The Girl of No Tomorrow: Part Three

Supergirl
13
11-Nov
2017

The Empress fades away, presumably back to the future.

Saturn Girl, as has become customary, is mentioned but not shows.

The Girl of No Tomorrow: Part Two

Supergirl Annual
1
10-Oct
2017

Saturn Girl is mentioned but not pictured.

The "new Fatal Five" consists of the Emerald Empress (with the Eye), Indigo, Magog, Selena, Solomon Grundy.

The Empress tells Cameron Chase her origin story:

"I wasn't always an Empress. I was born alone, and not to much.Orando, my home, offered few professions to those on the street. I toiled in the court of our Duke, at his mercy, mind and body, for years...until the Emerald Eye of Ekron. I returned only once, but when I did, I did so not as a slave...but as a ruler. Vengeance unquenched, I hunted my family. The ones that abandoned me as a child.

"They were all long dead. All but one. And when I saw the man...shameful. Poor. A scoundrel...my father. After so long...I could not help but understand his desperation. I could not help but love him. 

"And, just when I'd found him...the Emerald Eye showed me how I'd lose him. And that, I could not allow. My Emerald Eye received a vision, a deception created to convince me Saturn Girl had to die. It brought me here. I nearly destroyed the wrong person. But there was truth beneath the lie. In centuries, a battle between me and Supergirl will kill my father."

This account differs from the Classic Empress's story in one aspect. The Classic Sarya was from Vengar, not Orando. Otherwise, it's fairly consistent with what we knew.

However, I don't buy it for a second. I just can't see the Emerald Empress getting all misty-eyed about finding the father who had abandoned her (more llkely she'd be glad of the opportunity to torture him to death, and pissed that the others of her family hadn't survived). In addition, the Sarya I know wouldn't speak in terms of "almost destroying the wrong person." Collateral damage was never a concern of hers.

I don't have a problem with Sarya being born on Orando, or even finding the Emerald Eye there (Ekron was the name of a previous civilization, of which the Eye is a remnant).  [Although I suspect the creators are conflating Vengar with Craggok, the medieval planet upon which Superboy found the Empress in Adventure 252, and substituting Orando for Craggok.]

Bear in mind that Sarya admits she lied to the other members of her Fatal Five, so she could well be lying to Chase as well.

Meanwhile, where's Saturn Girl? She could have this whole thing wrapped up in a few pages. Less, if she enlists the aid of, say, Jeckie and Mysa.

Hey, this storyline would make a great two- or three-parter on the Supergirl TV show, wouldn't it?

The Girl of No Tomorrow: Part One

Supergirl
12
10-Oct
2017

Saturn Girl is mentioned but not pictured.

The "new Fatal Five" consists of the Emerald Empress (with the Eye), Indigo, Magog, Selena, Solomon Grundy.

The Silver Age Legion of Super-Heroes Omnibus vol 1 (2017)

The Silver Age Legion of Super-Heroes Omnibus
1
08-Aug
2017

This 688-page, $75.00 hardcover basically reprints the stories from Legion Archives #1-3. If you have those volumes, there's nothing new here. If not, this is a great volume of early Legion stories from the beginning up to Adventure 328.

I've lost track of how many times I've given DC money for a reprint of the first Legion story from Adventure 247, but it's easily over a dozen. Here's one more.

Atomic Batteries to Power, Flight Rings to Speed

Batman '66 Meets the Legion of Super-Heroes
1
09-Sep
2017

Phantom Girl does not actually participate in this adventure; Projectra impersonates her.

The Impostor Superboy (version 2)

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special
1
08-Aug
2017

There are two identically-titled versions of this story, done in the style of two different eras of the Classic Legion. This is the shorter of the two, done in the style of the old Adventure "Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes."

The Impostor Superboy (version 1)

Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special
1
08-Aug
2017

There are two identically-titled versions of this story, done in the style of two different eras of the Classic Legion. This is the longer of the two, done in more modern style.

A fun romp with lots of Legion humor. Of course, it's the debut of yet another alternate Legion: I'm calling this one the Looney Tunes Legion. In addition to being a lot of fun, this gives Legion fans a chance to utter words that they never thought they would: "...the Looney Tunes Validus."

Of course you know this means war....

Resist

Supergirl (tv show)
221
00-other
2017

City of Lost Children

Supergirl (tv show)
220
00-other
2017

Invasion of Daxamites! Whoo-hoo!

Alex

Supergirl (tv show)
219
00-other
2017

They might have called him "Rick" Malverne, but in this episode he showed he's still a dick.

Mon-El didn't get much to do this episode. And whatever happened to his super-suit? I wanna see that puppy.

Ace Reporter

Supergirl (tv show)
218
00-other
2017

Absolute best exchange of the episode:

Breen: Did I mention I'm a black belt?

Lena: Did I mention I'm a Luthor?

At the end, Mon-El's mother approached Lena, so I'm sure more Daxamite shenanigans are coming.

The Button Part 1

Batman
21
06-Jun
2017

Saturn Girl, in Arkham Asylum, freaks out at seeing a hockey games on tv. She screams, "Stop it. Can't you see? Nothing stops it. Superman won't come. Our friends will die. The Legion will die. No one will stop it...no one will save us!"

Family of Tomorrow

Supergirl
8
06-Jun
2017

Now the Empress is raving that Kara ruined her life. Apparently the Empress talked to Saturn Girl, and Saturn Girl told her Kara was responsible for whatever it is the Empress is going on about.

 

Okay, I've gone ahead and called it: I established a new era called "Rebirth." With Legion-related content on the Berlanti shows as well as the Rebirth era in the comics, this seems like a good time.

For simplicity, I dated the new era from the appearance of the Legion flight ring on Flash in February 2016; that allows for Mon-El's first appearance on Supergirl in March 2016, and Saturn Girl's appearance in DC Universe Rebirth #1 in July 2016.

As I post this, the nature of Legion(s) is still unknown, but it looks like they'll be coming to comics and/or tv sooner than later. Stay tuned for further developments.

Distant Sun

Supergirl (tv show)
217
00-other
2017

Episode directed by Kevin Smith.

Mon-El's father dies.

President Wonder Woman is revealed to be a Durlan impostor.

As scene opens in the Fortress, the Legion Flight Ring on display fills the screen, then the camera draws back and refocuses on the background. Could this be a signal of more Legion content to come?

It occurs to me that the Legion is a perfect fit for this show: instead of the three founders coming back in time to visit Supergirl, they could draw on the first Supergirl Legion story in the comics and make it Saturn Girl, Triplicate Girl, and Phantom Girl...or really, any female Legionnaires. There are a lot to draw from. They've already mentioned Starhaven, so Dawnstar would be a natural. Can't you just see Ayla and Vi double-dating with Alex and Maggie? Yera helping Supergirl to combat rogue Durlans? Jeckie and Rhea in a showdown of Queens?

Damn, now I want Berlanti to do a Legion series.

It probably won't happen. But it sure would be cool.

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