NEW! Gimme a Like: Cosmic Teams @ Facebook!
Follow me on Twitter!

RECENT ARTICLES

19 October 2014

Helena is forced to take down the Earth-One counterpart of her own mother. From Batman Family #17 (1978); art by Don Heck.

The Original Catwoman and Her Daughter, the Huntress!

Here's another profile fashioned form the clay of Aaron Severson's Golden Age Batman Chronology (also read the recently completed Earth-Two Robin). When I realized that there was enough in there to also write up the original Catwoman, I decided that the two of them went well together in one massive story.

The Huntress was originally created as the Earth-Two daughter of Batman and Catwoman. The character was popular enough to sustain a backup feature in Wonder Woman for over four years (arguably keeping that title afloat). After Crisis on Infinite Earths, those people and that Earth no longer existed, but the character itself proved popular enough to survive. » READ MORE… 

» SEE ALSO: Read about Blackwing, the obscure character from the Huntress' Wonder Woman backup.

17 October 2014

Val owns his role as the champion of the house of El. From Earth 2 #26 (2014); art by Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott.

Val-Zod, the New Superman of Earth 2!

What a difference it is, writing a profile for a character who's been around less than a year.

Catch up now before Earth 2: World's End heats up! (By the way, the first issue of that series is so good.)

"About 45 years ago, on the planet Krypton, two pacifist scientists from the house of Zod were executed for their radical beliefs. The scientists' young son, Val-Zod was taken in by Jor-El and his wife Lara. When he was young, Val met the El's niece, Kara Zor-El, whose parents had also died by this point..." »  READ MORE… 

12 October 2014

Robin joins the Justice Society. From Justice League of America #55 (1967); art by Mike Sekowsky and Sid Greene.

The Original Robin!

Another great undertaking, but well worth the effort. I recently reconnected with Aaron Severson, whose research is the foundation of my JSA and Legion chronologies. I now also house his Golden Age Batman Chronology. Folks, if reading timelines isn't your bag, reading this timline is different. It's great fun for a comics geek because its detail makes it read like prose.

I realized that it was prime fodder for forming a series of JSA related profiles. The first of these is Robin the Boy Wonder! This was a lot of fun and you'll find lots of great moments in artwork from his history. I think it's a very overlooked piece of Bat-history.

Check back for updates in other related Golden Age Batman family!

Also: Need New Wallpaper?

7 October 2014

Fate's first appearance with the unexplained half-helmet. From More Fun Comics #72 (1941); art by Howard Sherman.

Doctor Fate!

Wow this was an undertaking! I'm not sure what set me on this road but I think I was trying to complete the Silver Scarab profile and I tried to access the old "Immortal Doctor Fate" web site (which is only accessed via Wayback now). The site went down a long time ago, so I took the liberty of picking up Andrew Bistak's material and tarting it up for profiles here.

These profiles might still benefit from some supporting images, but they're in good shape. Also, Doc Fate plays a major role in this month's The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes. It's a great take on the Golden Age, so you should check it out!

There have been many Fates:

30 September 2014

Cosmic Teams on Facebook!

Even though you can contact me here, hardly anyone does :(

For this reason, I'm experimenting with using Facebook to make that easier. I'd like to make it easier for people to discuss the articles that I update, and give opinions on the new stuff like Earth 2, or Legion matters past and present, or also to make it easier to give me any feedback or corrections I might need to make. I'm on Twitter already, but this will be another avenue for promoting new content here.

26 September 2014

Fury, Northwind, and Silver Scarab, after a battle with their parents. From Infinity, Inc. #7 (1984); art by Jerry Ordway and Mike Machlan.

The Fury + Silver Scarab aka Sandman III aka Doctor Fate IV!

This one is juicy! You know, of course, that these are the parents of the current Sandman, right? These characters were put through wringers before their retirement. This is the first of the profiles that covers the legacy of Doctor Fate. Look for massive updates to all those characters soon, as well!

Fury and the Silver Scarab were introduced as second generation heroes of the Justice Society family. Their parents were the Golden Age Wonder Woman and Hawkman, respectively. Fury was introduced just before her future teammates, in Wonder Woman #300 (1983), which was just before Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985). After that series removed Wonder Woman from DC's Golden Age continuity, Fury's origin was retconned to her having a different mother. » READ MORE …

26 September 2014

"Personnel file" for Obsidian. From Infinity, Inc. #6 (1984); art by Mike Machlan.

Obsidian!

I'm combing through all the JSA character profiles in an effort to bring everything up to date—especially the second generation heroes—or at least do them due justice. Check back for more profiles to be added! For now, read about the ups and downs in the life of Obsidian

Obsidian is the son of the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott. He and his twin sister, Jennie-Lynn (Jade), were conceived by Scott and a young woman named Alyx Florin. In truth, Florin suffered from multiple a personality disorder; she was also the former villainess, Rose Canton a.k.a. the Thorn. Not long after the twins were conceived, Rose left Alan without a word. She delivered the children in secret, left them up for adoption, and disappeared. » READ MORE …

2 September 2014

The "Assemblers." From Justice League Europe #16 (1990); art by Bart Sears and Randy Elliot.

Earth-8!

I posted this new article in the features above last week, but I continued to add to it, and reorganize the stuff here on the site. It's pretty well polished now, so if you visited it before, you may want to look again. I realized that the subject of DC/Marvel parody had a lot of meat to it! I cover it in the introduction and while writing, realized that I already had a ton of information in the Obscure Characters section. This included the Crusaders and details about Angor, and I consolidated it with all my existing team articles.

I realized I had never finished reading Countdown Presents: Lord Havok, so I returned to that as well. It was a surprisingly good read today, despite Countdown having been so terrible.

I haven't written up the new Earths-7 and -8 yet but... you can totally go read The Multiversity right now!

What's next? I'd like to move onto some other parallel Earths in this same vein. My other main project is ongoing, the JSA member profiles. What's holding me up is my history of Mister America—including the Golden Age. That much reading takes a ton of time. Warms my heart, though, as it reminds me of the research I put into the Quality Companion.

» SEE: Read about Earth-8!

17 AuguST 2014

New Cosmic Teams!

As you can tell there are some changes going on! The primary focus of this redesign is to make Cosmic Teams a responsive site. Go ahead and try it on your phone to see! My articles were just not easily readable across all platforms.

In the meantime I'm tweaking a lot of design elements, and have added the retractable header up top.

There is a problem with some of the side menus that I need to fix.

I will be taking time to go through every file and optimize for the new site, so don't fret if something still seems weird. I'm moving my way from big to small edits.

Tell me what you think or what you found!

27 JuLY 2014

Multiversity!

Map of the Multiverse

Maybe there's some hope for the DCU yet. They just released this map of the multiverse, and a lot of it is in line with what was established before the New 52! Things such as the Orrery of Worlds were created by Grant Morrison in Final Crisis so it's awesome to see them here now. Newsarama posted this graphic and documented Morrison's comments, which was released at Comicon. I keep my own Map of the Multiverse here, which was compiled from evidence in of 52 and Countdown.

