Legionnaires #1,000,000

Legionnaires #1,000,000 cover  
Legionnaires #1,000,000 background graphic
Original background graphic from cover

Date:

November 1998

Title:

“Come Together”

Plot:

After preventing Agent If from destroying first Braal and then its sun, the members of Justice Legion L return to the Common Center to find that whatever solar disaster the Dreamer is envisioning is still pending.  Cosmicbot consults the Wildflame, but before he can make use of any knowledge gleaned, mineral-eating monsters attack.  Cosmicbot loses an arm in the fight, and the Umbra takes off for the Chameleon World, convinced that it is the source of the attack.  Meanwhile, the United Planets is collapsing, so Brainiac 417 travels 1000 years back in time to recruit the Superboy of the 843rd century to help save the worlds.

Credits:

Tom Peyer (Writer) • Sean Phillips (Artist) • Tom McCraw (Colors) • Comicraft (Letters) • Frank Berrios (Assistant Editor) • Mike McAvennie (Editor) • Grant Morrison (“Time Trapper” [advisor / 853rd century creator]) • Pat Garrahy (Frontispiece) • Sean Phillips / Pat Garrahy (Cover [Phillips assumed; unsigned])


CHANGE HISTORY

Date of Change
Content of Change
03/21/00
Posted
03/23/00
Tracking updates from Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
02/08/01
Notes addition: Cover
Added background graphic

Tinted cells and text indicate missing or incomplete information.


Character and Object Tracking

         

Name

Previous Appearance

Next Appearance

Heroes

Brainiac 417 None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
The M’Onelves None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Titangirl (footnote #1) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Implicate Girl None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
The Chameleon
     (also appears as the coating of a Justice Legion L cruiser and as a ball)
None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Cosmicbot None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Wildflame (footnote #2) (“Drake Burroughs”)
     (also appears as ERG-1 (footnote #3) and Wildfire)
Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7 Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Also appears in flashbacks to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81, to after Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7, and to the 843rd century
The Dreamer None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
The Umbra None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
 
Thunder (Cece Beck) In flashback to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81
Star Boy (Thom Kallor) In flashback to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81
Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) In flashback to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81
Chameleon (Reep Daggle) In flashback to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) In flashback to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81
Superboy (20th century) No appearance; mention only
 
< > (Carggite) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7 None to date
Membrain Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7 None to date
< > (Braalian) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7 None to date
< > (avian) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7 None to date
< > (avian) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7 None to date
 
Superboy (843rd century) (Cris Kend) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
 
One-shot or Unnamed Heroes:
     unidentified Superboys (6)

Villains

Agent If None None; ceases to exist in this issue

Supporting Characters

Zelk (officer/professor) None None to date
Snura (Zelk’s spouse) No appearance; mention only
Laris Orvo (Carggite pilot) No appearance; mention only
Seltoru Ergo (Carggite tri-rodeo rider) No appearance; mention only
 
One-shot or Untracked Characters:
     unnamed Braalian officer/professor
     unnamed children of Zelk and Snura
     unnamed 843rd century students (5)

Locations

Colu-Bgztl None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Daxam-Imsk None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Cargg (853rd century) Not seen directly
Titan (853rd century) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Chameleon World None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Talok VIII (853rd century) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Braal (853rd century) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Naltor (853rd century) No appearance; mention only
 
Legion Outpost Cullen (exterior) In flashback to between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81
Common Center (interior) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Science Asylum No appearance; mention only
 
One-shot or Untracked Locations:
     Braal’s sun
     unnamed Daxam-Imsk city
     unnamed Cargg city
     unnamed Titan nursing home
     unnamed Chameleon World city
     unnamed Talok city
     unnamed Braalian sky cities
     unnamed Earth city (843rd century)
     tesseract schoolhouse

Alien Races and Creatures

Bgztlian No appearance; mention only
Coluan No appearance; mention only
Colu-Bgztlian None None to date
Imskian No appearance; mention only
Daxamite No appearance; mention only
Daxam-Imskians None None to date
Titanians (853rd century) None Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
 
One-shot or Untracked Races:
     mineral-eating monsters (5)

Technology

Tesseract None in Legion books Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000
Gravcar (853rd century) None None to date
Wildflame sarcophagus None None to date
 
One-shot or Untracked Items:
     Realitoy
     Controlin (chemical)
     Braalian sun’s central processors
     Justice Legion L cruiser
     naviguider
     843rd century robot teacher

1. While Titangirl is revealed as a villain in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #1,000,000, she acts as a hero here, and is listed as such.

