Legionnaires #0

Legionnaires #0 Cover


October 1994


“Close Encounters”
(Cover Title: “The Beginning of Tomorrow!”)


R.J. Brande and President Chu present the founding Legionnaires to the United Planets Council, only to have a bomb discovered in the council chambers.  After disposing of the bomb and dealing with the crowd, the Legionnaires track down and defeat the bombers with the help of Tinya Wazzo, daughter of the ambassador from Bgztl.  In the aftermath, Apparition and Triad join the Legion, and President Chu sends out “draft” notices to several more super-powered teens.


Mark Waid / Tom McCraw (Plot) • Tom McCraw (Words [Script]) • Jeffrey Moy (Pencils) • Ron Boyd (Inks) • Pat Brosseau (Letters) • Tom McCraw (Colors) • Mike McAvennie (Assistant Editor) • KC Carlson (Putting it All Together [Editor]) • Jeff Moy / Karl Story (Cover)


Date of Change
Content of Change
Change history begun
Updates to real names
Assorted tracking updates
Notes additions/expansions to 2:1, 2:5, 3:1, 5:3, 7:4, 8:4, 10:4, 11:2, 11:3, 12:3, 14:5, 15:1, 17:3, 17, 18:1, 18:2, 18:5,19:4, 20:2-3, 21:1, and 21:1-4
Unified to a single file
Reprint status update
Tracking updates from Legends of the Legion #4
Change history corrected
Format correction
Name correction
Name revision from Legion Worlds #5 (story #1)
Added Appearance Counts and associated Notes
Typo fix

Tinted cells and text indicate missing or incomplete information.

Character and Object Tracking



Previous Appearance

Next Appearance


Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Triad (Luornu Durgo) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo of Bgztl) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Leviathan (as Sgt. Gim Allon of Mars) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #6 (flashback) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #6 (flashback)
Star Boy (Thom Kallor of Xanthu) Legends of the Legion #<4> Legionnaires #48 (flashback)
<Legends of the Legion #4>
Kid Quantum I (James Cullen of Xanthu) Legends of the Legion #<4> Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Atmos (Marak Russen of Xanthu) Legends of the Legion #<4> Legionnaires #49
XS (as Jenni Ognats of Aarok) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #6 (flashback) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Chameleon (as Reep Daggle of Durla) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Invisible Kid (as Lyle Norg of Earth) Legionnaires #66 (flashback) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
Brainiac 5 (as Querl Dox of Colu) Legionnaires #24 (flashback) Legionnaires #19


Roderick Doyle Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Untracked or One-shot Villains:
     Doyle’s unnamed underlings (3; presumably members of the White Triangle)

Supporting Characters

R.J. Brande Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legionnaires #19
Marla Latham Legionnaires #24 (flashback) Legionnaires #19
Ambassador Winema Wazzo (of Bgztl) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #64
President Jeannie Chu Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
 Ambassador Obin Der (of Daxam) None Legionnaires #23
Gigi Cusimano (Science Police, Earth) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #6 (flashback) Showcase ’96 #6
 Rond Vidar None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #77 (flashback)
Javan (President Chu’s aide) None None to date
Stu (Science Police, Mars) None None
Jai (Science Police, Mars) None Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #6 (flashback)
Prefect Ericson (of Xanthu) None None to date
Prefect Davido (of Xanthu) None None to date
Untracked or One-shot Characters:
     Eccentrica Galumbits (the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon 6; on a bar sign)
     unnamed United Planets ambassadors and their staffs (numerous), including a human Xanthan Prefect and Captain Picard
     unnamed Science Police officers on Earth (3), Mars (7), Xanthu (3), Speedforce research station (1), and Talus (1)
     unnamed sports fans on Xanthu
     unnamed Speedforce researchers (3)
     unnamed Durlans on Durla (4)


Xanthu (and a moon) Legends of the Legion #<4> Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #<82>
Durla (and a moon) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #<68>
 R.J. Brande’s office Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0
<Legion: Secret Files #1>
Legionnaires #19
Roderick Doyle’s office Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
 United Planets headquarters, Metropolis None  Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62
United Planets Council Chamber Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) < >
Suicide Slum, Metropolis None None to date
President Chu’s office Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Science Police Headquarters, Forte District, Mars Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #<6> (flashback)  None to date
Speedforce research station Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #<6> (flashback) None to date
Lyle Norg’s apartment, Earth None None to date
Time research lab, Talus None None to date?
Untracked or One-shot Locations:
     E.T.’s Bar + Grill, Metropolis

