perletwo: Gim & Yera, the happy couple (legion - allons)
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OK, so the work on this primer kind of got away from me, mea culpa. But I now have it complete up to the current "The Culling" crossover arc.

In Part 1, we saw how Yera was duped into impersonating Shrinking Violet for months on end, during which time "Vi" secretly married Colossal Boy. Yera was exposed, Vi was rescued, Gim and Yera decided to stay married, and all was on track for them all to live happily ever after.

But first, they gotta tell Gim's parents...

3 pages from a 9-page backup story.

Marte charges that the marriage may make waves for her politically as Earthgov president. Yera gives a demonstration of how her powers "make people uncomfortable," and she and Marte fence about the unpopularity of Durlans, especially in light of their lethal inhospitality to anyone who lands on Durlan soil. (See this post for a look at how Chameleon Boy and R.J. Brande were greeted on a return trip.) Yera more than holds her own in the discussion.

The story closes with Marte and Wynn chatting in bed after the kids have gone home. The pendant really did the trick, Wynn tells her; she thought it would when she picked it out, "last month, after the Science Police told me about their secret wedding." Perks of being president. "Now I wonder if I can find a way to convince them to bring their kids up Jewish?" Marte muses on the fadeout.

Gim and Yera next make a cameo appearance in an issue where a mad bomber is on the loose - and he's found a way to sabotage the Science Police's protocols for tracking down bomb threats.

Two other items of note from this issue: We learn that Colossal Boy and SP Officer GiGi Cusimano (Legion liaison Shvaughn Erin's roommate, who's dating Sun Boy) are old friends; and Shrinking Violet is cleared to leave Medicus One and resume normal life.

GiGi and Gim get cozy in a Tales of the Legion backup story, "Triangle" (2 of 8 pages).

Sun Boy is horrified to see them hugging, and tackles Gim about it at HQ; he laughs it off. So Sun Boy tackles GiGi, who blows him off with a resounding DUMP.

Our happy couple next makex a cameo in the first issue of the Baxter Paper series, which kicks off the Eye For An Eye arc.

And the fact that the real, newly hardcore-gritty-angry Shrinking Violet is moving back into HQ has nothing to do with it, I'm sure.

Ahhh, election season. Always a circus, and never more so than when Khund assassins are attacking the computer-nominated candidates. The Legionnaires are on protection detail in baxter paper #10 and beat back all Khundian comers, right up to election eve...

The Khundian's sonic weapon knocks out everyone except Gim, who takes him out before he can kill the outgoing president aka Mom, albeit with some difficulty. The election happens and the world keeps turning - until it's discovered the new prez is a puppet for Universo, but that's another long, long story. And that's it for Yera in the 1980s run of the Legion.

She next appears in the 2008 Legion arc in Action Comics. This follows immediately after the Lightning Saga in that year's JLA/JSA titles. Back in the 30th Century, much has changed. An artifact has been discovered that seems to prove Superman's alien origins were a hoax, and this has been used to whip up Earth's chronic xenophobia. The Legion of Super-Rejects has been rechristened the Justice League of Earth and given Earthgov sanction. Most of the Legion's alien membership has been hunted down and imprisoned - and Earth's sun has mysteriously turned red.

The remaining Legionnaires, hiding underground, have brought Superman back to restore his legacy. But with the sun red, he's not much use in a fight. Could this be a job for stealth instead of brawn? Ask the potted plant in JLE HQ - or one of the schoolchildren on a field trip there....

....well, no.

We pick up the fight in the next issue.

Yeah, that disguise doesn't last long. But we've still got to get Sun Boy to give Supes that funky high from the yellow sun!

I think it's fair to term that Yera Saves the World, don't you? :D She and Gim show up in two more panels, looking quite cozy:

From this arc the Legion plunged directly into Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds. Yera appears in that arc, but only as a background player in George Perez's patented million-people-fighting scenes.

The Legion rebooted briefly in 2010 after 3 Worlds, and Yera made two appearances there.

Later in this run, a major arc had Durlan revolutionaries terrorizing the United Planets in the name of the late R.J. Brande. Yera accompanied Cham to one of Brande's strongholds to try to track down the mastermind of the terrorist plot.

This reboot was preempted by the launch of the New 52, and the LOSH title re-rebooted. Yera, however, was shuffled off to the 21st century with an away team in Legion Lost.

That's the time bubble exploding on the trip home with their prisoner in Lost #1. Gates and Yera are MIA and presumed dead by the away team.

Meanwhile, with the loss of contact with the destroyed time bubble, the rest of the Legion presumes the entire away team is dead, and installs statues for them in the Hall of Dead Heroes. How's Gim taking it?

Gates and Yera stay MIA until Lost #6, when the Losties catch up to them in a Super Secret Government Black Ops Facility.

What's J'onn doing there? I have no idea. Something to do with whatever he's getting up to in Stormwatch, I guess.

Say it with me now: ewwwwwwwwwww.

That catches us up to this post from Lost #8, which started this whole primer off. Personally I'm not seeing any support for Yera's claim that her relationship with Gim was long since done in what I've got here, but hey, new universe, and marriage is boring, amirite?

Now she's in The Culling, and it's been revealed she's working for something called Echo, and her target seems to be Harvest, the Big Bad of the Culling arc. What Echo is and what it all means, we don't know yet. But we do know one thing: White is really not her color.

And you can tune in to Legion Lost for more Chameleon Girl, now that The Culling is wrapping up!

Date: 2012-06-11 06:27 am (UTC)
cleome45: (logo1)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
Hey hey! This is wonderful. (Also, I hope it means you're feeling better.)

I didn't think much of the Levitz' use of the Durlans when he returned last year. Not his best plotting/characterization. Which is too bad, because the art was mostly very good.

