Monday, July 21, 2014

Thousand Miles Single Step Et Cetera Et Cetera

So yeah.

The Legion is set to return in this fall's Justice League United annual, which kicks off the six-issue Infinitus Saga (Jeff Lemire/Neil Edwards/Jay Leisten).

My optimism about this development is limited.

Sure, Lemire's great and all, and apparently is a Legion fan, so we should be well set up to get a story that's better than the Lightning Saga was. But if Lemire has a proper understanding of his job, and why on earth would I think he didn't, then the Infinitus Saga, be it never so awesome, is still going to be a Justice League story. Which, again, is as it should be. But what I want is some Legion of Super-Heroes stories, and so far there aren't any of those on the horizon.

Could the Infinitus Saga lead to a return of the Legion to regular comics? Of course. But it has not done that yet. The goal here is to have a regular Legion comic by a creative team who has an interesting vision for the LSH and the creative chops to put that vision over. And I'm not going to count that chicken until it's out of the shell entirely.

The Infinitus Saga is a guest appearance. That's welcome. It ought to be a good one; that's welcome too. Now what else have you got for us.



Blogger Jim Purcell said...

If the cover illustration I'm seeing attached to the news on this is legit. It kind of looks like the same New 52 Legion and not a new Legion. Which I suppose is a good thing?

10:36 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I'm ambivalent about it. On the one hand, I'm generally against reboots. On the other, it's really not a very interesting version of the Legion and may have actually burned up all the goodwill that came with its claim to be the one true original Legion. At this point the approach I'd probably take, if anyone were to put me in charge, which they probably shouldn't, is to throw all the continuity doors open and use everything.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Tony Boner said...

I am looking forward to it (if only to get some more posts from you Matthew :) ). Its been a while (possibly the longest I have gone without reading the Legion since I picked my first one up in the early eighties. If it is using the Legion from the just finished series I'm not sure how they are resolving everything that went down (multiple deaths etc and Phantom Girl seems to be on the cover too. I've liked something about every incarnation of the Legion so will just be glad they are back even if only briefly.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I'm wondering if they'll just gloss over all the stuff that's happened since Flashpoint. Yeah, Phantom Girl and Wildfire have always been here, so what, go away boy you bother me. If I was Lemire I'd certainly be tempted to do that.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

I think I'd describe myself as mildly excited for this. Thank you for making me aware of it -- I haven't been paying much attention to DC solicits since the last Legion series ended.

I guess the best case scenario of this would be a new Legion title spinning out of the events of the Infinitus saga.

I wouldn't be too upset if they ignore the stuff after Flashpoint, but the text of the solicit leads me to believe this picks up after the end of the series that just finished: "The Infinitus Saga begins as the Legion of Super-Heroes arrive with the shocking news that the 31st century has been destroyed!"

Part of me hopes that 'the present' is where Tinya disappeared to, and she's one delivering the news. That would make me less disappointed in her brief turn as leader.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

The best-case scenario isn't just any new Legion series spinning out of this story, though. I mean, if they're just going to reheat the stuff that Levitz had been cooking, then I'd kinda rather they wouldn't bother.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

You're probably right. It'd be nice to see them use the multiverse to pick and choose the best the elements among the existing legions, then leaven those with something new and bold, and then roll with whatever they cooked up.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

And, after all, it's the future. The future's always changing. They don't even have to resort to the multiverse to explain this stuff; it's just various possible futures.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Dr. Michael J. MacArthur said...

I'd be interested in reading comments about the recent Superboy stories with Schiz, Lodestone and Volt.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Haven't read 'em. Should I have? What issue numbers?

9:03 PM  
Blogger Dr. Michael J. MacArthur said...

Suprboy 26-30, I believe. I have read 27 and 28. I do not follow Superboy so I don't know the context, but Superboy (Jon Lane Kent) is in some future and has met a telepath (Schiz) and two males that generate magnetism and electricity named Garth and Rokk. The story also involves the Teen Titans and Harvest. Since the title is being cancelled, it has been like walking into a movie with five minutes left.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Oh, Harvest is in it? Never mind then. I'm willing to make sacrifices for this blog, but there are limits.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Tony Boner said...

Sounds like I'm glad I haven't the foggiest who Harvest is...

9:18 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I guess you didn't read Legion Lost, then? Oh well; sadly, you didn't miss much.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Tony Boner said...

I only read the original Legion Lost (ie the good one with Copiel on art) :)

4:45 AM  

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