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This week’s Superman #692 dropped a fairly huge surprise on readers concerning Officer Wilcox of the Science Police. She’s . . .
Okay, some of you are saying, “Who?” Sensor Girl appeared most recently via reference in “Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds” and in-person in “The Lightning Saga” storyline that crossed between “Justice League of America” and “Justice Society of America.” She’s a long-time member of the original incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes, originally known as Princess (and later, Queen) Projectra.
The Sensor Girl identity came about after the events of the Legion’s battle with the Legion of Super-Villains in the first five issues of the “Legion of Super-Heroes” so-called Baxter series that launched in 1984. During that arc, Projectra’s husband, Karate Kid (Val Armorr), was killed by the villian Nemesis Kid. Projectra’s response was to break his neck, killing him. She then left the Legion.
During a Legion recruitment drive a short time later, the blonde, many-powered Sensor Girl applied for membership. Though she wore a mask to conceal her identity, Saturn Girl vouched for her. A few team members thought that she might be Supergirl, who had been lost to them during “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. However, her true identity was revealed during a battle with the Emerald Empress’s new Fatal Five (Legion #25 from 1986). Projectra remained Sensor Girl, even becoming leader of the Legion before the ’89 relaunch.
Though it hasn’t been fully explained, the post-”Infinite Crisis” continuity has it that all of the versions of the Legion “happened”. The original Legion kept right on adventuring despite the ’89 relaunch (demonstrated in “Legion of Three Worlds” to be its own reality now). Some time after the Magic Wars, Karate Kid came back to life. He and several fellow Legion members participated in “The Lightning Saga”. Karate Kid stayed behind for one more mission, and was killed during the events of “Countdown”.
In this week’s “Superman” issue, Officer Wilcox shares a drink with Guardian and other Science Police. As she heads home to her apartment, she talks to an unknown party on her cell. Once inside, she picks up a picture of a very young Projectra and Karate Kid. Whispering, “Oh, Val,” she begins to weep. The last panel shows the Sensor Girl outfit in the room.
So then . . . what the heck is going on? Well, “Adventure Comics” is carrying the adventures of the original Legion (as reintroduced via Action Comics by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, and featured in “L3W”). Other members of that Legion, like Tellus and Mon-El, have also been popping up in the 21st Century. Starman is a member of the JSA. Clearly, we’re headed for a some kind of big meeting between the original/current Legion and the DCU.
Questions we should be asking:
1) Are the other “missing Legionnaires” described by Brainiac 5 in “L3W”, of which Sensor Girl was one, ALSO present in the 21st Century DCU?
2) If so, “who” and “where” are they?
3) What do you think of the Legion mixing with the current timeline?
Let’s talk, Legion Lovers.