Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #3

Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #3 cover

Date:

(May) 2000

Title:

(none)

Plot:

Omen struggles against Universo’s control, but to no avail.  Out in space, Saturn Girl and Starfire have made a deal with Blackfire to help them against Universo and Brother Blood.  On Winath and Earth, the Legionnaires manage to sabotage Universo’s plans and free Flash, Troia, and Arsenal from his control, but they fail with Tempest, who takes out the team sent to Atlantis.  Tensions run high between Universo and Brother Blood.  Arriving on Earth, Saturn Girl and Starfire take out Earth’s defense systems, only to have Blackfire renege on their deal — because she was working with Universo all along.

Credits:

Dan Jurgens (Writer) • Dan Jurgens / Phil Jimenez (Artists) • Comicraft (Letterer) • Chris Ivy / Larry Stucker “(Special Thanks” [Art Assist]) • Tom McCraw (Colorist) • Mike McAvennie (Editor) • Dan Jurgens / Phil Jimenez / Richard and Tanya Horie (Cover) • SJI Associates (Logo Design)


CHANGE HISTORY

Date of Change
Content of Change
04/13/00
Posted
04/19/00
Notes update to 6:3
06/15/00
Tracking updates from Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Name corrections
Notes updates to General, 5:4, 7:2, 7:5, 8:1, 10:4, 11, 27:3, 28:3, 33:3-4, 34, 35:4-5, and 40:3
03/28/01
Removed "Earth-U" designation and revised footnote accordingly
Typo correction

Tinted cells and text indicate missing or incomplete information.

Character and Object Tracking

         

Name

Previous Appearance

Next Appearance

Heroes (footnote #1)

Cosmic Boy (Rokk Krinn) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashbacks to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Chameleon (Reep Daggle)
     (also appears as a Crystan)
Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Spark (Ayla Ranzz) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Live Wire (Garth Ranzz) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Invisible Kid (Lyle Norg) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Brainiac 5.1 (Querl Dox) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Kinetix (Zoe Saugin) Appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
M’Onel (Lar Gand) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Element Lad (Jan Arrah) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Ultra Boy (Jo Nah) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Kid Quantum II (Jazmin Cullen) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Ferro (Andrew Nolan) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Umbra (Tasmia Mallor) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Gates (Ti’julk Mr’asz) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Leviathan II (Salu Digby) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Star Boy (Thom Kallor) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Triad (Luornu Durgo) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Karate Kid (Val Armorr) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Thunder (Cece Beck) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Monstress (Candi Pyponte-Le Parc III) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Apparition (Tinya Wazzo-Nah) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
 
Omen (Lilith Clay) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to the 20th century, to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1, and to between Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and this issue
Nightwing (Dick Grayson) Appears in flashback to the 20th century
Jesse Quick (Jesse Chambers) Appears in flashback to the 20th century
Starfire (Princess Koriand’r) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Flash III (Wally West) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashbacks to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 and to between Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and this issue
Troia (Donna Troy) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashbacks to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 and to between Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and this issue
Argent (Toni Monetti) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashbacks to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 and to between Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and this issue
Arsenal (Roy Harper) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashbacks to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 and to between Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and this issue
Tempest (Garth) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashbacks to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 and to between Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 and this issue

Villains

Universo (Sarmon Ardeen) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback toTitans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2
 
Brother Blood Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Also appears in flashback to the 20th century and to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Blackfire (Queen Komand’r) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
 
One-shot or Untracked Villains (Earth-U):
     Acolytes of Brother Blood (20th century: 3; 30th century: 3)
     Atlantean guards (footnote #2) (3)

Supporting Characters

President R.J. Brande None in this timeline None to date; severed timeline
Leland McCauley No appearance; mention only
Devil-Fish Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
 
X’hal No appearance; mention only
 
One-shot or Untracked Characters (Earth-U):
     assorted Winathians
     unnamed Winath Tech Chief
     spaceport technicians (4)
     Atlantean citizens (at least 5, including a mermaid)
     assorted Metropolis citizens
     assorted United Planets personnel

Locations

Braal No appearance; mention only
Winath (and a moon) None in this timeline None to date; severed timeline
Cargg No appearance; mention only
Aarok No appearance; mention only
Orando No appearance; mention only
Imsk No appearance; mention only
Kathoon No appearance; mention only
Pyrrhic Region None None to date; severed timeline
Earth Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 None to date; severed timeline
Bgztl No appearance; mention only
Vyrga No appearance; mention only
 
