Monday, September 16, 2019

LSH v4 #14 annotations: Evillo's 11

Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #14

  • Regarding the cover, Tom Bierbaum says in IOKIASThere was also an intentional or unintentional goof on the cover.  Keith wanted Tenzil to be saying to the menacing figure of Evillo "OK, I can see that you're mad..." or something like that, but the word balloon never made it onto the cover.  I remember Keith expressing frustration that on many earlier covers he very much wanted no captions or dialogue at all and the editors kept putting on captions that he feared were undercutting the impact of the visuals.  And now the one time he wanted to add something, it got left off, leaving nothing but a scene that couldn't have meant much to even an avid reader of our series.  About all you can draw from the cover art is that Tenzil is in the story, and there's really not even any humor to the scene.
  • Page 1 panel 1: We first saw Tartarus back in ADV 350, when we met the Devil’s (Half) Dozen. Tartarus is a dark, sunless world that bears the name of the ancient Greek netherworld, and is a small planet that is a hideout for criminals of many worlds, ruled over by an evil genius named Prince Evillo.
  • Page 2 panel 9: Evillo’s wife is Eve Aries, the former Saturn Queen who was a charter member of the Legion of Super-Villains. Note that her continuity is very convoluted: we first saw her as an adult with the Adult LSV in the time of Superman and the Adult Legion (SMAN 147), and then as an adult with the Adult LSV in the time of the regular Legion (e.g., ADV 331). When this came out, we had seen a teenage Lightning Lord but never a teenage Saturn Queen. Best not to think too hard about her continuity.
  • Page 3 panel 5: Tenzil made the same “Devil’s Half Dozen” joke that I’ve been making forever!
  • Page 3 panel 8: Recall from the Annual, I mentioned that Sugyn had been sent away by Evillo during ADV 350, I guess he hasn’t been seen since
  • Page 5 panel 2: For such an allegedly smart guy, Jo doesn’t realize these Dominators are also diskless.
  • Page 8 panels 6-7: Tenzil says “Hey, I’m a Legionnaire. When trouble strikes, we put on costumes.” Tom Bierbaum says in IOKIAS: On page eight, Tenzil's supposed to say "I'm a Legionnaire, when trouble strikes, we put on colorful costumes" and the word "colorful" got cut.  I don't know why, but to me it's pretty vital to the rhythm of that punchline and the line now hangs pretty limply for me.
  • Page 10 panel 2: Hate Face was another hero whose memorial was on Shanghalla in ADV 341. “The face of a devil, the soul of an angel. He rescued millions, yet none could bear his revolting visage. Some say he died in battle, others say it was his broken heart that killed him!”
  • Page 10 panel 2: Draxler is a world whose money is in the form of a giant mirror coin (ADV 377)
  • Page 17 panel 1: Mlain is a war-wrecked world to which Shrinking Violet fled when Heroes of Lallor tried to capture the team, having been tricked by Dr. Marden King into thinking they were super-villains. Duplicate Boy tracked here there and confessed his love for her, eventually surrendering at her behest when the full Legion arrived and tried to capture him (ADV 324).
  • Page 17 panel 2: Talus has been seen twice before: it’s an artificial asteroid made up of the wrecks of junked spaceships, where Uli Algor tried to destroy the Legion. (ACT 386) It was later a temporary base for some Resource Raiders. (SBOY 226).
  • Page 17 panel 2: Erkenhom is a barren planet with a mountaintop sorcerer’s tower where Superboy and Bouncing Boy tracked down Celebrand (ADV 375)
  • Page 21 panel 5: several days have passed while they were in the Realm of Darkness. 
  • Page 21 panel 6: Tenzil want a funeral, nothing fancy, “just one like old King Tut” (a line from the 1977 song of the same name by Steve Martin)
  • Page 21 panel 7: Porcupine Pete and Arm-Fall-Off Boy mentioned. Pete hasn’t been seen since the crowd scene in LSH 300 the Subs Special, while AFOBoy was last seen in Secret Origins 46 (the origin of the Legion HQ).
  • Page 22 panel 3: Brek surprisingly decides to stay behind on Tartarus with Evillo and Eve Aries in order to train his daughters Styx and Stiletta how to become super-heroes.
  • Page 23: Tenzil was declared dead and his seat vacated, filled by Calorie Queen. Tenzil heads to Winath where the rest of the Legionnaires are.
  • Omnicom: Dated 12/27/95, shortly after Garth, Cham, and Rokk survey Talus
    • The survey was probably 2 days before the report (Christmas day 2994), and we saw Tenzil return from the Realm of Darkness in between the survey and the report, so that would be about 12/26. Tenzil was gone for a while in order to be declared dead, so let’s figure about 10 days, making the opening scene about 12/16/94 at the Ranchito Mobile Lodge (Tenzil and Brek were last seen on 12/11 on the space station above Gnogg)
    • The article mentions that Talus would be in a Lagrangian point. This is a real thing! A Lagrange point is a location in space where the combined gravitational forces of two large bodies, such as Earth and the sun or Earth and the moon, equal the centrifugal force felt by a much smaller third body. Basically, it's a place where all the gravitational forces cancel out and if you put something there, it will stay there (see the explanation here) - so that means that Talus is at the L4 or L5 Lagrange point of the system.

