Friday, May 29, 2020

Legion sales data talk part 2: mid-1980s to today

In part 1 of this discussion, I primarily focused on the early days, from 1960 to the mid-1980s, and the problems we have with determining sales data after that. In this part, we pick up in the mid-80s and go all the way to today.

Over in one of the Facebook groups, I was in a discussion that started out asking "why was the Reboot cancelled to make way for the Threeboot?" The answer, usually, is sales. But that's not the whole answer here. I looked at my sales data, made some plots, and I'll re-present them here.

First, here's an overview of the sales of all the various Legion books from January 1997 to December 2008. Abnett & Lanning took over in early 2000, and the Threeboot started in early 2005. The Threeboot ends a few months after the right side of the graph, you can see "Legion of 3 Worlds" coming in at the top right corner.


By early 2000, when Abnett & Lanning came on as writers, sales for both "Legion of Super-Heroes (v4)" and "Legionnaires" had bottomed out at about 17,200 copies. Sales rose through "Legion Lost", "Legion Worlds", and "The Legion", and when "The Legion" was cancelled it was selling 23,300 copies. You can see the slow but steady rise from series to series, which is practically unheard of. Four years later, the Threeboot was down to where sales were when the Reboot ended. Or, in other words, sales on "The Legion" were up by 35% from their lowest point five years earlier when the book was cancelled.

So sales couldn't be the ONLY answer.

Then I was asked if I had the data as far back as the end of the Levitz run ("LSH v3") in 1989. The answer to that is complicated and "yes, but...."

I have all the data back to the Adventure days. However, there are some huge caveats to the data that is publicly available, and has to be mentioned before looking at this time frame:
  1. Up through 1985, the only thing available was the statement of ownership, which listed the average number of copies sold in the past 12 months, so there's no individual issue data.
  2. From May 1985 to October 1994, DC was using both Capital Cities and Diamond as their main distributors (there were others in there too), but only the Cap Cities data is available. There is an approximate number that is then applied to project CC data to total sales: while it’s great to know that in 1986 they had 9.1% and it jumped to 15.5% in 1987, that’s not necessarily a flat rate for every title every month of that year, and since we only have annual data, that messes up the plot between the December and January data points. Also, I only have that percentage factor up through 1988, I don't know what percentage of the market CC had from 1989 to October 1995. In Fall 1995, Capital Cities went out of business when everyone went exclusive with Diamond (part of the Marvel/Heroes World fallout).
  3. From Nov 1994 to Oct 1996, we have the "index/key" from Diamond, where sales were noted as a percentage of how many copies of that month's issue of Batman. Just picking one issue at random, LSH #78 in March 1996 sold 33.0% of the number of copies of that month's Batman. That's the index. The key is 660 (they look at the sales of "Batman" and determine that one index point equals 660 copies), so if you multiply 33.0 x 660 you get 21,870 copies distributed by Diamond to stores. But it's not even quite that easy:
    • I asked John Jackson Miller, "From 11/94 to 10/95 cover-dated issues, the book has CC pre-orders and the web has a Diamond index & key (to figure out Diamond’s pre-orders). Do I add those together to get that month’s sales?" He replied: "It'll give you a minimum level for Direct Market sales, but will leave out the nine or ten other smaller distributors to comics shops, plus what was sold to the newsstand. The figures will still be low by a good deal."
    • To which I replied, "Can you ballpark quantify "a good deal" - something like I should add 10%, 20%, 30%, etc.?" His answer: "It depends on the book. Did it have newsstand circulation, or was it direct-only? Diamond plus Capital probably was north of 50%, possibly 60% of the DM as we approached 1995. Newsstand -- just a guess, but probably another 15%."
  4. From Nov 1996 to May 2005, Diamond gave "pre/final orders" as a straight number of copies.
  5. From June 2005 to present, Diamond reports the final orders. I'm not sure what the difference is.
Now, to answer the question about sales figures for the end of the Baxter/v3 run and the 5 Years Later run: unfortunately, the CC data stops at the end of 1988 (LSH v3 #55) and we don't have anything resembling consistent data until Nov 1994, which coincidentally or not is the first issue of the Reboot, one month after the post Zero Hour #0 issues. I do have the CC sales data during that time, but without knowing how much of the market CC had at the time, I can only show trends - and even that's not reliable, because CC's share of the market was shrinking while actual total sales were dropping as well.

All of my data comes from comichron.com, and they are slowly uncovering and posting data from the late 80s through mid 90s which I currently don't have.

When I plot out the data from 1988-2005 (end of v3, 5YL through the Reboot, and Reboot up to the Threeboot), it's obvious that there's missing data from 1989-95. Right now I have random issues with both CC and Diamond data, those look like spikes and I'd say they are more or less trustworthy. But don't read any numbers into issues where it shows less than 35K sales, that's just not valid. You can maybe read general trends, but that's about it. The heavy dashed line is just a straight line connecting the last good data point from v3 in 1988 with the next known good point in 1995, and you can see that it basically keeps up the trend until 2000. That dip you see from 1995-97 is due to how Comichron has the data from Diamond, before 1997 was when they used the key/index system and after that it uses pre/final orders. If nothing else, it suggests that maybe the key/index system has errors that undercount sales. This is why I started the top plot from January 1997, to avoid all of that which we can see in this plot.


Then someone pointed out that "one thing stands out and that's all major upheavals to the Legion produce short-lived boosts with the book returning to its baseline sales after a while." I hadn't thought to plot it that way before, but here's a look at all of the series since the Zero Hour reboot, organized by sales by issue number.

Of note: only 4 series dropped below 15k: "Star Trek/LSH" and "Legion Secret Origin" (both limited series) and the two ongoing New 52 series "Legion Lost v2" and "LSH v7". "Adventure Comics" and the two Reboot series prior to A&L, "Legionnaires" and "LSH v4", dropped below 20k. The spike in "LSH v4" with issue 86 has to do with how Diamond reported their numbers, it's not a true sales jump. That's what we saw above from 1995-1997 (and you can see it in the "Legionnaires" series too).

At this point, you can see that the current series is already doing better than the two New 52 series by 5-10K copies, so that's a big win. But look how flat "The Legion" is there, hovering right around 25K the entire run (the jump is when Superboy joins).
What does it all mean?
  • Well, for the most part, if you drop below 20K that's not good news. But it also shows that reboots wear off within a year or so, and you just try to maintain what you have.
  • Crossovers raise sales (Final Night, Blackest Night, The Culling) but that's typically not sustained.
  • A new #1 is good for really high sales but that quickly goes away within the first few issues.
  • Superboy ("The Legion") or Supergirl (v5) joining gives a sustained sales bump, but doesn't stop the slide.
  • A rise in sales, or even flat sales over several years, isn't necessarily going to prevent the book from getting cancelled.
  • And it's been a long time since a Legion title lasted beyond issue #50.
For sales data, I am indebted to John Jackson Miller, his Standard Catalog of Comic Books (4th edition, 2005) from which I got pre-1995 data, and his Comichron.com website from which I got the data from about 1995 onwards.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Legion sales data talk part 1: 1960s to mid-1980s

Back in 2018, I posted a long Twitter thread that talked about Legion sales data from the Adventure days of the 1960s up through the Baxter run in the mid-1980s. I meant to expand on it here but never got to it. By now we've got a few issues of sales data on the new series as well, so I'll look at mid-80s through today (mid-2020) here in part 2.

In the olden days, sales data was presented in the comics in the Statement of Ownership, which was required for periodicals being sent through the mail and was printed once a year, and showed the average number of copies of each issue printed over the calendar year. With the rise of the direct market in the mid-80s, this information stopped being available.

For this chart, I took the "average number of issues printed" value from the Statement of Ownership and looked at DC's two flagship characters (Superman and Batman) in their self-titled books, plus the JLA as the flagship team book, plus whatever book the Legion was in at the time (as noted in Column F). Note that DC didn't publish the data for 1963 and 1964. Big caveat though: these are annual averages, so the numbers (assuming they’re true) might be misleading and will miss big peaks and valleys that would be more informative (that will come back to bite me later). Of course, DC had each issue's sales numbers, but those have not yet been made public.


Looking at the data, the green is the highest of those four books each year, and orange is the lowest. The giant spike in 1966 is from the Batman TV show, and you can see how that raised all sales, but after the show was over comics had a slow and steady decline across the board. Of the four titles, JLA was consistently the lowest seller until 1974, trading back and forth with Batman before he takes the bottom spot. And from 1960-1982, Superman was consistently the top seller (except for the 2 years when the Batman show was on).

But in 1983, the Levitz/Giffen Legion book was indeed the top seller (of these four, I didn't look at line-wide sales). And the first year of Tales was also at the top. Unfortunately, sales data isn't available (as far as I know) for the first year of the Baxter v3 run, but the first data point I have (issue #10) has sales of 176k, meaning the early issues of the series were over 200k. In the 1983 DC Sampler #1, Paul Levitz wrote that sales "during the last year" had shot up by 50k (see page 1 panel 2 below). You can see that’s not reflected in the data, so that’s probably due to the annual averages I mentioned earlier. But at this point, I’m just looking at ballparks and trends.


