LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES

Rebirth Legion: Chronology

The Legion faces an attack from the alien Horraz. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #1 (Jan. 2020); art by Ryan Sook and Wade Von Grawbadger.

 

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21st Century

Convergence, pre-Flashpoint: When the multiverse is rewritten due to "Flashpoint," Brainiac plucks Clark Kent and Lois Lane from the dying reality and places them in a self-contained reality, on a world called Telos. Superman is deprived of his powers and Lois becomes pregnant.

Convergence: Superman #1 (July 2015)

On Telos, Clark Kent and Lois Lane have a son, Jonathan Samuel Kent. Note: This was Jonathan's first appearance in print. The story is no longer in continuity, retconned by the events of "Superman Reborn."

Convergence: Superman #2 (July 2015)

The New 52 Superman dies from kryptonite poisoning and from absorbing a dangerous amount of energy. His body flares with energy that infuses (the New 52) Lana Lang and Lois Lane (who became "Superwomen"), and Kong Kenan in China (the "New Superman").

Superman v.3 #52 (July 2016)

Rebirth

Lois and Clark retreat to Superman's Arctic Fortress of Solitude in preparation for the birth of their son, Jonathan Samuel Kent. They take sabbaticals from the Daily Planet (and the Justice League) and move to California. About a year later, they return to their former duties and relocate to rural Hamilton County, north of Metropolis. Notes: This Action Comics story retcons the Convergence tale of Jon's birth. The Superman: Clark & Lois mini-series takes place in Salinas, California.

Superman: Clark & Lois #1 (Dec. 2015), Action Comics #978, (June 2017)

Rebirth: Clark Kent and Lois Lane move to the Smith Farm in Hamilton County, 300 miles north of Metropolis. At the age of 10, Jon's heat vision manifests and he accidentally kills his cat. His super-hearing is also developing.

Superman v.4 #1 (Aug. 2016)

Superman introduces his son Jon to the Justice League as Superboy. Note: In New 52 continuity, there were two prior Superboys, a son of Superman from the future, and his clone. The pre-Flashpoint Superboy (Conner Kent, also a clone) also returned in Young Justice v.3 #1 (Mar. 2019).

Superman v.4 #6 (Early Nov. 2016)

Superboy uses freeze breath for the first time. He is taken by the Batman to the Batcave, where he meets Robin (Damian Wayne) and his ally, Nobody.

Superman v.4 #10 (Early Jan. 2017)

"Superman Reborn"

Part 1: Trapped outside reality by the events of Flashpoint, Mister Mxyzptlk finds his way back and kidnaps Jonathan Kent.

Superman v.4 #18 (Early May 2017)

Part 2: Mxyzptlk tortures Superman and Lois over the fate of their son, who is in the 5th Dimension.

Action Comics #975 (May 2017)

Part 3: Superman and Lois pursue Jon into the realm of Mxyzptlk.

Superman v.4 #19 (Late May 2017)

Part 4: Two versions of Superman and Lois Lane (pre- and post-Flashpoint) are essentially merged into one, and Superman's history and reality realigns more closely to his pre-Flashpoint experiences. Notes: Many flashbacks reference pre-Flashpoint Superman events, suggesting that much his earlier history has been reinstated. This retroactively eliminates the New 52 Superman (though some of his adventures are merged in with revised continuity). Clark, Lois and Jon do not remember any other existences, but do remember their "odd" encounter with Mxyzptlk. The resulting Superman, however, has never met the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Action Comics #976 (May 2017)

"Black Dawn": Batman says that Jon's powers should be fully developed by now. (#20) Jon is kidnapped by Manchester Black and his Super Elite. (#23) Black's Elite are aliens and they man a spaceship under Hamilton that helps keep a cosmic rift in check. Black claims Jon is destined to be more powerful than his father. He's betrayed by some of his Elite, who free Superman's allies. (#24) Under Black's control "Superboy Black" fights his father until a quantum explosion shakes him free (and gives Jon glimpses of a potential future). Afterwards, Jon can fly. (#25)

Superman v.4 #20-25 (Late May-Aug. 2017)

The Kent family moves back to Metropolis.

Action Comics #980 (July 2017)

The elusive Mr. Oz reveals that himself to Superman... he is his father, Jor-El.

Action Comics #987 (Nov. 2017)

Lois Lane and Jonathan Kent meet Jor-El.

Action Comics #989 (Dec. 2017)

The Super Sons of Tomorrow

Part 1: A version of Tim Drake (as Batman) arrives from the future on a mission to kill Superboy.

Superman v.4 #37 (Feb. 2018)

Part 2: The Titans learn that in Drake's future, Jon Kent releases a solar flare that kills millions. When Drake attacks Superboy, he provokes a similar release of power that partially destroys Titans Tower.

Super Sons #11 (Feb. 2018)

Part 3: Tim Drake adopts a new uniform and name, Savior. Robin tries to keep Superboy safe in hiding.

Teen Titans v.6 #15 (Feb. 2018)

Part 4: Superboy unleashes a solar flare, whose power is siphoned off by, and into the Savior. It gives him the power to travel through time.

