The Final Night #1

<i>The Final Night</i> #1 cover


November 1996


“Final Night: Chapter One: Dusk”
(Cover Title: “Week One: Armageddon”)


When a spaceship crashes on Earth, Superman and the Legion meet it and its inhabitant, Dusk.  To bridge the language barrier Saturn Girl uses her powers and reveals Dusk’s message: a sun-devouring energy creature is headed toward Earth, and nothing can stop it.  Earth’s heroes gather and split into three teams: one to create a giant Boom Tube to send the Sun-Eater into the Source, a second to create a second, miniature sun to draw it away from Sol, and an Earth-bound group to deal with the problems that will arise on Earth if the sun is extinguished… which is what happens when the first two groups fail and darkness descends on the planet.

Only scenes featuring Legion of Super-Heroes characters are dealt with here.


Karl Kesel (Writer) • Stuart Immonen (Penciller) • Jose Marzan Jr. (Inker) • Lee Loughridge (Colorist) • Gaspar Saladino (Letterer) • Ali Morales (Asst. [Assistant] Editor) • Dan Thorsland (Editor) • Stuart Immonen / Jose Marzan Jr. (Cover)


Date of Change
Content of Change
Name corrections
Tracking updates
Minor Notes corrections
Tracking updates from Action Comics #741
Tracking updates from Wonder Woman v2 #174
Added Appearance Counts
Notes update to 8

Tinted cells and text indicate missing or incomplete information.

Character and Object Tracking



Previous Appearance

Next Appearance


Gates (Ti’julk Mr’asz) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Spark (Ayla Ranzz) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Superman (Clark Kent) The Final Night Prologue Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Inferno (“Sandy Anderson” (footnote #1)) The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Robin III (Tim Drake) None in Legion books Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Green Lantern IV (Kyle Rayner) None in Legion books Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Impulse (Bart Allen) Previous Legion appearance:
     The Flash #112
Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Flash III (Wally West) Previous Legion appearance:
     The Flash #114
Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Superboy (footnote #2) Previous Legion appearance:
     < >
Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Martian Manhunter (J’Onn J’Onzz) None in Legion books Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Gypsy (Cindy Reynolds) None in Legion books Next Legion appearance:
     Wonder Woman v2 #174
One-shot or Untracked Heroes:
     Jade (Jennifer-Lynn Hayden), Obsidian (Todd Rice), Blue Beetle II (Ted Kord), Booster Gold (Michael Jon Carter), Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond / Professor Ed Stein), the Wonder Twins (Zan and Jayna), Ray II (Ray Terrill), Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Fire (Beatriz daCosta), Icemaiden (Sigrid Nansen), Warrior (Guy Gardner), Wildcat (Ted Grant), Amazing Man II (Will Everett), Big Barda (Barda Free), Mister Miracle (Scott Free), Takion (Joshua Sanders), Maxima, Captain Marvel Jr. (Freddy Freeman), Mary Marvel (Mary Batson), Dr. Light II (Kimiyo Hoshi), Phantom Stranger (Jonathan Kent), Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Alpha Centurion (Marcus Aelius), Sentinel (Alan Scott), Steel (John Henry Irons), and Batman (Bruce Wayne)


One-shot or Untracked Villains:
     Dr. Polaris (Dr. Neal Emerson)

Supporting Characters

Sgt. Shvaughn Erin The Final Night Prologue <The Final Night #2>
Dusk The Final Night Prologue Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Inspector Ben Turpin None in Legion books <Action Comics #741>
Inspector Maggie Sawyer None in Legion books <Action Comics #741>
Dr. Kitty Faulkner < > Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
One-shot or Untracked Characters:
     unnamed members of Metropolis Special Crimes Unit (6)
     Amanda Waller
     Jimmy Olsen
     unnamed reporters (6)
     French citizens (4)


Luna (20th century) < > Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
Venus (20th century) None in Legion books None in Legion books
Metropolis (20th century) Previous Legion appearance:
     < >
Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
S.T.A.R. Labs, Metropolis (interior and exterior) Previous Legion appearance:
     < >
Next Legion appearance:
     <The Final Night #2>
One-shot or Untracked Locations:
     Metropolis harbor
     Mauna Kea Observatory
     unspecified location in France

Alien Races and Creatures

Sun-Eater (footnote #3) None The Final Night #2


Legion flight rings < > < >
Magnoball No appearance; mention only
Omnicom < > < >
Mother Box None in Legion books <Genesis #3>
One-shot or Untracked Items:
     Dusk’s ship
     Metropolis S.C.U. police cars
     Dusk’s gun
     radio headsets
     Pax Romana (Alpha Centurion’s ship)

1. Name unrevealed, but “Sandy Anderson” was given as her name in the first timeslip story (Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #92) and all the characters’ names were close to their real ones, so that will be used until a better name is supplied.

2. Honorary Legionnaire, but no explicit mention of that is made in this series.

3. Although the Sun-Eater is general considered as “evil”, it is more a force of nature or a wild beast than a true Villain.


