Unlimited Access #1

Unlimited Access #1 cover


December 1997


“No Time Like the Present!”
(Cover Title: “He’s Back!  The Man Who Walks between Universes!”)


Travelling through time/between universes, Access ends up in the dystopic era of the X-Men’s “Days of Future Past.”  Targeted by Sentinels, he unconsciously summons heroes to help him, and gets members of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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


Karl Kesel (Words) • Pat Olliffe (Pencils) • Al Williamson (Inks) • Jim Novak (Letters) • Greg Wright (Colors) • Tom Brevoort (Editor) • Mike Carlin (Consulting Editor) • Bob Harras ([Editor in] Chief) • Mark Gruenwald (“Guiding Light”) • Pat Olliffe / Al Williamson (Cover [presumed, unsigned])


Date of Change
Content of Change
Unified to a single file
Tracking updates from Superboy v3 #45
Notes updates to 6-16 and 38:2

Character and Object Tracking





Previous Appearance

Next Appearance


Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo-Nah) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Triad (Luornu Durgo) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Spark (Ayla Ranzz) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) Superboy v3 #45 Unlimited Access #2
Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) Genesis #4 Unlimited Access #2
Access (Axel Asher) None in Legion books Unlimited Access #2
Wolverine (Logan) None (appears on a poster)


Sentinel Beta-One (footnote #1) None in Legion books None; destroyed
Sentinels (2; presumably Beta class) None in Legion books Unlimited Access #2


the inter-universal timestream None in Legion books None in Legion books
New York City (in the X-Men’s “Days of Future Past” timeline) None in Legion books Unlimited Access #2


One-shot or Untracked Items:
     Sentinel spotlight
     Sentinel blaster

1. Sentinels are considered villains here, despite being robots.

Analysis Notes

Credits Mark Gruenwald was the driving force behind the initial DC vs. Marvel / Marvel vs. DC series.  He died in 1997.
6-16 Given that Mantis had not appeared for several years until he showed up in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #97, he was probably pulled from a time near his appearances during Genesis.
36:1 Since this space looks nothing like DC’s timestream, it must be a different place, probably a timestream-like space existing “between” the DC and Marvel universes.
36:3 Note Wolverine’s face on the wanted poster.
37:1 Violation of virtually anything in the Mutant Control Act is grounds for immediate termination.
37:4-38:1 For lack of other information, we’ll assume that the Sentinel heard and destroyed in these panels is Sentinel Beta-One.
38:2 All the members of the Legion present here are from the “Team 20” subset, indicating that Access pulled the “closest” set of Legionnaires to him.  (Curiously, however, Gates, Shvaughn Erin, and Koko are not with them. They must have not been with the rest of them team when Access “pulled” them.)  We will see in Unlimited Access #2 that Spark does not have her lightning powers, placing this post-Genesis, but Apparition’s presence places it prior to Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #98 (since she vanished into the touchstone in that issue, and didn’t return until Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100, with the Legion leaving for the future immediately thereafter); the absence of Shvaughn Erin and Koko marks this as not occurring on the trip back from the Source Wall in Genesis #4.  We will place this story as occurring between Superboy v3 #45 and Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #98.
Cosmic Boy is not wearing his flight ring, nor can anyone else’s be seen.  This is an artistic error.
Cosmic Boy’s costume is likewise misdrawn; he should only have four chest disks, not five.