Alien Races and Creatures

 Probe Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Quothoni (green skin with brown stripes, breathing apparatus) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
“Spineback” (green Giger-esque aliens with pronounced spinal protrusions) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) < >
Xanthan (possibly; bald, pointed heads — if these are supposed to be Xanthans, they are miscolored) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #<82>
Durlan (footnote #1) Legion: Secret Files #1 (1st story) Legionnaires #19
Talokian (possibly; blue skin, black hair) None Legionnaires #19
Sklarian Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #<48>
Tyrazzi (possibly) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 < >
Somhaturi Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 < >
“Stealth’s Race” (footnote #2) None in 30th century
R.E.B.E.L.S. #18
Legionnaires #20


“Saturn” telepath I.D. badge Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 < >
Omnicom (personal digital assistant) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Holovid news cameras Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Gravcars (various designs) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Frameless glasses Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0 Legionnaires #19
Enterprise NCC-1701 holo None < >
Levitating pool table None < >
Kid Quantum’s stasis belt controls None < >
Untracked or One-shot Items
     Legion of Super-Heroes promotional holovid
     Holovid projectors (non-ring designs)
     Metallic sphere paperweight
     Wraparound glasses
     Winema Wazzo’s watch
     Handguns (various designs; at least one is an energy weapon)
     Holovid game
     Speedforce research equipment
     Time research equipment

1. The presence of Chameleon in an issue will not warrant the listing of Durlans separately unless others of that race appears as well.

