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#907735 - 09/05/16 10:46 AM Legion Rebirth Speculation  
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#907736 - 09/05/16 10:50 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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#907762 - 09/05/16 12:30 PM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Please have it be Hope Larson!

I'd even settle for Tom King.

But Dan Jurgens has ties to the Levitz Mark 2 era and the end of the Postboot era, albeit only as a penciler. Things is, I think Jurgens is a horrible writer -- sometimes he has good ideas, but he almost never pulls them off in the execution.

And it goes without saying that I'm glad it won't be J*nth*n H*ckm*n.


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#907877 - 09/06/16 08:06 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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those young turks, Levitz and Giffen look eager for a shot, going by that picture. I say let them have a go!


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#907882 - 09/06/16 08:41 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: thoth lad]  
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Originally Posted by thoth lad
those young turks, Levitz and Giffen look eager for a shot, going by that picture. I say let them have a go!


As if they didn't embarrass themselves enough on the Retroboot. :rolleyes:

HOPE LARSON! HOPE LARSON! HOPE LARSON!

TOM KING! TOM KING! TOM KING!


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#908322 - 09/10/16 05:43 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Haven't been around in a while, what with the Legion drought wink

I just want it given to King already. Omega Men was a huge
Success (critically and in trade, at least, ESPECIALLY in trade), he's the obvious choice. He can write space operas with complex morality, and revamp old abandoned concepts. He's also good at using just enough DC mythos for his work to have ties to the universe. He's also good at characterisation and writkng complex, intriguing characters. My one worry is if he can handle a large cast and rotate characters well.

The rest:
DiDio - not a good writer, so let's just ignore him.

Larson - her Batgirl does a good job romanticising youthful waywardness, but isn't good at much else. But maybe she can plot better with the Legion, since an emphasis on youthful adventures would help draw in readers.

Tynion - extremely hit-or-miss and has a penchant for pet characters and inevitably puts an uber genius teen hacker in everything, so please no. He also isn't great with big casts or story pacing. Or not being predictable.

Levitz - I think he should move on. I think his time is past and I he's just out of ideas. Plus, he has never been good with characterisation. A lot of his characters come off really, really flat.

Giffen - overwrites and thinks he's way funnier than he actually is. Not sure about his plotting though. But after JL3000 and what he did to the Legion, nope.

Jurgens - generally good. Good at humanising characters in cool scenarios (Booster Gold, Lois & Clark)

Paquette - writing? I would NOT hand the Legion over to an unproven writer. They need the surest fire hit they can get.

While I'm upset Hickman's not writing, and the lack of star power, King is a huge up and comer (he literally just won the Harvey Award for Best New Talent, and has a good rep and is developing a following) and I can see him doing Legion once his Vision run wraps up over at Marvel.

Jurgens probably gonna write their return and co-write the first few issues with whoever is the main writer.

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#908324 - 09/10/16 05:50 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Welcome back, Fuzzy Barbarian.

Re: King, I will now definitely have to borrow the Omega Men trade from the library. Thanks.

Re: Larson, I think that the hypothetical emphasis on youthful adventures you describe is crucial to reinvigorating the Legion.

Re: Jurgens, I would be genuinely curious to know what you like about Booster Gold. I will admit that I hate him more than just about any DC hero introduced in the last 30 years, but I always enjoy getting a fresh perspective on such things.


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#908326 - 09/10/16 05:59 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Thanks for the summary Fuzzy! It's really helpful as I don't recognise half of them.


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Definitely check out Omega Men! It was DC's lowest selling ongoing when published but is now their best selling trade, so that says a lot smile

I think King can write youthful adventure too, he just hasn't really been able to that much with his past work. Even then, Grayson had the Skullgirls, and they were really fun when they appeared.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the intriguing chaaxters he writes dtill never lose their humanity. Also, his plots are really good.

I'm still worried about sales for Legion, since none of these guys, aside from MAYBE King, is a big name at the moment. Heck, DiDio would probably lose sales just because of his name xD

With Booster Gold, I need to make it perfectly clear that I only like him as written in his most recent solo series. I haven't reeally read it aside from certain scenes and some scans, but I am NOT a fan of the Giffen/DeMatteis JLI run. Like, at all. But in his most recent solo series, Booster is reinvented as a kind of protector of the timestream, who fights those who would abuse time travel (wish be was there to stop Barry Allen from screwing everything up, but whatevs). And to make sure he's not killed in his crib, he has to keep pretending that he's a gold digging idiot, so it's a noble, no-recognition job. And he brings his typical, more flawed and relatable personality to the job, like not understanding that some things NEED to happen, so he tries his best to stop horriblr things from happening. Helps that his crappier personality traits were kinda gone by this point after Ted Kord died.

Random aside: I mistyped DiDio as 'DiDik' and I pondered whether or not to fix itm, as that might be more accurate ;D

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#908400 - 09/10/16 03:03 PM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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I actually did read the trades collecting the first dozen issues of that Booster Gold solo series. The most polite way I can put it is that my reaction was the polar opposite of yours.

No worries, though. I respect your opinion. One of my favorite things about Legion World is the sheer diversity of opinions on comic books.

And I'm getting more and more excited about that Omega Men trade by the hour. nod Thanks again for the recommendation.


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#908427 - 09/11/16 01:34 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Fuzzy Barbarian]  
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Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Definitely check out Omega Men! It was DC's lowest selling ongoing when published but is now their best selling trade, so that says a lot smile


I recall seeing the killing of a hostage in the promo for it. I thought they'd take a lot of flak for that. Even if it was a fairly obvious set up.


Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
With Booster Gold, I need to make it perfectly clear that I only like him as written in his most recent solo series. I haven't reeally read it aside from certain scenes and some scans, but I am NOT a fan of the Giffen/DeMatteis JLI run.


I quite liked some of the original Jurgens Booster Gold set up. He's a super hero, with an eye for the bottom line. The book didn't really go far into it. But there is loads of potential conflicts for a corporate hero (I think Gold got his own company early on to avoid all that).

Taking it further, having a character whose natural instinct isn't as heroic as some of his peers is also interesting. There are plenty of degrees there, and it doesn't make him a bad person. Sometimes he has to make the correct choice, rather than throwing himself into it.

Depending on how far you take it, reader empathy may be an issue. See Jack Frost in the Invisibles for an example where you didn't really care what happened to him, or the lead character in something like Wanted (who is even worse)

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Random aside: I mistyped DiDio as 'DiDik' and I pondered whether or not to fix itm, as that might be more accurate ;D


I'm sure I picked up a few issues of DiDio's OMAC that he did with Giffen. My only earlier read of DiDio was an Outsiders comic. It rates as one of the poorest written comics I own.

But there, his innately wonky ear for dialogue works as a Kirby pastiche (and Kirby's dialogue is odd in it's own way). Giffen's Kirby-lite homage made it visually fourth world too. Fun in a way I'm not sure was at all intended for a few issues at least.


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#908430 - 09/11/16 01:58 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Originally Posted by thoth lad
Depending on how far you take it, reader empathy may be an issue. See Jack Frost in the Invisibles for an example where you didn't really care what happened to him, or the lead character in something like Wanted (who is even worse)


Very well said, Thoth. Jack Frost did not bother me as much as he appears to have bothered you (and I won't even get into Wanted Wesley, suffice it to say that it's no secret at Legion World how I feel about his creator) but there's just...*something*...about Booster that really makes my blood boil. Yours and Fuzzy Barbarian's posts have got me ruminating over just what that *something* is, and I always appreciate that kind of feedback. (Not that it's going to get me to re-read stories with Booster in them, but, y'know, baby steps.) wink smile

And as for the Omega Men's "killing" of a certain character, it's starting to look to me in hindsight like the end of DC's 2003-2015 "Dark Ages," and the beginning of this ongoing evolution under the Rebirth banner.


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#908442 - 09/11/16 03:33 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: thoth lad]  
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Originally Posted by thoth lad
Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Definitely check out Omega Men! It was DC's lowest selling ongoing when published but is now their best selling trade, so that says a lot smile


I recall seeing the killing of a hostage in the promo for it. I thought they'd take a lot of flak for that. Even if it was a fairly obvious set up.


I'm not sure why it never blew up. The character has a sizeable fanbase as well. And not as in a cult classic character like the Runaways, or even a B-lister like Cable or something. Plus the political aspects. It kind of got flak from fans of the character, and is actually a reason I really didn't want to read Omega Men when it was coming out monthly (I got the first two issues based on really good word of mouth from some hipster comic readers I know), and more than a few people also had that train of thought.

But Tom King used to BE in a counter-terrorist role within the CIA. I think that made lots of people have faith that he wasn't doing it purely for shock value. And that's the thing: that preview (it was when DC was giving 4-8 page previews of DC You books in Convergence tie-ins) painted a very, very grey world. And it never really makes it clear whether the Omega Men were supposed to be heroes or villains. It was established very, very early on as a morally complex story, and I think that helped.

As mentioned, I was really, really against the series when it started, but I'm glad to say I was wrong about it. And a lot of people seem to be in the same boat, given that the trade is doing so well. It's good to see a book that was destroyed as a monthly title make a huge comeback once it's finished and in trade.

Speaking of accidentally making a character unsympathetic, that was obviously an uphill battle with Omega Men. But King actually managed it very, very well. And he didn't resort to some last-minute "they ahd a bad life" thing. He's pretty good at making characters who do bad things very sympathetic. His work on The Vision was really good in that regard as well. Booster Gold managed to stay human to me, and I think that's really important for the kind of character who doesn't get recognition or glory. Because without them being flawed, this kind of story just wouldn't work. We know the hero will do their duty and make the sacrifice of their reputation, because they're just so good and awesome! It's the OPPOSITE of the flawed character being unsympathetic, and it's almost as bad (the character you're talkinga bout sounds to me like a Garth Ennis character).

Oh, and since I just started gushing, here's a line from Omega Men that stuck with me:
"When you first came to us, you called yourself -- you called the Citadel -- the Alpha Empire. You said you were kind. You said you would teach us to be kind. And we embraced you, our brothers from Alpha. We invited you into our homes. We shared our food. Our hopes. Our miseries. And you... you... Can I--How many... bodies--how many bodies does it take to teach us to be kind?!"

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Even though I have sworn off monthly comics forever (thank you DCFU), Tom King and the Legion is the only writer/property combination (other than perhaps Grant Morrison and the Legion) that would get me to break that vow. I have heard such good things about his 'Omega Men' and 'Vision' series'.

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Tom King's Vision series is nothing short of phenomenal right now, and his Batman is a highlight of Rebirth. I'd love him on anything DC does, but especially my favorite series, the LSH.

I'll also add that Hope Larson is largely unknown to me, but from what I've seen so far on Batgirl, she's impressed the hell out of me.

Giffen, Levitz, Jurgens: no.

Man, King on LSH would be a dream. Just let him take it in any direction he likes.

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#908640 - 09/12/16 01:13 PM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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If king is the one that wrote Grayson...I gotta say "meh".

Haven't read Larson's Batgirl. Hated that they were turning her into some hipster hero.

I think Levitz is a great writer, but with legion there needs to be a plotter or someone to help him keep the flowchart straight. But then it comes down to Giffen. No thanks.



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#909088 - 09/16/16 05:20 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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This one goes out to Fuzzy Barbarian and everyone else who is intrigued by the possibility of Tom King writing the Legion:

A copy of the Omega Men trade has been borrowed by yours truly, and is currently awaiting to be opened and read. Will review it for sure upon completion.


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I has also gotten mah paws on the book. The shop gave me a discount! A discount! Not on that, but on something else I bought. But I'm pretending I got Omega Men cheap in case I don't like it. smile



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Originally Posted by thoth lad
I has also gotten mah paws on the book. The shop gave me a discount! A discount! Not on that, but on something else I bought. But I'm pretending I got Omega Men cheap in case I don't like it. smile



Excellent, Thoth. And I like the way you rationalized the discount, I would have done it the same way. smile

I'm now exactly halfway through the trade, and while the jury's still out, I can confirm that, so far, the good outweighs the not-so-good for me.


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Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
I'm now exactly halfway through the trade, and while the jury's still out, I can confirm that, so far, the good outweighs the not-so-good for me.


Wha?! I've not even started. I'm glad I didn't go with the "Last One To Review Omega Men Herds Jovian Attack Squid!" post.

... in the squid tank with a shovel...thoth lad


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All right, now that Thoth and I have both read and reviewed Tom King's "Omega Men" (as can be seen by clicking the link below)

http://www.legionworld.net/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=909154#Post909154

and now that I've had some time to ruminate on what the pros and cons of the prospect of King getting the Legion gig are, I'm ready to share.

First off, I have to address what may be the biggest of the cons: That Damn Nine-Panel Grid. It's blatantly derivative of the TMK Legion -- which was already a second-hand approach, as TMK had shamelessly cribbed it from "Watchmen" -- and as such, I think it's so "on-the-nose" that it's painful. This has nothing to do with my personal dislike of the TMK Legion (which I shall not elaborate on, because if you're not already familiar with why I feel the way I feel about it, I've done tons of posts in these forums over the years criticizing it to the best of my ability.) What it does have everything to do with is that King is a talented, innovative writer who has already found a distinct voice all his own, and it does him no favors whatsoever to include such a disruptive, distracting rehash of a 30-year-old stylistic device that had already been cheapened through bad imitations before the 80s had even ended. Quite, simply, the Legion. Needs. To. Effing. Move. On. As in, no more culty in-jokes or attachments to past runs, no matter how beloved they are of the generation that bought the Legion in its biggest numbers, and no matter how much acclaim and cult fervor they have acquired in retrospect.

If King reminds me of any previous Legion writers, it would have to be DnA when their run was only slightly past its prime, as in: Not quite as good as the double whammy of "Legion of the Damned/Legion Lost", about equally as good as "Legion Worlds," and nowhere near as bad as "The Legion" from issue 3 on. Like what I regard as the better parts of DnA's run, King's admittedly dark-leaning sensibilities feel genuine, sincere, organic, and fully possessing the courage of his convictions. Also like DnA, and not at all in a good way, is my feeling that as impressive as King's "Omega Men" is, it doesn't quite pull off the necessary follow-through in its second half, IMHO. This could lead to problems in an ongoing series, just as it did for DnA's Legion run.

Then, too, I have not read any of King's other work, but from doing some quick research, it doesn't appear like he has very much, if any, experience at writing adolescents. That is not good, because the ecstasies and agonies of adolescence have, in my opinion, historically been the very lifeblood of the Legion at its best, and it's one of the main reasons why I've come around to having such admiration for the Pre-DnA Postboot Legion, even at its very worst (okay, maybe not at the rock-bottom points of Emerald Vi and Bizarro Legion, but I digress.)

