Name: Celeste McCauley of Earth, aka Neon
First appearance: Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #6 (Apr. 1990)
Joined: Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #12 (Oct. 1990)
Legion 1.5: Post-Crisis
If Celeste McCauley would have taken any lessons from her childhood, one of them might have been "Money isn't everything...it's the only thing." After all, her uncle is Leland McCauley III, who was the second richest man on Earth until the rise of R. J. Brande, and was obsessed with regaining that status almost to the point of murder.
But instead, she decided on altruism as a life-philosphy, and even adopted the pseudonym of "Rockfish" to avoid using the McCauley name to achieve special favors (the secret, though, was not very zealously guarded, and she ended up getting them anyway). She studied for a career in civil service, at the Science Police Academy. When the Science Police on Earth split off from the main organization and became more insular, she chose to become independent rather than leave Earth. She opened up the Rockfish Detective Agency in Metropolis, and placed a classified ad for a partner. Through this, she met Bounty.
Her first contact with the Legion was a paternity suit that she was hired to investigate against Dirk Morgna. It was this that brought her to Morgna's mind when Earthgov needed an investigation to cover up their hiring of Roxxas the Butcher (Morgna was unaware that it was actually true). Her search led her to Winath, where she played a major role in the re-forming of the Legion, and confronted Roxxas directly, almost dying as a result.The fact that she didn't die is a testament to her belief that a good deed is its own reward. Several years earlier, during a vacation on the planet Twilo, she witnessed the crashing of a Darkstar, and tried to help him out. Although she had been unable, the uniform "remembered" her, and its energy followed her all over the galaxy for a while. It finally caught up with her as she lay dying on Winath, and it healed her. It also gave her some powers, like the ability to discharge energy (presumably the same type employed by Darkstars) for a variety of effects, an act which turns her transparent. She has uncertain control over this power, a fact which makes Brainiac 5 very nervous, which is fine with her, as she doesn't like him very much, anyway. She became a full-fledged member of the Legion, a very handy position, since her partner has just been rendered inactive - and revealed to be former Legionnaire Dawnstar.
On the other hand, being a Legionnaire has its liabilities as well, such as having to face down foes like Glorith in battle. During this fight, Celeste's body was aged to the point of death...but as it turned out, the body was only being kept alive by the energy anyway. Free of the burden of a physical body, the energy has become her body, and she went on the run with the rest of the Legion, using the code-name Neon.
Amid the time fluctuations of Zero Hour, Celeste's identity inexplicably changed from her Neon form, to that of a Darkstar. Soon thereafter, she disappeared from exitence completely.
Celeste is a character who has not been introduced in any other Legion continuity.
Tom Bierbaum noted that inker Al Gordon created Celeste.
» SEE ALSO: Major Spoilers: Celeste Rockfish