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Picked up Adventure Comics #528 today, still following the adventures of the current crop of Legion Academy students and teachers. It's not a big blockbuster issue, just connective tissue wrapping up a little old business and bringing the Academy folks into the current big Legion of Super-Heroes/Legion of Super-Villains donnybrook. But I did find one or two nuggets of mild interest, and so am posting a cover preview and two panels here.





We open on the graduation ceremony for the senior LA students, Lamprey, Nightwind, Crystal Kid and Power Boy (Jed, not the New God dude who fried in the Titans East special). All are routed into the Science Police, not the Legion, a fact not lost on the current crop of trainees.

However! Night Girl really needs to turn the highbeams down a bit!



Was her costume always so... so... boobie-smiley-facey? I feel we're veering into early Laurel Kent territory here.

Meanwhile, one of Saturn Queen's troops has invaded Legion HQ while all the Legionnaires are off fighting the LOSV on multiple fronts. Cue the reservists i.e.the LA staff, with the new recruits sneaking off campus behind them to play cavalry. (Yes, the cavalry is Comet Queen. Write your own jokes, folks.)

However! Yon intruder has to take a stroll through the Hall of Dead Legionnaires, pausing at the Karate Kid statue for a "good times!" text box. On yon stroll I noticed this:



Proty I has a statue! did we know this already? If so, I did not recall. Really it's the least they owe the little guy, especially since the Proteans have been declared sentient.



This is one of those jobbies with two sets of pencillers/inkers, which makes for a jarring transition about halfway through the ish. Of the two I think I prefer the first section, which according to the signature on the splash page was pencilled by Geraldo Borges.

Date: 2011-07-07 12:09 am (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Yeah, right. That must be it.

[rolleyes]

Date: 2011-07-07 12:23 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Oh, no, the artist (and outfit) is ridiculous. But still, it wouldn't be a surprise to see someone wearing something like that a thousand years in the future.

Aaron "The Mad Whitaker" Bourque; the whole thing couldn't been solved if they hadn't made the eyes flesh-colored.

Date: 2011-07-07 01:20 am (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
I wouldn't be surprised to trot over to Fredrick's of Hollywood and see somebody wearing it right now.

But that's not really the main issue. The main issue is one-sided hyper-sexualization in comics. The women are almost all drawn in this type of gear (regardless of the occasion or their power set or personality or whatever) and frequently in icky pornified poses/angles because this is a hetero dude's game, and that's how it's they want it to stay.

Maybe Hooters will sue for copyright infringement. Creepy Dude Empire vs. Creepy Dude Empire. That would be bleakly hilarious. I'd pay for everyone's popcorn.

Date: 2011-07-07 02:52 am (UTC)
khaosworks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] khaosworks
Well, sometimes the Legion is an equal opportunity offender.

Exhibit A:

Date: 2011-07-07 02:55 am (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Y'know, that was one character thirty-plus years ago, in "real time."

Seriously. Not a good counter-argument. [shakes head] Get back to me when 90% of the male Legionnaires are wearing bare midriffs, chesticular windows windshields, and thongs into combat.

Date: 2011-07-07 03:32 am (UTC)
khaosworks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] khaosworks
Seriously. Just trying to note that when it comes to the Legion, it's not always the girls that get the skin. I could also point to Tyroc during the Grell era, or to Gravity Kid and Power Boy's costumes in the current Adventure.

On the girl side, Night Girl's costume here isn't even the worst offender. You'd have to look at Laurel Kent or Saturn Girl's pink cut-out swimsuit during the Grell era. Hell, during the 80s Laurel was reduced to pretty much just a poncho draped over her. All in all, that boob window is pretty tame, even when compared to, say, Power Girl's.

Date: 2011-07-07 03:41 am (UTC)
cleome45: (violet2)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Yeah, yeah, I know. I've followed the Legion on and off for a long, long time now.

The exception that proves the rule and "things could always be worse" isn't really any consolation to me, though.

Date: 2011-07-07 03:47 am (UTC)
auggie18: (Default)
From: [personal profile] auggie18
I was going to point out Kitson's Legion as an example of going the other way (everyone is equally covered up) until I googled it up and saw an odd number of belly shirts. Damn.

I kinda don't get the Legion guys (and most superdudes in general) not wanting to show off. If I was as ripped as most of them are, I would pull a Matthew Mcconaughey and go shirtless as often as possible.

Date: 2011-07-07 03:49 am (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Oh, Almighty Dog, don't even get me started on the damn belly-shirt thing.

As a wise man once said, "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking."

[groan]

Date: 2011-07-07 05:36 am (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Okay, my curiosity's piqued. Please share.

Date: 2011-07-07 05:37 pm (UTC)
kenn_el: Northstar_Hmm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenn_el
Eddie really shouldn't have been the one to make the point, however.

Date: 2011-07-07 06:22 pm (UTC)
cleome45: (flight1*)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Thanks.

Yeah, I'm no designing genius, but there seems to be plenty of costume failure to go around there... :/

Date: 2011-07-07 04:30 am (UTC)
auggie18: (Default)
From: [personal profile] auggie18
Yep! One of many reasons I loved threeboot!Element Lad. We didn't get to see enough of him, though...

Date: 2011-07-07 05:39 am (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
I remember his date with Triplicate Girl, but I haven't read the entire run.

Did he ever go into battle without clothes? (I remember that Winath during the Levitz-Giffen run was also supposed to be pretty much clothing-optional. But again, I was kind of thinking that people wouldn't want to be in a combat situation in the buff...)

Date: 2011-07-07 05:34 pm (UTC)
kenn_el: Northstar_Hmm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenn_el
I STILL say this was accidental, rather than gratuitous, beefcake. If colored correctly (and the magnetic circle symbols drawn in, it IS Cosmic Boy's regular uniform. That they colored the pink parts as flesh-toned is the only way that it came off as 'sexy'. The black pieces on the torso work as accents when they are a part of the full costume, but just what purpose do they serve here? Even a male stripper wouldn't think to wear something like that.

Date: 2011-07-07 06:23 pm (UTC)
cleome45: (lightning1)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Just add a bowtie and a white collar. He can still wear it to parties.

Date: 2011-07-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
kenn_el: Northstar_Hmm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenn_el
Yes, but even then a guy would not intentionally cover his abs/obliques. Not going to happen.

Date: 2011-07-07 09:18 pm (UTC)
cleome45: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Which brings me back to an earlier idea: I don't think there's only one right way to act/dress, regardless of which gender we're talking about here.

For that matter, there's not just one definition of sexy, either, no matter how hidebound (pun not really intended) TPTB are on the matter.

Date: 2011-07-07 11:03 pm (UTC)
khaosworks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] khaosworks
I'd almost agree with you, if not for the fact that there never was a visible neckline with this costume.

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