Justice League Adventures #28

Justice League Adventures #28 cover


April 2004


“Future Imperfect”
(Cover Title: “Meet the Legion!”)


Ludwig Dyteman rails about technology ruling the world but becomes the victim of an accident which turns him into the living computer virus Kilg%re.  He first sets a series of nuclear missiles to launch, then attacks the Metropolis World’s Fair, splitting the attentions of the Justice League.  He then uses teleportation equipment to open a portal to the 30th century, through which he is pursued by Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, and the Flash.  The Justice Leaguers are taken under the wing of the Legion of Super-Heroes, with Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman being disguised as Legion Reservists, enabling them to trap Kilg%re inside C.O.M.P.U.T.O.  Ludwig surrenders and seemingly deletes himself, and the Leaguers return to the 21st century.


Jason Hall (Writer) • Min S. Ku (Pencils) •Ty Templeton (Inks) • Rob Leigh (Letters) • Tom McCraw (Colors) • Heroic Age (Seps [Separations]) • Stephen Wacker (Editor) • Tom Feister (Cover)


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Analysis Notes

General The Justice League Adventures comic (and television show) does not share continuity with the main DC universe, although it tends to share the same continuity as the other “animated” comics and shows.  (Exception: the Legion issue of Adventures in the DC Universe meshed with the normal DC Universe continuity and diverges from that of the animated appearance of the characters.)  As such, while there are Legion-related events and characters in the shows, analysis of those tends toward how they contrast with the main continuity.
Cover The cover is uncredited, but it is by Tom Fesiter.  Fesiter and Tony Harris were doing the covers of The Legion at the same time as this issue, using a similar style.
2:4 In the main DC Universe, Kilg%re was originally a Flash villain, an alien electro-mechano-organic intelligence.  It did not have a human face like this.
2:5 Fort Bridwell is named for comics writer E. Nelson Bridwell.
3:1 Flying a load of nuclear missiles into the sun?  Wasn’t this the plot for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace?
3:2 Batman’s comment must imply that there’s more missiles and other equipment than Superman would actually be able to handle, that some of them would end up hitting Metropolis.  That is, that Superman failing poses too large of a risk for anything but a final gambit.
5:2 Well, the kid wanted “faster”, didn’t he?
6:1 Spell it?  How do you pronounce it?!
8:1 In the preboot, Kent Shakespeare was a doctor infected by a supervirus which gave him superpowers, and he joined the Legion as Impulse.  (No relation to Bart Allen.)  He also, as in 8:2, bore a strong resemblance to Clark Kent.
8:2 Interlac: “kent shakespeare”
8:3 Interlac: “legion of super-heroes”
This “Legionnaire for a Day” contest echoes the preboot “Legion’s Biggest Fan,” so we will dub this character to be Flynt Brojj.
Brainiac 5 is holding an Omnicom.
9:1 These four Legionnaires – Phantom Girl, Kid Quantum, Andromeda, and Brainiac 5 – were all seen in a still image in the animated Superman episode “New Kids in Town,” but have not otherwise appeared in the animated continuity.
Note that Flynt is wearing an outfit similar to that of the Silver Age Colossal Boy.  Since Colossal Boy is not seen in the grouping in 10:3 (nor is Shrinking Violet, who gained his powers in the postboot), Colossal Boy may be dead as in the postboot, and Flynt’s outfit is intentional on the boy’s part.
9:3 Note that Flynt’s reflection in the holovid camera lens isn’t reflected (reversed).  That must be part of the nature of the holovid camera itself.
10:1 In the main DC continuity, Apparition gained the Kitty Pryde-like power to short out technology after her encounter with Deadman (while she was dead), in Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #87.
11:3 Seen here, starting in the lower left, are Chameleon Boy, Phantom Girl, Ultra Boy, Saturn Girl, Andromeda, Cosmic Boy, Dream Girl, Kid Quantum, Shadow Lass, Lightning Lass, Lightning Lad, Bouncing Boy, Triplicate Girl (name confirmed in 13:3), and Brainiac 5.  All have been seen before now in the animated continuity (although Shadow Lass was only in a cameo); codenames for a couple of the characters are presumed.
12:2 The Justice League met the Daxamite freedom fighters in Justice League Adventures #3.
