Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Kurt Busiek on "Valor" and "End of an Era"

We just wrapped up the Valor series with issue 23, which was part 5 (of 6) of End of an Era. I asked Kurt about his time on writing Valor.

I was invited to write the last four issues of VALOR when Mark Waid moved over to writing whichever Legion book he took over, and I’m a big Legion fan, so of course I said yes. And I’m a fan of Colleen Doran’s work, too, so that made it a very easy book to say yes to.

The first two parts, pre-End of an Era, needed to wrap up Valor’s present-day mission (I think; it’s been a long time). My main memory of those two issues was that ever since I was in high school, I thought it would be cool to have some present-day DC hero have to deal with an army of Braalians — essentially a mass invasion of Magnetos. So when I needed someone to build this story around, I suggested we see Braalians, but somewhat more primitive Braalians than were in the 30th century. More of a warrior culture, like Space Conan or something. Colleen fastened on that to decide they’d be bare chested with great hair, and for the duration of that story we called them the Super-Fabios of Space. And they looked great.

As far as End of An Era goes, the story had been conceived before I got there, but I got to be part of the plotting sessions with Mark and Tom (and KC and/or Mike McAvennie was on the calls, too, I think, but mainly I remember Mark and Tom).

My big contributions were (a) how to defeat Mordru, by bringing in the Infinite Man (one of my favorite Legion foes from when I was reading the book) and having Mordru take his power, so Mordru’s claustrophobia was triggered by the Infinite Man’s infinite consciousness — if his consciousness is infinite, then there’s nothing beyond it, so it’s psychologically the same as being buried, (b) the explanation for where the SW6ers had come from, and (c) the idea that the adult Legion and the kid Legionnaires should shake hands and merge at the end, to answer the question “Which ones were ‘real’?” by saying, “They both were.”

I also really wanted to make it clear that as the time/crisis/whatever-wave washed over them, that they had a sense of continuation, that it wasn’t that these characters were being destroyed and other characters would replace them, but that these characters’ spirits would live on, embodied in revised versions of the continuity — so the post-Zero Hour Legion could be seen as the originals in a new form, rather than replacements for the originals.

I don’t think a lot of readers saw it that way, but hey, I wanted to try for that, at least.

It’s the one chance I’ve really had (so far, at least) to write the Legion, and I had a good time doing it, particularly writing Valor and Shady, writing a version of Superboy, and getting to write a lot of other favorites along the way.

It didn’t get the Legion out of my system or anything — I'd still like to write them someday — but it was a thrill to do those couple of issues, and to be involved in a big story, even if it was a farewell.

Hope that helps!


Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Valor #23 annotations: End of an Era part 5

 Annotations for Legionnaires #18:


Notes:

  • Cover: shows Valor fading to white. In the late 1990s I met Kurt at a convention and had him sign my Valor “End of an Era” issues. Kurt wrote a word balloon for Valor on the cover, saying “No! Wait! Sales are going upppppp….. (Damn! There go the royalties!)” Just like last week’s Legionnaires #18 (End of an Era part 4), this one also had a second printing. It came out about 4 weeks after the original printing, and can be distinguished primarily by the different color Zero Hour logos (red with white letters on the first, yellow with red letters on the second). Additionally, there's a small Roman numeral "II" in the price box in the upper left corner of the reprint, and the color palette is slightly different between the two - the blacks are darker on the reprint and the reds are more muted, same as with the Legionnaires reprint.
  • Page 1: this takes place 2 hours after Legionnaires #18.
  • Page 3: glimpses of Valor’s previous life in this book, including him meeting the Justice League, fighting the future Braalians, with Glorith, and being dead, and also things that didn’t happen (that we saw) like pulling the sword from the stone, one-eyed pirate, and taking on the mantle of Superman.
  • Page 4: meanwhile, at the end of time, Rokk has just come out of the Infinite Library and met the Time Trapper (who was dead, but he got better), as seen in Legionnaires #18
  • Page 4 panel 1: this Time Trapper got his powers from the Infinite Library, an eternity ago
  • Page 4 panel 3: the Iron Curtain of Time was built to protect the 30th century from the coming of the Zero Hour wave in this retcon
  • Page 7 panel 1: the original pre-Crisis Superboy saved Valor and brought him and Shady to Talus to help fight Glorith and Mordru
  • Page 8: no, it wasn’t the Dominators who created a set of clones in the Weisinger Chambers, it was the Time Trapper who split time and stored one set of Legionnaires while the other set lived their lives. It's just that the Dominators found them and took advantage of that.
  • Page 12: The Trapper says he created the Pocket Universe as a safe haven so the Legion could ride out the storm, but shit happened and it was destroyed before he could use it.
  • Page 13 panel 1: Other times the Time Trapper fought the Legion happened differently in his reality: 
    • “Turning you away from the power of the Concentrator” – in his first appearance, he built the Iron Curtain of Time to prevent the Legion from traveling to his era, in order to steal a super-weapon that would draw upon every energy source in the universe (ADV 317-318)
    • “Sending the Matter Master to aid you” – the Molecular (or Molecule, but never Matter) Master was a robot sent by the Time Trapper to steal the Miracle Machine, defeated by new member Wildfire (SBOY 201)
    • “Shielding Garth and Imra’s wedding from the Controllers” – in another attempt to steal the Miracle Machine, he created an alternate timeline (All-New Collector's Edition C-55, aka the Wedding Tabloid)
  • Page 14 panel 1: He messed things up so badly that he had to keep trying anything to re-create his original timeline
    • “Teaching you the dangers of time manipulation” – the Cosmic Boy and Legionnaires 3 miniseries
    • “Devolving the Legion to childhood” – with Glorith, in ADV 318
    • “encouraging you to cast me out of existence” – LSHv3 50, which was later retconned to be Glorith destroying Daxam
  • Page 14 panels 3-4: he recounts being attacked, as seen in ZH #4 
  • Page 22: Adios, Shady and Valor. Too bad you spent an extra 1000 years in the Phantom Zone for this.
  • Page 24: Farewell, Superboy. Great speech at the end, too bad nobody will remember it. (Superboy appears next in Superboy v3 #8)
  • Final issue of the series
I asked writer Kurt Busiek for some words on his writing tenure on Valor, I'll have those in the next post.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates.

