thund Legion Chronology: New 52, Part 1 | Legion of Super-Heroes

When the DC universe was rebooted by the New 52 initiative, the Legion's future timeline was left relatively untouched. But the 21st century changed completely. Events from the previous section are questionable after the changes of the New 52.

At this point, a splinter group of Legionnaires became stranded in the 21st century, their adventures told in Legion: Lost volume 2.

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Smallville, Kansas

Clark begins costumed adventuring but remains relatively unseen. Lex Luthor succeeds in killing his father but making it look like an accident. The three founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes (Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl) travel back in time to meet their idol, Superman. Instead, they find 14-year-old Clark Kent, who is oblivious to his legend. They reluctantly allow him to return to the future with them. He visits their clubhouse in 30th century Smallville, where he meets their other members, and joins the Legion. When Clark returns to the 20th century, a Kryptonian ship crashes, delivering Krypto. NOTES: The Legionnaires call him "Clark," not "Superboy."

(Superman: Secret Origin #2, Dec. 2009), Adventure #247 (Apr. 1958), (Action Comics #858, Late Dec. 2007)

Superman's Era

SUPERMAN AND THE MEN OF STEEL

Part 5: Superman and the adult Legion of Super-Heroes (Cosmic Man, Lightning Man, and Saturn Woman) return to a point just after young Superman's debut in the 21st century to save the kryptonite engine core of his Kryptonian ship. It is stolen by the Anti-Superman Army, which includes Drekken (aka Titano), and the Kryptonite Men.

Action Comics #5 (Mar. 2012)

Part 6: In the 21st century, the Legion infiltrates the Army, which is inside Superman's head. The engine is torn apart and they only salvage one sliver of kryptonite. NOTE: Flashback shows their first meeting, in Legion: Secret Origin costumes, and they already had flight rings.

Action Comics #6 (Apr. 2012)

Legion: Lost v.2

Timber Wolf, Tyroc, Dawnstar, Wildfire, Tellus, Gates and Chameleon Girl follow Alastor Aghini Faud to the 21st century, arriving in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. This, over a day after he has released a pathogen into the atmosphere that will transform humans with DNA from alien races. Their flight rings and transuits do not work. Timber Wolf finds Alastor and they begin a return trip to the future, but when Alastor awakes, he creates an explosion in which he, Gates and Chameleon Girl apparently perish (Timber Wolf senses their remains in the debris). 1st app. Dr. Jeffrey Scanlon. NOTE: The first Legion: Lost series concerned the Reboot Legionand is no longer in continuity.

Legion: Lost v.2 #1 (Nov. 2011)

The Legionnaires locate the first affected by the plague: Dr. Scanlon, who is transformed into Teallian like energy. They tell him of Alastor, whose sister died because of xenophobic extremists. His revenge was to transform humans into aliens using a Psion pathogen. Scanlon abandons his humanity and embraces his new energy form, but defies the Legion and disperses his own body. In Detroit Lakes, MN, another hybrid emerges.

Legion: Lost v.2 #2 (Dec. 2011)

Another victim surfaces in Minnesota, infected with Okaaran Rdrayyj DNA. Timber Wolf discovers that it contains the remains of the still-sentient Chameleon Girl! The creature is hunting other hypersapiens that have Durlan DNA. Wolf has mutated too, and hurls sharp claws from his fingertips.

Legion: Lost v.2 #3 (Jan. 2012)

Yera has only half her Durlan biomass and her DNA is in flux. She's re-absorbed into the Rdrayyj. Dawnstar locates Alastor, but finds he has Carggite DNA. Some agency monitors the Legion and sends in the Black Razors.

Legion: Lost v.2 #4 (Feb. 2012)

Tellus reaches into Alastor's mind, learning his history: working in Rimborian mines for his sister, Maryessa, who was killed on Earth by xenophobes. Alastor and a Psion geneticist created the Hypertaxis pathogen. Tellus manages to convince him that he has changed the course of history and perhaps saved humanity. Gates appears from nowhere; half his body is noticeably altered. Timber Wolf acquires Chameleon Girl but runs into the Martian Manhunter.

Legion: Lost v.2 #5 (Mar. 2012)

Timber Wolf is apprehended by Major Nicholson at Clinic #6 in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been tracking them. Wolf meets the Martian Manhunter Gates. The Legion arrives and they reason with J'onn, telling their story. J'onn leads them to a Durlan coprse, whose flesh merges with Yera, curing her. The Manhunter returns to Stormwatch with data on the Legion. Alastor escapes. 1st app. of Bio/Max (biological/mechanical augmented exoskelton). NOTE: Nicholson's name is an homage to DC's founder, Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson.

