REVIEW: End of Month Reviews #50 � February 2008 [spoilers]
arspitzer at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 31 20:14:12 PDT 2008
Saxon Brenton wrote:
> Beige Countdown #5
> 'The Bicycle In The River'
> A Legion of Net.Heroes [LNH] limited series
> by Arthur Spitzer
> What is this?: A limited series that chronicles the events
> of the year leading up to the forewarned return of the Bryttle
> Brothers at 'Beige Midnight'. Or to be more precise, as part of
> the payoff of the 'Infinite Leadership Crisis' Event/anthology
> storyline in 2007 was the revelation that that Bart the Dark
> Receptionist was playing with the Legion's collective heads and
> trying to instil fear in them. The 'Infinite Leadership Crisis'
> was Bart's way of taunting the Legion with his power, and the
> year leading to 'Beige Midnight' is his way of letting them stew.
> But while this particular counterpoint hasn't been addressed
> in any posted stories that I can recall, it should nevertheless
> be self-evident that Bart doesn't have a particularly good grasp
> of superhero psychology. Trying to scare them simply makes them
> more bull headedly obstinate. The Legion was never going to
> simply sit around and worry about their impending doom, unless...
> Unless they were weakened by fractious leadership spills, or
> encumbered with general anti-hero attitudes after a public
> disaster, or compromised by Presidential attempts to subvert
> their power for his own benefit. Which of course is exactly
> what's been happening.
> In this episode President Hex Luthor has framed and
> imprisoned his long-time adversary Bicycle Repair Lad. Now, you
> may recall that in issue 7 Manga Man's rather dubious actions
> were inclined towards supervillainous self defeat, and it was
> Hex Luthor who kept Manga man on track. It was almost as if
> Hex had read the Evil Overlord's Handbook and taken it to heart.
> That has changed. Although Bicycle Repair Lad is nominally at
> Hex's mercy, he's correctly deduced that both his attempt to take
> over the world and an attempt to discredit and remove an opponent
> that no one has so far been taking seriously are indications
> that Hex Luthor is falling back into old, supervillainous thought
> patterns. In short, Hex Luthor is beginning to loose it. Or
> regain it, depending on how you define 'it'.
Nice summations of all those stories, Saxon...
Was going to write a recap for Beige Countdown #1... but Christ I'm
Arthur "Should be asleep..." Spitzer
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