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11. From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69).
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17). Valor and others go to New Earth to help RJ Brande bring Pocket Earth into this universe, but while the Subs and several Legionnaires blink out of existence, Pocket Earth turns out to be unstable and will explode in 72 hours (Valor #22). Rokk tries but can’t escape Mordru and Glorith (LSHv4 #60).
  • Sun 10/1/95: Rokk escapes Mordru and Glorith by going into the Infinite Library; the surviving members of the adult and SW6 Legions meet on Winath to help look for Rokk, but when Glorith and Mordru show up on Talus seeking the Time Beacon, the Legions go there. The magicians call forth the Infinite Man, and then they take his powers. Gim Allon disappears when his SW6 counterpart Leviathan is killed (LSH v4 #60). Mordru and Glorith begin to remake the universe, and the Legion teams fight them and their evil dopplegangers. But one by one, more Legionnaires fade out. Mysa manages to break Mordru and Glorith apart which causes their spell to fail, at least temporarily, before she fades out (Legionnaires #18). Valor and Shadow Lass meet Pre-Crisis Superboy, who helps the Legions fight Glorith and Mordru. The team beats Glorith, and her Infinite Man powers flow to Valor. He then dumps it all on Mordru, who is unprepared to have his mind merge with the universe. Mordru teleports away into the core of Pocket Earth, which is ready to explode in a couple of days. Valor and Shady vanish, and after Superboy makes a rousing speech, he too vanishes (Valor #23).
  • End of Time: Time Trapper is blasted by someone unknown, who starts to destroy time from the end going backwards and from the dawn of time going forwards (Zero Hour #4).
  • 8/8/1994: Jo tries to go back to the future with Enya/Phase, but at the last second she leaves him and returns to her L.E.G.I.O.N. team (L.E.G.I.O.N. #70). His time bubble is blocked from going to the future moments later. SW6 Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Livewire fall out of the timestream in 1994, where they are met by Jo (Legionnaires #18). Metron, Superman, and Batman gather some heroes, including the Legionnaires (Zero Hour #4, Legionnaires #18).
  • End of Time: Rokk spends an infinite amount of time in the Infinite Library and meets the Time Trapper when he finally escapes (Legionnaires #18). The Time Trapper explains his history and reveals that the SW6 Legionnaires were taken from time by him, not cloned by the Dominators. But their continued existence warped time and caused the Trapper to go insane trying to “fix” things to actually protect the Legion from the Zero Hour energy wave (Valor #23). He then reveals himself to Rokk that the two of them are really temporal duplicates (Valor #23, also shown in Zero Hour #3).

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Legionnaires #18 annotations: End of an Era part 4

 Annotations for Legionnaires #18:


Notes:

  • Cover: This issue had a second printing, which came out about 4 weeks after the original printing, and can be distinguished primarily by the different color Zero Hour logos (red with white letters on the first, yellow with red letters on the second). Additionally, there's a small Roman numeral "II" in the price box in the upper left corner of the reprint (as seen above), and the color palette is slightly different between the two - the blacks are darker on the reprint and the reds are more muted. As best as I can tell, this is the first Legion book to have a second printing.
  • Page 6: the SP officer says that half the force owes their lives to the Legion. Yet just a few issues ago – literally just two days ago – the SPs were convinced that the Legion had turned traitor and were working with the Khunds.
  • Page 7 panel 3: Kono’s gone, take a drink.
  • Page 8 panel 3: Rokk finds Glorith’s journal, which says that his destiny is entwined with that of her greatest adversary’s
  • Page 8 panel 4: If it takes til the end of time – foreshadowing who else is at the end of time?
  • Page 9: the sequence of the Legionnaires trying to defeat Mordru and Glorith so the mystics can work their magics is reminiscent of the sequence from LSH v2 #300 drawn by Jim Sherman that shows an alternate version of Mordru winning Earthwar.
  • Page 10: a magical evil Legion which Rond says (on the next page) is this universe’s version of the Legion - in Silver Age costumes plus Blok and Dawnstar
  • Page 12: It’s SW6 Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Livewire, last seen jumping into the Time Bubble to investigate back in Legionnaires #16
  • Page 13: The three are rescued by Jo “Emerald Dragon” Nah, who was last seen trying to leave the 20th century over in LEGION #70, but something prevented him from going back to the future. Superman’s appearance here is the same as in Zero Hour #4, which also came out the same week as this issue. We will see these four again in Zero Hour #3.
  • Page 14 panel 6: Rokk is aging while in the Infinite Library
  • Page 15: Goodbye to both Projectra and Devlin, not to mention their plan
  • Page 16 panel 5: Maybe Rokk used his powers that he displayed on the previous page to de-age himself?
  • Page 19 panel 3: Adios, Timber Wolf
  • Page 20 panel 1: There goes Brek and Rond
  • Page 20 panel 6: that’s the doorway that we saw in LSH #60
  • Page 21: and down goes Mysa/Amethyst
  • Page 22: at the End of Time, of course it’s the Time Trapper! He was dead, but he got better.
  • This issue we lost Brek Bannin, Devlin O’Ryan, Timber Wolf, Kono, Mysa, Projectra, and Rond Vidar. From the big roll call gathering in LSH #60, here’s who’s left with just 2 parts of End of an Era remaining:
    • SW6 – Alchemist, Apparition, Bouncing Boy, Brainy, Dragonmage, Dream Girl, Gossamer, Inferno, Invisible Kid, Kid Quantum, Matter-Eater Lad, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Triad, Ultra Boy, plus Cosmic Boy, Livewire, and Saturn Girl in the 20th century
    • Adult – Ayla, Brainy, Celeste, Cham, Chuck, Garth, Imra, Jan, Loomis, Luornu, Lydda, Mekt, Nura, Tenzil, Thom, Vi, Wildfire, plus Jo in the 20th century