The next problem I have is that after this, data is sparse and fuzzy from 1985-95. I’ve found sales numbers from Capital Cities, one of the two big distributors at the time, listing what percentage of the total DC market share was carried by them. While it’s great to know that in 1986 they had 9.1% and it jumped to 15.5% in 1987, that’s not necessarily a flat rate for every title every month of that year, and since we only have annual data, there's a discontinuity in the plot between the December and January data points.

I asked John Jackson Miller, who literally wrote the book on sales data (make sure it's the 4th edition from 2005), "the catalog lists Capital Cities’ share of the market for DC from 1985-88, but the catalog lists CC data through 1995. What is DC’s market share via CC from 1989-95?" He replied: "We don't know, because I got those ratios by comparing with DC's overall sales as seen in its postal data filings. DC stopped filing postal data reports in 1988 -- so no market shares are possible using that technique."

Anecdotally, The New Teen Titans and the Legion were DC’s top two books in the early 1980s, with Titans at 2x Legion sales and Legion at 2x the next biggest seller, but unfortunately I can’t find any Titans sales data for the entire series before it went to Baxter like the Legion did.

And for some perspective, here are some Statement of Ownership numbers from 1981-83:
  • Dazzler - 296k, 167k, 135k 
  • Superman - 149k, 140k, 126k. 
Marvel was kicking DC's butt in the 80s; Marvel's then Editor in Chief Jim Shooter (yes, that Jim Shooter) said anything that sold under 100k was cancelled, while at DC only Titans & Legion were selling more than 100k.

For sales data, I am indebted to John Jackson Miller and his Comichron.com website, which is still trying to locate the missing data from not only the 1980s-90s but also individual issue data for the 1960s-80s.

LSH v4 #30 annotations: The Terra Mosaic part 6 - Ambush!

Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #30


Anyone recognize the names in bold? Probably Interlac-related. Darios, Walden Smit, Robert Heer, Michele Knoblauch, Malcolm Plowright

Notes:
  • Cover: it’s the Subs vs the Fantastic Four!
  • Page 1: most of the dates here are new items, but there are some dates that contradict either the Sourcebook or what we’ve already seen in the comics
    • 8/14/91 Black Dawn (vs 8/12 in the Sourcebook)
    • 11/30/94 Roxxas links reported, global rioting (vs 12/5 in the Sourcebook; on 11/30 Celeste, Devlin, and Bounty meet Jan on Trom and they leave for Winath; with the help of Laurel Gand, Rokk’s crew rescues Mysa and Rond from Mordru, as seen in issue 7)
    • 3/29/95 Tornado Twins executed (vs 3/27 in issue 17)
  • Page 3 panel 6: Busiris is new to the Legion. In Greek mythology, Busiris was the name given to two different people – an Egyptian prince, one of several slain on their wedding night by their wives who obeyed their father; and a king of Egypt who used to sacrifice strangers and who was killed by Heracles. Also the name of three different cities in Egypt. None of these seem to have any association with the Aetian front.
  • Page 4 panel 2: we last saw King Jonn back in issue 15 in the Battle of the Khundish Bulge (January 2995), and we last saw Relnic in issue 20 on Weber’s World as the head of the UP.
  • Page 5 panel 2: recall that Don and Dawn Allen were killed on March 27 (issue 17)
  • Page 8 panel 5: classic Espionage Squad. This is probably supposed to be a tease for who the Dark Circle agent is (I don’t know at this point).
  • Page 9 panel 9: shadow of Spider Girl – she thinks that Circe and Bounty are hunting her
  • Page 10 panel 3: sentry Geary mentioned
  • Page 10 panel 9: when Universo says that the SW6 Legionnaires leaving is an unexpected, unavoidable problem for the Dark Circle, it's nice to see sarcasm is alive and well in the 30th century
  • Page 11 panel 7: that’s Admiral Darios, a Hyrkanian (not Ganglios/Tellus)
  • Page 13 panel 2: there’s the L.E.G.I.O.N. symbol again – this hardware is ancient!
  • Page 16 panel 1: RIP Nine Planets Ice Cream
  • Page 24: Science Police Assistant Chief Walden Smit mentioned; also opposition candidate Hass An (after Interlacker Hassan Yusuf, mentioned in issue 2 as an associate of Shvaughn Erin’s), former employer Robert Heer, Terry Muntz of the European Council (after Michelle Muntz, who had also been Tuckerized in issue 27 on the list of those in the chambers and on the name of a building in Annual 1), Australian governor Michele Knoblauch, and ex-husband Malcolm Plowright
  • Because of stuff coming up in the next few issues and the dates specified in the Sourcebook, this issue has to take place in roughly 30 hours or so. Wellington was killed at 8pm GMT, probably 3pm Metropolis time on 4/30, and ends sometime the next day. 


