- Posted by Johanna on May 27, 2008 at 12:35 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Mike Sterling asks
I’ve been a die-hard Legion fan for nearly 30 years now. I’ve stuck through the reboots and continuity brouhahas all this time because I happen to like the concept of the team, and the interactions among this particular group of characters, and all the goofiness that comes with it. How many of you have been reading Legion for an extended period of time? How many of you were Legion fans, but had enough of the various tinkerings with the formula and dropped the book? How many of you came on with one of the various reboots, attracted by the fresh starts they offered?
There are a whole variety of responses in his comment thread. It’s a good question. The fanbase has been irretrievably shattered over the past decades, and so you can’t assume any more when someone started, what attracted them, or what drove them away.
I haven’t seriously read the Legion since issue #100, KC’s last as editor. I really hated the grim’n’gritty Star Trek approach of Abnett and Lanning in Legion Lost, and everything after that’s just seemed to me to be thrashing about seeking direction.
I had started with #38, the destruction of the earth, and I went forwards and backwards at the same time, buying up bundles and bundles of back issues to figure out who the V4 characters were and how they related. I loved it. And I loved meeting the fans and learning from them. But after Zero Hour, some got so poisonous that that pleasure wasn’t what it used to be. And I started learning more about the sausage factory, which changed me.
I was very excited to hear Mark Waid’s comments when he came back on with the latest reboot, three or so years ago now, but what attracted me when he talked didn’t seem to make it to the page. And I simply have no interest in following Shooter’s current run.
I’d like to read the Legion again, but it would take some things that I don’t think would be approved in today’s crossover continuity-heavy DC Universe: stand-alone stories, good characters, very little death and despair, a true fresh start (which isn’t the same as a reboot), writers committed to doing good work instead of nostalgia. I’m not the audience they want, because I won’t stick with it regardless of art quality or faux big event.
So I’d say goodbye to the Legion, but I think at this point I’ve been uninterested longer than I was a fan.