(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comic.)
COUNTDOWN #38 (8/8/07)
ROLL CALL: Karate Kid, Una
Karate Kid and Una watch as Oracle uses her powers of technobabble to deal with a mysterious computer thingy. Then, Karate Kid tells Oracle that he needs her help because he's dying.
BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: So Karate Kid is dying. A-gain [rolls eyes]. Okay, here's a thought: this version of Karate Kid died on Orando long ago. So now he's one of the anomalies that the Monitors are so concerned about.
In this issue of Countdown we are told that these anomalies are causing damage to the "source walls" that keep the 52 universes apart. "If the source walls collapse, even we cannot accurately predict what will happen. We might be left with chaos. Planets might crash into each other across the vibrational planes until they are all destroyed."
Maybe that's happening in the 31t century: three versions of the Legion are coming together: the classic (Silver Age) Legion, the Earth-Zero Legion, and the current Teenage Revolution Legion. The anomalies (i.e.this Karate Kid, alive when he shouldn't be) are the first ones up against the wall.
And why does this Karate Kid exist at all? Maybe in the wake of Infinite Crisis, the Cosmic Balance required that there be three of every Legionnaire...so dead Legionnaires were brought back to life as anomalies, to balance their counterparts in the other two universes? Should we expect to see a resurrected classic Ferro Lad or Lyle Norg? (Hmmm...just how discriminating is the Cosmic Balance? Take Lyle...he was replaced by Jacques, so maybe that balances the Invisible Kid equation. (But Val was replaced by Myg...?) And what about Ferro Lad: his Earth-Zero counterpart was from the 20th century, and I don't think we've seen a Ferro Lad in the current continuity.
...No, it still doesn't make any sense. And thinking too hard about it makes my head hurt.
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