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 (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue.
  • 3/26/78 Dark Circle obtained updated cell samples from when Dr. Zan Orbal restored bodies and powers to Matter-Eater Lad, Lightning Lad, and Bouncing Boy on Tartarus, to complete their collection (LSH v4 #22).
  • 10/78 Doppelganger substitution during Dark Circle invasion (LSH v4 #22).
  • 2/17/89 – Mekt admitted to Labyrinth Penal Institute (LSH v4 #10).
  • 6/23/89 – Magic Wars end (LSH v3 #63)
  • Sept 2989 – Polymer shield around Earth removed, Earthgov debt soars (LSH v4 #30)
  • October 2989 – the Great Collapse
  • 11/2/89 – Tayla Wellington elected President (LSH v4 #30)
  • 1/19/90 – Mutual assistance pact signed with the Dominion; Earthgov officially secedes from the United Planets (LSH v4 #30)
  • 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).
  • 6/7/90 – Legion Academy closes (LSH v4 #16).
  • 7/6/90 – Former Legion Academy heads Chuck and Luornu Durgo Taine open the United Planets Militia Academy (LSH v4 #16).
  • 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; she was secretly sent back in time by Glorith (LSH v4 #2).
  • 5/8/91 – Search for Tinya called off; Jo resigns; 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).
  • July 2991 – Reported threats regarding Earthgov failure to pay debts (LSH v4 #30).
  • 8/12/91 – Black Dawn; Timber Wolf is seriously injured, Wildfire is lost; Starfinger II (Char Burrane) and the Khunds are somehow involved (LSH v4 #12, #28).
  • 8/14/91 – It is now postulated that full Domination of Earthgov began at this time (LSH v4 #30).
  • 8/15/91 – Blok, Dawnstar, and Dream Girl resign (LSH v4 #28).
  • 8/17/91 – Crystal Kid resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 8/23/91 – Element Lad resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/1/91 – Impulse resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/4/91 – Echo and Tellus resign (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/14/91 – Sun Boy resigns and appoints Polar Boy as unofficial temporary leader (LSH v4 #28).
  • 10/8/91 – Imsk sets off the Damper weapon on Venado Bay on Braal-13 during the Imsk/Braal War. Rokk lost his powers, Loomis lost an arm. Salu was head of security on the damper project and knew what it would do, but fought against it (not hard enough, in her admission). Imsk won, as the army is occupying Braal (LSH v4 #1). She says that Braal attacked Imsk, and they were just defending themselves (LSH v4 #10).
  • 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 1992 – Down and out, Dirk is rescued by Shvaughn Erin, who warns him not to trust Earthgov, but he doesn’t trust her. Dirk is later recruited by Circe (LSH v4 #28)
  • 8/22/92 – Brek Bannin arrested for insurrection (LSH v4 #11).
  • 9/9/92 – Dirk joins Earthgov as a spokesman and liaison (LSH v4 #28)
  • 4/11/93 – Announcement of upcoming wedding of Grev Mallor (of the City People) to Kahnya Nahtahnie (Lady Memory of the Hill People) on Talok VIII.
  • 8/14/93 – wedding of Grev Mallor and Kahnya Nahtahnie.
  • 1/17/94 – Marzal reappears over Africa and the corrupt Earthgov destroys it, but not before Tyroc escapes (LSH v4 #16).
  • 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 (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); Earthgov links to Roxxas reported, riots ensue (LSH 4 #30).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • Thu 12/25/94 – Garth, Cham, and Rokk remotely survey Talus (LSH v4 #14).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • Sun 12/28/94 – The reformed Legion establishes headquarters on the asteroid world of Talus.
  • Sat 1/3/95 – Tenzil Kem rejoins the Legion.
  • Sun 1/11/95 – Orando falls to the Khunds (LSH v4 #15).
  • Mon 1/12/95 – The Legion agrees to team with the United Planets Militia to beat back a Khundish invasion that threatens the heart of the United Planets (LSH v4 #15).
  • Exact date unknown – Cham meets with a Khundish double agent; Venegar falls to the Khunds, who then make a deal with the Hill People of Talok VIII; the UP Militia tries to decide if Xolnar or Talok VIII will be attacked next; Valor and Shadow Lass appear on Talok VIII; Khunds attack Xolnar; Circe wants Dirk to give a pro-Dominator speech (LSH v4 #15).
  • Exact date unknown  Last stand on Xolnar; introduction of the Resistance on Earth (LSH v4 #16).
  • Fri 3/13/95 – SP Officer Roon Dvron’s police report on Sussa Paka (LSH v4 #22, 23, 27).
  • Sat 3/14/95 - Sussa Paka escape SP custody, steals Starfinger's helmet for Molock Hanscom on the way out (LSH v4 #27).
  • Sun 3/22/95 – Khund decoy fleet arrives at Talok VIII, while the main fleet attacks Xolnar, leading to the death of Jed “Power Boy” Rikane; after destroying the Talok fleet, the Legion and the UP Militia arrive at Xolnar to finish the Khundish fleet; Glorith sent to the end of time; the Khunds are driven back to pre-2995 borders, and the Legion concludes its participation in the war against Khundish encroachment (LSH v4 #17).
  • Wed 3/25/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are arrested by Earthgov (LSH v4 #17).
  • Thurs 3/26/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are put on trial (LSH v4 #17); Sussa Paka steals Earthgov Artifact J-1-WRTZ for Molock Hanscom (LSH v4 #27).
  • Fri 3/27/95 – Tensions increase on Earth with the execution of Legion friends Don and Dawn Allen. (Note that 3/27/95 is a Friday, while the comic says it happened on a Monday) (LSH v4 #17); additional riots, and martial law is instituted (LSH v4 #30).
  • Sat 3/28/95 – Daily Planet article on the Allen executions (LSH v4 #17).
  • Exact date unknown – Valor and Shadow Lass help counter a Dark Circle attempt on Queen Projectra’s life on Orando, then remove the Dark Circle cultists from Carggg; Universo and Jacques meet; holo studio bombing allegedly by one of the Resistance groups (LSH v4 #18).
  • Thu 4/9/95 – Valor and Shadow Lass leave Carggg on their way to some R&R in deep space (LSH v4 #22).
  • Sat 4/11/95 – Luna is destroyed, ravaging Earth (LSH v4 #19) and causing powerspheres to detonate across the globe, with a death toll in the billions and widespread environmental devastation (LSH v4 #30). The mysterious “SW6" Legionnaires awaken in an underground Dominion chamber on Earth. (LSH v4 #20, 25Earthgov authorizes executions. (LSH v4 #25).
  • Sun 4/12/95 – Jo Nah returns from an extended journey through time (LSH v4 #19) and is added to the reformed adult Legion team; the SW6 Legion encounters Devlin O’Ryan (LSH v4 #20); all outside aid to Earth is rejected (LSH v4 #30).
  • Mon 4/13/95 – Dacey and Doritt Ranzz are born to ex-Legionnaires Garth and Imra Ardeen Ranzz. Rokk recalls the events of Venado Bay as the Dominators start executing Science Police Earth officers who are revolting against the Dominators. Mysa Nal is contacted by the spirit of Amethyst (LSH v4 #20). After being exposed to the null radiation from the detonation of Metropolis' powersphere on the 11th, Devlin is getting worse. (LSH v4 #25).
  • Wed 4/15/95 – Furball meets Aria on Zuun, unaware that she’s being hunted by Darkseid; Atmos revealed to have been killed by Project Champion; the Dominators begin harsher punishment of insurrectionists on Earth (LSH v4 #21).
  • Fri 4/17/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent on the way to Zuun to get Brainy and Furball; on Talus, Kono reads Nura’s unanswered messages to Mysa; on Altair, Valor finds troubling news from a Dark Circle computer (LSH v4 #22).
  • Sat 4/18/95 – Disease and rebellion reported widespread on Earth; Dominators performing mass executions (LSH v4 #30).
  • Exact date unknown: members of the Dark Circle recount the history of Valor.
  • Mon 4/20/95 – Devlin is healing and appears to have powers just like Reflecto of Rimbor (LSH v4 #29).
  • Tues 4/21/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent arrive at Zuun (LSH v4 #22).They are briefly detained but they escape to the surface and meet up with Brainy and Furball, but Lobo captures and leaves with Aria; during the escape, Celeste generates a burst of intense green energy. On Earth, Resistance leader Jacques has Laurel and Bounty meet up with Circe, who has turned against the Dominators and Earthgov. Valor leaves Shady to go to Earth to check into what he found (LSH v4 #23).
  • Wed 4/22/95 – Lobo brings Aria to Darkseid, followed by Jo, Kent, Celeste, Brainy, and Furball. Lobo is revealed to be merely a probe and Darkseid vanishes him, and then turns Furball back into Brin. The Gemini Matrix activates and Aria turns into an adult Gemini and blasts Darkseid, per his secret wish, who then disappears. Back on Earth, BION discovers the adult Laurel Gand while looking for the SW6 version, and the SW6 Legionnaires reveal themselves to Devlin (LSH v4 #24). The SW6 Legionnaires and Devlin escape the tunnels and link up with Universo and the Earth Resistance (LSH v4 #25), and then quickly go to the Resistance HQ in New Mexico. The Subs and Universo’s Resistance team capture the Weisigner Chambers from the Dominators, while BION follows Laurel to Talus (LSH v4 #26).
  • Sat 4/25/95 - Legionnaires in Africa with the Resistance and the SW6 Batch become aware of each other; the Subs and Grin’s resistance team discover others in the Weisinger Chambers; Rokk, Kono, and Loomis manage to subdue BION on Talus (LSH v4 #27). Dirk Morgna’s pod is discovered (LSH v4 #28).
  • Sun 4/26/95 – On Talus, Brainiac 5 studies BION, and Valor suggests that the adult Legionnaires may be clones. Monica Sade is released from the Weisinger chambers, and then Dominator troops temporarily gain control of the Chambers. Circe and Bounty plan to take out Pinnacle Command, while the Dominators prepare mind-wiped agents to attack the Subs (LSH v4 #29).
  • Thu 4/30/95 – Tensions on Earth reach the breaking point when President Tayla Wellington is assassinated by the Dominion during a live broadcast (LSH v4 #29, 30). 
  • Fri 5/1/95 - On Earth, the Subs battle mind-wiped Dominator agents; the Dominators and UP fleets meet up in orbit around Earth (LSH v4 #30).

Monday, May 25, 2020

Déjà Vu 19: Legionnaires bursting out of the cover

Anyone know of an earlier instance of characters bursting out of the cover than Giant-Size X-Men #1? Superman #9 from 1941? How about any others? (Note that all of the New 52 #0 issues have the same theme, so I'm not including all of those, or covers where the characters bust out of a wall at us - just the paper cover. Yes, except or LSH v3 #1.)

    

Friday, May 22, 2020

LSH v4 #29 annotations: The Terra Mosaic part 5

Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #29


Anyone recognize the names in bold? Probably Interlac-related. Hecht, Charles Polk, Sue Barnett

