The SW6 Legionnaires

This page covers new teenage Legionnaires who joined the SW6 Legion during Legion of Super-Heroes, volume 4 (aka the Glorith Reality). Their adventures appeared primarily in the Legionnaires series.

Some text courtesy of C. Keller's Legion Help File.

 

NAME + ALIASES: April Dumaka of Earth

KNOWN RELATIVES:
None

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE: Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #33 (Sept. 1992)

Catspaw

Catspaw fights the Khunds. From Legionnaires #11 (1994); art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
Catspaw card from DC Cosmic Teams #101 (1993); art by Jason Pearson and Karl Story.

Glorith Reality (Legion v.4)

Little is known about April Dumaka's past. During the Dominator occupation of Earth, she was betrayed by a man called Ansis, who turned her over for experimentation in their underground chambers. (Legionnaires #9) When her metagene was activated, it turned her into a catlike girl with claws, heightened senses, super-human agility, (and made her aggressively flirtatious).

Fortunately her chamber was near Danielle Foccart's. Danielle could "talk" to computers and sensed their impending destruction. She freed them along with Xao Jin and Bobb Kohan, and the four of them escaped death in the chambers. (Legion v.4 #33)

While seeking shelter, they encountered the SW6 Legionnaires, Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl, who took them to their command post. There April got accustomed to her new self and when Reep Daggle decided to help establish the SW6 team on New Earth, he brought April into the group. He gave her the super-hero code name of Catspaw. (#41) Daggle noted that she was "charmingly naive and self-accepting, in a possibly bestial way. Seems on the sexually aggressive side." (2995: Legion Sourcebook) Indeed, Catspaw seemed content to chase the boy Legionnaires like mice.

This era of post-Crisis Legion continuity ended with the coming of Zero Hour. Catspaw vanished just before the end. (Valor #22) The v.4 Legion's timeline is no longer valid, on any parallel Earth.

Reboot: Earth-247

The Catspaw of Earth-247 made only a cameo appearance. She was seen as a candidate under review by Leland McCauley as a prospective member of his Workforce. (Legionnaires #69)

Notes

Tom Bierbaum said that Catspaw was created by artist Jason Pearson, and added: "At one point he and we were trying to work out a 'Legionnaires' fill-in that would have given more of her background, but we didn't start thinking about that possibility until our time there was almost up. Basically, Catspaw was just a woman on Earth when the Dominators were secretly nabbing people and experimenting on them. There was a boyfriend character (from the Legionnaires story where they meet all the Protys on Antares, I think his name was Ansis) who was supposed to have somehow betrayed her and been the cause of her being kidnapped by Earthgov/Dominators."

Powers

Catspaw possesses enhanced, catlike agility and speed. She is a hunter and tracker with good combat skills. She has sharp claws and teeth.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

Original

  • Convergence: Blue Beetle #2
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #33, 41, 60
  • Valor #22

Reboot

  • Legionnaires #69

» SERIES:

  • Legionnaires #1–18 (1993–94)

» SEE ALSO:

 

NAME + ALIASES:
Danielle Foccart of Earth

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Unnamed parents, Jacques Foccart (Invisible Kid II, brother)

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE, original: Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 Annual #1 (1982)
Reboot: Legionnaires #66 (Dec. 1998)
Rebirth: Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #4 (Apr. 2020)

Computo II: The Original Danielle Foccart

Computo invades Danielle. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 Annual #1 (1982); art by Keith Giffen and Bruce Patterson.
Danielle displays a sign that she might have super-powers. From Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 #312 (1984); art by Keith Giffen and Karl Kesel.
The Computo card, #99, from DC Cosmic Teams (1993); art by Ty Templeton.
A big day for Computo at the Legionnaires' establishment of headquarters on New Earth. From Legionnaires #1 (Apr. 1993); art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
In the Reboot Legion, Danielle was shown in cameo as a small girl. The Foccarts raised Lyle Norg, who became the Legion's Invisible Kid. From Legionnaires #66 (Dec. 1998); art by Mike Collins and John Stokes.

Danielle Foccart was about eight years old when she contracted a kind of nervous disorder. Her brother Jacques brought her case to the attention of the Legion's Brainiac 5.

After studying Danielle's condition, Brainy concocted a therapy using one of his previous inventions — the renegade super-computer called Computo. Brainy mistakenly believed he would be able to control Computo, but the malevolent computer took over Danielle's mind. To fool Computo, Jacques Foccart ingested the invisibility serum invented by the late Invisible Kid. He sneaked beyond Computo's sensors and saved Danielle from it. Afterwards, Jacques and became the second Invisible Kid. (Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 Annual #1)

Danielle remained uncured and Brainiac 5 became possessed by the challenge to free her from the taint of Computo's possession. (Legion v.2 #309-310) He eventually succeeded, but in doing so destroyed the Legion's headquarters. Brainiac 5 had prepared for this and Legion HQ was immediately reconstructed in a new form — and Computo was "tamed"; it became the Legion's artificial majordomo. (#311)

