Saturday, December 04, 2021

Valor #16-17: DOA parts 5 & 6

 Presenting two issues worth of annotations of Valor here again.

Annotations for Valor #16

  • On sale 12/14/93
  • Legion of Substitute Podcasters episode 682 (Nov 7, 2021)
  • Legion timeline: for Valor and Glorith, a few days after the last issue; for the Legionnaires, immediately after their appearance in the last issue, coming from TBD in September 2995


Notes:
  • DOA Part 5 of 6. The book has some of the SW6 Legionnaires coming in from the 30th century and this title will soon join the other Legion books. But in the meantime, Valor is still in the 20th century and I'm only tracking the 30th century crew. 
  • Recall that from the Legionnaires’ perspective, this follows from their appearance last issue and overall is part of the sequence that takes place in between Legionnaires #16 pages 10-11 
  • At first, I noticed that Lori just resembled Glorith and that the name was close enough to be a fake-out, but last issue was the clincher when she took Valor to her home planet of Baaldur. That surely could not have been a coincidence. The character of Lori was created by Mark Waid back in issue 12, so this was planned all along and it wasn’t him picking up the plot threads by the previous team.
  • We still don’t know what happened to SW6 Valor, who went back in time several months ago in Legion-time (LSH v4 #37, which was May 2995; the Legionnaires are coming from mid-late September) and hasn’t been seen since.


Annotations for Valor #17

  • On sale 1/11/94
  • Legion of Substitute Podcasters episode 679 (Oct 18, 2021)
  • Legion Timeline: immediately after their appearance in the last issue, coming from TBD in September 2995

Notes:
  • DOA Part 6 of 6. 
  • Cover: Colleen Doran worked with Terry Austin only four times:
    • Dazzler/Rogue 7p story in Marvel Fanfare 6/88
    • Captain Atom 22 p story 3/91
    • Cheshire profile in Who’s Who in the DCU 9/91
    • This cover 3/94
  • Page 5 panel 1: Glorith is being retconned into being the reason for Valor’s power issues over the course of the series (no telling what the original creative team had planned)
  • Page 16 panel 3: I guess Cosmic Boy is really and truly dead, right?
  • Page 19 panel 3: I guess Valor is really and truly dead, right?
  • Page 21 panel 3: I guess Ultra Boy is really and truly dead, right?
  • Page 22: notice that this new Valor’s costume is his traditional 30th century Legion costume and not the 20th century Valor’s costume. Could it be SW6 Valor, lost in the time stream since LSH v4 #37?


I'm not tracking the dates in the Valor timeline, other than they occur in 1993, just the Legionnaires stuff. Once we get into Legionnaires #16 everything will retroactively fit into place but for the moment they're still TBD. Boldface indicates something new learned this issue about the timeline.
  • TBD: Triad reviews Valor’s history with Catspaw (Valor #11, in between Legionnaires #15-16)
  • TBD: Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10); Brainy, Triad, Saturn Girl, Dragonmage, Ultra Boy, and Cosmic Boy leave to go back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 page 10).
  • Outside of time: the Legionnaires are in the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); The Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16) and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; another Valor appears (Valor #17).

Friday, December 03, 2021

Legionnaires #12 annotations: Earth for Humans!

  Annotations for Legionnaires #12:


Notes:

  • Page 3 panel 1: Last issue, KQ was with the group coming back from Antares II, so this is about a day later.
  • Page 4 panel 4: Inferno was called back from Paris to Metropolis between page 2 panel 4 and page 4 panel 4. Tom Bierbaum had mentioned in IOKIAS that they were having to script different scenes for different artists and some things got mixed up, this looks like one of them.
  • Page 6 panel 3: Colossal Boy was last seen with Invisible Kid in space back in issue 9. 
  • Page 7 panel 4: it almost looks like this is right after Brainy’s team gets zapped last issue, but remember this is a day later.
  • Page 8 panel 5: Chains around the tunnel doors – could it be Grimbor?
  • In LSH #54, we saw KQ already on Earth with Cham and Computo, so he had to get back from Antares II and rejoin the Legionnaires (as seen in this issue). That suggests that he was on Antares two days ago and he got back to Earth one day ago and then rejoined the Legionnaires. Through math and some educated guessing, issues 9-11 (which all took place on the same day) took place on the day that the senior Legion left Quarantine to go to Talus in LSH #54. Issue 12 takes place the same day that the senior Legion made it to Talus and got captured, then left for Weber’s World, also in #54. (I’m assuming one day of travel between worlds.) My estimate is that this issue takes place on Tuesday, 9/19/2995.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
  • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
  • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
  • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
  • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
  • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
  • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
  • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
  • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
  • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
  • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
  • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). Recovering from the fight with Glorith, several Legionnaires find themselves older or younger, and head for Quarantine to see if Brainiac 5 can reverse the effects (LSH v4 #54).
  • Mon 9/18/95: Brainy tests the Legion on Quarantine; Kent and Devlin, who have both been de-aged, stay behind while the others go to Talus (LSH v4 #54).
    • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
    • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
    • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
    • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).
  • Tue 9/19/95: The Legion gets captured at Talus and taken to Weber’s World (LSH v4 #54). 
    • In Metropolis, Kid Quantum is sworn in, and Computo sends M-E Lad to help Kono with the Sklarians (Legionnaires #12).
    • In Acapulco, Invisible Kid arrives to help, but he’s zapped unconscious, while in the Acapulco medi-center , Cosmic Boy nearly dies but Saturn Girl’s telepathy stabilizes him while a jealous Livewire watches (Legionnaires #12).
    • In Paris, anti-alien hysteria picks up, so a team goes there, where they rescue a Talokian but are blasted by a Dominator child who thinks they are attacking her (Legionnaires #12).
  • Wed 9/20/95: The Legion is briefly detained on Weber’s World but escape, while the UP officially disbands the Legion; Universo tells Cham and Computo that the Legionnaires aren’t needed to help (LSH v4 #54).
  • Wed 9/27/95: Legionnaires start the process of going undercover while hiding out on Rimbor, but Jo gets captured (LSH v4 #54)

Thursday, December 02, 2021

LSH v4 #54: A Brand-New Era!

  Annotations for LSH v4 #54:


Notes:

  • Cover: A bold new era! We’ve gone full early 90s with a die-cut silver cover.
  • Page 1: There’s an intro text page that I guess was for those who picked up the issue because of the cover, who might not have had any exposure to the Legion.
  • Page 11 panel 3: Quake is one of the SP Academy cadets. I think he’s a new character, unless he’s the same as Quake Kid, whose only previous appearance was SBOY 218.
  • Page 12 panel 2: Crystal Kid and Color Kid were last seen in issue 41, Stone Boy in issue 42
  • Page 12 panel 4: Stun is a new character
  • Page 13 panel 2: Shift is another new character
  • Page 14 panel 3: Everyone knows that video can’t be faked. And why doesn’t anyone remember all the times that Universo tried to take over the Earth and the UP and was stopped by the Legion?
  • Page 15 panel 5: wonder who Universo is reporting to? Too bad that Jacques didn’t have a recorder with him. Earlier in the series, he was working with the Dark Circle and Leland McCauley IV.
  • Page 18 panel 1: Khund Warlord Angart is new.
  • Page 24 panel 1: That’s Cham, Computo, and Kid Quantum from the Legionnaires. This takes place contemporaneously with their series between Legionnaires #11-12, and conveniently there’s a space to put this scene where it all makes sense. That also locks Legionnaires #9-15 into place as well, since those issues are pretty tight.
    • Kid Quantum is here with Cham and Computo, so it's likely that he rejoined the Legionnaires yesterday. And in Legionnaires #11, Andromeda tells Cham that she's bringing KQ back, so with travel time that means he left Antares the day before that. That puts issues 9-11 as occurring on 9/18, KQ is sworn in on 9/19, and this scene on 9/20.
    • See the timeline below for how the events of this issue fit from 9/17 to 9/27.
  • Page 26 panel 2: Vi mentions being on the Khund satellite back in issue 44, that was when they had to team up with the Khunds to fight off Mordru and his armies of the undead and when they took in the 4 Khundish members
  • Page 26 panel 3: Ayla is asking the right question about Wildfire’s body but nobody is listening



Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
  • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
  • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
  • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
  • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
  • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
  • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
  • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
  • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
  • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
  • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
  • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). Recovering from the fight with Glorith, several Legionnaires find themselves older or younger, and head for Quarantine to see if Brainiac 5 can reverse the effects (LSH v4 #54).
  • Mon 9/18/95: Brainy tests the Legion on Quarantine; Kent and Devlin, who have both been de-aged, stay behind while the others go to Talus (LSH v4 #54).
    • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
    • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
    • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
    • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).
  • Tue 9/19/95: The Legion gets captured at Talus and taken to Weber’s World (LSH v4 #54).
  • Wed 9/20/95: The Legion is briefly detained on Weber’s World but escape, while the UP officially disbands the Legion; Universo tells Cham and Computo that the Legionnaires aren’t needed to help (LSH v4 #54).
  • Wed 9/27/95: Legionnaires start the process of going undercover while hiding out on Rimbor, but Jo gets captured (LSH v4 #54)

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Legionnaires #11 annotations: Welcome Back Kid Quantum

  Annotations for Legionnaires #11:


Notes:

  • Cover: Tom Bierbaum complained that seeing Kid Quantum in costume spoiled the reveal that he would survive and join the team.
  • As a reminder, the last time we saw Kid Quantum was in LSH v4 #39 when he and the team were rescued from McCauley’s compound, about 5 months ago (in March 2995, Legion comic time). The Protean “Soul of Antares” history was from #33.
    • In the revised 5YL timeline, Kid Quantum joined early in the team’s history, in between Chameleon Boy/Colossal Boy/Invisible Kid and Brainiac 5/Laurel Gand (August 2973)
    • He was killed in July 16, 2974, after a year in the Legion, prior to Shrinking Violet and Matter-Eater Lad joining, so neither of them knew him personally. Tenzil and Violet would have recognized the Antareans as Protys though, as they knew Proty I & II.
  • The events of this issue conclude the day that started with issues 9-10. We won't find out until LSH v4 #54 that something that happens in that issue retroactively sets issues 9-11 on Sept 18, 2995.
  • Page 14 panel 2: Paris restaurant DuGarm’s named for legendary Interlacker Keating DuGarm. 
  • Page 18 panel 2: last issue, they first said “location unknown” and later in the same issue they said it was Antares II. From the impression I got, the ship was shot down while they were returning to their home planet but they never made it, apparently it really was their home world all along.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last couple months since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
  • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
  • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
  • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
  • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
  • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
  • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
  • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
  • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
  • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
  • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
  • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). 
  • Mon 9/18/95: 
    • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). Dragonmage helps restore the Soul of Antares, and Andromeda calls HQ to say she’s found them and bringing them all back (Legionnaires #11).
    • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
    • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10), then goes to Paris where he finds someone has chained a tunnel shut (Legionnaires #11).
    • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). Cos is taken to the medi-center, while Spark, Brainy, Phantom Girl, and Ferro tend to a wounded child with odd powers (Legionnaires #11).

