Thursday, December 02, 2021

LSH v4 #54: A Brand-New Era!

  Annotations for LSH v4 #54:


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

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

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