Friday, September 17, 2010

Week of 15 September 2010

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

DCU LEGACIES #5 (2010/11)


Bouncing Boy, Brainiac 5 (cover only), Colossal Boy, Cosmic Boy, Dawnstar, Lightning Lad, Mon-El, Shrinking Violet, Star Boy, Supergirl, Ultra Boy, Wildfire

This series on the history of the DC Universe revisits Crisis on Infinite Earths, with cameo appearances from many Legionnaires.


Also,  although there is no Legion connection, how can you pass up this week's Tiny Titans #32 (2010/11)? It features a new student at Sidekick High. Three words alone should convince anyone to take a look at this comic: Lunch...Lady...Darkseid.



Legion Lad said...

You missed Mon-El.

I am struggling to understand the appearance of Supergirl. This is supposed to be the Crisis as seen by the world post Infinite Crisis (Jay Garrick and Kid Flash from same Earth) so surely Supergirl never existed on that Earth until the midriff bearing teenager turned up later?

Meerkatdon said...

Legion Lad: Thanks! Wow, how could I have missed my favorite Legionnaire?

As for Supergirl: I thought about that, and that's why I included her as a Legionnaire. I suspect we'll learn more in the upcoming Supergirl Annual (which is supposed to clear up the question of her role in the Retro Legion). I figured that she was like the other Legionnaires, a hero glimpsed in action but unknown to the residents of present-day Earth.

In the larger framework, I gather that the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths are now acknowledged as part of the meta-history of the DCU -- i.e. Supergirl DID exist (and died), but the only one who remembers that now is the Psycho Pirate (and maybe the Time Trapper).

I think it would be ultra-cool if they establish that the present-day Supergirl DID die in the Crisis -- that she was there as a Legionnaire, come back from the future. On her own personal timeline, obviously, she hasn't died yet...but it's her eventual fate. The readers would know that, the adult Legionnaires would know that, but nobody on present-day Earth knows it.

Finally, on a higher meta-meta-level, I think the cretive team included Supergirl in this issue, as part of Crisis, as a great big "So There!" to the past DCU higher-ups who decreed that Supergirl had never existed. As someone who hated that long-ago decision at the time, I applaud them.

Legion Lad said...

Legion of Three Worlds demonstrated that is it possible to view defunct timelines (pre-Crisis, 5YL) from the end of Time so the Trapper must be aware of those histories.

I suspect that it may be just editorial error that let Perez slip Kara in but I love your theory about a time displaced Supergirl. I hope you are right. Roll on the Supergirl Annula. I was amazed that TPTB at Dc sanctioned a pre-ordained early death for this Supergirl even ten years off DCU time.

Writing out the original Supergirl was worse than killing her off in the first place. On a par with the screwing with the Legion's history also caused by the Man of Steel reboot.