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

LSH v4 #53 annotations: A Tale Old as Time

 Annotations for LSH v4 #53:


Notes:

  • Page 6 panel 2: Skor is a world on which its Science Foundation invented a radium-capsule that could restore frozen cells to life, if not permanently damaged. It failed to revive Lightning Lad (ADV 312).
  • Page 7: this is a flashback to how we got to page 1. On the bottom is what’s going on in Glorith’s unconscious mind.
  • Page 9 panel 2: Google Translate tells me the soldier is saying “Where are you going, sir?”
  • Page 11 panel 5: this is the first indication Jo has that Tinya might still be alive
  • Page 11 panel 7: this is a retcon to explain how Glorith survived getting turned to protoplasm in her pre-Mordruverse only appearance in ADV 338
  • Page 12 panel 2: When did Celeste betray Glorith? A mistake or a plot point we forgot about?
  • Page 14 panel 2: oh, no, Celeste is dead! Pour one out for a dead Legionnaire.
  • Page 18 panel 5: the SW6 origin is being retconned
  • Page 20 panel 5: spoilers for the end of the DOA arc in Valor in issue 17
    • This issue came out 11/23/93, one week after Valor 15; Valor 17 won’t come out until 1/11/94
  • Page 24: 
    • The woman in pink with the Mohawk is Jeryl, former UP ambassador and most recently Vice-Chair of the UP, last seen in Legionnaires #5
    • The man in red with the Mohawk on the right is from Tyrraz, which is Tyr’s home planet
    • What is a Dominator doing in the UP chamber?


Cutting down the timeline to just the last few entries since it was getting so long. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow; text in yellow is as written in the Sourcebook), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue. Italics are unknown dates.
  • Wed 7/29/95: Jacques and Drura join the team; Mysa is possessed, and goes to Tharn to confront Mordru (LSH v4 #43), but she is defeated and is absorbed into Mordru. Using this power, he raises armies of the dead in a number of worlds in both UP and Khund space. The Legion agrees to help the Khunds, but they insist that the Legion take on four new Khundish members (LSH v4 #44).
  • Sun 8/2/95: The Legion fights Mordru’s zombies on Sklar, Talus, Trom, and in space (LSH v4 #45). On Talus, the Legionnaires fight their own dead, and new Khund Legionnaire Bloodclaw is killed before the team halts Mordru’s magics on the planet. Jan fights the dead Trommites on Pasnic (LSH v4 #46). The Legionnaires bring the fight to Mordru on Tharn, losing the Khund Firefist in the process (LSH v4 #47). The dead on Talus are defeated, but during the fight Timber Wolf returns to the 30th century with Jamm (LSH v4 Ann #4). With the help of Devlin O’Ryan and the spirit of Amethyst, Mordru and Mysa are separated and Mordru is defeated (LSH v4 #48). 
  • Mon 8/3/95: Jamm takes the Legionnaires on a prodigious trip before being returned to his own time (LSH v4 Ann #4).
  • Tues 8/4/95: The Legion leaves Tharn for Khundish space, where Flederweb and Veilmist are forced to rejoin the Khundish forces. Jan recovers on Pasnic, while Amethyst and Mysa ponder the future (LSH v4 #48).
  • Wed 8/5/95: Tenzil travels to Tartarus and with the help of Polar Boy and friends, they rescue Eve and defeat Evillo (LSH v4 #49). 
  • Thu 8/6/95: Tenzil and Eve depart Tartarus for Titan (LSH v4 #49); the Legion rebury their dead on Shanghalla, and Wildfire is resurrected there (LSH v4 #50).
  • Fri 8/7/95: the SW6 Legionnaires spend the weekend at the Atlantis Dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve arrive on Titan; the rest of the group arrives on Talus from Shanghalla (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sat 8/8/95: the SW6 Legionnaires encounter the race of Devil-Fish in the Atlantis Dome (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil and Eve get married; Jan almost dies; Kono leaves; Sean arrives on Talus (LSH v4 #50).
  • Sun 8/9/95: the SW6 Legionnaires leave the Atlantis dome on New Earth (Legionnaires #7); Tenzil sends out holos of his wedding from the day before (LSH v4 #50).
  • Mon 8/10/95: Several Legionnaires leave New Earth for Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Tues 8/11/95: Brainiac 5 thinks of leaving the Legion and remaining on Colu (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 8/12/95: Brainiac 5 returns to New Earth with the rest of his team (Legionnaires #8).
  • Wed 9/13/95 (estimated): “Several weeks later” after Tenzil’s wedding, Dawnstar returns to Starhaven; three BIONs attack the Legion on Talus; Universo convinces Relnic and King Jonn that the Legion is helping the Khunds attack UP space (LSH v4 #50). 
  • Thu 9/14/95: Cocheta Drisden fails to escape from Takron Galtos, and is moved to Quarantine; Grimbor attacks the team and Ivy’s Li’l Legion on Quarantine trying to grab her (LSH v4 #51).
  • Sat 9/16/95: Kent and Celeste arrive on Talus from Quarantine, as Ayla and Brin reminisce and Vi monitors the Khund situation; Mysa tells the crew that since they just defeated Mordru, they have to take on Glorith to keep the balance (LSH v4 #52).
  • Sun 9/17/95: Relnic shows Jacques that the Legion is working with the Khunds; Rond rushes off in a Time Bubble; the Legion lands on Baaldur and confronts Glorith, with disastrous consequences to the team; in her mind, Glorith is confronted by the Time Trapper; the UP calls for the Legion’s disbandment (LSH v4 #53). 
  • Mon 9/18/95: 
    • ME-Lad, Violet, Dragonmage, Catspaw shot down over Antares II by Khunds (Legionnaires #9). The Proteans want the Legionnaires to go inside a crashed ship, where after defeating more Khunds they find Kid Quantum (Legionnaires #10). 
    • Invisible Kid and Colossal Boy find a freighter that’s been attacked by Sklarians (Legionnaires #9). Kono arrives to help out (Legionnaires #10).
    • Legion tryouts at Metropolis (Legionnaires #9). Inferno helps out in Essen (Legionnaires #10)
    • Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Livewire go to Acapulco to quell food riots, and Cosmic Boy is injured by Livewire (Legionnaires #9). More Legionnaires arrive to help (Legionnaires #10). 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Valor #14-15 annotations: DOA parts 3 & 4

