Monday, July 14, 2008

Save the Legion!

Apparently it's an open secret that Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #20 will be the last issue.

I'm against that. LSH31C has been a fine title, with hardly a bad issue and a few legitimately excellent ones. These days, it's a more satisfying read than the main title.

Not only that, but this year is the Legion's 50th anniversary, and all we hear about is things ending. The TV show was cancelled, Shooter's supposed to be off the book, there's a potential reboot or something looming, and now this. This should be a year in which the Legion picks up speed as a comic franchise.

So how can we get DC to stay the axe? The campaign begins here and now; who's with me?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Legion Omnicom they did report it would be with us "A little while Longer" I was expecting less then a year anyway. They did say they planned to play out the third season in the book and now thats dashed all hopes of that. Out of all the stupidity the Legion fans have gotten the worst deal out of their "50th" year. I don't remember confirming if their "50th" year figures even got out. I'm beginning to wonder where DC is leading the Legion these days.

I don't know how to save it, having experience the fall of another comic I bought as a child I know how fans get heart-hit when comic companies do this. If you ever the time, look the history of "Sonic the Comic", it may be about a video game related blue hedgehog, but there are still fans. If you can keep the fans alive, these things never die. They have a website STC-Online which continues the stories. Sadly DC would never allow that for the Legion. lol.

I think our only hope was the animate series, when that went the clock began to tick. I guess its time to start begging for another animated series (not the same one). Trouble is expect a 10 year gap at the least for that. :-/

My best suggest - petition with at LEAST 1,000 names. Send it in... Send it again... Bug DC like a itch in a hard to reach spot. If that fails, nothing will save it.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People complained to Dan Didio and Jan Jones at San Diego last year and it got Teen Titans Go an extra five issues beyond when they originally said they were going to cancel it at #50 and it ended at #55.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most successful fan bid I've ever seen was when the fans of Star Trek wanted another series/season. The Sci-Fi channel wouldn't make it because the copy rights are now too high, so the fans raised some money. Sci-Fi needed 1 mill $$$'s, when they got 1/4 the way Sci-Fi said, yeah, thats enough. Thou and behold it worked and the Trekkie fans got what they wanted.

Lol. But I doubt the same stunt can be pulled off here.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I'm not a big believer in petitions but I guess that's the only way to go, here. I don't think there'll be any way of having anything ready for San Diego, even if I was going to it.

As for raising money to defray the costs of the comic, let me put it this way: the Star Trek fans could watch their show for free. Can I get a copy of this comic for free? I can not.

7:44 AM  
Blogger The Mawby Family said...

I hope that this isn't cancelled. My 7 year old has just got into comics via the animated series and I've been buying him this and Teen Titans Go for about 6 months. I've just had to break the news to him that TTG is cancelled, and I don't want to have to do that again so soon. Besides I loved the LSH (the proper original LSH before any of this reboot threeboot malarky) and this channels the original spirit of that in the best way I've seen for a long time.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Well, we'll see what we can do. Watch this space.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

stopped buying shortly after shooter & manapal took over. boy, did this title take a turnaround. a 60+ year old man (and a homophobe to boot)trying to write like a hip teenager. pathetic. saturn girl gaga over being kissed by timber wolf? is this the legion or archie? florg? why not come right and say frack? manapal art atrocious, especially on the heels the best ever, calero. crossing my fingers for a renaissance. but current creative team has got to go.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Oh, I don't know. I don't like everything about what Shooter's doing, but I like a lot of it, and I think Manapul's a worthy successor to Kitson and Calero.

And, let's face it... if Shooter and Manapul go, I can't imagine what might come next. Not that there aren't other talented creators out there, but... I think the threeboot's destiny is hanging by a thread here, and that thread is Shooter's tenure on this book.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

point taken. i believe good art can save a poor story or not story. i guess if calero were covering for shooter, i'd be wetting myself. but the great ones never stick around (calero, immonan, pearson, coipel)and the also-rans have interminable tenures (peyer, lightle, laroque). giffen is the exception. the 1st iteration was graceful. the second coming he adopted an obtuse, cubist style where even the women resembled blok. not good. this whole run's been anticlimatic. it lost steam ater the first 3 issues. and what's with the villains? they're so...nondescript. the big cheeses (lemnos, elysion ) were brown-haired white guys. then supergirl takes over for 2 years.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

(continued): and manapul, i believe to be a filipino surname, anglicizes karate kid! HAVE A GOOD DAY!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

I know that art is supposed to be half the show in comics, but I believe nothing can save a poor story. Then again, a good story can't do much for poor art, so maybe I'm not being that inconsistent after all.

Some of the good ones stick around. Kitson was on the book for a decently long time.

And I've been complaining about the villains for a couple of years now.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Augh, I had heard it was getting cancelled, but the past few issues have been EXCELLENT! Just when it is getting really good...

The cartoon had a resonable following, surely now that there are interesting, coherent stories in the comic, it should continue. Heck, they even sell it on the rack at my *grocery store* (I buy mine at a comic shop), and SOMEBODY is buying it, because the old issues keep disappearing.

People not willing to change their minds are doomed to live their lives based on outdated information.

Lastly, my kids (7 and 10, boys) love it!

*Keep LSH in 31C going!*

---some guy in CT---

5:24 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Don't tell me--tell DC! Write a civil, concise letter to

DC Comics
1700 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Attention: Dan DiDio, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I've enjoyed this kids comic version of the Legion as much as the regular LSH comic....I don't know what the sales have been...but as long as they publish it, I'll be buying it!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Well, the letter I recently got from DC in response to my letter didn't mention anything about saving the comic book, so it looks like there're only a couple of issues left.

But if you're not satisfied with that, write a letter! This isn't over until we say it's over.

8:55 AM  

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