Thursday, January 11, 2007

Step Up To the Mike

Apparently this is Delurking Week.

I don't usually do anything on here other than what I usually do, but what the heck. If you've been coming by here, please introduce yourself.

(An optional question for anyone who feels like answering it. What is the essence of the Legion? What is the core idea? And how have different eras of Legion continuity been good or bad examples of it?)

And thanks for reading.



Blogger Bill D. said...

Well, if I'm gonna ask folks to delurk on my blog, I figure I oughtta give as good as I get. Bill D. from Trusty Plinko Stick here.

The core of the Legion? The ideal that young people can affect change for the betterment of society. The original (silver-age through the 80s) were pretty clear-cut in their depiction of this. The 5YL Legion (what I've read of it) was about trying to rediscover that idealism in a cynical age (whether that's the 1980s or 2980s). The current version politicizes the issue, with the Legion-as-youth-movement trying to restore such an ideal to a society that's convinced itself it's better off without it. So, in a way, it's very modern, but also way more 60s than the 60s LSH ever dared to be.

(Verification word was "serku," which is a Legiony sounding word if ever there was one.)

3:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Bondurant said...

Hi there, Matthew! I'm also going to say that optimism/idealism is at the core of the various Legion iterations. However, I'll add that the Legion is not, strictly speaking, the traditional DC all-star team like the JLA, JSA, or even Teen Titans. This allows the Legion to focus more on characters and soap-opera elements, which also seem to be an important part of the LSH's enduring appeal.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old legion fan from the Levitz/Giffen days. Didnt read the 1st reboot but sorta getting into the new series.

You all must check out JSA #2!!! the last page is a doozy.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Amy Reads said...

Hi Matt,
I'm reading, of course! Delayed a bit because I was overseas, but I'm back home now :)

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the core concept of the legion is the power of teamwork. A bunch of heroes with quirky talents who pull together to save the day. That's why I've always been resentful of Superboy and his ilk showing up and overshadowing his more interesting cohorts.

One of my favorite Legion stories (I can't remember the issue)involved teens from the legionaires' different homeworlds who were more powerful than their counterparts challenging them for membership in the Legion. The Legion accepted their challenges, but only collectively not one on one. Because of the Legion's greater skill at working together they were able to trounce their doppelgangers.

Great website, keep up the good work.

8:31 PM  
Blogger RavenScholar said...

RavenScholar from RavenScholar.

What is the Legion?
Legion is an ideal. Whether it be that the young can change the world; it doesn't matter who you are, you can make a difference; or people can all work/live together; it is an ideal.

What that ideal is depends on who you are.

11:11 PM  

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