Saturday, December 09, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 343: Hangry Like the Wolf

Today's Day of Defiance comes at the suggestion of Bountiful Bully Booster Matthew Elmslie, who submitted several excellent moments of standing up against greater odds, only a handful of which you'll see this final month of the series. Matthew run the excellent blog Legion Abstract, which is absolutely essential if you're a fan (and who isn't?) of the Legion of Super-Heroes. And yes, I've finally added it to my sidebar of favorite blogs, because it really is as essential to the fandom of super-teens 1,000 years in the future as a flight ring and a McCauley Omnicom.

The set-up: one Legionnaire against the entire Fatal Five doesn't seem like a fair fight even it it were Mon-El or Ultra Boy or even the most powerful Legionnaire, Matter-Eater Lad. But how bad are the odds when that Legionnaire is Timber Wolf? Uh oh. Space Vegas is not even taking any more bets on this one, it's so overmatched. Can Brin Londo* (Timber Wolf's real name, and I didn't even have to look that up) stand up to the sheer quintuple power of the FF? Let's see, shall we?

Panels from The Legion (2001 series) #16 (March 2003), script by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, pencils by Kev Walker, inks by Andy Lanning and Al Milgrom, colors by Jason Wright, color separations by Digital Chameleon, letters by Comicraft

Well, that's not good. But I love his defiant- and determined-to-the-last attitude. That's gotta be part of why they admitted TW into the Legion. "I like his spunk!" said Cosmic Boy. "Spunk. I hate spunk." said Brainiac 5.

Anyway, Brin isbn't done for, because the very next page features one of my favorite tropes in comics, ever: the team arrives just in the nick of time.

Just as an aside, man, I miss Jeckie as a snake.

Anyway, we salute you, Timber Wolf! We thank you, Matthew Elmslie! Long live the Legion (and Legion Abstract), and keep on Timber Wolfin'!

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