110>
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) < > <Legionnaires #68>
Star Boy (Thom Kallor) < > <Legionnaires #68>

Villains

Space Blob None None to date
Time Trapper No appearance; behind the scenes
 
One-shot or Untracked Villains:
unspecified villain (behind the scenes; probably Mantis Morlo)

Supporting Characters

Lori Morning
(also appears as Blip)
< > <Legionnaires #68>

Locations

Recreation Room, Legion headquarters < > <Legionnaires #71>
Peachfuzz Seaport, Old Georgia None None to date
Science Police research labs, Metropolis No appearance; mention only
Mission Monitor Room, Legion headquarters < > <Legionnaires #68>
Lori Morning’s quarters, Legion headquarters No appearance; mention only

Technology

Ferro’s drawing pad < > Legionnaires #77
Omnicom < > <Legionnaires #68>
H-Dial < > <Legionnaires #68>
 
One-shot or Untracked Items:
wooden pencils
Space Blob’s space pod
gravcrane and other shipping equipment

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Analysis Notes

General The issues published the same month as this - Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #108 and Legionnaires #64 - have not yet been analyzed.  For the moment, consider this story to fall between those issues and the next months’.
43:1 Recall that Ferro is a “creative type,” doing both drawing and costume design/sewing.
43:2-4 Brainiac 5 could probably have produced something very akin to paper and pencils for Ferro, if he had been asked - and as Brainiac 5.1, he would have.  Ferro is too shy to ask, however, and he did bring the existing equipment with him, so it might as well get used.
43:5 “Peachfuzz Seaport”?  Please!  If a faked up name must be used, try something that doesn’t sound stupid.
This would presumably be where 20th century Savannah is.  Note that in the Tangent universe, much of the southeast was destroyed in the mid-20th century, leaving little more than islands behind.  “Old Georgia” could be a nod to similar destruction occurring at some point in the DC Universe, although Miami is known to survive in some form.
43:6 In the preboot, the lack of impenetrability (and Grimbor the Chainsman’s taking advantage of that) is what lead to the polymer screen being erected.
That is a poorly drawn Omnicom in Saturn Girl’s hand.
44:3 This pod has some similarities to a pokéball from Pokémon.  That the creature inside evolves during the fight is also a hallmark of Pokémon, but perhaps this is all coincidental.
44:4 The second word balloon should be from Saturn Girl, not Kid Quantum.
Silhouetted characters are Ferro on the left, Cosmic Boy on the right.
44:7 It isn’t clear what phrase would have finished Saturn Girl’s sentence.  “Small minds” doesn’t seem right.
45:1 Early on, Imra wouldn’t even try to read the thoughts of something even slightly alien, much less something like this blob.
45-46 One by one, it is experiencing the attacks of the Legionnaires, countering them with standard defenses.  The only Legionnaire who succeeds is the one who doesn’t attack it directly.
46:6 “Winded”?  Perhaps “affected” would be a better term.
47:2 Garth appears to be zapping Ferro’s arm with his lightning, but he is really just dancing low voltage around his own hand, like St. Elmo’s Fire.
Ferro certainly seemed to be in pain in 46:4, so his iron form didn’t seem to protect him all that much.  His scream in 46:4 must have been more from surprise than real pain.
Hmm.  Major hatred of the Legion plus a protoplasmic life form?  Sounds like the work of Mantis Morlo, who is allegedly imprisoned on Takron-Galtos.  However, the security on Takron-Galtos apparently isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, given Dr. Savant’s post-imprisonment deployment of the Dr. Deacon robot from there.  As well, although Morlo has been seen on Takron-Galtos, it is possible that he managed to replace himself with a Protean or other construct before he was captured, and he thus may be free, plotting against the Legion.
47:4 It may now be immune to Imra’s powers, apparently.
48:1 Ferro is still new to both heroing and the Legion, and he thinks he needs to try to prove himself.
The foot on the right is Saturn Girl.
48:2 Here’s the problem with nifty art effects: sometimes you screw them up.  The blob should have been in front of the left leg and behind the right (since it was attacking from the front), not the other way around.
48:4 Despite Ferro’s attitude, Lori is right, based on the evidence.  Ferro probably would have been overwhelmed by the blob, and she saved him from attack, if not from injury.
49:4 If we had any clue what he fields do - slow things down? - it would help!
50:1 Recall that the Time Trapper is behind Lori having the H-Dial.  He subtly manipulates her and her actions (and sometimes those of the other Legionnaires); his hand may be at work here to make Lori make a mistake which actually saves the day.
50:5 Of course it could be that easy.  “If your opponent is geared to defeat your powers, trade opponents with a teammate” is one of the first items in the “Team Work” chapter of the superhero manual.
51:1 This story is obviously crammed into too few pages.  Ferro’s statement is far too stern for Blip’s displayed actions.
The “blip” effect indicates that Blip has departed.
51:6 Lori ends up not being careful enough.  It is Saturn Girl (with Monstress) who discovers her with the H-Dial in Legionnaires #69.

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