Presenting two issues worth of annotations of Valor here again.

Annotations for Valor #14


Notes:
  • DOA Part 3 of 6. The book is bringing in some of the SW6 Legionnaires - they're even on the cover! - and this title will soon join the other books. But in the meantime, Valor is still in the 20th century and I'm only tracking the 30th century crew. 
  • Pages 1-3: The scene with Brainiac 5, Triad, Saturn Girl, and Cosmic Boy is basically the same (identical dialogue, similar layouts) as Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10, which we’ll get to next spring.


Annotations for Valor #15




Notes:
  • DOA Part 4 of 6. 
  • Page 5 panel 2: We are on Lori’s home planet of Baaldur. That should wave some bright red flags for the reader, although Valor would have no idea.
  • Page 7: for the next few issues, the scenes with Brainiac 5, Triad, Saturn Girl, Dragonmage, and Cosmic Boy in this series take place in between pages 10-11 of Legionnaires #16. On page 10 in the last panel they leave in the time bubble (as seen last issue), and then in the first panel of page 11 they return (which we’ll see later)
  • Pages 7-9: Dragonmage first appeared in LSH #33, but didn’t appear again on panel until #41. Old Valor left with Shady in #36, and SW6 Valor went back in time in #37. So unless they met off-panel in between the end of 33 and end of 36, Dragonmage has never met Valor. Which offers a good opportunity to infodump for those readers who may be only reading Valor and not the Legion.



I'm not tracking the dates in the Valor timeline, other than they occur in 1993. Once we get into Legionnaires #16 everything will retroactively fit into place but for the moment they're still TBD. Boldface indicates something new learned this issue about the timeline.
  • TBD: Triad reviews Valor’s history with Catspaw (Valor #11, in between Legionnaires #15-16)
  • TBD: Brainy, Triad, Saturn Girl, Dragonmage, and Cosmic Boy leave to go back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, which is the same as Legionnaires #16 page 10); the Legionnaires are in the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15)

Sunday, November 28, 2021

LSH season 1 episode 1: Happy 15th anniversary!

