Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #4)

Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 cover


January 1998


“The Brainiac Adventures: It’s a Wonderful Legion”


Fed up with the demands the Legion places on him, and wishing he had never been, Brainiac 5 is visited by “Clarence” (aka the Time Trapper) and shown a version of the Legion where he was never a member: a kidified version with no problems or conflicts, a clubhouse, and super-powered pets. And in that world, Koko would have gone on to fame and fortune as a talking monkey. Brainy realizes the lesson: he makes the Legionnaires just as miserable as they make him.


Ron Boyd (Writer / Inker) • John Delaney (Penciller) • Tim Harkins (Letters) • Tom McCraw (Colorist) • Adam Hughes (“Special Thanks” [Penciller on 76:2-5])


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Brainiac 5 (Querl Dox) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #5)
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) < >
Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) < >
Triad (Luornu Durgo) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) < >
Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #5)
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) < >
Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) < >
Violet (Salu Digby) Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) < >
Saturn Girl of Earth-SA (footnote #1) (Imra Ardeen) None None to date
Lightning Lad of Earth-SA (Garth Ranzz) None None to date
Light Lass of Earth-SA (Ayla Ranzz) None None to date
Duo Damsel of Earth-SA (Luornu Durgo) None None to date
Bouncing Boy of Earth-SA (Chuck Taine) None None to date
Cosmic Boy of Earth-SA (Rokk Krinn) None None to date
Ultra Boy of Earth-SA (Jo Nah) None None to date
Phantom Girl of Earth-SA (Tinya Wazzo) None None to date
Star Boy of Earth-SA (Thom Kallor) None None to date
Invisible Kid of Earth-SA (Lyle Norg) None None to date
Shrinking Violet of Earth-SA (Salu Digby) None None to date
Chameleon Boy of Earth-SA (Reep Daggle) None None to date


Time Trapper < > Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #5) (voice only)

Supporting Characters

Koko Adventures in the DC Universe #10 Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #5)
Chuck Taine Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #100 (story #3) Legends of the Legion #1
Tenzil Kem Adventures in the DC Universe #10 < >
Koko of Earth-SA None None to date
One-shot or Untracked Characters:
     unnamed Polynesian babes (2)
     unnamed scientists (at least 4)
     assorted talk show audience members and camera personnel


Brainiac 5’s lab, Legion headquarters Adventures in the DC Universe #10 < >
Brainiac 5’s quarters, Legion headquarters < > None to date
Cafeteria, Legion headquarters Adventures in the DC Universe #10 < >
One-shot or Untracked Locations:
     Legion clubhouse (interior) on Earth-SA
     Nine Worlds Ice Cream Parlor on Earth-SA

Alien Races and Creatures

One-shot or Untracked Races:
     Khundian trawler barnacle


Legion flight ring No appearance; lack of presence noted in story
One-shot or Untracked Items:
     unspecified drink
     model of Astro City city hall
     unspecified kitchen appliances

1. Earth-SA = “Silver Age Earth”

Analysis Notes

General Boyd and Delaney have done previous installments of “The Brainiac Adventures” using Vril Dox in the pages of < > and < >.
As is hopefully obvious, this story is a riff on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, where the lead character (played by Jimmy Stewart) is shown how the world would have been different if he had not existed.  In the end, Stewart’s character decides he wants to live after all.
72:1-2 We can only guess at what sort of an experiment Brainy was working on here.  If the object was at all dangerous — radioactive, for example — he probably had his force-field active to protect him and Koko.
72:5 Violet is behind Brainy’s head.
We will attribute the dialogue balloons left to right to the displayed characters, with the exception of “Can you do…”  Since Live Wire’s mouth is not open, attribute it to Violet.
72:9 You may call him “Clarence”, but we know better.  (“Clarence” was the name of the guardian angel in It’s a Wonderful Life.)
72:10 In a world without Brainiac 5, the flight rings would not have been invented.  (Well, that’s not necessarily true: in the preboot, Mon-El was responsible for them, or at least for the metal they were made of.)
73:4 The building in the moon globe in the foreground appears to be the Astro City city hall.  Curious.
73:6 The local version of Light Lass (based on the skirt color matching Lightning Lad’s short pants) is partially hidden by Brainiac 5.  Based on Duo Damsel sitting on Bouncing Boy’s lap — something which occurred only after Computo killed one of her bodies in the preboot continuity — this would be Light Lass rather than the earlier Lightning Lass.
The Legionnaires all appear to be kids, even younger than the teens they would normally be.  While this is a direct play on Brainy’s comments in 72:7, might it also indicate some encounter (perhaps with Glorith) which Brainy would have been able to resolve and restore them to their correct ages?
Attribute the Legionnaires’ dialogue left to right, to Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, Light Lass, and Duo Damsel.
74:1 It is certainly possible that the inclusion of Brainiac 5 in the Legion injected a friction into the Legion which would have prevented this sort of a kid’s club atmosphere.  It’s even more possible that Brainy believes such.
74:2 That would be the Nine Worlds Ice Cream Parlor.
74:3 Attribute the dialogue to Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Duo Damsel, and Cosmic Boy.
74:4-5 Ah, the Legion of Super-Pets.  But including Cheezy the Super-Gerbil?
74:5 Those solid blue eyes on Lightning Lad: now he’s from Arrakis, not Winath?
Since Streaky had a lightning bolt on his side, that dialogue should be attached to Lightning Lad, which leaves Cosmic Boy with a magnogerbil, presumably.
75:2 The Time Trapper, er, “Clarence” is holding open his cloak to use it as a screen of sorts.  The image of the Trapper and Koko counts as a single panel.
Barring future indications otherwise, this fits with the known facts about Koko — well, except for the band of white monkeys in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #94 — and will be considered as an accurate origin for him.
75:4 Koko O’Brien, maybe?
75:5 Brainy picked up one thing from 20th century television, it seems.
76:2-5 These panels were apparently drawn by Adam Hughes and inked by Ron Boyd.
76:5 So, did Brainy really experience his meeting with “Clarence”, or was it a dream caused by drinking Tenzil’s concoction?  Although the option is there that this was just a dream — as withIt’s a Wonderful Life — the presence of the Time Trapper marks this as probably an authentic “timeslip”, parallel to those in < >, < >, and < >/< >.