27 JuLY 2014

Multiversity!

Maybe there's some hope for the DCU yet. They just released this map of the multiverse, and a lot of it is in line with what was established before the New 52! Things such as the Orrery of Worlds were created by Grant Morrison in Final Crisis so it's awesome to see them here now. Newsarama posted this graphic and documented Morrison's comments, which was released at Comicon. I keep my own Map of the Multiverse here, which was compiled from evidence in of 52 and Countdown.

I don't think I'm crazy in thinking that many of those previously defined worlds are represented in this new graphic. It does seem that Earth 0 is the New 52, but sadly, the pre-New 2 universe seems to be gone! Morrison said: "There's nothing that's specifically a "pre-52" universe, but a lot of stories that will remind you of comics you used to read."

Let's step through it shall we?

Earth Description Notes
Earth-0,
New Earth
The mainstream DC Universe. The Monitor Zillo Valla also referred to this universe as "universe designate zero" in Superman Beyond #1. This universe also contains an antimatter universe, where the Crime Syndicate live. This is a distinct group from the Crime Society of Earth-3. Is it the New 52, or pre-New 52?
Earth-1 unexplored Why is it yellow? Weird! DC publishes a series of Earth One graphic novels, which have always been standalone, though.
Earth-2 The JSA is the preeminent super group. The Huntress is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. It's continuity matches that of the original Earth-2.

Looks fairly normal, a "same but different" Earth from Earth 0.

 

Earth-3 Where villains always win, led by the Crime Syndicate (which is now again from it's own Earth, not the the antimatter universe). Their number includes the usual Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick.

This world was said to have been destroyed by the Anti-Monitor. Looks like it!

Earth-4 A cornerstone of Morrison's Multiversity, "Pax Americana, our take on the Chalton characters." Earth-4 has always been Charlton Earth. That vision was amended by Grant Morrison to one "reverse engineered" from the Watchmen. Alan Moore originally based the Watchmen on Charlton heroes, so Grant Morrison in turn modeled his new Earth-4 heroes on the Watchmen. Captain Adam resembles the Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan.

Earth-5 Described by Morrison as "Thunderworld," with the classic CC Beck style Shazam. Captain Marvel worked with Earth-0's Superman. Modeled on Earth-S in the original multiverse, for the characters acquired from Fawcett Comics.

This world has been mentioned again in the lead up to Multiversity, so hopefully ist's still Fawcett Earth.

Earth-6 Changed from its 52 designation, which was pretty nondistinct. Morrison says it's "the Stan Lee "Just Imagine" Universe, and it's directly opposite the Jack Kirby Universe (51).

 

Earth-7 This world's Starwoman won the "Starman bout " in Arena #3.

Ditto.

Earth-8 Earth is called Angor, home of Lord Havok's Extremists. Modeled after the Marvel universe, and of the planet Angor on New Earth, home of the original Extremists and Justifiers. This universe is overseen by the Monitor Solomon.

This one is interesting, it should be, essentially, "Marvel Earth" but this icon makes it look like some kind of Super Friends or cartoony world.

Earth-9 Tangent Earth. Hereos bear familiar names, but the similarities end there. Here, Superman is Harvey Dent and he took over the entire planet.

"Same but different" Earth. No clues here.

Earth-9 Tangent Earth. Hereos bear familiar names, but the similarities end there. Here, Superman is Harvey Dent and he took over the entire planet.

"Same but different" Earth. No clues here.

Earth-10 Earth-10's champion, Overman, fell from Krypton to Earth in Czechoslovakia in 1938 and Nazi scientists used its technology to win the war. Karl Kant (Kal-L) became the guilt-ridden Overman. (Superman Beyond) His "cousin" Overgirl was made from his DNA, as was the Antihuman. They're opposed by the Freedom Fighters. Forerunner fought its heroes once: the Nazi Superman, Brunhilde, Leatherwing, Underwaterman, Hawkgirl, Hawkman and Flash. This world's Ray was killed by Monarch in Arena #4. Modeled on Earth-X in the original multiverse, for the characters acquired from Quality Comics: Uncle Sam, Plastic Man, Phantom Lady, etc.

This looks to be in line with the former Earth X concept, though it's unclear how much it has to do with Quality characters.

Earth-11 A world of reversed genders: Superwoman, Batwoman, etc.

The icon seems to look "upside down" which could signify the gender swap.

Earth-12 Batman Beyond, "the Next Generation." Batman was seen in Countdown #21. Firestorm and Green Lantern in Arena #1. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan Jr.) is one of only seven remaining, the son of Hal Jordan. Both Hals were taken by Monarch to do battle and the elder did not survive. The younger became part of Monarch's army. NOTE: One graphic mistakenly labels the elder Jordan as that of Earth-5.

Icon looks flat and "animated," consistent with a Batman Beyond world.

Earth-13 "World of dark and arcane heroes." This Earth's Eve of Shadows won the "Nightshade battle" in Arena #1, but fled back to her world. In retaliation, Monarch exterminated the entire USA. Her husband, Nathaniel Adam, the Brigadier, survived and was recruited by his counterparts to oppose Monarch in Arena #3. He died along with his other counterparts in #4.

Icon is darkened, which suggests a carryover from this 52 designation.

Earth-14 unexplored The first mystery world...
Earth-15 Destroyed by Superman Prime. An Earth where the Monitor's Challengers (and other "sidekicks") witnessed their own futures, "fully realized." Batman was Jason Todd; Joker and Bruce were dead. They have a young female Atom, Jessica Palmer, 18, graduated from M.I.T. at 8. Zod is Superman. Wonder Woman was Donna Troy and Green Lantern was Kyle Rayner.

Certainly looks destroyed! Does Superboy Prime still exist??

Earth-16

This one might seems to be modified slightly from its previous "Super-Sons" designation. Morrison says, "Batman and Superman have already solved all the problems of Earth," and their kids are now left on the world, with superpowers, but there is "seriously nothing to do. Green Arrow (Conner Hawke)'s daughter Arrowette is a Miley Cyrus type and he's trying to stop her getting involved in this stuff. It's a fun book."

 

Earth-17 A "Halloween" world. This world's Starman was an ape, suggesting a "Planet of the Apes" sort of society as well. He described himself as a peace broker between Kamandi and Ben Boxer. He was killed by the Starman of Earth-48 in Arena #3. It's greatest hero is Superdemon, who fell from Kamelot and was tamed by Jason Blood. NOTES: It's also been shown as home to the Atomic Knights in a world after a "Great Disaster" in 52 #52. That may have been a mistake, as this fate clearly fell to Earth-51, where Countdown's story ended in the Great Disaster.

"Same but different" Earth

Earth-18 The Justice Riders are lawmen protecting the Old West. Also tied to DC's western characters, as described by Morrison: ". I thought it'd be more fun to tie those into the history of DC's Western characters, so Johnny Thunder is a Shazam, and Tomahawk is Tomahawkman - we changed them into Superheroes. They're all riding steampunk horses."

"Same but different" Earth

Earth-19 Batman is active in the 1880s, where his nemesis was Jack the Ripper. This Batman trained its Blue Beetle and they met the Challengers. Batman was killed by the Batman of Earth-43 in Arena #1.

Hard to parse this icon: It could be meant to look "steampunk," which would fit the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight bill.

Earth-20 Morrison has talked about this one: "Society of Superheroes, where it's 2014 and they've just come out of a war that was like the Second World War with a lot of zombie fighting. Abin Sur is the Green Lantern of that world, teamed with Lady Blackhawk and Doc Fate. This is consistent with its pre-New 52 designation.

The icon is a little "rougher" looking, perhaps made to look like a worn pul novel, in line with its previous designation.

Earth-21

DC: The New Frontier: The Cold War has just ended and a new era of heroism is dawning. Monarch killed its Steve Trevor when recruiting Wonder Woman.

The icon is different from the "normal" Earths.

Earth-22 Kingdom Come. Heroes are at odds and the villains have taken advantage. Superman from this world now lives on New Earth and is a member of the JSA. He claims that his world was destroyed.

Are there holes blown in the continents? Doesn't seem consistent with a Kingdom Come Earth.

Earth-25, 27, 28 It's nice to see that there's some Earths being left unexplored, for creators to play with later...

 

Earth-26,
"Earth-C"
Home of the Zoo Crew. This universe also contains "Earth C-Minus," home of Just'a Lotta Animals. When the natives of this universe travel to a parallel universe, they are perceived as normal animals. The Scarab from this world manifested as a collective of beetles and won its bout, killing two Blue Beetles in Arena #2. Starro is a major evil force on Earth-26, and may, in fact, originate from this universe. This was called Earth-C in the original multiverse. Grant Morrison admitted to mistakenly calling it Earth-35 in Final Crisis #7.

Sure looks like funny animal to me.

Earth-29 Bizarro World

This is a new designation, and a fun addition.

Earth-30 Superman: Red Son. On this Earth, the ship carrying the infant who would-be Superman lands in the midst of the Cold War-era Soviet Union in the 1950s. Wonder Woman is his staunch ally. Batman, an underground enemy who died detonating a suicide bomb. This Superman won chosen for Monarch's army after his Arena battle in Arena #1.

Hammer and sickle gives this away as Superman: Red Son Earth.

Earth-31

The setting for Frank Miller's Dark Knight. Batman retired then returned to duty, taking a new Robin, Carrie Kelly. He finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman. Their Superman is similar to that of New Earth, but older. He tried to rally forces against Monarch in Arena. Though he lost his bout in the Arena, he used Monarch's harness to escape into the multiverse. Described by DC as "a darker version of the future as seen in the Superman/Batman series."

The dark black ink on this icon looks like Frank Miller's style.

Earth-32 Batman: In Darkest Knight. Bruce Wayne inherits a power ring to become the Darkest Knight, instead of Hal Jordan. He lost his Arena battle and nearly his life in Arena #2 after managing to fracture Monarch's armor, killing the elder Hal Jordan of Earth-12.

No clues here, this is definitely a different Earth, doesn't seem all that in line with an In Darkest Knight theme.

Earth-33/Earth-Prime This one has changed from it's 52 designation, which was an Earth ruled by mystics. But Morrison says now that "our own real world also exists - it's Earth-33, which used to be known as Earth-Prime."

Photographic looking icon suggests this is the "real world"

Earth-34 Wonder Woman: Amazonia. Princess Diana was kidnapped from Paradise Island by Captain Steven Trevor and the Royal Marines before becoming a hero, Wonder Woman, in 19th century London. This Wonder Woman was the winner in her bout in Arena #3.

Another differently represented icon, but nothing in particular linking it to Amazonia

Earth-35, 36 Not previously designated, but the icons are customized, so there seems to be a plan for these Earths

 

Earth-37 Thrillkiller. Barbara Gordon becomes Gotham's foremost costumed protector, and Bruce Wayne is a cop. Its Captain Atom was Quantum-Storm (Ronny Raymond and Nathaniel Adam, killed in Arena #4).

A custom icon, but nothing in particular linking it to Thrillkiller

Earth-38 This Earth's Captain Atom was one of the Atomic Knights.

"Same but different" Earth.

Earth-39 This world's Blue Beetle was Danny (Garrett). He was killed by the Scarab of Earth-26 in Monarch's arena in Arena #2.

A custom icon, but no concrete tie to anything. The icon looks "low fi" or retro in some way.

Earth-40 JSA: The Liberty File. A world where it's still 1942 and costumed characters have joined WWII. This Earth's Batman was bitten by the Batman of Earth-43 and turned into a vampire in Arena #1. He was killed by Monarch in #4.

Black and white icon is consistent with a Liberty File Earth, which was used recently in the Whistling Skull mini.

Earth-41, 42, 44 Custom icons but no clues as to their character.

 

Earth-43

Batman: Red Rain. This Earth's Batman is no longer human, having been transformed into a vampire. Dick Grayson tried to take him down, but succumbed to Batman's contagion and is now, too, a vampire. Barbara Gordon was also transformed, but killed by Grayson.

Blood red Earth seems to match Red Rain designation

Earth-45 Trademark symbol on the "45" here, and a sizable hole in North America. Not previously defined.

 

Earth-47 Psychedlic coloring, not previously defined.