Legion: Lost v.2 #6 (Apr. 2012)

The Legionnaires go to New York City in pursuit of Alastor. Yera is mostly recovered but her natural appearance is slightly altered. Shape shifting is now painful. The team argues about their course of action: continue to help where needed or focus on getting home? Tellus receives stressful messages from a dying woman, Katia, with whom he connects, before she dies in a hospital. Timber Wolf takes down a drug ring with the help of Osman Bin Affadi.

Legion: Lost v.2 #7 (May 2012)

The Culling

The Teen Titans meet Harvest (Superboy #7, Teen Titans #7) and his minions, Omen and Leash. (Teen Titans #8)

Superboy v.5 #7 (May 2012); Teen Titans v.4 #7-8 (5-6.12);

Prelude: In the Antarctic, at the paramilitary N.O.W.H.E.R.E., Centerhall assembles a team of Ravagers: Crush, Hammerfist, Misbelief, Psykill, Ridge, Rose Wilson, and Windstorm. Yera 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. NOTES: Rose Wilson's original first appearance was Deathstroke #15 (1992); in the New 52 Superboy v.5 #1 (2011).

Legion: Lost v.2 #8 (June 2012)

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 (July 2012)

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's (Bart Allen) first historical appearance was Flash v.2 #92 (1994); in the New 52, Teen Titans #1 (2011).

Superboy v.5 #9 (July 2012)

Part 3: Yera 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 (July 2012)

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. Harvest claims to be human.

Teen Titans v.4 #9 (July 2012)

The Legion returns to the 31st century to find all of Earth dead. Tyroc recalls a prophesy he uncovered as a youth and fears it's coming true. They find statues of themselves in the Hall of Heroes. They intend to go only ten years into the past but are shunted back to the Antarctic 21st century. At A.R.G.U.S., Col. Steve Trevor orders Maj. Nicholson to capture or kill the Legionnaires. Later Mr. Winston shows her Project Metamerican. The team includes Metamerican, Wideload (medic and spotter), Trip (transport and demo), and Gunner. They return to New York and Timber Wolf takes bullets to the chest.

Legion: Lost v.2 #10 (Aug. 2012)

Timber Wolf is treated by Dr. Shaleeka Mosley at Orchid Clinic. Brin dreams of a case, when he was told by Lt. Whyte that Zorak was trading information for "a one-way ticket to Echo." It protects witnesses with mind-wipes and secures them in the past. He wonders: has the Legion been "secured," with a case officer in tow? Alastor has mutated further, and possesses Dawnstar.

Legion: Lost v.2 #11 (Sept. 2012)

Alastor is doomed when he tries to possess Wildfire, who deposits the villain into the sun.

Legion: Lost v.2 #12 (Oct. 2012)

An alien race called the Utari are wiped out by an unknown force. On Earth, Tellus senses it and Wildfire goes to scout about it. He meets cosmic energy-powered Lord Daggor, self-described supreme conqueror, riding a space dragon, Thraxx. Yera is an agent of Echo, spying on the Legion in deep cover all along. After her breakup with Colossal Boy. She told her boss, Captain Nathaniel Adym, that she wanted out. Echo is a division of the Science Police, created to keep tabs on the Time Institute. Adym says there's more than one agent in the Legion, and sends her into the past because they believe they have a rogue agent in the 21st century. They select her team. They have found Wildfire's faceplate in the Arizona desert, 1000 years old, and know that Tyroc's gravestone foretells his death in the 21st century. Harvest, in Mongolia, says a sacred circle will begin events destined to save the world, or destroy it. Adym arrives in the 21st giving them a new mission.

Legion: Lost v.2 #13 (Dec. 2012)

Det. Jocelyn Lure receives an Echo alert and recruits Superboy and the Ravagers. Harvest adds his team to the battle with Daggor. Harvest comments that he had a hand in Superboy's creation. Daggor unleashes a great machine to summon his masters. NOTE: The New 52 Superboy first appeared in Superboy v.5 #1 (Nov. 2011).

Legion: Lost v.2 #14 (Jan. 2013)

Captain Adym and Harvest both make similar comments. Adym is willing to kill half a continent to win, so Tyroc and Yera defy his orders.

Legion: Lost v.2 #15 (Feb. 2013)

Adym and Harvest discuss their shared goal and Adym receives somthing that will help him in the future. Adym goes an hour back in time. Harvest uses Leash to breach the force field and retrieve the object he'd just given Adym then returns to Mongolia. Also inside the field, Gates meets his past self from just after their arrival in this century. They open a gate to a black hole, sucking Daggor away. The younger Gates is disfigured by a blast. Adym plants his singularity bomb but then he cannot go forward in time, so he goes backwards. The bomb ignites inside Gates's portal and the threat is sucked away. Psykill returns Wildfire's original containment suit. Tellus reveals that Daggor's device wasn't a bomb but a communicator to summon his master. NOTE: Final issue.

