Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Who's Who: Dragonmage

by Siskoid

Real Name: Xao Jin
Super-Power(s): Magical spells accompanied by holographic dragons.
Planet of Origin: Earth.
Legion Seniority: Dragonmage was (alphabetically) the SW6 Legion's third new recruit.

Legion Log 
Xao Jin was born in the China sector of Earth, and his sensitivity to the forces of magic was apparent almost from the time of his birth. When his powers seriously threatened his family's safety during the Magic Wars, he was apprenticed to Chu Hua, a full-fledged magician, under whom he studied until the Dominators took him and his teacher captive. He escaped the Dominion chambers with the help of Danielle Foccart and join the so-called SW6 Legion with her as Dragonmage.

Dragonmage is not completely trained in the use of his power, and is easily rattled, a sometimes dangerous combination; he works on his concentration daily. During his short time with the Legion, he helped fight the Fatal Five and was instrumental in saving Kid Quantum and the whole of the Protean race. He disappeared from the time line at a pivotal point in a battle against Mordru and Glorith, in the wake of Zero Hour.

After the Reboot, Dragonmage tried out for Legion membership but was rejected by Legionnaires leery of magic after the Eye of Ekron had sent part of the team into the past. He left, vowing to show the Legionnaires the true extent of magic's power. Seeking more magical power, he stumbled on Mordru's plot to escape his tomb, and tried to warn the Legion, but was not believed. So he turned to Mysa and helped her prepare to fight Mordru instead. He was grievously injured in the battle with the great wizard, but survived and became Mysa's apprentice. Impatient to recover, he used ancient scrolls inscribed with elemental magic as a shortcut, ignoring other wizards' warnings. The Elementals escaped and the Legion had to fight them. He helped them fight the monsters, but was again severely injured in the process. Ashamed of his recklessness, he turned himself over to the authorities.

After the Threeboot, Dragonmage does not appear to exist.

After Infinite Crisis, though Dragonmage has never actually appeared, he was mentioned by Mordru as one of the magicians he'd killed and absorbed (in
Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2).

Additionally, the Dragonmage from the original collapsed timeline would appear in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds fighting Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains.

Important Dragonmage Stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #33
Dragonmage makes his first appearance in the Dominators' underground chambers

Legion of Super-Heroes (v4) #41
Dragonmage joins the SW6 Legion

Legionnaires #9-11
Dragonmage is one of the Legionnaires sent to Antares and instrumental in saving the Protean race

Legionnaires #18
Dragonmage is one of the magicians who attempts to prevent Zero Hour, to no avail

Legionnaires #43
Reboot Dragonmage makes his first appearance trying out for the Legion

Legionnaires #46-52
Dragonmage accidentally frees Mordru and is severely injured fighting him

Legionnaires #70-74
Dragonmage accidentally unleashes Elementals the Legion then has to stop

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #5
Dragonmage fights Superboy-Prime along with Legionnaires from several timelines

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