 

Earth-48 The Forerunner's home. This Earth warred itself into extinction and the solar system's other planets then used it as a battleground. The Monitors then exterminated the new race of Forerunners, except for Viza Aziv. The Starman from this universe was seen in Arena #1, and looked like a Forerunner, and claimed to hail from the "Black Planet." He was killed by the Starwoman of Earth-7. NOTE: In Countdown #43 Monarch mistakenly refers to this as Earth-34, saying the Monitors have dispatched agents to exterminate all life on the planet. He clarifies soon thereafter, by saying "It is done. The Forerunners are dead."

The triangle on this icon doesn't relate to anything from Countdown or the Forerunner character.

Earth-50 This is probably changed from its previous Wildstorm designation, as those characters are now part of Earth 0. The icon is a little more "cartoony."  
Earth-51 Home of the New Gods, New Genesis, Apokolips (Jack Kirby's Earth). This Earth began very similar to Earth-0. The Justice League eventually triumphed over all evil and created a peaceful society. Most of them retired. When the Atom of Earth-0 came across his Earth-51 counterpart, he witnessed the latter's death. Earth-0 Ray decided to take up Ray-51's life, which included a happy marriage to Jean Loring, and a science project that would allow him to travel across the multiverse. All life on this world was destroyed when Superboy Prime breached Monarch's containment suit (Countdown #13). Afterwards, its monitor, Nix Uotan, remade humanity. But it was doomed again, as the site of the "Great Disaster." Brother Eye came to Earth-51 and unleashed the Morticoccus virus (also spread by Karate Kid). The only human survivors were Buddy Blank and his grandson, the "last boy on Earth," who becomes Kamandi. This is the setting for DC's 1970s titles OMAC and Kamandi.

Same as its original designation.

 

 

20 June 2014

Mister America!

Jeffrey Graves contemplates the mantle. From Justice Society of America v.3 #4 (2007); art by Dale Eaglesham and Ruy José.

Slogging through JSA members, and making quick work of Mister America III. This is also a profile for which I'd like to do a full Golden Age review, but alas, not today...

"Tex was succeeded by a descendant, Trey Thompson, aka Mister America II. Trey worked for the FBI but was terminated for unknown reasons. After he left the agency, his former partner, Jeff Graves, became his informant. Mister America's path crossed with the JSA's when his wife and sons were killed by the Fourth Reich, a band of villains who sought to eradicate the family lines of any hero tied to American symbolism.  » READ MORE…

8 June 2014

Cosmic Teams Stats!

If you're curious... I don't review my analytics very often. I don't make any money off them, but it's good to look once in a while for several reasons. Mostly, for me, these numbers tell me two things: general trends, and where traffic is coming from.

Top Sections

These numbers confirm for me that traffic is directly proportional to where I devote the most time. In the past 6 months, it's definitely been on JSA material (the Legion is dormant), and the numbers have risen for that section. Meanwhile, my abandonment of JLA allows it to slip.

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Top Hit Getters

This list is edited for interest, and excludes the individual profiles pulled out at the right. It also excludes the the top level pages for each section (above), which always get the highest hits.

5. DC Trading Cards
7. JLA Membership
9. JLA Collectibles
14. Legion Profiles list
15. Legion Gallery
16. JLA Chronology
17. JLA Elseworlds
18. All-Star Squadron
19. DC Multiverse
22. Legion Members, original
23. Legion Fanfare
24. Legion Members, newer
26. Quality Profiles
28. JSA Members
32. Earth 2 hero list
33. Obscure > C
34. Teams > A
35. JSI Members
36. Obscure > B
38. Teams > K/L
39. Legion Elseworlds
41. Legion, False members
48. DC Golden Age titles
50. Goldn Age Batman Chronology

Longest Time Spent on Page

1. Obscure > J
2. Red Tornado I and Cyclone
3. Legion Chronology part 6 (most recent)
4. Legion article from Amazing Heroes #15
5. Vixen profile
6. JLA Chronology part 4
7. L.E.G.I.O.N. > Stealth
8. Kid Eternity (New 52)
9. Hourman
10. Legion Elseworlds
11. Teams > U/V
12. JSA Chronolgoy part 5
13. Robin of Earth-Two
14. Legion Chronology (original) part 5
15. Power Girl
16. Valor
17. Crisis Chronology part 3
18. JLA Article from Amazing World of DC
19. Generation Lost
20. Batman, Earth 2, New 52

Top Individual Profiles

Being one of the first to document Earth 2 characters online has paid off. Early searches have put my Earth 2 profiles up top.

3. Batman, Earth 2, New 52
12. Red Tornado, New 52
20. Power Girl New 52
29. Aquawoman
31. Superman, Earth 2, New 52
37. Legion Honorary/Academy Members
40. Legion, the Outsiders
42. Crime Syndicate
43. Metal Men
51. Legion Rejects
58. Martian Manhunter
68. L.E.G.I.O.N. Members
74. Black Adam
77. Superman of Earth-22
79. DC Golden Age Characters
80. Flash, Earth 2, New 52
82. Legion of Subs
83. Wonder Woman & Fury, New 52
85. Global Guardians
87. Wonder Woman
89. Dupliucate Damsel
94. Jimmy Olsen, Earth 2
96. Crime Society
99. Heroes of Russia
103. Blackhawks
105. Hawkgirl, New 52
106. Fawcett Comics Heroes
107. Huntress, New 52
108. Heroes of Japan
110. Shrinking Violet
111. The DC Super Dictionary
112. Spectre, New 52
114. Atom, New 52, Earth 2
116. Star Boy
118. Dr. Fate, New 52
122. Legion: 5 Year Gap members
123. Legion: the Subs
125. Wildcat
128. Club of Heroes
129. Atom-Smasher
130. Inferior Five
132. Mon-El
138. Adult Legionnaires
146. Legion of Super-Villains
147. Plastic Man
149. Supergirl
150. Legionnaires: Earth Prime
162. Extreme Justice
165. White Witch
166. Freedom Fighters
167. Sandman
168. Phantom Girl
169. Phantom Lady
170. Super Friends
174. Mr. Terrific
177. Doll Man
178. Green Lantern, Earth 2
179. Brain Wave
180. Black Canary
181. Brainiac 5
182. Fatal Five
189. Star-Spangled Kids
191. Cosmic Boy
194. Ultra Boy
198. Batman
199. Hawkman
200. Superman

 

1 June 2014

Recently...

I say it periodically, but you can rest assured that if you sense radio silence from Cosmic Teams, it never means that I've abandoned it. What it probably means is that I've gotten myself into a larger project that is taking a lot of time. I've had two such projects percolating. The first was my Golden Age Sandman profile, which I'm going to promote now even though it's not 100% finished. I haven't reviewed any of the Simon and Kirby material from the 1940s. There's a good Jack Kirby Collector article about this run, but given that the profile is now so well rounded, I want to review them for myself. But it's richly detailed even without that so read on below!

Second, and speaking of TwoMorrows publishing, I just submitted an article to Alter Ego which is a sort of addendum to my Quality Companion. For me, this article was truly one those "I-can-die-now-I've-solved-this-mystery" moments. It is an interview with John Brenner—the son of George Brenner, creator of the Clock! I gave up on learning what happened to this man, who died at the age of 42 in 1952. But I solved the mystery with his son's help, and we'll have the full story plus never-seen photos of the man and more, whenever Roy Thomas can get around to fitting it into the magazine.

Golden Age Sandman!

From New York World's Fair Comics #1 (1939); art by Bert Christman.

What a task! So normally with the Golden Age JSAers, I have chosen not to try to profile their actual Golden Age adventures, because it's been done so thoroughly by Dave Stepp at The Comics Archives. But this one is different. I felt that there were so many layers to the character's history and nobody had really brought them all together. Not only did his 1940s adventures include two notable and different runs, but then add the complexity of the Sandman Mystery Theater to his chornology. And then there's Sandy, too.

"The Sandman was one of DC's first super-heroes, having beaten Batman to the newsstands by a couple of months. His original run in Adventure Comics #40-102 lasted from 1939–46. It's best known for having been completely reinvented in 1941 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. The Sandman wasn't the only Justice Society member to star in a modern-day series, but Sandman Mystery Theatre (S.M.T., 70 issues from 1993–1999) was unique for having been set in the 1930s. » READ MORE…

Latter Day JSA Members!

I didn't get around to finishing this fully, but I did start a page for Anna Fortune, Ri, Red Beetle, Darknight, and Roxy. Now that I'm telling you, I'm going to get on that, so check back...

14 may 2014

2007 poster promoting the animated series, Legion of Super Heroes.

Legion Animated Poster!

I just added this poorly drawn and produced poster to my collection. Yikes, this production department just did not care. Well that's completism for you. It doesn't even bear a year in the copyright, but I would place this poster in 2007, when season two began.

I loved this show, but it fell prey to changes at the WB, who used certain vendors to produce blocks of content. When those circumstances changed, Legion was not picked up for a third season. To my knowledge, the Lergion animated series has not yet been issued in any complete format.

Read the Profile and Chronology, and the Membership List:

There is evidence to suggest that the Legion in this series may exist on Earth-12. In issue #17, the 31st century Warhawks are introduced. This is a concept which springboards from the character, Warhawk, who was introduced in the Batman Beyond series (both on television and in comics). Warhawk was the child of John Stewart (Green Lantern) and Shayera Hol (Hawkgirl). This links Batman Beyond continuity to that of Justice League Unlimited. Warhawk and Batman "Beyond" (Terry McGinniss) appeared twice in the JLU series: season one's "The Once and Future Thing" and season two's "Epilogue." > READ THE PROFILE

Recently: Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest

I'll do these updates this weekend, so check back!

Read the full current chronologies: Earth 2 | Legion

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

WORLDS' FINEST

First Contact Part 3: Superman contacts Hiro for help in Gammora. Huntress and Superman struggle to maintain their cover. Kaizen attacks Power Girl and Batman. Batman and Superman have vague recollections of their time on Earth 2, which sharpen when the portal opens. Huntress only met Earth 2 Superman a few weeks before he died. Kaizen opens a portal to Earth 2 just as Toymaster delivers armor for Superman.

Batman/Superman #9 (May 2014)

The women argue over the possibility that they might have just seen their home. They fight off A.R.G.U.S. troops who've arrived to clean up Gammora. 45 months ago: Helena tracked a prostitution ring, is captured, and escapes after fighting off a wolf. After blundering the case, she vowed to use better equipment and be more careful. Power Girl drops Huntress in Chicago. Karen reacquires her company then orders everything to be sold, except for a key lab in Cambridge.

World's Finest #22 (June 2014)

In her Cambridge lab, Karen reveals her powers to all her employees. This in hopes of expediting the building of a machine to get home. They prepare a test which fails because of a power blackout from a nearby nuclear plant. Desaad notices the energy surge. Huntress is at M.I.T. for her own purposes and intercepts burglars. Power Girl heads to the reactor as well (mentions Waller and her new security clearance). Desaad approaches Karen's employee, Tanya Spears, but disappears. Just then Huntress' thief comes upon her and takes her as a hostage.

World's Finest #23 (July 2014)

EARTH 2

Lois is blasted by a Parademon and Clark becomes protective. She prevents him from harming Val. He takes her to Smallville, where Jonathan and Martha Kent are still alive, and living in fear of their son. Jimmy tracks them there. He has access to the Red Tornado's systems and sensors so he could "see" through her. Superman contacts Bedlam and they order an attack on the Cave, which the heroes overhear. They call for extraction from Kahn at Themyscira. Batman initiates protocol Azrael to have the Cave self destruct just as they're attacked by a warhound. Red Arrow is killed by an Apokorat just before Sandman arrives to teleport them out. Val refuses to kill even Parademons and protects Hawkgirl. They rescued by Green Lantern, who destroys the enemy en masse.

Earth 2 #23 (June 2014)

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000

Teri and Terry argue increasingly over the ethics of what they're doing. They have recreated the Flash, this time with brown hair. Batman admits to being different than the original. He has a sense of humor. Superman and Wonder Woman battle Kali, who absorbs life-force for strength. Firestorm is not interested in being a hero. Flash and Firestorm arrive on Takron but Firestorm refuses to leave with them, wanting to slay Kali instead. Ariel ordered the Twins to destroy Firestorm's DNA which they didn't. When they call their transversal, it's under Coeval's control.