I don't think I'm crazy in thinking that many of those previously defined worlds are represented in this new graphic. It does seem that Earth 0 is the New 52, but sadly, the pre-New 2 universe seems to be gone! Morrison said: "There's nothing that's specifically a "pre-52" universe, but a lot of stories that will remind you of comics you used to read."

Let's step through it shall we?

Earth Description
Earths
Earth-0,
New Earth
Is it the New 52, or pre-New 52? The mainstream DC Universe. The Monitor Zillo Valla also referred to this universe as "universe designate zero" in Superman Beyond #1. This universe also contains an antimatter universe, where the Crime Syndicate live. This is a distinct group from the Crime Society of Earth-3.
Earth-1 Why is it yellow? Weird! DC publishes a series of Earth One graphic novels, which have always been standalone, though.
Earth-2

Looks fairly normal, a "same but different" Earth from Earth 0. The JSA is the preeminent super group. The Huntress is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman. It's continuity matches that of the original Earth-2.

Earth-3 This world was said to have been destroyed by the Anti-Monitor. Looks like it! Where villains always win, led by the Crime Syndicate (which is now again from it's own Earth, not the the antimatter universe). Their number includes the usual Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick.
Earth-4 A cornerstone of Morrison's Multiversity, "Pax Americana, our take on the Chalton characters." Earth-4 has always been Charlton Earth. That vision was amended by Grant Morrison to one "reverse engineered" from the Watchmen. Alan Moore originally based the Watchmen on Charlton heroes, so Grant Morrison in turn modeled his new Earth-4 heroes on the Watchmen. Captain Adam resembles the Watchmen's Dr. Manhattan.
Earths
Earth-5 This world has been mentioned again in the lead up to Multiversity, so hopefully ist's still Fawcett Earth. Described by Morrison as "Thunderworld," with the classic CC Beck style Shazam. Captain Marvel worked with Earth-0's Superman. Modeled on Earth-S in the original multiverse, for the characters acquired from Fawcett Comics.
Earth-6 Changed from its 52 designation, which was pretty nondistinct. Morrison says it's "the Stan Lee "Just Imagine" Universe, and it's directly opposite the Jack Kirby Universe (51).
Earth-7 Ditto. This world's Starwoman won the "Starman bout " in Arena #3.
Earth-8 This one is interesting, it should be, essentially, "Marvel Earth" but this icon makes it look like some kind of Super Friends or cartoony world. Earth is called Angor, home of Lord Havok's Extremists. Modeled after the Marvel universe, and of the planet Angor on New Earth, home of the original Extremists and Justifiers. This universe is overseen by the Monitor Solomon.
Earth-9 "Same but different" Earth. No clues here. Tangent Earth. Hereos bear familiar names, but the similarities end there. Here, Superman is Harvey Dent and he took over the entire planet.
Earths
Earth-10 This looks to be in line with the former Earth X concept, though it's unclear how much it has to do with Quality characters. Earth-10's champion, Overman, fell from Krypton to Earth in Czechoslovakia in 1938 and Nazi scientists used its technology to win the war. Karl Kant (Kal-L) became the guilt-ridden Overman. (Superman Beyond) His "cousin" Overgirl was made from his DNA, as was the Antihuman. They're opposed by the Freedom Fighters. Forerunner fought its heroes once: the Nazi Superman, Brunhilde, Leatherwing, Underwaterman, Hawkgirl, Hawkman and Flash. This world's Ray was killed by Monarch in Arena #4. Modeled on Earth-X in the original multiverse, for the characters acquired from Quality Comics: Uncle Sam, Plastic Man, Phantom Lady, etc.
Earth-11 The icon seems to look "upside down" which could signify the gender swap. A world of reversed genders: Superwoman, Batwoman, etc.
Earth-12

Icon looks flat and "animated," consistent with a Batman Beyond world. Batman Beyond, "the Next Generation." Batman was seen in Countdown #21. Firestorm and Green Lantern in Arena #1. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan Jr.) is one of only seven remaining, the son of Hal Jordan. Both Hals were taken by Monarch to do battle and the elder did not survive. The younger became part of Monarch's army. NOTE: One graphic mistakenly labels the elder Jordan as that of Earth-5.

Earth-13 Icon is darkened, which suggests a carryover from this 52 designation. "World of dark and arcane heroes." This Earth's Eve of Shadows won the "Nightshade battle" in Arena #1, but fled back to her world. In retaliation, Monarch exterminated the entire USA. Her husband, Nathaniel Adam, the Brigadier, survived and was recruited by his counterparts to oppose Monarch in Arena #3. He died along with his other counterparts in #4.
Earth-14 The first mystery world...
Earths
Earth-15 Certainly looks destroyed! Does Superboy Prime still exist?? Destroyed by Superman Prime. An Earth where the Monitor's Challengers (and other "sidekicks") witnessed their own futures, "fully realized." Batman was Jason Todd; Joker and Bruce were dead. They have a young female Atom, Jessica Palmer, 18, graduated from M.I.T. at 8. Zod is Superman. Wonder Woman was Donna Troy and Green Lantern was Kyle Rayner.
Earth-16

This one might seems to be modified slightly from its previous "Super-Sons" designation. Morrison says, "Batman and Superman have already solved all the problems of Earth," and their kids are now left on the world, with superpowers, but there is "seriously nothing to do. Green Arrow (Conner Hawke)'s daughter Arrowette is a Miley Cyrus type and he's trying to stop her getting involved in this stuff. It's a fun book."

Earth-17 A "Halloween" world. This world's Starman was an ape, suggesting a "Planet of the Apes" sort of society as well. He described himself as a peace broker between Kamandi and Ben Boxer. He was killed by the Starman of Earth-48 in Arena #3. It's greatest hero is Superdemon, who fell from Kamelot and was tamed by Jason Blood. NOTES: It's also been shown as home to the Atomic Knights in a world after a "Great Disaster" in 52 #52. That may have been a mistake, as this fate clearly fell to Earth-51, where Countdown's story ended in the Great Disaster.
Earth-18 The Justice Riders are lawmen protecting the Old West. Also tied to DC's western characters, as described by Morrison: ". I thought it'd be more fun to tie those into the history of DC's Western characters, so Johnny Thunder is a Shazam, and Tomahawk is Tomahawkman - we changed them into Superheroes. They're all riding steampunk horses."
Earth-19 Hard to parse this icon: It could be meant to look "steampunk," which would fit the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight bill. Batman is active in the 1880s, where his nemesis was Jack the Ripper. This Batman trained its Blue Beetle and they met the Challengers. Batman was killed by the Batman of Earth-43 in Arena #1.
Earths
Earth-20 The icon is a little "rougher" looking, perhaps made to look like a worn pul novel, in line with its previous designation.. Morrison has talked about this one: "Society of Superheroes, where it's 2014 and they've just come out of a war that was like the Second World War with a lot of zombie fighting. Abin Sur is the Green Lantern of that world, teamed with Lady Blackhawk and Doc Fate. This is consistent with its pre-New 52 designation.
Earth-21

The icon is different from the "normal" Earths. . DC: The New Frontier: The Cold War has just ended and a new era of heroism is dawning. Monarch killed its Steve Trevor when recruiting Wonder Woman.

