Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Week of 11 June 2008

(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comics.)

BOOSTER GOLD #10 (8/08)
"Blue & Gold Chapter 5: Mindgames"
ROLL CALL: Brainiac 5 (Classic Legion)

This is complicated. Time travel stories are like that. Trust me.

Rip Hunter and two friends appear in Brainiac 5's lab in (apparently) the "new" LSH Headquarters (from ADVENTURE 367). In an attempt to repair the time stream by reinstating Booster Gold's origin, they knock Brainy out and steal a time bubble and flight ring.

Booster Gold, as usual, wears a Legion flight ring throughout the story.

"In a Flash"
ROLL CALL: Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5, Lightning Lad (cover only), Phantom Girl (cover only), Saturn Girl (cover only), Timber Wolf (cover only), Tharok, Triplicate Girl

Chuck and Luornu, on a date in virtual reality, call in Brainiac 5 to assist Bart Allen in defeating Tharok.

ACTION #851 ((8/07)
"Last Son Part Four"
ROLL CALL: Dev-Em, Mon-El

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: In the Phantom Zone, Mon-El explains his background to Superman, who has clearly forgotten him, Then, when Superman does remember and tries to bluff Mon-El ("Oh, yeah, I promised you that I'd find a cure for your lead poisoning, but...uh...every time I've tried I've failed...yeah, tried and failed, that's the ticket...sorry, it's been a busy twenty years, but we'll have you out of here before the next millennium...or maybe soon after..."), Mon is really, really nice about it. He even risks his life to save Supes from Dev-Em.

This time around, Dev-Em was a Kryptonian criminal sentenced to the Phantom Zone for "cimes of murder and perversion." From the looks of it, he was guilty of severe fashion crimes, as well. As of yet, he has no connection to the Legion. (In original continuity, Dev-Em was a Kryptonian juvenile delinquent who escaped the destruction of the planet and later appeared in Smallville to make Superboy's life miserable. He later traveled to the 30th century, reformed, and became a spy for the UP. He's one of the few people to have turned down Legion membership.

Later on, Dev-Em was retconned several times, and eventually became a renegade Daxamite who fought with Superman and was responsible for blowing up the moon. Guess Ol-Vir was busy that day.

It's possible that Dev-Em has had the most drastic series of retcons in Legion history.


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