12:3 Encyclopedia Galactica has a long history as the premiere reference guide to the 30th century.
13:2 Hawkgirl’s comment is a reference to Brainiac 5 making comments just like Spock would on Star Trek.
13:3 This is Shvaughn Erin, Science Police liaison to the Legion.  (“Shvaughn” is an Anglicized spelling of the name “Siobahn”.)
13:5 The postboot Brainiac 5 had issues with being called by the nickname “Brainy” for a while, too, but he got over it.
14:2 C.O.M.P.U.T.O. uses the appearance of the Silver Age Computo the Conqueror, but the spelling of the postboot version.
14:3 In the preboot, Computo did kill one of Triplicate Girl’s bodies.  In the postboot, C.O.M.P.U.T.O. possessed one of Triad’s bodies.
In the preboot, Brainiac 5 tried to reprogram Computo.  The first attempt failed (and Computo possessed Danielle Foccart for a while), but a later attempt succeeded.
14:4 Titan being the homeworld of Legionnaire Saturn Girl.
14:5 These are, of course, Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl, in the costumes of the preboot Laurel Kent (a Manhunter robot posing as a descendant of Superman) and Dawnstar (a winged mutant).  The coincidence is too great that these random costumes would just happen to get put together, so Laurel and Dawnstar must exist in this continuity, probably as students at the Legion Academy.  (In fact, in the preboot, Laurel and Dawnstar were roommates at the Academy, making this that much more plausible.)
15:1 The proscription on Green Lanterns is another holdover from the preboot, caused by the Green Lantern Vidar (who later became Universo) using the Time Institute in an attempt to reproduce Krona’s experiment to view the origin of the universe, and the havoc that caused.  In the postboot, the Green Lantern Corps no longer exists, but a band of pirates uses the name.
15:3 At the time this issue came out, in the main DC Universe we were seeing the edges of a potential romance between Batman and Wonder Woman.
16:1 Does Hawkgirl’s reaction to love relate to why she is on Earth alone, with no Hawkman to accompany her?
16:4 It’s not clear whether Kilg%re sees through the disguises or whether he is just assuming that any heroes he faces must be attached to the Justice League.  Per 15:6, he is definitely aware of those present as individuals on some level.
17:2 “Sin against nature” (usually rendered as “crime against nature”) would refer to the “unnatural” pairing of man (Kilg%re) with machine.
17:5-6 Glowing green things always give Superman a major headache.
18:1 Keep him from going back the way he came…
18:3 Keep him from escaping anywhere else…
18:4 …And hit him hard.
Phantom Girl’s phasing power must created a localized electromagnetic pulse.
20:1 Like when they serve the story?  Actually, Brainy has told them a very limited piece of info: he hasn’t said what the disease is, what the technology is, or how long before it will be used to save Ella.  Could be days after her diagnosis, could be years.
20:2 If anyone could physically put his hand on Kilg%re’s shoulder like this, it would be the Flash, with his vibrating powers.
20:4 Kilg%re isn’t actually creating a physical CD to give to the Flash. Rather, he must be using Brainy’s equipment (or Green Lantern’s power ring) to put the necessary code onto the physical item.
21:1 Trophies in the background are the Starfinger armor, Lightning Lad’s robot arm, and a jetpack (used by the Legionnaires before the creation of flight rings).  And a statue of Superboy, which the Justice League members seem to be completely ignoring.
It’s a good thing Brainy has made improvements, because the original Cosmic Treadmill acted by setting up internal vibrations in those who used it, and when those vibrations were stopped, the person would “snap back” to their original time.  Which would mean the Justice Leaguers would return to the 30th century, since that’s where the vibrations would have been set.
Time travel being illegal is an invention of the postboot continuity, where President Chu wanted to prevent anyone from using time travel to depose her from office in the past.
21:4-6 Fortunately, the Flash can use his superspeed to hasten along other physical actions, such as mounting and reading from a CD.  Otherwise, the amount of time it would take to get the antivirus running would allow the missiles to be launched.
22:3 This presumably is not Marla Latham and Saturn Girl, although the character designs are close.
22:4 The text on this screen emulates Interlac, but it doesn’t seem to readable words.
Recall Ludwig’s dream vacation from 1:6