Who said the annotations have to be just about the comics? To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the first episode of the Legion cartoon series (original airdate: 9/23/06), we revisited the episode with an audio commentary track, and then talked about it. As usual, I have notes! But this time I was able to go back and revisit this blog from 2006 (sorry that the hotlinked pictures don't work anymore!) and find some good stuff.

Back then, the blogosphere was in high gear, and it was pre-Facebook so people went to blogs for their news. I was updating this frequently with all sorts of links, the stuff you'd now see people posting to one of several Facebook groups. This cartoon was like crack to me. I mean come on, it's a LEGION CARTOON! Here is a quick look at some contemporary articles I rounded up for the first episode's premiere, more feedback and reviews from the next day, and some final thoughts and wrapup on the episode.

The series is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray (here's the original 2020 press release, from when they were only available from WB Animation, but now also available from Amazon) as well as streaming. 

There's a persistent myth that the Supergirl/Legion episode of Justice League Unlimited was supposed to be a back-door pilot for a new Legion series, but both JLU producer Bruce Timm and LSH producer James Tucker both have shot that down.

  • In a 2009 interview with Bruce Timm by ToonZone magazine:
    • TIMM (ToonZone, 2009): We just wanted to do a Legion of Superheroes story, and again, going from the comics where Supergirl and Brainiac had a romance, we thought, "Oh, that would be an interesting thing to do with Supergirl that we hadn't done before." We hadn't really shown her as getting into more adult issues of romance and stuff, so it just seemed kind of like a fun thing to do. But it wasn't ever intended to be a backdoor pilot, no.
  • But as to where the series came from then, we have to go to series creator and showrunner James Tucker: 
    • Tucker (Voices of Krypton, 2007): There have been Legion developments over the years, and they never... they've always gotten stalled, and I think the only reason the Legion got the green light this time was because Superman was going to be in it and there was a tie-in to the then-upcoming movie "Superman Returns". So the Legion itself as a concept is kind of a hard sell to an audience because you don't have Superman, and there aren't any characters in it who have any broad-based appeal to the average non-fanboy audience. And so in this day and age it's hard to sell an original cast of characters, you know, it's just a hard sell, especially when the market has to rely on toy sales, you know it's just harder. If I had my druthers, it'd be nice to do a Legion... and actually we do have a Legion story this season which won't have Superman in it. But you need him in it, you need the name recognition or you won't have a show.
    • Tucker (The World’s Finest, 2008): Let’s get the myths out of the way. The Legion series was never tied to the Justice League Unlimited episode. Supergirl was never, ever going to be in the Legion. The true origin of the series came out of Cartoon Networks desire to have a Superman-centric series to premiere when the movie Superman Returns premiered. Superman as part of the Legion worked for them. So the series was originally developed for Cartoon Network, then they passed and Kids WB! stepped in. They, too, wanted a Superman-centric series with Superman fresh out of Smallville, learning to be Superman. That’s the reality.
But what’s the deal with SuperMAN vs SuperBOY? 
  • We can thank the copyright lawsuit for that one. In a nutshell (as small a nutshell as complicated legal cases can fit into), following the copyright laws of the 1940s as amended in 1976, Siegel or his heirs could file to reclaim the copyright to Superman in 2004 in a one-time exception, which they did. DC, obviously, did not want to lose (or even have to share) copyright to any of Superman, so they fought back in court. This happened coincidentally at the time when Superboy Kon-El died in Infinite Crisis, which really had nothing to do with the case – it wasn’t that DC couldn’t use the name Superboy, it was that they couldn’t use young Clark Kent in Smallville as Superboy. And it was also around this time that the new Legion show was getting set up with a