I've also come to believe that the exact point where the Preboot Legion began to its long, slow, but steady trip downhill was when they started adopting such adult concerns as marriage and adultery, and "adult" behavior such as the adulterous jerk Cos losing control of himself and striking Ayla in the face...all while wearing a man-bustier that wouldn't have been out of place at a sado-masochism club. In hindsight it all seems very creepy and very gross to me, and while the second Levitz run at least made an honorable effort at showing the early members maturing while also mentoring new, younger members, I think Levitz ultimately erred on the side of losing sight of the essence of what made the Legion special; I still think many of his stories are worthwhile sci-fi/superhero stories (especially, as I've mentioned before, in the first 35 issues of the Baxter Era), I'm no longer convinced that they're worthwhile *Legion* stories.

Nor will I completely dismiss all arguments in defense of the Legionnaires maturing and evolving as we all do in Real Life, as I've read many that I found, and still find, quite persuasive and valid. But I'm still sticking to my current belief that the Legion works best when the characters remain under the age of 20 (potential for a "Logan's Run"-style scenario? Nah, I never much cared for "Logan's Run," it was just an idle thought.) Consider, for a moment, the (admittedly subjective) view that the best tales of the Adventure Era Legion still endure decades later despite certain dated aspects, while of the Legion stories that followed, the ones which hold up best to scrutiny are, IMHO, not Levitz Mark 2, nor TMK, nor DnA, but rather the cream of the Postboot crop (the consensus holds that it was most consistently good during its first year-and-a-half, totaling about three dozen issues), and maybe a few issues from the peak of the Cockrum era (I'd nominate Superboy issues 197, 198, and 201.)

To summarize: Despite the high esteem in which I hold King's writing, I have to admit that, no, I don't think he's the ideal writer for the Legion, and that of the writers shown in that photograph, the one I ultimately find myself leaning towards remains Hope Larson.)

ADDENDUM: The thread below, started almost a year-and-a-half ago, before all the various teases and rumors, probably won't make any difference to DC at this point, but I thought I'd share it anyway, if only to point out that, as of this post, IDW's Kelly Thompson-written "Jem" comic is still going strong, having managed the not-inconsiderable feat of riding out the shit-storm of bad publicity generated by the live-action movie version of "Jem," which was quite literally a cinematic disaster of record-setting, history-making proportions. So, yes, I do still believe that Kelly is the ideal writer for the Legion, and that my ideal version of the Legion would be...wait for it..."JEM IN SPA-A-A-A-A-ACE!!"

Think about it.

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Lots of good points for further thought in Fanfic Lady’s post. Some early thoughts…

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
First off, I have to address what may be the biggest of the cons: That Damn Nine-Panel Grid. It's blatantly derivative of the TMK Legion -- which was already a second-hand approach...


I didn't pick up on it until fairly well in. Taking the first issue, it does deviate from the grid where it feels it should. It's not confined to it. There's a Tigorr splash for example. I think that the structure lent itself well to that cinematic approach that the book went with, and wasn't always slavish to it when a big close up of something was required.

Also bear in mind that Kyle's speech in the last pages is the payoff to the very format of the book. As we've been reading it, he's being making the comparison between the grid and the confines of his religion and other cages. That got a lot of points, not least because the writing's vision is working on a number of levels.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Quite, simply, the Legion. Needs. To. Effing. Move. On. As in, no more culty in-jokes or attachments to past runs, no matter how beloved they are of the generation that bought the Legion in its biggest numbers, and no matter how much acclaim and cult fervor they have acquired in retrospect..


I think this is probably unavoidable. People just can't help themselves. That's particularly the case if it's on a book they have genuine fondness for. If it's not the writer, you're going to get throw aways from the artist. I remember the post Crisis Superman setting up a bold new direction. But within five minutes you were up to your ears in Supergirls, signal watches, 5th dimensional imps and Titanos. Things like Kingdom come were also full of them. I suppose you can just hope that the past doesn't prevent a better story being told. shrug


Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Like what I regard as the better parts of DnA's run, King's admittedly dark-leaning sensibilities feel genuine, sincere, organic, and fully possessing the courage of his convictions. Also like DnA, and not at all in a good way, is my feeling that as impressive as King's "Omega Men" is, it doesn't quite pull off the necessary follow-through in its second half, IMHO. This could lead to problems in an ongoing series, just as it did for DnA's Legion run.


I agree that there are similarities.

I wonder what hand editorial had in both ventures. Not in a bad way per se, just in having to guide both. I think I read here that Omega Men was almost cancelled early on. Did it originally start out as a 12 issue arc? We know that DnA's run just didn't get the traction they were expecting. I think that resulted in some plot shifts as they got a little, well, desperate might be a strong word, but it certainly resulted in some changes.

With all that going on, plus the traditionally saggy second acts of things I can see how things could get saggier than usual.


Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Then, too, I have not read any of King's other work, but from doing some quick research, it doesn't appear like he has very much, if any, experience at writing adolescents. That is not good, because the ecstasies and agonies of adolescence have, in my opinion, historically been the very lifeblood of the Legion at its best, ...lots of good stuff snippled ... But I'm still sticking to my current belief that the Legion works best when the characters remain under the age of 20


Crumbs, that's the basis of a good thread all by itself. For myself, I've always seen the Legion as older. They grew as I did. Reading your post makes me realise that the shift back to being younger, as part of the reboot, was a bit of a jolt. Well, that and the thought of re-treading ground with essentially the same cast too probably. Enough to jolt me away.

I completely agree about a lot of the Adventure tales really standing out even now. It's that sense of heightened drama for me. That earnest depiction that so much depends on their decisions. But that's as much the good writing and the threats that they're facing, as much as them being adolescent decisions. That life or death approach to everything is one of the ways in which they always seemed older.

Sure, the likes of Lu's decisions remain powerful. But people of all ages still go through that sort of angst in their relationships. People of all ages feel uncertain. Lost and still trying to make sense of a lot of things in their lives. So, it might not have to be an age thing to be effective.

Looking at extremes. Is the Legion book likely to sell as many books if it’s about a group of folks in their mid 30s fighting for the galaxy, or is it going to sell more to a younger audience by having them in their late teens? You’d have to say their late teens. Personally, that peak super hero age of late twenties looks like a good balance for getting the best of most stories. I would sacrifice a few puppy love stories to avoid the current market segmentation of pitching it too young. King’s Omega Men (Look! On Topic Ma!) fall into that middle ground nicely.


In my summary, I do think King would be a decent fit for the Legion. I had a peek at a few of the early Omega Men issues I have. The revamp follows a lot of it more closely that I had remembered. So, King clearly did some reading. If we take it that his Legion would follow a similar pattern, then there’s no reason to assume it wouldn’t please a lot of folks story wise. His Omega Men has shown that he’s happy to tackle issues within a sci-fi setting dealing with morals, humour, action and adventure. I’d like to see more of his work dealing with superheroes though. Kyle was vastly underplayed and I noted that Kalista and Primus were stripped of their powers too.

A few weeks after I joined here, I rattled off notes on some Legion fanplotz. I ended up with about 80-100 issues, but the second year would have covered a few of the points raised in the Omega Men run. I saw that as a logical extension of the preboot/retroboot. So, I’d quite like to see what he’d do in the Legionverse.


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^ FL: other than our differing opinions on the merits of Rokk's glorious bustier (and, perhaps, on TMK which I haven't read enough of to judge), we are SO on the same page with our assessments of every era of the Legion!

Maybe we should team up to write the new run? wink

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Why, thank you kindly, Blacula.

Funnily enough, I'm not so sure anymore that I'd want to write the official canon version of the Legion, which is something that I was already planning to address later on today in the writers discussion thread in Bits.

However, I can guarantee that I *will* continue to write Postboot Legion fanfics off and on, and you're always welcome to PM me with any story and/or character ideas you might want me to consider.


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Thoth, thank you for, as always, providing plenty of food for thought in a fair and balanced manner.

Originally Posted by thoth lad
People just can't help themselves. That's particularly the case if it's on a book they have genuine fondness for. If it's not the writer, you're going to get throw aways from the artist. I remember the post Crisis Superman setting up a bold new direction. But within five minutes you were up to your ears in Supergirls, signal watches, 5th dimensional imps and Titanos. Things like Kingdom come were also full of them. I suppose you can just hope that the past doesn't prevent a better story being told.


Oh, Gods, "Kingdom Come," what a gilded turd (thank you, Alan Moore,) that turned out to be when I re-read it a couple months ago for the first time since its original publication. Yeesh. shudder

I think I see where you're coming from, Thoth, (and I laughed out loud at your pithy, succinct dissection of the 80s Super-Boot lol ), but what I believe sets the Legion apart from other venerable DC Comics IPs is that it has spent most of its nearly 60 years of existence as one of comics' most resilient cult favorites of all time. It did promise (threaten?) to vault over to the next level and become a household name circa 1983-1987, before it was badly wounded by the Death of Superboy, after which TMK delivered what, in my humble opinion, was the killing blow. I am firmly convinced that, had it not been for Levitz's Post-Universo creative tailspin prompted by the messy aftermath of CoIE, and for TMK (again, IMHO,) over-compensating by radically altering the Legion into something so culty it was painful (for many, but not all, readers), then the Legion as it was circa Levitz/Lightle/LaRocque would have been showcased in all its bright-coloured glory as the flagship launch of Warner Bros Animation as headed by the great Jean MacCurdy. (Instead, we got "Batman: The Animated Series", an admittedly great show which nonetheless had the negative effect of vindicating the DC/Warners execs who felt at the time that only the Big Three (Supes, Bats, Wondy) were worth the effort and expense of cross-media synergy. Of course, that's changed considerably in the past decade, and we did finally get a Legion cartoon, and a decent one at that (for its 1st season, at least,) but it was not the long-running, unqualified artistic and commercial success that we might have been blessed with during Warners' MacCurdy era.

Originally Posted by thoth lad
I wonder what hand editorial had in both ventures. Not in a bad way per se, just in having to guide both. I think I read here that Omega Men was almost cancelled early on. Did it originally start out as a 12 issue arc? We know that DnA's run just didn't get the traction they were expecting. I think that resulted in some plot shifts as they got a little, well, desperate might be a strong word, but it certainly resulted in some changes.

With all that going on, plus the traditionally saggy second acts of things I can see how things could get saggier than usual.


Good observation. And it makes me wonder (Led Zep reference intentional) if King might have achieved a smoother, meatier resolution to the overarching "Omega Men" story-arc if it had remained an ongoing for at least one more year. Well, as you observed in your "Omega Men" review, there's no reason it couldn't have an equally good sequel...

Originally Posted by thoth lad
For myself, I've always seen the Legion as older. They grew as I did. Reading your post makes me realise that the shift back to being younger, as part of the reboot, was a bit of a jolt. Well, that and the thought of re-treading ground with essentially the same cast too probably. Enough to jolt me away.


Aha. The most persistent criticism of the Postboot Legion rises yet again. But in all seriousness, I firmly believe, after having recently read all but 12 issues of the Postboot, that it wasn't until after the overarching story told within the first three dozen issues (plus the Kon Superboy tie-in) that the lazy rehashing started. That, too, may have come down to editorial monkey business (ATM, I can't recall exactly when K.C. Carlson was replaced by Mike McAvennie, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened at a turning point for the worst; and, for the record, I think that even though the quality of the Postboot was at its most *consistent* for the first 18 months, there were still a goodly number of bright spots (the Mordru 3-parter from L* #48-50 was the first one I thought of; the second one I thought of was actually Roger Stern's debut issue, LSH #35, where Shvaughn, Lori, Tenzil, and Chuck stand alone at Legion HQ. Good times.) My point being, I still believe that the Pre-DnA/strictly adolescent approach to the Postboot could have lasted for decades, if only it had been gifted with better editors and more disciplined writing (perhaps the three-headed approach contributed to the inconsistency of quality?)

Originally Posted by thoth lad
I completely agree about a lot of the Adventure tales really standing out even now. It's that sense of heightened drama for me. That earnest depiction that so much depends on their decisions. But that's as much the good writing and the threats that they're facing, as much as them being adolescent decisions. That life or death approach to everything is one of the ways in which they always seemed older.

Sure, the likes of Lu's decisions remain powerful. But people of all ages still go through that sort of angst in their relationships. People of all ages feel uncertain. Lost and still trying to make sense of a lot of things in their lives. So, it might not have to be an age thing to be effective.


Here I have to disagree. IMHO, without the teenagers angle, the Legion is just another superhero book. And, sure, the more-than-worthy likes of New Teen Titans, Young Justice, and Marvel's New Warriors temporarily stole its adolescent thunder at different times (funny, isn't it, how NTT's prolonged decline more or less coincided with the extended rise of Levitz Legion Mark 2?) But Legion was THE original teen superhero team book, and the cream shall (eventually) rise again.

Originally Posted by thoth lad
Looking at extremes. Is the Legion book likely to sell as many books if it’s about a group of folks in their mid 30s fighting for the galaxy, or is it going to sell more to a younger audience by having them in their late teens? You’d have to say their late teens. Personally, that peak super hero age of late twenties looks like a good balance for getting the best of most stories. I would sacrifice a few puppy love stories to avoid the current market segmentation of pitching it too young.


Puppy love -- and the more syrupy and flowery the better -- always outdoes adult-oriented creepiness in the end. (IMHO.)

Originally Posted by thoth lad
King’s Omega Men (Look! On Topic Ma!) fall into that middle ground nicely.


LOL Teeds will certainly appreciate that, I think. smile

While I reiterate that I quite enjoyed both the early part of the DnA Legion run and King's Omega Men arc, I still don't think that an Omega Men-ish approach to the Legion is the one that's going to stand out and make a difference in the current depressed market. Nature abhors a vacuum, and I can't think of a single Big Two superhero comic ATM, team or solo, that does the teen thing right. We *need* a teenage Legion, in my opinion. Urgently.

Originally Posted by thoth lad
A few weeks after I joined here, I rattled off notes on some Legion fanplotz. I ended up with about 80-100 issues, but the second year would have covered a few of the points raised in the Omega Men run. I saw that as a logical extension of the preboot/retroboot. So, I’d quite like to see what he’d do in the Legionverse.


Yes, I do seem to recall a thread you started right around that time about a follow-up to the Retroboot, featuring a Brainy-led Legion. And though my Anti-Retroboot views have only hardened since then, it's still a worthy discussion to continue, especially as we still don't know whether or not the next Legion will have any ties to past continuity. So here 'tis:

http://www.legionworld.net/forums/u...;Words=Brainy&Search=true#Post788679


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Could the Legion be relaunched under the new Young Animal imprint? Not that that's a guarantee of good writing/art... from a selfish standpoint, I wouldn't want to see young teens again.