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates.

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11. From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69).
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17). Valor and others go to New Earth to help RJ Brande bring Pocket Earth into this universe, but while the Subs and several Legionnaires blink out of existence, Pocket Earth turns out to be unstable and will explode in 72 hours (Valor #22). Rokk tries but can’t escape Mordru and Glorith (LSHv4 #60).
  • Sun 10/1/95: Rokk escapes Mordru and Glorith by going into the Infinite Library; the surviving members of the adult and SW6 Legions meet on Winath to help look for Rokk, but when Glorith and Mordru show up on Talus seeking the Time Beacon, the Legions go there. The magicians call forth the Infinite Man, and then they take his powers. Gim Allon disappears when his SW6 counterpart Leviathan is killed (LSH v4 #60). Mordru and Glorith begin to remake the universe, and the Legion teams fight them and their evil dopplegangers. But one by one, more Legionnaires fade out. Mysa manages to break Mordru and Glorith apart which causes their spell to fail, at least temporarily, before she fades out (Legionnaires #18).
  • End of Time: Time Trapper is blasted by someone unknown, who starts to destroy time from the end going backwards and from the dawn of time going forwards (Zero Hour #4).
  • 8/8/1994: Jo tries to go back to the future with Enya/Phase, but at the last second she leaves him and returns to her L.E.G.I.O.N. team (L.E.G.I.O.N. #70). His time bubble is blocked from going to the future moments later. SW6 Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Livewire fall out of the timestream in 1994, where they are met by Jo (Legionnaires #18). Metron, Superman, and Batman gather some heroes, including the Legionnaires (Zero Hour #4, Legionnaires #18).
  • End of Time: Rokk spends an infinite amount of time in the Infinite Library and meets the Time Trapper when he finally escapes (Legionnaires #18).

Monday, July 18, 2022

L.E.G.I.O.N. #70 annotations: Exit the Dragon

 Annotations for L.E.G.I.O.N. #70:


Notes:

  • This issue came out the same week as Zero Hour #2 (7/26/94), but it takes place at the same time as ZH #4 and Legionnaires #18 (both on sale 7/12/94), so I have used the distraction of time shenanigans to move this issue to where it fits (Legionnaires #18 shows Jo meeting with the SW6 Legionnaires, which takes place during ZH #4) rather than when it actually came out. 
  • Previously: Jo arrived in the present in L.E.G.I.O.N. #68, and met with Phase who he found out was Enya Wazzo, not Tinya, in #69. In continuity, this takes place the day after L.E.G.I.O.N. #68-69, which means if my math is right, this is 8/8/1994, the day before the universe reboots.
  • Pages 7-9: Jo attempts to leave the 20th century for the 30th with Enya, but she phases out of the time bubble at the last minute, after which we are to assume that Jo makes it back to the future (but he does not, as we'll see in Legionnaires #18 next up).
  • Pages 16-17: This is a longer version of Dox launching the time probe that we'll see recapped in a couple panels in Zero Hour #3 coming up.
Best as I've been able to keep track, Jo left the 30th century on 9/29/2995 and arrived on 8/7/1994.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates.

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11. From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69).
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17). Valor and others go to New Earth to help RJ Brande bring Pocket Earth into this universe, but while the Subs and several Legionnaires blink out of existence, Pocket Earth turns out to be unstable and will explode in 72 hours (Valor #22). Rokk tries but can’t escape Mordru and Glorith (LSHv4 #60).
  • Sun 10/1/95: Rokk escapes Mordru and Glorith by going into the Infinite Library; the surviving members of the adult and SW6 Legions meet on Winath to help look for Rokk, but when Glorith and Mordru show up on Talus seeking the Time Beacon, the Legions go there. The magicians call forth the Infinite Man, and then they take his powers. Gim Allon disappears when his SW6 counterpart Leviathan is killed (LSH v4 #60). 
  • End of Time: Time Trapper is blasted by someone unknown, who starts to destroy time from the end going backwards and from the dawn of time going forwards (Zero Hour #4).
  • 8/8/1994: Jo tries to go back to the future with Enya/Phase, but at the last second she leaves him and returns to her L.E.G.I.O.N. team (L.E.G.I.O.N. #70). Metron, Superman, and Batman gather some heroes, including the Legionnaires and Superboy (Zero Hour #4).

