[Legion Fan Club] Weekly Reader Week 47 END OF AN ERA…ZERO HOUR March 19, 2020
[Legion Fan Club] solemnly presents: Legion: The End of an Era: A tie-in to the Zero Hour: Crisis in Time miniseries, it is the final story arc in the Legion of Super-Heroes’ original timeline and marks the end of 36 years of unbroken Legion continuity. Yup, for quite a while this version of Legion that began circa April 1958 will disappear from DC Comics completely.
Legionnaires #17-18, and Valor #22-23 (August–September 1994) Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4, #60-61,
LEGIONNAIRES (1993-) #17 “End of an Era” Part 1! The ongoing struggle to reshape reality has stretched the 30th century to the breaking point, and even the Legionnaires may be unable to restore that shattered timeline! Legionnaires 17
VALOR (1992-) #22 As time continues to unravel, Valor rejoins the Legionnaires in the 30th century, and with the structural integrity of New Earth in jeopardy, Valor must rebuild an entire planet. Kurt Busiek – Writer Colleen Doran – Art! Valor 22
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #60 End of an Era’ part 3. The Legion of Super-Heroes and the Legionnaires join forces as time continues to unravel. But even the combined might of these two teams may not be enough to stop the alliance of two of their deadliest foes. LoSH 60
LEGIONNAIRES (1993-) #18 A ZERO HOUR tie-in! “End of an Era” part 4, continued from LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #60. As ZERO HOUR edges closer to the 30th century, Glorith and Mordru continue their campaign to restructure time—but their efforts bring a heavy cost to the Legionnaires. Continued in VALOR #23. Legionnaires 18
VALOR (1992-) #23 A ZERO HOUR tie-in, ‘End of an Era’ part 5. Valor, the Legion of Super-Heroes and the Legionnaires battle for the fate of New Earth. Valor 23
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #61 A ZERO HOUR tie-in! ‘End of an Era’ part 6… As ZERO HOUR descends on the 30th century, the Time Trapper returns. Only one member of the Legion of Super-Heroes is left standing to confront him…and the Trapper’s been waiting for him! LoSH 61
Thereafter, Legion continuity is completely rebooted, starting in Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 4, #0 (October 1994).
What do you think of Valor as a character concept, a version of our buddy Mon-el from the earlier series of Legion we have read?
This is only the second time we have read the early 90s version of the “real” Legion of Super Heroes with issues 60-61. What do you think of the more “adult” and grown up versions of these characters in these two issues, especially compared to the very young versions in Legionnaires?
Is Time Trapper a hero or a villain in this storyline?
Do you love or hate Zero Hour? Why?
- Bonus Question: any thoughts on the writing of Kurt Busiek and the artwork of Colleen Doran in Valor? Is it above the cut in both instances?
NEXT WEEK: We zigzag our way back to the “ultimate” classic era of 2 Legion series, when one of the two series being published was on super fine thick paper where the color just leapt off the page atcha! Stay safe!