Great Pyramids, Egypt Appears in flashback to the 20th century and to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Cairo (30th century) In flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1
Pacific Ocean In flashback to Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2
United Planets Government Center (interiors and exterior), Metropolis Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 None to date; severed timeline
Legion Outpost (exterior) In unspecified flashback
Winath’s Command Central (interior) None in this timeline None to date; severed timeline
Metropolis Spaceport None in this timeline None to date; severed timeline
Legion Bunker, Europe None Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Atlantis None in this timeline Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
President Brande’s office, United Planets Government Center Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 None to date; severed timeline
 
One-shot or Untracked Locations (Earth-U):
     cryogenic chamber
     cell blocks, Winath
     Geothermal tap backup station, Atlantis

Alien Races and Creatures

Tamaranian No appearance; mention only
H’san Natall No appearance; mention only

Technology

Hydra computer No appearance; mention only
Encyclopedia Galactica Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 None to date; severed timeline
Blackfire’s ship (interior and exterior) Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 None to date; severed timeline
Blackfire’s armada None Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
neural blocks None Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
image inducer None in this timeline None to date; severed timeline
Earth-UI force-field prison cells None in this timeline Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
transuits None in this timeline Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #4
Maverick One (Tamaranian ship) None None to date; severed timeline
One-shot or Untracked Items (Earth-U):
     Brother Blood’s staff
     fuel pod
     Titanian ship
     Tamaranian K’hor staves
     Universal Commodities
     Winathian ship
     assorted rifles and handguns
     sensor cams
     holographic communication system
     telepathy amplification equipment
     Earth Trak Daily
     Bgztl-capable cruisers
     Atlantean sea cruiser
     satellite defense system computers

1. This issue occurs in an alternate timeline created by the defeat of the Titans in the 20th century (or rather, segregated off by the actions of the Saturn Girl and Omen from that timeline).  We will call that timeline Earth-U, but that will not be explicitly mentioned in the tracking in the name of saving space.

2. Acting as Villains due to Universo’s direct control of them. Most citizens, although under Universo’s control, are not actively acting counter to the Legion.