Superman v.4 #38 (Early Mar. 2018)

Part 5: Superboy convinces Superman that his partnership with Robin is helping both of them to grow and become better heroes. The Titans vote against Superboy joining the team, because of his uncontrollable power.

Super Sons #12 (Mar. 2018)

At some point when Rose Forrest is in her Thorn persona, she somehow gains immortality. Note: The Golden Age Rose Canton first appeared in Flash Comics #89 (Nov. 1947). Rose Forrest's first was Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #105 (Oct. 1970). Her first appearance in this continuity was Action Comics #1012 (Aug. 2019).

(Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1, Nov. 2019)

Rogol Zaar destroys the bottled city of Kandor.

Man of Steel v.2 #3 (Aug. 2018)

Over his father's objections, Jon Kent and Lois Lane go with Jor-El on an adventure into space.

Man of Steel v.2 #5–6 (Aug.–Sept. 2018)

Superman constructs a new Fortress of Solitude in the Bermuda Triangle.

Superman v.5 #1 (Oct. 2019)

The Unity Saga: The House of El

Part 1: Jor-El's ship is immediately attacked by Dominators. Lois returns to Earth soon thereafter, for her own safety.

Superman v.5 #7 (Mar. 2019)

Part 2: Jon finds difficulty connecting with his grandfather and asks Green Lanterns Kilowog and Arisia for a "ride home." Jor-El is hurt; before they can reconcile, their ship is pulled into a black hole and Jon lands on Earth-3, meeting the Crime Syndicate of Amerika.

Superman v.5 #8 (Apr. 2019)

Part 3: Jon is kidnapped by Ultraman and put inside a volcano, away from the rays of the sun. After a very long imprisonment, Jon rides a lava flow out of it and finds his way to CSA headquarters, where he was discovered by the evil version of his mother, Superwoman.

Superman v.5 #9 (May 2019)

Part 4: Jor-El finally locates Jon and gives him a new uniform. Superboy learns that he’s been gone for years and demands they return to Earth. When they are attacked by Rogol Zaar, Jor-El transports Jon immediately to Earth. Superman and Superboy are called back in to battle in space.

Superman v.5 #6 (Sept. 2018), #10 (June 2019)

Superboy explains his time in space to his parents. (#7-10)

Superman v.5 #7 (Feb.-Mar. 2019)

Part 7: Jor-El reveals that Jon’s suit has teleportational abilities.

Superman v.5 #13 (Sept. 2019)

The Superman and Zod families address the leaders of worlds across the galaxy. From Superman v.5 #14 (2019); art by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado.

Conclusion: Superman, his son Jonathan Kent, and Supergirl ally with the family of Zod to defeat Rogol Zaar (who destroyed Krypton). To prevent it from happening again, they call together representatives from planets across the galaxy and suggest the formation of a United Planets. Just then, the Legion of Super-Heroes appears from the 31st century to praise the U.P.'s "founder," Jon Kent, and invite him to join their ranks. They claim that this day will become known as "Unity Day." Worlds represented include Bgtzl, Oa, Tamaran, Khundia, Thanagar, Rann, Okaara, the Dominion and Durla as well as the Red Lanterns, Spider Guild and Psions. First appearance of Blok, Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Chameleon, Colossal Boy,Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Doctor Fate, Dream Girl, Element Lad, Gold Lantern, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Matter-Eater Lad, Mon-El, Monster Boy, Phantom Girl, Princess Projectra, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Sun Boy, Timber Wolf, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy, White Witch, Wildfire, [radiation suit]. Notes: Members of the L.E.G.I.O.N. appear in the crowd. Zod's first New 52 appearance was Action Comics #23.2 (Sept. 2013).

Superman v.5 #14 (Oct. 2019), Supergirl v.7 #33 (Nov. 2019)

Conclusion: The Legion discovers that they have arrived earlier than intended; the United Planets has not officially formed yet. Superboy calls the day "Unity Day." They depart to give Superboy time to consider their offer. The United Planets is formed and their first formal act is to sentence Jor-El to death — to return to Krypton at the moment of its destruction.

Superman v.5 #15 (Nov. 2019)

Saturn Girl returns to escort Superboy to the future. Superman is given a device to call him back home.

Superman v.5 #16 (Dec. 2019

Doctor Manhattan restores the legacy of the Justice Society, and the timeline of Earth-0 realigns around Superman's current existence. His future, including the Legion is recreated. In battle against Black Adam and an army of international metahumans, the Legion comes from the 31st century to fight. First appearance of Soultaker.

Doomsday Clock #12 (Feb. 2020)

The Future

LEGION of Super-Heroes: MILLENNIUM

Rose Forrest meets the President — Supergirl. The medication that suppresses her alter ego, Thorn, is being discontinued and she fears what Thorn will do.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 (Nov. 2019)

2039: The Thorn meets Terry McGinnis, the Batman who succeeds Bruce Wayne (but she had hoped he was the original Batman). Note: The Batman Beyond television show debuted on January 10, 1999, on Kids' WB. That world has also been said to exist on Earth-12 in the DC multiverse. The character's first in-comic appearance was Batman Beyond #1 (Mar. 1999).