The other thing I've been thinking about is whether a group like the Legion should be updated to consider new scientific knowledge. You'd still have things that require suspension of disbelief, but we know a lot more about the planets, the galaxy, how space travel might work, nanotech, how the brain/mind functions, etc. than even 10 years ago. It might mean the loss of the Jovian Attack Squid, but we can't have everything.


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Good point about the tech needing to appear plausible and up-to-date, FC.

As I recall, Chris Batista addressed that exact matter a couple of years ago, when he had a conversation with Dave Hackett about what he'd do if he were writing & drawing the Legion. I'll go look for that thread now, and edit a link into this post once I find it.

EDIT: Actually, I think it'll work better if I copy and paste Dave's comments into a single mashed-up quote, because he made more than one post about Chris:

Originally Posted by Dave Hackett
You know who LOVES the Legion and has a bunch of crazy ideas for the group: Chris Batista. I started talking Legion to him at SDCC this year and an hour later he was still throwing out great idea after idea of what to do with the group.

He said no one at DC seemed interested, so I doubt it's confidential. A big component of what he wanted to see was emphasis that the Legion's in the future, so it shouldn't be running around with tech worse that Batman and the JLA use now.

Why can't they have teleporters, tech stealth suits, etc. Why are they stuck on monitor duty in a room full of screens when a modern cell phone could do all of that today? Shouldn't the rings be so advanced they can take care of that?

Even the (at the time) future tech that was introduced over the years has been forgotten about (Telepathic plugs anyone?).

If you try to imagine the Legion being at the forefront of an era that's already so amazingly advanced beyond ours, it opens up so many story possibilities from the Universe-spanning big stuff to just exploring what a future would look like.

He was really jazzed about it all and it totally made sense to me.


And if anyone's interested in the replies to Dave's posts, here's the page where it begins, just scroll down a bit:

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Since we're talking about technology changing a lot of iconic Legion ideas (hopefully for the better) I'd submit that it makes no sense that only Legionnaires have the right (or ability) to fly around without the aid of a vehicle.

A flight ring could still have ceremonial (or sentimental) value, though.


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Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Thoth, thank you for, as always, providing plenty of food for thought in a fair and balanced manner.


And thank you for always taking my posts in the spirit in which they’re intended, and better yet for all the posts that lead up to those responses. It’s always appreciated.

Legion World Hug-In will be right back after this thoth post…

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Oh, Gods, "Kingdom Come," what a gilded turd (thank you, Alan Moore,) that turned out to be when I re-read it a couple months ago for the first time since its original publication. Yeesh.


laugh Oh, and thanks for not holding back smile

I’m not sure what was worse. That everything Moore jots down on a fag packet is like gold dust to everyone, when even he doesn’t think so. Or that DC spent thirty years slaving their universe to it all. Actually, the latter is worse.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
It did promise (threaten?) to vault over to the next level and become a household name circa 1983-1987, before it was badly wounded by the Death of Superboy, after which TMK delivered what, in my humble opinion, was the killing blow.


nod I might like discussing a lot around this (like the bit in your post after that), but I don’t contend with any of that.

Here’s an analogy. Omega Men was due to be cancelled with issue 6. But in the end the team kept on working and provided us with the complete graphic novel, a satisfying finale and a rather solid launching pad for further stories.

Over on TMK Legion, the making of Issue 4 was when there was an editorial mess. We did get a crackingly good response in the next couple of issues. But by issue 12 we’ve had 3 fill in issues and the Legion is reformed off panel after the guy they hunt down faints. Now imagine if King had acted like that.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
and we did finally get a Legion cartoon, and a decent one at that (for its 1st season, at least,) but it was not the long-running, unqualified artistic and commercial success that we might have been blessed with during Warners' MacCurdy era.


Thanks for this. It’s an area I know very little about, and it’s a really interesting take on what might have been. It’s easy to get caught up in the book, and forget that it’s part of a much wider organisation with its own opportunities and pitfalls. Both that can have an impact on what I hate to call “The Franchise” puke

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Aha. The most persistent criticism of the Postboot Legion rises yet again.


smile I surely get points for showing that was how it felt, rather than stating if those feelings were at all valid smile

From today’s memory cell, I’m still not sure about the very first issues, but the ones just after were certainly full of that brightness and youthful optimism. The issue where Kinetix and Violet join is just one good example. I still couldn’t have given it more time. I tried a few issues and I was still feeling a bit robbed by what had gone before.

Not that what went before was great, but because those characters were potentially only one writer away from being that way again. And I know the creative team felt that they went through lots of ideas to see if they felt it could be salvaged. And couldn’t.

I certainly didn’t give the DnA run any time. Had they restarted with #1 being Legion of the Damned I would have been hooked. But Legion #1 didn’t work for me, and I didn’t get any further.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
I still believe that the Pre-DnA/strictly adolescent approach to the Postboot could have lasted for decades…


Very possibly, in the same way that the original Adventure run could have continued indefinitely. No reason why not, with the usual peaks and troughs being involved.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Here I have to disagree. IMHO, without the teenagers angle, the Legion is just another superhero book.


Fair point. I’ll need to think a bit more there. I was a little caught even as I typed it. I kept recalling all those stolen kisses, Tenzil’s loneliness, and the girls v the boys dynamics in some issues. Heck, the girls playing with Olsen’s affections. Then there’s all that Legion lore built on top of it. So, there’s no doubt the Legion wouldn’t be what it is without them being teenagers.

But I was also thinking of Levitz’s run. Do they have to become teenagers again, or is their history enough to have adventures pitched with characters say in their twenties? That might have been my point, assuming I had one smile

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
I still don't think that an Omega Men-ish approach to the Legion is the one that's going to stand out and make a difference in the current depressed market. Nature abhors a vacuum, and I can't think of a single Big Two superhero comic ATM, team or solo, that does the teen thing right. We *need* a teenage Legion, in my opinion. Urgently.


Good point. The teenage angle would certainly stand out. Having them back in that bright, optimistic future again would also. Heck, it would just be refreshing. And, as much as I like the more grown up stories, that’s the way it may have to be for the Legion to come back again.

Thinking of the shifts in the Legion history and my mention of Superman above, how long would it be before that bright optimism was shifted for storytelling effect and the cycle would begin again? I could only hope that they learned enough last time round, not to break it this time round.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Yes, I do seem to recall a thread you started right around that time about a follow-up to the Retroboot, featuring a Brainy-led Legion. And though my Anti-Retroboot views have only hardened since then, it's still a worthy discussion to continue, especially as we still don't know whether or not the next Legion will have any ties to past continuity. So here 'tis:http://www.legionworld.net/forums/ubbthr...true#Post788679


Crumbs! Like Teeds remembering my anniversary thread the other day, your memory’s better than mine. I got jotting right around that post.

Ironically, considering I’ve just harped on about an older Legion, a lot of the cast turned out to be pretty young with their arcs taking them through some youthful personal issues

With the youth of Pai, Hadru, Gahji, Ognats, Vole, Rikane and Danielle Foccart in there, there was no shortage of people finding their way in a galaxy that looks pretty gritty for a while.

Hey, ah’m not >hic< all One Word Posts ya know! >hic< >falls over in heap<


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The other thing I've been thinking about is whether a group like the Legion should be updated to consider new scientific knowledge.


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Originally Posted by thoth lad
And thank you for always taking my posts in the spirit in which they’re intended, and better yet for all the posts that lead up to those responses. It’s always appreciated.


My pleasure, Thoth, my pleasure. smile


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lol Oh, and thanks for not holding back smile


Holding back? Moi? Unthinkable!

Tee hee. grin


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nod I might like discussing a lot around this (like the bit in your post after that)


As would I. smile

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Here’s an analogy. Omega Men was due to be cancelled with issue 6. But in the end the team kept on working and provided us with the complete graphic novel, a satisfying finale and a rather solid launching pad for further stories.

Over on TMK Legion, the making of Issue 4 was when there was an editorial mess. We did get a crackingly good response in the next couple of issues. But by issue 12 we’ve had 3 fill in issues and the Legion is reformed off panel after the guy they hunt down faints. Now imagine if King had acted like that.


That is so well-put, I might use it as my new signature once I'm done shilling for my upcoming robot fics. nod


Originally Posted by thoth lad
Thanks for this. It’s an area I know very little about, and it’s a really interesting take on what might have been. It’s easy to get caught up in the book, and forget that it’s part of a much wider organisation with its own opportunities and pitfalls. Both that can have an impact on what I hate to call “The Franchise” puke


You're welcome. I've actually been fascinated with the behind-the-scenes process of the entertainment industry since before I was even a tween! I think it really puts a lot of stuff into perspective, although even with all that extra knowledge, some pills can still be very bitter for a fan to swallow. (I doubt I'll ever get over Marvel's precipitous decline in quality between 1994 and 1995, if only because *I was there* while it went down, every painful step of the way.) shake sigh

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smile I surely get points for showing that was how it felt, rather than stating if those feelings were at all valid smile


But of course, mein freund*. smile

Originally Posted by thoth lad
Fair point. I’ll need to think a bit more there. I was a little caught even as I typed it. I kept recalling all those stolen kisses, Tenzil’s loneliness, and the girls v the boys dynamics in some issues. Heck, the girls playing with Olsen’s affections. Then there’s all that Legion lore built on top of it. So, there’s no doubt the Legion wouldn’t be what it is without them being teenagers.


I look forward to reading your further explorations of this topic. nod

Originally Posted by thoth lad
Good point. The teenage angle would certainly stand out. Having them back in that bright, optimistic future again would also. Heck, it would just be refreshing. And, as much as I like the more grown up stories, that’s the way it may have to be for the Legion to come back again.


Exactly.

Originally Posted by thoth lad

Thinking of the shifts in the Legion history and my mention of Superman above, how long would it be before that bright optimism was shifted for storytelling effect and the cycle would begin again? I could only hope that they learned enough last time round, not to break it this time round.


And again, that's what I consider one of the good things about the Adventure Era. It oscillated seamlessly (and most likely without any deliberate planning on the part of Weisinger or the writers) from light to shade and back, the joyful triumphalism of the Devil's Dozen story followed immediately by the Sun-Eater menace, the formation of the Fatal Five, and the death of Ferro Lad. And yet, it never felt jarring to me, nor does it feel that way upon re-reads. I'm not sure just how Mort & His Merry Men did it, but it bears pondering. hmmm





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...it bears pondering.


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LOL lol

That's brilliant!

It's an ursine homage to "The Thinker."

Love it! Thanks, Thoth.


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Thanks for the thoughts Fanfic Lady.

I was okay with the nine-panel layout, but I've admittedly not read much comics that sued that style. I don't think it was an in-joke, but more fo a way for King to show passage of time and spread out a scene better than, say, something Scott Lobdell would do. I'm not sure if it was him or Mikel Janin, but "Grayson" didn't use small panels as much, so it may just be a thing he does for his darker series, like "The Omega Men" and "The Vision".

Having read King's "The Vision", I think he's good with adolescents... when he bothers to write them. He does a good job using the Vision's daughter, Viv, as a stable, relatable character in the story, separating her from the stoic Vision and manipulative Virginia. And he brings the teen trappings of doubt, hormones (digital hormones?) and fitting in with her. Honestly, I think he'd write teens well if he had a cast full of them. That hasn't been the case so far, but I don't think he'd be BAD at it.

I have much less faith in Larson's plotting. I've ONLY read her "Batgirl", and that's only because, judging from Wikipedia, she took a break from comics at the time I got into them. But "Batgirl's" plotting is just non-existent. It's much more focused on Barbara's young adult vacation, which works with the theme we're given, that she has to find herself for whatever reason, but also means there's no urgency to anything. I think Larson would be best as someone who does unwind arcs, maybe even alternating with King. Or maybe I'm wrong and her previous work doesn't have the problems her "Batgirl" does, but judging just from that, she feels like Brian Michael Bendis when he first started, but without any of the darker trappings.

Oh, and as an aside: I HATE Kelly Thompson's writing. I hated her reviews when she was at CBR and I hate her dialogue which comes off as a not-as-good Kelly Sue Deconnick. I haven't read "Jem", but Thompson's previous stuff annoys me almost as much as Kieron Gillen with no hipster filter (and I say that as someone who knows a lot of hipsters), except some of his stuff is kind of clever (I swear, he's the only person who has ever made Mister Sinister NOT ridiculously lame).

If I could recommend a writer, I'd say Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly. They did really good with "Joyride", a sci-fi comic featuring a group of teens stealing a ship from an strict Earth government and doing what you'd expect, and doing some soul searching and bonding along the way, hormones and all. It had problems, the biggest of which was an IMMENSELY annoying "rebel teenage girl" cliche of a main character (seriously, think of the most cliche version of that character given the setting I've detailed, AND SHE IS IT), but it was really adventurous and fun, while still being dramatic. It recently got made into an ongoing which is nice (it was a mini), and I hope these two get more work, because their credits were "Batman and Robin Eternal", which is the most generic credit ever outside of "Batman Eternal". I think people need to learn that NOBODY KNOWS WHO DID ANYTHING FOR THE ETERNALS! Unless you were either Snyder or Tynion!



Anyway...

I think the Legion DEFINITELY has to start out young. The self-discovery that comes with that age would definitely help add a bigger sense of adventure to the Legion. They don't have to STAY that way -- more on that below -- but I think we should definitely see them as newcomers for a while. Space is a great setting for youthful adventures, even something as simple as taking a joyride means more in a space setting.

But we SHOULD see them grow. They have to. You can only do the youthful adventure stuff for so long before people get tired of it. And more importantly, people WANT characters to grow these days, and I think DC have finally realised that. I say take a Wally West approach, and let us follow the Legion from their youthful pubescent adventures, to their more serious adult-oriented lives. We can see the Legion go from untrusted clubhouse to real organisation again. But the thing about this approach, as the Wally situation shows, is that YOU. CAN'T. REBOOT. THIS. I think, by this point, Legion fans are open to another reboot. It's necessary to get new readers, and the Retroboot did not work out well. But if these new readers hop onto a Legion book, and follow these characters from their teenage years to adulthood, with all of that development, they're obviously going to get attached. So rebooting that years down the road for whatever reason? That won't just turn off the fans of this hypothetical Fourboot Legion/ReLegion, but it'll turn off future readers who will think they shouldn't be attached to these characters again, but just the stories.

Of course, this also depends on what kind of stories "Teen Titans" is going to tell, because it's got much more name recognition than the Legion, and if a new reader had to pick between the two, the team with Robin, Kid Flash, Starfire, Raven, Beastboy and probably more than a few guest appearances from the Jon Smith Superboy and Emiko Queen, is going to seem a better pick than that series with the guys with the rings. If "Teen Titans" goes the youthful adventure, romanticise the crap out of every teenage thing route, then Legion might come off as more than a bit redundant.

Oh, and I would NOT put Legion at Young Animal. I really enjoyed the first issue of Gerard Way's "Doom Patrol", but given the weirdness already associated with Young Animal, I don't think it'd be smart. Plus, I think having stronger ties to the DCU would help it (oh, and please do the Reboot thing and make them be inspired by superheroes in general and not just Superman!), and the possibilities for crossovers as well.


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Hello again, Fuzzy Barbarian.

Firstly, a heartfelt *thank you* for galvanizing the Legion forum during these awkward wait-and-see weeks leading up to finding out exactly what DC has planned for our beloved Legion. And another thank you for steering me and Thoth, and I imagine other Legion Worlders who haven't yet chimed in on it, towards Tom King's quite worthy "Omega Men" story -- King's OM affected me on another level I didn't mention in my earlier posts: It inspired a great deal of last-minute re-thinking and improving of one of my current fanfic projects, with which it turned out to share many of the same themes, proving *yet again* that there is no such thing as coincidence.

Secondly, and without spoiling anything, I'd recommend checking any and all of Hope Larson's non-superhero works. 'Nuff said.

Thirdly, be assured that I don't hold your negative opinion of Kelly Thompson and her writing against you, not for a picosecond. In fact, I laughed out loud at the Kieron Gillen comparison (a brief digression: I highly recommend you doing a search for Kieron Gillen-related posts in the Dr. Gym'll's forum, which should turn up some choice critiques of his lesser works, and of his dreadful "Young Avengers" run in particular.) The *only* thing that *did* bother me a *little bit* was when you said that her dialogue is inferior to Kelly Sue DeConnick's, because I think no female writer, except maybe Gail Simone, writes worse dialogue than DeConnick (I swear, "Bitch Planet" has got to be the most hollow product of pointless hype in recent memory.) Otherwise, to each their own.

Fourthly, I'll look around for "Joyride" trades. If it's even half as good as "Omega Men," I'll be a happy reader. Thanks for the recommendation.

Now, then, the Legion:

I disagree that people would get tired of the youthful adventure approach. And that segues nicely onto something that occurred to me between my last visit to Legion World and this current one -- namely, that while the term "Archie Legion" started out as an Anti-Postboot slur, I personally have come around to believing that the Archie parallels are something to be *embraced*, not cast out! I mean, for fuck's sake, the Archie-verse has managed to endure for, what *75 years* and counting??

And to all the grain-of-sand criticisms that the Archie comics are corny and formulaic, and that they dilute the dirty and messy aspects of Real Life adolescence and make them safe for mass consumption, I can only reply:

Yes, and?

There's a good reason why it's called *entertainment* -- we all need to escape, from time to time, into the kind of fictional world that is impossible yet irresistible because it strikes a universal chord which no amount of verbiage could ever hope to adequately describe. (Pot, kettle, black? Maybe. If so, I can live with that.) smile

(Also, as a quick aside, I haven't read the recent re-imaginings of the Archie-verse, but I've yet to hear a bad word about the them. So I've nothing against a comic book publisher adapting to changing times by evolving their approach into something more sophisticated, just as long is it doesn't lose sight of the fundamentals, the very essence, of the fictional universe in question.)

So I say, and please excuse my language, fuck pseudo-realism. Throughout the past three decades, consumers of entertainment have been put through the wringer a million times over. It's past time for the pendulum to swing to the other extreme. It could even be argued that it's in the process of happening (more on that shortly.)

Now, I do agree that a final and definitive never-to-happen-again reboot is advisable, and that to even consider any more reboots beyond that would be disastrous, for the reasons you've already listed. I would only add the caveat that there would be no need to worry about a reboot if the status quo remains sacrosanct, thus eliminating the need for a reboot.

Which brings me to something I happened to be discussing late last night with a friend in a chatroom. Namely, that if the comic book industry is going to survive, it's going to have to at least temporarily go back to the ancient practices of doing done-in-one, done-in-two, and, on special occasions only, done-in-three stories, as accessible as possible to casual readers, and as free as possible from the rigmarole of that fallen angel known as evil continuity evil Because if it worked during the Legion's Adventure Era, there's no reason it can't work again. The cycle coming full circle and all that.

As for "Teen Titans," I think it's a moot point, because the Titans have been a burned-out husk since at least 1988, maybe even since 1985, a zombie demi-verse within the DC Universe which gets periodically jolted back to pseudo-life just to hold on to those copyrights. And if anyone would argue that the Geoff Johns Titans will endure the same way that the first five years of the Marv Wolfman New Teen Titans have, well, no offense intended, but all I can say is...

BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!! lol

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I'll have to check out some of Larson's stuff. Hopefully it holds up, though most 2000s stuff holds up well in at least one area, mostly dialogue or art. Any specific recommendations would be appreciated smile

The "Bitch Planet" thing... HOW DARE YOU?! BITCH PLANET?! REALLY?! ARE NO THINGS SACRED?! How dare you think I like that series?! What did I do to deserve that?! Unless I implied otherwise! If so, I am so sorry! I apologise! I hate that series too! It's trite, shallow, unsubtle pandering at its absolute best! Please don't think I like it! I beg you! I actually became a fan of Deconnick because of her brief arc with Warren Ellis on "Avengers Assemble", and I think one issue of "Captain Marvel", even though I still think Carol Danvers is as exciting as Barry Allen (I kid, I kid. Nobody's at Barry's level of boring). Also, I'm not sure if I said it here or elsewhere, but all of Simone's dialogue, until REALLY recently, read like comments on internet forums. I thought she had the worst dialogue possible -- say what you want about Bendis, but when his dialogue works (when the stars align and the comic gods give their blessing) it REALLY works -- until recently. If you want a good laugh, I'd recommend you read Benjamin Percy's current "Green Arrow" ongoing. One line of dialogue made me drop that: "objectify me, and you'll bleed." I have never heard a more "I want this to trend on Tumblr" line in my entire life! Also, the character that said that is like 14.

If you read "Joyride", be prepared for lots anger. That Generic Rebellious Teenage Girl character? She's the main protagonist... But hey, Marcus To art is always nice, especially when he channels Francis Manapul.

I think Archie works because continuity isn't really meant to be a thing for them (is it?). It's a slice of life kind of thing, and lack of continuity works for that genre. Comic readers, more than any other audience, seem to like long-term continuity, so it makes repeating stories a bit harder. Also, just development is just harder if you want to maintain the status quo. And I don't think excapist literature NEEDS to maintain a status quo, but set-up an interesting universe. To each their own, I guess smile

When it comes to the Legion's financial success, not only do I think shorter story arcs are a must, but I also think DC have to realise that the direct market may not respond well to the Legion long-term. Yeah, they've got a cult following and are respected, but they've also got more baggage associated with them than the X-Men! So pushing for trade sales would also help (just look at "Omega Men"). Maybe put that one-off issue as a bonus in a Superman trade, even! Marvel put the first issue of "Inhuman" into the first issue of "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 when it was relaunched around the time of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and that definitely helped that franchise. If DC can not only remove the cost of entry, but have a readership that might already respond well to the Legion, I think it'd work infinitely better.

Especially if they're not going to use a big name creator. I jokingly take jabs at him, but I think Gerard Way is kinda the Ben Affleck of comics: he's got a sizeable hatedom from past work, but managed to shake that off with some really acclaimed projects (I haven't read "Umbrella Academy", but apparently it's amazing). His name probably got more than a few people to buy "Doom Patrol", even though the series' reputation is "read only when high af." Something similar would really help the Legion; a big name creator to entice people to try a series that has a reputation of not being new reader-friendly

I agree regarding "Teen Titans"; frankly, if the characters didn't already have their own strong fanbases, nobody would really care about the franchise (though I personally think the franchise started going downhill in the second half of the 90s "Titans" series). And I think Geoff Johns' team was horrid, but apparently there was TONS of editorial interference, e.g. making Bart Kid Flash was not his idea, and he actually hated it. But if I was a new reader, I think the Teen Titans would be much more appealing, if only because of the more recognisable characters and name brand.

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My Hope Larson Top Three, plot-and-spoiler-free for maximum enjoyment:

1. "Mercury"

2. "A Wrinkle in Time" (adaptation of another author's prose work)

3. "Chiggers"

Happy reading.

Re: "Bitch Planet", don't hold back or anything. smile lol But seriously, I didn't think for a moment that you liked it, or that you like DeConnick's writing, I just felt it was a bit harsh to say that Thompson's writing is worse than her's. I respect your opinion, but Thompson's my girl and I have to stand up for her. (And, as it happens, the only upcoming Marvel book I'm awaiting with bated breath is Thompson's Kate Bishop "Hawkeye" solo book.)

Re: "Doom Patrol", I believe that the true DP acid test is reading Grant Morrison's "Doom Patrol" issue #50. If you like it (and I myself *love* it), then DP is definitely your cup of tea. If not, avoid. And the original Silver Age Doom Patrol, despite some dated aspects (in the 21st Century, Rita Farr would give Steve Dayton a swift kick in the nads and get a restraining order,) has certain elements which still hold up, notably the ahead-of-her-time anti-heroine Madame Rouge (as I described her to a friend recently, she's the best not-quite-good, not-quite-evil, tres chic Euro-chick, like, ever!!)

Re: Teen Titans, I'm glad we are of like minds on the execrable Geoff Johns era. For all the talk that he takes too much flak, I would counter that he's *still* given too much slack (in fairness, though I *hate* being fair to that creepy-looking, poker-faced, beady-eyed baldy, he seems to have finally realized that he's never going to get any better as a writer, and he's now better suited to act as a mentor/facilitator for other DC writers.) And I also agree with you that the Titans have more name-brand appeal than the Legion, thanks mainly to the cartoon (which I actually didn't like that much, but that's neither here not there.)

Lastly, I have to add that even though I don't think there's been a half-decent Titans issue since Eduardo Barreto left in 1988, I *do* absolutely *adore* Peter David & Todd Nauck's "Young Justice" run. That run, to me, should be the template for the next incarnation of the Legion, and, if necessary, I will defend it until I'm blue in the face. ShadowLass


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I'll definitley look for Mercury and Chiggers, though I generally avoid comic adaptions of other media, so I'll give that a pass, soz frown

I'm sorry, but "Bitch Planet"... ugh. I swear, that series is aimed at incredibly sheltered women who have just discovered feminism. I remember really wanting to like it too frown

Also, I tok am looking forward to Hawkeye. Kate is one of my favourite characters, so i'm definitely buying it. But some of the solicitation alone has me worried Thompson is gonna keep trying to sound like a 20-something hipster.

Oh, I've read Morrison's DP. I read the first arc and a bit after that. The story ideas are cool, and the characters are interesting, but it was just that bit too crazy for me without much to ground it aside from Cliff. My sister read Way's DP and was confused af about the bricks and Danny and the ending. I had to explain some of it to her, but she really enjoyed it.

Wow... so... if I get this right... you don't like Geoff Johns lol. I'm not the biggest fan of his either, but I think, overall he's done more good than bad. But yeah, his Teen Titans was the worst... then Henderson happened... then Lobdell happened. Honestly, Percy would need to TRY to suck to beat his predecessors.

I've read a few issues of YJ and liked it, and it really works as a more fun version of Teen Titans. YJ in space would work for the ReLegion's early stories, I feel.

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Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I'll definitley look for Mercury and Chiggers, though I generally avoid comic adaptions of other media, so I'll give that a pass, soz frown


Not a problem. And I'm glad to hear you're going to give the two which are cut from whole cloth a chance.


Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Oh, I've read Morrison's DP. I read the first arc and a bit after that. The story ideas are cool, and the characters are interesting, but it was just that bit too crazy for me without much to ground it aside from Cliff.


Hmmm. Good point. Even though I came around to becoming a fan in the long run, I actually have kind of a checkered history with the Doom Patrol. For many years, the only Morrison Era issues available in trade were the first few ("Crawling from the Wreckage"), and I didn't like it at all on my first read, back around '93 or '94, IIRC, for more or less the same reason you describe. And then Morrison's horrible "back to basics" JLA run (sort of the evil flipside of his DP, I guess) made me avoid anything he wrote like the plague. Eventually, after I returned to comics around the beginning of '05, I was sufficiently intrigued by 7 Soldiers to give it a go, and I actually enjoyed a substantial portion of it. It wasn't too long after that that the rest of his DP run was finally collected. I didn't dislike it as much as I had the early issues back in the day, but I still found it too self-conscious. Really, I didn't start to see where Morrison is coming from until I read his very good memoir-cum-history-of-superhero-comics prose book Supergods, and I finally decided that he could definitely walk the walk *and* talk the talk after the legal issues involving Flex Mentallo were settled and it was collected (I *love* that mini-series, and TBH, I doubt he's ever going to scale those heights again.) So when I finally gave his DP run a third chance, third time was indeed the charm. I still think issue 50 works equally well as either a standalone or as the cornerstone of the whole saga, and that everyone should read that one at least once.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
My sister read Way's DP and was confused af about the bricks and Danny and the ending. I had to explain some of it to her, but she really enjoyed it.


Glad to hear that. I always like it when a genre comic manages to show that being challenging and being fun are not mutually exclusive.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Wow... so... if I get this right... you don't like Geoff Johns lol.


Tee hee. But I kid Johns -- NOT!!!! I've never met him, but I get this weird vibe off of him, like he reminds me of a villain from one of those cheesy old 90s TV movies about a young woman falling for an apple-pie-kinda-guy who turns out to be a murderous psycho.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I'm not the biggest fan of his either, but I think, overall he's done more good than bad.


Um...let me count the ways:

Created Courtney Ryan -- Good at first, bad in the long run.

Day of Judgment -- Generic event storyline, although I came around long-after-the-fact to liking Hal as the Spectre after I read back issues of his guest appearances in Peter David's Supergirl & Young Justice. Now I wish Hal had stayed the Spectre.

Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. -- Cute on the surface, creepy underneath.

Flash -- Overrated, ugly, horrible. The scene where we're supposed to cheer for the angry mob as they're about to tear Blacksmith to pieces still makes my skin crawl just thinking about it.

JSA -- David Goyer may be a loudmouth jerk, but he *totally* carried Johns during the time those two co-wrote JSA, and once Goyer left, its quality spiraled into glorified toilet paper.

Hawkman -- I'll admit I gave up on it too early to give a fair judgment. Plus, the only time I've ever liked the Hawk-folks was Timothy Truman's "Hawkworld" mini-series. Even though Truman co-plotted most of the ongoing series, I still didn't like it.

Teen Titans -- I love Mike McKone's art on just about everything he's done, so I initially gave this one a thumbs-up for the first 20 or so issues. Then, years later, I cracked open the first TT trade for the first time in yonks, and as soon as Deathstroke blew off Bart's kneecap, I thought, "F*ck this!" and got rid of all my Johns TT trades.

JLA Identity Crisis aftermath arc -- Chris Batista's lovely art was enough at the time to fool me (see also Mike McKone, above) into thinking it was anything more than by-the-numbers superhero-team bickering, but now I can see it wasn't.

Green Lantern Rebirth & Green Lantern Corps Recharge -- Pretty much the only Johns stories I can still re-read today. And then more out of sentimental value than anything, because this was right around the time I got back into comics.

Green Lantern ongoing -- Again, as with early JSA, Johns pulled it off for a while because someone else was carrying him, in this case then-editor Peter Tomasi. Enjoyed the Sinestro Corps War event thoroughly at the time, so much so that it even inspired two of my fanfics (see my posts in Kappa Kid's Green Lantern fanfic thread in Bits), but after that, it got worse and worse until I had to drop it right around "Blackest Night" (more on that abomination shortly.)

Infinite Crisis -- When even the artistic likes of Phil Jimenez, George Perez, and Jerry Ordway can't keep a suck-tastic event storyline afloat, something has gone *seriously* wrong. *The* sum total of everything that I came to hate about DiDio Era DC, especially the whole hypocritical "Grim and gritty is wrong, wrong, *wrong* -- but lookee over here, isn't Pantha's decapitation just a *gas* and a *laugh-and-a-half*?" bull-nass. Loses even more points for being jerry-rigged entirely out of spare parts left over from CoIE.

Blackest Night -- Even *worse* than IC. How is that even possible? Well, alls you gotta do is take a thin, simplistic zombie-movie plot originally intended only for the GL franchise and stretch it out beyond the breaking point, then you let your meanstreak and your bloodthirst run riot like never before. And to add insult to injury, you shove Aquaman's loathsome ex-partner down or throats, adding insult to injury by making her *even more* loathsome than before. This is where I finally gave up on Johns as a writer.

Over to you, Fuzzy Barbarian. smile

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I've read a few issues of YJ and liked it, and it really works as a more fun version of Teen Titans. YJ in space would work for the ReLegion's early stories, I feel.


That does my heart good. YJ is criminally underrated, and I hope against hope that my theory about DiDio getting sh*t-canned by Warners once his contract runs out is true, because I believe *he* is the reason why Peter David has been persona non grata at DC since back when both YJ and Supergirl were cancelled.


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#910093 - 09/21/16 01:47 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Fanfic Lady]  
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Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
I hope against hope that my theory about DiDio getting sh*t-canned by Warners once his contract runs out is true, because I believe *he* is the reason why Peter David has been persona non grata at DC since back when both YJ and Supergirl were cancelled.


I wouldn't hold your breath on that one: DC just posted 21 of the top 25 comics in August, including 10 selling more than 100K, catapulting the entire industry to its best month in YEARS, solely based on DC's performance. I imagine Lee and Didio are popping a lot of champagne corks these days.

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Uh...Dave, that only happened *after* DiDio quietly took a backseat to Johns in both the creative direction and the promotion of the books. I wouldn't underestimate the things that could be inferred from that.


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Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Uh...Dave, that only happened *after* DiDio quietly took a backseat to Johns in both the creative direction and the promotion of the books. I wouldn't underestimate the things that could be inferred from that.


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I've been meaning to give Supergods a read, but I be broke and my local libraries aren't great. Wonder if one of the unis has it in stock?

I think Way's DP works for new readers better than Morrison's because Casey grounds it, while not feeling flat or out of place. Way's DP is just slightly more compelling than Morrison's ahile being more on-the-nose and less abstract and I think it kinda needed to be, being the premier Young Animal book and all. My sister always wants to get into Morrison stuff, but his complete lack of hand holding just isn't welcoming, and she can read Tim Seeley and Tom King and enjoy them! I think it's that Way, Seeley and King can write stories where not understanding everything doesn't stop you from enjoying the comic, whereas you'll enjoy a Morrison comic much more than the ones by those guys... ONLY if you understand everything. If not, there's not as much there for you than if you read those guys and didn't understand everything.

I hear good things about Flex Mentallo, but I forget to look into getting into it EVERY. TIME. I'm leaving a tab of it open this time smile


Wow... I'm just picturing you repeatedly kicking Johns in the balls rn smile. I think he looks fine, like a sleepier version of a guy I'd see walkjng his dog. Anyway, with Johns, I'm gonna start him at 0 and -1 for every bad and +1 for every good.

Stargirl - She's the best representation of youth I've ever seen on an adult team (take notes, MARK WAID) and I think is a fun character who started out flawed but loveable. +1

Day of Vengeance - haven't read it, but I liked Hal as the Spectre. +0

JSA - I'm with you in that I think Goyer's contribution is criminally overlooked, though the guy is a prick, so I get why. But I don't think quality declined when he left. The series was always uneven, but I think Johns did a good job carrying on and told some great stories. Admittedly, i'm pretty bias since JSA was one of, if not THE first big ongoings i read from beginning to end when I first got into comics. +1

Hawkman - I've only read the first issue, and I liked it, but the only Hawkperson I've ever cared about is Kendra Saunders, and while she was in this, Hawkman is just... the guy does NOT have a good rep. Still, by all accojnts this is THE best Hawkman run, so i'll give it +0.5

Flash (Wally) - I liked it. It was nowhere near as good as Waid's, but it moved Wally's life forward and made good use of the Flash mythos. It had its flaws -- like how Wally felt like a supporting character in his own series at times, Johns moving him closer in line with Barry and Wally having a secret ID again -- but the stories were good. Also, Hunter Zolomon was really interesting and the perfect villain for Wally, given his motovations and powerset. More than any other archnemesis, this was a villain only Wally could beat. But Johns couldn't help himself by retconning that some Rogues didn't REALLY go straight, but were brainwashed into it. It's not THAT bad, since it's left ambigious as to which villains ACTUALLY were brainwashed, but it still bugs me. +1

Identity Crisis aftermath - Never heard of it tbh, but I'll take your word for it. -1

GL Rebirth - I don't think this holds up. It's an OKAY story if you think of it as one big retcon and as setup for stories dowb the line, but even then there are things that just suck. +0

GL Recharge - Good story, some forced retcons (Arisia's death coma thing) but it had a great energy to it and did a good job setting the stage for future stories. +1

Green Lantern - REALLY uneven and dragged out. Earlier issues were very good and actually made Hal likeable, but it kinda peaked at Sinestro Corps war. It had some decent things, like the Laira arc and Red Lantern introduction, but it also went on way longer than it needed to and should've ended at Blackest Night, but just. Kept. Going. Also, I don't think Johns thought out the emotional spectrum, because willpower is not an emotion and every corps ring seems to be powered by the user's willpower to a degree. Still, it revitalised the franchise in a big way and allowed for cool spin-offs. +0

Infinite Crisis - I really flawed but enjoyable story to me. The hypocrisy was annoying and ironic, the restoration of the Multiverse was unecessary, it served as a minor reboot for the sake of retconning in things Johns wanted for no reason, Wonder Woman is holier than thou (because Johns can only write her like that or as a berserker), Superboy's death was pointless, and the dialogue -- ESPECIALLY the Supsrboys' sucked. But it had good Batman moments, Earth-2 Superman got a beautiful ending, it was epic while still being followable, and all the endings work. +0

Superman and the LoSH - Good Superman story, decent Legion one. Cool ideas and moments, and good way to introduce people to the Legion +1

Final Crisis: L3W - good, if only as a long retcon. In HINDSIGHT it was probs a bad move, but it was kinda good for what it was, and FELT epic. +0

Blackest Night - not a fan. Decent premise with room for character development, but it devolved into dumb stuff and retcons. It was SUPPOSED to be a commentary on the nature of death in comics... and just didn't work, because Nekron's plan was dumb. And Nekron was dumb. And Black Hand is dumb. And Barry is not a messenger of hope ffs, but I guess Superman was a Black Lantern and unavailable. Works as dumb schlock, hilarious when it wants to be something else. -1

Brightest Day - Aside from the Swamp Thing thing (lol), not that bad, not that good either. Liked Dove and Deadman together though, and the new Aqualad was cool. +0

Flash Rebirth - Trash. Absolute trash. A garbage fire. The comic equivalent of that giant planet of trash in Futurama. Sucks the life out of any comic next to it. It's a full series of shilling for Barry Allen with bs logic, introduced the "it was all a part of my plan!!111!1!!!" Version of Eobard Thawne ("Negative Speed Force" is the stupidest thing I've ever seen from both a Flash comic AND Johns), had no clue what to do with Wally, seems to actively hate the Flash legacy, and was the first in a long line of attempts to give Barry something resembling a personality and failing. The guy IS the Silver Age incarnate... so Johns Dark Ages him, making me wonder why he ever liked Barry. The only good thing was Irey becoming Impulse and Jesse Chambers ditching the Liberty Belle name and costume for Jesse Quick (though that costume also sucked (she literally looks like she's about to do the dishes)). -1, and if I could, -1000

Flash (Barry) - Furthers the crap version of Thawne, was aimless and just leading up to crap. More shillibg for Barry. Everything wrong with Rebirth but more of it. -1

Flashpoint - trash. When you reboot a universe, maybe try to pay tribute to it. Instead we got a grimdark piece of crap that had such a crap message it was hilarious (it's okay for Thawne to fuck with time, but Barry doing it to UNDO what Thawne did? Wrong). It was just a bad story that I swear is in the category of "non-comic readers haven't read it, but have heard about it and it has enough "kewl" elements to be considered good by thsmem". -1

Aquaman - modernised the character well. Yeah, Peter David made him cool too, but Johns did it in a more nuanced way that doesn't feel dated like David's (and I say that as a huge Peter David fan)+1

Justice League - Good, if unsure of itself at first. First arc was dumb but works as an origin story, if an overly long one. Second one was pointess. Third was good, but was a crossover with Aquaman. The rest felt like it had more of a point, though it also felt a bit uneven. +1

Batman: Earth One - Only read first vol., and that was ages ago, but it was NOT memorable and I think this is what started the "edgy Alfred" thing that's now also in Gotham, and I hate that. The one really notable good scene is Bruce being inspired by samurai armour with a kabuto helmet as opposed to a bat crashing through his window. Unique idea, works in context. Still, kinda weak. -1

So yeah, I think Johns comes out ahead.



Now, DIDIO... why does he have his position again? I rag on Joe Quesada a lot... A LOT, but he did oversee the Marvel Knights line which produced some very acclaimed stories, and having recently read NYX, he's a decent writer. And I THINK he had some involvement in the MAX line? Either way, he's a logical choice. DiDio... I only know about his work AFTER he got promoted, and it all sucks.

Regarding Rebirth, who WAS the main guy in charge of that? Johns was the guy who spoke about it most, but was that just to avoid the negative publicity that would come with having DiDio do it? I mean, Johns had his plate full around this time, so... Idno.

Just from chats with different people who care about DC's structure, quite a few seem to want Peter J. Tomasi to take up DiDio's position. I really like Tomasi as a writer and I think he's a good editor, but I don't have any thoughts on that.


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Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian


WALL OF TEXT INCOMING


LOL lol Maybe I should make that my new signature (though I'm also still considering Thoth's compare & contrast of TMK and Tom King.) nod[/quote]

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I've been meaning to give Supergods a read, but I be broke and my local libraries aren't great. Wonder if one of the unis has it in stock?


I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one of the unis does turn out to have it. It's an extremely rewarding read (although it does require a little patience early on, as Morrison is on well-trod Golden Age History territory there, but I think that even then, he puts his own engaging spin on it.) I really, *really* hope that Morrison writes more non-fiction prose in the years to come. And it just occurred to me that perhaps Morrison is to superhero comics what Elvis Costello is to pop music -- they're both better at writing about, and discussing, them than at actually creating them (and if that sounds like a backhanded compliment to the hardcore Morrison and/or Costello fans, be assured it wasn't meant that way.)

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I hear good things about Flex Mentallo, but I forget to look into getting into it EVERY. TIME. I'm leaving a tab of it open this time smile


YAY! Glad to hear that! Like Supergods, it requires some patience and close attention, but is a very rewarding read.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Wow... I'm just picturing you repeatedly kicking Johns in the balls rn smile.


I'd like to get my licks in for Blackest Night alone, and particularly the sequence with Evil Ralph & Evil Sue killing Kendra. (Just kidding, LW admins and my fellow LW mods, JUST KIDDING!! I'm a lover, not a fighter.) angel

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Stargirl - She's the best representation of youth I've ever seen on an adult team (take notes, MARK WAID) and I think is a fun character who started out flawed but loveable. +1


I'll concede that maybe was just so bitter about the awfulness of her creator's last several JSA arcs that I missed something. But a warning: Don't hold your breath on the possibility of me re-reading them. wink

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Day of Vengeance - haven't read it, but I liked Hal as the Spectre. +0


Yay! Who knows, maybe that's how Hal will end up again it the long run (he's certainly better suited for the gig than that minor character from the Bat-verse with an ugly beard and a first name that sounds like a candy bar.)

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
JSA - I'm with you in that I think Goyer's contribution is criminally overlooked, though the guy is a prick, so I get why. But I don't think quality declined when he left. The series was always uneven, but I think Johns did a good job carrying on and told some great stories. Admittedly, i'm pretty bias since JSA was one of, if not THE first big ongoings i read from beginning to end when I first got into comics. +1


I know all about sentimental value for gateway comics, so I won't counter anything you said there. And I'm glad we at least agree on Goyer (in both the good and the bad about him.)

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Hawkman - I've only read the first issue, and I liked it, but the only Hawkperson I've ever cared about is Kendra Saunders, and while she was in this, Hawkman is just... the guy does NOT have a good rep. Still, by all accojnts this is THE best Hawkman run, so i'll give it +0.5


*J'adore* Kendra Saunders, she was my favorite JSA member!! In fact, as I was typing that last sentence, it occurred to me that perhaps that's why I grew to dislike Stargirl, because I felt she hogged panels in which I'd rather have seen Kendra.

*Trust me* when I tell you that the Truman/Alcatena/Parsons Hawkworld mini-series is an awesomely good read, except possibly for the ending, which sets up the ongoing a bit too blatantly. And, like I said before, the ongoing has its fans, as well as the writing pedigree of John Ostrander (and Truman as co-plotter for parts of the run), but I've never found it to be one of Ostrander's top-drawer gigs (still *much better* than his Firestorm or Martian Manhunter, though.)

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Flash (Wally) - I liked it. It was nowhere near as good as Waid's, but it moved Wally's life forward and made good use of the Flash mythos. It had its flaws -- like how Wally felt like a supporting character in his own series at times, Johns moving him closer in line with Barry and Wally having a secret ID again -- but the stories were good. Also, Hunter Zolomon was really interesting and the perfect villain for Wally, given his motovations and powerset. More than any other archnemesis, this was a villain only Wally could beat. But Johns couldn't help himself by retconning that some Rogues didn't REALLY go straight, but were brainwashed into it. It's not THAT bad, since it's left ambigious as to which villains ACTUALLY were brainwashed, but it still bugs me. +1


Um...what about the elephant in the room, Blacksmith's gruesome (albeit left-to-the-imagination) fate? I wouldn't wish something like that on my worst enemy, let alone a one-shot villainess. And I also have an *unbelievable* amount of dislike for the very concept of mob rule, so Johns loses a lot of points with me for glorifying and romanticizing it.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
GL Recharge - Good story, some forced retcons (Arisia's death coma thing) but it had a great energy to it and did a good job setting the stage for future stories. +1


Agreed 100%, with only the caveat that co-writer Dave Gibbons may very well have carried Johns on this mini-series. I loved Gibbons' solo writing on the first year-and-a-half of the GLC ongoing, and felt it went doing the toilet after he left.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Infinite Crisis - I really flawed but enjoyable story to me. The hypocrisy was annoying and ironic, the restoration of the Multiverse was unecessary, it served as a minor reboot for the sake of retconning in things Johns wanted for no reason, Wonder Woman is holier than thou (because Johns can only write her like that or as a berserker), Superboy's death was pointless, and the dialogue -- ESPECIALLY the Supsrboys' sucked. But it had good Batman moments, Earth-2 Superman got a beautiful ending, it was epic while still being followable, and all the endings work. +0


I'm glad we at least partially agree on IC's most salient flaw, the hypocrisy of the way the violence was presented (and, later, exploited further over the next several years), but overall I think you're giving it too much slack. To each their own, though, I still respect your opinion.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Superman and the LoSH - Good Superman story, decent Legion one. Cool ideas and moments, and good way to introduce people to the Legion +1


Here, too, I beg to differ. The whole Retroboot was a reprehensible, lazy, and cheap undertaking from the very start, IMO, cynically designed to appeal to aging readers who can't let go of the Legion's supposed peaks of its past. If the Retroboot's immediate predecessor, the Threeboot, hadn't been such a dog's breakfast, I would never have even looked at this out of curiosity.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Final Crisis: L3W - good, if only as a long retcon. In HINDSIGHT it was probs a bad move, but it was kinda good for what it was, and FELT epic. +0


See above, only a million times more so, due to its general ham-fistedness, its mean-spiritedness, its gratuitous violence, and S*p*rb*y Pr*me.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Blackest Night - not a fan. Decent premise with room for character development, but it devolved into dumb stuff and retcons. It was SUPPOSED to be a commentary on the nature of death in comics... and just didn't work, because Nekron's plan was dumb. And Nekron was dumb. And Black Hand is dumb. And Barry is not a messenger of hope ffs, but I guess Superman was a Black Lantern and unavailable. Works as dumb schlock, hilarious when it wants to be something else. -1


I only read the first issue, but, like I said in my previous post, it was the final straw for me regarding Johns' writing. Kendra's death added considerable insult to injury.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Flash (Barry) - Furthers the crap version of Thawne, was aimless and just leading up to crap. More shillibg for Barry. Everything wrong with Rebirth but more of it. -1


Indeed, especially on the "leading up to crap" front. I still remember the ever-perceptive Cobalt Kid theorizing in the Gym'll's forum that Johns was setting up the death of the Evan McCulloch Mirror Master and the resurrection of the Sam Scudder Mirror Master. I would have gone *ballistic* if that had happened, because Evan is one of my favorite love-to-hate-that-bastard-villains *ever*, and one of Morrison's few cut-from-whole-cloth contributions to the DCU to deservedly endure.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Aquaman - modernised the character well. Yeah, Peter David made him cool too, but Johns did it in a more nuanced way that doesn't feel dated like David's (and I say that as a huge Peter David fan)+1


Hang. On. A. @$##@$%%ing. Minute. PAD's Aquaman run is dated?? And Johns' run is better, and not dated??? Sorry, and it's nothing personal (just ask the Legion Worlders who've known me for years) but here I have to admit I *am* a bit cross right now (it'll pass quickly.) I re-read PAD's run a few years ago, and everything that might have even *seemed* in the 90s like it was going to date quickly was, in retrospect, done with *genuine conviction, subversive wit, and irony* (Exhibit A: Garth wielding an enormous Crypto-Image gun, only for it to misfire and make the situation even worse. Effin' brilliant!!) As for Johns' Aquaman, I can succinctly sum up my feelings for it with a quick food analogy: It had the shelf-life of an already-ripening banana, and it smelled even worse. (And, come to think about it, that statement applies to almost all of Johns' writing, IMHO.)


Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Regarding Rebirth, who WAS the main guy in charge of that? Johns was the guy who spoke about it most, but was that just to avoid the negative publicity that would come with having DiDio do it? I mean, Johns had his plate full around this time, so... Idno.


I doubt we'll ever know the full truth, but I'm sticking to my aforementioned theory. And please correct me if I've misunderstood what you wrote, but I thought that, by that time, Johns had phased himself out of *all* his comic book writing gigs, so how could his plate have been full?

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Just from chats with different people who care about DC's structure, quite a few seem to want Peter J. Tomasi to take up DiDio's position. I really like Tomasi as a writer and I think he's a good editor, but I don't have any thoughts on that.


I'd *love* to see Tomasi get a promotion to DC executive. He's not only a great editor in his own right, he also learned from the best, having paid his dues as Dan Raspler's assistant. Gods, I miss Raspler, even though it's 12 years on since DC sh*t-canned him (12 of the worst years of most DC fans' lives, I'd muse.)


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Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady


I'm keeping my fingers crossed that one of the unis does turn out to have it. It's an extremely rewarding read (although it does require a little patience early on, as Morrison is on well-trod Golden Age History territory there, but I think that even then, he puts his own engaging spin on it.) I really, *really* hope that Morrison writes more non-fiction prose in the years to come. And it just occurred to me that perhaps Morrison is to superhero comics what Elvis Costello is to pop music -- they're both better at writing about, and discussing, them than at actually creating them (and if that sounds like a backhanded compliment to the hardcore Morrison and/or Costello fans, be assured it wasn't meant that way.)


Yay, my uni has it! Just at the campus furthest away from me, so I'll have to put in an order. Though I need to check how borrowing from my uni library works, since I'm about to finish for the semester.


Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
I'd like to get my licks in for Blackest Night alone, and particularly the sequence with Evil Ralph & Evil Sue killing Kendra. (Just kidding, LW admins and my fellow LW mods, JUST KIDDING!! I'm a lover, not a fighter.) angel


Yeah... I swear, when Johns writes Legacy characters, he does it well... then usurps that character with a predecessor, making me feel like he's playing a long game to do that with everyone... which the New 52 kinda did, though he was apparently against it. But Kendra's death really pissed me off, and I hate that she came back as SHIERA because... Silver Age boners, I guess.

Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
Yay! Who knows, maybe that's how Hal will end up again it the long run (he's certainly better suited for the gig than that minor character from the Bat-verse with an ugly beard and a first name that sounds like a candy bar.)


HAHAHAHA!!!! Oh... yeah. I just thought it was odd they'd make so prominent a charcater whose last name is Allen. But yeah, "Crispus"? That's... *snort* a name laugh


Originally Posted by Fanfic Lady
I know all about sentimental value for gateway comics, so I won't counter anything you said there. And I'm glad we at least agree on Goyer (in both the good and the bad about him.)


Oh, it wasn't really my gateway comic (that's reserved for Runaways and New X-Men - Academy X), but it WAS a big intro for me into JSA.


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Um...what about the elephant in the room, Blacksmith's gruesome (albeit left-to-the-imagination) fate? I wouldn't wish something like that on my worst enemy, let alone a one-shot villainess. And I also have an *unbelievable* amount of dislike for the very concept of mob rule, so Johns loses a lot of points with me for glorifying and romanticizing it.


I don't know, it didn't really seem that bad to me. It's a typical "villain gets their comeuppance from the people" kind of thing, which admittedly is extremely dated, but Johns was building up Keystone as the "working" city.

I think you might be misremembering. I just flipped through my omnibus, and Goldface just tells the mob to fight, she mocks them, they corner her on a bridge, she tries to rip the bridge down, Wally stops her and throws her onto a barge. Plus, she wasn't really a one-shot villain, since she was behind the scenes a lot.


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Here, too, I beg to differ. The whole Retroboot was a reprehensible, lazy, and cheap undertaking from the very start, IMO, cynically designed to appeal to aging readers who can't let go of the Legion's supposed peaks of its past. If the Retroboot's immediate predecessor, the Threeboot, hadn't been such a dog's breakfast, I would never have even looked at this out of curiosity.


I kinda liked the idea behind the Retroboot... but yeah, it was milking the crap out of nostalgia. But that specific Legion worked well for the story Johns was telling, and had potential.

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Hang. On. A. @$##@$%%ing. Minute. PAD's Aquaman run is dated?? And Johns' run is better, and not dated??? Sorry, and it's nothing personal (just ask the Legion Worlders who've known me for years) but here I have to admit I *am* a bit cross right now (it'll pass quickly.) I re-read PAD's run a few years ago, and everything that might have even *seemed* in the 90s like it was going to date quickly was, in retrospect, done with *genuine conviction, subversive wit, and irony* (Exhibit A: Garth wielding an enormous Crypto-Image gun, only for it to misfire and make the situation even worse. Effin' brilliant!!) As for Johns' Aquaman, I can succinctly sum up my feelings for it with a quick food analogy: It had the shelf-life of an already-ripening banana, and it smelled even worse. (And, come to think about it, that statement applies to almost all of Johns' writing, IMHO.)


I think PAD's Aquaman is dated. Even if it defied 90s conventions, it still made use of a few, and I just don't like a lot of the stories. While Johns' is more epic but also always emotionally charged. Plus Johns refined then Aquaman mythos in a good way, ignoring Garth aside. But to each their own.


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I doubt we'll ever know the full truth, but I'm sticking to my aforementioned theory. And please correct me if I've misunderstood what you wrote, but I thought that, by that time, Johns had phased himself out of *all* his comic book writing gigs, so how could his plate have been full?


He was doing TV and in the early stages of movie work.

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I'd *love* to see Tomasi get a promotion to DC executive. He's not only a great editor in his own right, he also learned from the best, having paid his dues as Dan Raspler's assistant. Gods, I miss Raspler, even though it's 12 years on since DC sh*t-canned him (12 of the worst years of most DC fans' lives, I'd muse.)


I... have never heard of Raspler, though my knowledge of the inner workings of DC is pretty limited, especially compared to my Marvel knowledge (which admittedly is also limited). Though 2004 is about when DC mostly started to go downhill, though that may be a testament to DiDio's suckitude more than anything.

I'm not sure how Tomasi would do. I like his Batman stuff, and his experience as Batman editor shows in his PERFECT understanding of the characters and the mythos. And I've heard his Superman run has been VERY good, though I think some of that is Superman coming out of an era of overall suckiness and readers getting quality-whiplash.

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Yay, my uni has it! Just at the campus furthest away from me, so I'll have to put in an order. Though I need to check how borrowing from my uni library works, since I'm about to finish for the semester.


Awesome!! And I think I should add that it not only changed my opinions on a lot (not all) of Morrison's previous works, but also left me with a generally more positive outlook on life. And, funnily enough, the improvement in my outlook also had a generous contribution, right around that same time, from reading the entirety of Promethea, which was, of course, written by Morrison's nemesis-of-sorts, Alan Moore (and, if you haven't read it already, I highly recommend doing a web search for Moore's lengthy but brutally funny final word on their infamous feud-of-sorts.)

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HAHAHAHA!!!! Oh... yeah. I just thought it was odd they'd make so prominent a charcater whose last name is Allen. But yeah, "Crispus"? That's... *snort* a name lol


Oh, Gods, I hadn't thought of the Allen thing. LOL

And I can just imagine the cheesy advertisement for the hypothetical "Crispus Bar" -- "Enjoy the wondrously delicious crunch of a Crispus." lol


Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I don't know, it didn't really seem that bad to me. It's a typical "villain gets their comeuppance from the people" kind of thing, which admittedly is extremely dated, but Johns was building up Keystone as the "working" city.


Again, I am admittedly biased with a particularly negative feeling towards the mob mentality. And while I don't see myself as qualified to comment with any real depth on class warfare -- my own class roots are American lower-middle on my Mom's side, and Latin American bourgeois on my Dad's -- I can't deny that I find the portrayal of "workers" readily giving in to the mob mentality as being patronizing, shallow, and stereotypical on Johns' part (I don't know anything about Johns' backstory other than his being born and raised near Detroit, but I wouldn't be surprised if Johns were some kind of Real Life version of Preboot Ultra Boy, the archetypal middle-class dork getting caught up way too deep in his condescending "street-kid" pose.)

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I think you might be misremembering. I just flipped through my omnibus, and Goldface just tells the mob to fight, she mocks them, they corner her on a bridge, she tries to rip the bridge down, Wally stops her and throws her onto a barge. Plus, she wasn't really a one-shot villain, since she was behind the scenes a lot.


That's actually quite possible. It's been almost ten years since I read that particular Flash trade...but I wouldn't re-read it if someone paid me to, so I guess I'll have to remain blissfully ignorant. smile

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
Johns was doing TV and in the early stages of movie work.


Fair enough, then, but I still insist that DiDio has been secretly (and deservedly) marginalized by Warners, whether anyone at DC or Warners ever admits it or not.

Originally Posted by Fuzzy Barbarian
I... have never heard of Raspler, though my knowledge of the inner workings of DC is pretty limited, especially compared to my Marvel knowledge (which admittedly is also limited). Though 2004 is about when DC mostly started to go downhill, though that may be a testament to DiDio's suckitude more than anything.


As it happens, one of my many writing ambitions is to do a non-fiction prose book that would be a sequel-of-sorts to Gerard Jones's "Men of Tomorrow." That book focused mainly on the origins of the comics industry, then on the Golden Age and the Silver Age, more or less wrapping up with DC's fateful purchase by late-20th-Century tycoon Steve Ross, which eventually segued into ownership by Warners; the rest is an extended epilogue. Anyhow, it's a very good book, and mine would focus on the next two or three ages, using as bookends Jenette Kahn's joining DC's executive board in 1976 at the start, and her quitting DC in 2002 at the end. So, yeah, I believe that Raspler's firing circa 2004 had to have had something to do with DiDio and his cronies.

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I'm not sure how Tomasi would do. I like his Batman stuff, and his experience as Batman editor shows in his PERFECT understanding of the characters and the mythos. And I've heard his Superman run has been VERY good, though I think some of that is Superman coming out of an era of overall suckiness and readers getting quality-whiplash.


Well, I just think he did some admirable stuff as an editor: the aforementioned Green Lantern stuff may have its iffy aspects in hindsight, but it definitely had its moments, and it sure paid off in strictly $ renumerative $ terms. He certainly did the best he could editing Batman and JSA under the circumstances. And finally, Tomasi did what I feel was a creditable job of the challenging task of stepping into the late, great Archie Goodwin's shoes to take over the editing of Starman for its final 32 or so issues; now, I have to stress that I'm not one of James Robinson's Kool-Aid-drinking acolytes who regard Starman as their sacred text (just kidding, Starman fans), but most of my problems with that series apply to the whole of the run, which for me only proves how seamless the transition from Goodwin to Tomasi was, and how the good things about Starman stayed good more-or-less throughout. IMO, of course.


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I've espoused before on these boards that I think Johns needs a good editor to reign in his baser tendencies, which is why his earlier work appeals to me a lot more than IC-era and later work where his penchant for gratuitous violence becomes more pronounced.

One thing I always like to point out about Johns and Didio (and Lee): The times I've met them at conventions they've been not only super-nice, but super-passionate about DC. Now there's a lot about their directions and choices I've vehemently disagreed with, but they aren't secretly mustache-twirling villains, and I think they are trying their best.

Regarding Goyer, I actually think Johns improved after he left, and that JSA was a better book up until around IC (see above about his baser tendencies, although JSA wasn't as effected as other properties).

I`ll always remember the difference between the two was highlighted in the response to fan criticism over issue 39 (The Power Girl solo issue with villain D-Bomb). Goyer responded by basically saying ``you didn`t get it, and it`s not my fault``, and John`s said ``Sorry we blew it, we`ll try harder next time``.


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Originally Posted by Dave Hackett
One thing I always like to point out about Johns and Didio (and Lee): The times I've met them at conventions they've been not only super-nice, but super-passionate about DC. Now there's a lot about their directions and choices I've vehemently disagreed with, but they aren't secretly mustache-twirling villains, and I think they are trying their best.


Yeah, well, I'm still not convinced. I think what they really are is good actors.

But you go right on believing whatever you want to believe.


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I've got to second Dave's opinion. When I've heard DiDio speak at conventions, he's so enthusiastic about comics and he really seems to understand the enchantment so many of us feel with this medium.

What happens between enthusiasm and finished product, I don't know. He's tried a number of ambitious projects - 52, the weeklies - which started out strong. He certainly has different tastes from my own; I haven't much liked the stories he's written. I'd suspect anything coming out of DC and Marvel is more a product of committee thinking than the direction of one man - and it may be impossible to translate the enthusiasm into reality.



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...I don't think I want a new Legion book at all. I'm too scared.

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I'm scared, too, Sarky, but I try to be philosophical about it. If they don't get it right this time, there's always next time.

(That said, if they get it wrong, there might not be a next time.)

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(No, because, when the Legion was at its rock bottom in the early 70s, along came Dave Cockrum like the proverbial cavalry. So...I'm not giving up hope.)

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It's been almost a month-and-a-half now since DC's last Legion tease. With plenty of time to ruminate, I find that while I'm still clinging on to hope by the skin of my teeth, I can't shake this discouraging feeling that the next Legion writer won't be Tom King after all, much less my top choice, Hope Larson, but rather...Dan Jurgens.

Jurgens has been one of DC's top company men since a couple years after the current administration took over. No matter how many times he screws up (Nu52 JLI, anyone?), he gets yet another chance. And lately, he's been contributing heavily to the Superman franchise's commercially successful do-over, writing the Lois & Clark mini-series and the current Action Comics ongoing. So he's definitely in a favorable position to get a pet project of his moving. And Jurgens is definitely a Legion fan, having penciled the last few issues of new material for Tales of the LSH back in the 80s, a bunch of spot drawings for the Who's Who in the LSH entries, and Gail Simone's Postboot Legion arc.

But Jurgens also wrote and penciled Titans/Legion: Universe Ablaze. I haven't read it, but I've never heard a kind word about it. Which brings me to my next point. I have never liked Jurgens as a writer, going all the way back to his first involvement with the Superman franchise, as the writer/penciler of the Supes flagship book, and his rather creepy eagerness to take credit as "The Man Who Killed Superman." As I said before on the first page of this thread, I think a lot of his ideas are good, but I almost never like the way he executes them.

So if he does write the Legion, well...I'd give the first arc a fair chance, but my expectations would be quite low. In addition, I'd have a problem with the Legion being entrusted to yet another Middle-Aged Fanboy Writer. As I've been insisting lately, I believe if the Legion is ever going to expand its hardcore fanbase beyond a few thousand people, far too many of whom are over age 35, then having a MAFW is not going to get that done.

That said, I also want the Legion to firmly re-establish itself as a saleable property, so, yeah, even if Jurgens does get the gig, I'll support it...for a while, at least. I mean, hell, I supported the effin' Threeboot from issue 7 through issue 41!! And Jurgens couldn't possibly do any worse than the Threeboot writers...could he?


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Saturn Girl has a cameo in Tom King's Batman #9 today (read into that what you will). She was one of the Jane Does in Arkham. When Batman walks by her cell, she breathes on the glass and draws a Legion logo.

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I interpret that as a good sign. Thanks.


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Wait. A story for reintroducing the Legion of Super-Heroes starting off with a Legionnaire travelling back to the past for reasons unknown and being put inside a mental hospital because their statements are vague and confusing and have gotten them labelled as mentally ill...

That was exactly how Geoff Johns started off his arc to bring the Legion back, starting with Thom in JSA suddenly being schizophrenic and living in an Opal City mental hospital.


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I'm really late on this, but in that Batman issue with Saturn Girl, it leans on the fourth wall quite a bit. The speech bubble closest to the Legion symbol says "who's taking on THAT burden?" And we all know how Tom King loves to be meta and fuck with people. Plus, the thing where Gotham Girl calls her power Ultra-Vision.

I'm fairly sure by this point taht Tom King's the new Legion writer, unless he's trolling... which he might be, but he hasn't done it before.


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I hope you're right, FB.

I haven't read any of the comics you cited, so I appreciate your sharing those possible hints.

Also, ever since my last post in this thread, I've been thinking that if King were the writer, and Jurgens the penciler (he's been known in the past to do pencil art for writers better than himself) would be ideal, because my feelings about Jurgens as a pencil artist are almost 180 degrees from my feelings about him as a writer (now, if Brett Breeding would come back to ink at least one issue, maybe an Annual, that would make it all just perfect IMO.)


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Speaking of Jurgens, he had Clark name check Saturn Girl in Action recently when speaking with Lois ("It doesn't take Saturn Girl to figure out what you're thinking...").


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One day these issues will be really tough to get, like the issues where you can't see the Next Big Thing, but he/she appears in silhouette at the end of the story.

Or not...


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Originally Posted by thoth lad
One day these issues will be really tough to get, like the issues where you can't see the Next Big Thing, but he/she appears in silhouette at the end of the story.

Or not...


LOL lol


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Wouldn't you like to know?
Spoiler:

She dies in the next issue.

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Originally Posted by Invisible Brainiac
Spoiler:

She dies in the next issue.


??? She's not even in the next issue. Are we still talking about the "Batman" series?

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She becomes The Next Big Thing first, in a crazy Bat-family/Legion crossover that sees Sun Boy try to hit on Batgirl!

Originally Posted by thoth lad
One day these issues will be really tough to get, like the issues where you can't see the Next Big Thing, but he/she appears in silhouette at the end of the story.

Or not...


Which explains why The Next Big Thing often appears in silhouette...

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CBR speculates on the Legion Rebirth. A surprisingly lengthy article that ultimately suggests taking the generational route:

http://www.cbr.com/how-should-dc-rebirth-legion-of-super-heroes/

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I am wondering about what you guys think about the CBR legacy suggestion mentioned by Dave Hackett above. My first thought was "Ugh...," but it's starting to sound like a good idea the more it sits with me (which, granted has only been an hour, haha). A legacy approach would be a good way to keep favorite old-timers around, while introducing next generation legionnaires who can have fresh stories told about them, unsullied by the continuity issues that seem to turn off so many people *(but not me). I haven't really thought this through, these are just initial thoughts.

At any rate, keeping fingers crossed for Tom King as the new writer. DC signed him to a big exclusive, certainly they want to use him on more than one Batman book?


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I haven't read it, but I've thought the legacy route was the best way to go for a long time.

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I'm so sporadic with my upkeep of Legion developments, it sounds like a new idea to me! smile I'm likin' it.


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I've liked this idea for a long time, too. Specifically, I think the "next generation" should be Devlin O'Ryan, Celeste McCauley and Kono (plus some new characters), with Polar Boy in the role of hands-on mentor, and the well-known Legionnaires as occasional guests, mostly telling stories about the old days.


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It's got to be the way forward: the next generation of heroes with a few old timers as advisers and ongoing mysteries around why the rest aren't there.

If I wasn't working on a longstanding fic already I would love to write it myself.


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I just want Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl to still be married with two kids, and for Vi and Ayla to still be together. Or at least let. Them. KISS. IT HAS BEEN 30 YEARS.


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#917765 - 12/06/16 11:37 AM Re: Legion Relaunch Teased in Balitmore [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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The way I see it, the problem with a complete reboot is that you end up either rehashing stories that have already been told, perhaps with a twist to keep them interesting (see the Reboot Legion) or you end up with something so different than the original stories that it's hard to justify calling it the Legion (see the Threeboot). However, if you just try to pick up again from an arbitrary point in the Legion's past (ala the Retroboot), you've got the problem that "you can't go home again", andso it doesn't feel quite right to try to integrate that past version into current DC continuity, plus you've ditched cool concepts that were introduced after that arbitrary point.

So instead you start with a Legion that's been around for quite awhile but doesn't make the claim to literally be any past version of the Legion, but can draw upon bits and pieces of all versions as needed. You just need decent editors to make sure the backstory, as introduced, ends up being consistent.

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I think a brand new start is the best approach. Think how successful Guardians of the Galaxy is despite being very different and loosely connected to the original series. They could come up with new ideas or pull some other space related characters (like Captain Comet or those knights that are in the Whos Whos) and weave them into the Legion stories.


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I haven't read it, but I've thought the legacy route was the best way to go for a long time.


I haven't read it, either. CBR and all its step-sibling sites always put my computer through hell, because of all those ads.

Having read the comments in this thread, I won't mince words.

Firstly, meaning no disrespect to fans of the TMK era, if I find any references to that era in the first issue, I'm going to stop right there. To quote Bob the Bard, "You go your way, and I'll go mine."

Secondly, I think a Legacy Legion is much better as an Elseworlds-style (Gods, I miss the Elseworlds) out-of-continuity tale, a la "Superboy's Legion." Using that approach as a regular series invites the kind of icky, sentimental, anodyne, only-in-fiction approach to superhero-teams-as-families that made me gag when I recently tried re-reading the late-90s/early-00s JSA run.

Thirdly, I reiterate what I've said earlier in this forum -- my top choice would be a Legion that focused more on the teen aspects than the superhero aspects. The closest analogy that comes to my mind is the Peter David/Todd Nauck run on "Young Justice", but with the communication breakdown between publisher and audience showing few if any signs of being overcome, what I really think we need is a combination of old-school storytelling -- done-in-ones, done-in-twos, and the rare done-in-three for stories that genuinely benefit from the extra space -- and progressive content.

Finally, while the Retroboot approach is great fun, as both a writer and a reader, for fanfic devotees such as myself, I think that as a $3-an-issue comic book series, it would be a creative dead end for reasons already covered in previous posts in this thread.


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For those who haven't read it, one of the main reasons given for introducing "LSH: The Next Generation" is so Clark can introduce Jon to his friends' kids, giving him some peers (besides Damian). The idea being it would mirror his childhood experience and be a touch-point to older stories.

Thoughts on that aspect?

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You had me at "friends kids."


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Originally Posted by Dave Hackett



What is wrong with DC?! Having little bits of the Legion revealed in the comics of one of their major characters, before hitching them up with said major character on a long term basis! It's madness! It'll never work now just as it's never worked in the pas....ah...

It is going to be the Batman of that Worlds Finest Comics story who gets to join the Legion here isn't it?

The more I read of them having plans stretching into the distant publishing future, the more I'm reminded of all the other times they've said that, the slack of dreadful stories in between their huge plot Events, and the number of editorial whims that make every one of them* an utter mess.

*I've not read past DCNu so apologies if DC have suddenly transformed themselves.


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Originally Posted by Dave Hackett
For those who haven't read it, one of the main reasons given for introducing "LSH: The Next Generation" is so Clark can introduce Jon to his friends' kids, giving him some peers (besides Damian). The idea being it would mirror his childhood experience and be a touch-point to older stories.

Thoughts on that aspect?


Yeah, definitely given that they are doing the "Super-Sons" in mainline DC Continuity, it makes sense for them to do something similar with the Legion. I approve!

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I kind of want Blok and White Witch to have a kid, even if it is just adopted. Between the Gemworld shorts and Steven Universe, it seems that TV loves rock related characters. Steven Universe is kind of popular right now so they even do a crossover.


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Originally Posted by thoth lad
What is wrong with DC?! Having little bits of the Legion revealed in the comics of one of their major characters, before hitching them up with said major character on a long term basis! It's madness! It'll never work now just as it's never worked in the pas....ah...

Still, it is slightly odd that it's BATMAN of all characters they're being "hitched up with" here. I suppose it would be fuel for the prospect of King writing LSH Rebirth...


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And very bad information for the fans...
I did not buy Batman... but if I had know that Saturn Girl is in the saga I might have bought it.
The same with the Justice League Vs Suicide Squad Saga, I did not ask this saga in the preview, because I was ignoring the participation of THe Emerald Empress.
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I get the feeling that the same hyperbole was used around the time of the Lightning saga thingy. I probably only bought the JLA issues at the time, and they weren't enjoyable. They led up to Events that weren't that good either.

So, I've even less of a reason to buy books for the occasional panel that's drip fed across who knows how many months leading to a lack lustre event. I'll wait for an actual Legion book, or a book that's pretty much all about them.



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Originally Posted by Emily Sivana
I kind of want Blok and White Witch to have a kid, even if it is just adopted. Between the Gemworld shorts and Steven Universe, it seems that TV loves rock related characters. Steven Universe is kind of popular right now so they even do a crossover.


Glorith had a sort of quasi-daughterly relationship to Mysa in the Academy book. They didn't play it up much, which is a shame.


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Okay, so, I've spent so much time being scared witless about a new Legion book, I will say there's only one living creator whom I actually would look forward to writing the Legion and that's Marguerite Bennett.

She's like the only DC writer who hasn't given me a reason to fear for the characters I like and does not come across as a sanctimonious garbage person.


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At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon (which I am, so it's probably OK to sound like one), I'm going to say that a Legion relaunch is not a good idea. The main reason I say this is because of the historical context in which the Legion was created. It was the late 1950s, and (at least in America) we were all optimistic about the future. We saw great scientific advancements, coupled with a society that was a reflection of the American dream (based on the assumption that the entire world would naturally want to buy into that dream by the Legion's time).

Well, my friends, those conditions no longer exist. Science is out of fashion, and even scorned in some circles, and the American dream has become somewhat of a nightmare for many of us. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who is still optimistic about the future in 2016. And without that sense of optimism, it just wouldn't be the Legion. Sure, you could try to write the book as if we were still living in the late 1950s, but would anyone take it seriously? I find myself thinking of the 80s Flash Gordon movie. Yes, it was a box office success, but it was also pretty campy. I don't want a campy Legion.


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I remember a time (the '6O's) when we really believed that a bunch of idealistic teen-agers could make an actual difference in the world.

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Originally Posted by the Hermit
At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon (which I am, so it's probably OK to sound like one), I'm going to say that a Legion relaunch is not a good idea. The main reason I say this is because of the historical context in which the Legion was created. It was the late 1950s, and (at least in America) we were all optimistic about the future. We saw great scientific advancements, coupled with a society that was a reflection of the American dream (based on the assumption that the entire world would naturally want to buy into that dream by the Legion's time).

Well, my friends, those conditions no longer exist. Science is out of fashion, and even scorned in some circles, and the American dream has become somewhat of a nightmare for many of us. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who is still optimistic about the future in 2016. And without that sense of optimism, it just wouldn't be the Legion. Sure, you could try to write the book as if we were still living in the late 1950s, but would anyone take it seriously? I find myself thinking of the 80s Flash Gordon movie. Yes, it was a box office success, but it was also pretty campy. I don't want a campy Legion.


Remember that while the culture of the time reflected an idyllic version of the States, that wasn't necessarily the reality of the '50s, especially if you weren't part of a white nuclear family in the growing middle/upper-middle class. We all love the Legion and it's optimism, but it's important to remember it grew out of a myopic, if not naive worldview (as most entertainment at the time reflected).

I think having an optimistic future portrayed in a time of upheaval and uncertainty is even MORE important, as it shows hope and progress are still goals to strive for. Look at Star Trek, which has a similar utopian future but grew out of a far more publicly turbulent decade, was informed by that, and, in some ways, was made better.

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I guess I should have emphasized that the "we" I was referring to in my first paragraph above was DC's target audience of 12 and under middle-class white males. There is no doubt that there was a lot more going on in 1958 than we were exposed to on network TV, which was already well on its way to becoming the nation's most popular entertainment medium (if it wasn't already there). Granted, there was the evening news, but that was geared to adults, and as a kid I found it too boring to watch, as did every other kid I knew. As a result we had a somewhat unrealistic view of the world even then. However, it was that unrealistic viewpoint that allowed us to get absorbed in the Legion's version of the 30th century in the first place.

I see the original Star Trek series as coming from the same place as the Adventure-era Legion. Remember that TV in those days suffered a cultural lag of about five years or so. Star Trek, which premiered in 1967, reflected JFK's America far more than LBJ's. Even the socially conscious morality tales that TOS occasionally presented had a liberal establishment point of view. Their few attempts at taking a late 60s viewpoint came off as preachy as best (the one with the two half-black/half-white guys comes to mind) or just plain ludicrous (Space Hippies, anyone?).

I agree that there is a need for optimism now more than ever, but it would have to be grounded in a reality that people can believe in (or at least suspend their disbelief long enough to enjoy what they're reading), and that's a tall order in these cynical times.


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I recently read a bunch of blog posts that did plot overviews of the New 52 Teen Titans, and something I found notable was that Tom King wrote a single issue -- c'mon, even HE couldn't have saved that garbage fire -- and introduced a character called Chimera, who's a Durlan shapeshifter. Has he been angling for the job for a while? If so, I'm leaning towards him as the Legion's writer EVEN MORE (after the original Omega Men pitch including Legion characters, the "ultra-vision" line in Batman, the Saturn Girl appearance in Batman, and now the announcement that Batman will be setting up their return), since I can see DC giving him the book after his critical success this year (I've yet to find a "top 10 comics of the year" list without at least one of his works on it)

Oh, and something I noticed after reading Grayson: in the "We All Die at Dawn" issue, King uses the proximity of narration to dialogue to explain the story. Basically, Dick shouldn't have survived the story, as said by Midnighter and his supercomputer brain. But his response when Midnighter asks what Dick has comapred to his own enhancements is "I have HER", referring to the child with the metahuman heart. It's a sentimental thing... and in the epilogue, after a character mentions losing the heart, a character in a separate conversation says "you had it in your hands", with the narration VERY close to the line about losing the heart, implying that Dick was leeching energy off the heart (Midnighter had suggested killing the child and using the heart's energy earlier in the issue). So yeah, the Saturn Girl thing and "who's taking on THAT burden" is probably a reference to the creative team, but I'm not sure if that's King kinda denying he'll be writing the Legion or if it's just trolling.

ALSO, something I JUST realised after reading that CBR article with Tom King. Those people he's working with to set up the Legion's return? The only guy other than King himself who was at the Baltimore panel is James Tynion IV... Wouldn't whoever's the ongoing Legion writer have a hand in this project?

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Originally Posted by Dave Hackett
Originally Posted by the Hermit
At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon (which I am, so it's probably OK to sound like one), I'm going to say that a Legion relaunch is not a good idea. The main reason I say this is because of the historical context in which the Legion was created. It was the late 1950s, and (at least in America) we were all optimistic about the future. We saw great scientific advancements, coupled with a society that was a reflection of the American dream (based on the assumption that the entire world would naturally want to buy into that dream by the Legion's time).

Well, my friends, those conditions no longer exist. Science is out of fashion, and even scorned in some circles, and the American dream has become somewhat of a nightmare for many of us. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who is still optimistic about the future in 2016. And without that sense of optimism, it just wouldn't be the Legion. Sure, you could try to write the book as if we were still living in the late 1950s, but would anyone take it seriously? I find myself thinking of the 80s Flash Gordon movie. Yes, it was a box office success, but it was also pretty campy. I don't want a campy Legion.


Remember that while the culture of the time reflected an idyllic version of the States, that wasn't necessarily the reality of the '50s, especially if you weren't part of a white nuclear family in the growing middle/upper-middle class. We all love the Legion and it's optimism, but it's important to remember it grew out of a myopic, if not naive worldview (as most entertainment at the time reflected).

I think having an optimistic future portrayed in a time of upheaval and uncertainty is even MORE important, as it shows hope and progress are still goals to strive for. Look at Star Trek, which has a similar utopian future but grew out of a far more publicly turbulent decade, was informed by that, and, in some ways, was made better.


I'm with this. While I think the Legion should stand for cooperation and unity, them doing so in a setting that DOESN'T embrace those values gives them more importance. In fact, I think it's the perfect climate to release a comic where a bunch of teens/young adults come together in unity and cooperation in a harsher world.

Regarding the generational thing, I'd be up for it. It wouldn't feel as "new", but it would be a nice way to not piss off those who don't want the Retroboot Legion retconned away (since that IS the Legion the current Superman was a part of). And using Jon would also allow for a Superboy on the team, though I've got problems with the age (he's like 10, as opposed to a teenager). Plus, a time skip would allow us to blow pass the ending of the last run, while also leaving some room for things to have still happened and be explored with the Legion's kids. I've got problems with the "everybody got married and had kids" cliche, but it'd be an okay way to not have to reboot again, though I'm still more for one last reboot.

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Indeed. We need hope now more than ever.

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The DC Solicits for March 2017 are out today and this caught up eye. It sure sounds like a strong hint that we may get the next piece of Legion rebirth here :

BATGIRL ANNUAL #1
Written by HOPE LARSON
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by BENGAL

Batgirl and Supergirl must team up to break into Arkham Asylum! In this all-new Rebirth annual Batgirl must seek Supergirl’s help to solve a mystery that leads them to the heart of the most insane insane asylum there is! But what they discover—and who they discover—in Arkham will lead to a much, much bigger story!
On sale MARCH 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

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An interesting discussion. I would like to add that stories about hope have always been very successful in the Legion universe especially when they were up against oppressive governments (like those brainwashed by Universo) or Xenophobia (like White Triangle Reboot). Those have been among the best stories of their respective eras. Even the Retroboot story in Action Comics really hit a mark with me, it was very emotional and in my eyes the best Legion story of the last two decades.

What a Legion Rebirth story would need would be a great artist that catches your eye, a simple story many people can easily relate to and a slow, organic introduction of the huge Legion staff, thus making it accessible and different from all the rest. Focus on an important topic like for example the current Aquaman book does, and a small book can be a winner!

What must not happen (again) is to start with a lukewarm vision that some Legion lifetime fan cooked up in his kitchen that the target group are having trouble to relate to, using a ridiculous villain that people are having trouble to care about ... ehm, well, Threeboot is what I'm talking about. Even though that version got way better later on when Waid was off the book, I still don't understand what he was up to with this shipwreck of a story... 8(

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I have been wondering if a Legion of Substitute Super-Heroes book would do well. I think part of the reason current readers might skip this book is because many of us are self-proclaimed nerds and some of the Legionnaires come off as the popular kids in high school. The cartoon was able to balance the personalities by putting Bouncing Boy and Triplicate Girl in prominent roles.


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The trick with the Subs would undoubtedly being to prevent them becoming a bit of a joke. Not by the readers, but by the writers.

They would hopefully look to capture the writing that portrayed them as a very effective unit, by overcoming their limitations. Serious action and adventure, but with that layer of lightness brought about naturally by their actions.


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#920415 - 01/11/17 02:41 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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According to the latest issue of JL vs. Suicide Squad, the Emerald Empress/Saturn Girl story will play out in Supergirl this year (presumably after the Batgirl Annual).

#920417 - 01/11/17 03:31 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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#920601 - 01/13/17 09:56 PM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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So I'm reading every part of JL vs. SS and something interesting came up. Spoilers for the most recent issue of Suicide Squad, btw.

So the group of bad guys we see in JL vs. SS? As in Lobo, Emerald Empress, Rustam, Doctor Polaris? They were Amanda Waller's ORIGINAL attempt at a Suicide Squad, and it's very obviously implied that their screw-up (they kinda caused a small country to be nuked) is what led to Waller's head explosives in the New 52, rather than offer rewards (she offered Emerald Empress intel on Saturn Girl). That means THIS Emerald Empress, assuming the original New 52 Suicide Squad run happened (which it seems to have, given how familiar Harley is with everything, ''and'' that it was referenced in New Suicide Squad which is referenced a few times in Rebirth's stuff), that would mean this Emerald Empress cannot be the Retroboot one. Because she and Saturn Girl were in modern times during all that stuff.

So unless they sorta diverge from a certain point in the Retroboot, like the Retroboot itself did with the Pre-Zero Hour Legion, this KINDA rules them out as the Legion returning? Though it may just be a goof, though Rebirth seems to have a proper plan when it comes to setting up the bigger stories (JSa, LEgion, Watchmen, etc.).


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#920661 - 01/15/17 02:53 PM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/01/13/exclusive-the-search-for-the-legion-of-super-heroes-saturn-girl-/

It was only a matter of time before someone posted this, so, here I guess.


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#922072 - 02/15/17 06:51 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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In this week's Justice League, the League are scattered through time and Cyborg ends up in the 31st century, where he meets a very young looking Brainiac 5.

#924533 - 03/29/17 06:05 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Colossal Boy]  
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Originally Posted by Colossal Boy
The DC Solicits for March 2017 are out today and this caught up eye. It sure sounds like a strong hint that we may get the next piece of Legion rebirth here :

BATGIRL ANNUAL #1
Written by HOPE LARSON
Art by INAKI MIRANDA
Cover by BENGAL

Batgirl and Supergirl must team up to break into Arkham Asylum! In this all-new Rebirth annual Batgirl must seek Supergirl�s help to solve a mystery that leads them to the heart of the most insane insane asylum there is! But what they discover�and who they discover�in Arkham will lead to a much, much bigger story!
On sale MARCH 29 � 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US � RATED T


No obvious Legion appearance in the issue (for those looking to buy it solely for that reason). They don't even go to Arkham, but Cadmus.

#925199 - 04/05/17 04:55 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Well... crap. I'm guessing plans changed, and Hope Larson's place in them? This leads me to think she's out from potentially writing the Legion.

So I guess... c'mon, Tom King!


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#934468 - 07/22/17 10:00 PM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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Was there any news at Comicon about the Legion? I haven't seen any and am so disappointed.

#934921 - 07/29/17 08:35 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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The only thing I saw was the Phantom Girl announcement but there might have been something announced to those who were present

#934925 - 07/29/17 10:15 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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I'm certain that if there was anything else, it would have made news here. I certainly didn't see anything else in all of the coverage.

I can only assume that nothing is imminent, sadly. It's a shame for many reasons but even more so because the overall quality of Rebirth has been very good. One would think that Legion would benefit from being part of such a quality-filled launch.


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#934943 - 07/29/17 04:09 PM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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I feel like the Legion would be perfect for that new format of comic book storytelling that DC is adopting, the European-style larger/longer format comics that come out quarterly or something I think.

I never feel like 22 pages (or whatever it is these days) is enough to tell a good Legion story with it's large cast of characters and worlds and concepts, especially in this era of heavy decompression.

#935144 - 08/02/17 08:38 AM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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I didn't know that DC was adopting this style ... that would be awesome!

#935155 - 08/02/17 02:32 PM Re: Legion Rebirth Speculation [Re: Dave Hackett]  
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^ I believe it's just for certain books at this stage Andy. Batman being the main one. I think Scott Snyder's book was cancelled so he could concentrate on this one. So I've read.

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