Justice League 3000 #5 (June 2014)

Coeval transports the JLA away to Idyll, the headquarters of the Five, where Coeval brings the League into his virtual world. The twins' arguments escalate and Cadmus begins to question Teri's ability to command. Locus demands that Ariel make her a better boyfriend, and throws Hal at her. He's been playing dead and has discovered that the emerald energy is inside of him and he doesn't need the cloak. Ariel tells him that the more he uses that power, without the cloak, it spreads through him like a cancer and will kill him eventually. He frees the others. First appearance of the Convert's true self. They mention another, Tenebro.

Justice League 3000 #6 (July 2014)

27 April 2014

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Get ready to be massively confused! Talk of making the Legion difficult to follow, and of starting over... who's running this place?

There's a lot of stealthy future-building going on in the New 52. So far, the plan is completely unclear. I've compiled these events below, which involve the needlessly convoluted history of the New 52 Superboy—there are two already—and Kid Flash, who is also from the 30th century. And then there's the weird Legion allusions; so far it's all happening in the 30th century, which suggests that it's groundwork for the real Legion in the 31st century. But when we get there, is that Legion one that we'll find familiar?

Let me try to summarize this for you:

Superboy: The New 52 Superboy was actually the second Superboy, created in the spirit of Jon Lane Kent, a clone of Superman and Lois Lane from decades in the future. Jon Kent killed nearly all metahumans in that time period. When Superboy was thrown forward in time with the Teen Titans, the two met. Superboy was sucked away (to the "Krypton Returns" crossover), and Jon has secretly taken his place in the Titans. Meanwhile Jon learned about the future Legion of Super-Heroes and was inspired to create his own in the 30th century. Superboy then died in the past when Krypton exploded. Yeah. (Remember, the Titans also had a crossover with the Legion Lost team in the New 52).

Kid Flash: Kid Flash has no apparent connection to the Flash legacy. He was born Bar Torr in the 30th century and when his parents were killed by Science Police, he started a revolution. Eventually his sister Shira convinced him to stand down and he was placed in "witness protection" in the 21st century with his memory suppressed. When he returned to the future with the Titans, he was sentenced to life on Takron-Galtos.

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO

Kryptonians begin making clones to serve in space travel. A clone named Kon (meaning "abomination") leads their rebellion. NOTE: The New 52 Superboy never premanently used the name "Conner Kent," but assumed it for an undercover mission in Superboy #22.

Superboy v.5 #0 (Nov. 2012)

21st Century

Krypton Returns, part 1: A temporal tsunami brings Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy to Krypton before its destruction. Their quarry, H'el has killed Jor-El and set out to rule Krypton. NOTE: H'el first appeared in Supergirl v.6 #13 (2012).

Action Comics v.2 Annual (Dec. 2013)

Krypton Returns, part 2: One week before Krypton's destruction, Superboy uses his newly-enhanced powers to connect with the fabric of Argo City.

Superboy v.5 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Krypton Returns, part 3: Superboy pushes the Eradicator through a portal, where he lands in Smallville.

Supergirl v.6 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Krypton Returns Part 4: Superboy launches Argo City into space and saves the life of Kara Zor-El. He dies as Krypton explodes. Superman and Supergirl return to Earth.

Superman v.3 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Superboy dies in the past—in the explosion that destroys Krypton. From Superman v.3 #25 (2013); art by Kenneth Rocafort.

The New 52

An unnamed human Colonel arrives from the 30th century. Calling himself Harvest, time travel has eaten away his body and expended his chronal energy, trapping him in the 21st century. He attempts to cure his adopted son, Jon Lane Kent, by creating a second Superman clone using three DNA strands. Harvest builds armies of Ravagers to serve in his war against metahumans. The clone is released without Harvest's intervention and becomes Superboy. NOTES: Harvest first appeared in Superboy v.5 #7 (2012).

Superboy v.5 #19 (June 2013)

At the paramilitary N.O.W.H.E.R.E., the clone, Superboy frees himself. He's aided by Dr. Caitlin Fairchild, and classmate/protector Rose Wilson. NOTES: The original Superboy clone first appeared in Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993); Caitlin Fairchild in Wildstorm's Deathmate Black (Feb. 1994); Rose Wilson in Deathstroke #15 (1992).

Superboy v.5 #1 (Nov. 2011)

Superboy meets Supergirl. When they touch he is infused with the knowledge and language of Krytpon. When he tells her he's a clone, she calls him "Kon-El": an abomination in the house of El. She says he's destined to become a killing machine.

Superboy v.5 #6 (Apr. 2012)

Superboy effectively adopts the name Kon-El, when Wonder Girl inquires about his his "real" name.

Superboy v.5 #10 (Apr. 2012)

The Culling

Superboy joins the Teen Titans and meets Harvest (Superboy & Teen Titans #7) and his minions, Omen and Leash. (Teen Titans #8)

Superboy v.5 #7 (5.12); Teen Titans v.4 #7-8 (5-6.12);

Prelude: In N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s Antarctic facility, Centerhall assembles a team of Ravagers: Crush, Hammerfist, Misbelief, Psykill, Ridge, Rose Wilson, and Windstorm. Chameleon Girl ruminates over their "real mission" and remarks that her relationship with Colossal Boy was over long ago—and one of the reasons she volunteered for the current mission. Psykill, renders the Legion unconscious.

Legion: Lost v.2 #8 (6.12)

Part 1: The Teen Titans and Legion awake in Harvest's "Colony," meeting Artemis, Thunder, and Lightning. Harvest's core protectors include Omen, Leash, and Warblade. His aim is to build an army. Leash draws the young heroes (including Beast Boy and Terra) to battle each other in the Crucible. Artemis is killed by Fist Point, which unites all the young heroes. The Ravagers attack anew. NOTE: Beast Boy and Terra are historical Titans, from Doom Patrol #99 (1965), and New Teen Titans #26 (1982), respectively. Warblade is Harvest's "progeny," and a reinvention of the original Wildstorm hero, 1st app. WildC.A.T.S. #1 (1992).

Teen Titans v.4 Annual #1 (7.12)

Part 2: Timber Wolf suggests that Kid Flash is from the 31st century, caused many deaths, and escaped. When the Ravagers are defeated, Harvest reveals himself. NOTE: Kid Flash/Bart Allen's first historical appearance was Flash v.2 #92 (1994); in the DCnU, Teen Titans #1 (2011).

Superboy v.5 #9 (7.12)

Part 3: Chameleon Girl reveals her true loyalty—to Echo—and attacks Harvest, but he's nigh invulnerable, with a power scythe and null field; he is from some future, claims to have sent for the Legion, and that his aim is to save the lives of quintillions. He tells them that the Hypertaxis will eventually evolve and lose its mutagenic quality. Gates discovers a Time Bubble. Ridge defects from the Ravagers and joins the escapees.

Legion: Lost v.2 #9 (7.12)

Part 4: Harvest retreats as the heroes destroy his compound, claiming it was his plan to have the Ravagers escape, thus validating the need for N.O.W.H.E.R.E. The Legion enters the Time Bubble and hope to arrive home.

Teen Titans v.4 #9 (7.12)

Forever Evil: The Teen Titans avenge the Justice League's alleged deaths at the hands of the Crime Syndicate. Johnny Quick uses Kid Flash's unique vibrational frequency to incite a temporal reaction. It sucks the Teen Titans (Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Superboy, Kid Flash, Solstice, and Raven) into the timestream.

Forever Evil #2 (Dec. 2013)

Krypton Returns, part 1: A temporal tsunami sends Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy back in time, to Krypton.

Action Comics v.2 Annual (Dec. 2013)

Harvest summons Jon Lane Kent (Superboy II) from the 30th century to the 21st.

Sueprboy v.5 #29 (May 2014)

Superboy is resurrected by the Oracle, and becomes his herald, patrolling the timestream. The Teen Titans face off with Harvest, whose powers all come from his armor. His facility is totally destroyed and he's believed dead.

Teen Titans v.4 Annual #3 (7.14)

Decades in the Future

The son of Superman and Lois Lane, Jon Lane Kent, dies from complications of his genetics. Superman and Lois disappear. A human from the 30th century (eventually known as Harvest) arrives and uses his knowledge to bring Jon back to life. Jon is taught to hate metahumans but his body eventually begins to fail again. Harvest jumps back several decades, to a time when he can use Superman's DNA to cure Jon.

Superboy v.5 #19 (June 2013)

The adolescent Jon Lane Kent kills nearly all the metahumans on Earth. The Teen Titans emerge from Johnny Quick's time storm in the future, where they meet Beast Man. He and Rose Wilson have formed a new team of Titans: Rose Wilson's daughter, Stonehenge (Oliver), Blur (Harlan), and Irony (Irene). The Titans' Superboy is attacked by Jon Kent, who gives him a massive mental transmission that ignites Superboy's powers. Superboy impales Jon on the Watchtower and then disappears through a mysterious portal. Beast Man finds Jon ourside, and for his own reasons, clothes him in a Superboy uniform and sends him off with the Titans as their Superboy (II). NOTE: Superboy's story continues in Action Comics Annual #2 (2013); this is the end of his Titans involvement.

Teen Titans v.4 Annual #2 (Dec. 2013)

  

Left: Superboy meets his predecessor—in the future—Jon Lane Kent. For reasons unknown, Beast Man and Rose Wilson insert Jon back into the Titans as Superboy. From Teen Titans Annual #2 (2013); art by Barry Kitson, Art Thibert, Jesus Merino, and Scott Hanna.

The 30th Century

Late 30th Century: Twelve years prior, a war begins between humans and metahumans. A Colonel loses his son to metahumans and takes his fight into the timestream. He uses new technology from Echo, a division of the Science Police, to travel backwards in time, to the 21st century. NOTE: Echo first mentioned in Legion: Lost v.2 #9 (7.12)

Superboy v.5 #19 (June 2013)

Science Police Functionaries kill the parents of Bar Torr on Altros Prime. At age eight, he rescues his baby sister Shira and leaves her with the Sisterhood of the Word. Bar enlists with the Purifiers, who do the Functionaries' dirty work, and on a space mission, his ship crashes and he wakes with the ability to run at super-speed. He leads a rebellion against the Functionaries. He ultimately turned himself in at the request of Shira, was sentenced to "witness protection," and placed in the past as Bart Allen.

Teen Titans v.4 #26 (Feb. 2014)

2933: Kid Flash and Solstice appear in the 30th century, where he begins recovering his memories. NOTE: Superboy #26 (2014) is the only issue that names a date, while others say "latter half of the 30th century."

Teen Titans v.4 #24 (Dec. 2013)

After Bar Torr (Kid Flash) enters "witness protection," his followers retreat to a corner of the galaxy called Backlands. Kid Flash finds them but he's soon captured by Brain 3 (a Coluan), field commander of Echo Chronal Authority.

Teen Titans v.4 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Superboy II (Jon Lane Kent) begins receiving telepathic commands from a strange alien who calls the boy a killer. Superboy accesses information that say his greatest achievement is helping to form the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Superboy v.5 #26 (Feb. 2014)

Jon admits he's weaker since Superboy attacked him. He's seeking a cure for the flaw in his genetics. Bar/Bart is put on trial but his rebellion frees him.

Teen Titans v.4 #27 (Mar. 2014)

Late 30th century: The alien telepath interferes with his mission to form a legion of heroes. His first recruit is Schiz, a powerful telepath who attacks him. He learns that she and dozens of others were created in the same manner as Superboy. They were all eventually put in stasis pods for decades.

Superboy #27 (Mar. 2014)

Shira convinces Bart to turn himself in and he's sentenced to life on Takron-Galtos. Solstice can't accept it, and kills one of his judges.

Teen Titans v.4 #28 (Apr. 2014)

Superboy and Schiz free Volt and Lodestone. They were made by using alien DNA from Braal, Titan, and other worlds.

Superboy v.4 #28 (Apr. 2014)

  

Left: Jon Kent learns of gthe future Legion from the Echo database. From Superboy #26 (2013); art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.
Right: Superboy and his legion of super-heroes: Volt, Schiz, and Lodestone. From Superboy #29 (2013); art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.
Other clones in stasis—who are destroyed. From Superboy v.5 #29 (2013); art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.