Notes:
  • Page 1 panel 5: we last saw Rond Vidar in issue 8
  • Page 3 panel 2: it took a while for Valor to get to Talus. Today is 4/26, we last saw Valor on the 21st (back in issue 23, 6 months ago) leaving Shady on Altair. 
  • Page 7 panel 3: the Dominators say that only three people on Earth can produce a fireball like that, and they have two of them in their control. Who are the others? We find out later who one of them are, but candidates include Flare, Sun Emperor, and Beauty Blaze; young Dirk and old Dirk shouldn't be considered candidates because one escaped and the other is in the Chambers which the Dominators don't control.
  • Page 9 panel 3: Is that Tyroc there? Nardo the Merciless was the warden at the Super-Stalag of Space (ADV 344)
  • Page 11: welcome Sade! She was previewed back in issue 27. Created by Jason Pearson.
  • Page 13 panel 2: guy is wearing a UNLV Rebels shirt (why?)
  • Page 17 panel 1: who is Hecht?
  • Page 17 panel 2: we haven’t seen Bounty or Circe since issue 23.
  • Page 19: Dominator’s New Zealand Task Force consists of:
    • Flare – last seen in LSH v3 #26
    • Charles Polk aka Elasti-Kid 5 – rebooted Elastic Lad?
    • Sue Barnett aka Alloy 12
    • Melissa Schick aka Ghost 6
    • IOKIAS: “Melissa Schick's name was based on the combination of the names of two young Legion fans we met at Wonder Con in Oakland within a year or two of writing this issue. This four-member team is a thinly disguised homage to the Fantastic Four, with the same four powers but a three-to-one female-to-male ratio instead of the other way around.”
  • Page 20 panel 6: Invisible Kid mentions the Dark Circle, a fringe group on the frontier. The Legion didn’t encounter them until they tried to invade Earth in ADV 367.
  • Page 20 panel 9: Jungle King was ADV 309, Size Lad was one of the spies from the planet Murrah in ADV 337 who tried to infiltrate the Legion, and the Cosmic Spy League was the gang set up by Molock Hanscom (currently Starfinger III) in ADV 320
  • Page 21: Earthgov President Tayla Wellington killed on live galactic holovid (Sourcebook says this is April 30, so this means we have skipped a few days since the previous page).
  • Omnicom 1: 
    • Brainy’s entry on 4/22 mentions he spoke to Universo (see below)
  • Omnicom 2: 
    • Don’t forget, Vi is 18 years old, this reads as if she’s 13. 
    • On 4/25 she mentions the SW6 batch seeing the older Legionnaires in the Resistance (see below)
    • Wacky Tenzil is a retcon. Silver Age Tenzil was just as much a stick in the mud as everyone else who had no personality. 
    • “Dan Spaniel, Secret Pooch” is a name that Tom and Mary made up (see this special IOKIAS entry), but then a UK band called “Tenzil Kem and the Senators” actually made a theme song (see this Myspace page).
  • Timeline notes: 
    • In this issue, Brainy says that he spoke to Universo on 4/22, which means the events in issue 25 where the SW6 batch and Devlin escape the tunnels and link up with Universo took place on that date. At the end of issue 24 BION discovers the adult Laurel Gand, and issue 26 is their fight and when Laurel leaves for Talus with BION following her, so issues 24-26 all took place on 4/22.
    • Vi’s page says that the OG and SW6 Legions find out about each other on 4/25, which took place in issue 27, which is when the Weisinger Chamber pods were discovered. We also saw BION defeated on Talus that same issue, which means that it took Laurel three days to fly from Earth to Talus (which tracks with Valor taking 4 days to fly from Altair, where he found the Dark Circle info, to Talus), and it took the Subs and Grinn’s resistance teams three days of searching the Chambers to find the pods. 
    • The Sourcebook says that President Wellington was killed on 4/30, so if we assume that this issue takes place the day after the last one (giving Brainy a chance to get BION up to his lab, for example), that makes the bulk of this issue 4/26 and then there’s a 4 day jump to when Wellington is killed.
    • In fact, the series has been SO slow in advancing: it's taken 11 issues (19-29) to go just 20 days of comic book time (4/11 to 4/30), and of those 20 days, we only see what happens on 10 of those days. See the larger timeline below for details. 
      • 4/11: issue 19, 20, 25 (moon destroyed; SW6 wakes up)
      • 4/12: issue 19 (Jo returns from his time trip)
      • 4/13: issue 25 (Ranzz kids born; Rokk recalls Venado Bay)
      • 4/14: n/a
      • 4/15: issue 21 (Quiet Darkness pt 1)
      • 4/16: n/a
      • 4/17: issue 22 (Quiet Darkness pt 2)
      • 4/18: n/a
      • 4/19: n/a
      • 4/20: n/a
      • 4/21: issue 22, 23 (Quiet Darkness pt 2, 3; Laurel and Bounty meet Circe)
      • 4/22: issue 24, 25, 26 (Quiet Darkness pt 4; BION attacks Laurel on Earth; SW6 escapes)
      • 4/23: n/a
      • 4/24: n/a
      • 4/25: issue 27, 28 (Weisinger Chambers; OG & SW6 meet; BION defeated on Talus)
      • 4/26: issue 29 (Brainy studies BION; Subs meet Sade)
      • 4/27: n/a
      • 4/28: n/a
      • 4/29: n/a
      • 4/30: issue 29 (Wellington killed)


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 (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue.
  • 3/26/78 Dark Circle obtained updated cell samples from when Dr. Zan Orbal restored bodies and powers to Matter-Eater Lad, Lightning Lad, and Bouncing Boy on Tartarus, to complete their collection (LSH v4 #22).
  • 10/78 Doppelganger substitution during Dark Circle invasion (LSH v4 #22).
  • 2/17/89 – Mekt admitted to Labyrinth Penal Institute (LSH v4 #10).
  • 6/23/89 – Magic Wars end (LSH v3 #63)
  • 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).
  • 6/7/90 – Legion Academy closes (LSH v4 #16).
  • 7/6/90 – Former Legion Academy heads Chuck and Luornu Durgo Taine open the United Planets Militia Academy (LSH v4 #16).
  • 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).
  • 8/12/91 – Black Dawn; Timber Wolf is seriously injured, Wildfire is lost; Starfinger II (Char Burrane) and the Khunds are somehow involved (LSH v4 #12, #28).
  • 8/15/91 – Blok, Dawnstar, and Dream Girl resign (LSH v4 #28).
  • 8/17/91 – Crystal Kid resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 8/23/91 – Element Lad resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/1/91 – Impulse resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/4/91 – Echo and Tellus resign (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/14/91 – Sun Boy resigns and appoints Polar Boy as unofficial temporary leader (LSH v4 #28).
  • 10/8/91 – Imsk sets off the Damper weapon on Venado Bay on Braal-13 during the Imsk/Braal War. Rokk lost his powers, Loomis lost an arm. Salu was head of security on the damper project and knew what it would do, but fought against it (not hard enough, in her admission). Imsk won, as the army is occupying Braal (LSH v4 #1). She says that Braal attacked Imsk, and they were just defending themselves (LSH v4 #10).
  • 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 1992 – Down and out, Dirk is rescued by Shvaughn Erin, who warns him not to trust Earthgov, but he doesn’t trust her. Dirk is later recruited by Circe (LSH v4 #28)
  • 8/22/92 – Brek Bannin arrested for insurrection (LSH v4 #11).
  • 9/9/92 – Dirk joins Earthgov as a spokesman and liaison (LSH v4 #28)
  • 4/11/93 – Announcement of upcoming wedding of Grev Mallor (of the City People) to Kahnya Nahtahnie (Lady Memory of the Hill People) on Talok VIII.
  • 8/14/93 – wedding of Grev Mallor and Kahnya Nahtahnie.
  • 1/17/94 – Marzal reappears over Africa and the corrupt Earthgov destroys it, but not before Tyroc escapes (LSH v4 #16).
  • 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 (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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • Thu 12/25/94 – Garth, Cham, and Rokk remotely survey Talus (LSH v4 #14).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • Sun 12/28/94 – The reformed Legion establishes headquarters on the asteroid world of Talus.
  • Sat 1/3/95 – Tenzil Kem rejoins the Legion.
  • Sun 1/11/95 – Orando falls to the Khunds (LSH v4 #15).
  • Mon 1/12/95 – The Legion agrees to team with the United Planets Militia to beat back a Khundish invasion that threatens the heart of the United Planets (LSH v4 #15).
  • Exact date unknown – Cham meets with a Khundish double agent; Venegar falls to the Khunds, who then make a deal with the Hill People of Talok VIII; the UP Militia tries to decide if Xolnar or Talok VIII will be attacked next; Valor and Shadow Lass appear on Talok VIII; Khunds attack Xolnar; Circe wants Dirk to give a pro-Dominator speech (LSH v4 #15).
  • Exact date unknown Last stand on Xolnar; introduction of the Resistance on Earth (LSH v4 #16).
  • Fri 3/13/95 – SP Officer Roon Dvron’s police report on Sussa Paka (LSH v4 #22, 23, 27).
  • Sat 3/14/95 - Sussa Paka escape SP custody, steals Starfinger's helmet for Molock Hanscom on the way out (LSH v4 #27).
  • Sun 3/22/95 – Khund decoy fleet arrives at Talok VIII, while the main fleet attacks Xolnar, leading to the death of Jed “Power Boy” Rikane; after destroying the Talok fleet, the Legion and the UP Militia arrive at Xolnar to finish the Khundish fleet; Glorith sent to the end of time; the Khunds are driven back to pre-2995 borders, and the Legion concludes its participation in the war against Khundish encroachment (LSH v4 #17).
  • Wed 3/25/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are arrested by Earthgov (LSH v4 #17).
  • Thurs 3/26/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are put on trial (LSH v4 #17); Sussa Paka steals Earthgov Artifact J-1-WRTZ for Molock Hanscom (LSH v4 #27).
  • Fri 3/27/95 – Tensions increase on Earth with the execution of Legion friends Don and Dawn Allen. (Note that 3/27/95 is a Friday, while the comic says it happened on a Monday) (LSH v4 #17).
  • Sat 3/28/95 – Daily Planet article on the Allen executions (LSH v4 #17).
  • Exact date unknown – Valor and Shadow Lass help counter a Dark Circle attempt on Queen Projectra’s life on Orando, then remove the Dark Circle cultists from Carggg; Universo and Jacques meet; holo studio bombing allegedly by one of the Resistance groups (LSH v4 #18).
  • Thu 4/9/95 – Valor and Shadow Lass leave Carggg on their way to some R&R in deep space (LSH v4 #22).
  • Sat 4/11/95 – Luna is destroyed, ravaging Earth. (LSH v4 #19). The mysterious “SW6" Legionnaires awaken in an underground Dominion chamber on Earth. (LSH v4 #20, 25) Earthgov authorizes executions. (LSH v4 #25).
  • Sun 4/12/95 – Jo Nah returns from an extended journey through time (LSH v4 #19) and is added to the reformed adult Legion team (LSH v4 #20).
  • Mon 4/13/95 – Dacey and Doritt Ranzz are born to ex-Legionnaires Garth and Imra Ardeen Ranzz. Rokk recalls the events of Venado Bay as the Dominators start executing Science Police Earth officers who are revolting against the Dominators (LSH v4 #20). After being exposed to the null radiation from the detonation of Metropolis' powersphere on the 11th, Devlin is getting worse. (LSH v4 #25).
  • Wed 4/15/95 – Furball meets Aria on Zuun, unaware that she’s being hunted by Darkseid; Atmos revealed to have been killed by Project Champion; the Dominators begin harsher punishment of insurrectionists on Earth (LSH v4 #21).
  • Fri 4/17/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent on the way to Zuun to get Brainy and Furball; on Talus, Kono reads Nura’s unanswered messages to Mysa; on Altair, Valor finds troubling news from a Dark Circle computer (LSH v4 #22).
  • Exact date unknown: members of the Dark Circle recount the history of Valor.
  • Mon 4/20/95 – Devlin is healing and appears to have powers just like Reflecto of Rimbor (LSH v4 #29).
  • Tues 4/21/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent arrive at Zuun (LSH v4 #22).They are briefly detained but they escape to the surface and meet up with Brainy and Furball, but Lobo captures and leaves with Aria; during the escape, Celeste generates a burst of intense green energy. On Earth, Resistance leader Jacques has Laurel and Bounty meet up with Circe, who has turned against the Dominators and Earthgov. Valor leaves Shady to go to Earth to check into what he found (LSH v4 #23).
  • Wed 4/22/95 – Lobo brings Aria to Darkseid, followed by Jo, Kent, Celeste, Brainy, and Furball. Lobo is revealed to be merely a probe and Darkseid vanishes him, and then turns Furball back into Brin. The Gemini Matrix activates and Aria turns into an adult Gemini and blasts Darkseid, per his secret wish, who then disappears. Back on Earth, BION discovers the adult Laurel Gand while looking for the SW6 version, and the SW6 Legionnaires reveal themselves to Devlin (LSH v4 #24). The SW6 Legionnaires and Devlin escape the tunnels and link up with Universo and the Earth Resistance (LSH v4 #25), and then quickly go to the Resistance HQ in New Mexico. The Subs and Universo’s Resistance team capture the Weisigner Chambers from the Dominators, while BION follows Laurel to Talus (LSH v4 #26).
  • Sat 4/25/95 - Legionnaires in Africa with the Resistance and the SW6 Batch become aware of each other; the Subs and Grin’s resistance team discover others in the Weisinger Chambers; Rokk, Kono, and Loomis manage to subdue BION on Talus (LSH v4 #27). Dirk Morgna’s pod is discovered (LSH v4 #28).
  • Sun 4/26/95 – On Talus, Brainiac 5 studies BION, and Valor suggests that the adult Legionnaires may be clones. Monica Sade is released from the Weisinger chambers, and then Dominator troops temporarily gain control of the Chambers. Circe and Bounty plan to take out Pinnacle Command, while the Dominators prepare mind-wiped agents to attack the Subs (LSH v4 #29).
  • Thu 4/30/95 – Tensions on Earth reach the breaking point when President Tayla Wellington is assassinated by the Dominion during a live broadcast (LSH v4 #29). 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

