Thursday, November 20, 2008

R.E.B.E.L. yell

Tony Bedard has an interview on CBR about the upcoming R.E.B.E.L.S. book.

Why bring the concept back as “R.E.B.E.L.S.” and not “L.E.G.I.O.N.”?

To be honest, I first pitched this as “L.E.G.I.O.N.,” but a couple of things became apparent as the series took shape. The first is that, on the heels of the cancellation of the regular “Legion of Super-Heroes” series, we didn’t want anyone confused that this might be a re-launch of “LSH,” or a sequel, or prequel, or whatever. There may be aspects of R.E.B.E.L.S. that were inspired by Legion, but “R.E.B.E.L.S.” is its own book set in the present-day DC Universe.

The other reason we went with “R.E.B.E.L.S.” has to do with our new premise. Brainiac 2 has been deposed from command of L.E.G.I.O.N., and his interplanetary police force has been turned into an army of occupation. Dox and his new strike team must fight an insurgent campaign, a guerilla war to free the people who paid good money for Dox’s protection. A situation like this happened once before, when Dox’s evil son stole his organization, and the series changed its name from “L.E.G.I.O.N.” to “R.E.B.E.L.S.” We figured that title is a better fit for the tone of our new series.

Set up the series for us, how does it open?

Brainiac 2 arrives on Earth with a crew of alien bounty hunters chasing him. His vast robotic police force has been usurped by an unknown adversary who, in one fell swoop, conquered all the worlds L.E.G.I.O.N. was supposed to protect. But Dox knows that Supergirl has what he needs – the key to winning back his command. Exactly what that “key” is will be a surprise, and it will require him to gather a new team which includes one former teammate, Strata, and four new allies who will be a whole lot of trouble for him. And a whole lot of crazy fun for us.

...Fill out the roster for us. Who else is on the team and what can you share about them?

I mentioned Strata, who hails from the same rocky race that gave us the classic Legionnaire, Blok. Strata was in the original “L.E.G.I.O.N.” series, and she provides a voice of reason and strong moral core to counterbalance Brainiac 2’s more excessive tendencies. We’ll also see Vril Dox recruit Wildstar, Tribulus, Bounder and the Emerald Princess, all of whom are reminiscent of some of my favorite LSH heroes and villains.

There’s a story reason why he chooses this group, and a logic to where they come from, but you’ll have to read the book to find out more. At the end of the day, this is an immensely powerful strike team, which Dox will need if he has any hope of defeating the new enemy who stole L.E.G.I.O.N. away from him, and now threatens the rest of the DCU.


Shadow Kid said...

Judging from the Bedard interview (and its images), it looks like Dox's team will be as much an analog of the Fatal Five (and/or the League of Super-Assassins) as it will the LSH.

The Emerald Princess certainly looks to be accompanied by the Emerald Eye and I'm assuming that Tribulus is the big Validus-looking monster (wonder if it was Tribulus rather than Validus who was featured with the Injustce League on the JLA #13 cover? Antecesents of the Fatal Five seem to be dropping out of the sky in the DCU present these days).

Dox is obviously taking Tharok's lead, but with Strata filling in the Blok LoSA spot, I'm wondering if Wildstar will be an analog of Mano or Lazon? ;)

No idea about Bounder, though.

peter vandeneng said...

i'm afraid that bounder might be a chuck taine wannabe. the helmet would be a good idea.

no fatal five parallel, but there ARE six of them...

and i'm afraid that wildstar is obvious. painfully, agonizingly, o-god-why-would-you-do-this obvious. if her name is frake frurroughs, i may pay my comic shop to let me rip up all the copies they have.

tribulus? honest? why? i hate you.

Anonymous said...

ITs nice a few characters are reused, but... No stealth? We need to see a few more of the old faces of L.E.G.I.O.N. - Dox and Strata alone won't sell.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I haven't ready anything about L.E.G.I.O.N. since it became R.E.B.E.L.S. the first time. Beyond reading that series is there anything else I might want to pick up to let me know what Dox has been up to lately?