Sunday, May 23, 2010

R.E.B.E.L.S. #16 - DC

Now that the war with Starro is over, Vril is desperately trying to rebuild his L.E.G.I.O.N. . . Licensed Extra-Governmental Interstellar Operatives Network. As opposed to R.E.B.E.L.S. . . Revolutionary Elite Brigade to Eradicate LEGION Supremacy. So it could be argued that this is actually more of a L.E.G.I.O.N. book, than the R.E.B.E.L.S. But that's just semantics. Anyways, it's time now for Vril to rebuild. And a few things have fallen into his lap. First of all . . Rann needs a new home. The Rannians home planet was recently sterilized, and they've been living on Starman's Throneworld. Also, with Tamaran destroyed, the entire Vega system has been thrown out of whack. Moving the dead planet Rann into Tamaran's spot will solve a couple of problems. First it will solidify the orbits of the rest of the Vegan galaxy. Secondly, with a little terraforming, Rann will have a new homeworld. Because of their gratitude, the Rannians have agreed to let Vril also make Rann the homeworld of L.E.G.I.O.N. Giving Vril a place to rebuild. And . . with the widespread lawlessness of the Vegan system . . if he can pull it off, this will give Vril a place to not only make a stand, but to build his, and L.E.G.I.O.N.'s reputation. Talk about a win win. We are also introduced to Vegans 2 newest Green Lanterns this issue . . Altin Ao'ms, an Okaaran, and Gorius Karkum a Psion. Both races of which have also put Vril and his L.E.G.I.O.N. in their sites for having invaded their galaxy. As well as Blackfire, who has been living a nomadic life since Tamaran's destruction. And the Guardians, who I don't think are happy about the overlapping jurisdictions. The only ones we don't really see this issue are the Omega Men. I'm wondering what happened to them after the whole Starro thing. But something that Vril is desperately struggling with, throughout this whole process, is the Galaxy's perception of him as 'Brainiac's son'. He's vigorously trying to put that reference behind him as he tries to start his, and L.E.G.I.O.N.'s life anew. By the end of the issue, Blackfire makes it to Rann and is attacking. I don't think she'll be the last. As usual, I think that Tony Bedard and Claude St Aubin are doing a terrific job here. And now that we've opened up the 'outer-space' portion of the DC Universe, with all the recent stories of these characters out here, I'm hoping that this title has a long stretch ahead of it. Now they just need to bring back the Omega Men, and . . maybe start up another Strange Adventures title. I think both would be fantastic.

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