Danielle was released to her brother's care and returned home to Africa. When she exited from her Legion quarters, the electronic door experienced a strange disruption (the first sign that she had gained super-powers). (#312)

Glorith Reality (Legion v.4)

Danielle returned to a normal life in Africa for many years. But when the Dominators infiltrated Earth's government, they began kidnapping super-humans for experimentation and recruitment. Danielle was one of their subjects. The Dominators discovered that she could mentally communicate with, and partially control computers. Her power also made her aware of the Dominator's atrocities outside her prison chambers. When she sensed that her chamber had been set to self-destruct, Danielle freed herself and three others. She, Bobb Kohan, Xao Jin, and April Dumaka escaped the blast and made their way through the Dominator's tunnels until they came across two Legionnaires from Batch SW6 Legion. (Legion v.4 #33)

The Legionnaires gave Danielle and the others shelter while the Dominator war continued. Earth was liberated from the Dominators, but then destroyed because of complicating factors. A New Earth was constructed by interconnecting its rescued cities, in orbit. (#38-39)

Danielle was reunited with Jacques, who became New Earth's president. When he learned out about her powers, he suggested to Chameleon Boy that she join the Legion. Cham convinced her to join the SW6 Legionnaires on New Earth and she adopted the codename Computo II. When the team held its first meeting, she was chosen by Cosmic Boy to be their vice-chairperson. (Legionnaires #1) She faithfully assumed leadership duties when young Cosmic Boy was incapacitated. (#9)

The Legionnaires' mentor, Reep Daggle noted that Danielle was "stubborn and self-reliant" and hoped she would help bridge the gap between the SW6 and their predecessors. (2995: Legion Sourcebook)

Computo played a vital role with the young Legionnaires but this team was not active for long. Their reality succumbed to the effects of the "Zero Hour," which erased the Legion's entire existence. Computo vanished just before this era of post-Crisis Legion continuity came to an end. (Valor #22)

Notes

Tom Bierbaum credited Mary Bierbaum for transforming Danielle into Computo. He added: "Mary consistently suggested we bring her back … I liked the idea because most of my ideas tended to focus on the Legion's earlier days and I really wanted our Legion to draw on and tie together all eras of the book's great continuity. … Michael Eury wanted a new character to be involved in the group's leadership, and Danielle seemed a natural for deputy leader … and [she] had the best combination of assertiveness and intelligence among the new characters."

Reboot: Danielle of Earth-247

A very young Danielle appeared once, with her (unnamed) parents, brother Jacques, and their pseudo-sibling, Lyle Norg, who became the Legion's Invisible Kid. (Legionnaires #66)

Rebirth

In the Rebirth universe, Computo is a digital entity... here meetin Superboy (Jon Kent). From Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #4 (Apr. 2020); art by Ryan Sook and Wade Von Grawbadger.

In the Legion of DC's "Rebirth" era, Computo is a Legionnaire who is "mixture of technology and category nine human biology." She is a sentient who is fully integrated with digital landscapes and capable of connecting others with the same. (Legion v.8 #4)

Computo was obsessed the ancient pop culture history of Earth's fictional artificial intelligences. She named herself in saricastic honor of these characters, who were always hostile. Those in the 31st century consider that ridiculous, because as A.I.s came online in the real world, they tended to find a balance in their programming. A.I.s were immensely helpful to galactic civilizations when it was time to engage in intersocietal conversations.

Computo won her place with the Legion in a series of programming and intelligence tests against some of the newest A.I. programs. She won it by inventing a way to measure time in a very minute way.

In the Legion, she works tirelessly to make the city of New Metropolis run perfectly. She invented the Legin's 'food court,' called Heaven, and has the best relationship with fellow Legionnaire, Brainiac Five. (#5)

Powers

Computo is a human interface for technology and digital data and communications. She can communicate with systems and assume control of them. Conversely, she can be vulnerable to digital types of attack.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

Original

  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.2 #309–312, Annual #1 super-pow
  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #33, 38–39
  • Valor #22

Reboot

  • Legionnaires #66

Rebirth

  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.8 #4, 5

» SERIES:

  • Legionnaires #1–18 (1993–94)

NAME + ALIASES:
Xao Jin of Earth

KNOWN RELATIVES:
None

GROUP AFFILIATIONS:
Legion of Super-Heroes

FIRST APPEARANCE:
Legion of Super-Heroes v.3 #33 (Sept. 1992)
Reboot: Legionnaires #43 (Dec. 1996)

Dragonmage

Dragonmage helps the Proteans restore their race. From Legionnaires #11 (1994); art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story.
Dragonmage card from DC Cosmic Teams #100 (1993); art by Jason Pearson and Karl Story.
Dragonmage of Earth-247 summons the witch Mysa. From Legionnaires #46 (1997); at by Jeff Moy and Phil Moy.