Earth-22 Are there holes blown in the continents? Doesn't seem consistent with a Kingdom Come Earth. Kingdom Come. Heroes are at odds and the villains have taken advantage. Superman from this world now lives on New Earth and is a member of the JSA. He claims that his world was destroyed.
Earth-23 Previously undesignated, this is now the "African American" Earth, where Superman is black and President of the United States, to boot. Its Justice League is similar to that of Earth-0.
Earths
Earths-24, 25, 27, 28 It's nice to see that there's some Earths being left unexplored, for creators to play with later...
Earth-26,
"Earth-C"
Sure looks like funny animal to me. Home of the Zoo Crew. This universe also contains "Earth C-Minus," home of Just'a Lotta Animals. When the natives of this universe travel to a parallel universe, they are perceived as normal animals. The Scarab from this world manifested as a collective of beetles and won its bout, killing two Blue Beetles in Arena #2. Starro is a major evil force on Earth-26, and may, in fact, originate from this universe. This was called Earth-C in the original multiverse. Grant Morrison admitted to mistakenly calling it Earth-35 in Final Crisis #7.
Earth-29 Bizarro World. This is a new designation, and a fun addition.
Earths
Earth-30 Hammer and sickle gives this away as Superman: Red Son Earth. Superman: Red Son. On this Earth, the ship carrying the infant who would-be Superman lands in the midst of the Cold War-era Soviet Union in the 1950s. Wonder Woman is his staunch ally. Batman, an underground enemy who died detonating a suicide bomb. This Superman won chosen for Monarch's army after his Arena battle in Arena #1.
Earth-31

The dark black ink on this icon looks like Frank Miller's style. The setting for Frank Miller's Dark Knight. Batman retired then returned to duty, taking a new Robin, Carrie Kelly. He finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman. Their Superman is similar to that of New Earth, but older. He tried to rally forces against Monarch in Arena. Though he lost his bout in the Arena, he used Monarch's harness to escape into the multiverse. Described by DC as "a darker version of the future as seen in the Superman/Batman series."

Earth-32 No clues here, this is definitely a different Earth, doesn't seem all that in line with an In Darkest Knight theme. Batman: In Darkest Knight. Bruce Wayne inherits a power ring to become the Darkest Knight, instead of Hal Jordan. He lost his Arena battle and nearly his life in Arena #2 after managing to fracture Monarch's armor, killing the elder Hal Jordan of Earth-12.
Earth-33/Earth-Prime Photographic looking icon suggests this is the "real world" This one has changed from it's 52 designation, which was an Earth ruled by mystics. But Morrison says now that "our own real world also exists - it's Earth-33, which used to be known as Earth-Prime."
Earth-34 Another differently represented icon, but nothing in particular linking it to Amazonia Wonder Woman: Amazonia. Princess Diana was kidnapped from Paradise Island by Captain Steven Trevor and the Royal Marines before becoming a hero, Wonder Woman, in 19th century London. This Wonder Woman was the winner in her bout in Arena #3.
Earth-35, 36 Not previously designated, but the icons are customized, so there seems to be a plan for these Earths
Earth-37 A custom icon, but nothing in particular linking it to Thrillkiller. Barbara Gordon becomes Gotham's foremost costumed protector, and Bruce Wayne is a cop. Its Captain Atom was Quantum-Storm (Ronny Raymond and Nathaniel Adam, killed in Arena #4).
Earth-38 "Same but different" Earth. This Earth's Captain Atom was one of the Atomic Knights.
Earth-39 A custom icon, but no concrete tie to anything. The icon looks "low fi" or retro in some way. This world's Blue Beetle was Danny (Garrett). He was killed by the Scarab of Earth-26 in Monarch's arena in Arena #2.
Earths
Earth-40 Black and white icon is consistent with a Liberty File Earth, which was used recently in the Whistling Skull mini. JSA: The Liberty File. A world where it's still 1942 and costumed characters have joined WWII. This Earth's Batman was bitten by the Batman of Earth-43 and turned into a vampire in Arena #1. He was killed by Monarch in #4.
Earth-41, 42, 44 Custom icons but no clues as to their character.
Earth-43

Blood red Earth seems to match Red Rain designation Batman: Red Rain. This Earth's Batman is no longer human, having been transformed into a vampire. Dick Grayson tried to take him down, but succumbed to Batman's contagion and is now, too, a vampire. Barbara Gordon was also transformed, but killed by Grayson.

Earths
Earth-45 Trademark symbol on the "45" here, and a sizable hole in North America. Not previously defined.
Earth-47 Psychedlic coloring, not previously defined.
Earth-48 The triangle on this icon doesn't relate to anything from Countdown or the Forerunner character. The Forerunner's home. This Earth warred itself into extinction and the solar system's other planets then used it as a battleground. The Monitors then exterminated the new race of Forerunners, except for Viza Aziv. The Starman from this universe was seen in Arena #1, and looked like a Forerunner, and claimed to hail from the "Black Planet." He was killed by the Starwoman of Earth-7. NOTE: In Countdown #43 Monarch mistakenly refers to this as Earth-34, saying the Monitors have dispatched agents to exterminate all life on the planet. He clarifies soon thereafter, by saying "It is done. The Forerunners are dead."
Earths
Earth-50 This is probably changed from its previous Wildstorm designation, as those characters are now part of Earth 0. The icon is a little more "cartoony."
Earth-51 Same as its original designation. Home of the New Gods, New Genesis, Apokolips (Jack Kirby's Earth). This Earth began very similar to Earth-0. The Justice League eventually triumphed over all evil and created a peaceful society. Most of them retired. When the Atom of Earth-0 came across his Earth-51 counterpart, he witnessed the latter's death. Earth-0 Ray decided to take up Ray-51's life, which included a happy marriage to Jean Loring, and a science project that would allow him to travel across the multiverse. All life on this world was destroyed when Superboy Prime breached Monarch's containment suit (Countdown #13). Afterwards, its monitor, Nix Uotan, remade humanity. But it was doomed again, as the site of the "Great Disaster." Brother Eye came to Earth-51 and unleashed the Morticoccus virus (also spread by Karate Kid). The only human survivors were Buddy Blank and his grandson, the "last boy on Earth," who becomes Kamandi. This is the setting for DC's 1970s titles OMAC and Kamandi.

 

20 June 2014

Mister America!

Jeffrey Graves contemplates the mantle.
Jeffrey Graves contemplates the mantle. From Justice Society of America v.3 #4 (2007); art by Dale Eaglesham and Ruy José.

Slogging through JSA members, and making quick work of Mister America III. This is also a profile for which I'd like to do a full Golden Age review, but alas, not today...

"Tex was succeeded by a descendant, Trey Thompson, aka Mister America II. Trey worked for the FBI but was terminated for unknown reasons. After he left the agency, his former partner, Jeff Graves, became his informant. Mister America's path crossed with the JSA's when his wife and sons were killed by the Fourth Reich, a band of villains who sought to eradicate the family lines of any hero tied to American symbolism.  » READ MORE…

8 June 2014

Cosmic Teams Stats!

