Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Who's Who: Reflecto

Reflecto
by Siskoid

Real Name: Stig Ah
Super-Power(s): Reflect fast-moving objects, matter or energy
Planet of Origin: Rimbor
Legion Seniority: Though Reflecto was an identity once used by Superboy, accidentally posing as Ultra Boy, a new Reflecto was the fifth recruit to join the Legion in the mostly-unchronicled era known as the Five-Year Gap.


Legion Log 
The first person to use the name Reflecto was Ultra Boy after he was seemingly killed by Pulsar Stargrave. Dislodged from normal time-space, he sought Superboy's help in the 20th century, where he possessed the Teen of Steel's mind, creating a new, incoherent personality calling itself Reflecto. He returned to the 30th century and sought out the Legion, whose members suspected he might be Jo Nah in disguise. They discovered the truth, and Dawnstar's tracking ability then led to the discovery of Jo's body, and the Legion changed their statue honoring Ultra Boy in the Hall of Heroes to that of Reflecto.

The change was probably meant to explain the fact that Reflecto's very first appearance was as part of the so-called Adult Legion timeline, where he was seen as the statue of a fallen hero.

As it was later revealed that Stig Ah, a normal Rimborian boy, was injured in an incident involving a fusion power sphere. He seemed fine until one day, a girder was accidentally dropped on him and bounced off an invisible wall just above him. The sphere's null radiation had activated his latent power to reflect any fast-moving object, matter or energy, which was directed at him. He used this power to become Rimbor's first super-hero, Reflecto. He came to Earth with Ultra Boy to try out for the Legion, but didn't make the team. He returned to Rimbor as its protector.


In the so-called Five-Year Gap, Reflecto finally became a member of the Legion, but his tenure was cut short when he was killed by the Molecule Master (as predicted in the Adult Legion story) with poison gas unaffected by his power.

Important Reflecto Stories:

Adventure Comics (v1) #354
Reflecto first appears as a dead Legionnaire in an Adult Legion story
Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #277-282
The Reflecto story arc has the mysterious hero help the Legion against Grimbor,
then return Ultra Boy to life
Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #279
Reflecto is unmasked and he's... Superboy?! Ultra Boy in the body of Superboy, actually
Secret Origins (v2) #32
First appearance of Stig Ah, the real Reflecto, as the Rimborian Phantom Girl
WASN'T pulling to make a member
Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) Annual #1
Ultra Boy is chosen to be a Legionnaire over Reflecto
Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #44-45
Reflecto shown to be a deceased member of the Legion after all,
when Mordru turns him into a zombie

8 comments:

  1. And with that, we have Liefeld! Whoo-hoo! (Every comics blog has to give us The Liefeld at some point...) :D

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  2. Are you sure that's Liefeld? I mean, this guy drew FEET!

    Chris

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  3. Yep, definitely Liefeld. At least, he's the credited penciller, and the Who's Who came out before he was a name artist, so... yeah, it's him. Actually, if you look at Rob's early work (like the Hawk & Dove mini), it's recognizably Rob, but actually better than his better-known work. Honestly - but I'd have to see the original pencils to be sure - I'm fairly sure his inkers were covering some of his Robness, which would explain the feet. (There's not a significant separation of time between the aforementioned Hawk & Dove and his New Mutants, but the latter is much more the Liefeld we all know...)

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  4. I remember liking the art on the Hawk and Dove mini-series a lot, in that way I have of liking almost anything Karl Kesel has inked.

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  5. Rob also drew the Grimbor entry and a few other scattered ones.

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  6. Yeah, I know, I was just being snarky. I liked Liefeld's Hawk and Dove too, but I do think most of that was due to Kesel's crispy inks.

    Chris

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  7. Ah, yeah... in retrospect, probably should have realized it was just snarkiness. Sorry 'bout that. (Really would love to be able to compare Rob's original pencils on Hawk & Dove to the Kesel-inked final product. Would probably be most interesting...)

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