Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when California hadnâ€™t become a state, and Spain ruled via governors and magistrates.Â Gold is about to make land owners very rich, and corruption runs rampant.Â Who will protect the innocents of the land? Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free, Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z!
Or – “When The Girl Next Door Comes From Another Dimension…” In our Hero Histories to date, we’ve seen martyrs and martinets, rockmen and rubber boys, 12th level geniuses and 20th century rejects, but today’s Hero History subject is one of the most relatable of the various Legionnaires throughout the years.Â Her story isÂ very familiar, a girl from a good family who leaves home and ends up bonding with a kid from the wrong side of the tracks.Â Her story becomes inextricably intertwined with that of her longtime beau, encompassing one of the Legion’s longest-running and most successful romances, and
My first introduction to witnessing an event as it took place was the Civil War/Infinite Crisis year. Back then, I was a little bit younger, and apparently I didnâ€™t mind the mass of books that you had to buy to keep up with what was happening. I was blissfully unaware of the sheer greed that went with such an event and the need to tie-in as much as humanly possible to make as much money. So when I saw the Secret Invasion banner on top of my X-Factor this past week, I was crestfallen. Not entirely surprised, just disappointed.
Or – “That’s Right…Â Sandy Makes The Cut, Atmos Doesn’t.Â My Rules, I Make ‘Em Up.” When making my final, official, multi-reality, complete roster of the Legion of Super Heroes, I ran afoul of a few conundrums.Â Â Should I count one-issue plot devices like Command Kid or Dynamo Boy as LSHers?Â Should I treat the post-reboot Umbra, Leviathan, Alchemist, et al as separate entities from the pre-Crisis Shadow Lass, Colossal Boy, and Element Lad? Could I give the likes of Chemical King or Monstress, with their short tenures, the same kind of gravitas that I hope to impart to Mon-El
Or – “Finally, We Find Out What The Deal Is With “That Little Spaceship Guy!” The Legion of Super-Heroes, throughout the decades, has taken influence from a lot of sources, and oftenÂ those influences have hadÂ as much in common with Star Trek and it’s ilk as itÂ has hadÂ with the Justice League or the Avengers.Â CertainlyÂ the 30th century setting of the team has allowed the Legion to haveÂ had more non-human members (Blok, Tellus, Gates, even Dawnstar and Wildfire are quite obviously NOT your average super-goober) than any other super-team, and today’s entrant is one of the most inhuman of all.Â Gates may
Or – “More Than Just The Kid Brother…” One of the things that really sets the Legion of Super-Heroes apart from other books, historically speaking, was the fact that the characters were allowed to age. As the teens of the Legion grew up, they paired off, married, reproduced, and had lives. Unlike most comic characters, the Legionnaires were allowed to organically grow and change. So, it was natural that, eventually, even the founding members would leave the team. But when Legion founder Cosmic Boy retired, another ferromagnetic hero stepped into the fray to replace him, and found his path to
Or – “The Fair Witch Project.” The Legion of Super-Heroes covers a lot of different takes on heroism, but the one thing that they all seem to share is the affinity for science.Â From the “ultra-energy” that imbues Jo Nah, to Wildfire‘s transformation to pure antimatter, to the accident that empowered Lighting Lass and her brother, theÂ vagaries of scienceÂ (or at least the strange comic book version thereof) have served as the origin of many Legionnaires.Â Indeed, with the bright and shiny future setting, that’s as it should be.Â So today’s Historical subject is an anomaly from the get-go, holding the