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Zero Hour #4 annotations: The Beginning of the End

Annotations for LSH v4 #60:


 

Notes on Showcase '94:

  • Before we get into ZH #4 itself, there was a 2-part story in Showcase ’94 that serves as a prologue. There’s nothing particularly relevant to our reading but it does explain how Monarch becomes Extant. This pair of 10-page stories was written by Dan Jurgens with art by Frank Fosco and Ken Branch (that were also reprinted in the ZH collected edition). In summary:
    • Part 1: Waverider and Hunter are at Vanishing Point. Waverider recalls that to defeat Monarch (in the Armageddon 2001 timeline), he had to destroy the timeline that his family was from. Hunter thinks Waverider is the bad guy for destroying the timeline, even if it was to defeat Monarch. Just then, their time scopes flicker, and the cause of the disturbance is found to be in Washington DC, in 1994. But Monarch, formerly Hank “Hawk” Hall, is still alive and has rigged a contraption to warn him if someone is looking for him in the time stream, which just happened. Waverider and Hunter decide to go back in time and look for Monarch – but that’s just what Monarch wanted, as he can’t time travel yet, he wants the Linear Men to go to him so he can steal their tech. Monarch surprises them and says that he has felt the time disruptions but he’s not causing them. Waverider uses his power to see Monarch’s future and says “No! You’re more than we knew! More of a threat than…” and then Monarch blasts him unconscious.
    • Part 2: Monarch is holding Hunter and Waverider in stasis, and takes them through time, but they realize that while he can travel in time, he can’t navigate. Waverider escapes and overloads Monarch’s circuitry, but Monarch has stolen Waverider’s energy and taken the three of them into his own past. He reveals that when Dove died, her powers, reason, and intelligence fused into his body, making him more than either of them were, and he changes from Monarch into Extant. He then steals one of Waverider’s arm bands that lets the Linear Men travel in time, and he disappears. Hunter says that Monarch was supposed to have died fighting him and Waverider in this time, but instead he has changed history and gotten more powerful. “For all we know, the Extant might change all time!” says Hunter, to which Waverider replies “If true, we stand on the verge of a true Crisis!” (take a drink).
Notes on Zero Hour #4:
  • This issue went on sale 7/12/94; L.E.G.I.O.N. #69 (which we did in the crossover a few weeks back) came out on 6/28/94, in between LSH #60 from last week and this issue. That’s the one where Jo finds who he thinks is Tinya but it’s really been Enya all along.
  • Page 1: Just like Zero Hour issue numbers are counting down from #4 to #0, inside the story we also see events counting down by “X hours ago”. But given that this starts in “Earth’s distant future 32 hours ago at the end of time”, this is really tracking the timeline of the story’s main antagonist from their point of view. It culminates to “now” at the end of issue #1, leading into issue #0. This happens to be very helpful to me when trying to fit all of the pieces of the story that take place in 1994, 2995, and the beginning and/or end of time in the right order for the timeline I’m tracking (see the bottom of this and every entry for the timeline as known so far).
    • 32 hours ago: someone (we don’t know who yet) arrives and blasts the Time Trapper. As he drifts away, the antagonist thinks about changing time, and creates a giant white hole that starts swallowing everything going backwards in time, saying that the countdown to Zero Hour has begun.
  • Page 4: 30 hours ago, Metron visits Darkseid looking for allies
  • Page 5: 69 hours ago, it’s a new alternate Earth Batgirl
  • Unless this is a typo and it should be 29 hours ago, this one is WAY out of order
  • Page 8: 28:49 ago, at Vanishing Point, Waverider and the Linear Men see centuries of the future vanishing, moving backwards
  • Page 9: 28:42 ago, Flash is in the 64th century and time is ending, and then so is Flash, only his costume remains – what would a Crisis be without the death of a Flash?
  • Page 14: 24:42 ago, Metron meets Superman and Batman and tells them there’s a cosmic crisis (take a drink!)
  • Page 15: 23:40 ago, Green Lantern is Pol Manning in the year 5700, but he dies along with Hunter
    • Pol Manning was an identity assumed by Hal Jordan early in his career (GL #8, 1961). In the late-58th Century, the various planets of Earth’s solar system had banded together and formed the Solar Council. When their citizens were threatened by a disaster too great for them to handle, the Solar Council's secretary Iona Vane decided to bring the greatest Green Lantern in history, Hal Jordan, to their time. An unfortunate side effect of the time travel completely erased Jordan's memory. Vane created the fictitious "Pol Manning" persona and recorded it into Jordan's mind; she even cast herself as his romantic interest. This era was revisited in GL #51 and Green Lantern Corps #214 (when Salakk was brought to 5700 and assumed the role of Pol Manning).
  • Page 17: 21:38 ago, Hawkman splits into his various counterparts, Dr Mist summons the Leymen, and Metron uses Superman and GL Kyle Rayner to summon a bunch of Earth’s heroes. Metron tries but fails to get Spectre to help.
    • We will also see this summoning scene in the pages of Legionnaires #18 and Superboy v3 #8, among other issues, both of which also come out this week.
  • Page 21: 18:35 ago, at Vanishing Point, Waverider finds out about the original Crisis.
  • Page 22: 18:25 ago, the other members of the JSA find Hawkman, and then Vandal Savage disappears when his birth is erased.
  • Page 23: 18:19 ago, at Vanishing Point, Extant has arrived and taken out the other Linear Men. 
  • Page 24: house ad with info on things coming up (picking up threads seen in this issue), including:
    • New details about the Time Trapper’s past can be found in Valor #23 (on sale this week) and LSH #61 (on sale in 3 weeks, the same week as ZH #1)
    • Superboy encounters a time anomaly face to face when he meets a strangely familiar super-powered teenager in Superboy #8 (on sale this week)
    • Future timestream anomalies are depicted in Legionnaires #17-18, Valor #22-23, and LSH #60-61 (aka “End of an Era”
  • Page 25: DC Universe house ad with rumors of what’s coming up in Zero Hour, including:
    • The JSA, JLI, and L.E.G.I.O.N. fall!
    • Phase regains her memory and returns to the 30th century!
    • Phase returns to the 30th century but doesn’t regain her memory!
    • Casualties: Hawkwoman! The Atom! Waverider! Valor – again!
    • Villains: Glorith! The Anti-Monitor! The Time Trapper! Monarch!
    • Battle of the Superboys! Return of the Insect Queen! Turtleboy Unlimited!
    • The Legion of Super-Heroes and the Legionnaires – together again for the very last time!
    • Mike Carlin is revealed to be the main villain of Zero Hour!



