(from “Acceptance” by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela in Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #6, December 2010)
“It’s nice our relationship doesn’t have to be coyly hinted at anymore, but it would have been nicer if they managed to do it while anyone still cared about the Legion.”
Ah, the “Rip Van Winkle” reboot of the Legion, where DC decided that the best way to reinvigorate the ailing franchise was to pretend that everything from the “Five Years Later” relaunch onward didn’t happen. They even brought Paul Levitz back to pick up plot threads that had been left dangling since my junior year of high school. (I will turn 44 in two weeks.)
Honestly? It wasn’t bad, but it did feel really off considering how much water had flowed under the bridge — not just in terms of the Legion’s convoluted history, but also in light of how much the narrative language of the medium and genre had changed since 1989. In attempting to split the difference between bringing back longtime fans and attracting new readers, DC ended up with something with little appeal for either camp.