Superboy and his legion break into an Echo weapons facility. Superboy knows the future Legionnaires' names and tells Schiz to calls herself "Imra" and her friends "Garth" and "Rokk." Superboy secretly destroys all the remaining clone stasis pods and blames it on Echo, to stoke anger in his new allies. Superboy is pulled to the 21st century by Harvest and tells his Legion that he will direct them in ways to alter time in their favor. He plans for this Legion to also be his secret weapon against Harvest. NOTE: Some doomed stasis-people resembled Mon-El and Phantom Girl.

Sueprboy 4 #29 (May 2014)

Solstice is also sentenced to Takron-Galtos. She and Kid Flash are launched in separate cells toward the planet. Brain 3 sends the remaining Titans home to the 21st century.

Teen Titans v.4 #29 (May 2014)

16 April 2014

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I just realized the search feature for this site was SUPER OUT OF DATE. Sorry, it's barebones but it works now.

28 March 2014

Recently: Justice League 3000 • Earth 2 • Worlds' Finest

There's a lot going on in these books! I like 3000. Porter's art is better than ever. Also, have you noticed that in Superboy, they're playing with some Legion lore? It looks like they are setting up for an all-new New 52 Legion (I'll summarize soon). And I'm wondering if the upcoming Future's End will deal with them in some way. If this is so, I take the previous Legion to have been from the pre-New 52 universe. Fingers crossed.

Read the full curerent chronologies: Earth 2 | Legion

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000

On Skorch 4 in the Fhe'erl System, fringes of Commonwealth space, a ship lands and assembles a stargate through which come the Justice League. It's their staging ground for a mission to the Five's base on Flatmas 12. They're warned to abort because the Five's Locus is there. Locus looks and acts like a nineteen year old girl and is seemingly omnipotent; she can manipulate reality. The Five's leader, Coeval, warns her that the League is on Flatmas. Coeval is a spontaneously generated Glimmernet life-form. He runs the Imperium. Locus rips the Flash apart, shrinks Green Lantern down and swallows him and makes him her new boyfriend, and sends the others to Takron-Galtos.

Justice League 3000 #2 (Mar. 2014)

Takron-Galtos is a prison planet that used to be called Earth. The cesspool is loosely governed by Sheriff Aaban Tariq, who brings in Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. He was appointed by Coeval to be an authority. Locus takes Hal to her reimagined home planet, Locus One. On Bradbury Seven, Ariel Masters works on transversal tech which she stashes on various worlds. Tariq alerts her to the Justice League's presence, which she immediately recognizes as her work on Cadmus come to fruition. She goes to Takron and Coeval tracks her. Superman calls Batman "Fledermaus."

Justice League 3000 #3 (Apr. 2014)

Ariel explains how the Justice League came to be. Cloning proved to be too costly and time consuming, and unstable. She created clones in the beginning of her tests, and all died. Instead she invented a way to use source DNA and bond it to a human host. Once infused, the host's DNA and mind is overwritten. Essentially, they die. The League were Philip K. Sung, Joshua N'obi, John Winston, Alicia Silvera, and Dennis Murphy. Aaban is taken over by the Convert, who is aided by Kali. Hal summons his cloak and escapes Locus One. The Wonder Twins resurrect the Flash, this time with brown hair. He has all the most recent memories. They ready to send him in with the help of their Firestorm.

Justice League 3000 #4 (May 2014)

WORLDS' FINEST

First Contact Part 1: Huntress tells Batman her history, which triggers his own suppressed memory of his visit to Earth 2. Batman refuses to call in Superman but Power Girl's outbursts finally draw his attention anyway. He takes her to an isolated place and encourages her to let the energies go instead of controlling them. Batman traces her problems to Rheelasia, now called New Gammora, which is run by Kaizen Gammora. It's one of the fastest-growing economics in the world. Batman and Huntress go in undercover and meet Kaizen. When Superman and Power Girl follow, both their powers go haywire. NOTE: Kaizen Gammora first appeared in Stormwatch #40 (1996); the spelling of his last name has been changed.

Batman/Superman #8 (Apr. 2014)

First Contact Part 2: Batman catches Superman and Power Girl falling to Earth and outfits Superman with a kryptonite ring to tame the power surge. Batman and Power Girl go into the city and Huntress fends off an attack by ??. Power Girl finds Kaizen, who isn't surprised to see her. She's swayed by the memory of her Ken. He explains that she's been infected by nanites that detected left-handed molecules that don't exist in Prime Earth universe. Kaizen uses Karen to open a view portal to Earth 2. Batman discovers secret Kryptonian cloning experiments, which Kaizen unleashes on them.

World's Finest #20 (Apr. 2014)

First Contact Part 3: Power Girl is eager to jump through the portal but Huntress fears it's not their world. Kaizen reveals that he's working for Darkseid. Power Girl throws Kaizen through the portal while they argue. Just as the ladies decide to go through, Kaizen returns transformed into a giant terror, with two Parademons and leading the Superman of Earth 2, who calls Karen to return. She's convinced it's her true cousin and moves to cross over, but Huntress destroys the machine. Karen tells her that she was certain because Superman bore a scar that she'd given him in the past. Back on Earth 2, Kaizen is reverted to normal and regrets having gone there.

World's Finest #21 (May 2014)

EARTH 2

The Atom and Sandman evacuate Moscow when Superman arrives. He uses his heat vision to sever the Atom's right arm, then beats him with it. Red Arrow is itching to act, but Batman is cautious. Sato tells them about the "final fallback," Amazonia. Dodds tells Khan that they have less than 100,000 troops there, of the 10 million under his command. They learn that "Project Beyond" has been activated. The private venture built a space ark for anyone wealthy enough to buy in. Not everyone makes it aboard and they're incinerated by the take-off. Superman intercepts it and tears the hull, killing all inside with the vacuum of space. Atlantis lies in the heart of the Dragon's Triangle in the Philippines Sea. Khan alls for Governor Alloroc but gets Aquawoman instead. Their communication is joined by Jimmy Olsen. Sloan, Mr. Terrific and Mr. Miracle are put to work to build a transport device. In Sloan's mind, Bedlam finds mention of the secret Kryptonian.

Earth 2 #21 (May 2014)

After Alan Scott was beaten, he was killed in the destruction of Steppenwolf's death. Now he is resurrected by the Green. Jimmy is 13 years old. Val's powers increase. Bedlam learns that he is Val-Zod and arrived long after Superman. Sloan tracked his ship and hid it from others. Lois takes Val for his first flight. His parents were scientists and pacifists. Bedlam shows images of Arkham and Superman notices Batman there. Hawkgirl joins them and Superman attacks with Parademons. One takes a large bit out of Hawkgirl's wing. As Superman prepares to kill Val, Lois intervenes, identifying herself. He's stunned.

Earth 2 #22 (June 2014)

23 February 2014

1986 Source-book promo poster. Art by ??

Legion Poster!

I finally added this poster to my collection. It's a nice high res scan, so save it to your computer and make a new desktop! This is from the series of sourcebooks by Mayfair Games.

16 February 2014

Atom-Smasher!

Next up is the original Infinitor, Atom-Smasher (originally Nuklon)! This character's was so poorly characerized by Roy Thomas during Infinity, Inc. But when Al Rothstein became a member of the Justice Society, things took a dramatic turn. It was fun to piece Al's puzzle together. He turned into a compelling character under Geoff Johns, as a player in the drama of Black Adam. In the New 52, Earth 2's Atom was created by James Robinson to have characteristics of Atom-Smasher's powers. » READ MORE…

15 February 2014

Recently: Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest

Well I'm not nervous anymore about Earth 2 in the absence of James Robinson. Tom Taylor has taken it forward at a breakneck speed. My only criticism is that I'm don't like that some of the characters have no link to anything Golden Age, like Aquawoman. I thought for sure there would be some fun connection, but instead she looks like a counterpart to Aquaman's wife, Mera. I have not followed Robinson to Marvel, I read some so-so reviews of his Invaders.

And Worlds' Finest is looking up as well with the crossover coming up. It needed a shot in the arm. The sooner we get back to JLA/JSA team-ups the better!

Meanwhile my non-New 52 bent continues. I'm reading the core Forever Evil, and Justice League books but most of the DC Universe leaves me cold. I've actively been seeking out things from other publishers and found rewarding solace in titles like Walking Dead, Invincible, Black Science, Astro City, and I'm back on the X-wagon again buying All-New X-Factor, Wolverine and the X-Men, and All-New X-Men. I get the excellent Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman/Wonder Woman, but only those. I won't buy any boring-ass book that Lobdell works on, so sad that Superman and Titans have been off the table.

I am still liking Justice League 3000. I'm actually relieved that Giffen has hinted that they aren't simply clones and there's surprises to come. In issue #3 we learn that Earth has become the prison world, Takron-Galtos, which means this is definitely not the same universe as previous Legions. » SEE: Keith Giffen on Justice League 3000: "They're Not Clones!" (5 February 2014)

Read the full current chronologies: Earth 2 | Legion

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

WORLDS' FINEST

First Contact Prelude: Power Girl harvests diamonds from the sea floor for money while her company struggles. Huntress grows frustrated with her friend's power loss and convinces her to seek help from Superman. At work, Karen's heat vision sparks uncontrollably. Batman allows Huntress to get into the Batcave and traps her.

World's Finest #19 (Mar. 2014)

First Contact Prelude: Just after her debut, Batman tested Robin on a case that followed up her mother's agenda against sex trafficking. He allows her to investigate on her own while watching over her. Supergirl would take secret trips into public and fell for a boy named Ken. His father was the leader of Gammora and they were at a Worldgov conference. She protected him from an nearby explosion. She tried to keep the building from collapsing but it was too much and Ken died under falling rubble. Afterwards she sought Helena for comfort. She worried about telling her cousin. While at the site of the explosion, Kara saw the blur of another woman, which they investigated. They found an artifact with traces of alien metals and radiation. They're ambushed by Fury who took the artifact. They track her to some base and are intercepted by Wonder Woman and Fury called for her father and escaped through a Boom Tube. Diana knows that Fury is her daughter. NOTE: Gamorra is a place from the Wildstorm universe, first seen in Deathblow #1 (1993).

World's Finest Annual #1 (Mar. 2014)

EARTH 2

Dr. Fate mumbles incoherent prophetic things. Red Arrow is left to guard him as Parademons approach en masse. Jimmy tells Batman about the Army's secret prisoner, an alien. Red Tornado's vision detects a lower level and Aquawoman punches through the floor to access it. She takes the full brunt of a plasma cannon then introduces herself as Marella, Queen of Atlantis. She can pull water out of bodies. They surrender and open the cell to reveal a seemingly normal, young prisoner named Val. He's there of his own free will and has spoken to Terry Sloan. He becomes ill and Batman realizes it's because of his kryptonite; the boy is Kryptonian. Superman uses the Washington Monument to destroy the White House. Bedlam tells the scientists they are wanted for their studies in trans-universal travel. Darkseid wants to push Earth into Apokolips space. Bedlam will be controlling their minds. Jimmy has a photographic memory. Parademons massacre World Army forces. Hawkgirl is ready to airlift Batman and the others. Elsewhere, the Earth's green energy surges again.

Earth 2 #19 (Mar. 2014)

In the sky, Aquawoman uses water in the clouds to drown Parademons. She returns to Atlantis but gives Batman a shell which can call her. Batman and the others go to the Batcave, along with Dr. Fate and Red Arrow (Connor Hawke). Val becomes afraid. He is agoraphobic from having been raised in a small ship. Superman destroys all major places of worship. Jimmy and Lois have never met, but he guesses that she was with Superman. Lois tells Val that he will have great powers under the sun, and convinces him to go outside. She is convinced there is nothing of her husband left in Brutaal. NOTE: In pre-New 52 continuity, Connor Hawke was the son of, and successor to Green Arrow.

Earth 2 #20 (Apr. 2014)

Batman's parents were murdered in 1979, in Park Row of Gotham City, now called Crime Alley. Joe Chill was the hired gun who turned up dead in 1994, along with other thugs with links to the Falcone crime family. All had their skulls crushed. Batman broke into Frankie (Francesco) Falcone's compound for answers and injected him with a truth serum. He learned that the only connection in the deaths was Thomas Wayne—Bruce's father. He learned that Thomas and Falcone were friends after Wayne had saved his life in 1971. Through Falcone, Wayne met future wife Martha and they lived a decadent lifestyle of parties and drugs. Jarvis Pennyworth was his chauffeur and more. In 1973 Bruce was born and the Waynes withdrew and Frankie sent three thugs to beat him. He was saved by Jarvis. While there, the killer appeared and Batman fought saved Falcone's life the the killer ran off. He trailed him and when found, Batman fingered him as Jarvis. Instead he was shocked to discover that it was none other than his own father, Thomas Wayne. When he woke he learned that Thomas had faked his death with the help of Leslie Thompkins. Bruce was enraged; he'd dedicated his life to a cause based on his parents' deaths. Wayne was now 65 and he used a drug called Miraclo to give him super-strength for an hour at a time. He stole it from an old colleague named Rex Tyler. Bruce left and shut him out though Thomas watched at his son's wedding and birth of his granddaughter. Thomas returned and killed Falcone. He admits that he might be addicted to the Miraclo. NOTE: In the original release of this issue, Miraclo's inventor was named Res Mason, which is the alter ego of Metamorpho. Writer Tom Taylor confirmed in an interview that this was a mistake.

Earth 2 Annual #2 (Mar. 2014)

9 February 2014

Brain Wave!

Brain Wave was an arch nemesis to the Justice Society. He had a son with the super-hero, Merry, and that son went on to join other heroes in Infinity, Inc. The character went through some dark and embarrassing times, but was in top form in his most recent appearances, in JSA All-Stars. The character has not yet been reinvented in the New 52.

The father passes his gifts—and his madness?—on to his son. From Infinity, Inc. #10 (1985); art by Jerry Ordway.

Henry "Hank" King inherited his father's mental abilities. He was conceived during the brief time when the Brain Wave had united with Merry Pemberton and reformed his criminal ways. Upon the elder King's relapse however, Hank's mother left with the boy and disappeared. Hank eventually learned the identity of his father and Merry left her son as well. Hank was told the lie that she had committed suicide. Her true motivation and course of action are still a mystery. Hank was also ignorant of Merry's maiden name, Pemberton, until he discovered that the Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton) was his uncle! All Sylvester knew was that she had forsaken the Pemberton fortune and disappeared. » READ MORE…

Updates: Batman of Earth 2 + Aquawoman

This profile is updated with all the juicy details from the most recent issues.

1 February 2014

Superman of Earth-22!

With Lois in her last moments. From JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1 (2009); art by Alex Ross.

Did you forget that the Superman of the Kingdom Come Earth was a member of the Justice Society? This profile pulls together all the strands of this great Superman, from K.C., Justice Society, and through the birth of he and Wonder Woman's son in The Kingdom.

"The Superman of this world was Kal-El, and lived an early life that seems much the same as that of his mainstream counterpart (officially, on Earth-0). Earth-22 had similarities to Earth-2, which was the home of DC's Golden Age heroes. Its super-heroes had been active longer than on Earth-0. Its elders included the trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Alan Scott as Green Lantern. By this time, most senior heroes of the Justice League (there was no Justice Society) had retired and there was a whole new generation of heroes carrying on their legacies. » READ MORE…

ALSO!

This profile led to an update and split for the Magog/Gog of Earth-0 (who was also a JSA member), and the Magog/Gog of Earth-22. The former still needs to be updated with the end of Magog's story. He died in the Final Crisis.

18 January 2014

Amazing-Man!

In the Tower of Fate. From All-Star Squadron #23 (1983); art by Jerry Ordway and Mike Machlan.

Moving on to another bit player in Justice Society lore. There have been three Amazing-Men, but none was ever really used to great effect. I will say that Geoff Johns did very well at making the Justice Society a diverse group, and quietly. When Amazing Man III was a member, the team also had Mr. Terrific, Lightning, Jakeem Thunder, and Judomaster.

"Will Everett was raised in the South to a family of sharecroppers. When young Will defied their landlord, they were forced to give up farming and migrated to Detroit. Will studied and trained in track and field, becoming so good that he qualified for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Alongside Jesse Owens, Everett won a gold medal at Adolf Hitler's pet event. Despite having gained international acclaim, Everett was unable to find good work upon his return to the U.S. and eventually wound up as a janitor at a laboratory owned by Dr. Terry Curtis."  » READ MORE…

Justice Society Wallpaper!

I came across a great spread and have fashioned it and another classic moment into wallpaper for you! These images are used in the History of the Justice Society!

The JSA returns from Limbo, into their own monthly series. From Justice Society of America v.2 #1 (1992); art by Mike Parobek and Mike Machlan.

JSA

The all-new JSA. From Justice Society of America #9 (2009); art by Dale Eaglesham and Ruy José.

14 January 2014

Star Boy (Starman VIII)

Alas poor Star Boy! Collateral damage in the last Legion series. An ignoble end to all of Geoff Johns' build-up for the character. Then again one could say that of the entire Levitz return. This profile takes you through Thom's roller coaster ride to Kingdom Come, the Justice Society, and back home to the 31st century...

Thom's final fate. From Legion v.7 #23 (2013); art by Scott Kolins.

"When the Legion Rejects—calling themselves the Justice League of Earth—took over planet, the Legionnaires were forced into hiding. One group undertook a mission into the 21st century to save the heroes who'd inspired them. Brainiac 5 refused to give medical clearance to Star Boy. But when he heard that the mission involved an "unsettling" task (to exhume Superboy), Star Boy switched places with Colossal Boy at the last minute. Brainiac 5 fitted them with mental blocks in order to shield the mission from Saturn Girl, and most took up new, secret lives in the past. Somehow Star Boy crossed over to an alternate Earth—Earth-22—where he became known as Starman.   » READ MORE…

Also, at Comixology!

I just noticed that Robinson and Smith's The Golden Age is being released digitally! They're up to issue #3 of 4. This series was a fantastic follow-up to the All-Star Squadron. It ultimately was published as Elseworlds, but James Robinson once told me (in my interview for the Quality Companion) that he'd pitched it to be in-continuity.

11 January 2014

Wildcats

Although I plan to do a full summary of Wildcat's Golden Age adventures (and all JSA members), this profile is very well fleshed out. Lots of new pics take you through the Wildcat legacy.

Tom Bronson takes a dream-trip back in time, sees his father carrying his mother away from a battle against Tigress. From Justice Society of America 80-Page Giant #1 (2010); art by Jerry Ordway.
"Wildcat's second son was the product of his affair with the spitfire, Marilyn Bronson, a woman whom he saved from the Gambler. Ted and Marilyn were together for only one night but he also discovered that she was a super-human. She was a were-cat, and helped Wildcat fight the Huntress. Bronson was knocked out in the fight and Ted took her to see Dr. Mid-Nite. The doctor gave Marilyn a drug to help curb her transformations and informed her that she was pregnant. By that time, Ted had already decided to leave her alone—"for her own good." He never learned of her pregnancy and she bore a son, Tom Bronson, who inherited her power to become a man/cat.   » READ MORE…

7 January 2014

Cyclone + the Red Tornado (Golden Age)

Next up in the pre-New 52 updates is Maxine Hunkel, aka Cyclone. Cyclone was a member in good standing in the JSA through the end of Geoff Johns' run, and right up to the New 52. Her grandmother was the original Golden Age Red Tornado, and she was inspired by Red Tornado III, a character in Kingdom Come.

Meeting her predecessor, the Red Tornado. From Justice Society of America v.3 #5 (2007); art by Fernando Pasarin.

 

"At the age of six, Maxine was kidnapped by T.O. Morrow, the creator of the android Red Tornado. Morrow was attempting to lure the Red Tornado, and introduced nanobytes into the girl's body, which left her with the ability to create cyclonic winds. Maxine had already enrolled at Harvard when the Justice Society reassembled with a new mission to train so-called "legacy heroes." She was recruited by Power Girl and Mister Terrific and joined a bevy of new heroes at the new JSA headquarters. The new heroine took the name Cyclone and designed a costume with nods to the witch in The Wizard of Oz (even a pointy hat)…"  » READ MORE…

5 January 2014

Justice Society in Smallville

Such a major oversight at Cosmic Teams: I've neglected to cover anything about the JSA's appearance on Smallville. Well, I still haven't written up the TV appearances but whats better?! I have now covered the JSA-related appearances in the Smallville Season 11 comic book.

In the comic book continuation of Smallville, there have been three Justice Society related story lines. Jay Garrick has made a return appearance, and the concept of Earth Two was introduced. Another major story features Director Bones of the D.E.O., Wonder Woman, and Hippolyta. Here however, Earth Two is combined with the concept of Earth Three, where Clark is the evil Ultraman.

In the television episode that starred the Justice Society, this portrait adorned the wall. From "Absolute Justice," air date 5 Feb. 2010; art by ??.

"Their first contact with someone from Earth Two was in Smallville, where Oliver Queen and Chloe Sullivan Queen were investigating the crash of an unknown ship. It bore Queen's name and the pilot inside stood revealed as Chloe's own doppleganger from Earth Two. "Chloe Two" had run from an unrevealed pursuer who delivered a fatal blow to her. This Chloe warned Oliver that Earth Two was now gone." » READ MORE…

» SEE ALSO:

Smallville Legion Chronology

31 December 2013

The King + King Chimera

From JSA-All Stars #6 (2010); art by Freddie Williams II.

This one took a while because I opted to do a full review of King Chimera's father, the original Golden Age hero known as the King. Chimera was created by Bill Willingham and Matt Sturges when they took over writing for Justice Society of America. At that time, they knew the team would be splitting off into the JSA All-Stars…

"At some point, King Standish sought a source of higher knowledge and discovered an unnamed, distant land where he studied with a secret order. There he met a younger (unnamed) woman, a member of this order. Her people could manipulate sound and light to cast supernatural illusions. The order taught the hero their magics, and the King and this woman bore a son who was raised with her people's powers as well…"  » READ THE FULL PROFILE...

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24 December 2013

Kid Karnevil aka the "All-American Kid"

Kid Karnevil was the creation of Bill Willingham, first introduced in the Shadowpact series, then used when the writer took over Justice Society. Karnevil infiltrated the JSA as the "All-American Kid," a fictional legacy hero in the spirit of Mister America.

Karnevil, up against the Detective Chimp. From " #1 (2006); art by Bill Willingham.

After the passing of Nabu, the last of the Lords of Order, a new Tenth Age of Magic began. (Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special) In this age, "wild magic" ruled and new champions and practitioners sprang up. Jeremy Karn aka Kid Karnevil allied with a group of mystical villains calling themselves the Pentacle. Led by Strega, they conjured a blood red dome around the town of Riverrock, Wyoming. This spell was intended to bestow the Pentacle members with immortality. The Phantom Stranger summoned the heroic mystics of the Shadowpact, who managed to cross Strega's barrier with the aid of the Phantom Stranger. From outside the barrier, a year passed and the Stranger employed various mystics to stand guard. (Shadowpact #1)  » READ THE FULL PROFILE...

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14 December 2013

Recently: Justice League 3000 Debuts

I'm going to chronicle Justice League 3000 because it looks like it might just be Legion-related. They reference an apocalypse brought about by "the five," but one of the new characters, the Convert, is considered one of the Five. I liked the first issue. The premise is fun: you quickly learn that they are indeed clones of the original heroes, but having been raised in a vacuum, without their forebears' socialization, they revert to certain core personalities. They have some of their former memories.

My purchase of DC books continues to ebb. I've gone back to being an X-Men freak and it's very rewarding in ways that I'm not rewarded as a DC fan. Everything that Marvel is doing so successfully just makes me wonder why DC can't get a clue. I think they need to take the kid gloves off and stop producing so many "passable" comic books. Come on and wow me!

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Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

WORLDS' FINEST

Huntress helps Karen dispel her excess energy. The infusion from space is unsuccessful; her powers remain unreliable. Tats returns to her master, ??, servant of the demon Xazdi, who has cursed her with the power to bring her tattoos to life. She must use his power or it will burn her up. She originally asked for the power. Huntress pursues her back to Xazdi's lair where she brings them down but awakens the demon. Power Girl joins and is forced to use an explosive bolt from Huntress' crossbow to destroy Xazdi.