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates.

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11. From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69).
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17). Valor and others go to New Earth to help RJ Brande bring Pocket Earth into this universe, but while the Subs and several Legionnaires blink out of existence, Pocket Earth turns out to be unstable and will explode in 72 hours (Valor #22). Rokk tries but can’t escape Mordru and Glorith (LSHv4 #60).
  • Sun 10/1/95: Rokk escapes Mordru and Glorith by going into the Infinite Library; the surviving members of the adult and SW6 Legions meet on Winath to help look for Rokk, but when Glorith and Mordru show up on Talus seeking the Time Beacon, the Legions go there. The magicians call forth the Infinite Man, and then they take his powers. Gim Allon disappears when his SW6 counterpart Leviathan is killed (LSH v4 #60). 
  • End of Time: Time Trapper is blasted by someone unknown, who starts to destroy time from the end going backwards and from the dawn of time going forwards (Zero Hour #4).
  • Mon 8/8/94: Metron, Superman, and Batman gather some heroes, including the Legionnaires and Superboy (Zero Hour #4).

Monday, July 04, 2022

LSH v4 #60 annotations: End of an Era part 3

Annotations for LSH v4 #60:


Notes:

  • Cover: Jo as Emerald Dragon is on the cover, but he shouldn’t be because he’s back in the 20th century.
  • Picks up just a minute after the end of Legionnaires #17 when Rokk got kidnapped by Glorith and Mordru.
  • Page 6: It’s a roll call of just about everyone who’s left, so they can get one last bit of screen time before fading out. Given that some of them were on Shanghalla and now they’re on separate ships with others, it must be the next day.
    • Panel 2: Garth, Imra, Lydda, and Pol and his nanny Englenna, on Winath
    • Panel 4: Celeste Darkstar, Wildfire, Chuck, Luornu, Loomis, and Gim
    • Panel 5: Inferno, Cham, Jan, Alchemist, Star Boy, and Gossamer
  • Page 7: more roll call
    • Panel 1: Nura, Thom, Vi, Furball, Ayla
    • Panel 2: Mekt, Kid Quantum, Shrinking Violet, Triad, Apparition, Ultra Boy
    • Panel 3: Kono, Tenzil, Devlin, Brek
  • Page 8 panel 1: the mystics on Winath – Dragonmage, Dream Girl, Jewel, Nura, and Projectra
  • Page 8 panel 3: there’s Matter-Eater Lad with his adult counterpart
  • Page 9 panel 1: Legionnaire statues, take a drink! They got one made of Dawnstar pretty quick, she just faded out the day before. There are no statues of anyone who was at the Pocket Earth site, since apparently they don’t know about them yet (Valor and Shady with Brande were the only ones left there). The others are Karate Kid and Phantom Girl.
  • Page 9 panel 2: Wave was on one of the ships, as she’s here now. And SW6 Ayla is now older than her adult counterpart.
  • Page 9 panel 4: Old Brainy, Invisible Kid, and Rond Vidar have also gotten from Weber’s World to Winath with everyone else.
  • Page 9 panel 5: There’s Catspaw, along with Triad and Brek. Young Brainy is mentioned so he’s around here somewhere. 
  • Page 10 panel 3: Catspaw has disappeared and Inferno has arrived – but Brek calls him Sun Boy.
  • Page 12: Rokk escapes into the Infinite Library, which Mordru helpfully reminds us is the supposed archive of all chronal knowledge.
  • Page 13: Neat how the farther back you go, the knowledge is in books, then scrolls, then stone tablets.
  • Page 13 panel 4: He thinks there’s no exit, but that looks suspiciously like a door…
  • Pages 14-15: everyone who has a costume is wearing one. Note that Imra and Garth at the upper right have new costumes. Vi and Cham update us on the status of everyone else: Quislet and Tellus can’t be reached, Kent is powerless (on Quarantine, with Ivy, Graym, and the others), and Valor’s team on Earth (but hey haven’t talked to that team yet).
  • Page 16 panel 2: even Dvron gets a cameo!
  • Page 17 panel 5: ordinarily it takes a day to get anywhere, but they get to Talus in a page. Only the time bubble has been shown to have instantaneous travel, so let’s just assume that the Brainys/Lyle/Rond hooked one into the Legion Cruiser seen on page 16.
  • Page 18 panel 4: Glorith always did have a thing for turning people into children. That’s Thom, Kid Quantum, Shrinking Violet, and Chuck (who was the only male wearing a maroon SP jump suit).
  • Page 20: Glorith kills Leviathan, then Gim fades away when his counterpart died. 
    • 13 Counterparts left that we know of: Ayla/Gossamer, Garth/Livewire, Imra/Saturn Girl, Rokk/Cosmic Boy, Brainiac 5s, Chuck/Bouncing Boy, Luornu/Triad, Jan/Alchemist, Thom/Star Boy, Nura/Dream Girl, Vi/Shrinking Violet, Tenzil/ME Lad, Jo/Ultra Boy
    • Not counting the secret one we don’t know about yet
  • Page 21 panel 1: Alchemist, Projectra, and Jan are now super-old
  • Page 21 panel 4: it’s the Infinite Man, last seen fighting the Time Trapper during the Conspiracy storyline
  • Page 23 panel 1: more time shenanigans – Garth now has a metal arm again; Imra, Luornu, and Cham are in old costumes; Jan is too, but he got aged back to normal
  • Page 23 panel 2: Ayla got aged back to normal too, along with Kid Quantum and Chuck 
  • Page 23 panel 3: Wave and Kid Quantum disappear
  • This issue we’ve lost Catspaw, Leviathan, Gim Allon, Kid Quantum, and Wave
  • This issue came out on 6/21/94; L.E.G.I.O.N. #69 (which we did in the crossover a few weeks back) came out on 6/28/94, one week after this issue, that’s the one where Jo finds who he thinks is Tinya but it’s really been Enya all along.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates.

