Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Who's Who: Chameleon Girl


Chameleon Girl
by Siskoid

Real Name: Yera Allon
Super-Power(s): Shape-changing.
Planet of Origin: Earth
Legion Seniority: Chameleon Girl was the first new Legion recruit after the Retroboot.

Legion Log
Yera is a member of the Durlan race of shape-changers, but she is almost unique in the fact that she was born on Earth, from immigrant parents. From an early age, she was entranced by theater and holofilm, and wanted to become an actress. But Durlans were barred by law from taking acting jobs, as their natural shape-changing abilities was considered an unfair advantage over other actors. After struggling in what work she did get, her big break came when she was approached by Imskian rebel Micro Lad, who told her that the Legionnaire Shrinking Violet would be working with them on a very secret mission. She was led to believe the Legionnaires could not know about Violet's absence, and was to impersonate Violet and take her place in the Legion until the end of that mission. In actuality, Violet had been kidnapped.

And so Yera-as-Violet served as a Legionnaire, participating in missions and falling in love with Colossal Boy (who had long had a crush on Violet) and marrying him. He thought his prayers answered, but clashed with Duplicate Boy, who had up to that point been Violet's long-distance boyfriend. Duplicate Boy soon relented, detecting Yera's deception, but thinking it part of Violet's plan, just as she did. His reaction nevertheless drew suspicion to Yera. Element Lad and officer Shvaughn Erin began quietly investigated her, and ultimately forced her to confess so they could free the real Violet. Though Colossal Boy was understandably shocked, his feelings for Yera remained true, and she was welcomed, as herself, in Gim and his family's hearts. The real Shrinking Violet was not so forgiving and it would take years before she would see it as water under the bridge (in the 5 Years Later time frame).

Yera does not appear in the Reboot or Threeboot.

After Infinite Crisis, Yera's original history has more or less been re-established. Tapped by Brainiac 5 to become a full Legion member and - against Colossal Boy's wishes -  she took the name Chameleon Girl, and went undercover to infiltrate Earth Man's so-called "Justice League." She and Shrinking Violet remain at odds. She was one of the Legionnaires trapped in the 21st century while pursuing a time-traveling genetic terrorist. In Justice League United, she returns to the 31st century to once more serve with the team.

Important Chameleon Girl Stories:

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #287
Unbeknownst to the Legion (or the readers), Shrinking Violet has been replaced by Yera

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #288-289
Yera (as Violet) falls in love with Colossal Boy


Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #298
Duplicate Boy intrudes on Colossal Boy and Yera's honeymoon

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #302
Element Lad and Shvaughn Erin investigate "Violet"


Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #305
Yera is outed as an impostor and tells her story; Colossal Boy confirms it's her he loves

Legion of Super-Heroes (v2) #308
Yera meets the in-laws


Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #1
Colossal Boy and Yera move in together outside Legion HQ

Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes #320
Gigi Cusimano observes Gim and Yera as a couple

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #9
Shrinking Violet and Yera have words


Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #27
Focus on Gim and Yera's married life

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #58
Gim and Yera have problems, like any other couple


Legion of Super-Heroes Annual (v4) #3
Five years later, Violet finally forgives Yera

Action Comics #681
After Infinite Crisis, Yera is now Chameleon Girl and a member of the Legion, 
fighting Earth-Man's so-called Justice League


Action Comics #683
To revive Sun Boy, Chameleon Girl makes the ultimate sacrifice

Legion of Super-Heroes (v6) #10
Chameleon Girl goes on a mission with the Legion Espionage Squad

Legion Lost (v2) #1-16
Chameleon Girl is one of the Legionnaires Lost in the 21st Century


Justice League United #6
Chameleon Girl rejoins the proper Legion

4 comments:

  1. What was the year in which Action Comics #681 and Action Comics #683 were printed. I had lost track of of these two issues featuring Chameleon Girl. As always, thank you for the insight on the best comic genre ever.

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  2. Those comics came out in 2008.

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  3. The first Vi/Yera confrontation was a real shining moment for Yera. She did not back down or even flinch at Vi's anger. No wonder Gim fell for her, she's tough!

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  4. I always liked Yera, so I wish we knew more about the circumstances where she joined the Legion.
    Clearly the "no duplication of powers" clause has been rescinded.

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