World's Finest #18 (Feb. 2014)

EARTH 2

Commander Kahn is impaled through his torso. Sandman is able to teleport him away. Mr. Terrific is forced to work with Sloan (named Terrence here). Superman takes both of them to serve in some plan for Darkseid. Batman tells Sato that he knew the previous Batman. His strength and endurance seem inhuman. Red Tornado stops him from beating on Sato. He is strong enough to resist the android's strength. She thinks he is Bruce. He survives a bullet to the head from Sato and first releases a darker-skinned Aquawoman. He seeks to release three people: Aquawoman (a name she detests); Jimmy Olson, who is super-powered—he can access information from anywhere and was known as "Accountable," leaking top secret World Army documents; Batman's last target is the Joker, whom he shoots. He alerts them that Parademons are emerging from the firepits. Flash draws Superman away, chasing around the world. When he's caught, Superman breaks Flash's leg.

Earth 2 #18 (Feb. 2014)

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000

On Bradbury Seven, in the Hanuman system, early in the 31st century. Across the galaxy, life has collapsed into a more primitive state following a crisis ten years prior when The Five came. Billions died when technology failed. Ariel Masters stepped up to provide heroes for the people, working on Cadmusworld, part of a Commonwealth of worlds. Now she's on the run from Cadmus, using a holo-suit to conceal herself. Her successors are the Wonder Twins, Teri and Terry. They need Ariel to perfect their cloning process. They have sent in their new Justice League—Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash and Green Lantern—out to capture the Convert, one of the Five, who employs mass mind control. They are called by name: Clark Kent, Hal, Barry, and Bruce Wayne. They're programmed with memories made from incomplete historical data. The Green Lantern Corps is despised. GL's cloak mimics a Green Lantern ring. Flash uses a force field because he has no friction aura. Superman has no heat vision.

Justice League 3000 #1 (Feb. 2014)

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Judomaster III/Sonia Sato

 
On the hunt for her father's killer, Tiger. From JSA All-Stars #7 (2010); art by Freddie Williams II.

Watch for some more updates! I'm going to move through all my JSA and Legion profiles to update them fully, even with pre-New 52 stuff. But in rolling through the new characters, I'll first hit those with crossover appearances in Earth 2. Why don't you start with reading the history of Judomaster III:

The female Judomaster originally appeared in Kingdom Come #1 (1996), the creation of Mark Waid and Alex Ross. This character had little "air time" and the story was set in an alternate universe (Earth-22). The original Judomaster was Hadley "Rip" Jagger. He first appeared in Special War #4 (November 1965), which was published by Charlton Comics. His adventures were set in World War II. This character and others from Charlton were purchased by DC Comics in 1983 and Judomaster's first DC appearance was Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 (1985). » KEEP READING…

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27 november 2013

Recently: Earth 2 & Worlds' Finest

Up to date here on the events of Earth 2!

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Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

Batman Prime is dropped at the Wayne Manor on Earth 2 where he meets Catwoman and learns that on that world, they're married. Superman Prime sees his parents in Smallville (they've died on his world). He lashes out at Batman 2 but Kaiyo brings Batman 2 back to Gotham and Superman 2 to Smallville instead where they clash. Martha Kent calms them. Earth 2's Supreme Court authorized a cryo-prison, which holds Aquawoman, Joker, Creeper, and Sinestro. Arkham is now an amusement park. Superman uses Mangubots to help protect Metropolis and solar energy is the primary fuel. The Supermen meet Lois Lane and Superman Prime learns they're married on Earth 2. Wonder Woman arrives and strikes Lois—Kaiyo has possessed her.

Batman/Superman #2 (Sept. 2013)

On Earth 2, Bruce Wayne met Clark Kent and Pete Ross when they were boys. Wayne's car broke down near the Kent farm and Clark invited him to play baseball. Bruce deduced that Clark was stronger than normal. Now Clark learns that Bruce has used an alien crystal to magnify the effects of kryptonite. They discover a NSA bunker hiding a much larger crystal. Kaiyo warns the heroes that the crystal is their only hope against Darkseid.

Batman/Superman #3 (Oct. 2013)

They argue over whether to destroy the crystal. When Superman Prime touches the crystal, it attempts to realize his greatest desire: resurrecting his parents. Superman Prime must fly for the first time to save Lois and Selina from their crashing plane. Superman Prime destroys the crystal with energy refracted from a Wayne satellite. Kaiyo says this was all a contest to see which world had the best champions. Because the Prime heroes wanted to save the crystal, she predicts a better outcome for their world. As she returns home, she erases all memories of the events. Back on Earth Prime, news mentions rogue robots created by Waynetech's Ralph Mangubat. NOTES: A man named Slade works for the government. A Wayne satellite uses Terrill conversion cells to refract energy of all kinds. Kaiyo's origin is told in Justice League #24.1 (2013).

Batman/Superman #4 (Dec. 2013)

WORLDS' FINEST

Huntress escapes Desaad's bonds and he chooses to teleport them away rather than fight. Power Girl's powers begin acting unreliably.

World's Finest #15 (Oct. 2013)

Huntress stumbles upon an arson case in New York City during Fashion Week. The super-powered perpetrator escapes her. Karen struggles to regain her company from the Holt impostor (Desaad), while the tabloids sensationalize her fall. With Power Girl's help, they fare no better. PG's powers continue to be unpredictable.

World's Finest #16 (Nov. 2013)

Karen hopes that with her powers cutting out she might be able to get a tattoo, but it fails. Huntress has one of a cat and a bat. Power Girl charters a shuttle into space so that she can recharge from more direct solar energy. She absorbs and excess and plummets to Earth. The arsonist controls solid shadows.

World's Finest #17 (Dec. 2013)

EARTH 2

Brutaal kills another one of the Sandmen. Hawkgirl seeks the eccentric Darcy Twain in Casablanca. It's a ruse created by Roger Sharpe aka Hazard, and his partner, Melody. Scott Free studied on Earth 2 with retired escapologist Shilo Norman, aka Mr. Miracle. Barda and Fury were both graduates of Granny's Finishing School. Their battle is interrupted by the Red Tornado "unit 1.3," on orders from the World Army. NOTES: Hazard and Melody are modern interpretations of the JSA villains the Gambler (1st app. Green Lantern #12 (1944), and the Fiddler (All-Flash #32, 1947), respectively. Hazard was also the name of the original Gambler's granddaughter (Infinity, Inc. #34, 1987). Shilo Norman was originally the third Mr. Miracle (Mister Miracle #15
(1973).

Earth 2 #15 (Oct. 2013)

Brutaal kills all aboard the plane of Gen. Foster. Lee Travis continues to report from the battlefield. Brutaal and Steppenwolf seemingly kill Green Lantern. After, Brutaal unexpectedly kills his master and unmasks himself—he is Superman! He opens a rift across the earth stretching from Europe into central Asia.

Earth 2 #16 (Dec. 2013)

Tom Taylor begins as writer

The last of Dodds' other Sandmen is killed. On the orders of General Lane, Dr. Robert Crane uploads the stored psyche of Lois Lane into the Red Tornado. Superman closes in on their location: the World Army's Arkham base. Meanwhile, Batman infiltrates their stasis chambers intent on releasing their prisoners to fight. When Superman destroys the facility, Sam Lane is killed. Batman tells Sato that he's been a criminal and a madman. NOTE: In original continuity, Crane was Robotman (1st app. Star Spangled Comics #7, 1942)

Earth 2 #17 (Jan. 2014)

Grundy returns to Earth like a comet. His story began in Slaughter Swamp, 1898. A man named Solomon and his wife Pinney work for the Henry Slaughterhouse. When Pinney is accosted by Henry, she commits suicide, leading Cyrus into a rage and killing everyone inside, then himself. He fell into the swamp and was reanimated by the Rot.

Earth 2 #15.2 (Nov. 2013)

When the Crime Syndicate shuts down the power to Belle Reve, she calls in support from Steel, the (Unknown) Soldier, Warrant, and Power Girl. They find Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang liberating O.M.A.C. The Thinker is manipulating them all to his own ends, and has Waller outfitted with a collar-bomb. (#24) The Thinker has impersonated Amanda Waller and set the teams against one another. The Soldier deduces the problem and unites them, but Harley escapes with O.M.A.C. Waller is forced to work with James Gordon Jr. and access Project Y (in the series of Task Forces)—a god/monster called Kane. (#25) NOTE: The Thinker was originally a Golden Age Flash villain first appearing in All-Flash #12 (1943).

Suicide Squad v.3 #24-25 (Dec. 2013–Jan. 2014)

2 NOVEMBER 2013

Infinity, Inc. of Earth 2 = Legion

Hey remember how James Robinson said he thought that Infinity Inc. could work as Earth 2's Legion? As reported by Bleeding Cool:

[Robinson] is kicking around an idea for an Earth 2 ‘Legion of Superheroes’ and calling it Infinity Inc., which could also allow him to bring back Jade and Obsidian. Geoff Johns apparently has plans for Stargirl.

After I heard that I started sketching—something I hadn't done in years. My fanboy visions are below—no fewer than 14 Infinitors! In searching I also discovered that the writer over at the excellent New Earth 2 blog has also put some thought into this issue. That blog post is an excellent summary of any and all JSA/Legion connections. He imagined Jakeem Thunder as Lightning Lad, a female Brainwave and Amazing-Boy as a Cosmic Boy analog. Thinker 5 as Brainiac 5; Atom-Smasher as Colossal Boy; Kyle Knight as Star Boy; Jesse Quick as XS.

FERRO

The super-boy of steel. May be descended from Power Girl. Uniform nods to Ferro Lad, Iron Munro, and Superboy II.

FURY II

From the legacy of Wonder Woman. Uniform has nods to 1970s Saturn Girl.


STAR BOY

Danny Blaine (the alias used by Thom Kallor in the 21st century).

 

GREYBIRD

From Starhaven, descended from a colonial Thanagarian group, and Hawkgirl. Named for Dawnstar's brother, and modeled on Northwind.


JADE & OBSIDIAN

Twin sisters. Jade possesses a power pulse, current avatar of the Green. Nods to Shadow Lass's Silver Age costume.
Obisidan can phase. Nod to Phantom Girl.


MIDNIGHT

Legacy of Dr. Midnight, with nods to Batman and Cosmic Boy.

BRAINWAVE 5

Coluan with mental abilities, descended from the 21st century alien conqueror. A hybrid of Brainiac 5 and Brainwave Jr.


ATOM GIRL AND ATOM LAD

Cousins from the legacy of the Atom and modeled on Shrinking Violet and Colossal Boy/Nuklon.


MERI

Trickster/magician. Inspired by Merry the Gimmic Girl with nods to the White Witch and Projectra. Possibly still the sister of Dreamer, which could explain their light complexions.

DREAMER

A sand-girl inspired by Morpheus, Gaiman's Sandman. This Dream Girl has a connection to the Dreaming. Her legacy includes the JSA's Wes Dodds.


SILVER BEETLE

Warrior of the Reach, empowered by the Silver Scarab. No obvious Legion parallel.

KID QUANTUM

Android construct with the power to bend time. Created by Tylerco. A hybrid of the original Kid Quantum and Hourman III.


     

From Legion of Super-Heroes v.7 #23 (2013); art by Kevin Maguire.

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Long Languish the Legion?

Well there you have it, a milestone in the history of the Legion of Super-Heroes: canceled with no plan for the franchise (to my knowledge). With no clues whether JLA 3000 will be tied to the Legion, fans are bereft. How would I solve it? Several ideas:

  1. Return to Geoff Johns's vision for it. A true revival with all the best Legion elements and lots of new shake-ups. And a writer who will draw new fans.
  2. Bring the space drama back, something like the Abnett/Lanning/Coipel period.
  3. Leave it on hold for a while and have the Legionnaires start popping up in the Superman titles. This is how they became popular in the first place, right? Make them frequent guest stars in Supergirl and Superman and see where it goes.
  4. Infinity Inc.: this concept was proposed by James Robinson as the Earth 2 Legion. Use the characters who used to be in Infinity Inc. and spin them into the future. (BTW, I did sketches of what those Legionnaires might look like! Gotta refine and scan...)
  5. And side note: this would all be a lot easier if DC would (again) acknowledge multiple Legions and be done with it. There was a hint with Supergirl and the Threeboot Legion that when heroes traveled through time, they often might cross over to a parallel Earth as well. Explains a whole lot.