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11). From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69).
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17). Valor and others go to New Earth to help RJ Brande bring Pocket Earth into this universe, but while the Subs and several Legionnaires blink out of existence, Pocket Earth turns out to be unstable and will explode in 72 hours (Valor #22). Rokk tries but can’t escape Mordru and Glorith (LSHv4 #60).
  • Sun 10/1/95: Rokk escapes Mordru and Glorith by going into the Infinite Library; the surviving members of the adult and SW6 Legions meet on Winath to help look for Rokk, but when Glorith and Mordru show up on Talus seeking the Time Beacon, the Legions go there. The magicians call forth the Infinite Man, and then they take his powers. Gim Allon disappears when his SW6 counterpart Leviathan is killed (LSH v4 #60). 

Monday, June 27, 2022

Valor #22 annotations: End of an Era part 2

Annotations for Valor #22:

  • On sale 6/14/94 (same day as last week's Legionnaires #17)
  • Legion of Substitute Podcasters episode 715 (June 27, 2022)
  • Timeline: 9/30/2995

Notes:

  • Cover: That’s Troy “Tyroc” Stewart between Dev-Em and Andromeda
  • Valor is finally and fully integrated with the other two 30th century books now. When we last saw Valor (last month in issue 21), he had just been cast into the Phantom Zone again in August 1994, and he doesn’t get out until January 2975 (a mere 981 years later); this is the adult Valor in Sept 2995, who has already been out for 20 years.
  • Page 1: In the captions, Valor is having trouble remembering his own story, after 2000 years in the Phantom Zone.
    • Sebastopol is most likely the major port city in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 (and not the California town)
  • Page 4 panel 1: “a battle between Lobo and Darkseid” recalls the Quiet Darkness
  • Page 4 panel 2: The SCPA is the Space Canine Patrol Agents
  • Page 4 panel 3:
    • “Isle of Avalon” – referring to the recent Annual, also the King Arthur story
    • “Frozen in an iceberg” – Captain America
    • “Cursed to sleep until my 16th birthday” – Sleeping Beauty
  • Page 5 panel 2: We haven’t seen Brande since issue 39, right after the Earth blew up
  • Page 5 panel 4: Valor tells Brande that Jo is on a mission; ironically, the mission is visiting the woman who Brande was switched in time for years ago by Glorith. Jo is in the 20th century, as seen in L.E.G.I.O.N. #68-70.
  • Page 6 panel 2: That’s the Pocket Dimension Earth, last seen in Superman v2 #22 as a dead planet after the three Kryptonian villains killed everyone and Superman executed them for it
  • Page 10 panel 2: “HAUUUU” is a new scream by Tyroc
  • Page 12: I own this page of original art
  • Page 14 panel 2: probably the first appearance of “Mon-El” since before the Mordruverse
  • Page 19: sayonara to Tyroc and Computo II
  • Page 20: farewell to Infectious Lass, Invisible Kid II, Andromeda, Fire Lad, Stone Boy, Color Kid – basically everyone except Valor, Shady, and Brande
  • Page 21: computer counts down 72 hours until Pocket Earth explodes



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates.

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Thu 9/28/95: The Legion tries and fails to protect Starfinger III from the Khunds, while fighting the Legion Academy, the Khundish ex-Legionnaires, and the mind-controlled Heroes of Lallor; Polestar leaves for New Earth while the rest of the team go to Weber’s World; Valor finds something strange with Dev-Em; Rond Vidar finds something strange in the time stream (LSHv4 #57); Ayla is growing younger since the battle with Glorith, and to comfort her, Vi reads her a bedtime story (LSHv4 Ann #5).
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11). From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69).
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17). Valor and others go to New Earth to help RJ Brande bring Pocket Earth into this universe, but while the Subs and several Legionnaires blink out of existence, Pocket Earth turns out to be unstable and will explode in 72 hours (Valor #22).

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Legionnaires #17 annotations: End of an Era, part 1

Annotations for Legionnaires #17:


Notes:

  • Cover: Legionnaire statues, take a drink! The lineup of living and dead Legionnaires doesn’t match what’s in the story, but it probably doesn’t matter. Ferro Lad should be dead and Livewire/Lightning Lad should be alive. Cham does appear briefly as a statue in this story, swapped with Chemical King, who's visible next to Invisible Kid, who does not appear in this issue in this costume.
    • Incorrectly listed as the conclusion to “End of an Era” rather than part 1
  • Page 1: Roll call – read “Who’s Who in the Legion”, that’s not far from the truth! Some of the SW6 Legionnaires meet Polestar at New Earth, as seen earlier (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59).
  • Page 5 panel 2: it’s not the full LSH or SW6 Legionnaires gathering on Shanghalla.
    • Representing the adults: Dawnstar, Garth, Imra, Rokk, NRG/Wildfire, Furball/Timber Wolf, Jewel/Mysa, Cham, Wave, Rond Vidar, Vi, Valor, Shady
    • Representing the SW6: Ultra Boy, Apparition, Matter-Eater Lad, Inferno, Star Boy, Andromeda, Violet
    • Also, Dev-Em is still a Daxamite as of now (originally a Kryptonian prior to the Mordruverse)
  • Page 6 panel 5: Who could command Valor’s attention that quickly? I haven’t read ahead but maybe Brande?
  • Page 7 panel 1: Off go Valor, Dev-Em, Andromeda, and Shady to either Valor #22 (EoE 2) or LSHv4 #60 (EoE 3)
  • Page 7 panel 2: Leviathan is here but wasn’t in the group shot earlier
  • Page 10 panel 1: Superboy has been un-retconned (or de-retconned?)! How could the Superman office allow this?
  • Page 11 panel 2:
    • The Legion has never met this version of Superboy (Kon-El)
    • Saturn Girl shooting lightning from her eyes is from the cover of ADV 267
    • The original costumes of the Legionnaires (ADV 247)
    • The Brain-Globes of Rambat tried to conquer Earth by controlling the heroes, but they couldn’t control animals so the Legion of Super-Pets was formed to save the day (ADV 293)
    • Scene from the Mordruverse (LSHv4 4)
  • Page 13 panels 1-3: As Brainy talks about how things are changing and nobody notices, Cham is briefly replaced by Chemical King and nobody notices
  • Page 14: Villains, some more anachronistic than others
    • Cosmic King, Lightning Lord, Saturn Queen – as in their original appearance (SMAN 147)
    • Urthlo – originally a robot built by Lex Luthor, powered by Hate tapes (ADV 300)
    • Beauty Blaze – only seen in the alternate future of the Adult Legion (ADV 355)
    • Satan Girl – a red kryptonite-created evil version of Supergirl (ADV 313)
  • Page 16 panel 2: As Urthlo gets blasted, you can see one of his HATE tapes flying out
  • Page 17 panel 1: Why isn’t Inferno taking on Beauty Blaze instead of Furball, the guy with burnable fur?
  • Page 17 panel 3: Kid Quantum is suddenly here
  • Page 18 panel 1: Mekt is suddenly here
  • Page 21: Mordru and Glorith have taken Rokk to his destiny
  • Page 22 panel 3: fade out for Dawnstar, pour one out for her



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates. 

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Thu 9/28/95: The Legion tries and fails to protect Starfinger III from the Khunds, while fighting the Legion Academy, the Khundish ex-Legionnaires, and the mind-controlled Heroes of Lallor; Polestar leaves for New Earth while the rest of the team go to Weber’s World; Valor finds something strange with Dev-Em; Rond Vidar finds something strange in the time stream (LSHv4 #57); Ayla is growing younger since the battle with Glorith, and to comfort her, Vi reads her a bedtime story (LSHv4 Ann #5).
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11). From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • Fri 9/29/95: The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59). The SW6 Legionnaires confront Polestar at New Earth (Legionnaires #17).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69)
  • Sat 9/30/95: Laurel Gand is laid to rest on Shanghalla in a ceremony attended by a number of adult and SW6 Legionnaires, after which Glorith and Mordru attack the group with replicas of some of their old foes and kidnap Rokk, and then Dawnstar fades out (Legionnaires #17).

Monday, June 20, 2022

L.E.G.I.O.N. #68-69 annotations: Enter the Dragon

In the main 30th century series (LSH, Legionnaires, and now Valor), we're rapidly approaching Zero Hour, but in the 20th century we still have to wrap up the loose end of "who is Phase?" Up until now, Tinya Wazzo was apparently killed (her body never found), but we know that Glorith sent her back in time to the 20th century in retaliation for how Jo Nah upset her plans (all as seen in LSH v4 Annual 2) and then pulled The Durlan out of that time and stuck him in the 30th century to become R. J. Brande, who would found and fund the Legion which would put a check against Mordru, which is what Glorith wanted all along.


But behind the scenes, with Zero Hour coming up and the creative teams knowing that the LSH was going to be rebooted while the L.E.G.I.O.N. was not, they had to come up with a way to keep Phase in the 20th century after Zero Hour.

Meet Enya, Tinya's never-before-revealed cousin.

In the first two parts of this 3-issue sequence, Jo (aka Emerald Dragon) and Phase have a few pages in each issue: Jo arrives, talks to Phase, and then leaves (but you'll have to wait for issue #70 for that).

Annotations for L.E.G.I.O.N. #68:


Notes:

  • Recall in our last 30th century issue (LSHv4 #59, which came out 5/24/94, the week before this issue), Valor said "you know, I forgot to mention it earlier, but like 1000 years ago when I was in the 20th century, there was this girl who just now reminds me of Tinya, though of course I didn't know her as Tinya back then."
  • Jo Nah leaves Weber’s World in the 30th century in a time bubble to go to the past to find Tinya. He ends up on Cairn in the 20th century, in the pages of L.E.G.I.O.N. #68-70. That's pretty much all there is to #68, Jo's appearance is on pages 22-24.


Annotations for L.E.G.I.O.N. #69:


Notes:

  • The Jo/Phase part only takes up about 6 pages of the issue (p. 4-6 and 14-16), with the rest of it being about regular L.E.G.I.O.N. stuff that this blog doesn't cover.
  • So the new retcon is that Phase is not and never was Tinya, she's been Enya all along. Blame everything on the Zero Hour time shenanigans. From issue 2's text piece, for example, we know that Tinya was alone on her trip from Bgztl to Earth. But now Tinya's cousin Enya was retconned in to being with her.


  • Having Enya being Tinya's identical twin cousin leaves the character free to stay in the 20th century (as we'll see next issue) with the L.E.G.I.O.N. But it also leaves Tinya as being actually dead. That still satisfies Glorith's motivation to punish Jo, but undoes a plot point that had been in place for years working just fine.
  • In this issue, we get an info dump of backstory for Enya: she was an interplanetary trader, operating just inside the law. Jo speculates that Glorith might have wanted to send Tinya back in time but got Enya by accident, as Glorith isn't the most competent foe they've faced (which is the first time he's described her like that).
  • This issue came out the week after LSHv4 #60, which is "End of an Era" part 3, and takes place the same day as issue #68.
  • Because of the decision to have Jo be here for three consecutive issues with Phase, that messes up his availability to the 30th century books. Even though he's only here in the 20th century for a couple of days, he's out of the 30th century books (LSHv4, Legionnaires, and Valor) until L.E.G.I.O.N. #70 is done, and that means he skips all of the "End of an Era" parts 1-5. He will return in the Zero Hour series and then for the Legion finale.
  • I'm working out the timeline for the Legion's participation in Zero Hour, and given that issue #0 comes out on 8/9/1994, I'm counting that as the day the universe reboots. Backing up from there, it appears that all of the stuff Valor did in one day in Valor #20-21 took place on 8/6/1994, and L.E.G.I.O.N. #68-69 take place on 8/7/1994.
  • After looking at the podcast schedules, it turned out that the Subs only had to stall for 2 episodes to get the LEGIONPODCAST to sync up. Given when each team released their new episodes, the Subs took the first half of the issue while the LEGION gang took the second half. It worked out well!
Best as I've been able to keep track, Jo left the 30th century on 9/29/2995, while he arrived on 8/7/1994.



Cutting down the timeline to just the last few days of story as we get close to Zero Hour. 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. Italics are unknown dates. 

Due to the timelines in the stories bouncing between 2995 and 1994 and things happening "simultaneously" 1001 years apart, I'm keeping the events in the order that they happen to the people involved, not strictly chronological by day and year. To make it easier to follow, the 1994 dates will be in red text and anything outside of time (like at the beginning or end of time) will be in blue text.
  • Thu 9/28/95: The Legion tries and fails to protect Starfinger III from the Khunds, while fighting the Legion Academy, the Khundish ex-Legionnaires, and the mind-controlled Heroes of Lallor; Polestar leaves for New Earth while the rest of the team go to Weber’s World; Valor finds something strange with Dev-Em; Rond Vidar finds something strange in the time stream (LSHv4 #57); Ayla is growing younger since the battle with Glorith, and to comfort her, Vi reads her a bedtime story (LSHv4 Ann #5).
  • Fri 9/29/95: Arriving at Weber’s World, the team tries to stop the Khunds’ bombs from destroying the planet; Dawnstar arrives and meets Wildfire; Firefist kills Veilmist; and after studying at the Infinite Library, Glorith travels to Tharn where she restores Mordru’s powers to help her conquer the universe (LSHv4 #58). Meanwhile, SW6 Brainy & Triad find that Valor has been retconned from history (Valor #13, Legionnaires #16 pages 9-10), so a team of Legionnaires goes back in time to find out what happened (Valor #14, Legionnaires #16 page 10).
    • Outside of time: the Legionnaires enter the time stream and crash their Time Bubble (Valor #15); the Legionnaires fight Valor and find out that Lori is Glorith (Valor #16), and then fight Glorith, but Valor succumbs to the effects of his lead poisoning and dies; SW6 Valor appears (Valor #17); Brainiac 5 tells SW6 Valor that he will have to spend another 1000 years in the Phantom Zone in order to save time, and Valor does not take it well (Valor #18), but the presence of Waverider and seeing his fellow Legionnaires vanish changes his mind. Once he accepts his fate, the Legionnaires appear back in their own time and the legend of Valor is restored (Valor #19, Legionnaires #16 page 11)From Vanishing Point, the Linear Men see a timequake affect the 30th century (Valor #20), which causes Dream Girl and Star Boy to appear (Legionnaires #16).
    • Fri 9/29/95: The Legionnaires instantly return to their present, unaware of their meeting with Glorith and the Valors (Valor #15-19, Legionnaires #16 page 11); Star Boy, Dream Girl, and Bouncing Boy appear with the Legionnaires and Ferro Lad is long dead, leading Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Lad – who seem to be the only ones aware that something funny is going on – to take a Time Bubble to figure it out (even though Invisible Kid and Rond Vidar are secretly aware that something’s happening); Polestar appears at New Earth (Legionnaires #16, LSHv4 #59); Rond, SW6 Brainiac 5, and SW6 Invisible Kid arrive on Weber’s World in a time bubble at the same time as with Mon-El, Shadow Lass, and Dev-Em, but they're all too late to prevent the death of Laurel Gand from the Khund bomb; Jo leaves for 1994 to find Tinya (LSHv4 #59).
  • Sat 8/6/1994: Valor tries to re-create the feats he did before he went into the Phantom Zone, but fails; the Linear Men watch Valor from Vanishing Point (Valor #20). As a result of the timeline issues, Valor splits into multiple copies of himself and manages to do all the things that legend said he did over the years, in just a few hours, then resigns himself to having Glorith send him back to the Bgztl Twilight dimension. But the Linear Men realize it’s too late, the future is doomed (Valor #21).
  • Sun 8/7/1994: Jo Nah arrives from the future in the time bubble (L.E.G.I.O.N. #68). He meets who he thinks is Tinya, but it turns out to have been her cousin Enya all along. He wants to bring her back to the 30th century (L.E.G.I.O.N. #69)