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Adventure 341 – The Legion vs Computo

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Computo’s reign of terror concludes in this story, but Brainiac 5 seems almost as destructive in his attempt to defeat it.  Jerry Siegel crafts an above par story in Adventure 341 (Feb 66), and Curt Swan’s art brings it to life beautifully.

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Triplicate Girl’s remains are gathered and sent off to Shanghalla, a cemetery satellite that will appear in a number of Legion stories.  An urn for Beast Boy is also shown, a nice nod to continuity.  And of course, we can all mourn over the loss of Hate Face.

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But wait, Luornu isn’t dead after all!  Have to give Siegel kudos for killing off one of her bodies, without killing off the other two.  Rather than a cop-out, this adds some interest in exactly how Carggian physiology functions, and as the years pass, we will learn more about it.  True, she does not seem even mildly distressed at the loss of a body in this scene, but the trauma she has experienced will be dealt with in later years as well.

Proty II once again shows himself far more than a mere pet as he adopts the identity of the Weirdo Legionnaire to distract Computo as the Legion free their captive teammates Star Boy and Sun Boy from his robot army.

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Sun Boy leads the team to the Batcave to hide out, although Computo finds them relatively easily.  Another nice nod to continuity, and the Batcave will appear again in Legion stories.

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At this point, Brainiac 5 seems to have a mental breakdown.  He somehow comes to the conclusion that creating a Bizarro Computo is the best bet they have to defeat the monstrous computer.  Need I say that he is very wrong on this?

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Chuck Taine shows courage, if not brains, by charging in against Computo, who temporarily restores his Bouncing Boy powers, only to show how useless his attempt to rescue Saturn Girl truly is.

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Meanwhile, Brainiac 5 has activated an anti-matter force cannon he found in the Batcave.  While this does have the desired effect of destroying Computo and his robot army, the anti-matter force also threatens to destroy Earth.  The big three, Superboy, Mon-El and Ultra Boy, do what they can to rescue people.  Brainiac 5 finally gets it right, figuring out how to rewire the cannon to send the anti-matter force back to its own universe.

Whew!  For all the power the Legion has as a team, until this story they never really had faced anything that challenged their abilities to this degree.  Ironic that their most powerful enemy to date was created by their own leader.

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Adventure 340 – Computo kills a Legionnaire

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Curt Swan starts doing the art on this series, just in time for one Jerry Siegel’s best Legion tales.  Adventure 340 (Jan 66) delivers what it promises, as Triplicate Girl gets fried exactly as she does on the cover of the issue.

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Brainiac 5 displays some curious notions of what leadership is, as he locks himself away in his lab and screams abuse at any Legionnaire who comes to talk to him.

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He has been constructing Computo, a massive robot with advanced computer intelligence.  An A.I., although that phrase was not known at the time this story was written.  Almost immediately Computo turns on it’s creator.  The odd glass bubble at the top of the robot was meant for piloting and controlling it, but Computo finds a completely different purpose for it, as he captures Brainiac 5 and imprisons him within it.

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Computo then constructs dozens of replicas of itself, and they range through the city, taking control of anything and everything it wants.  Superboy and Ultra Boy are capable of withstanding Computo’s attempts to capture them, but shows that it is willing to kill the hostages it has taken, unless the heroes back off.  With so many Computo bodies, they have little choice but to agree.

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Displeased with the limitations of the form Brainiac 5 created, Computo tosses him out of the bubble, and designs his own upgrade.  Apparently Computo feels yellow is a superior colour to green when it comes to conquest.

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The Legion clubhouse proves to be no refuge, as Computo takes control of the computers within the building, and somehow even gives it legs.

The story culminates in the death of Triplicate Girl.  The panel is identical to the cover.  At this point, DC would often reproduce the cover exactly, in miniature, in the story itself.  In previous years many readers had complained that the events on the cover did not occur exactly the same way in the story, so this was designed to appease that.  In truth, it doesn’t work.  The interior panel just looks small and cluttered compared to the cover.  So I won’t bother to reproduce it, just look at the cover at the top of the post and cry in sorrow for Luornu Durgo.

The story concludes next issue.

 

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