Haven't been able to keep up with the Lost title past the first three issues or so, unfortunately. Or maybe fortunately. I really wasn't impressed with what I saw of the "turn" Gim and Yera's relationship took.

Yeah, I'm an old fogey, and trying hard to make peace with it. :p

Date: 2012-06-12 02:38 am (UTC)
cleome45: (brainy1)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
If I can ever pull myself out of the financial nosedive I'm (always) in, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks. :)

Date: 2012-06-11 07:45 am (UTC)
razsolo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] razsolo
I missed the Earth-Man arc that reintroduced this version of the Legion (mainly because I try to avoid anything written by Johns like the plague) so it's interesting seeing her role in that storyline here!

The only time prior to this divorce out of nowhere that I can recall there ever being any tension between Gim and Yera was around the time of Magic Wars....there was a scene where she snaps at him for some reason, I don't really remember much more about it now but it did seem to indicate at the time that maybe things were a little rocky.

One incident in decades is hardly a good enough excuse to destroy a marriage though, especially when way more recent stories have them being devoted to one another. Good synopsis of her history, perletwo! :)

Date: 2012-06-11 08:26 am (UTC)
terrykun: (AQUAMAN!)
From: [personal profile] terrykun
"By the way, he prefers brunettes."

Oh Brainy, you're such a creeper. XD

Date: 2012-06-11 10:54 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Always liked Gim, a nice simple, straightforward power, and a nice simple, straightforward sort of guy.

Yera was an interesting character, but I always had a sort of a hard time with Gim overcoming the scale of the deception she perpetrated (albeit not in full awareness of the situation) up to the point of marrying someone whilst not apprising them of the rather salient fact that she was someone else, that'd be sort of a deal breaker for me, but YMMV of course.

And there was a time or two you had to seriously question her commitment to a role (IIRC It was Yera who was in the Great Darkness Saga not Salu, and even when inside one of the Servants, she stuck to shrinking despite it nearly killing her, when she would have had a number of more lethal possibilities using Durlan abilities)

Apropos of very little, I used to really rather like Gary Franks art, but for some reason, as soon as he starts drawing teeth he can't help but make his people look weirdly terrifying with their rictus grins.

Date: 2012-06-11 11:26 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I think Vi and Yera were shown as being forsty towards each other at best.

And agreed on the more creative use of the powers by Yera, though that was perhaps down to Salu's long established reticent nature, which is perhaps best exemplified by noting that the Shrinking Violet we see 5YL is significantly taller than Vi used to be, suggesting she was, at some level, using her power to appear smaller than she should have been because she FELT small and insignificant.

There's a nice scene in the Post Zero Hour Legion where we see how Vi came to be the Legionnaire from Imsk which is really rather good. Must see if I can dig it out.

And imagine the horror if Gary Land and gary Frank ever collaborated on a project!!!

Date: 2012-06-12 02:43 am (UTC)
cleome45: (lightning1)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
I deal with the too-speedy decision on Gim's part by sort of mentally editing in a [i]"Six weeks and lots of mediation later..."[/i] caption at the beginning of the page where he tells Yera he wants to stay with her. It's definitely a little much if you assume they had that conversation an hour to a day after the takedown of Violet's captors-- especially considering how pissed off he was at the time.

Comics and soaps both engage in the time compression thing far too often, but at some point I just decided it was inevitable.

Date: 2012-06-11 12:55 pm (UTC)
robinzegblu: A robot with tank treads instead of legs. (Default)
From: [personal profile] robinzegblu
So he wears his uniform to visit his parents, but he deals with a bomb threat in his civies?

Date: 2012-06-11 04:22 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Of course he wears his uniform to visit his parents, they put a lot of effort into that outfit and would probably say something if he didn't.

As I recall a Jewish stand-up comedian commmenting years ago; "If I were to fall into the river, my mother would be the one on the side shouting. 'Help, help, my son, the universtity graduate, is drowning'

Date: 2012-06-11 06:30 pm (UTC)
jaybee3: Nguyen Lil Cass (Default)
From: [personal profile] jaybee3
The scans are a reminder of what an evil you-know-what Earth Man really was - and they wasted so much space in the new Levitz series trying to redeem him, hooking him up with blue-skinned Shady (which in retrospect came out of nowhere and was never convincing even when we expected to believe she mourned the guy) -with no one calling him on his hypocrisy. Pretty much every fellow reader of Legion I knew was looking forward to Levitz's run and instead we got more and more Earth-Man (he was even the first choice to be the new Green Lantern - WTF!), he basically became the Megan Draper of the LSH. Were we supposed to feel actually sorry for the guy when he died?

Sorry about the rant - God, I loathed that character!

About Yera and Gim, the main reason to believe that the marriage is done is what you said. TPTB at DC seems to hate marriage in its "present day" books (though Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl are still married right - Levitz himself seems to have ignored the reboot and continued what he was doing pre-Flashpoint).

Date: 2012-06-12 02:46 am (UTC)
cleome45: (logo1)
From: [personal profile] cleome45
I was pretty bummed out at how many fans/friends who follow the book actually agreed that the marriage was boring and needed to go. Honestly, I may have to start a drinking game for this whole unwelcome P.O.V. on the part of fans and the brass, because it seems to be everywhere in fandom, except possibly here.

Date: 2012-06-11 08:51 pm (UTC)
sailorlibra: (disappointed)
From: [personal profile] sailorlibra
This is a cool post. Yera seems like a very interesting character, but I do wish DC hadn't recked her marriage just like everyone else's.

Date: 2012-06-12 02:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kraesil
I do wish DC hadn't wrecked the whole UNIVERSE.
Edited Date: 2012-06-12 02:43 pm (UTC)


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