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 non-30th century dates will be in red 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 (Legionnaires #17).

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