Monday, July 04, 2022

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

Annotations for LSH v4 #60:


  • 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). 

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