LSH v4 #28 annotations: The Terra Mosaic part 4: The Sizzling Story of Sun Boy!

Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #28


Notes:
  • What has gone before: Dirk caught a blast from the null radiation when the Metropolis Powersphere blew. “He’s like a living furnace, feeding on himself – literally burning himself alive.” (LSH v4 #20)
  • Tom Bierbaum says in IOKIAS: “A good deal of what you see is clearly hallucination and self-delusion, so there’s not much you can take as gospel in this issue. As so often occurred in our stories, you have to make some judgments about what information to accept as true and what information is self-delusion or lie.” In particular, note the faces (or lack thereof) and the smiles (or lack thereof) on the people to suggest that this scene didn't take place quite like Dirk is remembering it. But you can take that certain things did happen, they just might not have happened the way it's presented here from Dirk's point of view.
  • We don’t recognize it right away, but Dirk is going to be remembering some things that happened in 2991-92 during the Five Year Gap that we (the readers) don’t know about yet – and the Sourcebook won’t come out for at least another year, so this is all new to us. To recap, here’s what we do know after 27 regular issues and 2 annuals (see timeline below for the details and issues):
    • 2989: Magic Wars end; The Great Collapse
    • 2990: Earthgov President Wellington tries but fails to legally disband the Legion; Validus Plague ravages Winath; Legion Academy closes; Earthgov secedes from the United Planets, and the Science Police Earth splits from the Science Police Proper.
    • 2991: Tinya presumed dead; Imsk sets off the Damper weapon on Venado Bay during the Imsk/Braal War; Black Dawn (of which we know just 4 things)
      • Polar Boy says “you know what that cost us”
      • Sun Boy was leader
      • Timber Wolf was irradiated during Black Dawn, eventually turning him into Furball
      • Char Burrane (Starfinger II) was somehow involved
    • 2992: LSH leader Polar Boy disbands the Legion, mentions “Black Dawn” in the announcement; Mordru coronated as the Supreme Teacher of Sorceror’s World; Brek Bannin later arrested for insurrection
    • 2993: wedding of Grev Mallor and Lady Memory; Firebombing of the Quebec City powersphere
    • 2994: Marzal reappears over Africa and is destroyed by the corrupt Earthgov; Cham begins to recruit members for the new Legion, first approaching Rokk
Pages 11-17 take place mostly in 2991-92 in flashback in the Five Year Gap, as I've helpfully noted by use of the "(Gap)" tag.
  • Page 1 panels 1-2: flashback to some time right before Dirk was placed in the pod we saw him in at the end of issue 20
  • Page 2 panels 1-2, 8-9: flashback to some time after he was put into the pod
  • Page 4 panel 7: Dr. Zaxton Regulus was established as the one who locked Dirk in the chamber. We learned Sun Boy’s origin when Regulus first appeared in ADV 348
  • His dad putting him to work in the lab as the boss is a retcon to his origin as Mon-El explains in Secrets of the Legion #2: “As a young man, he worked as a delivery boy for his father’s nuclear lab. One day, while making a delivery to a Dr. Zaxton Regulus, he and his friend were caught in the explosion of an experimental device. Dirk’s friend was killed and got Regulus fired from the lab. But Regulus blamed Dirk for the incident, and decided to get his vengeance on the innocent boy by locking him in an atomic reactor, and leaving him to die. But the radiation didn’t kill Dirk, instead it caused a change in him.”
  • Page 5 panel 1: outside his pod, the Dominators are under attack.
  • Page 8 panel 4: starting the oath that someone takes when they become a Legionnaire. The cartoon version is a little different 
  • Page 9 panel 4: flashback to issue 26 when the Subs and the Resistance took the Weisinger Chambers
  • Page 9 panel 7: Dirk’s sometimes-girlfriend Gigi Cusimano. The bit with Dvron is a reference to an incident in which she pretended that she had a date with Dvron (TLSH 320).
  • Page 10 panel 5: “You honestly think you’ll evacuate the planet in time?” “All these people, I promised them we'd rescue them!” (ADV 318)
  • Page 11 panels 1-4: a scene from ADV 318 when Sun Boy gets “space fatigue” 
  • Page 11 panels 5-9: (Gap) Dream Girl resigns, it’s not just because of this Black Dawn debacle. Dawnstar resigns, citing the sacrifices of Brin and Drake (We find out much later in the Sourcebook that whatever Black Dawn was, there was a crisis that led to an event on August 12, 2991, and both Dream Girl and Dawnstar resign on August 15. The Legion saved Earth, but Earth is ungrateful to the Legion.)
  • Page 12: (Gap) one by one, more Legionnaires resign - Blok on 8/15/91; Crystal Kid on 8/17/91 (when did he join?); Element Lad on 8/23/91; Impulse on 9/1/91, citing Dirk’s lack of leadership and support; Echo on 9/4/91 (when did he join?); Tellus on 9/4/91, but note that his speech is not like normal.
  • Page 12 panel 9: (Gap) Polar Boy, the eternal optimist
  • Page 13 panels 1-3: (Gap) Sun Boy and the Legion saved the solar system, and lost the Legion in the process. 
  • Page 13 panels 7-9: (Gap) Sun Boy resigns, appoints Polar Boy as unofficial temporary leader (9/14/91)
  • Page 14 panel 1: the Subs have taken the chambers
  • Page 14 panel 6: (Gap) Dirk is called a Khund-lover, a conspirator, and a traitor who with the Legion betrayed Earthgov
  • Page 15 panels 4-9: (Gap) Dirk is rescued by Shvaughn Erin, who warns him that despite how well she’s treated, don’t trust Earthgov
  • Page 16 panel 2: (Gap) Dirk doesn’t trust Shvaughn, thinking she’s working with Gigi (his ex) to keep him down
  • Page 16 panel 9: (Gap) recruited by Circe, who you may recall as cosplaying Shadow Lass earlier in the series with Dirk
  • Page 17 panels 1-3: (Gap) Circe tempts him with Shadow Lass, White Witch, and Phantom Girl
  • Page 17 panel 5: (Gap) Dirk joins Earthgov, which is under the thumb of the Dominators (9/9/92)
  • Page 17 panel 9: (Gap) defends Earthgov’s imprisonment of Brek Bannin (arrested 8/22/92)
  • Page 18 panel 1: deflects Earthgov’s involvement with Roxxas (revealed 12/3/94, LSH v4 #10)
  • Page 18 panel 2: defends Earthgov’s execution of Don & Dawn Allen (3/27/95, LSH v4 #15)
  • Page 20 panel 1: hears about the destruction of the Moon (4/11/95, LSH v4 #19), Dirk is broken down and beaten
  • Page 21: Dirk trying to recall what it was like when he was a hero
  • Page 22: crowd accuses him of being a sellout, caught by the powersphere explosion (4/11/95, LSH v4 #20)
  • Page 23: we finally see that the abstract Rorshach blotch we’ve been seeing all issue is a reflection of his own face as he’s looking out of the pod
  • Page 24: we’ve caught up with real time
In over 2 years of this series, in which we had the worst thing that ever happened to the Legion but which we knew next to nothing about, we finally learn some things, huzzah! Here's a chronological recap of what we know now about the 5YG and Black Dawn. From this issue, I think we can take WHAT happened at face value, but not necessarily WHY or HOW.
  • By 2991, many of the original Legionnaires had left for various reasons: Imra, Rokk, Cham, Garth, Brainy, Vi, Jo, Laurel, and Projectra are specifically called out, and Tinya was presumed dead. Sun Boy was leader. 
  • There was some kind of crisis and then something called Black Dawn happened; Starfinger II (Char Burrane) and the Khunds were somehow involved, and it resulted in the loss of Wildfire and Timber Wolf getting irradiated, leading to his metamorphosis into Furball. “Sun Boy and the Legion saved the solar system, and lost the Legion in the process,” but Earth is ungrateful to the Legion. 
  • One by one, Legionnaires resign in the aftermath of Black Dawn (Dream Girl, Dawnstar, Blok, Crystal Kid, Element Lad, Impulse, Echo, and Tellus), many citing Dirk’s lack of leadership and support (his imagination?) but also that of Earthgov itself. The populace thinks that the Legion betrayed Earthgov by working with the Khunds. Sun Boy himself resigns, leaving Polar Boy as leader. 
  • Trivia Lad: If you go back and do the math and look at who has resigned or retired prior to this, you’ll find only three pre-5YL members remain at this point when Sun Boy resigns: Colossal Boy, Invisible Kid II, and Polar Boy (note that the Sourcebook says that Nightwind is a member, so the Legion actually has 4 members, but he joined in the Gap and we haven’t seen that yet. Over the next year, there are some comings and goings, and when the Legion disbands in 2992, the membership consists of Calamity King, Colossal Boy, Fire Lad, Nightwind, Polar Boy, Stone Boy, Storm Boy, and Visi-Lad).


