Genesis #1

Genesis #1 cover


October 1997


(Cover Title: “The Source of All Power--Doomed!”)


While the Legionnaires strive to stop a reservoir from overflowing, the effects of the rebounding Godwave seem to affect the powers of Spark and Ultra Boy - giving her gravity powers and possibly allowing him to use more than one power at a time.

Only scenes in which Legion of Super-Heroes characters appear are dealt with here.


Ron Wagner (Penciller) • Joe Rubinstein (Inker) • John Byrne (Writer) • Patricia Mulvihill (Colorist) • Clem Robins (Letterer) • Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt / Paul Kupperberg (Editorial) • Alan Davis / Mark Farmer (Cover)


Date of Change Content of Change




Minor changes


Unified to a single file


Tracking updates from Supergirl Annual v3 #2


Typo corrections
Tracking corrections from Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #3)
Added Appearance Counts and associated Notes

Character and Object Tracking



Previous Appearance

Next Appearance


Spark (Ayla Ranzz) Supergirl Annual v3 #2 Genesis #2
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) Legion: Secret Files #1 (story #3) Genesis #2
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #96 Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #97
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo-Nah) Supergirl Annual v3 #2 Genesis #2
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) Supergirl Annual v3 #2 Genesis #2


One-shot or Untracked Locations:
     unnamed city reservoir, possibly in Florida


One-shot or Untracked Items:
     Semi-truck and trailer


Analysis Notes

10 In Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #97, Spark indicates that her gravity powers were a result of entering the Source, contradicting this page.  Genesis #1 is clear on the fact that several characters received their power boosts directly from the Godwave contraction, however, so this page will be considered accurate and Spark’s later statements will need to be reevaluated.
10:1 Despite appearing to be a dam, this is apparently a city reservoir, based on the nearby foliage and multi-story buildings.  It is presumably at risk of overflowing due to torrential rains.
It is unclear where this reservoir is located.  The Legion has primarily confined their activities to the Northeast while in the 20th century, near Metropolis and Happy Harbor, but there appears to be a palm tree in the background foliage.  Perhaps this is in Florida.
10:2, 10:4 Ultra Boy never again displays these multiple-use powers during Genesis.  The powers that he actually displays here are ultra vision, flight (provided by his flight ring), and (apparent) super-strength.  The most probably answer, then, is that only Spark’s powers actually changed, and as with other characters who received Genesis-related power increases, her new powers initially went into overdrive.  The result of this would be making various nearby objects weightless, and Ultra Boy, being one of the few characters who would expect to be able to lift the truck, could be briefly fooled into thinking that he was using multiple powers at once.
Another possible explanation is that he did gain a minor charge from the Godwave, one which simply boosted his normal powers slightly (providing the “bursting with power” feeling from 10:2), yet without actually altering his powers.  The lack of any further mention of the power boost tends to discount this explanation.
10:6 In the preboot continuity, Ayla’s powers were changed from lightning to gravity reduction (“lightening”?) by Dream Girl using Naltorian super-science, causing Ayla to take the codename Light Lass (and later, her younger self from the SW6 Batch was called Gossamer).  Godwave, super-science: it’s still magic.


Appearance Counts

Character Name


Panels / Speaking

Spark (Ayla Ranzz 5 / 2
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn 5 / 2
Ferro (Andrew Nolan 5 / 1
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo-Nah 2 / 1
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah)
3 / 2