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Analysis Notes

General All characters and situations in this issue are the Earth-U versions.
2:2 The figure being killed in the background is Jesse Quick.  (Although it appears to be male and would thus be Damage, Damage was at nowhere near Nightwing in Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1 when Brother Blood’s beam struck him.
2:3-4, 3:1 That Omen is seen in the 20th century memories in what is apparently her own memory may be foreshadowing to the cliffhanger of the issue.  That doesn’t explain her being seen in 3:4, however.
3:1 That is Nightwing’s corpse.
3:2 This image of Brother Blood is presumably from Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1.
3:4 While ostensibly the cryogenics chamber under the pyramids seen in Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #1, the table here looks nothing like the machines the Titans were held in.
4:1 This flashback is to the depths of the Pacific Ocean, near Hawai’i.
4:2 This is a fuel pod on Titan.
4:3 This ship is the Titanian one used by Saturn Girl and Starfire to escape from Titan.  It was never seen in conjunction with the Legion Outpost.
5:1 This is the interior of the United Planets Government Center.  This scene occurs between the previous issue and this one; two weeks have passed, per 8:3.
5:2 This image of Universo is presumably from Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2.
5:4 Omen’s “peace sign” earrings are a leftover bit of costuming referencing the Titans’ hip, swinging origins from the 1960s.  (Actually, Troia’s current outfit echoes the go-go outfits of the late 1960s, too.  Combine that with it being a riff on Star Boy’s 1970s costume and the other go-go inspired Legion outfits, and your brain really starts to hurt.)
6:1 Lilith has always had a bit of mystery to her.
6:3 Braal, Winath, Cargg, Aarok, and Orando: the home planets of Cosmic Boy, Live Wire and Spark, Triad, XS, and Sensor.
Imsk and Kathoon: the home planets of Leviathan and Night Girl.
6:4 Note that the purpose of “the code” is left unstated.  It is probably a planetary defense system code; using it would enable Blackfire’s ships to swoop in on any United Planets world.
7:2 Since when is terraforming Brande’s “business”?  We have seen him involved with transportation (stargates) in the postboot, and his first fortune was lost in the preboot, with his second being built on the creation of stars (which is related to terraforming, perhaps).  Perhaps his fortune was built on slightly different ground in the Earth-U timeline.
7:5 It undoubtedly changes in case of just such an emergency.
Why the grife would such a computer be based on Winath, of all places?  (It’s an agricultural world.)  Colu would seem the more likely candidate.  (But in an alternate timeline, who knows?)
8:1 The naming of the Pyrrhic Region would probably have to do with some near-fatal victory akin to that of Pyrrhus on Earth.
The Tamaranians became nomads in the wake of the destruction of their first and second homeworlds.
9:1 Princess Komand’r was a sickly child, unable to process solar power, and was thus passed over as heir to the throne of Tamaran in favor of her younger sister, Koriand’r.  This slight led her to sell out Tamaran to the Citadel, and resulted in both princesses being experimented on my the Psions, granting them solar burst powers beyond the normal flight abilities of all Tamaranians.
9:2 The staves must not do much real damage (at least at their current settings); the blast is probably more compressed gas than energy.
9:5 In this panel, Komand’r truly does look much older than Koriand’r, if not a full 1000 years and then some.
10:4 Universo has been capable of holding entire planets under his sway in the preboot..  His “amplification system” here may simply be Brother Blood.
11 The armada has presumably just recently joined Blackfire’s ship.  It would seem, then, that Blackfire’s incursion into the Cillotine Sector in Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2 was cloaked and otherwise not legal.  She then took Saturn Girl’s ship on board and fled the system at high speed.  Knowing that Blackfire is in league with Universo, this means she may have been tracking Saturn Girl’s ship after it left Titan and intercepted it, rather than this chance meeting occurring; whether the Legion’s plan was known to Universo and countered or if Universo adjusted his plans to deal with Saturn Girl remains unknown.
12:2 Tamaran II was destroyed by the Sun-Eater at the start of The Final Night.  There have apparently been no other adopted homeworlds in the intervening millennium.
12:4 Universo is obviously blocking telepathic transmissions to/from Earth . It’s possible as well, since Imra can’t “read” Komand’r, that Saturn Girl has been less than forward about any contact she has been able to make, just in case.
13:1 Surely Winath has two moons.
13:2 “Crystan”: probably a rank, like “Captain”.
13:4-14:1 Spark and Live Wire must have been wearing holographic image inducers.
14:1 The Legionnaires are wearing “neural blocks” (possibly related to the psi-screens first mentioned in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #0, but these are larger, visible devices; they need to block Universo rather than just standard telepathic probes, after all).
Chameleon’s comment may be accurate, but the differential for the short period he has had to pose as the Crystan should be minimal.  With a broad enough palette of organic forms to draw from in the galaxy, producing plastic and metal appearances should be no problem.
15:2 Flash would still be faster than two lighting projectors, but Garth and Ayla can work their powers in concert, making something greater than the sum of the parts.
16:1-2 Note that Flash is loosening Cham’s hold by vibrating in place.  Barry Allen could have vibrated through Chameleon’s body, but Wally West can only do that if he wants something to explode immediately thereafter, which he won’t do to a living being even while being controlled by Universo.