Legion: Lost v.2 #16 (Mar. 2013)

The Infinitus Saga

The Justice League returns to Earth with Ultra, a powerful young alien. Mon-El arrives from the 31st century declaring, "that child must be destroyed... or the Legion of Super-Heroes will die!" Note: This issue uses the Legion convention of entries from the "Encyclopedia Galactica."

Justice League United #5 (Dec. 2014)

Part 1: Mon-El attacks the League, coming for Ultra. Brainiac 5, Saturn Girl, and Phantom Girl arrive afterwards and try a more diplomatic approach, proposes 24 hours to try to solve the problem. In the future, Infinitus (the former Infinity Man) emerged in the Polaris system and consumed the planets Thanagar and Psion. Shadow Lass is critically wounded and Mon-El is still in love with her. Brainiac found Infinitus' energy signature recorded in the archives, matching Ultra's. Byth of Thanagar has resurrected Hawkman (Katar Hol) and wants possession of Ultra. Byth unleashes his other agents, the Cadre, in Canada. Notes: The Legion seems to come from a point in time just prior to the launch of the New 52. The "Lost" team has already come to the 21st century, and they do not include the new members from the Legion Academy. This could suggest that the whole New 52 Legion (v.7) was retroactively eliminated.

Justice League United Annual #1 (Dec. 2014)

Part 2: Black Mass steals Ultra away from the League, bringing him to Byth. Brainiac 5 sends his friends, the Legion Lost, to reinforce the League in space.

Justice League United #6 (Jan. 2015)

Part 3: Martian Manhunter battles Byth for telepathic control of Ultra. Saturn Girl gives spare flight rings to protect Leaguers in the vacuum of space. Time anomalies begin to occur and other Legionnaires appear (Cosmic Boy, Blok, Polar Boy, Sun Boy, and Star Boy).

Justice League United #7 (Feb. 2015)

Part 4: In the 31st century, Dream Girl (leader in Brainy's absence) reviews the Legion's history, showing scenes of battling Universo and the Fatal Five. Infinity Wraiths have reached Earth. At the Time Institute, Legionnaires begin to "swap out" for members who are unique to other timelines: Andromeda, Magno, Dragonmage, Computo, Kid Quantum, Ferro, Kinetix, Monstress, XS. Dr. Krzztell sends them back to 21st century as well. Supergirl crashes into Byth's ship and a rift opens, space collapses and Infinitus emerges. Note: The apperance of these Legionnaires throws further doubt about the continuity of the New 52 Legion.

Justice League United #8 (Mar. 2015)

Part 5: Brainy proposes a bomb using Zeta technology to collapse Infinitus. Byth had infiltrated the Ultra project to guide it, hoping Ultra could be a messiah. All rally to detain Byth just as Ultra realizes his potential, and takes the form of Infinitus. J'onn shuts down Ultra's mind just as Brainy launches his bomb. Without Infinitus to absorb the payload, a black hole is opened.

Justice League United #9 (Apr. 2015)

Part 6: To stop the black hole from consuming Thanagar, Brainy moves the planet with Zeta bursts, aided by an amplification spell by the White Witch. The planet comes to rest in Rann's orbit but they are no danger to one another. Brainy says, "There is no telling what the changes we made by coming back in time will do to the landscape of the 31st century. All I know is that we did what had to be done." He meets Supergirl (New 52, for the first time) and he wonders if it will change what will happen between the two of them. He plans to return leadership to Dream Girl when they return. Dawnstar says goodbye to Equinox, who is an inspiration to aboriginal women. The Legion takes Ultra back to the future. The Legion that departs is an amalgam of New 52 and SW6. The Legion Lost return as well. Note: If the "Lost" Legionnaires returned to the 31st century at this point, that New 52 series and all Legion v.7 stories would be eliminated from continuity.

Justice League United #10 (May 2015)

Rebirth

Saturn Girl has become a patient at Arkham Asylum. She says, "I've seen the future." They have her Legion flight ring. She wants to speak with Superman and is questioned by Metropolis police. Notes: Writer of this issue, Geoff Johns, said, "Saturn Girl is the heart and soul of the Legion of Super-Heroes. When everybody's saying, 'Legion doesn't work anymore. There's too much xenophobia. You can't change people.' Saturn Girl says, 'Yes, you can. Then suddenly, you realize she can read people's minds. She knows everyone's deepest darkest secrets. If she has faith, then at the base level, human beings and aliens and everybody can reach that goal, can reach achievement and have that goodness inside them. I believe her. I'm with her. And that's why Saturn Girl is so important to the Legion. She's at the epicenter of truth for the entire universe for me."

