Legion of 3 Worlds
w/Special Guests Danielle L. and Dave Shevlin
“In the Year 7575/
If God’s a-coming, he oughta be here by then/
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say/
“Guess it’s time for the Judgement Day”
-Zager and Evans
Justin Partridge: Welcome back to WE RAN. You’ve chosen to do this to yourself and I don’t feel bad for you at all.
We bring you something a bit different this time and I am truly excited about it.
So when we last left the world of Final Crisis, the Anti-Life Equation had just swept through the world via the galaxy’s worst malware attachment and the Flashes Wally West and Barry Allen had been deposited a week into the future where “evil won”, facing down a new incredibly hot version of the Female Furies. Think the Multiverse meets Hellraiser.
But as the main series takes a break, as do we the same here at WE RAN, pivoting to take a look at the various tie-in materials attached to this massive event. And I’m not going to do it alone either! For our first “point” column, we take a look at the Legion of 3 Worlds! With self-professed Legion fan, writer/critic Danielle L! Say hi Danielle.
Danielle L: Hi Justin! This is very exciting to be able to take part in and thank you for inviting me to do this column with you.
Justin: I am pleased as punch that you are here with me, taking on this…rather strange comic. But before we get into that, I should ask, what is your contact with the Legion of Super-Heroes and what is about this highly crazy and somewhat goofy team that speaks for you?
Danielle: Prior to doing this, I have not had a whole lot of contact with the Legion, at most through hearing about them on Twitter in various threads and little discussions over time. I believe it is the fact that this team is highly crazy and somewhat goofy that it speaks to me. The Legion of Super-heroes, as best I understand, has this chaotic weirdness to them and this drew me in despite having read so little of their comics and comic appearances.
Justin: Well, that’s crazy interesting to hear. Also I am so sorry that I subjected you to this, which is…kinda overstuffed with shout-outs and callbacks to various other random Legion runs.
But I was largely the same way! The Legion was a team that, to me, stood out among the pack at DC because they were 1. Younger than a lot of the other “main” teams and 2. They had such a freaking weird concept at their core, which was then surrounded by all manner of crazy engaging characters. Plus they always seemed to be a team that was talked about in these reverent tones and played such a big part in the history of DC but yet, they were never really all that “popular” like a Teen Titans or JLA were.
But what about Final Crisis overall? I feel like I had heard you speak on it before, but you aren’t nearly as connected with it as some other readers are, is this fair to say?
Danielle: I believe I’d talked about it before, but my memory has been terrible this year so don’t hold me to that 100%. That is very fair to say as I know for certain I had only just read the event in full this year, including the tie-ins. Having had some time pass between then and now, I am unable to recall in full what happens in Final Crisis aside from the oft-mentioned moment of Batman defeating Darkseid.
Justin: WELL, THAT’S WHY WE ARE HERE! To get to the bottom of this cosmic mishegoss.
Of which the Legion of 3 Worlds…kinda…stands apart from? While also being SEQUELS to runs that have like…NOTHING to do with Final Crisis at all? Like I said, it’s a crazy weird book. But we are going to try and explain it the best we can. Also joining us is Comfort Food Comics C.E.O. and the person allowing me the slim corner under the staircase in which to work in, Dave Shevlin!
Dave is a Wonderful Boss! And Not At All A Stern Eyed Taskmaster Who Punishes Me For My Bad Takes (is this acceptable, sir?).
Dave Shevlin: Ahh the Justifier Helmet I crammed onto your head seems to be functioning correctly! I kid, I kid! We have fun here at Comfort Food Comics. I either recline in a chair or stand with my arms behind my back a la Darkseid, while everyone else does better work than I, including Justin. I’m thrilled to see you and Danielle take on this title, as well as allow me to barge in at my request. I’m a HUGE Legion head. I’m very biased so I’m glad you two are here with far more level heads. The Legion is one of the franchises that I’ve actually sat down and read every single comic in order for and as much as we can tear apart a lot of Geoff Johns’ body of work, I tend to still enjoy this series, warts and all. Long live the Legion as they say.
Justin: It’s like I’m building my own Legion of Super-Critics over here! Weirdly enough Dave VOLUNTEERED for this spot, having a slight nostalgia for this particular tie-in and a similarly masochistic need to talk about Jeoff Gohns comics.
Let’s fire up the Computos and get on it.
So we open Legion of 3 Worlds #1 on, The End of Time. Which as openings go, pretty fucking cool. But then, a presence! Two presences, in fact! That of The Time Trapper, longtime Legion of Super-Heroes enemy, and Superboy-Prime, longtime annoying Johnsian self-insert, who has been “rescued” from the timeline at the moment of his return and then death in the Sinestro Corps War, arguably the last good thing Johns ever wrote.
Dave: PRIME TIME, BABY! I am an unabashed fan of Superboy-Prime. I honestly believe Prime is one of Johns’ best characters. He’s a super villain that is a fanboy and he is actively going around trying to retcon or force his own creative control on what the DCU should be by punching reality or trying to kill Superboy. As a meta commentary on whiny fans that never want these characters to change or grow, he is brilliant. Therein lies the tragedy however, as the problem is, that is Johns’ whole career and demonstrates the man has no self awareness whatsoever, and as a result Prime never fully serves you everything he should. As entertaining as he has been under Johns’ pen, I’ve always hated that another, more talented writer hasn’t utilized Prime to fully unlock his true potential.
Justin: He is then deposited into a future Earth, right outside a Future Smallville, which naturally houses a museum dedicated to it’s most famous son, Superman. So obviously we have the impetus for a pretty shitty Superboy-Prime fit and, largely kinda the inciting incident of the whole tie-in (which in hindsight, is pretty freaking thin to hinge a WHOLE mini around). So he goes apeshit in the museum and trashes everything. Including the actually very funny and neat Hall of a 1,000 Olsens that documented all shit the shit-crazy adventures Jimmy got up to in the old school pages of Action Comics (a run I THINK Dave has all bound actually).
Dave: I do NOT sadly have a set of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen all bound up. I’ve been waiting for about a decade for DC to release big ol’ hardcovers of that stuff. I do however have a longbox reserved solely for Silver Age Olsen shenanigans.
Justin: But beyond his hatred for Superman and Dave’s dubious collecting habits, Prime is disgusted that he is not counted among Superman’s greatest foes, which also somehow points him toward the Legion’s wing of the museum, extolling them as the “reason” Superman learned how to be a hero and set up this future for the semi-Utopia that Johns has seeded Prime into. Naturally, he is led to then swear kanly against the LOSH, resolving to reform the Legion of Super-Villains and crush the LOSH, thus ensuring that Superman is never even a problem in his life and personal canon.
And I say semi, because as this opening is being doled out, we are also getting flashes to action happening in the…erm…present of this future. Mainly that the “founders” of the Legion, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy are cresting on a wave of xenophobia that has shaken the Legion to its core and literally BURNT OUT Sun-Boy, causing the government of the future to even question the need FOR a Legion of Super-Heroes. Even after their elusive mega-billionaire co-founder R.J. Brande returns to defend them.
THIS is where things really, REALLY start to skew away from Final Crisis as this is really just a continuation of stuff Johns had already dropped in “The Lightning Saga”, a crossover between the then Justice League of America and JSA titles and later followed up on in “Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes”, one of his arcs in Action Comics. It is just…An Absolute Fucking Mess. ON TOP OF bringing back his version of Superboy-Prime, featured antagonist of not one, but TWO major Johns works. What did y’all think about this?
Danielle: Justin, as I’m sure you’re aware, I have rather negative opinions about Johns’ work as a whole and reading this first issue of this Legion mini tie-in only served to increase those opinions.
Justin: WAIT WHAAAAAT?!, you don’t like JOHNS?! He typed, sarcastically.
Danielle: There is a deep cynicism at play here, I feel, that comes to pervade the other four issues. When I’d hear discussions of the Legion, it’d come across as if they stand as this towering beacon of hope in the future of DC’s Earth.
You mentioned that Superboy-Prime was the writer’s self-insert and that seemed clearest when he tears apart the museum and rants essentially “This is not how things are supposed to be! The world should be like my memories!” In doing this, Johns makes it all the more difficult to even be curious about engaging with older Superboy-Prime stories.
Aside from the snide self-patting on the back Johns accomplishes via writing the LOSH and the time-frame LOSH inhabits, the most frustrating portion of this mini comes as you said when Superboy-Prime trashes the Hall of Jimmy Olsen. Due to what Jimmy represents (unabashed comic book weirdness), it comes across as Johns making this weird statement that comics, particularly cape comics, should only conform to his vision and those which stray outside that are only meant to be destroyed.
Dave: I have a very love/hate relationship with Johns’ Legion. On one hand as a 17-18 year old it introduced me to and got me into the property. I still love Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes, even if I can now see some of the mystifying story decisions and the brutal tone of it all and how filled it is with the hilarious Johns-isms that pervade every book he writes.
After going through and reading every Legion story AFTER his take, I do feel like his Legion follows his usual Rebirth pattern, wherein he brings back or resets characters to a similar state of when he read comics and in this case it’s the Levitz Legion, particularly the latter end of Levitz’s run where most of them had aged right out of the young, Silver Age charm. Under Levitz, that material was some of the most growth you’ll ever see for Big 2 corporate comic characters. This is a pale imitation and rather than give us a story full of emotional conflict of a young super team aging out of their roles they’ve had for most of their life, it comes off instead as a very jaded version of a team that should be MORE in this Utopian future. One of his major points to start us off here is: Does the Universe need a Legion anymore? It’s an incredibly interesting starting point for an evolution of the team, as well as it’s real life place in this publishing company, except we don’t actually get a new hook for their existence at all as Johns continues his career work of writing everything like an 80’s Saturday Morning Cartoon rather than exploring that new setup.
Justin: I couldn’t agree more, y’all. It is really odd reading this NOW as an adult and seeing just how weirdly cynical and pretty much “hopeless” this version of the LOSH is, when the whole IDEA of the Legion was predicated on hope and youthful potential. I will also agree that, he especially, also REALLY muddies these waters with the continuation of his…REALLY estranged, and stunted take on the Legion.
Because as we all know the Legion, at least to this point, before he started to really meddle in their flight-ring paths. The Legion were like…kinda silly! It’s kooky kids from space! Hijinks, ya know?! Semi-romance! Weirdly specific comedy based around their power-sets! Occasionally, the title would careen into some incredible science fiction ideas, sprinkled with a liberal dash of Star Trek-ian utopian optimism and comic book daring-do. And then, once in a doom-cycle you would get a stone cold motherfucking masterpiece like The Great Darkness Saga or Five Years Later.
But then Johns gets a hold of them, stringing members across the timestream of his various team-books and Action Comics and then it ALL is supposedly coming to a head here. And it’s largely…a fucking mess. Not only do you have the ongoing icky politics of the universe’s xenophobic turn against the Legion, which REALLY didn’t ever get a full resolution as even, spoiler alert I guess for a 12 year old event tie-in, the tri-team up repulsion of Superboy-Prime and the new Legion of Super-Villains doesn’t REALLY do anything to sway the general populace’s feelings on the LOSH. At least not on panel and not as I can recall in the New 52 Legion books, which further rebooted JOHNS’ version of the Legion kinda across three other titles which is…a whole other plate of goddamn spaghetti I WILL NOT get into here.
Dave: This is one of my biggest gripes with his version of the Legion. In the Superman story where Earth-Man and his band of Legion rejects took over and galactic opinion was turned against the Legion, it ends with people just excited to know Superman existed and no real wrap up for continuing tales in the 31st Century. In this it’s just the same idea of the universe being against the Legion. There is no concrete throughline.
Justin: BIG TIME. But we are ALSO having to deal with his pretty lunkheaded takes on the “Big Three” of the LOSH and their lesser leveled co-heroes, tempered largely with healthy doses of self-loathing and internal strife. A lot of this is present on the panel in dialogue about the universe’s shift against the Legion and further texualized by a…frankly exhaustive subplot about Sun-Boy, who is literally “burnt” out at the shift in attitudes and the losses they had suffered at the hands of Johns in the various lead ups to this series. But even THIS he manages to trip himself up over, delivering nearly an IDENTICAL subplot based around Sodam Yat, this future’s last Green Lantern, keeping vigil over the dead planetoid celestial body of Mogo and the thousands of dormant GL rings who had given up the ghost of finding worthy replacements (one of the mini’s truly striking sequences, mournfully rendered by the art team of George Perez, Scott Koblish, and Hi-Fi).
Just in case the metaphor of wasted potential and the glory of a “golden memory” haven’t been appropriately hammered across your head, much of this is even given VOICE by Superboy-Prime! Like, on panel and in text. In exchanges like he likes their “old costumes better”, the sequence Danielle described of his narrating his own thrashing of the Superman Museum, and lots of other texture from the Legion of Super-Villains cast about how the Legion itself is antiquated and holding up a corrupt system. Which they kinda fucking are? As the Science Police of Johns’ era are just intergalactic ICE, ten years before they were due and are largely stacked in the WAY of the LOSH as they are “dangerous aliens” that have to be contained.
It is just…ya know what it REALLY feels like? It feels like a sequel installment of a movie franchise you have NEVER seen before and clearly has set up a lot of plot scaffolding up, both in terms of the cast and the worldbuilding of this particular “future” (which is also futzed around with due to the “time travel logic” Johns is operating with), but you catch the first hour of it of because you have forgotten to turn off your TV after Curb Your Enthusiasm. That’s what it is. This is the third movie in a LOSH franchise that is ONLY playing in the cinema of Geoff Johns’ warped mind.
I don’t know, y’all, am I projecting this stuff here? Did you pick up on some of this…almost embarrassment at liking the Legion and trying to make it relevant for today’s (read 2008’s) audience?
Danielle: Looking back on the mini, you are not at all out of line with this assessment of Legion of 3 Worlds. It is very much this weird, disjointed installment of a movie franchise that EXPECTS readers/watchers to have been exposed to the previous installment in order to understand what is happening. Ignoring the obvious issues with this manner of storytelling, Johns placing this expectation on the reader(s) to always be clued in to what he is doing ends up having the adverse effect of alienating said reader(s) and thus make it less and less likely for them to want to pick up a title with his name attached.
Dave: This series is indeed a mess as it’s solely for Geoff Johns and even the old school Legion fans who are expected to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all this stuff, wouldn’t be able to help you. It absolutely is structured just like you said Justin. The “return” of the the Legion we got in Lightning Saga and Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes were SEEMINGLY purposefully written with the either the JLA/JSA and Superman as the unwitting POV characters not privy to the context of this Legion or their world and what exactly has transpired in all that time.
Anyone can be forgiven for believing at the time Johns wrote them that way on purpose. The truth however is he’s trying, badly, to write a mystery and it all falls flat. You’re coming into the first stories of a team that hasn’t existed since 1989 and rather than give you any historical context of what they’ve been up to, he just starts this story, reader be damned. Don’t forget, as much as he crams into this book, that he also has a team of Legionnaires hidden in the main DCU all set up for his New Krypton and Superboy comics after this. It’s all smoke and mirrors for no reason, that needlessly complicates an already nigh impenetrable story.
Justin: Holy cats, I HAD ACTUALLY forgotten all that New Krypton bullshit. But it isn’t ALL dire straits!
I have to say, especially rereading this NOW as a semi-learned and appreciative adult, I REALLY enjoyed George Perez’s artwork here.
We have seen, in the last few weeks here in particular, a weird flashpoint debate happening around “older-school” artists. The spark being that full ass week where we all had to scream about Bohn Jyrne (an “iconic” artist I’ve always thought of as frimley and unequivocally FineTM) thus debating the merits of every “icon” still churning out pages today. As far as I KNOW though, Perez hasn’t been on record saying horrifically transphobic and xenophobic shit, so I’m saying that point to Perez in this instance.
Dave: I don’t believe Perez is an awful person like Byrne. For me, Perez has always just been the VERY upfront horny on main guy that draws really good superhero art. That the man has directed and produced softcore superheroine “porn” and has, as far as I know, never been called out for awful things, shows you what to expect. Whether that’s true or not, I couldn’t say, but I like the guy.
Justin: But beyond my high and mighty goldbricking, Perez turned in some REALLY solid pages here. And crazy striking full cast shots. The real “water cooler” moments, at least for me, are the Sodam Yat sequence and most every sequence that leads to a big HERO SPLASH of the various Legions in flight. There is also a VERY neat bit of visual fan-service in the ending scenes here, in which the various Legions share a rousing “Long Live the Legion” chant before they are deposited back into their respective timestreams.
Dave: The art is an enormous highlight here. Perez has always been THE GUY when it comes to enormous superhero scenes packed with characters. I am always in awe of his skill to pop so many characters in and make them detailed and stand out in a sea of spandex. That he gives us all three major versions of the Legion, the Legion of Super-Villains, various other DCU characters and even further Legion character cameos from the 5 Years Later and other Alt-U Legions, is very impressive work. My inner childish fanboy really delights at his big, beautiful scenes throughout.
Justin: Oh, also Superman is there kinda? And Conner Kent and Bart Allen and XS, the former being resurrected to stand against his dark mirror thanks to some genetic gobbledygook that Johns drops and then instantly leaves for the next schmuck to pick up and run with (which I THINK is Jeff Lermire, maybe? During his criminally underread Superboy run). Its hysterical that this book is so weird and jumbled that i JUST NOW noticed we hadn’t talked about that THAT yet, and those are arguably the “bigger deal” moments of this miniseries, as they actually contributed something to the aftermath of the culture of the DCU after Final Crisis wrapped.
Dave: Johns actually sets up Superboy for HIS OWN run on Adventure Comics which continued not only his writing of Conner Kent, but this version of the Legion and of course, more Superboy Prime. The Lemire written Superboy series comes after that and is actually really good and is the only time I’ve enjoyed the “Conner Kent” version of Superboy. I DO have that one bound.
Justin: OOF BABOOF. I guess I just forgot that he held a weird dominion over the Superman family titles around the early aughts. I tend to focus on the more Paul Cornelly and Joe Kelly..y…parts, i suppose.
I WILL ALSO say, Perez displays a keen dynamism in some of the sequences. We see it in the last, kinda bone-crunching Super family showdowns with Prime, Karate Kid II’s HI-YAHING of some Super-Villains, and the resurrection of the future’s Green Lantern Corps at the magic hands of YAT. It’s fun stuff and added, at least to me, a much needed shot in the arm amid the histrionic Johns dialogue and hang-dog plotting of the series.
How about this stuff, gang? Did seeing Conner or Perez back speak to you at all?
Danielle: In the interest of full honesty, my feelings on Conner Kent amount to more or less “okay, sure” when he is name-dropped.
Justin: GHAGHAGAHHAHAHAHAHAHA Danielle, you’re the best. Never change.
Danielle: I do not have nearly the experience with DC’s Multiverse that you or Dave possess and massively less in regards to stories wherein Conner is a player, to the point of them being non-existent. I will say though my interest was piqued when he made that return in the mini simply because I did not expect it to happen.
It feels…weird, I suppose is the approximate reaction, that I have a feeling of indifference to Perez’s art. While I won’t deny his artwork is iconic for a reason, it’s a style that does little to draw me in. Johns’ getting him to provide art for the scenes you talk about here becomes a way for the writer to say “Hey! I got this old-school artist to work on the book! That’ll draw in readers!” This then creates a sort of egotistical glad-handing between Johns and readers, new and old.
Justin: No I will absolutely concede that. You can even kinda tell in the script in parts, that Johns is clearly kinda “playing to the cheap seats” and giving us what we would “expect” from a Perez return.
Dave: Let’s talk the Conner and Bart returns. This is where this book stops being a Legion story and becomes a series of stealth mini-Rebirth projects for Johns, which just makes you start to audibly groan.
First off, I can’t stand the name Conner. That’s yet another Johns creation, first introduced in the Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files story that ran right before his Teen Titans run. Dude’s name is Kon-El. The funniest thing is we are getting a Superboy Rebirth story after Johns killed Superboy off in Infinite Crisis. I want to make it very clear I am not a fan of Johns’ version of Superboy. Conner Kent and Kon-El are VERY different characters. Rather famously, in an old issue of Superboy, Johns wrote in as a teen saying Kon should be a mix of Lex Luthor and Superman’s DNA. When he finally got his hands on the character for Teen Titans, he retconned that in, established the Conner identity and basically made the guy an entirely new separate character from what came before to fit his vision and his vision alone. This Superboy Rebirth is just an even further move to solidify his version of the character to stay under his thumb.
The Bart Allen Rebirth is the same thing. Bart Allen was Impulse, one of DC’s greatest characters, a fun, hyper scamp with his own identity that always ruled. Again, when Johns got his hands on the character in his Teen Titans run he obliterated much of Bart’s unique personality and identity and had him become Kid Flash. He is, just like this Conner Superboy, a dullard, an almost entirely unrecognizable new character in that series.
For a while Bart stupidly got aged up, became The Flash, and they killed him when it was realized how unsalvageable DC’s bad decisions had gotten with the poor guy. In this, Bart is revived as a teen again, for some reason. But is he the unique fan favorite Impulse as he should be? No, he is back as Kid Flash again because GEOFF SAID SO!
Noticing a pattern here in Geoffrey’s comics? He tricks you with making you happy that these fan favorite characters are back, while making certain to regress or lock them into a vision that he wants. It’s extremely frustrating and really hurts upon reread here. And this extends to the entire rest of the series as well. Geoff’s “Deboot” Legion? The ONE, TRUE Legion of the DCU’s future as the Zero Hour team is designated the Legion of Earth-247 which was destroyed in Johns’ Infinite Crisis, and the Threeboot era Legion is the Legion of Earth-Prime, Superboy Prime’s world.
There is a part of me that finds this a genius move as it allows all of them to exist simultaneously (Justin: HYPERTIMEEEEE, BAYBEEEEEEE) but it’s also blatantly an excuse for Johns to Rebirth the Legion, make them his and very quickly dispose of the rest. And that really sums up the whole book. Really great, entertaining ideas that could do so much more but are held back by the ever constant Rebirth thing Johns does.
In the end my nostalgia, my inner Legion fanboy and my love of all of these characters still paint me a big fan of this book. As I always say, Johns writes every comic like an 80’s Saturday Morning Cartoon and this is that to the extreme. A big, dumb mess that makes you smile for a half an hour. This is like a He-Man episode. I know it will have all the same Filmation/Johns creatively bankrupt decisions but I still loved seeing He-Man do that POV punch animation and hear Skeletor yell “Nyahh!” Sometimes, that’s all I’m here for, even if I know better. I just really have fun seeing all of these characters show up and interact. Point and laugh at The Legion sucker.
One thing we should add is how much this BARELY impacts Final Crisis. The one thing that factors back in is Superman getting access to the Miracle Machine, a wonderful Silver Age Legion invention that’s a magic wish machine, and if memory serves, Morrison tackles that elsewhere.
Justin: INDEED, He DOES actually. But THAT is a whole other column, ya poozers. So what did we learn today? How does The Legion of 3 Worlds speak to the overall tapestry that is Final Crisis? And does it speak to our established WE RAN thesis of “Knowledge Vs. Darkness”? The answer to all three of these questions is a resounding “Who the fuck knows?” but I DO know that I had a freaking blast talking about it with you and with my two friends (well, one friend and one managing editor/friend that I bug about my thoughts on Yakuza 0) and I hope you had a blast reading it.
Danielle, Dave, tell the people where they can find more of the wonderful work you do that isn’t about nearly decades old bullshit, marginally tied into a larger event?
Danielle: One of my pieces can be found on this very site in the Potluck section: Comfort Food Comics Potluck: The Unstoppable Wasp #7, where I talk at length about my love of Janet van Dyne. My work can also be found in Comics Bookcase under Trade Rating, where I’d written about Kristen Gudsnuk’s HENCHGIRL, Mira Ong Chua’s ROADQUEEN, and Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau’s ZODIAC STARFORCE.
Dave: If you’re reading this, then you are already here at Comfort Food Comics! Read everything and listen to our weekly Podcast! Then tell everybody you know to do the same!
Justin: And you REALLY should seek out their works, Dear Readers. I am NOT just saying that because I made them read a bunch of shitty Legion of Super-Heroes comics. I am saying that because I genuinely enjoy both of their voices and have been honored to share the stage, as it were, with them to talk about this truly baffling, frustrating, and occasionally kinda beautifully weird miniseries. I am awed by their talents, points of view, and immense patience with me and the process of bringing this piece to press. To them and you, i say thank you, and I am TRULY, TRULY sorry/excited for everything that is coming down the Boom Tube toward yall in the coming weeks.
Ta. and Long Live the Legion.
PS: Fuck Ediee Berganzizea
NEXT TIME!: .2! A New Tie-In! A New Guest! A New Beginning For Some Personal Faves of Mine! See You, Space Cowboys…