WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Andrea Sorrentino and André Lima Araújo, in stores now.
There's been a lot of mystery surrounding the Legion of Super-Heroes' return. For a while now, we've known that the Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium miniseries would lead into the team's triumphant return, but most of the details surrounding the two-issue miniseries weren't revealed in advance, including who would be starring in the series. Although Millennium #1 didn't feature the return of the titular superhero team, the mysterious protagonist was revealed: Rose Forrest, aka Rose and Thorn.
Rose Forrest and her violent vigilante other personality Thorn may have been a part of the DC Universe for a long time, but the character has never exactly been the center of attention. However, the character suspiciously returned to prominence recently in the pages of Brian Michael Bendis and Szymon Kudranski's Action Comics #1012. There, Rose/Thorn surfaced as a Metropolis vigilante. Her return was tied to the revelation of the Invisible Mafia and the mysterious threat of Leviathan -- but it now appears as if there is a lot more to it than that.
As far as we knew, Rose Forrest didn't have any special abilities. Sure, she is a deadly fighter with a dual personality, but that was as far as it went. Until now. In Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1, we learn that Rose is actually a lot more powerful than we, or even she, realized. As it turns out, she is actually immortal. Rose goes on to live more than a thousand years without even aging a day. Because of this ability, Rose lives through some of the famous DC futures we know: she pays a visit to Batman Beyond's Neo Gotham, she lives through Kamandi's dystopian era and she eventually ends up all the way into the 31th (or is it 32nd?) century.
As Rose lives through countless years, we are given to understand that she is incredibly important to the Legion's return. We may not know how she will factor into the team's return, but it now appears as if she may play a role in the formation of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
Now, we know that Rose Forrest's return in Action Comics this past June wasn't just another random return of a minor villain. It was purposeful, and it has implications that go beyond Metropolis, Leviathan and even Superman. With Brian Michael Bendis at the helm of both the Superman title and Legion of Super-Heroes, it appears the scribe is weaving an intricate web centered on a relatively minor character in the DC Universe.
Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2 releases on October 2.