Analysis Notes

General Only pages 4-14, and 16-20:2 are dealt with here.
4:1 The people behind Superman and below the Legionnaires are mostly members of the Metropolis SCU (Special Crimes Unit). The woman coming down the stairs is Maggie Sawyer.  The woman with blowing hair is Shvaughn Erin.  The man with the hat next the Shvaughn is Ben (“Terrible”) Turpin.
5:4 The is the first time Legion flight rings were mentioned as having translators in them; in the preboot, the Legionnaires used telepathic earplugs.  (The translator facility is mentioned again in Legion Lost #2.)
5:4-5 Note that if this “darkest night” did occur, Earth obviously survived it.  This should serve to buoy the Legion’s confidence.  Of Earth’s heroes, though, only Superman knows they are from the future, and he has encountered other divergent groups of Legionnaires in the past, so the fact that their timeline survived doesn’t mean that all timelines will.
5:5 “Magno-ball” is a typo for “magnoball”.
6:2 Saturn Girl is much more comfortable touching alien minds than she was a couple years before, when such would give her panic attacks.
7 One would think that Pariah would have somehow been brought into the mix by the imminent presence of the Sun-Eater.
7:4 Dusk most recently tried to warn the people of New Tamaran in The Final Night Prologue, to no avail.
8 This is basically the Legion, the Justice League, and Extreme Justice, plus a few others.  Characters seen here: Robin, Jade, Obsidian, Green Lantern, Impulse, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Firestorm, Flash, the Wonder Twins, Inferno, Ultra Boy, Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy, Ray, Spark, Gates, Gypsy, Superboy, Brainiac 5, Captain Marvel, Fire, Icemaiden, Warrior, Dr. Polaris, Wildcat, Amazing Man, Big Barda, Mister Miracle, Takion, Maxima, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel, Dr. Light, Superman, Phantom Stranger, Wonder Woman, Alpha Centurion, and Dusk.
Note the inclusion of Dr. Polaris, traditionally a villain.
This room must be a hangar of some sort.  The heroes are standing and seated on equipment lifts.
Note that Superboy — an honorary Legionnaire — is grouped with the Legionnaires.  He has presumably been talking to them (and they have been warning him to not reveal that they are from the 30th century).
It isn’t clear why Gypsy is grouped with the Legionnaires, but she is seen in proximity to Inferno in Wonder Woman v2 #174, so her being grouped with the Legionnaires here gains some potential significance.
It isn’t clear why Impulse is not with the Legionnaires.  He must be paying no attention to them (or their belts, which he should promptly recognize as being like XS wore).
9:1 Obsidian and Jade are in the foreground, with Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr. below.
9:3 This is Brainiac 5, Ray, Superboy, and Cosmic Boy.
10:1 Note the reference to “your world” rather than “your time.”  The Legion is being very cautious about letting outsiders know they are from the future.
Gypsy has become very chummy to use a nickname like this.  Someone probably though that she was supposed to be Spark, or she was Spark initially and the colorist decided she was supposed to be Gypsy.
10:3 “I have witnessed hundreds of attempts, but I recorded no data on any of them.”  Huh?
10:5 Amanda Waller is standing between Dr. Polaris and Captain Atom.  She is responsible for Polaris’ presence.
11:1 How a decoy would work isn’t clear.  It might divert the Sun-Eater briefly, but without a means of either hiding the sun or towing the Sun-Eater out of the system, the utility of a decoy would seem to do little beyond buying time.
11:3 Seen here: Dusk, Superman, Warrior, Steel (miscolored as the Martian Manhunter), Firestorm, Ray, Wonder Woman, Obsidian, Sentinel, Alpha Centurion, and Batman’s cape.
11:4 “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is a great summation of the Superman/Batman dichotomy.
12:1 It’s worth noting that Cosmic Boy is the only member of “Team 20” who faced the Sun-Eater in its original preboot incarnation.
13:1 Cosmic Boy is in the lower left.
14:3 Seen here: Sentinel, Fire, Superman, Firestorm, Inferno, Ultra Boy, Ray, Alpha Centurion, and Green Lantern.
The Pax Romana is Alpha Centurion’s ship.
14:4 Inferno is next to Green Lantern, on the left, and Ultra Boy is between Ray and Firestorm.
16:1 It is unclear what planet this is.  Venus, perhaps?
17:2 Ultra Boy is behind Alpha Centurion.
17:4 Recall that Kyle’s ring does not have the weakness to yellow, so he can contain all these energies.
18:1 Translation: “Two suns?  What is this?  Some evil plan to destroy the culture of France?”  (No, I don’t get it either.)
18:2 Seen here: Alpha Centurion, Sentinel, Firestorm, Ultra Boy, Ray, Green Lantern, Superman, Fire, and Inferno.
19:1 This is Fire, Superman, and Ultra Boy.
20:2 Why is Cosmic Boy so concerned?  Earth obviously survived.
Reprints This issue was reprinted in The Final Night collection.

Appearance Counts

Character Name


Panels / Speaking

Gates (Ti’julk Mr’asz) 3 / 1
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) 6 / 3
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) 13 / 6
Spark (Ayla Ranzz) 3 / 0
Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) 5 / 2
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) 10 / 1
Superman (Clark Kent) X 17 / 15
Inferno (“Sandy Anderson”) 9 / 2
Robin III (Tim Drake) 1 / 0
Green Lantern IV (Kyle Rayner) X 8 / 2
Impulse (Bart Allen) 1 / 0
Flash III (Wally West) X 1 / 0
Superboy 2 / 1
Martian Manhunter (J’Onn J’Onzz) X 1 / 0
Gypsy (Cindy Reynolds) < >
Supporting Characters
Sgt. Shvaughn Erin 2 / 0
Dusk 18 / 10
Dr. Kitty Faulkner
3 / 3