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 (cyan). Bold text is something new added this issue.
  • 3/26/78 Dark Circle obtained updated cell samples from when Dr. Zan Orbal restored bodies and powers to Matter-Eater Lad, Lightning Lad, and Bouncing Boy on Tartarus, to complete their collection (LSH v4 #22).
  • 10/78 Doppelganger substitution during Dark Circle invasion (LSH v4 #22).
  • 2/17/89 – Mekt admitted to Labyrinth Penal Institute (LSH v4 #10).
  • 6/23/89 – Magic Wars end (LSH v3 #63)
  • 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).
  • 6/7/90 – Legion Academy closes (LSH v4 #16).
  • 7/6/90 – Former Legion Academy heads Chuck and Luornu Durgo Taine open the United Planets Militia Academy (LSH v4 #16).
  • 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).
  • 8/12/91 – Black Dawn; Timber Wolf is seriously injured, Wildfire is lost; Starfinger II (Char Burrane) and the Khunds are somehow involved (LSH v4 #12, #28).
  • 8/15/91 – Blok, Dawnstar, and Dream Girl resign (LSH v4 #28).
  • 8/17/91 – Crystal Kid resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 8/23/91 – Element Lad resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/1/91 – Impulse resigns (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/4/91 – Echo and Tellus resign (LSH v4 #28).
  • 9/14/91 – Sun Boy resigns and appoints Polar Boy as unofficial temporary leader (LSH v4 #28).
  • 10/8/91 – Imsk sets off the Damper weapon on Venado Bay on Braal-13 during the Imsk/Braal War. Rokk lost his powers, Loomis lost an arm. Salu was head of security on the damper project and knew what it would do, but fought against it (not hard enough, in her admission). Imsk won, as the army is occupying Braal (LSH v4 #1). She says that Braal attacked Imsk, and they were just defending themselves (LSH v4 #10).
  • 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 1992 – Down and out, Dirk is rescued by Shvaughn Erin, who warns him not to trust Earthgov, but he doesn’t trust her. Dirk is later recruited by Circe (LSH v4 #28)
  • 8/22/92 – Brek Bannin arrested for insurrection (LSH v4 #11).
  • 9/9/92 – Dirk joins Earthgov as a spokesman and liaison (LSH v4 #28)
  • 4/11/93 – Announcement of upcoming wedding of Grev Mallor (of the City People) to Kahnya Nahtahnie (Lady Memory of the Hill People) on Talok VIII.
  • 8/14/93 – wedding of Grev Mallor and Kahnya Nahtahnie.
  • 1/17/94 – Marzal reappears over Africa and the corrupt Earthgov destroys it, but not before Tyroc escapes (LSH v4 #16).
  • 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 (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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • Thu 12/25/94 – Garth, Cham, and Rokk remotely survey Talus (LSH v4 #14).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • 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 (LSH v4 #14).
  • Sun 12/28/94 – The reformed Legion establishes headquarters on the asteroid world of Talus.
  • Sat 1/3/95 – Tenzil Kem rejoins the Legion.
  • Sun 1/11/95 – Orando falls to the Khunds  (LSH v4 #15).
  • Mon 1/12/95 – The Legion agrees to team with the United Planets Militia to beat back a Khundish invasion that threatens the heart of the United Planets (LSH v4 #15).
  • Exact date unknown – Cham meets with a Khundish double agent; Venegar falls to the Khunds, who then make a deal with the Hill People of Talok VIII; the UP Militia tries to decide if Xolnar or Talok VIII will be attacked next; Valor and Shadow Lass appear on Talok VIII; Khunds attack Xolnar; Circe wants Dirk to give a pro-Dominator speech (LSH v4 #15).
  • Exact date unknown  Last stand on Xolnar; introduction of the Resistance on Earth (LSH v4 #16). 
  • Fri 3/13/95 – SP Officer Roon Dvron’s police report on Sussa Paka (LSH v4 #22, 23, 27).
  • Sat 3/14/95 - Sussa Paka escape SP custody, steals Starfinger's helmet for Molock Hanscom on the way out (LSH v4 #27).
  • Sun 3/22/95 – Khund decoy fleet arrives at Talok VIII, while the main fleet attacks Xolnar, leading to the death of Jed “Power Boy” Rikane; after destroying the Talok fleet, the Legion and the UP Militia arrive at Xolnar to finish the Khundish fleet; Glorith sent to the end of time; the Khunds are driven back to pre-2995 borders, and the Legion concludes its participation in the war against Khundish encroachment (LSH v4 #17).
  • Wed 3/25/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are arrested by Earthgov (LSH v4 #17).
  • Thurs 3/26/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are put on trial (LSH v4 #17); Sussa Paka steals Earthgov Artifact J-1-WRTZ for Molock Hanscom (LSH v4 #27).
  • Fri 3/27/95 – Tensions increase on Earth with the execution of Legion friends Don and Dawn Allen. (Note that 3/27/95 is a Friday, while the comic says it happened on a Monday) (LSH v4 #17).
  • Sat 3/28/95 – Daily Planet article on the Allen executions (LSH v4 #17).
  • Exact date unknown – Valor and Shadow Lass help counter a Dark Circle attempt on Queen Projectra’s life on Orando, then remove the Dark Circle cultists from Carggg; Universo and Jacques meet; holo studio bombing allegedly by one of the Resistance groups (LSH v4 #18).
  • Thu 4/9/95 – Valor and Shadow Lass leave Carggg on their way to some R&R in deep space (LSH v4 #22).
  • Sat 4/11/95 – Luna is destroyed, ravaging Earth. (LSH v4 #19). The mysterious “SW6" Legionnaires awaken in an underground Dominion chamber on Earth. (LSH v4 #20, 25Earthgov authorizes executions. (LSH v4 #25).
  • Sun 4/12/95 – Jo Nah returns from an extended journey through time (LSH v4 #19) and is added to the reformed adult Legion team (LSH v4 #20).
  • Mon 4/13/95 – Dacey and Doritt Ranzz are born to ex-Legionnaires Garth and Imra Ardeen Ranzz. Rokk recalls the events of Venado Bay as the Dominators start executing Science Police Earth officers who are revolting against the Dominators (LSH v4 #20). After being exposed to the null radiation from the detonation of Metropolis' powersphere on the 11th, Devlin is getting worse. (LSH v4 #25).
  • Wed 4/15/95 – Furball meets Aria on Zuun, unaware that she’s being hunted by Darkseid; Atmos revealed to have been killed by Project Champion; the Dominators begin harsher punishment of insurrectionists on Earth (LSH v4 #21).
  • Fri 4/17/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent on the way to Zuun to get Brainy and Furball; on Talus, Kono reads Nura’s unanswered messages to Mysa; on Altair, Valor finds troubling news from a Dark Circle computer (LSH v4 #22).
  • Exact date unknown: members of the Dark Circle recount the history of Valor.
  • Tues 4/21/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent arrive at Zuun  (LSH v4 #22).They are briefly detained but they escape to the surface and meet up with Brainy and Furball, but Lobo captures and leaves with Aria; during the escape, Celeste generates a burst of intense green energy. On Earth, Resistance leader Jacques has Laurel and Bounty meet up with Circe, who has turned against the Dominators and Earthgov. Valor leaves Shady to go to Earth to check into what he found (LSH v4 #23).
  • Wed 4/22/95 – Lobo brings Aria to Darkseid, followed by Jo, Kent, Celeste, Brainy, and Furball. Lobo is revealed to be merely a probe and Darkseid vanishes him, and then turns Furball back into Brin. The Gemini Matrix activates and Aria turns into an adult Gemini and blasts Darkseid, per his secret wish, who then disappears. Back on Earth, BION discovers the adult Laurel Gand while looking for the SW6 version, and the SW6 Legionnaires reveal themselves to Devlin (LSH v4 #24). The SW6 Legionnaires and Devlin escape the tunnels and link up with Universo and the Earth Resistance (LSH v4 #25), and then quickly go to the Resistance HQ in New Mexico. The Subs and Universo’s Resistance team capture the Weisigner Chambers from the Dominators, while BION follows Laurel to Talus (LSH v4 #26).
  • Sat 4/25/95 - Legionnaires in Africa with the Resistance and the SW6 Batch become aware of each other; the Subs and Grin’s resistance team discover others in the Weisinger Chambers; Rokk, Kono, and Loomis manage to subdue BION on Talus (LSH v4 #27). Dirk Morgna’s pod is discovered (LSH v4 #28).

