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Subj: Re: Legion of Superheroes #2: Care to predict the book's future?
Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 at 06:18:30 pm EST (Viewed 228 times)
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The way overdue return of Kal-El Superboy changes the dynamic in a positive direction for the Legion. He should not have been written out back after COIE. I liked that series at the time but it had made some mistakes especially for the Legion. I do not see why D.C. has chosen to use Jon with the original seemingly in the wings. I guess the upcoming legacy book events may have some bearing on the matter. It may simply be the rising cost of the monthly titles will make Legion and other could be characters unsustainable in the usual manner. If (and this a big IF) I understand how the market works today trades and such make up a much larger source of income. Does this mean the monthly titles are now just a part of the total income net? Maybe even more so with those with movies,television,and merchandise connections. I do not remember seeing much in the last area for the Legion even back during the 80s glory days.

The Legion did have a cartoon series that did relatively well around a decade or so ago, but to market it to a mass audience is a tough proposition, it can only succeed (in media and comicbook form) if it is reconnected to the Superman mythos and has a young Clark Kent spearheading it.
Geoff Johns took a creditable stab at it back in the aftermath of Infinite Crisis, reintroducing Clark Kent's Superboy career to the mythos and taking a very strong hand in resurrecting the Legion with Gary Frank then George Perez. But it all led to nothing. The Flashpoint reboot hit in 2011 and it was all washed away, all of it. However enjoyable you might have found Doomsday Clock's conclusion there is nothing to say it exists in-canon. I certainly don't see Brian Bendis paying it any attention as he tends to go his own way as a creator, and by this point when considering DCs treatment of the Legion, and its long retirement and veto on Superboy/Clark Kent, It is hard to see a way forward for the Legion.

This current revamp joins the three that Geoff Johns collated back in 'Legion of 3 Worlds' to make it four Worlds. Four Legions. Is there any wonder then the team lacks appeal to the audience.... \(euh\)

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