Here's what we know of the timeline to date. I'm color coding them based on whether the date appeared in the 2995 Sourcebook (yellow), it's a confirmed date that was given in the comic (green), or an estimated date based on keeping track of events and days (blue). Bold text is something new added this issue.
  • 2/17/89 – Mekt admitted to Labyrinth Penal Institute (LSH v4 #10)
  • 6/23/89 – Magic Wars end (LSH v3 #63 – date as given in the 2995 Sourcebook)
  • October 2989 – the Great Collapse
  • 4/13/90 – Communique from Earthgov President Wellington, trying to legally disband the Legion, with Imra, Rokk, and Cham “currently out of the picture” (LSH v4 #1) 
  • April 2990 – Validus Plague ravages Winath; former Legionnaire Brainiac 5 helps (LSH v4 #3)
  • TBD 2990 – Earthgov secedes from the United Planets, and the Science Police Earth splits from the Science Police Proper. (LSH v4 #2). Since then, “resistance forces have opposed Earthgov since the introduction of repressive measures… but with little success to date.” (LSH v4 #13)
  • 4/12/91 – Tinya goes missing (LSH v4 #2)
  • 5/8/91 – Search for Tinya called off; Sun Boy is leader (LSH v4 #2)
  • 5/27/91 – Mekt released from Labyrinth, rehabilitated (LSH v4 #10)
  • 6/9/91 – Planned date of wedding of Tinya and Jo (LSH v4 #2)
  • TBD 2991 – Garth and Imra, having left the Legion, start the Lightning Ring Plantation (LSH v4 #3)
  • 1/21/92 – Rebirth Summit (LSH v4 #1) 
  • 7/6/92 – LSH leader Polar Boy disbands the Legion, mentions Black Dawn which “cost” the Legion (LSH v4 #1); Mordru coronated as the Supreme Teacher of Sorceror’s World (LSH v4 #6)
  • TBD 2992 – Brek Bannin arrested for insurrection (LSH v4 #11)
  • 10/22/94 – Raid on anti-government terrorists, but ringleader Vidar (aka Universo) is not captured; Cham tells Marla he’s leaving (LSH v4 #1) 
  • 10/23/94 – Cham begins to recruit members for the new Legion, first approaching Rokk; Vi leaves the Imsk army for Winath; Dominator agents help Roxxas escape from Labyrinth (LSH v4 #1)
  • 10/25/94 – Attack on Jo and Kono on Rimbor; Loomis and Lydda en route to Kathoon (LSH v4 #2)
  • Fri 11/21/94 – Blok is killed by Roxxas the Butcher [Sourcebook] (LSH v4 #3)
  • Thu 11/27/94 – Mordru crushes Rond Vidar’s ring; Rokk and Cham finally meet up with Jo and decide to go to Tharn to rescue Mysa; Dominators and Shvaughn Erin watch the tape of Roxxas and Blok, whose body is delivered to Winath; Mon-El resurrected (LSH v4 #3)
  • Fri 11/28/94 – Mon-El goes to Talok VIII, then Shadow Lass and Mon-El visit Brainiac 5, then Mon-El destroys the Time Trapper (LSH v4 #4)
  • Sat 11/29/94 – Mordruverse (LSH v4 #5)
  • Sat 11/29/94 – Cham, Rokk, Jo, Kono, and Furball arrive on Tharn and are captured by Mordru; after being hired by Earthgov to find Blok’s killer, Celeste, Devlin, and Bounty leave for Trom (LSH v4 #6)
  • Sun 11/30/94 – Celeste, Devlin, and Bounty meet Jan on Trom (LSH v4 #6); with the help of Laurel Gand, Rokk’s crew rescues Mysa and Rond from Mordru but are teleported to Grocz; Celeste, Devlin, Bounty, and Jan leave Trom for Winath (LSH v4 #7)
  • Mon 12/1/94 – Rokk, Cham, Jo, Kono, Furball, Rond, Laurel, and Mysa travel from Grocz to Zirr (LSH v4 #8)
  • Tues 12/2/94 – Rokk, Laurel, and Rond take some R&R time on Zirr with baby Lauren, while the others go to Winath; Marla reminisces (LSH v4 #8); on Cygnus IV, Roxxas watches a holo of Laurel Gand; Celeste, Devlin, Bounty, and Jan arrive on Winath (LSH v4 #9)