Glorith Reality (Legion v.4)

Xao Jin was born in China and his sensitivity to the forces of magic was apparent shortly after his birth. His powers seriously threatened his family's safety during the Magic Wars (Legion v.3 #60-63), he became the apprentice to Chu Hua, a master magician. He studied under him until the Dominators took him and his teacher captive.

Xao escaped the Dominators' underground chambers thanks to Danielle Foccart, who sensed their impending destruction and freed him, along with April Dumaka and Bobb Kohan. (Legion v.4 #33)

His spells, which usually manifested with dragon-shaped holograms, proved useful while the four were on the run. But he was not completely trained in the use of his power, and was easily rattled. Nonetheless, he was inducted into the New Earth team of Legionnaires upon its formation, (Legionnaires #1) where he worked to master his concentration and skills. (Legion v.4 #41)

He gained confidence from helping the Legionnaires restore Kid Quantum. Xao used magic to help the Protean race revive Quantum, and to stabilize him while he restored the Proteans he held within his form. Kid Quantum would have died without Dragonmage's help. Instead, Quantum was fully restored after the procedure. Dragonmage's magic also made Quantum's time-stasis powers powers internalized (they had previously been the product of technology). (Legionnaires #11)

The Legionnaires' mentor, Reep Daggle described Jin as "Quiet and unassuming. Needs more self-confidence to be effective in battle. … Extensive training reqiured." (2995: Legion Sourcebook)

This era of post-Crisis Legion continuity ended with the onset of Zero Hour. (Legion v.4 #61, Valor #22)

Retroboot

In the Retroboot era, the events of Legion v.4 were ignored, so the Legion never met Dragonmage. However, he was mentioned by the evil sorcerer Mordru, as one of the magicians that he had killed and absorbed. (Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2)

Reboot: Earth-247

Xao Jin of of Earth-247 (the post-Zero Hour Legion), was a master of the mystic arts. As Dragonmage, he tried out for Legion membership, shortly after seven Legionnaires were thrown back in time by the Emerald Eye of Ekron. He was rejected for membership because the Eye had made the Legionnaires leery of anything magical. He left angrily, vowing to show the Legionnaires the full power of his magic. (Legionnaires #43)

He discovered magical power emanating from a recently-vacated crypt on the planetoid Yuen, but before he could tap into it, he was caught by the witch Mysa. She knew of the crypt's former prisoner, the sorcerer Mordru. (#46) Xao went to try and warn the Legion about Mordru's coming, but they ignored him because of his hysterics; he left with a contempt for the disbelievers. (#47) Jin returned to Mysa to help her prepare to fight Mordru (#48), and both of them ultimately joined forces with the Legion. (#49)

Dragonmage drained some of Mordru's power during the battle, but Mordru lashed out at him, injuring him badly. Mysa finished the job and then took Xao Jin as her apprentice. She was especially fond of him because he resembled a man she once knew and loved. (#50-52)

On the Sorcerers' World, Mysa instructed Dragonmage to regain control of his power. But Dragonmage was impatient and sought a more expedient path. He discovered scrolls which described the power of "Elementals" that were imprisoned on the planet Zyzan. Xao went to tap their powers and ignored the warnings other sorcerers. (#70) The Elementals were too powerful for Dragonmage to control, and they escaped. Mysa found Dragonmage unconscious and brought him to Legion headquarters on Earth to heal, while she and the Legionnaires battled the Elementals. (#71)

When Dragonmage awoke, Star Boy was there and told him what the Elementals had done. They argued, but a mystic blast from Dragonmage restored Star Boy's powers to normalcy, so they made peace. Dragonmage transported them to asteroid JS-1967, where the two of them were instrumental in stopping the Elementals. Dragonmage was severely injured again. (#73) While recovering, Dragonmage admitted his responsibility for unleashing such evil, and vowed to redeem himself. He turned himself over to United Planets authorities for punishment, of which Mysa approved. (#74)

The Earth-247 universe was destroyed during Infinite Crisis — and Dragonmage and Mysa along with it (though the Legionnaires survived).

Notes

Co-creator Tom Bierbaum said of Dragonmage: "We had a pretty involved back story for him, but he's basically just a very talented mystic, born with so much power that the problem was never not having enough power but always having too much and trying to harness it. … Dragonmage was pretty strongly based on a couple characters we'd created earlier for fan fiction projects."

And more: "He's actually a version of a Franklin Richards character from a story Mary was involved in her early APA days. Later Mary and I updated that 'New Fantastic Four' into our 'Vagabond IV' APA fiction series."

Powers

Dragonmage is a mystic who can generate a wide variety of spells. His magic often manifests with the image of a green dragon.

Appearances + References

» FEATURED APPEARANCES:  

Original

  • Legion of Super-Heroes v.4 #33, 59, 60
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #2

Reboot

  • Legionnaires #43, 46–52, 70, 71, 73, 74

» SERIES:

  • Legionnaires #1–18 (1993–94)

» SEE ALSO: