Ayla Ranzz alias Lightning Lass hails from the farming planet Winath, she is the twin sister of fellow Legion of Super-Heroes member Lightning Lad (Garth Ranzz) and the younger sister of the villainous Lightning Lord (Mekt Ranzz). Ayla joined the Legion to honour her then-dead brother whom she's very closer to, even if it annoys her that Garth doesn't even realize when he's bossing her around.
Ayla Ranzz was born the third of three children on the planet Winath. When she was fourteen years old, Ayla and her twin-brother Garth and his big brother Mekt, attended a party on an alien planet. Returning home, their shuttlecraft malfunctioned and they crashed "lightning world" of Korbal. They discovered that their ship had run out of power and that its engines needed to be recharged. Garth lured a herd of Lightning Beasts towards the craft hoping to use their electrical discharges to repower the ship, but the bio-electricity released by the creatures altered their physiology, giving imbuing all three of them with the ability to generate electricity. Garth, Ayla and Mekt used their powers to recharge the ship's engines and return home.
Joining the Legion
Ayla originally joined the Legion of Super-Heroes disguised as her brother Garth, claiming to be her brother back from the dead, after his death at the hands of Zaryan the Conqueror. Ayla was soon discovered, but she was admitted into the Legion of Super-Heroes as Lightning Lass.
Eventually fellow Legionnaire Mon-El discovered a way to bring Garth back to life. The plan involved going to Lightning World and channeling the power of a massive lightning bolt into a specially designed Daxamite rod that would resurrect the fallen Legionnaire. However, such a plan would come at great cost, as whoever was holding the lightning rod at the point of impact would be killed. Ayla and other five Legionnaires volunteered to sacrifice themselves. At the last minute, Chameleon Boy's pet, Proty, morphed into the form of Saturn Girl and sacrificed himself to bring Ayla's brother back.
Lightning Lad rejoined the Legion as a full-time member. Unfortunately, due to Legion bylaws which prohibited members with similar powers from being on the team together, Ayla had to resign. She rejoined the team only a short time later when Dream Girl helped her change her Electrokinetic powers to Gravity Manipulation powers similar to Starboy using the science of planet Naltor Ayla changed her name to Light Lass.
The Great Darkness Saga
Main article: Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga
Ayla served loyally the Legion for a long while, entering a relationship with fellow Legionnaire Timber Wolf and fighting Darkseid's bid for more universal rule. Sadly, the endless conflict and battles worn Ayla down, and she quit the team. Timber Wolf felt he couldn't give up the Legion, and Ayla broke up with him before taking off for parts unknown. Her brother Garth didn't ask where she went to, feeling she had earned her right to peace and quiet.
Return of Lightning Lass
Ayla came back her Winathian hometown to live as a normal farmer. Unfortunately she was found by a member of the Legion of Super-Villains and brought before Lightning Lord. Her eldest brother jailed her to force her into joining him. When she refused him over and again Lightning Lord threw a fit, blasted her with his full power and left her for dead. Still his attack accidentally caused Ayla's original powers to come back. She broke out of her cell and defeated several members of the Legion of Super-Villains before landing their ship on Orando to deal with the rest. Her brother Mekt faced her again but she defeated him decisively.
Later Ayla entered into a long-term relationship with fellow Legionnaire Shrinking Violet.
Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds
Main article: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds
Still the next cosmic upheavals restored a slightly altered version of the future of the Legion. In the new reality, Earth-Man's campaign to destroy the Legion ensured the spreading of the xenophobia and the relationship between the Legion and the United Planets government becoming greatly strained.
At that point, Superboy-Prime ended up in the 30th century and freed the Legion of Super-Villains, forcing the Legion to recall Superman and bring two Legions of different timelines to her own universe. Ayla teamed up with two versions of herself and three versions of her brother to bring Bart Allen from back before rejoining the fight against the army of super-villains.
Powers and Abilities
- Electrokinesis: As Lightning Lass, Ayla Ranzz possessed the ability to generate and project bursts of high-voltage electricity.
- Gravity Manipulation (Formerly)
- Ayla is younger than her twin brother Garth.
- Legion of Super-Heroes Recommended Reading
- Adventure Comics (Volume 1)
- Adventure Comics (Volume 2)
- The Legion (Volume 1)
- Legion Lost (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 4)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 5)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 6)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 7)
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 8)
- Legionnaires (Volume 1)
- Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 1)
- 295 Appearances of Ayla Ranzz (Pre-Zero Hour)
- 18 Images featuring Ayla Ranzz (Pre-Zero Hour)
- 6 Quotations by or about Ayla Ranzz (Pre-Zero Hour)
- Character Gallery: Ayla Ranzz (Pre-Zero Hour)
- Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #4
- Adventure Comics #308
- Adventure Comics #312
- Adventure Comics #317
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #294
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 2) #302
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #1
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #2
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #3
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #4
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #5
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 3) #6
- Legion of Super-Heroes (Volume 4) #47
- Superboy #221
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