Hey wait, isn't it Sunday night? Doesn't that mean it's supposed to be time for the “Random Scan of the Week!”(copyright pending)? Don't worry, you haven't stumbled into some sort of Bizarro version of this blog where all of the posts are good and your humble blog editor isn't a blithering idiot. Nope, this is STILL the same blog you know and love(like? tolerate? loath?), the reviews are STILL crappy, and I'm STILL a blithering idiot, I'm just trying out something a bit different tonight. I'm going to review the latest issue of REBELS with pictures instead of words, which would explain the incredibly clever(and original!)title of this post. In a way this is all JT's fault... Yes, the very same JT of of the strangely captivating http://jasontoddscomicspot.blogspot.com/ (there I plugged your blog for you this time, JT!)was in a way the inspiration for this post... Sort of... Well, not really, but kind of. Anyway, JT made the mistake of asking me about Vril Dox and the Brainiac family on one of the posts on this blog, which led to a REALLY long-winded explanation(sort of like this intro...). After finishing up that comment, I started thinking about just how good REBELS #18 was, and how it really deserved a review, even if nobody would read it... But alas, I knew I didn't really have the time to do a long, boring post. It was then a brilliant(hey, I'm narrating this thing, so yes, brilliant!)idea struck me... Why not scan a few pages(no more then 7)from this comic and simply add a few captions? That wouldn't take up TOO much time(unlike this blasted intro!!!), plus I'd be able to say(to myself I guess...)that I did indeed give this comic the review it so deserved! And thus the Picto-Review was born. If this post is well-enough received then I'll try to post a few more Picto-Reviews. If not then I'll act like it never happened. I've become quite good at pretending things didn't happen... Anyway, I think that's MORE then enough of an introduction(and really, did this post even NEED an intro?), let's get on to the pretty, pretty pictures!
This issue gets underway with Lyrl Dox(son of REBELS/LEGION founder Vril Dox and grandson of Brainiac)telling his newest weapon, Pulsar Stargrave(that big star thing with the blue eye)the history of the Dox family tree.
Meanwhile, Vril brings Brainiac home to the planet Colu, where the elder Brainiac is looking forward to a lifetime spent as a drooling vegetable in penance for his MANY crimes.
After turning Brainiac over to his fellow Coluians, Vril decides to pay his “father” a final visit in order to do some good old-fashioned taunting before taking off.
Unfortunately for Vril, Brainiac isn't nearly so much a drooling vegetable as much as he is a very large, very angry super-villain. Before Vril can decide what to do about the fully coherent Brainiac, the entire planet is suddenly attacked by...
Pulsar Stargrave and Lyrl!
We end this issue with Brainiac breaking free of his bonds and deciding that 3 Brainiacs were two too many.
What I Thought: If you were able to make it through the introduction(and if you did, good for you!), I'm sure you could tell that I really enjoyed this comic. As a matter of fact, I'd call it the PERFECT jumping on point for new readers. The Brainiac history is plainly laid out, and all three generations of the Brainiac family wind up at each other's throats. This comic really had it all, some insanity from Lyrl, some evil from Brainiac, and some general jackassery from Vril. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, there was also a back story in which Starfire decides to sleep with Capt. Comet, but only to take her mind off of how much she missed Dick Grayson, which seems to hit the love-struck Comet pretty hard, as you can see here:
And that's pretty much that. As always, comments are appreciated, since that's pretty much the only way I can tell if anybody liked this post. X out.
Score: 10 out of 10. Yup, that's right, a rare perfect score. Told you I liked this comic!