“The Son & the Stars” Part One
Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Andy Clarke
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Vril Dox and his band of R.E.B.E.L.S. team up with Adam Strange and Captain Comet to deal with the threat of the Starro. They flee the planet Voorl to escape from the High Vanguard, but come under attack by Black Lanterns Stealth and Harbinger. A yellow power ring chooses Dox for his ability to instill fear, and he becomes the newest member of the Sinestro Corps…
Pages 1-3: These scenes depict an extremely brief recap of the history of the L.E.G.I.O.N., as seen in Invasion! #1-3, L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #1- L.E.G.I.O.N. ’94 #70 and R.E.B.E.L.S. ’94 #1-R.E.B.E.L.S. ’96 #17, as well as the more recent Adam Strange mini-series and current issues of R.E.B.E.L.S.
Page 4: Stealth of Gryx, real name unrevealed. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #1. Killed in R.E.B.E.L.S. #8. A skilled hand-to-hand combatant who generates a sound dampening aura. Her “unstable alien physiology” has to do with her bizarre mating ritual in which she raped and killed Vril Dox, got pregnant, and then transformed into her native, non-humanoid form to give birth to Lyrl Dox. A little strange. The wonderful conception occurred in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #7, and the lovely birth happening in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #28.
Page 5: Vril Dox II, also known as Brainiac 2 of Colu. First appeared (historical) in Superman (first series) #167 and (modern) in Invasion! #1. Killed in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’89 #7, but he was subsequently revived in a new, cloned body. Possesses a superior intellect and absolutely no people skills.
Adam Strange of Earth and New Rann. First appeared in Showcase #17. He’s a master combatant and an expert tactician armed with Rannian technology.
Captain Comet, real name Adam Blake of Earth. First appeared in Strange Adventures #9. Technically, this is Captain Comet II, who has recently gone by the name of Comet. The original was killed in 52 Week Thirty-One, and was reborn in Mystery in Space #1. Possesses superhuman strength and endurance, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation and flight.
“You war with Thanagar took a bad turn?” Dox is referring to the events depicted in the Rann-Thanagar: Holy War mini-series.
Page 6: The emergency transmission that Adam Strange picked up from the Flash was seen in Blackest Night #4.
The scene in which Black Lantern Martian Manhunter attacks Green Lantern and the Flash occurred in Green Lantern (fourth series) #44.
Page 7: Starro the Conqueror, formerly known as Cobi of Hatorei. First appeared in The Brave and the Bold (first series) #28. More details about the origins of Starro and the explanation that he’s actually a humanoid warlord were revealed in R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1: Starro the Conqueror.
Page 8: Starro’s recent campaign to conquer the universe and Vril Dox’s rebellion against him is the main story seen in recent issues of R.E.B.E.L.S.
Bounder of Cairn. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #3. Wears an armored suit that allows him to inflate and act like a wrecking ball, crushing his opponents.
Page 9: Lyrl Dox, also known as Brainiac 3 of Colu. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #28. Possesses super-intelligence, which is currently being suppressed by his father.
Strata of Dryad. First appeared in Invasion! #2. Possesses superhuman strength and invulnerability due to her silicon-based form.
Garv of Dryad. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’90 #15. Possesses superhuman strength and invulnerability. Despite the fact that this book says that Garv is from Dryad, I really don’t buy it. Garv’s homeworld has not, to my knowledge, ever been revealed, and Dryadian are typically silicon-based life forms, like Strata or Brik from the Green Lantern Corps.
Rocky is Strata and Garv’s son. Cute little guy, ain’t he?
The High Vanguard is Starro’s top soldiers, who command his horde. They first appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #4. From left to right, they are Acarinus, Limina, Smite, Blackfang, Chronar and Brunt.
Page 11: Kanjar Ro of Dhor. First appeared in Justice League of America (first series) #3. A cunning strategist who relies on high-tech weaponry, including his infamous Gamma Gong. You read that right – the Gamma Gong. No snickering.
Amon Hakk of Khundia. First appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. ’91 #30. A skilled warrior outfitted with a cybernetic arm.
Xylon, Fleet Admiral of the Dominion Homeworld. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #4. Military strategist.
Ciji of Durla. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #4. Shape-shifter.
Wildstar of Starhaven. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #2. An energy being trapped in a containment suit who can fly and track others across the universe.
Page 14: Maltus is the original home to those who would evolve into the Guardians of the Universe, the Controllers and the Zamarons. It is currently the home to L.E.G.I.O.N. headquarters. The planet faces severe overpopulation.
“ – and you realized he doesn’t care enough to rescue me.” Vril and Lyrl have some bad blood between them, mainly due to Lyrl taking control of L.E.G.I.O.N. and hunting down Vril and his allies when he was only a baby. It tends to sour a father-son relationship.
Page 16: “Call me Brainiac 3.” This just so cannot be good.
Page 17: “I suppressed it so he could develop the values and judgment necessary to wield a 12th-level intelligence responsibly.” Why isn’t anyone on that ship laughing their asses off at Dox lecturing about values, judgment and responsibility?
Page 20: Ararinus and Blackfang feel rage, while Chronar and Limina feel fear.
Page 21: Whoops. Poor Limina’s not feeling anything else…she’s a dead one.
Page 23: A few members of the Sinestro Corps. Malia is the pale woman with white hair, while Narok is the guy who looks like a humanoid octopus. The rest are unnamed.
Page 25: Harbinger, real name Lyla Michaels of Earth. First appeared (as Lyla) in New Teen Titans (first series) #21 and (as Harbinger) in Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. Killed in Superman/Batman #10. Able to split into multiple duplicates, fly, and project energy.
I’m not sure why Harbinger appears in this story. I know that she’s dead, and was raised as a Black Lantern and all, but she really never had any connection to the L.E.G.I.O.N. or Vril Dox.
Page 27: In case you were wondering, that is Ciji who is transforming into a protective cocoon to save Amon Hakk, Strata, Garv and Rocky.
Page 28: Tribulus, homeworld unknown. First appeared in R.E.B.E.L.S. #1. A gigantic, mindless brute that can release blasts of mental lightning.
“I know everything about everyone.” While alive, Harbinger was the Monitor’s right hand woman and, as such, kept tabs on everyone in the Multiverse. After the Monitor’s death, she compiled the original History of the DC Universe, which, unfortunately, is woefully out-of-date.
So, if Narok is from Space Sector 2449, then why is his designation “Sinestro 1287”? Shouldn’t he be “Sinestro 2449”?
Page 30: I have to say, Dox looks good in a Sinestro Corps uniform. And the design lends itself well to Dox’s quasi-fascist fashion sense.