Legion of Super-Heroes (1994 team)
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The 1994 version of the Legion of Super-Heroes (also called the Post-Zero Hour or Reboot Legion) is a fictional superhero team in the 31st century of the DC Universe. The team is the second incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes, following after the 1958 version, and was followed by the 2004 rebooted version. It first appeared in Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0 (October 1994) and was created by Mark Waid, Tom McCraw and Stuart Immonen.
|Legion of Super-Heroes|
The Legion of Super-Heroes, with their allies and enemies
Art by Phil Jimenez
|Group publication information|
|First appearance||Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0 (October 1994)|
|Created by||Mark Waid and Tom McCraw (writers)|
Stuart Immonen (artist)
|See: List of Legion of Super-Heroes members|
|Legion of Super-Heroes|
|Cover of Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0 (October 1994). Art by Stuart Immonen & Ron Boyd.|
|Series publication information|
|Format||Ongoing series, Limited series|
|Publication date||(Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4))|
October 1994 – May 2000
October 1994 – March 2000
May 2000 – April 2001
December 2001 – October 2004
|Number of issues||(vol. 4): 64|
Legion Lost: 12
The Legion: 38
|Creator(s)||Mark Waid and Tom McCraw (writers)|
Stuart Immonen (artist)
Following Zero Hour, a new Legion continuity was created, beginning with a retelling of the origin story starting in Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #0 and then continued in spin-off sister series Legionnaires #0 (both released in October 1994). Lightning Lad was renamed Live Wire, and after the group's founding, a large number of heroes were added to the roster very quickly. Several members from the previous continuity were given new codenames, and some new heroes were added, including XS (the granddaughter of Barry Allen, the second Flash), Kinetix, and Gates.
While in some ways following the pattern of the original continuity, the new continuity diverged from the old one in several ways: some characters died as they had previously, others did not, and some Legion members spent time in the 20th century where they recruited Ferro. The Legion also started out having to earn the respect of the United Planets, which they did through two well-earned victories: successfully defending Earth from the White Triangle Daxamites, a group of Nazi-style racial purists; and exposing United Planets President Chu as the mastermind behind the Braal-Titan War, the Sun Eater hoax, the formation of the Fatal Five and the brainwashing of future Legionnaire Jan Arrah.
New writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning came on board with penciller Olivier Coipel to produce a dark story leading to the near-collapse of the United Planets and the Legion. In the wake of the disaster, a group of Legionnaires disappeared through a spatial rift and the two existing Legion series came to an end. The limited series Legion Lost (2000–2001) chronicled the difficult journey of these Legionnaires to return home, while the ensuing limited series Legion Worlds (2001) showed what was happening back in the United Planets during their absence.
A new series, The Legion, was launched in which the Legion was reunited and given a new base and purpose. Written for its first 33 issues by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the series was cancelled with issue 38. The most notable addition to the team during the title's publication was the post-"Crisis" Superboy, a 21st-century clone of Superman and Lex Luthor who had previously been granted honorary membership.
Final Crisis: Legion of 3 WorldsEdit
The Post-Zero Hour Legion reappeared in the 2008-2009 Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds limited series, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by George Pérez. The mini-series features the 1994 Legion teaming up with Superman and the post-Infinite Crisis and 2004 incarnations of the Legion to fight a new incarnation of the Legion of Super-Villains (led by Superboy-Prime) and the Time Trapper.
It is revealed at the end of the miniseries that Earth-247 and its entire universe were destroyed during the events of Infinite Crisis. The post-Zero Hour Legion, under the guidance of Shikari Lonestar, takes the name "the Wanderers" and decides to travel the Multiverse to look for survivors from the various alternate universes that were destroyed.
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The previously uninterrupted adventures of the team from the 30th Century had ended in the chaos of Zero Hour. But in this zero issue written by Tom McCraw and Mark Waid and drawn by Stuart Immonen, a new incarnation's adventures were only just beginning.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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- Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5 (July 2009)