  • Wed 12/3/94 – Rokk and Rond arrive in the morning, having left Laurel behind on Zirr; everyone (Rokk, Rond; Cham, Jo, Kono, Furball, Mysa; Celeste, Devlin, Bounty, Jan; Brainy, Garth, Ayla, Vi, Imra) is on Winath when Roxxas attacks; Bounty, Mekt, Cham, and Celeste are seriously injured, while Jo disappears and is presumed dead; Earthgov linked to Roxxas; Tenzil arrives on Earth (LSH v4 #10)
  • Thu 12/4/94 – On Winath, Roxxas is on the loose, and kills a doctor and nurse in the Bloomfield Free Clinic. On Earth, Tenzil participates in the Batcave dig, meets with Shvaughn and Brek (who is released for the first time since incarceration 2 years prior), has dinner with Prosecutor Jakobi, then falls asleep. (LSH v4 #11)
  • Fri 12/5/94 – Tenzil and Brek in court; Holo Scene news article on the trial (LSH v4 #11); Celeste is healed by a green glow; the former Legionnaires team up to capture Roxxas, who reveals Dominion control of Earthgov (LSH v4 #12)
  • Wed 12/10/94 – All-points bulletin on Persuader, who meets Kent Shakespeare in on Quarantine trying to attack Char Burrane Jr. (LSH v4 #12) Persuader is defeated by Kent and SP Captain Gim Allon, who then takes Kent to Toonar. (LSH v4 #13)
  • Thu 12/11/94 – Kent leaves Toonar for Winath; Laurel fights Khunds in deep space; Tenzil and Brek on Gnogg. (LSH v4 #13)
  • Sun 12/14/94 – The Legion is formally reinstated
  • Mon 12/16/94 – Tenzil, Brek, and Calorie Queen are taken to Tartarus by Prince Evillo; Tenzil banished to the Realm of Darkness
  • Thu 12/25/94 – Garth, Cham, and Rokk remotely survey Talus
  • Fri 12/26/94 – Tenzil and Sugyn return from the Realm of Darkness, only to hear that Tenzil has been declared dead and his Senate seat vacated.
  • Sat 12/27/94 – Loomis writes his report on Talus’ suitability for being the new HQ; Tenzil leaves Brek behind on Tartarus and heads for Winath
  • Sun 12/28/94 – The reformed Legion establishes headquarters on the asteroid world of Talus
  • April 2995 – Imra & Garth’s twins due (LSH v4 #3)
Unknown dates:
  • Black Dawn: something big and bad happened. Polar Boy says “you know what that cost us”. Sun Boy was a previous leader. By the time it happened, Chameleon Boy had left the Legion and “watched everything fall to pieces” (LSH v4 #1). Timber Wolf was irradiated during Black Dawn, eventually turning him into Furball. Char Burrane (Starfinger II) was somehow involved. (LSH v4 #12)
  • Rokk and Loomis are injured at Venado Bay on the Braal side, and Rokk lost his powers. Salu was somehow involved on the Imsk side. Imsk won, as the army is occupying Braal. (LSH v4 #1) She says that Braal attacked Imsk, and they were just defending themselves. She was head of security on the damper project and knew what it would do, but fought against it (not hard enough, in her admission). (LSH v4 #10)
  • Kent Shakespeare and Gim Allon are both ex-Legionnaires, but it’s unknown when or under what circumstances they left. (LSH v4 #12)


Tom Galloway said...

Weren't Porcupine Pete's appearances as a member of the Subs later than #300? (DC Comics Presents with Ambush Bug and the Subs Special)

Michael said...

The Subs Special went on sale April 4th, 1983 (cover dated July); LSH #300 went on sale March 17th (cover dated June). Looks like you are correct, sir!