I hadn't chronicled the penultimate issue here yet so, … Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad arrive on Earth to confront the Persuader and Tharok, but are quickly put down by the Emerald Empress. She captures Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad follows them through a portal to the Promethean Giant. When Saturn Girl recovers, she turns the tables on the Empress, and Polar Boy and Invisible Kid return from the Dream Dimension. Tharok fully activates the Promethean, declaring it his fifth member. But Projectra then commands the Giant to "awaken" to the reality of his situation. When it realizes it's being manipulated, it defies Tharok. Polar Boy freezes Tharok solid. Luornu and Chuck ready to bury her fallen duplicate. Karate Kid (Val Armorr) has returned (according to Projectra "I thought your soul was lost forever"). No other details are given. (Legion #22)

In the final chapter then, the galaxy picks up the pieces. Sun Boy is memorialized on Shanghalla, but there is no body. Dream Girl confirms that Star Boy has died (we had only seen him left behind in issue #18). Colossal Boy returns to costume in order to pitch in the cleanup effort. Ultra Boy is convinced that Phantom Girl—still missing—is alive somewhere. Brainiac 5 struggles to help the United Planets recover its technological foundation. Duplicate Damsel scolds him for his arrogance and threatens to reveal the fact that it was he who opened Brainiac's original armory—from where Tharok gained his powers. Bouncing Boy tries to show the Legionnaires something he's found: something about a speared shirt once worn by Superman. Shadow Lass takes Mon-El home to Daxam. The United Planets disbands the Legion. Element Lad is without a home, but Gigi proposes a future for him with the Science Police. On Naltor, Dream Girl wonders if everything was just a bad dream. Chuck wonders if in another universe, things turned out differently. He mentions that Superman was killed by Steppenwolf—which happened on Earth 2. Karate Kid and Projectra return to Orando. The founders rest on Winath with their children. Brainiac 5 has returned to Colu. (Legion #23)

Some similarities strike me about the way this ended, almost like the Legion v.3 series ended after the Magic Wars. Mon-El near death, the founders all non-involved. Brainy remaining one of the most active. Things generally in ruins.

This ending does nothing to make the Legion easier to follow. Adding another offshoot to their timeline is just one more barrier to a lot of people who might enjoy this title. I think it needs a new voice, someone's whose angle is not tied to the past. I had hoped that Geoff Johns would take the reigns when they came back to their own title, but now I feel like I want something like Saga. Have you been reading it? Wonderful and beautiful, a space opera with all the juiciest bits.

Dangling plot threads:

What Earth was the New 52 Legion really from?

Is Star Boy really dead?

How did Karate Kid come back?

Where did the Black Witch and Glorith go?

Did Sun Boy's essence survive somehow?

Where did Phantom Girl end up?

» READ THE LEGION CHRONOLOGY (NEW 52)!

     

The Whistling Skull and Knuckles.
From JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #3 (2013); art by Tony Harris.

3 August 2013

JSA Liberty File: The Whistling Skull!

I've finally gotten around to reading and summarizing this series. I wish I'd read about it in the comics press before reading the series itself. If you don't, you'll spend your whole time wondering where the freaking JSA is in the story! They barely appear.

It's because The Whistling Skull began as a proposal for a series of mini-series (like Hellboy) by creators B. Clay Moore and Tony Harris. The pair had finished Ex Machina, published under Wildstorm, and their next project, the "Furuther Adventures of the Whistling Skull," was announced in April 2010. But when Wildstorm was shuttered in preparation for DC's "New 52" makeover, the Skull's future was uncertain. The pair repitched this series to DC editors (including Jim Lee, former head of Wildstorm), and miraculously, it was picked up. Harris credited DC with the "willingness to marry and ‘seat’ Skull firmly in the JSA: Liberty Files universe that I was a part of creating in years past.”

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13 JULY 2013

Recently: Earth 2, Legion, and More!

Whew it's been a very busy three months. I started a new job April 1 and my free time has disappeared! I managed to put up some new JSA stuff, started a Pinterest page. Meanwhile, a bunch of stuff has been happening that I detail for you below, in issues relative to Cosmic Teams!

The Legion saves Clark from the sun's gravity. From Smallville Season 11 #53 (2013); art by Daniel HDR.

I have begun a Smallville Chronology as it relates to the Legion as well. See it in progress!

Read the full chronologies: JSAnU | Legion | Legion Lost

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

LeGion OF SUPER-HEROES

Mon-El engages the Emerald Empress. Her final blow severs his arm. Element Lad imprisons her in inertron. Invisible Kid's latent teleportation abilities sweep he and Polar Boy away to the dream dimension. Tharok sends the Persuader to Earth. Validus emerges on the Sorcerers' World.

Legion v.7 #19 (May 2012)

Phantom Girl despairs and retreats to her home dimension. Glorith is reunited with Blok and the Black Witch. Tharok says the chip he took from Colu "stole his humanity." Validus pounds his way to the gem at the heart of the Sorcerers' World. Together, Mysa and Glorith (heir to the power of time) remove the planet from it's place in the universe. Ultra Boy and Chameleon Boy are returned to Earth, greeted by the Persuader who stands over Duplicate Damsel's body. NOTE: Cover by George Pérez.

Legion v.7 #20 (June 2012)

Tharok restores the quark relays to lure the Legionnarires back to Earth, where it looks as if the Persuader has killed Duplicate Damsel. Chemical Kid aids in sustaining Mon-El's internal chemistry. Invisible Kid and Polar Boy encounter the Legion's dead who warn them that when they return, death awaits them. Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad return to help.

Legion v.7 #21 (July 2012)

Argo

Part 1: When Booster Gold goes into battle against a monstrous snowman, his Legion flight ring rejects him and ceases functioning. Blue Beetle saves him and takes the glory. When Booster visits Clark, the Legion ring transports them to the 31st century. NOTE: This series was released digitally first. The three issues sub-arcs were issued in print as Smallville Season 11 #13-15 (2013).

Smallville Season 11 #42 (12 Apr. 2013)

Part 2: Skeets secures a building with a 1000 year lease, buries himself and reemerges in the 31st century. Lightning Lad and Brainiac 5 escape from the Earthgov. Clark learns that Earth has a new neighbor: New Krypton.

Smallville Season 11 #43 (19 Apr. 2013)

Part 3: The Legionnaires retreat with Clark and Booster to Smallville. A lost Kryptonian colony, Argo, has appeared and applied for membership to the United Planets. They descend from the Kandorians freed by Clark. When Clark propelled them across the universe, they took up residence on Argo and built a new society. Minister Kirt Niedrigh serves the xenophobic Earthgov, opposed to New Krypton and barely tolerating the Legion. Clark breaks into their base and discovers his cousin, Kara. NOTE: Unlike his other Legion appearances, Niedrigh aka Earth-Man does not appear to have super-powers.

Smallville Season 11 #44 (26 Apr. 2013)

Part 4: Six months ago, Kara took Clark's Legion ring and was greeted in the future by Brainiac 5 and taken in by the Legion. When Argo appeared, Supergirl led the diplomatic mission but it was sabotaged by someone in Earthgov. The Kryptonians use gravity buoys to travel through space between the planets. Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy go undercover to stop Earthgov spies on New Krytpon. They prevent an explosion and are met by an angry Eradicator Beh-Osk. Clark and Kara arrive and the Kryptonians bow to him. NOTE: Legionnaires appear in cameo: Dawnstar, Wildfire, Karate Kid, Ferro Lad, Star Boy.

Smallville Season 11 #47 (17 May 2013)

Part 5: Booster stole Clark's Legion ring from the museum where he worked, in the 25th century. Brainiac can find no reference to him in history. Clark discovers from the Chancellor Pa-Vel that they worship Faora. Saturn Girl gives the order to call in all Legionnaires.

Smallville Season 11 #48 (24 May 2013)

Part 6: Booster saves a blue-skinned, feral alien (described as Dumakan) from police. Faora and Zod experimented with DNA and the result was Davis Bloome, aka Doomsday. She was with child when he killed her. Earthgov has used the DNA of her unborn child to create a weapon, a new Doomsday. NOTE: The Dumakan is probably Catspaw, whose original name was April Dumaka.

Smallville Season 11 #49 (31 May 2013)

Part 7: Cosmic Boy addresses a large assembly of Legionnaires The new Doomsday is unleashed and war breaks out. NOTE: First Legionnaire appearances include Projectra, Timber Wolf, Shrinking Violet, Dream Girl, Invisible Kid, Phantom Girl, Ultra Boy, Sun Boy, Element Lad, Chameleon Boy, Bouncing Boy, and Triplicate Girl.

Smallville Season 11 #51 (14 June 2013)

Part 8: Kara leads the Legionnaires and Saturn Girl accompanies Clark to New Krypton to stop Doomsday. The Kryptonians' gravity bomb detonates above Earth.

Smallville Season 11 #52 (21 June 2013)

Part 9: Clark redirects the gravity buoys to the sun and takes Doomsday on a one-way trip. He intends to sacrifice himself as well. The Legion save him by forming a chain to help pull him free from the sun's gravity. Back on Earth, Clark runs into the young Bart Allen, running from his mother. The worlds begin making peace. Brainiac 5 returns Clark's Legion ring to him. Kara elects to stay, feeling at peace for the first time.

Smallville Season 11 #53 (28 June 2013)

JUSTICE SOCIETY

Supergirl recovers from kryptonite poisoning on the Proxima-One, which focuses solar energy. She's attacked by someone with a grudge against Kryptonians, and when knocked unconsious, Power Girl begins feeling sick as well.

Supergirl v.6 #18 (May 2013)

Power Girl intercepts Supergirl's unconscious body from the military personnel and revives her. When they touch, they exchange memories. Luthor sends Appex to attack them. The poisoning returns and Power Girl takes her to her Kryptonian underwater sanctuary. It heals Supergirl and produces a new uniform for Power Girl. It then deduces that since they have the same DNA, one must be a clone, and be destroyed.

Supergirl v.6 #19 (June 2013)

The Sanctuary performs a chromo-scan on the Karas and deduces that Supergirl is a clone. They're forced to destroy it.

Supergirl v.6 #20 (July 2013)

Clark Kent first met Bruce Wayne in Gotham City, where they argued immediately over a case of childhood bullying. Kent was investigating the murders of Wayne Enterprises employees in Metropolis. Later in Metropolis, Batman first met Superman. Catwoman was lured there as well, possessed by a malevolent spirit. The men fought and the spirit left Catwoman then activated a Boom Tube to Earth 2. Both Superman and the Batman of Earth 2 were transported to Smallville. Batman protected himself with kryptonite. Superman beats on Batman until Jonathan Kent intervenes, all as the spirit watches.

Batman/Superman #1 (July 2013)

Desaad shows his true face to Power Girl and Huntress while the rest of the world believes he is Michael Holt. Months earlier in Tokyo they discovered that Hakkou was a Yakuza named Ryouta. Karen enjoys being a celebrity, a reaction against having been kept in seclusion by her cousin. After the Holt/Desaad incident, the public turns against her and her company's stock falls. Karen is lured away by an explosion at her Cambridge lab, and Desaad attacks Starr Island killing Somya(?) and others. NOTE: Power Girl wears her new uniform.

World's Finest #12 (July 2013)

The girls find evidence at the SEC of Desaad's mechanations and they're attacked by a mutant dog (probably transformed by Desaad from human); it destroys one of Huntress's safe houses.

World's Finest #13 (Aug. 2013)

Desaad attacks Huntress in her Catskills safehouse, and a Starr facility in Oxford, England. A Parademon manages to kidnap Huntress through a Boom Tube, which Power Girl follows her into.