DC Universe: Rebirth (July 2016)

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

Several years ago: Amanda Waller forms her first Suicide Squad with Rustam as Task Force X field commander. He leads Dr. Polaris, Johnny Sorrow, Lobo, Cyclotron, and the Emerald Empress (who seeks intel about Saturn Girl).

Justice League #9 (Mar. 2017)

Maxwell Lord frees the original Suicide Squad from Belle Reve penitentiary, for revenge against Amanda Waller.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 (Feb. 2017)

The Emerald Empress comments, she "feels like time is missing. I must find the Legionnaire."

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #2 (Mar. 2017)

The Emerald Empress appears in the 21st century in search of Saturn Girl, gets wrapped up in the Suicide Squad. From Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3 (2017); art by Jesus Merino and Andy Owens.

The Empress' Emerald Eye of Ekron is described as a weapon of immense mystic energy, and has elements of Green Lantern technology.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3 (Apr. 2017)

The Empress advises Superman to let Max get what he wants, if he wants a better future. The Eye refuses to fire on Green Lantern Jessica Cruz. G.L. Simon Baz damages the eye, forcing the Empress to retreat, continuing her search for Saturn Girl. Note: An editorial note says this plot thread will continue in the pages of Supergirl. This subplot was never continued.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4 (May 2017)

DOOMSDAY CLOCK

Batman takes no notice of Jane Doe, aka Saturn Girl. From Batman #9 (2016); art by Mikel Janin.

While collecting operatives for his own Suicide Squad from Arkham Asylum, Batman passes a Saturn Girl (named "Doe"), who draws a Legion symbol on her cell wall. Notes: Writer Tom King said, "There is this huge spine running up the back of the DC Universe, and 'Batman' ties directly into it and it is plotted out to 2019 and even beyond that. Saturn Girl ... plays a role in the story going forward."

Batman v.2 #9 (Dec. 2016)

Saturn Girl breaks herself and Rorschach II out of Arkham Asylum.

Doomsday Clock #4 (May 2018)

Saturn Girl and Rorschach II to in search of "great big light" (Green Lantern's lantern, which Johnny Thunder has just found). She has reclaimed her flight ring.

Doomsday Clock #5 (July 2018)

Saturn Girl and Rorschach find Johnny Thunder, then Ozymandius. She mentions that she was "sent her to help cleanse the time stream of an unknown anomaly that threatens [Superman]."

Doomsday Clock #7 (Nov. 2018)

Doctor Manhattan looks into the future and sees the Legion, sees Ferro Lad's death. But when he looks again, he sees nothing... because of his own machinations?

Doomsday Clock #9 (May 2019)

Doctor Manhattan sees the day that the Legion admits Superboy to the Legion. He realizes that Superman is the anchor to all other points in the universe's history.

Doomsday Clock #10 (July 2019)

Saturn Girl ceases to exist when she realizes that Superman no longer remembers her or her Legion. As Ozymandius puts it, "I would theorize that you're no longer part of this timeline. You just didn't realize it." Her Legion flight ring is left behind.

Doomsday Clock #11 (Nov. 2019)

The Future

Future's End

Dawnstar and Wildfire in the Justice League. From The New 52: Future's End #40 (2015); art by Patrick Zircher.

5 years from now: Equinox receives a mental distress call from the Martian Manhunter on Mars. He is the warden of the Gulag: a metahuman prison built there by Terrifitech, the Queen Foundation, and S.H.A.D.E. She finds help at the League's Fortress of Justice in New Mexico. Members Cyborg, Vostok, Flash, Dawnstar, and Stormguard agree to help her. They find Grodd in control of J'onn and Captain Atom leading the breakout. Note: Future's End was set in a possible future, five years hence. The Justice League appears throughout New 52: Future's End, but without Legionnaires.

Justice League United: Future's End #1 (Nov. 2014)

Past JLA member Wildfire answers J'onn's call for help. J'onn seizes a momentary lapse in Captain Atom's concentration and takes over his mind; all are reimprisoned. Dawnstar is reunited with Wildfire. Note: This story appeared in advance of the Legion's appearance in Justice League United. Dawnstar and Wildfire did not appear in any other Future's End stories.

Justice League: Future's End #1 (Nov. 2014)

The Justice League (with Dawnstar and Wildfire) are the front line defense when Brainiac arrives on Earth; he's come to "collect" a city. The Atom discovers that Brainiac holds memories of many different timelines.

The New 52: Futures End #40-42 (Apr. 2015)

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