young Clark Kent from Smallville who was called Superboy, and so the easy way around that was just to call him a young Superman. But WB had to go back and re-dub the dialog in the episodes that had been recorded to call him Superman instead. After years of litigation, in 2013 the judge found that back in 2001, WB made an offer of a payment of $3 million, an annual stipend of $500,000, a 6% royalty of Superman and a 1% royalty of his publications, and full medical benefits, and agreed to insert the line "By Special Arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family" in all future Superman productions. The Siegel heirs accepted this offer at the time, and the judge ruled that this had terminated the Siegels’ copyright rights. (The Shuster heirs had already effectively signed their rights away in a similar 1994 agreement.) Read the Wikipedia article on the lawsuit.
  • And that’s why we’re here to talk about the first episode of a new series called “Legion of Super Heroes” (with no hyphen), in a new continuity from what had been seen before, starring Superman.
Press release:
  • LEGION OF SUPER HEROES, 11:00-11:30 am: In the year of "Superman Returns" at Warner Bros., Kids' WB! is proud to present a new series developed especially for the "Too Big For Your TV" block by Warner Bros. Animation, inspired by the DC Comics legend. One thousand years from now, a group of teenage super heroes travel back in time to recruit the greatest hero of all, Superman, and enlist him their fight against evil in the 31st Century. While their intentions were good, their time travel skills were not, and Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, Brainiac 5, Phantom Girl, Bouncing Boy and Timber Wolf end up going too far back into the past, accidentally retrieving the young Superboy instead (June update: the young Superman, before he moved to Metropolis). Together, this unlikely Legion of Super Heroes bands together to defend the rights of all free worlds and uphold the laws of the newly formed United Planets. That is, if they don't kill each other first. LEGION OF SUPER HEROES combines humor with high-stakes, grand-scale super heroics to create the ultimate sci-fi, super hero fantasy for kids of all ages. Each episode of this fast-paced, character-driven action comedy will pit Superboy and the Legion against otherworldly threats and adversaries who challenge the team on both super heroic and emotional levels. The series is executive produced by Sander Schwartz, and produced by Linda Steiner and James Tucker for Warner Bros. Animation.
  • In the first weekend, this was the highest rated non-cable show in its slot. In the 10:00 a.m. slot, 61% of the TV sets were tuned to cartoons, and of that 61%, 8% of all TV sets on at 10:00 a.m. were watching the Legion, which was about 2.2 million people watching. Think about THAT one – The most recent issue (Supergirl & the LSH #19, during the Threeboot) sold about 43,000 copies, while 2.2 million people watched the Legion its first weekend. That's as many copies of the various Legion comics that have been sold, cumulatively, since from September 2000 to September 2006. As many people watched that one episode on one day as bought the last six years worth of comics combined.
So who's in the show, anyway?
  • Lots of Legionnaires whose Mission Monitor Board symbols are in the opening credits:
    • Chameleon Boy, Chemical King, Ultra Boy, Shadow Lass, Lightning Lad, Timber Wolf, Karate Kid, Matter-Eater Lad, Dawnstar, Star Boy, Polar Boy, Element Lad, Saturn Girl, Phantom Girl, Blok, Triplicate Girl, Shrinking Violet, Superman, Brainiac 5, Dream Girl, Bouncing Boy, Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Ferro Lad, Quislet.
  • Then, in the flying sequence near the end of the opening credits, we see these guys:
    • group 1 - Lightning Lad, Bouncing Boy, Phantom Girl, Brainiac 5, Timber Wolf, Saturn Girl
    • group 2 - Superman, Star Boy (in his current Kitson costume, as a black man), Element Lad (pink and black, with long blond hair), Matter-Eater Lad (yellow and green, reboot costume), Shrinking Violet (pink and black reboot costume), Cosmic Boy (purple and black reboot costume). Then the point-of-view rotates and we see Colossal Boy (blue and red pre-Crisis costume), Triplicate Girl (split into 3), then they fly off into the Legion symbol.
Dynamic Music Partners got Emmy nominations for music for both seasons.