2. That is, the orange-skinned race that Stealth appears to be a member of; actually, her father’s race.


Analysis Notes

Cover Flight rings (as seen on Apparition and Triad) have not yet been introduced.
Apparition’s interaction with the Legionnaires and Zero Hour logos resulted in some paste-up problems; her head is especially poorly done.
1:1 The phrases “all corners of the galaxy” and “unity of our universe” are obvious hyperbole.  The United Planets only covers a small portion of the Milky Way galaxy at this time.
2:1 “Those vid shots” refers to the story seen in Legion: Secret Files #1.
2:2 “Magno-ball” is a typo for the more typical “magnoball.”
2:4 Garth’s powers are apparently not true lightning, but a similar electromagnetic phenomenon (although just how it differs is unknown).  Since lightning works via an energy transfer between electric potential differences, presumably a portion of Garth’s powers is the creation of those potentialities in other objects.
2:5 When the holovid was shot, the eventual “L*” logo had apparently not yet been approved.
Note the date: May 11, 2994.  Dates are typically topical references, useful only in establishing the relative occurrence of one event with respect to another; in the context of the Legion milieu, any given “current” story is 1000 years in the future from the 20th century present, be that 1994 or 1998 (presumably the Legion will go into the 31st century when publication dates enter the 21st). 
3:1 “Lightning Lad” was Garth’s preboot codename.  (While Superman met a Lightning Lad during “Time and Time Again” [Superman #< > and Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #84], that was the Garth of a separate timeline.)
3:2 Imra’s earrings have changed color.  Perhaps these are “mood” earrings, with the orange color from 2:1 reflecting her shock at the holovid, and the green color here reflecting a more calm and centered state.  (Or maybe Tom McCraw goofed.)
3:3 This formalization is a marked change from the earliest days of the preboot, where the Legion’s existence and approval by the United Planets was a given.  Without United Planets approval, the appropriate law-enforcement recognition for the Legion would never come, regardless of how much money Brande threw at it; the result would be a private team of vigilantes, akin to McCauley’s WorkForce.
3:5 The use of identical uniforms was tried to a degree in the early days of the Bierbaum era, and echoes back to various incarnations of Marvel’s X-Men and DC’s Challengers of the Unknown. The “new” uniforms mark a rejection of that uniformity concept.
4:1 Presumably Doyle’s reference to “too fast” indicates that the White Triangle has plans afoot, but ones which are threatened by the existence of the United Planets; the stronger the United Planets is, the less stable the White Triangle’s plans will be.
4:3 Note that the White Triangle, which we will later come to understand as xenophobic, apparently has no problem with different races mingling, only with different species.
4:4 The sphere on Doyle’s desk is apparently just a paperweight or other object, despite the resemblance to the gold balls on the United Planets globe.
5:1 Tinya Wazzo does not wear a Bgztlian touchstone as part of her day-to-day garb.
5:3 Note the logo for United Planets Earth, replacing the United Planets starfield with the Terran globe.  Presumably other planetary members have similar variant logos.
If the cloaked ambassadors in the council chamber are Durlans, they are apparently not required to maintain the traditional orange body while acting in an official capacity for Durla.
There are several holovid cameras floating above the main dais.
5:4 Since his title and clothing style match those worn by other human Xanthans later in the issue, Ambassador Wazzo is apparently speaking with the human Xanthan ambassador.
6:1 Phased Bgztlians can apparently “see” while inside solid objects. They are presumably able to interpret high energy radiation (x-rays, etc.) to do such “seeing”.
Bgztlian phasing powers are not well known, or at least commonly seen.
It is unclear what the purpose of the elevated platform from where President Chu presides is; since Brande’s personal assistant is seated there, it is apparently not reserved for an Executive Council.  Perhaps it is a location for scheduled important guests to speak from.
6:2 Ambassador Wazzo does not approve of Tinya using her powers in public.  This may be a cultural issue rather than a personal one.
7:1 By incorporating the Saturn badge into her uniform, Saturn Girl works to “reclaim the power” of the symbol, turning it into a symbol of pride rather than a brand of difference (compare to the pink triangle for gays and lesbians).
7:2 Brande did not clear the revised uniforms with President Chu.
7:3 Presumably the Legion’s “interplanetary protection force” mission is intended to act in conjunction with the Science Police, or in situations where meta-powers are needed, rather than as any sort of replacement.
7:4 The “Breather” aliens’ questioning the maturity of the teen Legionnaires parallels that of the readers.  Note that the questions are never directly addressed, but the issue will eventually come up later in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81.
One of Doyle’s people can be seen locking the doors to the Council Chamber.
8:4 Some of the individuals in Saturn Girl’s telepathic scan can be identified: a Durlan (lower left corner), President Chu (left edge), a “Breather” (next to the Durlan), R.J. Brande (above/right from President Chu), Saturn Girl (center), Luornu Durgo (above/right from Saturn Girl), and Tinya Wazzo (right edge). The others do not seem to correspond to known characters.  Given the problems Imra will later be shown to have in delaing with alien minds, this must be an extremely surface scan.
 The “…when’s lunch…” thought balloon may be from a Bismoll native.
9:2 Saturn Girl still has training to do in dealing with a world of non-telepaths.
9:3 The dialogue balloon with symbols in it is from a Durlan.
9:5 Live Wire shows his hotheaded personality.
10:1 Triad’s exclamation of “Blessed Trinity” is indicative of her religious leanings.  While it is probably a reference to a three-in-one god or goddess reflecting the Cargg triplication ability, the fact that Cargg is a Gandian world with colonists originally from Earth mean that “Trinity” may be the Christian father/son/holy spirit combination or a pagan mother/maiden/crone trio.
10:4 It is heavier than it looks because Rokk is probably used to lifting items mostly composed of materials that his powers can latch onto.  Here, only portions of the globe respond easily to his powers, with the rest being so much dead weight.
10:6 With luck, Rokk used his powers to contain most of the debris from the exploding globe.
11:1 Garth’s lightning appearing to come from outside while the doors burst outward is an artistic error.
11:2 The cloaked figures are Durlans.
11:3 Only two of Doyle’s agents are present at the scene.  Where is the third one?
11:5 Based on coloration and facial hair style, Daxamite ambassador Obin Der may be standing behind Winema Wazzo.  The hair color differs from the Xanthan prefect she was speaking with in 5:4, although the clothing color is the same.
12:3 Since Garth has been in the seedy area before, it is possible Black Mace’s establishment is located in the neighborhood.  If we can make connections based on seedy portions of 20th century Metropolis, this area may be Suicide Slum.
Interlac Translation of sign: gibberish, best translation is “rcaa bcct” (and it thus may not be Interlac at all).  The building seems to be a whorehouse, given the poses of the women in the windows.
Eccentrica Galumbits, the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon 6, is a throwaway joke from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books.  (Because this appearance is a joke, Eroticon 6 is not deemed to be a mentioned location.)