Monday, May 04, 2020

LSH v4 #27 annotations: Terra Mosaic part 3: Showdown!

Annotations for Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #27


Anyone recognize the names in boldface below (Blake, Smyt, Neal, Souder, Burnaby, Hill, Holster)? They're likely Interlac or fandom-related.

Notes:
  • #Mood



  • Page 1 panel 9: “Wonderful. Just wonderful… another glorious day begins on planet Earth.” Who says the Dominators don’t know sarcasm?
  • Page 2 panel 1: Who’s Blake?
  • Page 2 panel 6: Dag “Stone Boy” Wentim and Ulu “Color Kid” Vakk
  • Page 4 panels 1-3: Stump the Subs! Who are all these people? Of the 18, we’ve seen 13 of them before with 5 new characters. (Minor spoiler: we’ll see some of these people later.) They're listed as mind wipe status complete or not done.

  • Name
    Code name
    Named after
    Mind wipe status
    Powers
    History
    Previously Appeared
    Hold Atovlo
    Holdur

    Complete
    Enhanced Strength/Grip
    Agent of Pulsar Stargrave.
    D. Spengler Bonita

    Dee Spengler, sister of WAPAn Grace Spengler
    Complete
    Enhanced Speed
    This sounds like the same powers as Mara Williams of v4 #51, suggesting that the writers may have missed an opportunity
    List of Shvaughn Erin’s associates, LSH v4 #2
    Dafe Meron
    Polecat

    Complete
    Pungent Toxic Emissions
    rejected LSH applicant
    Wray Muntz

    Stella Wray & the fan formerly known as Michelle Muntz
    Complete
    Reality Distortion

    New
    Kirt Niedrich
    Absorbancy Boy

    Complete
    Absorbs Residual Super-Energy
    disgruntled LSH reject
    Chi Tsan
    Caress

    Complete
    Acidic Secretions
    Emerald Empress' second Fatal Five
    Leemac Allen

    WAPAn David McLallen
    Complete
    Deceased

    List of Shvaughn Erin’s associates, LSH v4 #2
    Flynt Brojj

    Mike Flynn and Harry Broertjes
    Complete
    Sensory Enhancement and Deprivation
    The LSH's greatest fan
    Squire Burroughs


    Complete
    Object Animation
    Brother of Legionnaire Drake Burroughs.
    New
    Cocheta Drisden


    Complete
    Hypnotic Control of Males
    Daughter or sister of Charma Drisden (SBOY #221). Apparently does not have Charma’s additional power of making females hate her.
    New
    Myg
    Karate Kid II

    Complete
    Sonic Emissions (powers are new)
    Former Legionnaire
    Mick Yardreigh
    Black Mace of the Taurus Gang.

    Complete
    No abilities manifested.

    Shanen Dreys
    Quake Kid

    None
    Tremor Projection
    LSH reject.
    Annie Foxmoor


    None
    Misfortune-Probability

    New, but mentioned in the Mordruverse story (LSH v4 #4)
    Bobb Kohn [should be “Kohan”]
    Crystal Kid
    Robert Cohen
    None
    Crystal Projection and Transmutation
    Former Academy member and Legionnaire
    Monica Sade


    None
    Teleportation

    New 
    Roy Travich
    Radiation Roy

    None
    Paralysis Radiations
    LSH reject and LSV member.
    Rhent Ustin
    Visi-Lad

    None
    Enhanced Vision, Hypnosis
    Legion Academy and former Legionnaire
    • Page 5: don’t forget Universo is wrapped up with the Dark Circle too
    • Page 10 panel 1: Don’t forget that BION used to be Computo the Conqueror but also Computo the Legion HQ’s majordomo
    • Page 11: BION uses Valor & Laurel’s super-hearing, Saturn Girl’s mind-reading, and Phantom Girl’s phasing
    • Page 12 panel 5: BION recognizes Ayla from her DNA, but this Ayla has lightning powers instead of the Light Lass powers that SW6 Ayla has. 
    • Page 12 panel 7: BION uses Element Lad’s powers
    • Page 12 panel 9: Yet BION recognizes Rokk phasing through the floor, and comments that that’s not Rokk’s power set
    • Page 19: Rokk, Loomis, and Kono are in the “Ancient Dominion Battlewagon” section of Talus. Loomis wrote on the map (from last issue) “Artificial gravity unit locked on, keeps asteroid tightly packed”
    • Page 20 panel 7: that was the Dominator Ambassador to Earthgov, who was previously locked up
    • Omnicom 1 – Science Police report part 3: “The Matter of the Assistant Chief’s Helmet”
      • Previous reports in issues 22 and 23
      • Takes place on 3/14/95, which is about a week before the Khund decoy fleet arrives at Talok VIII, while the main fleet attacks Xolnar during the Khund War
      • Sussa Paka aka “Spider-Girl” escaped custody by tricking Roon Dvron and stealing his clothes, then walking out
      • Assistant Chief Smyt (an Interlac person?) found the theft of a souvenir helmet given to him by Molock Hanscom, formerly Molock the Merciless (ADV 320) aka Starfinger III. “Helmet is believed to be souvenir from Toonar battlefields in the invasion of Mordru’s armies in 2976.” That was Mordru’s first attempt to invade, as seen in flashback in his first appearance (ADV 369). This was retconned to be 2976, shortly before Lightning Lad lost his arm to the Super-Moby Dick of Space (ADV 332). You’ll recall that Char Burrane (Starfinger II) had his predecessor Lars Hanscom killed (LSH v3 29), so in retaliation his brother Molock Hanscom had Char Burrane Sr and Jr killed (Junior was the one who Kent Shakespeare saved on Quarantine back in issue 12, though Junior was later killed anyway).
      • TL;DR: Sussa Paka has escaped custody and stole Starfinger’s helmet
    • Omnicom 2 – SP report part 4
      • Plot twist! SP gets a tip from an informant that the Stancio theft was a diversion, that the theft of the helmet was the real target. Paka drugged Pares and had him arrested. The informant says that the Starfinger helmet was actually stolen from Hanscom, and that Paka was hired by Hanscom to steal it back as part of a test run for a future theft of something valuable back on Earth.
      • Source of the tip is Boston Foxworth of Archangel, Toonar, who we heard from back in issue 22.
    • Omnicom 3 – SP report part 5
      • 3/26 is the same date that Don and Dawn Allen were put on trial (LSH v4 #17). 
      • Transcript of conversation with Rexx (after Rex Joyner), Becker (Amy Becker-Chambless), NealSouder. Earthgov Burnaby Compound named. “Corner of Hill and Holster”. She stole “Earthgov Artifact J-1-WRTZ” (after Julius Schwartz), a very high value target that warrants notifying the President of Earthgov.
    • Page 25: she doesn’t know what she has
    • In his IOKIAS, Tom Bierbaum mentions that the Foxmoor character mentioned in issue 4 (Mordruverse) was supposed to have been the same as Foxworth, who appears in the text pages in this issue as a "Star Trek Harry Mudd" type rogue character. But since he messed up, they're two different characters now. He also says he thinks that the artifact that Spider-Girl stole was originally going to be Ambush Bug's costume, but that's not what it turned out to be (more on that much later).