If you're curious... I don't review my analytics very often. I don't make any money off them, but it's good to look once in a while for several reasons. Mostly, for me, these numbers tell me two things: general trends, and where traffic is coming from.

Top Sections

These numbers confirm for me that traffic is directly proportional to where I devote the most time. In the past 6 months, it's definitely been on JSA material (the Legion is dormant), and the numbers have risen for that section. Meanwhile, my abandonment of JLA allows it to slip.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
8.
11.

Top Hit Getters

This list is edited for interest, and excludes the individual profiles pulled out at the right. It also excludes the the top level pages for each section (above), which always get the highest hits.

5. DC Trading Cards
7. JLA Membership
9. JLA Collectibles
14. Legion Profiles list
15. Legion Gallery
16. JLA Chronology
17. JLA Elseworlds
18. All-Star Squadron
19. DC Multiverse
22. Legion Members, original
23. Legion Fanfare
24. Legion Members, newer
26. Quality Profiles
28. JSA Members
32. Earth 2 hero list
33. Obscure > C
34. Teams > A
35. JSI Members
36. Obscure > B
38. Teams > K/L
39. Legion Elseworlds
41. Legion, False members
48. DC Golden Age titles
50. Goldn Age Batman Chronology

Longest Time Spent on Page

1. Obscure > J
2. Red Tornado I and Cyclone
3. Legion Chronology part 6 (most recent)
4. Legion article from Amazing Heroes #15
5. Vixen profile
6. JLA Chronology part 4
7. L.E.G.I.O.N. > Stealth
8. Kid Eternity (New 52)
9. Hourman
10. Legion Elseworlds
11. Teams > U/V
12. JSA Chronolgoy part 5
13. Robin of Earth-Two
14. Legion Chronology (original) part 5
15. Power Girl
16. Valor
17. Crisis Chronology part 3
18. JLA Article from Amazing World of DC
19. Generation Lost
20. Batman, Earth 2, New 52

Top Individual Profiles

Being one of the first to document Earth 2 characters online has paid off. Early searches have put my Earth 2 profiles up top.

3. Batman, Earth 2, New 52
12. Red Tornado, New 52
20. Power Girl New 52
29. Aquawoman
31. Superman, Earth 2, New 52
37. Legion Honorary/Academy Members
40. Legion, the Outsiders
42. Crime Syndicate
43. Metal Men
51. Legion Rejects
58. Martian Manhunter
68. L.E.G.I.O.N. Members
74. Black Adam
77. Superman of Earth-22
79. DC Golden Age Characters
80. Flash, Earth 2, New 52
82. Legion of Subs
83. Wonder Woman & Fury, New 52
85. Global Guardians
87. Wonder Woman
89. Dupliucate Damsel
94. Jimmy Olsen, Earth 2
96. Crime Society
99. Heroes of Russia
103. Blackhawks
105. Hawkgirl, New 52
106. Fawcett Comics Heroes
107. Huntress, New 52
108. Heroes of Japan
110. Shrinking Violet
111. The DC Super Dictionary
112. Spectre, New 52
114. Atom, New 52, Earth 2
116. Star Boy
118. Dr. Fate, New 52
122. Legion: 5 Year Gap members
123. Legion: the Subs
125. Wildcat
128. Club of Heroes
129. Atom-Smasher
130. Inferior Five
132. Mon-El
138. Adult Legionnaires
146. Legion of Super-Villains
147. Plastic Man
149. Supergirl
150. Legionnaires: Earth Prime
162. Extreme Justice
165. White Witch
166. Freedom Fighters
167. Sandman
168. Phantom Girl
169. Phantom Lady
170. Super Friends
174. Mr. Terrific
177. Doll Man
178. Green Lantern, Earth 2
179. Brain Wave
180. Black Canary
181. Brainiac 5
182. Fatal Five
189. Star-Spangled Kids
191. Cosmic Boy
194. Ultra Boy
198. Batman
199. Hawkman
200. Superman

 

1 June 2014

Recently...

I say it periodically, but you can rest assured that if you sense radio silence from Cosmic Teams, it never means that I've abandoned it. What it probably means is that I've gotten myself into a larger project that is taking a lot of time. I've had two such projects percolating. The first was my Golden Age Sandman profile, which I'm going to promote now even though it's not 100% finished. I haven't reviewed any of the Simon and Kirby material from the 1940s. There's a good Jack Kirby Collector article about this run, but given that the profile is now so well rounded, I want to review them for myself. But it's richly detailed even without that so read on below!

Second, and speaking of TwoMorrows publishing, I just submitted an article to Alter Ego which is a sort of addendum to my Quality Companion. For me, this article was truly one those "I-can-die-now-I've-solved-this-mystery" moments. It is an interview with John Brenner—the son of George Brenner, creator of the Clock! I gave up on learning what happened to this man, who died at the age of 42 in 1952. But I solved the mystery with his son's help, and we'll have the full story plus never-seen photos of the man and more, whenever Roy Thomas can get around to fitting it into the magazine.

Golden Age Sandman!

From New York World's Fair Comics #1 (1939); art by Bert Christman.

What a task! So normally with the Golden Age JSAers, I have chosen not to try to profile their actual Golden Age adventures, because it's been done so thoroughly by Dave Stepp at The Comics Archives. But this one is different. I felt that there were so many layers to the character's history and nobody had really brought them all together. Not only did his 1940s adventures include two notable and different runs, but then add the complexity of the Sandman Mystery Theater to his chornology. And then there's Sandy, too.

"The Sandman was one of DC's first super-heroes, having beaten Batman to the newsstands by a couple of months. His original run in Adventure Comics #40-102 lasted from 1939–46. It's best known for having been completely reinvented in 1941 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. The Sandman wasn't the only Justice Society member to star in a modern-day series, but Sandman Mystery Theatre (S.M.T., 70 issues from 1993–1999) was unique for having been set in the 1930s. » READ MORE…

Latter Day JSA Members!

I didn't get around to finishing this fully, but I did start a page for Anna Fortune, Ri, Red Beetle, Darknight, and Roxy. Now that I'm telling you, I'm going to get on that, so check back...

14 may 2014

 

Recently: Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest

I'll do these updates this weekend, so check back!

Read the full current chronologies: Earth 2 | Legion

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

WORLDS' FINEST

First Contact Part 3: Superman contacts Hiro for help in Gammora. Huntress and Superman struggle to maintain their cover. Kaizen attacks Power Girl and Batman. Batman and Superman have vague recollections of their time on Earth 2, which sharpen when the portal opens. Huntress only met Earth 2 Superman a few weeks before he died. Kaizen opens a portal to Earth 2 just as Toymaster delivers armor for Superman.

Batman/Superman #9 (May 2014)

The women argue over the possibility that they might have just seen their home. They fight off A.R.G.U.S. troops who've arrived to clean up Gammora. 45 months ago: Helena tracked a prostitution ring, is captured, and escapes after fighting off a wolf. After blundering the case, she vowed to use better equipment and be more careful. Power Girl drops Huntress in Chicago. Karen reacquires her company then orders everything to be sold, except for a key lab in Cambridge.

World's Finest #22 (June 2014)

In her Cambridge lab, Karen reveals her powers to all her employees. This in hopes of expediting the building of a machine to get home. They prepare a test which fails because of a power blackout from a nearby nuclear plant. Desaad notices the energy surge. Huntress is at M.I.T. for her own purposes and intercepts burglars. Power Girl heads to the reactor as well (mentions Waller and her new security clearance). Desaad approaches Karen's employee, Tanya Spears, but disappears. Just then Huntress' thief comes upon her and takes her as a hostage.

World's Finest #23 (July 2014)

EARTH 2

Lois is blasted by a Parademon and Clark becomes protective. She prevents him from harming Val. He takes her to Smallville, where Jonathan and Martha Kent are still alive, and living in fear of their son. Jimmy tracks them there. He has access to the Red Tornado's systems and sensors so he could "see" through her. Superman contacts Bedlam and they order an attack on the Cave, which the heroes overhear. They call for extraction from Kahn at Themyscira. Batman initiates protocol Azrael to have the Cave self destruct just as they're attacked by a warhound. Red Arrow is killed by an Apokorat just before Sandman arrives to teleport them out. Val refuses to kill even Parademons and protects Hawkgirl. They rescued by Green Lantern, who destroys the enemy en masse.

Earth 2 #23 (June 2014)

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000

Teri and Terry argue increasingly over the ethics of what they're doing. They have recreated the Flash, this time with brown hair. Batman admits to being different than the original. He has a sense of humor. Superman and Wonder Woman battle Kali, who absorbs life-force for strength. Firestorm is not interested in being a hero. Flash and Firestorm arrive on Takron but Firestorm refuses to leave with them, wanting to slay Kali instead. Ariel ordered the Twins to destroy Firestorm's DNA which they didn't. When they call their transversal, it's under Coeval's control.

Justice League 3000 #5 (June 2014)

Coeval transports the JLA away to Idyll, the headquarters of the Five, where Coeval brings the League into his virtual world. The twins' arguments escalate and Cadmus begins to question Teri's ability to command. Locus demands that Ariel make her a better boyfriend, and throws Hal at her. He's been playing dead and has discovered that the emerald energy is inside of him and he doesn't need the cloak. Ariel tells him that the more he uses that power, without the cloak, it spreads through him like a cancer and will kill him eventually. He frees the others. First appearance of the Convert's true self. They mention another, Tenebro.

Justice League 3000 #6 (July 2014)

27 April 2014

Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Get ready to be massively confused! Talk of making the Legion difficult to follow, and of starting over... who's running this place?

There's a lot of stealthy future-building going on in the New 52. So far, the plan is completely unclear. I've compiled these events below, which involve the needlessly convoluted history of the New 52 Superboy—there are two already—and Kid Flash, who is also from the 30th century. And then there's the weird Legion allusions; so far it's all happening in the 30th century, which suggests that it's groundwork for the real Legion in the 31st century. But when we get there, is that Legion one that we'll find familiar?

Let me try to summarize this for you:

Superboy: The New 52 Superboy was actually the second Superboy, created in the spirit of Jon Lane Kent, a clone of Superman and Lois Lane from decades in the future. Jon Kent killed nearly all metahumans in that time period. When Superboy was thrown forward in time with the Teen Titans, the two met. Superboy was sucked away (to the "Krypton Returns" crossover), and Jon has secretly taken his place in the Titans. Meanwhile Jon learned about the future Legion of Super-Heroes and was inspired to create his own in the 30th century. Superboy then died in the past when Krypton exploded. Yeah. (Remember, the Titans also had a crossover with the Legion Lost team in the New 52).

Kid Flash: Kid Flash has no apparent connection to the Flash legacy. He was born Bar Torr in the 30th century and when his parents were killed by Science Police, he started a revolution. Eventually his sister Shira convinced him to stand down and he was placed in "witness protection" in the 21st century with his memory suppressed. When he returned to the future with the Titans, he was sentenced to life on Takron-Galtos.

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO

Kryptonians begin making clones to serve in space travel. A clone named Kon (meaning "abomination") leads their rebellion. NOTE: The New 52 Superboy never premanently used the name "Conner Kent," but assumed it for an undercover mission in Superboy #22.

Superboy v.5 #0 (Nov. 2012)

21st Century

Krypton Returns, part 2: One week before Krypton's destruction, Superboy uses his newly-enhanced powers to connect with the fabric of Argo City.

Superboy v.5 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Krypton Returns, part 3: Superboy pushes the Eradicator through a portal, where he lands in Smallville.

Supergirl v.6 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Krypton Returns Part 4: Superboy launches Argo City into space and saves the life of Kara Zor-El. He dies as Krypton explodes. Superman and Supergirl return to Earth.

Superman v.3 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Superboy dies in the past—in the explosion that destroys Krypton. From Superman v.3 #25 (2013); art by Kenneth Rocafort.

The New 52

An unnamed human Colonel arrives from the 30th century. Calling himself Harvest, time travel has eaten away his body and expended his chronal energy, trapping him in the 21st century. He attempts to cure his adopted son, Jon Lane Kent, by creating a second Superman clone using three DNA strands. Harvest builds armies of Ravagers to serve in his war against metahumans. The clone is released without Harvest's intervention and becomes Superboy. NOTES: Harvest first appeared in Superboy v.5 #7 (2012).

Superboy v.5 #19 (June 2013)

At the paramilitary N.O.W.H.E.R.E., the clone, Superboy frees himself. He's aided by Dr. Caitlin Fairchild, and classmate/protector Rose Wilson. NOTES: The original Superboy clone first appeared in Adventures of Superman #500 (June 1993); Caitlin Fairchild in Wildstorm's Deathmate Black (Feb. 1994); Rose Wilson in Deathstroke #15 (1992).

Superboy v.5 #1 (Nov. 2011)

Superboy meets Supergirl. When they touch he is infused with the knowledge and language of Krytpon. When he tells her he's a clone, she calls him "Kon-El": an abomination in the house of El. She says he's destined to become a killing machine.

Superboy v.5 #6 (Apr. 2012)

Superboy effectively adopts the name Kon-El, when Wonder Girl inquires about his his "real" name.

Superboy v.5 #10 (Apr. 2012)

The Culling

Superboy joins the Teen Titans and meets Harvest (Superboy & Teen Titans #7) and his minions, Omen and Leash. (Teen Titans #8)

Superboy v.5 #7 (5.12); Teen Titans v.4 #7-8 (5-6.12);

Prelude: In N.O.W.H.E.R.E.'s Antarctic facility, Centerhall assembles a team of Ravagers: Crush, Hammerfist, Misbelief, Psykill, Ridge, Rose Wilson, and Windstorm. Chameleon Girl ruminates over their "real mission" and remarks that her relationship with Colossal Boy was over long ago—and one of the reasons she volunteered for the current mission. Psykill, renders the Legion unconscious.

Legion: Lost v.2 #8 (6.12)

Part 1: The Teen Titans and Legion awake in Harvest's "Colony," meeting Artemis, Thunder, and Lightning. Harvest's core protectors include Omen, Leash, and Warblade. His aim is to build an army. Leash draws the young heroes (including Beast Boy and Terra) to battle each other in the Crucible. Artemis is killed by Fist Point, which unites all the young heroes. The Ravagers attack anew. NOTE: Beast Boy and Terra are historical Titans, from Doom Patrol #99 (1965), and New Teen Titans #26 (1982), respectively. Warblade is Harvest's "progeny," and a reinvention of the original Wildstorm hero, 1st app. WildC.A.T.S. #1 (1992).

Teen Titans v.4 Annual #1 (7.12)

Part 2: Timber Wolf suggests that Kid Flash is from the 31st century, caused many deaths, and escaped. When the Ravagers are defeated, Harvest reveals himself. NOTE: Kid Flash/Bart Allen's first historical appearance was Flash v.2 #92 (1994); in the DCnU, Teen Titans #1 (2011).

Superboy v.5 #9 (7.12)

Part 3: Chameleon Girl reveals her true loyalty—to Echo—and attacks Harvest, but he's nigh invulnerable, with a power scythe and null field; he is from some future, claims to have sent for the Legion, and that his aim is to save the lives of quintillions. He tells them that the Hypertaxis will eventually evolve and lose its mutagenic quality. Gates discovers a Time Bubble. Ridge defects from the Ravagers and joins the escapees.

Legion: Lost v.2 #9 (7.12)

Part 4: Harvest retreats as the heroes destroy his compound, claiming it was his plan to have the Ravagers escape, thus validating the need for N.O.W.H.E.R.E. The Legion enters the Time Bubble and hope to arrive home.

Teen Titans v.4 #9 (7.12)

Forever Evil: The Teen Titans avenge the Justice League's alleged deaths at the hands of the Crime Syndicate. Johnny Quick uses Kid Flash's unique vibrational frequency to incite a temporal reaction. It sucks the Teen Titans (Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Superboy, Kid Flash, Solstice, and Raven) into the timestream.

Forever Evil #2 (Dec. 2013)

Krypton Returns, part 1: A temporal tsunami sends Superman, Supergirl, and Superboy back in time, to Krypton.

Action Comics v.2 Annual (Dec. 2013)

Harvest summons Jon Lane Kent (Superboy II) from the 30th century to the 21st.

Sueprboy v.5 #29 (May 2014)

Superboy is resurrected by the Oracle, and becomes his herald, patrolling the timestream. The Teen Titans face off with Harvest, whose powers all come from his armor. His facility is totally destroyed and he's believed dead.

Teen Titans v.4 Annual #3 (7.14)

Decades in the Future

The son of Superman and Lois Lane, Jon Lane Kent, dies from complications of his genetics. Superman and Lois disappear. A human from the 30th century (eventually known as Harvest) arrives and uses his knowledge to bring Jon back to life. Jon is taught to hate metahumans but his body eventually begins to fail again. Harvest jumps back several decades, to a time when he can use Superman's DNA to cure Jon.

Superboy v.5 #19 (June 2013)

The adolescent Jon Lane Kent kills nearly all the metahumans on Earth. The Teen Titans emerge from Johnny Quick's time storm in the future, where they meet Beast Man. He and Rose Wilson have formed a new team of Titans: Rose Wilson's daughter, Stonehenge (Oliver), Blur (Harlan), and Irony (Irene). The Titans' Superboy is attacked by Jon Kent, who gives him a massive mental transmission that ignites Superboy's powers. Superboy impales Jon on the Watchtower and then disappears through a mysterious portal. Beast Man finds Jon ourside, and for his own reasons, clothes him in a Superboy uniform and sends him off with the Titans as their Superboy (II). NOTE: Superboy's story continues in Action Comics Annual #2 (2013); this is the end of his Titans involvement.

Teen Titans v.4 Annual #2 (Dec. 2013)

  

Left: Superboy meets his predecessor—in the future—Jon Lane Kent. For reasons unknown, Beast Man and Rose Wilson insert Jon back into the Titans as Superboy. From Teen Titans Annual #2 (2013); art by Barry Kitson, Art Thibert, Jesus Merino, and Scott Hanna.

The 30th Century

Late 30th Century: Twelve years prior, a war begins between humans and metahumans. A Colonel loses his son to metahumans and takes his fight into the timestream. He uses new technology from Echo, a division of the Science Police, to travel backwards in time, to the 21st century. NOTE: Echo first mentioned in Legion: Lost v.2 #9 (7.12)

Superboy v.5 #19 (June 2013)

Science Police Functionaries kill the parents of Bar Torr on Altros Prime. At age eight, he rescues his baby sister Shira and leaves her with the Sisterhood of the Word. Bar enlists with the Purifiers, who do the Functionaries' dirty work, and on a space mission, his ship crashes and he wakes with the ability to run at super-speed. He leads a rebellion against the Functionaries. He ultimately turned himself in at the request of Shira, was sentenced to "witness protection," and placed in the past as Bart Allen.

Teen Titans v.4 #26 (Feb. 2014)

2933: Kid Flash and Solstice appear in the 30th century, where he begins recovering his memories. NOTE: Superboy #26 (2014) is the only issue that names a date, while others say "latter half of the 30th century."

Teen Titans v.4 #24 (Dec. 2013)

After Bar Torr (Kid Flash) enters "witness protection," his followers retreat to a corner of the galaxy called Backlands. Kid Flash finds them but he's soon captured by Brain 3 (a Coluan), field commander of Echo Chronal Authority.

Teen Titans v.4 #25 (Jan. 2014)

Superboy II (Jon Lane Kent) begins receiving telepathic commands from a strange alien who calls the boy a killer. Superboy accesses information that say his greatest achievement is helping to form the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Superboy v.5 #26 (Feb. 2014)

Jon admits he's weaker since Superboy attacked him. He's seeking a cure for the flaw in his genetics. Bar/Bart is put on trial but his rebellion frees him.

Teen Titans v.4 #27 (Mar. 2014)

Late 30th century: The alien telepath interferes with his mission to form a legion of heroes. His first recruit is Schiz, a powerful telepath who attacks him. He learns that she and dozens of others were created in the same manner as Superboy. They were all eventually put in stasis pods for decades.

Superboy #27 (Mar. 2014)

Shira convinces Bart to turn himself in and he's sentenced to life on Takron-Galtos. Solstice can't accept it, and kills one of his judges.

Teen Titans v.4 #28 (Apr. 2014)

Superboy and Schiz free Volt and Lodestone. They were made by using alien DNA from Braal, Titan, and other worlds.

Superboy v.4 #28 (Apr. 2014)

  

Left: Jon Kent learns of gthe future Legion from the Echo database. From Superboy #26 (2013); art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.
Right: Superboy and his legion of super-heroes: Volt, Schiz, and Lodestone. From Superboy #29 (2013); art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.
Other clones in stasis—who are destroyed. From Superboy v.5 #29 (2013); art by Andres Guinaldo and Mark Irwin.

Superboy and his legion break into an Echo weapons facility. Superboy knows the future Legionnaires' names and tells Schiz to calls herself "Imra" and her friends "Garth" and "Rokk." Superboy secretly destroys all the remaining clone stasis pods and blames it on Echo, to stoke anger in his new allies. Superboy is pulled to the 21st century by Harvest and tells his Legion that he will direct them in ways to alter time in their favor. He plans for this Legion to also be his secret weapon against Harvest. NOTE: Some doomed stasis-people resembled Mon-El and Phantom Girl.

Sueprboy 4 #29 (May 2014)

Solstice is also sentenced to Takron-Galtos. She and Kid Flash are launched in separate cells toward the planet. Brain 3 sends the remaining Titans home to the 21st century.

Teen Titans v.4 #29 (May 2014)

28 March 2014

Recently: Justice League 3000 • Earth 2 • Worlds' Finest

There's a lot going on in these books! I like 3000. Porter's art is better than ever. Also, have you noticed that in Superboy, they're playing with some Legion lore? It looks like they are setting up for an all-new New 52 Legion (I'll summarize soon). And I'm wondering if the upcoming Future's End will deal with them in some way. If this is so, I take the previous Legion to have been from the pre-New 52 universe. Fingers crossed.

Read the full curerent chronologies: Earth 2 | Legion

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000

On Skorch 4 in the Fhe'erl System, fringes of Commonwealth space, a ship lands and assembles a stargate through which come the Justice League. It's their staging ground for a mission to the Five's base on Flatmas 12. They're warned to abort because the Five's Locus is there. Locus looks and acts like a nineteen year old girl and is seemingly omnipotent; she can manipulate reality. The Five's leader, Coeval, warns her that the League is on Flatmas. Coeval is a spontaneously generated Glimmernet life-form. He runs the Imperium. Locus rips the Flash apart, shrinks Green Lantern down and swallows him and makes him her new boyfriend, and sends the others to Takron-Galtos.

Justice League 3000 #2 (Mar. 2014)

Takron-Galtos is a prison planet that used to be called Earth. The cesspool is loosely governed by Sheriff Aaban Tariq, who brings in Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. He was appointed by Coeval to be an authority. Locus takes Hal to her reimagined home planet, Locus One. On Bradbury Seven, Ariel Masters works on transversal tech which she stashes on various worlds. Tariq alerts her to the Justice League's presence, which she immediately recognizes as her work on Cadmus come to fruition. She goes to Takron and Coeval tracks her. Superman calls Batman "Fledermaus."

Justice League 3000 #3 (Apr. 2014)

Ariel explains how the Justice League came to be. Cloning proved to be too costly and time consuming, and unstable. She created clones in the beginning of her tests, and all died. Instead she invented a way to use source DNA and bond it to a human host. Once infused, the host's DNA and mind is overwritten. Essentially, they die. The League were Philip K. Sung, Joshua N'obi, John Winston, Alicia Silvera, and Dennis Murphy. Aaban is taken over by the Convert, who is aided by Kali. Hal summons his cloak and escapes Locus One. The Wonder Twins resurrect the Flash, this time with brown hair. He has all the most recent memories. They ready to send him in with the help of their Firestorm.

Justice League 3000 #4 (May 2014)

WORLDS' FINEST

First Contact Part 1: Huntress tells Batman her history, which triggers his own suppressed memory of his visit to Earth 2. Batman refuses to call in Superman but Power Girl's outbursts finally draw his attention anyway. He takes her to an isolated place and encourages her to let the energies go instead of controlling them. Batman traces her problems to Rheelasia, now called New Gammora, which is run by Kaizen Gammora. It's one of the fastest-growing economics in the world. Batman and Huntress go in undercover and meet Kaizen. When Superman and Power Girl follow, both their powers go haywire. NOTE: Kaizen Gammora first appeared in Stormwatch #40 (1996); the spelling of his last name has been changed.

Batman/Superman #8 (Apr. 2014)

First Contact Part 2: Batman catches Superman and Power Girl falling to Earth and outfits Superman with a kryptonite ring to tame the power surge. Batman and Power Girl go into the city and Huntress fends off an attack by ??. Power Girl finds Kaizen, who isn't surprised to see her. She's swayed by the memory of her Ken. He explains that she's been infected by nanites that detected left-handed molecules that don't exist in Prime Earth universe. Kaizen uses Karen to open a view portal to Earth 2. Batman discovers secret Kryptonian cloning experiments, which Kaizen unleashes on them.

World's Finest #20 (Apr. 2014)

First Contact Part 3: Power Girl is eager to jump through the portal but Huntress fears it's not their world. Kaizen reveals that he's working for Darkseid. Power Girl throws Kaizen through the portal while they argue. Just as the ladies decide to go through, Kaizen returns transformed into a giant terror, with two Parademons and leading the Superman of Earth 2, who calls Karen to return. She's convinced it's her true cousin and moves to cross over, but Huntress destroys the machine. Karen tells her that she was certain because Superman bore a scar that she'd given him in the past. Back on Earth 2, Kaizen is reverted to normal and regrets having gone there.

World's Finest #21 (May 2014)

EARTH 2

The Atom and Sandman evacuate Moscow when Superman arrives. He uses his heat vision to sever the Atom's right arm, then beats him with it. Red Arrow is itching to act, but Batman is cautious. Sato tells them about the "final fallback," Amazonia. Dodds tells Khan that they have less than 100,000 troops there, of the 10 million under his command. They learn that "Project Beyond" has been activated. The private venture built a space ark for anyone wealthy enough to buy in. Not everyone makes it aboard and they're incinerated by the take-off. Superman intercepts it and tears the hull, killing all inside with the vacuum of space. Atlantis lies in the heart of the Dragon's Triangle in the Philippines Sea. Khan alls for Governor Alloroc but gets Aquawoman instead. Their communication is joined by Jimmy Olsen. Sloan, Mr. Terrific and Mr. Miracle are put to work to build a transport device. In Sloan's mind, Bedlam finds mention of the secret Kryptonian.

Earth 2 #21 (May 2014)

After Alan Scott was beaten, he was killed in the destruction of Steppenwolf's death. Now he is resurrected by the Green. Jimmy is 13 years old. Val's powers increase. Bedlam learns that he is Val-Zod and arrived long after Superman. Sloan tracked his ship and hid it from others. Lois takes Val for his first flight. His parents were scientists and pacifists. Bedlam shows images of Arkham and Superman notices Batman there. Hawkgirl joins them and Superman attacks with Parademons. One takes a large bit out of Hawkgirl's wing. As Superman prepares to kill Val, Lois intervenes, identifying herself. He's stunned.

Earth 2 #22 (June 2014)

23 February 2014

1986 Source-book promo poster. Art by ??

Legion Poster!

I finally added this poster to my collection. It's a nice high res scan, so save it to your computer and make a new desktop! This is from the series of sourcebooks by Mayfair Games.

16 February 2014

Atom-Smasher!

Next up is the original Infinitor, Atom-Smasher (originally Nuklon)! This character's was so poorly characerized by Roy Thomas during Infinity, Inc. But when Al Rothstein became a member of the Justice Society, things took a dramatic turn. It was fun to piece Al's puzzle together. He turned into a compelling character under Geoff Johns, as a player in the drama of Black Adam. In the New 52, Earth 2's Atom was created by James Robinson to have characteristics of Atom-Smasher's powers. » READ MORE…

15 February 2014

Recently: Earth 2 and Worlds' Finest

Well I'm not nervous anymore about Earth 2 in the absence of James Robinson. Tom Taylor has taken it forward at a breakneck speed. My only criticism is that I'm don't like that some of the characters have no link to anything Golden Age, like Aquawoman. I thought for sure there would be some fun connection, but instead she looks like a counterpart to Aquaman's wife, Mera. I have not followed Robinson to Marvel, I read some so-so reviews of his Invaders.

And Worlds' Finest is looking up as well with the crossover coming up. It needed a shot in the arm. The sooner we get back to JLA/JSA team-ups the better!

Meanwhile my non-New 52 bent continues. I'm reading the core Forever Evil, and Justice League books but most of the DC Universe leaves me cold. I've actively been seeking out things from other publishers and found rewarding solace in titles like Walking Dead, Invincible, Black Science, Astro City, and I'm back on the X-wagon again buying All-New X-Factor, Wolverine and the X-Men, and All-New X-Men. I get the excellent Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman/Wonder Woman, but only those. I won't buy any boring-ass book that Lobdell works on, so sad that Superman and Titans have been off the table.

I am still liking Justice League 3000. I'm actually relieved that Giffen has hinted that they aren't simply clones and there's surprises to come. In issue #3 we learn that Earth has become the prison world, Takron-Galtos, which means this is definitely not the same universe as previous Legions. » SEE: Keith Giffen on Justice League 3000: "They're Not Clones!" (5 February 2014)

Read the full current chronologies: Earth 2 | Legion

Sequence of Events

Issue (Date)

WORLDS' FINEST

First Contact Prelude: Power Girl harvests diamonds from the sea floor for money while her company struggles. Huntress grows frustrated with her friend's power loss and convinces her to seek help from Superman. At work, Karen's heat vision sparks uncontrollably. Batman allows Huntress to get into the Batcave and traps her.

World's Finest #19 (Mar. 2014)

First Contact Prelude: Just after her debut, Batman tested Robin on a case that followed up her mother's agenda against sex trafficking. He allows her to investigate on her own while watching over her. Supergirl would take secret trips into public and fell for a boy named Ken. His father was the leader of Gammora and they were at a Worldgov conference. She protected him from an nearby explosion. She tried to keep the building from collapsing but it was too much and Ken died under falling rubble. Afterwards she sought Helena for comfort. She worried about telling her cousin. While at the site of the explosion, Kara saw the blur of another woman, which they investigated. They found an artifact with traces of alien metals and radiation. They're ambushed by Fury who took the artifact. They track her to some base and are intercepted by Wonder Woman and Fury called for her father and escaped through a Boom Tube. Diana knows that Fury is her daughter. NOTE: Gamorra is a place from the Wildstorm universe, first seen in Deathblow #1 (1993).

World's Finest Annual #1 (Mar. 2014)

EARTH 2

Dr. Fate mumbles incoherent prophetic things. Red Arrow is left to guard him as Parademons approach en masse. Jimmy tells Batman about the Army's secret prisoner, an alien. Red Tornado's vision detects a lower level and Aquawoman punches through the floor to access it. She takes the full brunt of a plasma cannon then introduces herself as Marella, Queen of Atlantis. She can pull water out of bodies. They surrender and open the cell to reveal a seemingly normal, young prisoner named Val. He's there of his own free will and has spoken to Terry Sloan. He becomes ill and Batman realizes it's because of his kryptonite; the boy is Kryptonian. Superman uses the Washington Monument to destroy the White House. Bedlam tells the scientists they are wanted for their studies in trans-universal travel. Darkseid wants to push Earth into Apokolips space. Bedlam will be controlling their minds. Jimmy has a photographic memory. Parademons massacre World Army forces. Hawkgirl is ready to airlift Batman and the others. Elsewhere, the Earth's green energy surges again.

Earth 2 #19 (Mar. 2014)

In the sky, Aquawoman uses water in the clouds to drown Parademons. She returns to Atlantis but gives Batman a shell which can call her. Batman and the others go to the Batcave, along with Dr. Fate and Red Arrow (Connor Hawke). Val becomes afraid. He is agoraphobic from having been raised in a small ship. Superman destroys all major places of worship. Jimmy and Lois have never met, but he guesses that she was with Superman. Lois tells Val that he will have great powers under the sun, and convinces him to go outside. She is convinced there is nothing of her husband left in Brutaal. NOTE: In pre-New 52 continuity, Connor Hawke was the son of, and successor to Green Arrow.

Earth 2 #20 (Apr. 2014)

Batman's parents were murdered in 1979, in Park Row of Gotham City, now called Crime Alley. Joe Chill was the hired gun who turned up dead in 1994, along with other thugs with links to the Falcone crime family. All had their skulls crushed. Batman broke into Frankie (Francesco) Falcone's compound for answers and injected him with a truth serum. He learned that the only connection in the deaths was Thomas Wayne—Bruce's father. He learned that Thomas and Falcone were friends after Wayne had saved his life in 1971. Through Falcone, Wayne met future wife Martha and they lived a decadent lifestyle of parties and drugs. Jarvis Pennyworth was his chauffeur and more. In 1973 Bruce was born and the Waynes withdrew and Frankie sent three thugs to beat him. He was saved by Jarvis. While there, the killer appeared and Batman fought saved Falcone's life the the killer ran off. He trailed him and when found, Batman fingered him as Jarvis. Instead he was shocked to discover that it was none other than his own father, Thomas Wayne. When he woke he learned that Thomas had faked his death with the help of Leslie Thompkins. Bruce was enraged; he'd dedicated his life to a cause based on his parents' deaths. Wayne was now 65 and he used a drug called Miraclo to give him super-strength for an hour at a time. He stole it from an old colleague named Rex Tyler. Bruce left and shut him out though Thomas watched at his son's wedding and birth of his granddaughter. Thomas returned and killed Falcone. He admits that he might be addicted to the Miraclo. NOTE: In the original release of this issue, Miraclo's inventor was named Res Mason, which is the alter ego of Metamorpho. Writer Tom Taylor confirmed in an interview that this was a mistake.

Earth 2 Annual #2 (Mar. 2014)

9 February 2014

Brain Wave!

Brain Wave was an arch nemesis to the Justice Society. He had a son with the super-hero, Merry, and that son went on to join other heroes in Infinity, Inc. The character went through some dark and embarrassing times, but was in top form in his most recent appearances, in JSA All-Stars. The character has not yet been reinvented in the New 52.

The father passes his gifts—and his madness?—on to his son. From Infinity, Inc. #10 (1985); art by Jerry Ordway.

Henry "Hank" King inherited his father's mental abilities. He was conceived during the brief time when the Brain Wave had united with Merry Pemberton and reformed his criminal ways. Upon the elder King's relapse however, Hank's mother left with the boy and disappeared. Hank eventually learned the identity of his father and Merry left her son as well. Hank was told the lie that she had committed suicide. Her true motivation and course of action are still a mystery. Hank was also ignorant of Merry's maiden name, Pemberton, until he discovered that the Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton) was his uncle! All Sylvester knew was that she had forsaken the Pemberton fortune and disappeared. » READ MORE…