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 (Nov. 2019)

The Great Disaster: The Thorn steals the uniform of the original Superman from Kamandi and his friend, Ben Boxer. Note: Kamandi first appeared in Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth #1 (Oct. 1972). No concrete date was ever given for this era.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 (Nov. 2019)

The Thorn applies to Tommy Tomorrow to become a part of the Planeteers, space adventurers. Note: Tomorrow first appeared in Real Fact Comics #6 (Jan. 1947), then regularly in Action Comics between 1948–58. His adventures were said to be 50–100 years in the future.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 (Nov. 2019)

25th-century Gotham City: Thorn meets security guard Michael Jon Carter (the future Booster Gold) at the Space Museum. Note: Booster Gold first appeared in Booster Gold #1 (Feb. 1986).

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 (Dec. 2019)

Thorn challenges OMAC (Buddy Blank) to find solutions beyond violence, then she/Rose Forrest ventures into space. Note: OMAC first appeared in OMAC #1 (Oct. 1974). No definitive date was ever given for the future date of his adventures.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 (Dec. 2019)

Atlantis is the first city on Earth to 'disappear,' under unrevealed circumstances.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #2 (Feb. 2020)

31st Century

Garth Ranzz, Rokk Krinn and Imra Ardeen (plus Sgt. Blok) jump to defend the United Planets President, R.J. Brande. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #5 (May 2020); art by Scott Godlewski and Wade Von Grawbadger.

On Saturn's moon, Titan, Imra Ardeen receives news that she has been accepted to be a part of a "mentorship" on Daxam, to be a part of a new United Planets youth delegation. On Braal, athlete Rokk Krinn learns that his planet his appointed him to do the same. On Winath, twins Garth and Ayla Ranzz gain galactic fame by defending non-native beings against the Science Police. Later at home, their two mothers fear for their safety and the pair are also invited to join the U.P.'s delegation. Ayla refuses. Imra, Rokk and Garth meet en route to meet the United Planets President, R.J. Brande. She is inspired by them, wants their counsel and perspective. Blok of Dryad is Brande's security chief.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #4 (Apr. 2020)

The three teens’ thwart of the assassination attempt on President by the Horraz. Afterwards, she proposes the formation of a Legion of Super-Heroes to the leaders of the galactic. Sgt. Blok is the first to join them them. They recruit Brainiac 5 on Colu, who has recently ascended from 10th to 12th level intelligence. He convinces them that it is crucial to bring Superboy to the 31st century to inspire a new age of heroes. First appearance of President Qmacc of Braal.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #5 (May 2020)

... other Legionnaires join.

Rose Forrest arrives on New Earth on the day that Superboy is inducted to the Legion. They are taking a photo to commemorate the day. First mention of Invisible Kid. Note: New Earth is made of floating cities, similar to its fate in Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #39 (Jan. 1993). Invisible Kid is called "Lyle" but when he's revealed in Legion v.8 #5, he is Jacques Foccart.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 (Dec. 2019)

Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook begin as writer and artist

On Planet Gotham, Ultra Boy spirits the Trident of Poseidon away from the alien Horraz, who were delivering it to Mordru. Saturn Girl and Superboy arrive from the 21st century to Metropolis. The entire city is Legion headquarters. The Horraz follow Ultra Boy back to Earth. On United Planets Homeworld, the President (and Legion benefactor), Madamhonor R.J. Brande learns of the Legion's activities. The Legionnaires are identified by Frichtman tags that hover near them.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #1 (Jan. 2020)

Saturn Girl's powers fail to affect the Horraz leader, Tortor, but the trident activates and unleashes an ocean of water into the city. Cosmic Boy calls a team meeting in 'Heaven,' their cafeteria.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #2 (Feb. 2020)

Dawnstar is horrified to find that Superboy has brought Damian Wayne (Robin) from the 21st century. Damian collapses in Metropolis' atmosphere. Saturn Girl immediately wipes Damian's memories and takes him home. General Crav Nah learns his eldest son (Ultra Boy) is a member of the Legion. He and his six member guard receive the Legionnaires. After a fight, Nah is arrested. In Gotham's, Dini City, Saturn Girl tries unsuccessfully to trick Mordru into revealing his motives. First appearance of Commissioner December Sevenbergen. Someone steals the trident. Note: Cosmic Boy and Shadow Lass are dating. Dawnstar's is given a last name for the first time: Gr'ell, in honor of artist Mike Grell.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #3 (Mar. 2020)

Superboy learns about the Legion's beginnings with the help of the Legionnaire Computo, a techno-organic Legionnaire. President Brande orders the Science Police to "lock down" the Legion.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #4 (Apr. 2020)

Brainiac 5 defuses the conflict with the Science Police. Invisible Kid (Jacques Foccart) angrily reveals himself and voices his preferred codename: "Invisible Gentleman." Chameleon Boy admits that his mother is R.J. Brande.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #5 (May 2020)

The Legion reclaims the the Trident of Atlantis from the Horraz, unintentionally restoring Earth's oceans. General Nah resigns his seat with the United Planets and threatens war.

Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #6 (Aug. 2020)