    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.
    • 3/26/78 Dark Circle obtained updated cell samples from when Dr. Zan Orbal restored bodies and powers to Matter-Eater Lad, Lightning Lad, and Bouncing Boy on Tartarus, to complete their collection (LSH v4 #22)
    • 10/78 Doppelganger substitution during Dark Circle invasion (LSH v4 #22)
    • 2/17/89 – Mekt admitted to Labyrinth Penal Institute (LSH v4 #10)
    • 6/23/89 – Magic Wars end (LSH v3 #63)
    • 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)
    • 6/7/90 – Legion Academy closes (LSH v4 #16)
    • 7/6/90 – Former Legion Academy heads Chuck and Luornu Durgo Taine open the United Planets Militia Academy (LSH v4 #16)
    • 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)
    • 10/8/91 – Imsk sets off the Damper weapon on Venado Bay on Braal-13 during the Imsk/Braal War. Rokk lost his powers, Loomis lost an arm. Salu was head of security on the damper project and knew what it would do, but fought against it (not hard enough, in her admission). Imsk won, as the army is occupying Braal. (LSH v4 #1) She says that Braal attacked Imsk, and they were just defending themselves. (LSH v4 #10)
    • 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)
    • 4/11/93 – Announcement of upcoming wedding of Grev Mallor (of the City People) to Kahnya Nahtahnie (Lady Memory of the Hill People) on Talok VIII
    • 8/14/93 – wedding of Grev Mallor and Kahnya Nahtahnie 
    • 1/17/94 – Marzal reappears over Africa and the corrupt Earthgov destroys it, but not before Tyroc escapes (LSH v4 #16)
    • 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 (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 (LSH v4 #14)
    • Thu 12/25/94 – Garth, Cham, and Rokk remotely survey Talus (LSH v4 #14)
    • 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. (LSH v4 #14)
    • 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 (LSH v4 #14)
    • Sun 12/28/94 – The reformed Legion establishes headquarters on the asteroid world of Talus
    • Sat 1/3/95 – Tenzil Kem rejoins the Legion
    • Sun 1/11/95 – Orando falls to the Khunds  (LSH v4 #15)
    • Mon 1/12/95 – The Legion agrees to team with the United Planets Militia to beat back a Khundish invasion that threatens the heart of the United Planets.  (LSH v4 #15)
    • Exact date unknown – Cham meets with a Khundish double agent; Venegar falls to the Khunds, who then make a deal with the Hill People of Talok VIII; the UP Militia tries to decide if Xolnar or Talok VIII will be attacked next; Valor and Shadow Lass appear on Talok VIII; Khunds attack Xolnar; Circe wants Dirk to give a pro-Dominator speech (LSH v4 #15)
    • Exact date unknown  Last stand on Xolnar; introduction of the Resistance on Earth (LSH v4 #16). 
    • Fri 3/13/95 – SP Officer Roon Dvron’s police report on Sussa Paka (LSH v4 #22, 23, 27)
    • Sat 3/14/95 - Sussa Paka escape SP custody, steals Starfinger's helmet for Molock Hanscom on the way out (LSH v4 #27)
    • Sun 3/22/95 – Khund decoy fleet arrives at Talok VIII, while the main fleet attacks Xolnar, leading to the death of Jed “Power Boy” Rikane; after destroying the Talok fleet, the Legion and the UP Militia arrive at Xolnar to finish the Khundish fleet; Glorith sent to the end of time; the Khunds are driven back to pre-2995 borders, and the Legion concludes its participation in the war against Khundish encroachment (LSH v4 #17)
    • Wed 3/25/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are arrested by Earthgov (LSH v4 #17)
    • Thurs 3/26/95 – Don and Dawn Allen are put on trial (LSH v4 #17); Sussa Paka steals Earthgov Artifact J-1-WRTZ for Molock Hanscom (LSH v4 #27)
    • Fri 3/27/95 – Tensions increase on Earth with the execution of Legion friends Don and Dawn Allen. (Note that 3/27/95 is a Friday, while the comic says it happened on a Monday) (LSH v4 #17)
    • Sat 3/28/95 – Daily Planet article on the Allen executions (LSH v4 #17)
    • Exact date unknown – Valor and Shadow Lass help counter a Dark Circle attempt on Queen Projectra’s life on Orando, then remove the Dark Circle cultists from Carggg; Universo and Jacques meet; holo studio bombing allegedly by one of the Resistance groups (LSH v4 #18)
    • Thu 4/9/95 – Valor and Shadow Lass leave Carggg on their way to some R&R in deep space (LSH v4 #22)
    • Sat 4/11/95 – Luna is destroyed, ravaging Earth. (LSH v4 #19). The mysterious “SW6" Legionnaires awaken in an underground Dominion chamber on Earth. (LSH v4 #20, 25Earthgov authorizes executions. (LSH v4 #25)
    • Sun 4/12/95 – Jo Nah returns from an extended journey through time (LSH v4 #19) and is added to the reformed adult Legion team (LSH v4 #20)
    • Mon 4/13/95 – Dacey and Doritt Ranzz are born to ex-Legionnaires Garth and Imra Ardeen Ranzz. Rokk recalls the events of Venado Bay as the Dominators start executing Science Police Earth officers who are revolting against the Dominators. (LSH v4 #20) After being exposed to the null radiation from the detonation of Metropolis' powersphere on the 11th, Devlin is getting worse. (LSH v4 #25)
    • Wed 4/15/95 – Furball meets Aria on Zuun, unaware that she’s being hunted by Darkseid; Atmos revealed to have been killed by Project Champion; the Dominators begin harsher punishment of insurrectionists on Earth. (LSH v4 #21)
    • Fri 4/17/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent on the way to Zuun to get Brainy and Furball; on Talus, Kono reads Nura’s unanswered messages to Mysa; on Altair, Valor finds troubling news from a Dark Circle computer (LSH v4 #22)
    • Exact date unknown: members of the Dark Circle recount the history of Valor
    • Tues 4/21/95 – Jo, Celeste, and Kent arrive at Zuun  (LSH v4 #22).They are briefly detained but they escape to the surface and meet up with Brainy and Furball, but Lobo captures and leaves with Aria; during the escape, Celeste generates a burst of intense green energy. On Earth, Resistance leader Jacques has Laurel and Bounty meet up with Circe, who has turned against the Dominators and Earthgov. Valor leaves Shady to go to Earth to check into what he found. (LSH v4 #23)
    • Wed 4/22/95 – Lobo brings Aria to Darkseid, followed by Jo, Kent, Celeste, Brainy, and Furball. Lobo is revealed to be merely a probe and Darkseid vanishes him, and then turns Furball back into Brin. The Gemini Matrix activates and Aria turns into an adult Gemini and blasts Darkseid, per his secret wish, who then disappears. Back on Earth, BION discovers the adult Laurel Gand while looking for the SW6 version, and the SW6 Legionnaires reveal themselves to Devlin (LSH v4 #24).The SW6 Legionnaires and Devlin escape the tunnels and link up with Universo and the Earth Resistance (LSH v4 #25), and then quickly go to the Resistance HQ in New Mexico. The Subs and Universo’s Resistance team capture the Weisigner Chambers from the Dominators, while BION follows Laurel to Talus (LSH v4 #26).
    • Sat 4/25/95 - Legionnaires in Africa with the Resistance and the SW6 Batch become aware of each other; the Subs and Grin’s resistance team discover others in the Weisinger Chambers; Rokk, Kono, and Loomis manage to subdue BION on Talus. (LSH v4 #27)
    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)
    • Kent Shakespeare and Gim Allon are both ex-Legionnaires, but it’s unknown when or under what circumstances they left. (LSH v4 #12)