2. Although not mentioned in the Roll Call, the Wildflame and the Dreamer are counted as Justice Legion L members here.

3. Actually, “Drake” didn’t adopt the “ERG-1” name until Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #125, but close enough.

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Analysis Notes

Cover The background graphic was created by Pat Garrahy of Ojo Caliente Production Studios.  Their website labels this the “Legionaires [sic] Space” and says “The space backgrounds were the most fun!”
1 “Come Together” is the title of a Beatles song.
Brainiac 417’s dialog here matches that on page 22, making this entire issue something of a flashback.
The planets seen here are Colu-Bgztl (upper-left), Daxam-Imsk (center right), Braal and its sun (center), Chameleon World (lower left), Talok VIII (lower right), and Titan (center, above Braal).  Cargg exists in tesseract space.
The mechanical connection between Daxam and Imsk seen here must link the two planets’ polar regions.
2:4 The three-sailed building here has echoes of the Sydney Opera House.
3:1 It isn’t clear whether the entire population of Titan is bedridden from some disease, or if they have chosen as a race to exist in this state.
3:2 While intended to invoke Durla, the Chameleon World could be unknown in the 30th century.
3:3 This juxtaposition of lack of evolution (as a society) with religious fundamentalism is scathing.
4:2 Agent If is the latest in a long series of characters with meta-powers — the power to have powers.  Compare to Duplicate Boy (the power to have others powers), Nemesis Kid (the power to have better powers than others), and the Quiz (the power to have powers foes haven’t thought of).
4:4 Controlin may be a substance that knocks people out, or it might be a metallic-based chemical that allows Braalian’s to use their powers on non-metallic objects and beings.
5:1 Note the color change indicating the reality shift.
5:2 “Our world”: Agent If is a Braalian; the helmet covers his enlarged cranium.
5:3 The swarm of M’Onelves echoes the preboot Superman Emergency Squad, composed of Kandorians.
8:5 So what good is he as a member of the Justice Legion L?
10:1, 10:3 The Dreamer is dreaming of Sol, and of Vandal Savage and Solaris’ plan to kill Superman-Prime with the Knight Fragment (kryptonite) when he emerges from the sun.
11:2 It isn’t clear what this “argument” is. Possibly just that the Wildflame — the remnants of Wildfire — cause Cosmicbot intense pain, pain which may someday kill him.
12:2 “Million generations” is a reference to DC One Million; 85,271 is ostensibly the year that the one millionth issue of Action Comics would be published (if it had been monthly starting from issue #1).
This scene occurs between Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #124 and Legionnaires #81, after “Legion of the Damned,” when ERG-1 (actually, just “Drake Burroughs” at the time) was assisting the Legion, but before Thunder and Star Boy left.  This Legion Outpost is thus the second one, Outpost Cullen.
12:3 This occurs after the events scene in Legion of Super-Heroes Annual v4 #7.
12:4 These are members of the Legion of Superboys.
13:3 The geography of this 843rd century Earth is very close to that of the 20th century version.  Some maps in between have show different geographies, but 80,000 years of time and superheroes can change a lot.  (Heck, in the preboot, Earth was destroyed and a parallel universe version replaced it.  This may not even be the same Earth as in the 20th or 30th centuries.)
15:3 Definite Kirby influence on these monsters.
16:2 Could the Umbra have connections to Negative Man/Negative Woman/Rebus?
16:3 It isn’t quite clear here, but the Umbra is flying out the hole in the Common Center’s roof.
17:2 This passion for threes goes a bit far: three-time champion, three times flying through a sun.  What it actually means is that Ergo only won the tri-rodeo once, but each self won, so it is three championships.
18:4 A Legionnaire losing an arm is a recurrent theme.
19:3 A bit co-dependent, aren’t we, Umbra?
21:2 “Bottleworlds”: a reference to Kandor.
21:3-4 A short-circuited riff on the “Hi, Superboy” schtick played in Adventure Comics #247.
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