The text above “Bar + Grill” is hard to read, but says “ET’s” (as in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”).
The white-haired woman in the upper-left corner of the panel was colored with orange skin in the original printing of Legionnaires #0, but her skin was changed to a Caucasian “pink” in the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow collection.
12:4 Titanians do surface scans based on general emotions rather than specific thoughts; empathy is usually though of as a simpler form of telepathy.
That is Tinya’s hand about to push the crates.
13:3 The sign undoubtedly says “X-Rated.”
13:4 Interlac Translation of the “Condemned” notice: gibberish, perhaps “l?cn????.”  (Could be something like “Licn. k4i9,” but with several characters reversed or otherwise incorrect.  Or again, might not be Interlac at all; alternately, given the similarity of some of the letters to Interlac in combination with the situation probably existing in such a “slum” area, it could represent a non-standard, “anti-establishment” form of Interlac.)
Saturn Girl seems much more adapted into using the code names than Live Wire, although this could in part be because he was thinking he would be called “Lightning Lad” up until just a few hours previous.
14:2 Energy weapons (or some energy weapons, anyway) don’t affect Bgztlians while they are phasing.
14:4 The reference to “alien freak” is the first hard evidence given that the woman is a White Triangle agent.
14:5 Live Wire can project “lightning” from his feet as well as his hands, and the powers are definitely electrical in nature to be conducted through water like this.
“I’ll take charge now.”  Heh.
15:1 Any place without dozens of curious onlookers would be a better place to scan, especially without onlookers involved in the sex trade and other less-than-legal (presumably) dealings.  Of course, Doyle’s agents are undoubtedly protected by psi-screens, just like the assassins at the spaceport were.
16 Interlac Translation of text on building: gibberish, perhaps “pil?” (the fourth character appears to be a backwards “d”).
17:1 President Chu is wearing an outfit of the same design as the one Imra was in at the start of the issue.
17:3 Frankly, Brande is wrong.  The Legion is a vid-bite for the United Planets, and President Chu is right that they need to be sent on a visible mission if they are to overcome the “maturity” issue.
17 The Brande assassination attempt took place on May 7 or 8, based on the introduction to the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow collection, but according to 21:6, the events at the start of Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #62 will not occur until May 31, leaving more than three weeks between the founding of the Legion and the arrival of the draftees.  With these first two issues occupying perhaps a week of that time, perhaps President Chu’s “mission” did occur for the initial five Legionnaires, but the story has not yet been told.  The timeline in Legion: Secret Files #1 indicated such an event, and the indications from Impulse #21 that Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl meet Max Mercury at some point may also play into this unseen period.
18:1 The Forte District is named for John Forte, who drew some of the Legion’s early adventures.
18:2 While the appearance of the U.S.S. Enterprise is an in-joke, there are similarities to be noted between Star Trek’s “Federation of Planets” and the Legion’s “United Planets.”
18:3 40 meters = 130 feet (approximately).  Stu may be exaggerating, but apparently not much, since he doesn’t get corrected.
18:4 “Mook” is slang for “person”.
18:5 Jai refers to Gim as a lieutenant, but the introduction to the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow collection refers to him as an “officer candidate,” which would mark his May 7 rank as below sergeant.  While he may have been promoted to sergeant already, lieutenant is a bit too high at this stage.  (In comparison, it will take almost two years for Shvaughn Erin to make lieutenant.)  In light of the other references to rank in this scene, the best answer is to presume Gim was recently and suddenly promoted to sergeant, and Jai is just participating in the fun of his advancement.
19:1-2 Xanthu apparently chooses its planetary champion on an annual basis.  We can assume that other Xanthan heroes (members of the Uncanny Amazers) were also competitors who dropped out of the running before Day 5.
19:3 Xanthu clearly has more than just the three heroes seen here, and feels it has a need for such a multiplicity.  This probably marks Xanthu as being on the fringes of United Planets, perhaps near Khundish space.
Was Kid Quantum chosen because he was the best, or because he was the most expendable?  Probably the latter, since the Xanthan government was surely aware of both his limitations and his attitude problem before sending him to join the Legion.
19:4 Atmos is the character with the red mohawk.  In the preboot, he was Xanthu’s longtime planetary champion.  He was also missing chunks of his body for unknown reasons, but he appears to be intact here (or the missing chunks could simply be covered by the dress uniform Atmos is wearing).  Star Boy still displays the same haircut that the young temporal clone did just before Zero Hour.
The white object on Kid Quantum’s belt sash (recolored purple in the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow collection) must be the controls for his stasis belt.
20:2-3 The animosity between the Science Police and the researchers points to past or longtime problems; some of this is seen in The Flash #91 (occurring approximately twelve years prior to this story).  Understandably, the scientists are opposed to any attempt by the government to control their research.  Since the research facility is referred to as a “station,” the site is presumably located in space or some remote planetary region, and the fact that the Science Police is not allowed on the station would indicate that it is not affiliated with or located in proximity to a member world of the United Planets (and any other entity that recognizes the authority of the Science Police).
20:4 According to artist Jeff Moy, Jenni Ognats’ character design is based on actress Halle Berry.
21:1 In the preboot, the planet Durla was the site of a major nuclear conflict around the year 2000 B.C. (the Seven-Minute War), which devastated the planet; exiled Durlan shapechangers returned to the planet to resettle it (as seen in Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v2#2).  This depiction of the planet seems to hold to that.  (The status of any such exiled shapechangers is unrevealed in the postboot.)
21:1-4 The recurring “O” symbol in the Durlan speech balloons may represent the United Planets (unity, shared technology, wholeness, etc.).  It might also represent Durla.
21:6 “I’m with the government, and I’m here to help you.”  Yeah, right.
22:2 Lyle Norg did EarthGov “a couple favors;” for an invisible kid, this probably equates to spy work, as confirmed in Legion: Secret Files #1.
22:3 This is the first indication that the formal age of emancipation (adulthood) is in the mid-teens.
22:5 Querl Dox has no interest in reading “important” missives (including draft letters) if it interferes with his important work.
The paper addressed to “Ron” is probably a typo for “Rond,” although it might be a joke reference to inker Ron Boyd.
Although not stated here, Legionnaires #19 indicates that this lab is on Talus.  Talus was the headquarters of the Legion during the Giffen/Bierbaum era.
Reprints This issue was reprinted in the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow trade paperback collection.