World's Finest #14 (Sept. 2013)

Lee Travis broadcasts the battle between Dr. Fate and Wotan. For his own sanity, Khalid asks Jay to call him Dr. Fate, to keep a division in their identities. Jay's uniform is a manifestation of his powers. He modifies it slightly. To level the playing field, Fate takes the battle back to Earth. Nabu counsels him to channel the magic of the gods of Egypt. Green Lantern and Hawkgirl travel to Macau, China and find a collection of dead Parademons. Their lead came from mob boss Eddie Kai Lung. The Green summons Alan away and he cannot refuse, leaving Hawkgirl in China. G.L. and Flash keep the World Army at bay. When Wotan transforms his body, Dr. Fate prevents him from returning to normal, then blasts him away. They all retreat to Alan's GBC headquarters/home, where they learn his identity. He proposes using GBC as a publicity machine and invites them all live there, including Hawkgirl. News spreads that Steppenwolf is in Dherain. NOTES: In this month, the "Channel 52" featurette in the back of all DC titles chaned to "Channel 2" with reporter Molly Mayne, who along with the android MC2 reports on a new Batman, a fire in New York put out by a tornado and aided by a woman in a fire-retardant suit (who looks like the original Red Tornado). In original continuity, Mayne was the Harlequin (1st app. All-American Comics #89, 1947). MC2 resembles Mekanique, from Infinity, Inc. #19, 1985. Lee Travis was first mentioned in Earth 2 #7 (Feb. 2013). In original DC continuity, this was the alter ego of the Crimson Avenger (1st app. Detective #20, 1938).

Earth 2 #12 (July 2013)

Five Years ago, when Parademons attacked Sgt. Pratt's division, their nuclear bomb went off and Pratt somehow survived. A year later, while undergoing psychotherapy, memories triggered his powers for the first time and he grew to giant size. He carries guilt for his men who died. Now he's sent to Phnom Penh after Henri Roy, an arms dealer wanted for war crimes. He was turned in by his son, Henri Roy, Jr., who is wanted for testing by Terry Sloan. Major Sato arrives to call him for a mission against Steppenwolf. The new Batman aides silently. Later he battles Jaime Encana, Mister Icicle, who was created by Kanto, the assassin of Apokolips. Batman shoots Icicle after the criminal refers him to Hawkgirl. Mister Miracle and Barda search for the new Batman in Gotham City; they're attacked by Fury. Khan briefs Captain Steel on his next mission: to the fire pit of Rio de Janeiro. NOTES: Captain Steel was first mentioned in Earth 2 #5. In original DC continuity, Commander Steel (1st app. Steel #1, 1978) was a World War II hero; his grandson became Steel (Justice League of America Annual #2, 1984); another grandson became Citizen Steel (Justice Society of America v.3 #2, 2007). One of the soldiers on the scene at the Atom's creation was named Terrill; this is the last name of the original Ray.

Earth 2 Annual #1 (Aug. 2013)

The World Army sends Captain Steel to Rio de Janeiro to investigate one of the Apokoliptian fire pits created by Terry Sloan. Most are lethal but this one has been benign, but people are now disappearing nearby. Khan mentions the Red Files, the World Army's first projects after the Ternion died. All have "red" as part of their code name. Red Arrow has been operating secretly in the field for years. Inventor Jim Lockhart created the Red Torpedo, which Steel pilots into the pit. Steel is Hank Heywood, Jr., born in Philippines. It's uncertain whether he was adopted. His father was a scientist who "fixed" his son's congenital defect bone defect by bonding metal to the boy's DNA, then his skeleton and almost his entire body. The metal gave him strength and some elasticity. During the war with Apokolips, Parademons came for the elder Heywood, who killed himself and destroyed his research. Junior escaped and went to the World Army. He was the first new wonder. He can also control machinery, anything metal, or make it move by will. He calls it the "mad metal." He serves as a soldier because he feels there's nothing else for him to do. He pilots the Red Torpedo into the fire pit. When he reemerges, he's battered and warns to seal off the pit, that the Red Lantern will destroy the Earth if she gets out. In China, Hawkgirl encounters Apokorats and is aided by the new Batman. he tells her to seek out Kanto, the assassin of Apokolips. It looks increasingly like Sam was mixed up in business to do with Apokolips. NOTES: Jim Lockhart aka the Red Torpedo was originally a Quality Comics hero (1st app. Crack Comics #1, 1940).

Earth 2 #13 (Aug. 2013)

Green Lantern plans to mount a publicity campaign using his network to gain the new wonders public support. He, Dr. Fate and the Flash attack Dherain. The World Army arrives with the Atom, the Sandmen, Red Arrow. Steppenwolf is ready with three wonders of his own: ??. They attack, killing one of the Sandmen. Other troops are led by British General Stormy Foster. Khan also has Mister Terrific as backup. NOTES: In the "Channel 2" backup, Molly Mayne reports the activities in Dherain. Stormy Foster was originally a Quality Comics character (1st app. Hit Comics #18, 1941). James Robinson previously created Von Hammer, Foster's great-grandson, in Superman #689 (Aug. 2009). Red Arrow was first mentioned in the previous issue; this is an alias for Roy Harper, aka Speedy aka Arsenal (1st app. More Fun Comics #73, 1941).

Earth 2 #14 (Sept. 2013)

14 May 2013

More Earth 2 Profiles!

Keep clicking! I have gone through all of the heroes you see below, recently adding Power Girl, the Spectre, the Huntress, and the Sandmen. In addition, this has led me to want to do more robust profiles of the original JSAers, something I feel better able to do now than in the past. But start here, there's lots to see and read. » SEE ALSO: Members

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The AtomDr. FateFlash • Green LanternHawkgirlMr. TerrificThe SandmenThe Spectre

       

BatmanHuntress Power Girl SupermanWonder Woman & Fury

Variant cover to Earth 2 #8.

JSA on the Web!

Here are some other great things to read and see, in regards to Earth 2 and James Robinson. » SEE ALSO: Links

BLOGS:

A great Tumblr blog, New Earth 2!

The Justice Society of America Revisited does some good things too.

INTERVIEWS:

Comic Vine: James Robinson Discusses EARTH 2's "Last Amazon" And More (6 December 2012) This features a piece art from the Earth 2 #8 cover variant, which I didn't know existed, by Nicola Scott.

MTV Geek: James Robinson (Still Won't Tell Us) Who Is The Batman Of 'Earth 2' (29 March 2013)

Newsarama: James Robinson Explores Wonders of New 52 EARTH 2 (6 December 2012)

Geekscape: Wonder-Con Wrap Up: A Quick Chat With James Robinson of DC’s Earth-2

Under the Radar: James Robinson: Creating a Metaphysical World (25 May 2012)

10 April 2013

Recently: Earth 2, Legion, and Action Comics!

I'm working at a few things aside from this! Read the Justice Society Intro! I did hella work on this, which is leading to my finally writing full profiles for all JSA members but it's quite the task. I'll start getting the New 52 heroes written up, too!

And I'm also sorting out the Grant Morrisson Action Comics run and will be posting those Legion-related events, too. The story was sprawling and jumped in time.

Here's what's been happening in issues relative to Cosmic Teams! Read the full chronologies:

JSAnU | Legion | Legion Lost

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

Power Girl creates an earthquake near Los Angeles as a cover to raid Holt Industries. Huntress tries to hack their systems and is attacked by T-spheres. She receives a call asking her to come to Gotham; Damian Wayne has been killed. She visits his grave at Wayne Manor. Just as Batman closes on her, Power Girl sweeps her away. Someone pretending to be Michael Holt appears (with aide Aleeka Musgrave).

World's Finest #10 (May 2013)

In Mali, Huntress finds Reynard, a man implicated in arms connected to the missing Wayne money. Then she breaks into Holt's mansion In Las Vegas, Karen attends a conference. “Holt” makes his appearance and shows his true colors: he is Desaad. They break into a government database and find no evidence of knowledge of parallel earths.

World's Finest #11 (June 2013)

Two years prior: Kendra and Khalid are on the run in Egypt. She is transformed, growing wings while he discovers the Helm of Nabu. In the Realm of Nabu, Karel Wotan (Nabu's ancient enemy) blackmails Flash into retrieving the Helm for him. When Khalid wore the helmet, he was overwhelmed by Nabu's spirit, thoughts and personality. After removing it, he suffered from insanity. He ordered the helmet to go where no one could get it—the Tower of Fate. Wotan represents a group who wants the powers. He transports the heroes inside where they face the Great Beast. Alan meets Sam Zhao's father in Wuxi, China. He's certain that Sam was the target of the attack, not Alan. Alan seeks out Hawkgirl in Louisiana for help.

Earth 2 #10 (May 2013)

In Egypt's past, Nabu fought Wotan, a female magician in her third lifetime. Her magic allowed for eternal memory between incarnations but she was cursed by Nabu to always bear green skin. Nabu died ten years later. Jay's blind courage inspires Khalid to take on the Helm of Fate against his better judgment, to save Jay's mother from Wotan. In St. Draemyre, capital of Dherain, Steppenwolf tells Fury of the “lost son” who escaped from them a year prior—Mr. Miracle and Barda have been hiding in now-devastated Gotham City. He sends her to capture him. Nabu mentions Khalid's dead guardian, Kent Nelson. He finds the helmet and agrees to be the agent of chaos and order and dubs himself Doctor Fate (he's a doctor of archaeology). Sanity: “if your will is strong, perhaps not. What you hear now are but echoes of my soul within the helm, to counsel you in your new role. In time my voice will fade and … if the man you are by then is ready alone, the future may surprise you.” When he first encountered the helm, he predicted Jay's destiny. He transforms and saves Jay from the Beast. NOTE: In original DC continuity, Mister Miracle and Barda first appeared in Mister Miracle #1 and #4 (1971)

Earth 2 #11 (June 2013)

Harmonia (newly elected deputy leader) and Dragonwing stave off protestors who blame the Legion for the power failures. Above Earth, Mon-El barely muscles a cruiser out of a gravity well. Glorith reveals that to teleport, she must be unrestrained, and only to her homeworld; she opens a portal to to it. Brainiac 5 directs the Legionnaires to scramble together pre-quark technology to build a cruiser. Gravity suspension fails and Legion HQ is destroyed just as they take off. Star Boy is left behind. Tharok controls the Promethean giants.

Legion v.7 #18 (May 2012)

3030 AD, Nugothrotropolis: The Legion works undercover in a world run by Universo. Cosmic Man, Saturn Woman, Lightning Man, Umbra, Shrinking Violet, Chameleon and Sensor (a snake, Wildfire also mentioned) break into their old headquarters after a Time Bubble. They are able to activate it for a one way trip. In the 21st century, Superman battles the Kryptonite men and Xa-Du who says “the little man blames you for everying.” Krypto comes to his aid. Jimmy and Lois save Mr. Triple X from an assassin (in hat), the Legion arrive to help. The little man unleashes Super-Doomsday. Backup: 2013: People gather in Metrpolis to welcome President Hiroshi Takaneda, who negotiated the end of the Antares War; he is Universo in disguise. They stop an assassin, Dolo Rol of Naltor who warns Takaneda will ruin everything, before he commits suicide. 7 years later Earth is under martial law. 2 years after that worlds secede from the U.P. NOTE: Pencils by Chris Sprouse. Costumes do not match those from Legion: Secret Origin.

Action Comics #16 (Mar. 2013)

The Legionnaires say their future happened because Superman died. They seek to prevent the Age of Universo by rewriting the past. They visit Mrs. Nyxly looking for him then go into the past too late to save the Kents. Forward to current day they take him back to when the kryptonite was stolen, then they urge him to head to Mars. They also visit Triple X in the hospital. Vyndktvx found that he needed help to bring down Superman so recruited his army. Ma and Pa Kent are killed in a car crash caused by Vyndktvx.

Action Comics #17 (Apr. 2013)

Ferlin Nyxly is a “damaged edge” of Vyndktvx, son of Myxyzptlk (aka/Triple X), who had five children with Nyxlygsptlnz (Mrs. Nyxly on Earth) and she died in labor. The only daughter was loved above the others. His wife escaped to the 2nd dimension iusinger her blood, connected to the color red in Superman's “S”. Susie returns with Captain Comet and the Wanderers, neo sapien superwarriors from half a dozen worlds (and based on the post-Crisis Legion era team): Photine (Quantum Queen) channels energies, Elvith of Assassin's World (Elvar), Quiller with spikes (Dartalon), [birdman] (Aviax). Comet is also a teacher to these people. He helps Superman to make the whole world say their names backwards simultaneously, which banishes him, because 5-D words are like thunder. He promised Mrs. Nyxly to grant her a wish involving the color red so he goes to Mars.

Action Comics #18 (May 2013)

 

 

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