16:3 It has been two weeks since Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2; plenty of time for the Titans to be fully up to speed on who’s who in the Legion of Super-Heroes.
18:2 Donna is referring to her repeated lives induced by Dark Angel, and about Wally’s memories of Donna being used to recreate her into her current existence.
18:3 Between this issue, Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2, and Legion Lost #2, “squaj” has apparently become the default “correct” spelling.
So where’s Invisible Kid?  (Maybe he’s invisible?)
19:2 “Free me from Hell and I’ll give you Earth to rule once I conquer the universe.”  Isn’t that how this schtick is supposed to go?
It’s almost certain that Universo is controlling Blood just like he did the Titans.  (Which thus may set up Universo’s defeat, if the Titans and the Legion can turn Blood and Blackfire away from Universo.)
19:3 It has been two weeks since Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2; plenty of time for the Titans to be fully up to speed on who’s who in the Legion of Super-Heroes.
22:1 In the preboot, Bgztl was in another dimension, vibrationally separate from but existing in the same space as Earth.  L.E.G.I.O.N. #< > indicates that it is still extra-dimensional, but not in the same space as Earth.  These ships must be equipped with mechanisms which will shift them out of normal space and into Bgztlian.
22:3-24 Nice coloring effect for Umbra’s powers, and it sets off Gates’ very well.
23:3 She is hard to see in Umbra’s darkness, but Vi is leaping off Arsenal’s crossbow here.
24:1 Vi must get a significant amount of invulnerability with her size increase, to be able to smash metal objects like this.
27:3 The significance of “168 feet” is not clear; it is a little over 51 meters.  He was imprisoned beneath the surface of Titan as a child, so maybe it is simply that 150 feet or so of rock ensures that Universo cannot detect their presence.  (Perhaps this chamber is under Paris, and this is some sort of a Phantom of the Opera reference?)
28:3 The comments about Atlantis extending its domain to the surface may reflect events occurring in Aquaman at the time this story was published, perhaps not coincidentally also written by Dan Jurgens (and Phil Jimenez wrote and drew an earlier Tempest mini-series).
29:3 Kid Quantum must have had to drop the screen to allow Tinya to go far enough away from her to do her task.  (Basically, this is Tinya’s mission, with the other three along to protect he and distract opponents.)
30:1 Tinya’s comment explains why Tempest was directly at this station.
30:5 Tinya presumably has to go to a separate building to enter the permanent shutdown locks.
31:2 Thunder was probably trying to place a neural block on Tempest, but misjudged his speed.
31:4 It’s about time Thunder started fighting back against the Titans!
33:3-4 It isn’t clear whether the mermaid knows of the Devil-Fish and really does think of it as a friend, if she merely senses its presence and then is surprised by its actual form when she looks at it, or if she senses a presence but never actually sees it.
33:5 Sigh.  If ever there were a character one would expect to think in broken English, the Devil-Fish would be one.
34 Um, er, Atlantis is in the Atlantic Ocean, but the Devil-Fish saved Cosmic Boy and Argent in the mid-Pacific (near Hawai’i).  It must be a very fast swimmer, or else it has managed to move them two of them to a cave in the Atlantic.
34:3 Augh!  It even speaks perfect English (or Interlac)!
35:1 The Devil-Fish probably used its powers to break Universo’s control.
35:4-5 Rokk and Toni have had two weeks to get to know each other.  Dang, once the Cosmic Reset Button gets pushed on this timeline, there goes another relationship for Cos down the drain.  At this rate, he’ll be heading back to Braal and magnoskater Sinde Paller.  Where’s Lydda when you need her?
36:1 This is presumably a Tamaranian ship.
Vyrga is Gates’ homeworld.
36:3 There is some sort of a sexism involved here, that all female human acolytes of Brother Blood wear these wimples.  (Nothing new, though, just part of the Blood character design.)
37:3 None of these are recognizable (tracked) 30th century races.
37:4 Imra doesn’t know that they are wearing neural blockers, and she probably cannot penetrate to the sub-European chamber.
40:3 Recall that Imra presumably has a Science Police background in this timeline; even outside her Legion knowledge, she may have known details about these systems.
41:1 Martial arts training courtesy of Karate Kid.
42 Metropolis probably just barely managed to repair itself and get back into working order in time for the Blight to arrive.
43:1 Note that Brainy’s computers are limited: Saturn Girl terminated the defense systems.  Oops.
Several days pass during the course of this issue, sufficient time for Chameleon to return from Winath.
43:3 So Imra was a little suspicious.  Will it turn out that she took some precautions?
44 That gold-plated “kick me here” crotch guard has got to go!
45:1 Duh!
X’hal is the Tamaranian mother goddess, empowered by Psion experiments.
45:5 Man, that’s one nasty case of “Morning Breath.”
46:1 Note the setup for the inter-villain conflict next issue: both Blackfire and Brother Blood have been promised Earth.
46:2-6 Presumably this is some of the precautions Imra took.
47 These panels are very, very similar to those on page 1 and 2:1-2.  They were probably photocopied from Jurgen’s layouts and inked separately.
47:2 Really bad perspective on that pyramid.
48:4 Time travel, maybe?
General XS appears nowhere in this issue, and Kinetix only appears in flashback.  They must have fallen into whatever limbo Star Boy was in during Titans/Legion of Super-Heroes: Universe Ablaze #2.
Back Cover These images duplicate 5:2, 3:3, and 3:1.
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