Appearance Counts

Character Name


Panels / Speaking

Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) X 30 / 17
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) X 33 / 20
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) X 26 / 14
Triad (Luornu Durgo) X 12 / 3
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo of Bgztl) X 15 / 9
Leviathan (as Sgt. Gim Allon of Mars) 5 / 4
Star Boy (Thom Kallor of Xanthu) 2 / 0
Kid Quantum I (James Cullen of Xanthu) 3 / 2
Atmos (Marak Russen of Xanthu) 2 / 0
XS (as Jenni Ognats of Aarok) 1 / 0
Chameleon (as Reep Daggle of Durla) 3 / 1
Invisible Kid (as Lyle Norg of Earth) 2 / 2
Brainiac 5 (as Querl Dox of Colu) 2 / 2
Roderick Doyle 4 / 5
Supporting Characters
R.J. Brande
17 / 11
Marla Latham 1 / 1
Ambassador Winema Wazzo (of Bgztl) 5 / 4
President Jeannie Chu 16 / 11
Ambassador Obin Der (of Daxam) 1 / 0
Gigi Cusimano (Science Police, Earth)
6 / 6
Rond Vidar 1 / 1
Javan 1 / 0
Stu (Science Police, Mars) 5 / 5
Jai (Science Police, Mars) 2 / 1
Prefect Ericson (of Xanthu) 3 / 2
Prefect Davido (of Xanthu)
3 / 4