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Legionnaires #1
Preboot » Five Years Later/Glorithverse
Cover artwork by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story
Cover artwork by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story
Story title Baptism by Fire!
Previous story Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #41: Untitled
Next story Legion of Super-Heroes v4 #42: Untitled
Publication date February 9, 1993
Cover date April 1993
Writer(s) Tom & Mary Bierbaum
Penciller Chris Sprouse
Inker Karl Story
Letterer Pat Brosseau
Colourist Tom McCraw
Editor(s) K.C. Carlson, Michael Eury
Cover artist(s) Chris Sprouse and Karl Story

Baptism by Fire!

(22 pages/117 panels)


Cosmic Boy, Live Wire, and Saturn Girl rescue people trapped by a fire. The Power Grid in the city is down having been sabotaged. Chameleon and Computo aid New Earth President Troy Stewart in restoring the computers that stabilize New Earth, when security cameras catch a gang damaging a Power Junction with an explosive. Ultra Boy and Ferro thwart their getaway, while Live Wire, Cosmic Boy and Saturn Girl catch one of them trying to flee, a young girl named Mega.

Mega tells the Legionnaires how she was forced to be a member of the Hand gang.

During a full roster meeting, the Legionnaires elect Cosmic Boy the new leader and Computo the Deputy Leader. To investigate the Hand Gang and their mysterious leader Cosmic Boy assigns a team of Shrinking Violet, Triad, Ultra Boy and team leader Apparition. Mega accompanies them to a hidden Hand base, where they lose telepathic contact with Saturn Girl. They are led to the leader of the gang, former Fatal Five member Mano, who executes Mega, despite the best efforts of Ultra Boy, who is rendered unconscious trying to save her with Ultra-Speed. Mano threatens to kill an unconscious Ultra Boy if the Legionnaires make any motion to stop him.

Key Quotes and Catchphrases

Roll Call

New Earth Legionnaires


Supporting characters

Other characters

Planets and Settings

  • New Earth

Technology, Gadgets and Other Neat Stuff

  • Legion Flight Rings

Alien Wildlife


Errors and Oddities

Easter Eggs

Ferro's move to stop the fleeing Hand gang members gives a sense of putting himself into deadly situations, harkening back to his Pre-Crisis counterpart's sacrifice to destroy a Sun-Eater.

First appearances

  • Mega (only appearance, dies in this issue)

Reboot Reference Kit




Baptism by Fire! has not yet been reprinted.

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